The Banisters at Lucky Lounge

It has been a long time since I’ve used my DSLR and even LONGER since I’ve photographed a band. However, when a few of my coworkers said their band had a show, I wanted to check them out! I decided to dust off my camera and travel downtown to watch The Banisters at The Lucky Lounge.

You can find The Banisters on Facebook and Instagram (@thebanistersatx)

 

1886 Cafe and Bakery

Last fall, my mom and I were downtown at the Pecan Street Festival and were mesmerized by the beautiful Driskill Hotel. We wandered inside and ooed and awed at the elaborate architecture. It was built in 1886 by Mr. Driskill for $400,000. Inside, the hotel has a cute little bakery called the 1886 Cafe and Bakery. We were drawn to it immediately! It was later in the day though, and we already ate, so we had to take a rain check.

Fast forward six months later to the spring 2015 Pecan Street Festival. This time, my mom and I planned our day around brunch at the Driskill. Plan accordingly! We got there at 10am and it was already packed. We had to wait about 40 minutes. It wasn’t a big deal though – we killed time by exploring the hotel’s common areas.

The food was excellent, priced well, and the service was wonderful. I had a beautifully cooked over-easy egg, with potatoes (regular, sweet, and purple – can you say perfection?) and sausage links. My mom got a cute Texas waffle with fresh fruit. Of course, no breakfast is complete without coffee. Basically, we started planning out return visit the second we left! If you’re ever downtown, I would recommend a meal at 1886 Cafe and Bakery. You get the benefit of dining in an upscale location, without the upscale cost.

Lake Austin, Skinny Limits, and Ladybugs

A few weeks ago, Brian, my family and I went to walk around Lady Bird Lake. I know it’s always packed with people, making it difficult to attain that “I’m being peaceful in nature” feeling, but I just love it. I don’t mind the crowds at all. And I never as up a chance to get photos of the lake and the downtown skyline!

After walking a good 4 mile loop, we went to The Picnic food trailer park to get some snacks. I got a cocoa/espresso smoothie from Skinny Limits. It was certainly tasty, but the price will unfortunately keep me from visiting their truck in the future.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAs we were leaving, a little ladybug found me. Hello spring!

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Town Lake in January

I’ve been in Austin for about 7 months now. I feel like I’ve explored a TON of restaurants (going out to eat is probably my favorite hobby), seen lots of different areas of town, and have walked downtown quite a bit. However, one thing I haven’t taken full advantage of is the lake. It is always bustling with activity and I want to join in! It’s such a great place to walk or run – and stand up paddle boarding is definitely on my Austin To-Do List.

Of course, if outdoor adventure isn’t your thing, you could just park yourself on a bench and take amazing photos of the skyline.

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Texas State Capitol

I was a tourist in my own city, exploring the state Capitol. It was actually very cool! There is a great walking tour that takes you through several floors of the building, or you can follow a docent. The details in the hardware and glass are simply beautiful. And of course, the rotunda is epic. Count how many Texas stars you see (hint: there are probably thousands)!

My advice for visiting: use an entrance other than the main (south) one. There are entrances on all sides. You have to go through a metal detector, so the line backs up at the front.

Early Morning on Lake Austin

The other day, I substituted at Austin High School. The school is right next to the lake, so I decided to walk down to the water before heading inside. I don’t visit the lake as much as I should. There are such wonderful trails walk and water sports to participate in. I really want to try stand up paddle boarding! One of these days. I’ve also taken quite a few photos from the new Boardwalk on the east side of the trail.

Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk

Brian and I walked around the newest addition to the Lady Bird Lake trail – the boardwalk. A new over-the-lake extension completes the 10 mile loop around the lake (without having to cut up to the busy street). It was a hot day, but the unobstructed views of downtown were totally worth it.