The latter part of 2018 has been full of travel and I was beyond excited to visit Texas for the first time ever! After college, a bunch of our hometown friends moved to Austin, TX (and I can totally see why, it’s a super cool city!) so it was the perfect place for a weekend getaway.
Here are some iPhone pictures from our weekend– we cannot wait to come back for another visit!
We arrived on Saturday afternoon and were greeted by our sweet friend Jenn who was our gracious host for the weekend. We immediately headed to Torchy’s Tacos and oh boy I think I had the best baja shrimp taco in the world! Afterwards, we bar hopped along the infamous Rainey Street with a couple of other friends which had the most unique and laid-back atmosphere. For dinner, we ate southern fare at Jacoby’s, a recommendation from our local Austin friends.
On Sunday, we attended the Austin City Limits music festival! There was a diverse set of artists performing and despite it being 90+ degrees and blazing hot (like, this was next level hot… it felt like an oven!), we were at the festival for more than 8 hours enjoying everything ACL had to offer. Although each of the artists brought their own flavor to their performance, our group agreed that Arizona and Illenium were our favorite sets of the day.
Monday morning we woke up to pouring rain and 40 degree temperatures. Yep, in a span of less than 24 hours there was an almost 50 degree shift in temperature! All the sudden it felt like winter time! Patrick and I were determined to make the most of the rainy day so per Jenn’s recommendation we ate breakfast tacos at Taco Joint and popped over to Live Oak Brewing Company. After meeting Jenn for lunch at Iron Cactus in downtown, we rented a car and hit the road to Texas wine country. It seems like wherever we go on vacation I somehow manage to find “wine country” of that particular area! We went to two wonderful wineries just 30 minutes outside of Austin– Duchman Family Vineyards and Fall Creek Vineyards. Fall Creek even had a roaring fire that we cozied up next to while sipping on wine and it was the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. That evening, we headed back to Austin and met a group of friends for dinner at Terry Blacks BBQ. Y’ALL. Terry Blacks was HANDS DOWN the best beef rib we’ve ever had. If you ever find yourself in Austin you HAVE to stop by and try it. We finished the night watching an Improv competition at Fallout Theater and our faces were sore from laughter!
Tuesday was our last day in Austin and Patrick agreed to accompany me to Waco, Texas to visit the Magnolia Silos- an HGTV Fixer Upper fan’s dream! Chip and Joanna Gaines are my favorite celebrities and I was SO excited to see the place they worked so hard to create. Despite the pouring rain, we had a blast. We enjoyed breakfast at Magnolia Table and then headed over to the Silos. The perk of it being so rainy and cold was there were no lines for anything! We had been prepared for 2+ hour lines for anything “Magnolia” related and we practically had the place to ourselves! After the silos, we headed back towards Austin to catch our flight home.
Until next time, Texas!