Lake Travis

Last weekend, my sister and I flew to Austin for our soon to be sister in law’s bachelorette party. From the moment we arrived, we knew we were going to love this city. The vibe is cool, laid-back and, above all else, friendly. I’m talking, “Are you serious right now or are you just messing with me?” levels of friendliness. Clearly, the northeast has jaded me.

We crammed a lot into our short weekend, so I’ll stick with the highlights. Brunch: The Hightower. Solid menu to cure what ails ya and a perfectly-curated Bloody Mary bar. Order the BM and you’ll receive a surprise High Life pony on the side. Life is beautiful. Lunch: Food trucks at The Picnic. Spend the day at Barton Springs then stroll down Barton Springs Road to this oasis of mobile eats. Drinks: Cedar Door and Corner. Within a block of each other in Downtown Austin, both have outdoor seating and very friendly bartenders. Dinner: Lamberts. BBQ is the game here but the jumbo shrimp and grits had my number.  Stay: Hotel Van Zandt, a gorgeously sexy Kimpton property just a stone’s throw from trendy Rainey Street. Bats: If you must, check them out on the Congress Avenue Bridge. Or, just have another Moscow Mule at Cedar Door if that’s not your thing. #batcitybitch #batchelorette

Roaming around and discovering the city was great, but my favorite part of the weekend was taking a shuttle to Lake Travis, where we rented a party boat from Austin’s Boat Tours for four hours. Our skipper, Chad, positioned our boat between two others hosting bachelor parties. This day was hands down one of the best times I’ve had all year. My only suggestion, in addition to loading up on tons of drinks (obviously!), would be to grab some heavy snacks and sides to go along with the burgers and dogs, if you opt-in for a food package. The burgers and dogs weren’t very plentiful and everyone was feeling pretty hangry by the end of the day.

Austin, you flew by in a flash but I look forward to the day we meet again.