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25 places to swim in Austin and around Texas before summer ends
 Earlier this summer, my daughters and I made a pact. For a whole month, we would try to go swimming every day. It didn’t matter if it was a swimming hole, a pool or a water park so long as we could get wet and cool off. What we discovered during out adventures is that Central Texas is brimming with fun, fresh and funky spots to make...

Posted: 11 days ago

Earlier this summer, my daughters and I made a pact. For a whole month, we would try to go swimming every day. It didn’t matter if it was a swimming hole, a pool or a water park so long as we could get wet and cool off. What we discovered during out adventures is that Central Texas is brimming with fun, fresh and funky spots to make...
Four Seasons Hotel Austin announces new restaurant concept, other updates
 Guests at Austin’s Four Seasons will find “a nearly new hotel” this fall thanks to the completion of a multi-million dollar,
            three-year renovation spearheaded by designer Michael Dalton. The renovated lobby at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin will include a direct view of Lady Bird Lake. credit: Four Season Hotel...

Posted: 14 days ago

Guests at Austin’s Four Seasons will find “a nearly new hotel” this fall thanks to the completion of a multi-million dollar, three-year renovation spearheaded by designer Michael Dalton. The renovated lobby at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin will include a direct view of Lady Bird Lake. credit: Four Season Hotel...
5 places to go swimming with the family before summer ends
 It’s almost August, which means there’s less than a month to soak in those long, lingering, school-free summer days. If you’re
            craving a splash, here are five spots that offer fun for the family. Camp Ben McCulloch Camp Ben McCulloch offers easy access to a rope swing. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman First things...

Posted: 18 days ago

It’s almost August, which means there’s less than a month to soak in those long, lingering, school-free summer days. If you’re craving a splash, here are five spots that offer fun for the family. Camp Ben McCulloch Camp Ben McCulloch offers easy access to a rope swing. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman First things...
Want to visit Austin’s new floating water parks? 4 things you need to know
 As of this summer, Austin is home to two new floating water parks — one called 
            Waterloo Adventures on Lake Travis and another 
            operated by QuestATX that’s located near the airport. Waterloo Adventures, a floating water park on Lake Travis, opened June 29. Contributed by Waterloo Adventures Want to get...

Posted: 19 days ago

As of this summer, Austin is home to two new floating water parks — one called Waterloo Adventures on Lake Travis and another operated by QuestATX that’s located near the airport. Waterloo Adventures, a floating water park on Lake Travis, opened June 29. Contributed by Waterloo Adventures Want to get...
5 cool-weather destinations you can visit in August for cheap
 Do Austin’s 100-degree summer temperatures have you dreaming of mountains, snow and ice? Never fear! Here are five cool places you can travel to in August — for cheap. Colorado The Breckenridge area of Colorado is stunning in late summer and fall. credit: Keri Wiginton Frontier Airlines offers numerous low-cost nonstop flights...

Posted: 21 days ago

Do Austin’s 100-degree summer temperatures have you dreaming of mountains, snow and ice? Never fear! Here are five cool places you can travel to in August — for cheap. Colorado The Breckenridge area of Colorado is stunning in late summer and fall. credit: Keri Wiginton Frontier Airlines offers numerous low-cost nonstop flights...
Want to visit the World’s Tallest Squirrel Statue? It’s located just outside of Austin
 Central Texas may receive a lot of awards and designations, but here’s one I just learned about: Berdoll Pecan Candy and Gift
            Company, located just outside of Austin in Cedar Creek, is home to the World’s Tallest Squirrel Statue. The World’s Tallest Squirrel Statue is located at Berdoll Pecan Candy and Gift Company...

Posted: 22 days ago

Central Texas may receive a lot of awards and designations, but here’s one I just learned about: Berdoll Pecan Candy and Gift Company, located just outside of Austin in Cedar Creek, is home to the World’s Tallest Squirrel Statue. The World’s Tallest Squirrel Statue is located at Berdoll Pecan Candy and Gift Company...
How China Smith is changing the face of dance in Austin
 It’s almost showtime, and China Smith is wrangling butterflies. The 4- and 5-year-old dancers flutter in a wide circle, their ballet shoes tip-tapping across the AISD Performing Arts Center stage as their intricate wings flow behind them. Once they step into position, Smith pauses to show a wayward monarch where to stand. “Use...

