Last weekend Rogers and I packed a bag and hopped an early flight for Austin, TX. My good friend and sorority sister, Crystal, was marrying her man Nick, and all the Phi Mu girls were en route to help her celebrate.
Rog and I made a mini-vacay out of it and stayed three nights and spent the whole time exploring and catching up with good friends. We LOVE Austin. If it wasn’t 1 million degrees there in the summer, I’d consider moving.
We found a perfect little cottage on AirBNB.com for $48/night. Yes, you read correctly. It was about the same size if not bigger than a hotel room and 1/3 of the cost. Totally private and a mile from the heart of South Congress where all the great shopping and eating is located. I highly recommend staying at the Cottage if you visit ATX.
Here are some photos.
Boots – and boots. All the essentials for TX trip.
Quick plane change in Houston. We’d been up since 4 and had stayed up till midnight the night before. Not wise.
We arrive in ATX and were in our rental car by 10:30 a.m. but couldn’t check in to our place until 3. No worries. I’m a planner extraordinaire and had scheduled some things to look at. First, Barton Springs. Austin’s humongous natural spring swimming hole. It was 300 yards long and a crisp year-round 68 degrees. And there were little old ladies swimming laps in it. With no wetsuit. OMG y’all. That is cold.
Lunch was at Kerbey Lane for the famous queso. It lived up to my every hope and dream and then some. It had guac and pico de gallo in it. I die.
We finally couldn’t stay awake any longer and checked in early. We found this bottle of wine waiting on us from our host. We enjoyed it post-nap, pre-dinner. Dinner was at Uchi, the Top Chef restaurant that we ate at during girls weekend in January. We met Melissa and Aaron there and loved it just as much as the first time – apparently so much I forgot to take pictures.
The next morning. Tacos at TacoDeli and coffee and tea at Austin Java. Two new favorites. We loved Austin Java so much we went back the next morning for breakfast.
Saturday morning was so cool so we walked off our breakfast at the Lady Bird Lake trails downtown. There were so many people out and it was BEAUTIFUL. It’s a lovely thing being in a city with so many active people.
Next was shopping and lunch on South Congress. On the left is Uncommon Objects, our favorite South Congress store. So weird. So fun. On the right is a bloody mary from some café that we just had to have mid-day. We lunched on food trucks across the street. I had Mighty Cone – and ordered a tortilla stuffed with crunchy shrimp and slaw, in a cone. Delish. Rog had a yummy pita that took approximately 45 minutes to make.
On the right – please check out what girl to the right of Rogers is wearing. WHAT.the..heck.
Saturday night – Salt Lick BBQ – again of Top Chef fame and again a place we fell in love with on Girls Weekend.
Then it was on to Gibson Bar to meet up with the lovely bride and groom! They arranged to be at their favorite bar for a set couple of hours so everyone could meet up and visit. Great plan. It was so fun.
The next morning – breakfast at Austin Java. I wanted sweet and savory so I had Farmer’s French toast AND a chorizo, egg and cheese taco. Rog had some kind of omelet with gouda cheese. It was all divine.
Shopping and more eating on South Congress for lunch, after visiting a couple book stores and the famous Waterloo Record store.
Sunday night – on to the big wedding! It was on a beautiful Texas farm and was definitely the most beautiful wedding I’ve been to. So much fun.
I definitely wasn’t wearing what I’d plan on wearing – because the temps were dropping into the 50s. We all went out and bought tights and pantyhose. Ha. Nothing like some nude pantyhose to dress up any occasion, right?
I snapped this as they headed up the aisle. They were positively glowing.
Phi Mu ladies. From the left, me, Monica, Melissa, Lindsey, Edgin and Katie.
Crystal had arranged for us to have a Pink Ladies lounge. Too cute.
The reception barn – right next to the outdoor ceremony sight. I’m telling you – this is what little girls dreams are made of!
There was a photo booth. Like, a real photo booth. It was so fun. How six of us crammed in there, I have no idea. You’ll notice in picture two that Melissa also brought a giant log into the booth. You’ll notice in photo three, that she inadvertently smacked me in the head with it between photo 2 and 3.
Me and the bride!
Getting inside Monica’s blanket with her. Yes – she brought a blanket, which she wore most of the evening.
Me and Rog.
Thank you, Bristows, for letting us celebrate in your nuptials and fall in love with your city! We can’t wait to hear about Hawaii! Love you.