It’s special when you can remain the best of friends with people you’ve known since grade school. It’s even more special when those friends are scattered across the country! JJJHM: Julie Ann, Jessica, Jessie, Heather, and Mariel. I’ve known these girls since middle school in Las Vegas and we’ve remained friends through different high schools and colleges, and now states. I love that at any moment, I can call on these girls and they’d drop whatever they have going to get on a video chat. And it was one of those random video chats where we conceived the idea to meet in Austin!
While there’s so much to see and do in Austin, I’ll be sharing what we did during our quick weekend trip!
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We opted for an AirBnB for the weekend trip as we all wanted to generally stay in the same space without having to travel room to room. We stayed in the East Austin neighborhood and it was easy to get to from the airport, Downtown Austin, and Rainey Street. It was such a cute home!
We came for the breakfast tacos & they did not disappoint! We arrived around 10am and there was only about 4 people in line. I do suggest arriving early because once we were done eating, the line was significantly longer.
Dinner at Sophia’s was a lot of fun and perfect for a girl’s dinner. It’s Italian fare, but served to share and our favorites included grilled octopus and bucatini. Honorable mention goes to the La Rosa cocktail that was able to be served as a large format for our group!
I knew barbecue was a thing in Austin (Hello it’s Texas!) but I didn’t realize it was a thing. Our first night there and I didn’t understand why we couldn’t just grab barbecue for dinner. It’s because all the bbq spots sell out after 3p and it’s because people line up well in advance to opening for a spot in line. We waited about 4 hours for Franklin Barbecue on a Saturday and it was glorious!
We stumbled upon this restaurant after our reservation went through at another spot and I’m so glad for how everything worked out. La Traviata is an Italian restaurant and was so delicious and comforting. The carbonara was too good and we couldn’t get enough of the calamari puttanesca.
When we strolled up South Congress, we made our way to the bridge to catch the bats. We may have been early in the season, but we did catch them in flight! Go when it’s nearly sundown and stay on the south side of the river for a view.
While we didn’t go to any of the bars on Sixth Street, it was an experience walking down the blocked off street. Every night starting at 9p, Sixth Street is blocked off for pedestrians to bar hop. There was actually a lot of people and it was the weekend before SXSW — I can’t imagine how crazy it gets when there’s events happening in the area.
I love the vibe of Rainey Street! Renovated houses tuned bars and beer gardens line the street, making this a fun place to check out during the day and at night. Definitely more of a laid back feel compared to Sixth Street.
I loved being able to spend time with my girlfriend, catching up on life, and exploring a new city together. Austin, you were great! I’d definitely come back!