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Trip List by zoezaustin

Ahhh Austin Ahhhsome!

24 May 2006  I love living in Austin.
3.5 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

1. Start out with a leisurely breakfast at Magnolia Cafe at 1920 S Congress. They serve the best pancakes with fruit for about $5.00. My favorite is the gingerbread with pecans. AHHHSOME
2.After breakfast walk some of those pancakes off by strolling north toward the Capital Building. Walking down there and back would make a great day. There are many specialty shops along the way. And boy do I mean one of a kind! Terra Toys has great and unusual gifts for children.
3. Another shop that I love to browse is Jackalope. Look for the Giant Bunny with horns on top of the store. Pink is a great womens store and across the street is Shoes Shoes Shoes. I dont have to tell you that this is a womans shoe store haven.
4. If your guy gets tired, he can always go across the street and have another cup of coffee at Joes. Joes is a great place to sit and people watch. Lots of outside seating under the oaks. Anyway, South Congress Avenue is a wonderful place to shop, eat and people watch. It is a great way to spend the morning.
5.If you would like to see Austin skyline from the Lake, a great way to do this is to walk down to the Hyatt Hotel (its parking lot is on Congress, the Hotel is on Town lake and there is a dock there that houses Capital Cruises. This is an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two.
6.If you are getting hungry from all the shopping and walking, walk across the street and across the bridge to the Four Seasons. They have a TGI Fridays there and Fridays has one of the best patios on the lake.
7.After lunch walk on down to the Capital and sign up for the tour inside the entrance. They are about every 30 minutes and are wonderfully informative. After the guided tour, you can walk around and investigate for yourselves inside or out. There is lots of shade to walk around the building and check out all the different statues.
8.Ok, its got to be 5 or after, start back to The Magnolia. If you get tired and need a little sustenance, stop in at the Driscoll Grill. They have a wonderful Happy Hour there that is legendary. The shrimp is to die for!
9.Rivaling the Driscoll Grills Happy Hour is Mc Cormick and Schmick's Happy Hour. They have great specials and their steamed mussel are flown in daily. YUMM It is a few blocks down on the same side of the street as the Driscoll on the corner of 4th and Congress.
10.Either place, you could stay for hours or at least until dusk. Then it is time to stumble or stroll down to the Congress Avenue Bridge where every evening around dusk, the bats begin their search for insects. Thousands of bats fly out from underneath the bridge. Heed this word of warning. It is better to watch them from the top of the bridge than from the banks of the lake, unless you have a umbrella.
11.If you are still going strong then go on over to the legendary Continental Club. It is a great place to listen to live music. One of Austins most loved torch singers, Toni Price is there on Tuesdays. If it isnt Tuesday and if the venue is too loud, two doors down from the Continental is Becks. It is the new Restaurant on the block and they are eager to please! Usually there is a single singer on the back patio. You have to go past the restrooms to get to it. They have wonderful comfort food.
12.If you would like something lighter, across the street is the San Jose Hotel. It is a beautifully renovated hotel with a wonderful cheese and fruit platter.
13.Or if Tex-Mex is what you are in the mood for. Gueros is always a great place to go. The shredded pork taco's are addictive. I have been in there many times and that is a great place to see local celebs.
14.If Italian is your desire, the lovely restaurant Vespaio, has an incredibly imaginative menu. As I write, I can feel my tongue salivating.
15.Anyway, I just showed you the tip of the iceberg as far as Austin is concerned. Actually, just one street. The warehouse district, 6th Street,The University of Texas, museums, the art galleries,the hill country yada yada yada.. I gotta stop somewhere. Enjoy this walking/stumbling experience of a lifetime.

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