And that place would be the state capital, Austin!
Last weekend Meg and her husband bolted the burbs and headed south to Austin. It was their first rodeo (ha! look at Meg using Texas slang!) in the city, where they met up with some old classmates from high school!
First of all, picture driving into a cool neighborhood that reminds you of home, with all funky houses and interesting yards. That made Meg breathe a lot easier; there was no manufactured perfection of lawns and flower beds. She likes things to be quirky and interesting. She knew right away she’d feel at home! *
The couples tooled all over Austin, starting with a trip to the flagship Harley Davidson store:
And yes, I did get that newsboy cap. It looks awesome while I am walking Jack!
We drove out to Texas hill country and explored some wineries (some were interesting, nothing to compare to California!)
After some wine, we hit the Salt Lick for some awesome barbecue!
We stuffed ourselves at Sunday brunch at a place called Moonshine. Note – get the bread pudding and dump fresh whipped cream on top. You won’t be sorry!
Pose by one of the many guitars around town. I just needed a giant pick to start strumming!
Hang out at the Congress Street bridge and watch the millions of bats fly out at dusk!
Go boot shopping at the famous Allen boot shop:
And then caress these $1000 boots and sigh:
Meg loves how they say Yippee Ki Yay. She has located a pair that looks like these for a much better price. She hopes she and her friend the Zadge can sport them together at some point!
And at night, hit Sixth Street for music drinks and all things crazy:
And when you end up at Maggie Mae’s, you know you’ll be in the best place for music. And oh, we got a personal tour of the behind the scenes theme rooms, the Gibson Room and the Les Paul Room. Vintage guitars and artwork galore! Available for a hefty fee if you are Carrie Underwood or Rachael Ray, or just some cool out of town folks that just had a lucky night!
What a way to end the trip!
We all awoke on Monday morning thinking how fast the weekend went by… sigh. They will most definitely be returning to Austin for more adventures, shopping, music and good food!
* (disclaimer: The B&B itself was in a great location and nicely appointed. The hosts were the most uptight ladies Meg ever met. They left a note on a dirty, coffee stained post-it in ANGRY Flair pen that stated we owed them $2 bucks for the bottled water we drank the previous night. We wrote one back saying sorry, we didn’t have any change at the time. (Meg wanted to add P.S., you just put a nail in your Trip Advisor coffin, but she didn’t feel like ruining her good karma.) Meg will gladly tell you the name of the B&B if you email her).
All in all, it was good to be on a long weekend, where Texas was NOT REALLY TEXAS.