Austin

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citylimitsLive Music Capital of the World – Whether you agree with this grand designation or not, it became an official slogan of the City of Austin in 1991 after research revealed that they had more live music venues per capita than Nashville, New York City, and other music hot spots.  Austin City Limits TV show website.

Austin Music Events and Venues Links:

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Unlock Austin

Austin Chronicle Listings

Austin 360

Austin City Limits Festival

South X Southwest

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janisJanis Joplin got her start in Austin singing for beer at Threadgill’s, the first bar in the county to get a liquor license threadgillswhen the former bootlegger was able to go legit. For over 75 years now, they’ve served that good ole’ Southern home cooked comfort food we all crave when we aren’t worrying about our waistlines. The current owner, Eddie Wilson, started one of Austin’s most famous music venues, Armadillo World Headquarters. To relive that golden age and more of Austin’s eclectic history, check out the museums (in two locations) while in Austin.

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More Life In Austin:

 

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One of the jewels in Austin’s crown is Zilker Park and the hike & bike trail that winds around Lady Bird Lake, where you can canoe or kayak.

It’s one of the reasons I prefer to stay at Pecan Grove RV Park, since it’s within walking distance to this great park.

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The trails are wide and well maintained, with great places to stop and enjoy the views or feed the ducks, as my granddaughter, Anna, and I are doing here in 2008.

Another famous Austin tradition is taking your kid’s picture in the bluebonnet fields that flourish all around Austin in the spring. Here’s my sweet granddaughter proudly carrying on the family tradition.

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Links to More Austin Info:

General Info & Attractions Parks and Campgrounds
Austinot

Austin City Connection

Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau

Austin City Guide

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

City of Austin (Odie’s Roadies)

Hike & Bike Trails

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Rules for Living in Austin (funny)

Trail of Lights – Zilker Christmas Tree

Austin Area Campground Reviews

Austin Area State Parks, Camping

Barton Springs Pool

Hippie Hollow Park
(County clothing optional park)

McKinney Falls State Park
(review from RV Wanderlust)

RV Parks Austin (Good Sam Club)

Zilker Botanical Garden

tacoMalia’s Favorite Mexican Food:  Chuy’s.  It’s hard to pick a favorite Tex-Mex place in Austin because so many are really good, but I always come back there for my favorite salsa and chili rellenos – and their homemade flour tortillas are the best I’ve ever had anywhere. Watch out, though, because their creamy jalapeno dip/dressing is addictive! Substitute their green chili rice for the regular kind and you won’t be sorry. There’s almost always a wait to sit at a table, but they serve free chips and salsa and have a bar area to sip their delicious margaritas.

two-centsMalia’s 2 Cents:  One of my goals when I started RVing was to explore lots of places around the country to decide where I’d want to settle down again once my RVing days were over. Having traveled for over 7 years now, I don’t honestly know if I’d settle anywhere else. My main objection is that the summers are so swelteringly hot, but (besides my kids and grandkids) there are enough attractions here to make this a really desirable hometown, and definitely a great place to visit!

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