An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems
An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems
“You have to think of public art as having some sort of permanence, it’s going to be there for quite a while,” Sun McColgin says. For over a decade he and wife, Ryah Christensen, have been creating work for private residences and public spaces throughout Austin.
“I always liked to make really large works,” Christensen says. Working in mosaic, Christensen designed a wall in the Spring Condominiums and earlier this year installed a piece in the Second Street District, which uses local limestone and glass to depict life along the Brazos River. McColgin created the mosaic "Urban Canyon" piece on Second Street, though he often works in metal, creating sculptures like the steel "Invisible Womb" for a Lake Austin residence.
In May, the couple was commissioned to create a piece for Eilers Park near Deep Eddy pool. “It’s part of this magical place that’s been used by people for 100 years, and hopefully some of that will come through,” Christensen says. For more information, visit 1180pandora.com.
Even if you’re not headed to the East Coast this summer, that doesn’t mean you can’t experience a taste of New England. Since first launching Garbo’s as a food truck specializing in lobster rolls in 2013, Heidi Garbo expanded into the brick-and-mortar space with her Wells Branch restaurant last year and in May added on a wine and oyster bar. With the addition of the new space, Garbo also launched a Sunday brunch menu including poached eggs and wild Maine blueberry pancakes. “We’re in the middle of a neighborhood,” Garbo says. “It’s nice to have something that people can bike to on a Sunday morning for brunch around here.”
You can also get your seafood fix at Wonderland on East Sixth Street, where one of Garbo’s trucks took up residence in June serving spicy scallop tacos and fried clam fritters. “It’s funny how this cuisine — especially lobster rolls — is pretty nostalgic,” Garbo says. “It’s really gratifying because I like Austin, it’s my home now, but I’ll always miss New England a little bit.”
On Highway 71, about 30 miles west of downtown Austin, in between a bend in the Pedernales River, you’ll find something you may have only dreamed of as a kid: a spacious treehouse. The Lofthaven II, one of four treehouses operated by Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, is a bedroom built for two around the trunk of a cypress tree. Suspended 35 feet in the air, the furnished room was designed for a romantic getaway, with a 60-foot long bridge connecting it to a bathhouse with a built-in waterfall. Relying on the shade of the trees to keep it cool (there’s no A/C), there is electricity and lighting; the comforts of home even in the tree tops.
With a host of new residential towers slated to be built, here’s a look at the future of the Austin skyline.
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...more
by James Ruiz
Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.more
Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.
Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more