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Lady Bird Hike-and-Bike Trail (Austin) – 15 Things to Know Before You Go

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail in Austin

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake is a 10-mile stretch of outdoor beauty, thanks to the effort of two very forward-thinking Austin friends. On a trip to London in 1971, as Ann Butler and Lady Bird Johnson stood together admiring a portion of the beautiful Thames Path, they wondered if something similar could be accomplished in Austin. When they got back home, these two visionaries decided that it very likely could. And then it

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What it’s Like to Visit a Starbucks Reserve Bar – My Review of the Experience

What it's Like to Visit a Starbucks Reserve Coffee Bar Marketing marvels exist in so many ingenious ways, don't they? There's the start-ups that end up going gangbusters (Facebook), the solutions that soon become sensational successes (Dave Ramsey), and the institutions we see as commonplace that got that way because they refused to be common at all (Chick-fil-A). And then there's Starbucks.

Photo - Starbucks Reserve Coffee Bar experience menu Starbucks - a Dot on the Over Fifty Timeline When I think

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A Romantic Weekend in the Backwoods at Caddo Lake State Park



Romantic Weekends Back in the Day When we were younger and had a nest-full, I agonized relentlessly about leaving the kids at home while my husband and I were off on a romantic weekend away. Would they remember to do their homework? Would they forget about a project that was due? How would my mother get them to all their activities? And mostly, how well would they b-e-h-a-v-e? Oh, well. In the end, my man always prevailed in convincing me that a weekend away from our kids wasn't going to kill them or us. <br

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7 Cool Ways to Beat the Heat and Enjoy What’s Left of Summer

Summertime ... and the livin' is easy. - DuBose Heyward and George Gershwin If you're good about introducing your children to different genres and styles of music, you're to be commended.  

My mother was good about that.

She invited me to watch nostalgic old musicals with her on television, announcing it something like this.

"Show Boat is coming on tonight. It's a really good one, and I think you'd like it."

She was probably using a little positive psychology of some

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Fredericksburg is Known for Its Orchards and Vineyards

Most people in the Texas Hill Country are well aware and pretty well-acquainted with a little German town situated between Austin and El Paso. Well, actually, it's a mighty "fer piece" from El Paso, but, still, it is between here and there. Fredericksburg is Home to Many Orchards Since at least as early as 1936, the Fredericksburg area has been the natural home for growers of pretty peaches. A short search reveals red dots on the map, indicating names like Eckhardt, Marburger, Vogel and Jenschke, family names of orchards that

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Texas Farmers’ Markets Sell Bushels of Fresh Veggies and Homegrown Fun

Texas is Big on Farming and Farmers Markets Not everyone in Texas has had the privilege of growing up on a farm. But every Texan knows how to appreciate the homegrown goodness from the acres and acres that make up our local agriculture. What is a Farmers' Market, Anyway? By definition, a farmers' market is an indoor or outdoor marketplace where consumers buy fresh eats and locally-inspired products. Most Texas farmers markets sell a spot for 30-50 local growers to set up their own unique space. When the market opens, eager

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How to Plan the Perfect Texas Day Trip

One thing about Texans that seems to be true across the board is this. We love our day trips. Day Trips are Part of Being a Texan People who live in other states enjoy a nice Saturday outing as well, but there's something different about the Texas day trip. Most Americans probably want to see parts of the states in which they live, however, we who claim residence in the Lone Star State are loath to think we will never cover every square mile of ours. There's Only One Problem All it takes is a picnic basket and a full tank of

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Beautiful Places to Take Photos in Austin and a Fun Idea for the Pics

With the dawn of the smartphone, a good camera is always within reach. That's great for us Texans, because we're always exploring around here, or daytripping, or just snapchatting a cute filtered pic to the kids. If you're headed to Austin soon, check out these beautiful places to take photos. Your Instagram followers will thank you. People Come to Visit No matter where we've lived, it's always a treat when someone comes to visit. When we lived in Austin, lots of friends and family came to see us. It was fun to talk about

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The Bats in Austin – Try, Try, Try Again

The bats in Austin are really something to see. Or so we had heard. Bought the Book On a wintry evening trip to a neighborhood bookseller, this book caught my attention from its position on the top shelf of the "Texas" section. We had just moved from Amarillo to Austin a couple of weeks before and were starting to plan some of what we wanted to see and do in in our new city. From iconic pizza to scenic spots, this is the definitive list. 100 Things to Do in Austin - before you D-I-E, y’all. That Title, Tho Even though I’m

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Austin is Number One Place to Live in America for 3rd Straight Year

For the 3rd year in a row, Austin, Texas is the number one place to live in America, and Dallas is in the top 25. I guess I'm just Texan to the core, because that really makes me swell with the teensiest bit of pride. Having lived in Austin for the last five years, I can personally testify to its reason for the ranking. However, having also lived in five other Texas towns, I really think it's just TEXAS, y'all. People want to live here! And why wouldn't they? We're friendly, confident, benevolent folks who help our neighbors,

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