An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
Discover Austin's hidden hiking trails
“I grew up in the Barton Hills neighborhood, so I’ve been going down to the Barton Creek Greenbelt since I was a little kid,” says Austin native Scott Fehrenkamp. Through serving on the leadership council of Emerging Professionals in Conservation (EPIC), Fehrenkamp has also come across some of Austin’s less frequented hiking trails, like the limestone and gravel paths at Milton Riemer’s Ranch Park, just south of Hamilton Pool, the rolling hills of Westcave Preserve, and the water-side trails of Pedernales Falls State Park. “Once you get to the titular falls of the park it’s really nice. There are interesting rock formations sculpted by the flow of the water — very cool looking.” When it comes to hidden gems, Fehrenkamp looks for smaller trails, like those in the Bull Creek Greenbelt or Mary Moore Searight Park. Or, he says, “You can always blaze your own trail.”
Whether you’re hitting the beach or lounging poolside, you must make sure you’re properly suited. “A lot of guys are pretty conservative in their everyday dress,” says Sunroom’s Lucy Jolis, “but you see even conservative dressers buying some of the more fun board shorts and swim trunks.” This season the trend is toward trunks that hit above the knee, with stripes or vintage Hawaiian prints, like those from Australian brand Critical Slide Society. For a bolder approach, Stag Provisions has powerful patterns from Burkman Bros. For laid-back guys, the South Congress shop also carries muted tones in boardshorts from Faherty.
Two years ago, while taking a stroll with his boxer, Murphy, Brandon Testa came across the 1920-built house that’s now home to Craftsman, a new cocktail bar on East Cesar Chavez. Owner Testa intentionally preserved the building's heritage — longleaf pine floors, wrap-around porch, and wood panels featuring vintage Austin Lumber Company stamps — while creating a space where friends could hang out. Officially opened May 3, Craftsman offers a low-key ambiance to enjoy drinks like Prosecco on tap and cocktails like Pants On The Ground, a combination of Campari and Green Flash Soul Style IPA on the rocks with Prosecco and orange peel.
Working as a landscape architect for 15 years in Austin, Daniel Woodroffe cultivated a commitment to outdoor spaces that runs deep. As the president of the Austin Parks Foundation, Woodroffe works to revitalize spaces like Republic Square, and raise the profile of neighborhood parks that need more care and attention. He also looks for ways to share the outdoors with his 3-year-old son, Ethan. “Whether that’s taking him camping or having a day out at Barton Springs, [we enjoy] immersive things where I can teach him what I do in the environment,” Woodroffe says. He gave us a look at what’s on his Father’s Day wish list.
Summer days are made to be outside, but not without a little SPF. Dr. Jennifer Gordon of Westlake Dermatology offers these tips for keeping your skin safe in the summer sun.
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