Browsing category: Places to Go

The Violet Crown is Worth the Drive Downtown

Movies are just so much fun.  One of my friends started going to a Tuesday afternoon movie when her kids were in Mother's Day Out and has never stopped.  My parents love to watch movies at home, but occasionally, if there's a great action film on the big screen, they make plans and go.  Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, my sister-in-law's whole turkey-stuffed family has seen a movie together. Movies are great fun - and the theaters are a big part of the experience. Lots of people in Texas live in small towns and

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Walk This Way

Have you ever stopped to ponder for a second just how much work goes into maintaining the beautiful outdoor spaces we enjoy in our communities? Somebody is picking up the trash, mowing the grass and maintaining the plants just about anywhere we could possibly go. Until a recent walk around one of Austin's most beautiful places, I had hardly given that a thought.   In fact, as I was mulling this over, our September issue of Austin Monthly arrived, and I discovered that the publisher and I are both on the same page, so to speak.

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Let’s Go to Luckenbach, Texas

If people ask what's my best idea for a day trip, I'll tell them to go to Luckenbach, Texas.  This is the best one-day excursion we've done since moving to Austin. Since we went to Luckenbach, I've raved a little and mentioned it to lots of people.  I've mentioned it to people who've lived in Austin way longer than we have.  People who graduated from the University of Texas and never left.  And guess what? Many of them have never been to Luckenbach, Texas.  Not with Waylon.  Not with Willie.  Not with the boys. Take it from

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Only a Day (Trip) Away

Tomorrow Tomorrow I love ya,' tomorrow You're only a day away.                                   -- Annie One of the themes of Annie's life is that she's hopeful for a better tomorrow...and tomorrow is only a day away. We can make it through a whole lot of "stuff" when we stay hopeful for tomorrow. When it's Thursday, Friday is just around the corner, and when it's midnight, morning is on the way.  There's always hope for a bright and glorious tomorrow! Speaking of a day away, how about planning a little road trip?

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What I Learned About LBJ Made Me Wish I Had Known Lady Bird

If it's true at all, it's true about Lady Bird Johnson.  She was surely the phenomenal woman behind a successful man.  I wish I could have known her. Now, I dearly love my new Ivanka Trump perfume - and I even wore a bright red Make America Great Again cap to work for crazy hat day (which, I'll have you know, was an extremely b-r-a-v-e thing to do!). So, yes, it's probably obvious that I'm a big ol' fan of Mr. Trump, but I respect the office of the president, no matter who's sitting in the chair, dadgum it.  (I like saying

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4 of Austin’s Great Family Photo Ops – and a fun idea

If you're like us, when family comes to town, you do three things: hang out together, eat and take pictures. We love it when friends and family come to see us in Austin, and we always try to scope out a little something new to enjoy with them. We've toured the Texas State Capitol  and enjoyed day trips to hill country hot spots.  We've taken our guests to wine tastings, shopping at the Domain, pedicures, and movies. But since the weather is so nice most of the year, and since the scenery is so splendid, we have grown pretty

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Grape Creek Vineyards – Fredericksburg, Texas

A trip to Fredericksburg once involved two days' travel time for us.  Now that we are Austinoverfifty-ers, a day trip to Fredericksburg is easy peasy. We can go often... and we do. Do you like quaint shopping?  German food,?  PEACHES?  Hiking?  Then you are sure to love Fredericksburg.  You can stay for the weekend, or go for the day.  Go with girlfriends, or go with your spouse.  Go by yourself if you want to!  Fredericksburg is a true Texas gem, the epicenter of the Texas hill country wine region, and no visitor leaves

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Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas

Just a hop, skip and jump from Austin (with a short stop at Buc-ee's in Temple) gets you to the historic, surprisingly progressive Texas town of Waco (way-coe). It’s home both to a Big 12 university that’s over 150 years old, and to the style-savvy stars of HGTV’s hit show, Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines. My friend, Jana, and I would hate to be left out of anything stylish or savvy, so off we went to check it out for ourselves.  The depletion to our bank accounts was minimal, but I'm warning you - you will come home with

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