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  • Austin, TX: My 3 Favorite Things

    Every year my husband and I go somewhere new for Christmas. Since we heard so many friends rave about Austin this year we thought that was the perfect place to go. They couldn’t have been more right. This city is filled with so much activity, lovely people and really good BBQ. Here is my top 3 in Austin:

    Jo’s Coffee

    I always search for the best coffee anywhere I go because I’m very particular about what I drink. Since I can only handle about one cup a day that cup needs to be something I savor with delight, not just gulp down. A Jo’s coffee stand was a block away from our hotel so I immediately tried that one first. Oh. My. Heavens. I understand why sometimes there can be a line around the block. They have their own Jo’s blend from Stumptown and thankfully it’s available for purchase by the bag. If you’re okay with gluten they also have some Tacodeli tacos available on flour tortillas.


    On our first morning there we grabbed breakfast tacos from Torchys and thought they were really good. When we got back to our hotel however our favorite front desk guy quickly advised us that we made a taco misstep and that TacoDeli was far and beyond what Torchy’s could come up with. So the following day while Willie waited in line for Franklin’s BBQ (so worth the 5 hour wait, yes 5 HOURS!) I grabbed us some TacoDeli tacos for the line wait. Brian was right. Torchy’s couldn’t light a torch (:)) to these breakfast tacos. I’m pretty sure I’m still dreaming about them.

    South Congress Hotel

    Honestly, I don’t know why you would ever want to stay anywhere else. This is one of my favorite hotels I’ve been to ever. It’s got a hip vibe to it all while being meticulously designed and boasting one of the friendliest and accommodating staffs. If you can spring for it (we were there during off season so it was very cheap) grab a pool suite. They have a great bath tub and living room area but the regular rooms are also wonderful. Each TV comes equipped with Apple TV so you can binge watch Netflix when you’re not out exploring. A few great shops and restaurants surround the hotel and Congress street is loaded with fun things to do. Be sure to go check out some live music at The Continental Club and if you happen to be there during Christmas like we were DO NOT miss Dale and his Lonestars singing Honky Tonk Christmas music. When in Texas…right?