This past weekend I embarked on my first, and hopefully not my last, trip to Austin, Texas to celebrate my friend Lauren’s bachelorette.
Obviously, things got hilariously weird and it was a fantastic time!
We arrived at our Airbnb house on Friday night and to say this house is eccentrically darling is an understatement. Located a few minutes away from downtown, the neighborhood was cute and quiet. This is not including the cooing we kept hearing and sadly, we were unable to identify the creature responsible, yet still worth the stay.
The first night, we went to a bar down the street called The Wheel to get acquainted with the local scene. It was the perfect way to start the weekend, a relaxing chat and a nice walk, just watch out for the guard dogs on the way. It seems leaving dogs outside at night contained in fences is the norm and as you walk by, they basically scare you half to death; this happened quite a few times. We screamed like little girls.
Saturday was chocked full of fun, sun and a fair amount of rosé, given it was National Rosé Day, we were all in a celebratory mood. We scheduled a day on a boat on Lake Travis where we laughed and jumped into the water and hung out on a lily pad we rented for the day. There were other boats in the area and the water was pleasantly inundated with flamingo floats and fun conversations with strangers; even dogs were up for some fun.
Returning home, we quickly got ready for our dinner reservations at La Condesa, located downtown where Mexican food was king and the atmosphere was casual. The food was pretty delicious and the staff super friendly, so friendly, that us New York girls thought it was a bit much, but when in Texas be as the Texans are.
Following dinner, we hopped on a fun cab ride full of lights where we all headed to Rainey Street; a place filled with food trucks, games, hula hoops, and perpetual streets flooded with locals and tourists. I can only imagine, this is the one street in Austin where locals roll their eyes to, but us foreigners frolicked like it was our job, and we take our jobs very seriously.
Sunday greeted us with a day at the W Austin’s WET Deck‘s cabana and pool. We worked on our tans, ate food that made us think we’d regret it and sipped on exotic drinks. The hotel provided a fun ‘engagement ring’ float where our bride-to-be was able to luxuriate in. The music was fun, the people were trendy and we were able to continue to bookmark plenty of inside jokes to keep us hashtaging well after the wedding.
Later that night we pampered our newly bronzed skin and headed to what was described to us as the ‘Taco Capital of Austin’: Torchy’s Tacos. We dined outside on picnic benches and sipped on Mexican Colas, we even had the chance to buy some t-shirts donning the eateries branding, that you can also snag on their website. I’ve recently come across a delish recipe to make some tacos at home!
Bellies full, we stopped by a local bar called The White Horse where a live band was streaming the real deal Texas tunes we’ve been craving and a self-proclaimed ‘Whiskey Slingin’ Honkey Tonk’ good time. Some of us were burned out from the weekend and headed home for a much-needed rest before our 6 am wakeup call to head to the airport and others headed to enjoy the fruits of the 6th Street nightlife.
All in all, Austin did not disappoint. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, better activities or better company. UP NEXT… The wedding in Vermont.