A Guide To Austin

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We just got back from Austin, Texas where we spent a full 24 hours packed with activities. I wanted to share what we did because I gathered the best information from all of you guys and thought it would be fun to compile it into one post! 

First up... 

What to Do

I wanted to make sure we had plenty to do around the city because we had late and early check in times with our AirBnB. These were our favorites: 

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1. Scooter Everywhere Austin has TONS of electric scooters that are the best (and most fun) way to get around. They are way cheaper than Uber and if you are only going a mile or two they are perfect. Our favorite was Lime with Bird being a close second. 

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2. Barton Springs My sister had been to Austin and knew we had to go swim in Barton Springs, but here is the important pieces. SKIP THE POOL. You have to pay and it is such a long line. Just follow the trail down the creek and hop in the water. You may even find a good tree or rope swing to jump off of.

3. The Bats Ok now this one I was skeptical at first, but Jon was very into the idea. Right around sunset thousands of bats come out from under the Ann. W. Richards bridge. It is packed, but seriously a one of a kind experience. 

4. Museums Did I mention this was a birthday trip for Jon? Well I know he LOVES museums so they were a must for us. The two we visited and really enjoyed were the LBJ Presidential museum and the Texas History Museum. Walking distance from each other and both affordable for Students! 

5. Shopping  Another Jon must visit was Uncommon Objects a vintage store with well... uncommon objects! For me it was 2nd street district where I found the best designer clothes at a steals at United Apparel Liquidators (THIS IS A MUST SHOP!) 

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6. Nightlife We were recommended 6th street and Rainey Street to go out. We ended up on Rainey and had a blast! I recommend bar hopping because each one is SO unique. We actually took a break to see the Bats and took a pedicab back it was hilarious and soooooo much fun! Also stop for doughnuts! 

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7. Congress Avenue

This is where we started our trip and it is the perfect street to walk up and down. The highlights for me were the Saturday farmer's markets and a circus themed candy store. They also had great food options which leads me too.... 

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Where to Eat

1. Jo's Coffee  Jon is convinced I only wanted to go here for the "I love you so much" sign, but it really was good coffee. Great patio to sit and catch a break from the heat too! 

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2. Food Trucks There are so many food trucks in Austin I don't think I can begin to break them all down, but on Congress Avenue was my favorite Juice Austin which had a grilled cheese truck right next door for Jon! 

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3. Resturants. Being there for such a short time we didn't have time to try everything out but the two places we went we were not disappointed. For dinner and drinks we headed to Javelina on Rainy street. For brunch the next day we went to Elizabeth Street Café a noodle infusion place that had a good brunch selection for the adventurous eater.

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Where to Stay

I say Airbnb all the way! We loved being in SoCo and I loved the cute place I found! It fills up quick so book ahead of time here

Wow that is a lot now that I am looking at it! We had so much fun and can't wait for more summer weekend adventures! I also documented the trip on instagram so make sure you are following me there @emmawlker 


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A Guide To: A Weekend in NYC

We made it through the week yayyyy!! Today I wanted to share with you a fun new post that I think I may turn into a series on my blog - "A Guide To". Currently I am going to college in New York and went into the city with my two sisters and mom last week. We did a lot of fun things that I had never done before and wanted to share a guide to - my weekend in the city!

Friday I unfortunately had classes, but as soon as they were done me and my roommate took a train into the city and walked to Red Door Spa. We had made appointments at the beginning of the school year for an hour body scrub/message for only $50! And it was soooooo good. I would highly recommend them and go back ASAP. That night I was exhausted after the week so I  just relaxed with my family.

Saturday we went shopping in Soho which is where one Brandy Melville is located (and which is also where all my money went). I love Soho because of the cobblestone streets and the amount of great stores right by each other. For lunch we went to Dos Caminos in the Meatpacking District which also has the cutest cobblestone streets. I was craving good Mexican and Dos Caminos hit the spot! Their guacemole was to die for! That night my mom bought us tickets for the NY Knicks game. We all went and had the best time... sporting events at Madison Square Garden can't be beat!

Sunday was my favorite day because I got to do a "tourist" thing I had never done in NYC before! We went and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and then ate lunch in Brooklyn. First of all the bridge is actually so cool and something I can't believe I waited this long to visit. Second Brooklyn itself is also amazing. The views right on the water can't be beat. We had lunch at The Bridges which was really good. After lunch we headed to Almondine Bakery for THE BEST maccaroons and treats!

I hope you guys like this new style of post and that I gave you some new places to try when you are in New York!


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