Posted: 25 days ago

It’s almost showtime, and China Smith is wrangling butterflies. The 4- and 5-year-old dancers flutter in a wide circle, their ballet shoes tip-tapping across the AISD Performing Arts Center stage as their intricate wings flow behind them. Once they step into position, Smith pauses to show a wayward monarch where to stand. “Use...
Heading to the airport soon? Here are 5 new places to check out
 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has always made a point to highlight local businesses. And if you haven’t flown in
            a few months, you’ll be glad to know that now even more options are now available. “It’s always great to represent Austin, keep it local,” said Jacob Moreno, store manager...

Posted: 25 days ago

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has always made a point to highlight local businesses. And if you haven’t flown in a few months, you’ll be glad to know that now even more options are now available. “It’s always great to represent Austin, keep it local,” said Jacob Moreno, store manager...
Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz dishes about his love for Austin ahead of Saturday tour stop
 It’s been 25 years since Counting Crows’ debut album, “August and Everything After,” took the ’90s by storm. Ahead of the band’s 
            Saturday show with Live at the Austin360 Amphitheater, frontman Adam Duritz chatted with reporters Addie Broyles and Kristin Finan about topics ranging from his new...

Posted: 25 days ago

It’s been 25 years since Counting Crows’ debut album, “August and Everything After,” took the ’90s by storm. Ahead of the band’s Saturday show with Live at the Austin360 Amphitheater, frontman Adam Duritz chatted with reporters Addie Broyles and Kristin Finan about topics ranging from his new...
Austin ‘critically important’ to Port Aransas recovery, tourism official says
 It’s been 11 months since Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast, and Port Aransas tourism officials have a message to
            send: It’s time to come visit. “We’re open for fun,” said Jeff Hentz, president and CEO of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, when
            he stopped...

Posted: 27 days ago

It’s been 11 months since Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast, and Port Aransas tourism officials have a message to send: It’s time to come visit. “We’re open for fun,” said Jeff Hentz, president and CEO of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, when he stopped...
10 fun things to do in Galveston
 Galveston made national news in late May when photos and videos surfaced of something shocking happening there: The water had gone from its typical shade of mud brown to crystal clear. By coincidence, my family, which visits Galveston frequently, had already booked a trip there for the following week, and as we drove up to the seawall, we...

5:00 AM Friday, Jul. 13, 2018

Galveston made national news in late May when photos and videos surfaced of something shocking happening there: The water had gone from its typical shade of mud brown to crystal clear. By coincidence, my family, which visits Galveston frequently, had already booked a trip there for the following week, and as we drove up to the seawall, we...
From treehouses to trailers, check out these unconventional Texas hotels
 Sure, hotels and Airbnb’s are great, but sometimes we all crave a little something different. If you’re seeking a unique stay during your next Texas getaway, here are some spots to consider. Cypress Valley Canopy Tours The Nest at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. Contributed by Cypress Valley Canopy Tours Cypress Valley Canopy Tours...

4:46 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

Sure, hotels and Airbnb’s are great, but sometimes we all crave a little something different. If you’re seeking a unique stay during your next Texas getaway, here are some spots to consider. Cypress Valley Canopy Tours The Nest at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. Contributed by Cypress Valley Canopy Tours Cypress Valley Canopy Tours...
Need a sweet treat? Let’s go for some fro-yo!
 Sometimes, you just can’t beat a trip for fro-yo. There’s nothing quite like the satisfying, creamy swirl of frozen yogurt as it fills the cup or the delicious creativity that comes with choosing between thousands of topping combinations. Now that summer is in full swing, here are some ideas to help you plan your frozen yogurt...

5:00 AM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

Sometimes, you just can’t beat a trip for fro-yo. There’s nothing quite like the satisfying, creamy swirl of frozen yogurt as it fills the cup or the delicious creativity that comes with choosing between thousands of topping combinations. Now that summer is in full swing, here are some ideas to help you plan your frozen yogurt...
Want to try a rope swing? Head to this free swimming hole just outside of Austin
 We weren’t planning to try a rope swing that day. But when my two daughters and I walked past one last week while visiting one of our favorite swimming holes — Camp Ben McCulloch
            — the temptation was immediate. They looked at me expectantly: “You go first, Mom.” It’s been years since I...

