June 19, 2013

Out & About: Austin, Texas

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Hello hello!! I was recently in Austin and LOVED it. It was my first time visiting and am already plotting my return!

Here’s what my 2 1/2 day trip to Austin looked like.

Fresh off the airplane, I went & saw Joy & Catherine speak at the Blogher conference.

I have a tendency to put people in glasses while they are talking. It’s just something my brain does.

Conferences overwhelm me.

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Afterwards we went for margaritas at Chupacabra Cantina. NOM.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

I stayed at Hotel San Jose with Gaby, Catherine & Joy. SLUMBER PARTY!

Out & About: Austin, Texas

The hotel was exquisite! They were screening Friday Night Lights in the parking lot & Gaby got to take a few pictures with some of the cast. Talk about memorable! Also…I need to watch that show. I’ve never seen it. I know I KNOW!

Out & About: Austin, Texas

It’s super lush with greenery everywhere at the Hotel San Jose. A true oasis. I highly recommend it.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

On the first night we went to Olivia for dinner

Out & About: Austin, Texas

We had an intimate dinner—just us 6 ladies. I love my friends- Joy, Catherine, Gaby, Aida, Lisa & Heather.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

We saw cats & frogs while we were there.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

The next morning we had chilaquiles at Guero’s. It was super good!

Out & About: Austin, Texas

Quality time with maj.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

Joy & I were obsessed with STAG. It’s a shop for men. Such cool stuff in there.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

We went BACK TO OLIVIA for lunch with Applegate Farms!

We got to chill with this cool cat while listening to some Tenacious D before lunch started.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

UNREAL burger. I actually liked lunch at Olivia better than dinner. Go figure and THANKS APPLEGATE!

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Back to the HOTEL.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

Quality pool time with Gaby & Joy. They had sangrias, I had a maverick.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

Before being eaten alive by mosquitos…

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The pool at the hotel is charming!

Out & About: Austin, Texas

I broke down and ordered a sangria.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

Friendship! Sparkling!

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I broke down and ordered another one…

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We went to the dinner at BlogHer. It was outside. There was BBQ.

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There was a band! There was dancing!  We met new friends!

That may or may not be someone rushing the stage…

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Fancy drinks later. I drove in an Element. It was rad.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

Next morning I explored a bit. It rained and then the sun came out.

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Old vs. New

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A fantastic breakfast at Contigo with Kristin & Becca.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

I tried their El Pepino. It was awesome. I had two. Cucumber, mint & tequila.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

Met up with my friend Sabrina and we poked around Uncommon Objects.

That place is rad. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t allowed to snap this…

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Hidden treasures everywhere you look.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

I looked at cowboy boots. I had no idea there could be so many boots…

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Sums it up.

Out & About: Austin, Texas

Said my goodbyes…

Out & About: Austin, Texas

Austin! There’s so much more of you I can’t wait to see.

Until next time!

  • Chelsy

    Tracy, I am a native Texan. I lived in Austin for college and moved back to Houston to be closer to family. However, my sister still lives there and I visit often. Hotel San Jose is our fave place to stay. I love the California feel its got going on…so peaceful and serene. So glad you had such a fantastic time…next time make it a weeks trip there is sooooo much more to see and EAT! 🙂

  • Michelle @ FullyBellyWornSoles

    Looks like a great trip! So awesome that you were able to get away with your girls 🙂

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    Toootally missed you this year! xo!

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie

    Glad you had a great time!! I used to live in Austin and it’s still my favorite!! Hotel San Jose is the bomb.

  • Amy

    This looks awesome! I’ve always wanted to go to Austin!

    Also you need to watch Friday Night Lights ASAP. BEST!!!

  • ris

    I’m from Austin (but don’t live there anymore, sniff) and it is the best city on earth. Next time you go I’ve got a whole list of other awesome places you should try 😉

    • Molly

      I’m headed to Austin in a few weeks… what are your recommendations?! Shopping, eating, etc.

      • Tracy

        If you read the post, I highlighted all of the places I went in Austin in the short amount of time. It was my first time there– I recommend where we went!

  • jamie @ green beans & grapefruit

    This looked like such a blast! Bummed I missed this one.

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health

    what a fun trip. I would love to attend it someday

  • Christina C

    Looks like an awesome girls trip! I am going on a girls trip in August and I can’t wait! 44 days but who’s counting 😉 Just curious where you found your bathing suit?

  • stacy

    Tracy, when you come back warn us Austinites in a blog post so we can tell you more cool stuff to do here! So glad you loved my fair city. I’d love to have a marg with you. I’m pretty sure that would be awesome. xx

  • Maria Tadic

    That burger looks ridiculous! I love the photograph – it’s so tall. And that pin on the plate is hilarious! My husband loves Austin! I hope to visit with him next time he goes to a conference. I always hear wonderful things about the food, music and art scene there!

  • Cheryl

    Oh I’ll put the charming Hotel San Jose on my list for next year when I visit Austin with my husband. I also appreciate a good burger joint! That burger is HUGE! Wow how do you eat that? 🙂 I so want to dig into that.

  • Shawna Greenway

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure there are big “No Pictures” signs everywhere in Uncommon Objects. But really, that place is so chock full of junk, I mean OBJECTS, that who could really tell what anyone is doing in there!

    Did you go to the food trucks on South Congress? Honestly, I think the ones we have here in the Bay Area are better but don’t tell my family back in Texas that I said that!

    • Tracy

      The signs might have blended in…a little too well 😉 I didn’t go to the food trucks. Next time!

  • judith

    Welcome to the Great State of Texas we’re glad you were able to visit and come back real soon. As for Austin, it’s the city where a huge percentage of residents of Texas long to live. Our daughter just moved from Sedona to Austin. She loves it.

  • tara

    I love Austin! So glad you had a good time!

  • Slone Ranger

    So bummed that I missed the conference (we were out of town). Thanks for the fun post! Looks like you all had a great time. You’ll have to visit Austin again soon!

  • Jessica

    To help you plan for next time: http://austinfoodbloggers.org/city-guide/ Also, Paul Qui’s restaurant (Qui) is opening soon, which everyone is spazzing out about.

    I saw you and Joy at Stubb’s, but was too shy and would have felt like a total weirdo saying hi. Glad you enjoyed it here! Contigo is a definite favorite.

  • Stacey

    I love that you loved Austin! Such a rad place. Where did you get those magnificent sunglasses?

  • mia

    I hope to go to Austin someday….looks like my kind of place for sure 🙂

  • Tina

    Love the photos you took. You got some great shots. The scenery looks gorgeous and the food looks mouthwatering!!

  • Jayne

    I love the food you had and the little nooks and cranies you got into. Texas is a place I’ve always wanted to visit.

  • sophia

    i commented a few posts ago about your hair and how you’ve inspired me to chop mine…and i took the plunge! we have almost exactly the same hair cut right now – it’s super fun to style (and summer easy). my best friend lives in Austin and I’ve never seen any of those spots, my next trip will include some of them…

    • Tracy

      Fantastic!!! Isn’t it easy?? I always love seeing what condition it is in the morning. HELLO BEDHEAD!!! 🙂

  • Heather Christo

    So cute!! I’m sad I missed those Chilaquilles and lunch at Olivia! (you are right- it looked much better than dinner!!) I did not however miss the getting eaten alive by mosquitos part. That happened…..

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