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Austin Central Library Makes List of 100 Greatest Places

Ranking in Time Magazine's List of 100 Greatest Places of 2018 is the Austin Central Library. That's quite an accomplishment, considering this is a list of unique places to visit around the entire planet of Earth. If you haven't seen it for yourself, head over there to celebrate National Read a Book Day! There's plenty to see, along with over 300,000 volumes to read. That means that if you're a little bookish, you might want to allow yourself several hours. Tip: the library is beautiful any time of the day, but my favorite time

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The Blue Hole and Jacob’s Well – Make Your Reservations Soon

Two places that always top the charts of Austin area must-see locations are The Blue Hole and Jacob's Well. After 4 years of living here, we recently decided it was way past time to see these two gems for ourselves. If you're like us, and you've never seen these well-Instagrammed spots either, check out the reservation pages here and here. There are still available times between now and the last day of swimming - September 30. The Blue Hole The Blue Hole itself is a gorgeous water feature inside the 126-acre Blue Hole Regional

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Buc-ee’s Has a Huge Selection of Gifts for Men

I love all the men in my life and I really do get a little excited when I stumble onto a place that offers a plethora of gift choices that are sure to please their little hard-to-buy-for masculine selves! Such was the case during a recent stop at Buc-ee's on the way from Houston to Austin. Man, do they ever have a good selection of gifts for men! Buc-ee's Has Hunting Stuff These boots from ForEverlast Hunting and Fishing Products promise to withstand a snake bite and scratches from the brush while your man is trekking around

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Day Trip to Pedernales Falls State Park

One of the best things about living in Austin is its proximity to so many scenic spots in the Texas Hill Country. In a short hour's time from downtown Austin, much of Texas' rugged beauty can be experienced and enjoyed. The next time you find yourself hankerin' for a switch from your regular routine, consider a day trip to Pedernales Falls State Park. C.A. and Harriet Wheatley were a well-suited couple who enjoyed camping and fishing together for years after they were married in 1916. They were also a good business team,

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Where to Find Berries in Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service worked on a strawberry sustainability project to help Texas growers. Since the project began in 2013, the Service estimates that its efforts may have helped 15-20 new growers develop sustainable strawberry fields, yielding many more acres of the juicy berries we Texans love to eat. As for blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, Texas is growing plenty of those as well. National Pick Strawberries Day is observed every year on May 20. That's also just about the end of strawberry season

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An Elaborate Mother’s Day Picnic in La Grange, Texas

Aren't you glad May was designated as the month in which to celebrate Mother's Day? Yellow and pink flowers are blooming everywhere, the sun is shining, and the birdies are chirping. I don't know about you, but all of those things put together sure do make me want to go on a Mother's Day picnic. Mother's Day Traditions What traditions does your family have on this Sunday in May when it's all about Mom? When I was growing up in Amarillo, Mother's Day was a big deal for lots of reasons, but what was number one? Mom didn't have

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13 Capital Coffee Shops on Congress Avenue

No one who enjoyed a cup of coffee in 1888 would have been drinking it while strolling down Congress Avenue. The paper cup wasn't even invented until 1907, and these things were a long ways from the imagination of absolutely everyone. Before a man named Walter Cecil developed his patented version in 1936, there was no paper cup with a handle on it. And then it wasn't until 1964 that fresh coffee was sold in to-go cups, when 7-Eleven  on Long Island, N.Y., became the first chain of convenience stores to sell it. Photo (1888)

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A Pajama Party, A Slice of Pie and A Parking Ticket – Just a Typical Girlfriends’ Weekend

I don't know why we said it, do you? Why, in the 70's did we emphasize important statements by starting with: "Man!" Man, that test was so hard! Man, look at that green Camaro! Man, I can't wait 'till summer! Stuff like that. Well, even though I LOVE men, especially mine, and even though I so want to energetically emphasize my next statement, it just seems a little, well, off, or even off-putting, to say, "Man! We had the best girlfriends' weekend!" See what I mean? So maybe I could say, "Wow!" (nope, that's overused) or

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Stretch 12 Days of Christmas Into 15 With These Holiday Musical Events

It’s almost time to deck the halls, wrap the gifts and plan the menu – but, hey, first things first.  Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, you know. We can never get too much of a good live music thing around here – especially at Christmastime! So, if you're really looking forward to what Austin offers in the world of its live holiday music, check out this list that will help you hold that note - and stretch 12 Days of Christmas into 15. With everything from jazzy vocals to symphonic instrumentals, there's a lot to

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A Lovely Fall Day Trip to Brenham

A Lovely Fall Day Trip to Brenham When you live in the Texas hill country, Brenham is a well-known day trip destination. That's partly because of its proximity to Austin (just about an hour and a half east on Hwy 290) and partly because of its thriving downtown (shops and restaurants around the walkable town square). [caption id="attachment_4432" align="aligncenter" width="1201"] Photo courtesy DowntownBrenham.com[/caption] However, what really gives Brenham a top spot on the day-trip list is the fact that there's always

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