Tyler and I just got back from Austin, TX! That is such a cool city & we had the absolute best time! It was nice to have no agenda for 3 days and to relax. We saw a lot of the city & ate such good food. I totally recommend you checking out Austin if you ever have the chance!
Free Things To Do
Take a tour of the Capital. It’s very informative and interesting. Our tour guide was energetic and knew so much about the history about the Capital. Not to mention, it’s free! We saw the rooms of the Senate and House of Representatives. I was just waiting for Olivia Pope from Scandal to walk out! Definitely a must do!
Austin is filled with rich modern and retro designs everywhere! There are a ton of walls that are beautiful and worth stopping and snapping a pic. Here are some of my favorites!
Greetings from Austin // S. 1st and Annie Street (Roadhouse Relics)
I love you so much // S. Congress & James (Jo’s Coffee)
You’re my Butter Half // E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd & Alamo St
Give // S. Congress & Gibson (Toms)
Smile // S. Congress & Elizabeth (Hey Cupcake!)
Just shy of an hour and half is San Antonio from Austin. Its totally worth the drive! The Alamo holds a lot of history and is fun to see. I’m not going to lie, it’s very underwhelming (it’s small since most of it got destroyed because of city expansion) but cool to see nonetheless. Plus it’s located near the Riverwalk that is gorgeous and filled with restaurants that overlook the river. Must do!
Eats and Drinks
Breakfast & Coffee places
Austin has some GOOD eats. Slap yourself good. Austin is food truck capital of the world & every truck we ate at never disappointed us. Here are some we loved, have you been at any?
Gourdoughs – everything has a donut in it (burgers, salads, everything!!)
Veracruz – they have some of the best breakfast tacos i’ve ever had!
Not only is Austin known for their good BBQ, they are known for their phenomenal tacos!
Torchy’s (you can substitute your lettuce for queso, need I say more?!)
Juan in a Million
Veracruz – You have to get the Migas tacos!
Franklin – rumor has it that this is the BEST BBQ in the world. We drove by and the lines were out of this world. If you don’t mind waiting over 3 hours for food, you must go here…and let me know how it is!
Coopers Old Time Pit
UCHIKO – this place is incredible, it is on the pricier side but definitely worth it!. Hit up the happy hour and try out all their social snacks. They have the best brussels sprouts!
We are big breweries/distillery fans. I love going to different cities and tasting all the local beers that you can’t buy anywhere else. I would suggest going to as many breweries as you can and trying out the local stuff. Be adventurous & try something new. Austin also offers brewery tours that drive you around and serve as your DD. Safety first!
Nashville is cool. If you haven’t been you definitely have to go. It oozes cool everywhere you go. This past weekend Tyler and I went with 2 of our best friends for New Years Eve. Every place we went, we were in love with the vibe and decor…and most certainly the food. It was about 20 degrees colder than Atlanta so that caught us off guard but we had a great time! We ate A LOT but hey thats what you do on vacation, right? Here were some of my favorite spots. My friend Sara helped curate this list as she shares the same love for food as we do!
1. Barista Parlor/ Crema– Hipster coffee at its best.
2. Two Ten Jack– Amazing cocktails, and EVEN better ramen. I’m a sucker for good ramen and this was some of the best i’ve had!
3. Husk– Southern food expert extraordinaire, Sean Brock’s restaurant. All meals are dripping with heritage and southern history. This place is a real treat.
4. The Flipside– I love pountine (have you had one?!?), and theirs was top notch!
If you are looking for a day trip or an overnight get away, I highly recommend going up to Dahlonega, Ga and visiting all the vineyards. It’s only located 2 hours north of Atlanta and is totally worth the drive. You feel like you are stepping into a smaller version of Napa Valley. We spent the day at the Winery’s on Saturday and went to Frogtown and Montaluce. Both were gorgeous places and had stunning views but most importantly delicious wine! Montaluce has a great menu with a modern decor and has the upscale feel of a high end winery. Frogtown was a little more laid back and only offered a cheese plate when it came to food but the venue had a nice rustic feel. I recommend going to Montaluce if you want a good meal. We decided to go to Montaluce for lunch and wine tasting then went south to Frogtown for a glass of wine and a walk amongst their vines. The icing on the cake for the day was that it was absolutely beautiful outside. The weather called for rain all day but it cleared out and was stunning and not too hot. Who knew we had so many spectacular vineyards in GA?! We highly recommend you go try them all out for yourself!