Austin, Texas is by far my favorite city in THE WORLD. I have been able to travel to quite a few places, but Austin always takes the cake.
After working hard on our Spring Window, I had some vacation days to take. So I packed my bags and set out on a road trip by myself. This isn’t my first long drive alone, but this is my first tri-city road trip. As I was driving (and singing at the top of my lungs), I kept thinking about all of my life decisions, upcoming happenings, my recent promotion (happy dance) and it was so liberating. I felt so free. I felt like I could really think about all of my decisions or at least have the time to talk to myself (weird, I know) and make an informed decision for ME, by ME, and under MY own terms. Which was totally refreshing.
So the drive to Austin from Houston isn’t very exciting. Until you start seeing Buc-ee’s pop up. If you don’t know what I am talking about you’ve probably been living under a rock or you just don’t understand how these stops are ESSENTIAL to ALL road trips in and out of Texas. Clean bathrooms, sweet tea, and road snack replenishment are top priorities at any Buc-ee’s pit stop that is made.
There’s a little town called Manor, Texas that you really start to see the outskirts of Austin and if you’re like me, you get all giddy every mile you’re closer to the best city on earth. Y’all, I love being here. You can’t beat the food, the people, or the environment. It’s weird, eclectic, its Austin.
Before I got to my destination, I stopped to grab a bite to eat with my sweet daddy who happened to be teaching a class out here. He took me to the famous Sandy’s Burgers off of Barton Springs road. DELICIOUS! I can’t even share a picture with y’all because I scarfed it down so fast. You just have to try it, its worth it! Just a cute little yellow burger shack with a drive through and a walk up window. I love that you can just eat your burgers at the picnic tables there or sit in your car with the windows down and the music up. It was cold this time around so I could just imagine how fun it is to be there in the summer when you actually want to be outside.
Driving in this week I was so excited to finally visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum. For almost 4 years now I have missed the opportunity to go. I wasn’t going to let that happen this time. So, the next day I woke up excited that I was finally able to visit. The museum was established by Bob Bullock & The State Preservation Board of Texas (click the link to learn more). He loved Texas history and wanted to share his passion with children and growing generations of Texans. His passion is seen throughout the entire museum. From the 300+ year old ship excavated from Matagorda bay (La Belle) to the days of exploration and the fight for land by Stephen F. Austin & Sam Houston. After perusing through older Texas History, you finish your journey with cattle drives and NASA discoveries. Being from Space-City Houston, I’ve always loved NASA and learning about space. So seeing this exhibit was pretty cool.
Within the museum is a cute cafe. The Story of Texas Cafe was absolutely delicious. The food was amazing. The menu was definitely Texas based with stuffed jalapeños, brisket sandwiches, and yummy ice cream flavors to fill your stomach after all the learning you did. I opted for a BLT with avocado, spiced chips, & a triple chocolate brownie for my historical meal.
It was so cold this week. Cold fronts were blowing in and rain was coming down. It was beautiful outside for one day so I went to explore the recently built Domain shopping center just north of the heart of Austin off of Highway 1. Y’all…..I love shopping and I love beautiful places, goodness gracious, this place was amazing!! There are so many flagship stores and destination spots. The food places are unique and the bar district was really fun too. It’s such a photogenic area as well. There are statement walls, ivy covered spaces, and beautiful backdrops to take pictures (hello photo shoot). If I had a million dollars to spend, you’d catch me here. Maybe one day…..
My trip to Austin was short but I am so grateful to have been able to get out of my hometown for a bit and fall in love with my favorite city all over again.
Until next time, ATX.