On a recent 100-degree Saturday afternoon at Deep Eddy Pool, as sunbathers glistened on colorful blankets and toddlers waded giddily into the spring-fed, ice cold waters of Texas’s oldest man-made swimming pool, a mini drama was unfolding by the lap lanes.
Gathered by the faded yellow stone wall that runs lengthwise along the pool was a disorganized group of hopeful lap swimmers, jockeying for coveted space in one of the seven idyllic lanes. From a woman in a flimsy bikini with no cap or goggles to a toned man sporting a Speedo and carrying flippers – the Saturday swimmers ranged in age and expertise, but all had one thing in common: they were lost. Unsure of how to ease their way into the sea of freestyling Austinites, they milled around, looking for direction on when and where to start their workout.
Unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon scene at the lovely Deep Eddy, where the seven lap lanes are open – and full – 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. Aside from a few often ignored plastic signs, there’s no instructions for the best way to slide into a lane, and the lifeguards offer little help or authority on the matter — they’re here for saving lives, after all, not directing traffic. “Nope, not really!” a bronzed lifeguard cheerfully replied on Saturday when asked if there was any order for who got to hop in first.
Luckily, we’re here to help. After showing you some of Deep Eddy’s iconic style in our July issue, we wanted to offer some etiquette lessons as well. Based on some serious field reporting (tough job, we know) and chats with Deep Eddy regulars, we’ve put together a few guidelines for lap swimming at Austin’s favorite watering hole.
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