Austin Bachelorette Party Guide!

When my best friend from kindergarten, Rebecca, got engaged I was over the moon and so excited when she decided on Austin to celebrate her bachelorette! Austin is a great bachelorette city for groups who want a combination of adventure, nature, live music and a great nightlife, all the tacos and amazing food, and a charming southern vibe. It’s central location was also perfect for our bicoastal crew as we had girls flying in from NY and CA. I highly recommend getting an AirBnB so everyone can be together and have it feel like one big slumber party.

We were obsessed with our colonial mansion that had tons of rooms, a great kitchen, was stocked with lots of supplies, and best of all an amazing location near Rainey St. Here’s the link.

While this guide is great for group celebrations, it would also make for an eventful weekend away with anyone special. Hope you enjoy!

Austin Itinerary:

Thursday 7 pm– Dinner at Fresca’s , casual Tex Mex and healthy options with an amazing patio vibe. Order the avocado margarita. It’s creamy and doesn’t particularly taste like avocado but it delicious and refreshing. Loved their rotisserie chicken, guacamole, brussel sprouts and street corn.

Thursday 9 pm– Drinks at Marriott Marquee downtown. Great rooftop bar at their pool.

Friday 10 am– Time to sweat to compensate for all the treats to come! We had a blast at knockout boxing, such a fun class, instructor, great music and activity.

Friday 1 pm– Lunch at launderette. We loved the food and vibe! Ordered some apps for the table and the food was trendy and tasty for a pretty good price.

Friday 3 pm– Time to cool off and people watch at Barton Springs pool! A summer must in Austin.

Friday 6 pm- Shop and explore South Congress St. Stopped for happy hour at Hotel San Jose. Get the frose’ and cheese board.

Friday 8:30 pm- Lounge at house, get ready to go out, and order BBQ/ Tex Mex takeout from Valentina. Their queso was amazing.

Friday 10 pm- Night out on Rainey Street filled with tons of cute bungalow bars.

Saturday 10 am- The BEST breakfast tacos ever at Veracruz All Natural. Get the migas tacos.

Saturday 11:30 am- Get ready to float the San Marcos river! Another summer must in Texas. Pack a cooler with beverages to enjoy on the river, lots of sunscreen, water shoes, and string to tie your tubes together so you don’t lose your friends! We all loved this adventure and was a highlight. We used ATXexcursions who were great and provided transportation, the tubes, and coolers.

Saturday 8 pm- After a nap and shower its time to keep the party alive! Grab dinner on the patio at Contigo. Afterwards go enjoy live music and an entertaining crew at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar on 6th street. Make sure you get your bride on stage!

Sunday 11 am- Farewell brunch at Jacoby’s. Sad to say goodbye but best weekend ever!

Tips: Book your airbnb 4-5 months out, they fill up fast! Book dinner reservations for large groups a month or so before. Order groceries for the house through Shipt who will deliver. Etsy has great bachelorette/ final fiesta decorations and we loved getting tattoos with our bride’s face on it. Matching pajamas from Jcrew really enhanced the slumber party vibe.

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Peach- Pizza -Party!

The end of August always is bittersweet and one of the things I miss most every fall is peach season. Before we are bombarded with pumpkin spice everything, I am making it a mission to enjoy the end of stone fruit season to the fullest before it’s gone. I’ve been adding ripe peaches to everything from salads, to tropical smoothies, and even to pizza!

When Whole Foods Market reached out to collaborate on a recipe with peaches I was super excited and immediately knew I had to combine it with my other true food love, cheese. What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with this cheesy sweet and savory peach pizza? Ricotta, burrata, parmesan, basil, and a balsamic drizzle make this easy to whip up any day of the week. Add some rose’ and call your friends and you’ve got yourself a swanky pizza party!

Peaches are currently on sale at Whole Foods Market in Dallas and Houston as part of their summer savings promotions, talk about a sweet deal! The peaches will be $1.49 a lb, they will be $2.50 off and can be found in the organic yellow peaches section. Be sure to stop by this week to stock up.

