Love where you Live : Austin Texas

AustinSome people just have a need to travel. It’s something that extends past mild curiosity or a spark of spontaneity. Somewhere in the soul is a yearning to explore and see what’s beyond their current radius. I am definitely one of those people. I am also extremely fortunate to have frequent opportunities fulfill that in my life. As much as I love packing up for new adventures, one of the best parts of traveling for me is knowing I will be coming back to the place I call home. Home is just what Austin, Texas has become for me over the last three years. It’s the place that makes my eyes light up when I’m asked about where I’m from. Huge thanks to Ozarka Brand Spring Water (made in Texas!!) for sponsoring todays conversation so I can share my excitement over this wonderfully fun place I call home!

Austin Texas

It just isn’t like any place I’ve lived before but it didn’t take long before I knew this was home base for me.  I don’t know whether it’s specifically one thing or just everything quilted together that makes it so special. If you love music, great food, outdoor adventure, and just a little weird, you will fit right in! Here are a few reasons I truly love where I live:

Great Music
Austin is also home to some of the largest music events and festivals in the world, including South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL), The Urban Music Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest,  and more. It has long held the title “Live Music Capital of the World” because it has more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. Listen closely and you’ll hear the sounds of more than 1,900 bands and performing artists living in and around our city. From blues to indie rock, country to jazz, Austin’s nearly 200 live music venues means you can catch a show any day, at almost any time.

Active Outdoor Lifestyle
Austin is known for being one of the most active cities in the nation. From marathons, hiking, climbing, kayaking, and more we love spending our free time exploring outside with our people. No matter what you choose to do while you are here, be sure to have plenty of Ozarka Brand Spring Water, which comes from 3 local Texas springs, to stay hydrated in the Texas heat.

Ozarka Made in Texas

Prepared with water and a sense of adventure you will be more than ready for the awesome outdoor activities you can enjoy in Austin year round. These are just 3 of my favorites!

Barton Springs texas

  • Barton Springs: Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming.Hamilton Pool Texas 
  • Hamilton Pool: Hamilton Pool Preserve is a historic swimming hole which was designated a preserve by the Travis County Commissioner’s Court in 1990. Located 3/4 mile upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfallAustin Bats
  • Congress Bridge Bats : The Congress Avenue Bridge, which spans Lady Bird Lake, formally Town Lake, in downtown Austin, is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. The colony is estimated at 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats. Each night from mid-March to November, the bats emerge from under the bridge at dusk to blanket the sky as they head out to forage for food. This event has become one of the most spectacular and unusual tourist attractions in Texas.

Unique Things to See and Do

Hope Gallery Austin Texas

The phrase “Keep Austin Weird” is well earned and perfect for our eclectic personalities. It seems there is always something unique and creative to watch, see, taste or try.

  • Castle Hill Graffiti Park /HOPE Outdoor Art Gallery  :
  • Austin Murals : There is certainly no shortage of free art on the streets of Austin. Just drive around and you will see murals adorning the sides of buildings all over town. We’ve made a game of looking for the best ones and trying to make a tour map.
  • Shopping is an experience on South Congress : When you are ready to get out and do some shopping don’t miss the shops lining South Congress Avenue, two to three blocks are filled with a diverse selection of quirkiness featuring everything from ’50s-style furniture to folk art. Boot shops, galleries, antiques and other curiosities fill the boutiques. In between the shops, you will find a wide variety of culinary delights.

Amazing Food and Drink

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After all the exploring and sightseeing you and your crew will have worked up quite the appetite and this city is ready for you. No matter what you are craving Austin has it and has put its own unique twist on it. I have fallen in love with the selection of food trucks, craft beers, and endless varieties of queso.*Note: the great food options also contribute to Austin being so active. We’ve got to earn and burn those calories!   Check out the Austin Food Blogger alliance’s 2016 City Guide for this year’s best local recommendations.

By now I’m sure you are already planning a trip of your own. Here are a few local brands you can take home to help share all the Texas flavor you’ll certainly fall in love with:

Made in Texas

Texas foods

  • Paqui Tortilla Chips   Paqui brand offers “better-for-you” tortilla chips and tortillas. Paqui is an Aztec word that means “to be happy.” Paqui sells great tasting tortillas and tortilla chips that are crafted with unbleached, untreated flour, or by stone grinding corn and adding mouth-watering flavors using high-quality ingredients, such as fire-roasted jalapenos, fresh cilantro leaves, buttermilk, pumpkin and other spices and flavors.
  • Snow’s BBQ Sauce : Texas Monthly magazine named Snow’s BBQ as the best in Texas! Since that time, the entire staff at Snow’s BBQ has been doing everything possible to keep up with the demand and most important, maintain the quality. With complex Texas flavor, Snow’s Original BBQ Sauce is excellent on any cut of beef, chicken, or pork. It’s just as good as a dipping sauce as it is a marinade or brush-on sauce during the last minutes of grilling.
  • Yellowbird Sauce Habanero Sauces: Totally natural, spicy pepper condiments. Made with ♥ in Austin, Tx. These are the most delicious, most versatile, most satisfying condiment that will ever hit your lips! Yellowbird Sauce goes great on tacos, burgers, wings, sushi, pasta, steak, fish, eggs, pizza, soup….anything you can think of!
  • The Jelly Queens Black Garlic Rosemary BBQ Sauce: The Jelly Queens is an award-winning, Dallas and Austin-based artisan food company that makes gourmet jams, jellies, spices, sauces and more. Each product is handmade in small batches using organic and, whenever possible, locally grown Texas ingredients. The Jelly Queens was born out of a love for sustainable food, delicious flavors and words of encouragement.
  • Taste Elevated Sweet & Spicy Mustard Seeds: These little flavor-packed pearls are absolutely addicting. We cook them to make them just tender enough to burst in your mouth. Then we add a little sweet and a little heat. Add them to a charcuterie tray to surprise your guests, use as a condiment–any place you use mustard (you’ll love it on bbq sandwiches and hot dogs), pair with main dishes–terrific with meatloaf, use in homemade vinaigrettes!
  • Cookwell & Company Queso: This Queso con Salsa Escabeche is built around a flavorful blend of cheddar and blue cheeses combined with fire-roasted tomatoes, onions, diced jalapeños, and fresh-squeezed lime juice to create simply the best and authentic queso you can buy. Cookwell & Company is located in the heart of Austin, Texas. These guys wear boots to work and boast three grills and a smoker at their office.

I do hope you come for a visit to enjoy everything that’s here! I can’t wait to see what adventures you choose!


  1. Ervin Kenter says

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  2. I have yet to go to Hamilton Pool because during the summer it’s always booked months out, but it is definitely on my list. Castle Hill graffiti park will be closed this year to make way for new construction. Get there fast. Thanks for sharing!

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