Austin is Awesome
If you’re looking to make a move to the great state of Texas, we strongly recommend the state capital, Austin. This lively city has an abundance of parks and lakes perfect for hiking, swimming, biking, boating, and other outdoor activities. Soak in the nightlife as you walk down streets lined with a variety of restaurants and live music. We’ve put together a list of things to do and places to stay that really highlight why Austin is awesome.
What To Do
The 10 mile trail is situated in the heart of Austin surrounding Lady Bird Lake giving walkers, joggers, and bikers wonderful views of the city skyline, parks, and lake wildlife. Stop along the way at a number of spots and shady tree areas or head into one of the many restaurants just off the trail. You can also rent a kayak and paddle the lake to get a different perspective!
Located in Zilker Park, the Barton Springs Pool is considered the crown jewel of Austin. This 3 acre pool is formed by underground springs and averages a comfortable 68-70 degrees year round. The area is surrounded by trees and grassy areas perfect for having a picnic on a hot summer day. There is a $3 entry fee for adults, but it’s well worth it to cool down on a hot summer day in Austin.
6th Street is the heart of Austin’s entertainment scene, which has been dubbed the “Live Music Capital of the World”. The street is lined with historic houses and buildings which now house bars, entertainment venues, shops, restaurants, art galleries, and more! 6th Street is always full of an eclectic group of people, great music, and excellent food options. What’s not to like?
Where To Dine
When you think about Texas, you immediately think of barbecue. While Austin has some of the most famous barbecue in the country, it’s also home to a variety of different types of cuisines with influences from all over the world. Hope you enjoy!
Torchy’s Tacos opened back in 2006 and has been serving damn good tacos ever since, especially for breakfast. “The Wrangler” and “Migas” are two of our favorite options to start your day off right. There are multiple locations around Austin so you’re never too far away to experience their delicious tacos. If you miss them at breakfast, they’re also open for lunch and dinner too!
Franklin Barbecue is considered the best BBQ in Austin, if not the best in the USA. Franklin BBQ is famous for their succulent beef brisket but also serves sausages, pulled pork, and ribs. Make sure to get there well before they open at 11 AM to stand in line with fellow die hard barbecue fans, considered by some to be a ritual. Trust us though, you will be rewarded for your wait!
Uchi Owner and Executive Chef Tyson Cole (Best Chef: Southeast in 2011) opened the restaurant in 2005 and it has been a favorite ever since. Uchi has seafood flown in daily from the Tsukiji market in Tokyo and pairs it with local seasonal ingredients. From hot and cool tastings to sushi and sashimi, the combination of Japanese flavors with new, refreshing flavor and textures will leave you speechless.
Parkside is located in the aforementioned 6th St. district and was the city’s first gastro-pub when it opened back in 2008. Happy hour is available in the entire restaurant Monday-Friday from 5:00-6:30pm. Enjoy half off all beer, liquor, and the entire bar food menu! The Lump Crab Fritters and the Oyster Platter are fan favorites off the bar menu. Stop by Parkside on “Martini Monday” to enjoy half off specialty martinis like The Garden or Strawberry Sunshine. After happy hour is over, either sit down on the outdoor patio for dinner or take a walk down 6th St. to enjoy the live music and entertainment!
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Where To Stay
The Vue Apartments are a gated community conveniently located near the major highways, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. These 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments feature balconies or first floor patios, large closets, upgraded units, and spacious floor plans. Take a dip in their crystal blue pool, work out in the state of the art fitness center, or get some work done in the business center. There are many great apartment communities to live in, but few rival what the Vue Apartments offer.
The Verano Apartment Homes are located in North Austin near the Domain Shopping District and the Arboretum. This gated community has 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments available for rent which feature dark cherry wood cabinetry, wood vinyl planking, and designer lighting. The community has an outdoor pool, playground, and a fitness center equipped with free weights and cardio machines. Ask about the preferred employer discounts for IBM, RBFCU, National Instruments, and St. David’s Medical Center.
Midtown Commons is located in the heart of Austin, TX just a few minutes away from great restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. These pet friendly 1 and 2 bedroom apartments have an open floor plan concept with granite counter tops and tile backsplashes in the kitchen. Community amenities include an resort style pool, outdoor grilling and gathering area, a bark park, and an outdoor lounge with a fireplace. Situated on MetroRail’s Red Line at Crestview Station, it gives residents easy access to anywhere in the city.
5th Street Commons is located in Old West Austin and is conveniently located within walking distance of Zilker Park, Lady Bird Lake, The University of Texas, and downtown Austin. Lounge outside by the pool in one of 2 courtyards or workout in their state of the art fitness center. These pet-friendly 1 and 2 bedroom apartments feature open floor plans, wood flooring, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances.
Keep In Mind
On top of the delicious brick and mortar restaurants in Austin, food trailers/trucks are very popular throughout the city. La Barbecue has picnic tables, live music, and free beers on weekends to go with their delicious brisket, that some say rivals Franklin Barbecue. East Side Kings is another local favorite with 2 trucks and 3 in-bar spots. They serve Asian inspired dishes perfect for late night snacking or a quick bite to eat at lunch. Find out where all the food trailers are around the city here!
If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to let us know why you think Austin is awesome!