Peach Pizza Recipe:

1 ball of pizza dough from fridge section

3 peaches sliced

1 handful of fresh basil

4 oz of whole milk burrata cheese

1/3 cup of freshly grated parmesan

4 oz of ricotta cheese

Drizzle of balsamic glaze and olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 500β€’
  2. Let dough chill on counter for at least 30 minutes. Divide in two and put other half away for another pizza.
  3. Start to stretch and knead dough with your hands and then with a rolling pin creating a round-ish shape. If you’re struggling to create a perfect circle, don’t worry, it’s artisan!
  4. Lightly brush the dough with olive oil.
  5. Spread ricotta cheese on the dough creating a thin layer to coat the crust.
  6. Arrange sliced peaches over the ricotta cheese. Sprinkle 1/2 the parmesan cheese on top of pizza.
  7. Bake on pizza stone or baking sheet for 13 minutes or until golden in color
  8. Garnish with fresh basil, remaining parmesan, the burrata, and a balsamic drizzle! Enjoy immediately πŸ™‚

*Disclosure: I have a partnership with Whole Foods Market and was compensated for my work, but all words and opinions are my own.

Elevating your Summer Bucket List

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Houston is a bustling place all year round, but somehow it’s elevated in the summer time! The sense of excitement is almost palpable as everybody enjoys this season in the city. Although it can be hot and humid, there are always tons of events to enjoy this time of year. With all of the options available to you out there, it’s easy to elevate your summer with a bucket list of fantastic opportunities for fun. These are just some of the choices to consider to end your summer with a bang. I am excited to partner with Transportation in Houston to help make your summer one to remember. Check out our list of suggestions below!

 

Winery and Brewery Tours

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Cool down with refreshing beverages! The atmosphere at local wineries and breweries can definitely vary, so it’s not a difficult task to find a scene that you enjoy. Downtown, it’s easy to find a high energy, trendy spot like Saint Arnold or Karbach Brewing Company. For those who enjoy a laid back vibe, you can’t go wrong checking out some local wineries. La Fuente is a close option that offers sophisticated two hour tastings that are sure to expand your wine knowledge! Make sure you have a designated driver or car service arranged so everyone can enjoy the fun and stay safe.

 

Tailgate at an Astros Game

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Enjoying a home game at Minute Maid Park is one of the simple pleasures in life, no matter your age! There’s nothing better than enjoying the morale of the city here, and tailgating is another way to enhance your experience and overall team spirit at these games.

 

Houston Restaurant Weeks

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Foodies will rejoice during Houston Restaurant Weeks that will span from the beginning of August to the fourth day of September. From vegan finds to classic steak houses, there’s sure to be a participating restaurant that tickles your fancy. Last week I took advantage of HRW deals at Xochi and Potente! If you are looking for something more hands-on, you can even take advantage of a cooking class during restaurant week. I visited Main Course Cooking School in Spring the other week. Β For $45 you get to learn cooking techniques, enjoy the delicious meal you prepared, and if you get there early you can tour the inspirational design houses at Main Street America. The cooking school is also BYOB!

 

Local Festivals

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Houston has a distinct personality, and the most efficient way to get familiar with it is to enjoy the local flavor. You can do this by checking out some of the festivals like the International Jazz Festival, ElectroLuv Fest, Polish Harvest Festival, Index Fest, the Houston Hot Sauce Festival, and more. There’s a little something for everybody cuisine, interest, and culture!

 

Feel the Groove

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Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the musical talent in the city! There are tons of concerts spanning a spectrum of genres at local venues like Revention, Arena Theatre, House of Blues, and Stereo Live. It’s worth it to trek a bit out of city limits to enjoy a concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Woods Pavilion.

 

Be sure to consider reserving professional transportation for any of these events! This is the perfect way to ensure your experience in the city is one filled with convenience and fun. With a limo or party bus along for the ride, all of the usual inconveniences that come with a trip instantly disappear. You aren’t going to have to deal with things like finding directions, traffic, parking, or dealing with the quest of getting a trustworthy designated driver for the end of the night.

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A limousine or party bus is a luxury transport option that comes with sophisticated features, but that doesn’t mean that it’s out of your price range. When you split the overall cost among the total number of passengers in attendance, it usually works out to be the same price as an Uber service, or even cheaper. When you compare the features, it’s easy to see why it’s more beneficial to invest in professional Transportation in Houston. Stay cool and safe this summer, Houston!