Summer Guide of Where to Eat & Play in Austin

El Alma Drinks 2Austin is always a pretty cool place to visit if you ask me but there is something really special about this city during the summer. It does get really hot but there are plenty of places to chill out at. You’ve probably heard of Barton Springs and trendy South Congress but these are few of my favorite local spots that haven’t been overrun by hipsters or tourists, yet! I haven’t done a guide or post about my hometown in a while so I teamed up with Thirdlove to show off some of my favorite hidden gems and under the radar spots that are perfect if you’re a local or just in town for the weekend! 

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A Girl’s Weekend at Lake Austin Spa

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Y’all, if you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you know I’ve visited Lake Austin Spa Resort a few times this year! I was treated to a spacation this past summer and a girls day getaway a few weeks ago with my friend Jane from A Taste of Koko. Needless to say, I have been blown away every time I have visited! I can’t believe this wellness spa is only 30 minutes outside of Austin. The river retreat really transports you to somewhere so lush and green and tranquil. Which is probably why Lake Austin Spa Resort has been #1 in Texas & the Southwest by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice.

From a boat taxi that will whisk you away to the spa from 360 Bridge to a luxury car service to and from downtown, Lake Austin Spa is an easy daycation from downtown Austin or a luxury all-inclusive getaway for a weekend or longer if you’re lucky!

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72 Hours in Munich, Germany

mikes-bike-tour-in-munich-germanyYou can pack a lot of adventure into three short days in Munich! Trust me, I know, because I did it! Plus, it was my first time to Munich so I wanted to see as much as possible. Luckily, BMW had been to Munich before so he knew of few of the must see spots.

I probably should have called this Two Days in Munich because we actually wound up spending the third day taking a day trip to the Neuschwanstein Castle. (More about that in an upcoming post!) But like I said, we squeezed a lot into just a few days. Germany is such a beautiful place and quite tasty as well! 

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A Foodie Weekend in Madrid, Spain

Sobrino de Botin in Madrid Spain_Natalie Paramore

How to spend a weekend in Madrid if you’re totally into food and want to try as much of it as possible? Well then you’ve to come to the right place! Madrid is a city full of people who love life and most certainly love food. We managed to cram in a museum stop, three food markets, an ice cream stop and even a food tour in our three short days. Madrid is a place where old meets new, traditions are strong and history is around every corner but the people are living in a modern city and are as obsessed with their dogs and good food as much as I am!

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Summer Days in Burgos, Spain

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Beautiful Burgos, Spain! Where the streets are colorful and lively and filled with locals and walkers of the Camino de Santiago. It is a quintessential Spanish town that is caught somewhere between its ancient history and modern conveniences. Burgos is a small city of about 180,000 and is home to the Burgos Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, yet despite its moderate population and old world flair the city has quite the culinary scene! Which of course I was stoked about. Every cafe is adorable, you can’t stumble into a bad meal if you tried, and the weather… don’t even get me started, it is just picture perfect during the summer. 

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Take A Trip: Bermuda

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Good morning from beautiful Bermuda! Well, a very delayed good morning, from my trip to Bermuda back in early May of this year. Fun fact, did you know Bermuda isn’t actually in the Caribbean? I mean I always thought it was but it is actually way more north, more like due east of North Carolina. The island is surrounded by deep, blue waters that are colorful yet completely translucent. So beautiful! 

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Take A Trip: Antigua

Antigua_ Dennis's Beach House Antigua_ Jolly HarbourI still can’t get over these pictures! How gorgeous is the scenery in Antigua? I mean just look! This summer I was lucky enough to get the chance to visit Antigua courtesy of Visit Antigua and Barbuda.  Beyond the beaches, mountains and jungle, the people of Antigua were so kind and friendly, I felt right at home within minutes of deboarding the plane. I was visiting for the Mango and Pineapple Culinary Festival that takes place in Antigua every summer. Mangoes are one of the major fruits grown and sold in Antigua. Unlike the mangoes we get here in the States, Antigua is home to many different varieties! Like purple mangoes, I didn’t even know those existed! Plus the mangoes in Antigua are so much sweeter and bigger! Think mangoes the size of my head, seriously, see below for photographic evidence!

I’ve written a lot about mangoes in the past for the National Mango Board, so I was very excited to see where the mangoes are grown and how locals use them in their daily cooking! On the trip we got to meet with lots of local chefs and mixologists, visit several restaurants and even attend a cooking class in the home of a chef! It made for such a wonderful trip! I even talked about it so much on Instagram that one of my engaged friends even booked their honeymoon there this fall! Get ready for lots of photos and my guide of what to do, where to stay and most importantly what to eat on the island!

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Take A Trip: 48 Hours in Chicago

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Y’all I am so excited about this next project I have been working on for the blog! It’s called Take A Trip! Every Thursday this month I am going to share with you some of my favorite trips I’ve taken. I have always let you guys in on my travels, but now I am just making it more official! For cases of this blog a trip can constitute quite a few things, anything from my favorite stroll down South Congress, What to do During a 7hr Layover in Miami and day trips and staycations around Austin and Texas are all things that are currently in the works! Of course, my bigger trips will make rock star appearances too! And all your favorite foodie travel posts from the past will still live on here on the blog!

I get so much of my food and recipe inspiration from traveling, so it is only natural that I share that here! This blog was always meant to be a bit of an evolutionary process, that as I grow as a person, it would grow with me! Hence it just being called and not really having an official name. Thanks for hanging with me as I try to grow this little food journal 🙂 Y’all are awesome!

Ok now onto 48 Hours in Chicago! Which includes a guide on where I stayed, ate and had fun all weekend!

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