3:27 PM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

We weren’t planning to try a rope swing that day. But when my two daughters and I walked past one last week while visiting one of our favorite swimming holes — Camp Ben McCulloch — the temptation was immediate. They looked at me expectantly: “You go first, Mom.” It’s been years since I...
Heeding the call: Local artists find inspiration in grackles
 Carly Weaver hated grackles. They’d eat her dog’s food, relieve themselves on her deck and interrupt the morning quiet with their squawking. Unsure of what else to do, Weaver, an artist, decided to start painting pictures of them. “I liked the irony of giving such prestige to what most people consider a pest,” Weaver...

5:00 AM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

Carly Weaver hated grackles. They’d eat her dog’s food, relieve themselves on her deck and interrupt the morning quiet with their squawking. Unsure of what else to do, Weaver, an artist, decided to start painting pictures of them. “I liked the irony of giving such prestige to what most people consider a pest,” Weaver...
The Zilker Summer Musical celebrates 60 years with ‘All Shook Up’
 The crunch of thirsty grass under bare feet. The squeak of a cooler lid opening wide. The sight of a hillside so filled with blankets that, from a distance, it almost looks like it’s covered in one giant patchwork quilt. An evening at the free annual Zilker musical feels like pure summer in Austin. “There are people on this hill...

5:00 AM Friday, Jul. 06, 2018

The crunch of thirsty grass under bare feet. The squeak of a cooler lid opening wide. The sight of a hillside so filled with blankets that, from a distance, it almost looks like it’s covered in one giant patchwork quilt. An evening at the free annual Zilker musical feels like pure summer in Austin. “There are people on this hill...
Did you know there’s a tropical island paradise an hour’s drive from Austin?
 If you’ve lived in Central Texas for very long, you probably have 
            a list of favorite swimming holes. But here’s one I just discovered and instantly fell in love with — Son’s Island in Seguin. Son’s Island in Seguin has a tropical feel. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman Picture this: A private, thatched-roof...

6:03 PM Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2018

If you’ve lived in Central Texas for very long, you probably have a list of favorite swimming holes. But here’s one I just discovered and instantly fell in love with — Son’s Island in Seguin. Son’s Island in Seguin has a tropical feel. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman Picture this: A private, thatched-roof...
Ideas for free fun in Galveston
 There’s nothing more fun than a trip to the beach in the summer. But costs can add up. Got Galveston in your travel plans?
            Here are three free things to do. Bicyclists roll past the Galveston Pleasure Pier at sunrise, before Sea Wall Boulevard fills with cars. credit: Galveston
                  Island CVB Tree sculpture...

7:29 PM Friday, Jun. 29, 2018

There’s nothing more fun than a trip to the beach in the summer. But costs can add up. Got Galveston in your travel plans? Here are three free things to do. Bicyclists roll past the Galveston Pleasure Pier at sunrise, before Sea Wall Boulevard fills with cars. credit: Galveston Island CVB Tree sculpture...
South Austin Chick-fil-A employee aids choking customer
 Chick-fil-A may be known for its fast service and delicious waffle fries, but one of its Austin employees has also now earned a reputation as a lifesaver thanks to his quick thinking while on the clock. On Saturday around 6 p.m., a customer at the Southpark Meadows Chick-fil-A in South Austin began choking on a piece of chicken, the store&rsquo...

9:34 PM Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2018

Chick-fil-A may be known for its fast service and delicious waffle fries, but one of its Austin employees has also now earned a reputation as a lifesaver thanks to his quick thinking while on the clock. On Saturday around 6 p.m., a customer at the Southpark Meadows Chick-fil-A in South Austin began choking on a piece of chicken, the store&rsquo...
You won’t believe this Texas hotel and pool made of shipping containers
 Move over, yurts, tree houses and Airstream trailers — there’s a new hotel trend on the rise. Now, visitors to the popular
            Texas town of Round Top, located just 70 miles down the road from Austin, can rest their heads inside a decked out recycled
            shipping container. The Flophouze Hotel in Round Top, Texas...

4:53 PM Monday, Jun. 25, 2018

Move over, yurts, tree houses and Airstream trailers — there’s a new hotel trend on the rise. Now, visitors to the popular Texas town of Round Top, located just 70 miles down the road from Austin, can rest their heads inside a decked out recycled shipping container. The Flophouze Hotel in Round Top, Texas...
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