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Date: 2/14/12 4:24 PM

We are interested in taking a trip to Austin TX. I hear that there is a large artistic community there and would like to check it out. What kinds of sites are there to see and things to do?? Are there any special things not to be missed in this city? Thanks for sharing any info.

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Date: 2/14/12 4:35 PM

Check out the bats at the Congress Ave. Bridge.

Also, eat at The Salt Lick - the Driftwood, TX location (it's south east of austin.) It is some of THE BEST barbecue out there EVAR! When I got to Austin or drive south to San Antonio, I always make sure to eat there.

YUMMEEE!

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Date: 2/14/12 8:21 PM

And the barbecue is even gluten free. My dd took her dad there when he was visiting. (He has celiac disease).

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Date: 2/15/12 9:15 AM

Quote: Nancy K
And the barbecue is even gluten free. My dd took her dad there when he was visiting. (He has celiac disease).


Yep! My beau has Celiac and he can eat there.I was doing a happy dance when I found out he can - that means Salt Lick on every trip! yay!

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Date: 2/15/12 10:42 AM

So much to do, so much to see. When are you coming? What part of town will you be in? Have any general ideas of the kind of things you'd like to do? Feel free to private message you and I'll share my perspective and perhaps we could meet for coffee or fabric shopping!

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Date: 2/21/12 6:49 PM

It's early for the bats. They're still hibernating.

Go to the Salt Lick in Driftwood, TX, and take a cooler of beer with you. It's in a dry county. Be prepared to hang out for a good while waiting for a table and drink your beer.

I also recommend the Iguana Grill up on Lake Travis. People will tell you to go to the Oasis but the Iguana Grill has way better food and the view is just as good. Try to be there around sunset.

My other favorite places to take people are Rudy's (there are lots of them; it's a barbecue restaurant in a gas station, which sounds bizarre, but the food is amazing) and Chuy's.

Go walk around South Congress Avenue on the weekend. The shops start a few blocks south of Riverside Drive. Home Slice has the best pizza in town. And all of the little restaurant trailers are fabulous. Check out Hill Country Weavers if you're a knitter/crocheter. Go a block west to South First and check out the Stitch Lab (fabulous fabric!).

I'm a nerd, but I enjoy the Bob Bullock Texas State History museum as well as the museum in the Lyndon B. Johnson library. The State Capitol is pretty and worth the short tour.

If you want to catch a movie, check out any of the Alamo Drafthouses. It's a movie theater with tables and you can eat and order beer. They have lots of local brews.

Other ideas -- downtown Georgetown (north of Austin) and Fredericksburg (southwest of Austin). On the way out to Fredericksburg there are several local wineries if you're into that. Texas wine isn't all that great -- it's too hot here for grapes -- but it's fun. Also take a drive out into the Hill Country -- it's pretty.

My MIL likes Salado (north, I think, I managed to get out of going), Gruene (pronounced Green) and Boerne (pronounced Bernie). Lots of little shops to wander through. I did like the Gristmill restaurant (I can't remember if it's in Gruene or Boerne).

ETA: If you're into water parks, Schlitterbahn is fun. Also you can go tubing on the Comal River -- which means you float down the river in an inner tube. And you can drink while you do it. San Antonio isn't that far and features the Alamo and the Riverwalk, which I really enjoy. There are also outlet malls in Round Rock (north) and San Marcos (south) if you're into that.
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Date: 2/21/12 9:58 PM

It turns out I will be traveling to Austin in March for my dd's birthday. A surprise from my husband. She wants to take me to a jazz club and take in a museum for starters. She lives in North Austin.

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