Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bluebonnet Fever

It is springtime and it is the season to go on a nature quest! The hill country is a perfect backdrop for colorful wildflowers. As you’re driving on Mopac and passing greenbelts on 360 you can catch a glimpse of the native blooms all around Austin and Central Texas. Whether you are a plant enthusiast or just interested in sightseeing, here are a few ideas of places where you can stop, wander around and take pictures with Bluebonnets, Pink Evening Primrose, Indian Paintbrush and more:

Brushy Creek Lake Park – Located in Cedar Park, the open fields are perfect to gaze at the patches of flowers while having a picnic with your kids.  
Wildflower Center

Mayfield Park – Nature abundant, you will be treated to water features, peacocks, walking trails and flowers scattered around. 

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – This is an awesome place to take family photos. Plus, there are other types of plants, cacti and roses to see that thrive in the Texas climate.

Willow City Loop – Nestled 12 miles outside of Fredericksburg. It is a bit of a commute but the drive will surely be scenic. Also, stop by the Wild Seed Farm. Not only can you buy seeds and other natives, they have a path to wander on to see the different variety of flowers up close.

Where is your favorite place to go?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Austin Tea Time

There is a coffee shop on practically every corner here in Austin but what about places to enjoy a cup of tea? Whether you like it hot, iced or with bubbles, Austin has some different choices for you. 

Zhi Tea – Excellent choice for tea enthusiasts. They have a huge selection of green, black, smoky, sweet and fruity teas. The staff is very knowledgeable and will let you sample any of the premium organic teas. If you are on the east side, this is a great place to go to relax and drink a cup of tea.  

Tea Embassy – This tea shop is located in the historic downtown area of Austin.  They have a large variety of teas, accessories and gifts. Also, the staff is very helpful and knowledgeable.  

Momoko – Go for the Bubble Tea!  Bubble Tea is a chilled drink made with a blend of teas, milk or soy milk and served over chewy tapioca pearls. If you haven’t tried one, you need to check it out.

The Steeping Room - Is it High Tea? They offer tea service, a full menu and a variety of different teas to choose from. 

So what type do you like and where do you like to go to sip and savor a cup of tea?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Enjoy the ATX View

Spectacular, breathtaking and stunning are just a few words to describe the views in Austin, TX. Austin’s landscape is made up of lakes, hills, greenery and tall buildings which create the beautiful scenery. Here is a list of my top 5 “lookout” points:

  1.   St. Edwards University – Besides being a beautiful campus to take a leisurely stroll, it is also a great place to gaze at the skyline. This is a perfect place to bring your picnic blanket and watch fireworks on July 4th and New Year’s Eve.
  2. Oasis Restaurant – Some will say that the only reason to go to the Oasis is because of the amazing view of Lake Travis. It truly is a site to see, so don’t miss out.
  3. Barton Creek Square Mall – Park in the parking lot and enjoy the city view.
  4.  Hyatt Regency on Barton Springs Rd– Located next to Lady Bird Lake you are treated to a beautiful view of the lake, the Congress bat bridge and downtown.
  5. Mount Bonnell – Noted as one the highest point in Austin (The Austonian is another). Don’t forget to bring your camera because once you hike up the steps to the top you are treated with a spectacular view of the Colorado River, 360 bridge and some impressive homes.