"bravely quest for all life has to offer, making the journey your only home".
or so an adorable poet at a tiny typewriter once mused for me.
a few months ago it had been just long enough since my last quest. I was dying to put that next thing on my calendar. as luck would have it, sarah is my adventure spirit animal, and I knew it would take about a minute to convince her to go. so austin. we were coming for you.
naturally nothing was planned. I did some blog stalking and list reading, jotted down a few recommended corners of the city known for great food, good music, etc. we'd figure it out. and we did. quite successfully, I'd say.
stay. hotels were out of control expensive in the south congress area where we wanted to stay. a little looking led me to verde camp, an adorable bunch of 1930's bungalows tucked away in a quiet neighborhood just far enough from the main street to be a walkable retreat. we stayed in the yellow rose, a one bedroom, one bath house shaded by big, leafy trees with front and back porches MADE for beers at dusk. it was the perfect place to stay, and I would recommend it over and over again. check it out!
our only goals were live music, killer food and some quirky stops along the way. here were our favorites!
eat. look. it was hot when we visited. bright, sticky, hot. naturally our first stop on south congress was casey's new orleans snowballs. later that night after beers at doc's, we stopped by austin institution, home slice pizza. you can grab it to go or wait for a table, and no matter how you indulge, it's awesome. the next morning we started with coffee (and people watching) at jo's. my favorite of the trip was probably lunch at the epic elizabeth st. cafe, where vietnamese dishes are served in maybe the prettiest setting I've ever seen. naturally, we closed out the weekend with a drive out to the salt lick - who doesn't love piles of bbq before heading to the airport? #worthit.
honorable mentions included tacos from guero's, cupcakes from hey cupcake! and a stop at one of a handful of the country's TOM's stores and Roasting Co. for one of the best iced coffees I've had (and I've had. a. lot.).
do. most of the weekend was spent on foot, wandering the city. we stopped by the well known continental club gallery for some live music, checked out the farmers market (and were gifted poems about space & adventure!), trekked up to the HOPE outdoor gallery (an instagrammers dream) and napped in the grass at barton springs pool.
shop. we didn't venture beyond south congress for shopping, but I picked up some treasures at parts & labour & the gypsy wagon. the whole area is dotted with great places to check out, from vintage to modern, it's all there, and if you're not careful you'll be buying bags to haul it all home in.
long story short, austin is a texas gem. a gem you should absolutely add to your list!