Free Yoga by Art of Living Austin

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Texas Road Trips

Texas Beach (Corey Leopold CC 2.0)

Summer is just around the corner for most Austinites.  Many of us can’t wait to put on our swimsuit, take off of work, and get ready for a fabulous vacation.  Well this year some might not be able to afford a trip to a Florida beach or a Caribbean cruise.  Very often Texans overlook the great number of things we have to do in our own lone star state.  After all Texas is huge.  Rhode Island would fit into Texas over 212 times, so we must have something worth seeing here!

I have created a list of some of my favorite sites to see around Texas.  Find a good map and some good company and set out for a road trip across the state.  The drive in itself can be fun.

  • You don’t have to miss out on the beach vacation!  Texas beaches have a great coastal vibe and many places to stay.  Some of the most common destinations for Texas beachgoers are Galveston and Padre Island.  My personal favorite Texas beach is in Port Aransas.  It has a small town feel with a great beach.  My favorite resort in the area is the Port Royal. It has great beach access and three fabulous pools.
  • Big Bend National Park is a historic place to take your family this summer.  With the beautiful views and serene landscapes you can experience nature close to home.  The park borders both the US and Mexico so you can get a taste of both cultures in one trip.  More information on visiting Big Bend can be found here.  The Texas ghost town of Terlingua is a fun stop while you are in the area as well. Continue reading

Disc Golf…more free exercise!

Ok, I know the previous post discusses something similar to disc golf, but the two are different!  And they are both cheap ways to have fun while getting fit.  Therefore, it is important to highlight them both!

So what exactly is disc golf?

“Disc golf is a disc game in which individual players throw a flying disc into a basket or at a target.”

And, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association:

“The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc.”

The discs are super cheap (about $7) and if you just head over to Pease District Park (24th and Lamar area) you can play for free! That’s right!  I could not believe it either!  You get to play 18 holes of disc golf for absolutely nothing.  What an excellent way to spend these beautiful spring days with friends!

Post by Kristin White

Ultimate Frisbee

Step 1: Get  a Frisbee. Step 2: Play with Frisbee.

So from watching the boys in the courtyard play Ultimate every week, it has kinda made me realize all the different aspects of it. It isn’t just throwing a Frisbee, hoping someone on your team will catch it. There is a lot skill involved. The best part about it, is that it is a cheap way to have a good time with friends. Besides the courtyard in the Honors residence halls, I have seen people play on Main Mall/South Mall. There is even Intramural Ultimate Frisbee.

Here is  a look at what goes on in the courtyard, every Thursday night!

by Meera Rajagopalan

Flip Happy Crepes

Flip Happy Crepes is a great food stand near Barton Springs and Lamar. They have some of the best food I have ever eaten at a very affordable price. The feel of the eatery is great too.  Crepes are served out of a vintage airstream tailor and you eat under a grove of trees.  They have savory crepes and desert crepes in a variety of different flavors.  My favorite is the chicken and mushroom crepe.  You can check out their website here.

They are also well-known for winning against Iron Chef Bobby Flay in his show Throwdown! with Bobby Flay.  Very few restaurants on the show can beat the experienced chef.  Flip Happy proved their worth by making a better crepe than Bobby.

Before you make the journey to this airstream tailor make sure they are open first.  They usually only open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch.  It is amazing food at a great price!

Post by Sarah Lacy

Wine Flights At Cru

Cru Austin Domain Location

Cru Wine Bar via photo courtesy of company website

Ok, so I know the previous post also discusses wine, but I want to talk about how some (myself included) are often overwhelmed by how much there is to know about wine. Taste, food pairings, regions, reds, whites, blushes! Luckily, my friend gave me a tip about a very reasonably priced solution right here in Austin. Cru, a wine bar with two locations in the Domain and 2nd Street District, does several things to make the somewhat elitist idea of wine knowledge fun and inviting—all at a great price. If you are new to the wine game, Cru’s popular wine flights are a great way to go! Each flight includes three different 2 oz. tastings of wines grouped by theme. The flights can range in price, with some as low as $11! Mandy Stiles, Cru’s event coordinator, demonstrates how less than $20 can get you great wine and knowledge:

Beside the flights, Cru also offers several deals you wouldn’t expect from the intimate candlelit restaurant. Weekly specials include champagne Thursdays (every bottle is half-priced), “Grillin’ Out” Sundays where from 1-5  there are Kobe Beef Hamburgers for $7 and a weekend Brunch from 11-3 with $7 bottomless mimosas. And it wouldn’t be an Austin establishment without a happy hour: Weekdays from 3-6 the appetizers and their gourmet pizzas are half off. I must say I was little bit intimidated by the idea of a going wine bar, but this one has a Facebook page so it is definitely a place where you can have some fun!

Posted by Jill Harris

Austin Wine Festival 2k9!

Photo courtesy of Yashima via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

Photo courtesy of Yashima via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

I know what you’re thinking.  Austin Wine Festival.  Sounds expensive.  But wait!  Don’t judge a post by its title!

This festival is actually very inexpensive for the deal you are getting!

“Imagine an entire grassy acre of music, food, fun and vino bliss.”

The 3rd annual Austin Wine Festival is a three day event May 23-25 held at The Domain in North Austin.  The fesival features wine from over 30 local Texas Wineries only, as well as music, seminars and food!  Also, this is the only festival in Texas where you are able to purchase whichever wine you like best right then and there!  And to show you this festival is the real deal…over 6,500 were in attendance last year!

And it gets better.  All event proceeds benefit the Austin Farmers’ Market.  What better way to support locally while enjoying tons of local wine, music and food!

So now, on to prices.  An adult 1-day pass is only $20 and will get you admission into the festival along with a “10-tab Wine Sampler wrist band for wine sampling.”  You can use the 10 tabs for 10 wine tastings from any of the participating wineries or the tabs can be used for full glasses, which cost you 5 tabs.  Additional tastes are just $1 and wine by the glass is just $5.  Sounds like a good deal to me!

P.S.  For an exclusive wine festival experience pay an extra $5 to become a member of the Vintner Club.  Read more about what this means here!

Post by Kristin White