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A Long Weekend In Austin

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As I mentioned in last week's blog post, a couple weekends ago my mom and I took advantage of a school holiday and drove down to Austin to tour the University of Texas. It was such a fun weekend, and I've put together a post of everything we did + ate... enjoy!

My mom picked me up early from school on Thursday and we drove down to Austin, where we stayed at the Marriott Arboretum. That night, we walked around the shops at the Arboretum and ate a delicious dinner of hummus and margarita pizza at Chez Zee, an American bistro with the cutest patio and a huge selection of desserts (I highly recommend the Coco Leches cake).
On Friday we spent all day on campus; we walked around in the morning and attended some business and communications sessions in the afternoon. After our communications session, we ran into the director of the journalism department and she was nice enough to give us a tour of the journalism building!

After a long day of walking around we grabbed some Amy's Ice Creams (some of the best ice cream ever) and headed back to our hotel. After we'd rested a little bit, we went to Kerbey Lane for migas and pancakes (yes, Kerbey Lane is open 24 hours and if you go there you must get pancakes for dinner.) which did not disappoint!

On Saturday we went back to the campus and walked around The Drag, where we did some shopping and sight-seeing. After stopping at the Co-Op, Longhorn Fashions, and Urban Outfitters, we went to South Congress for lunch at Guero's Tacos. Their mole chicken tacos were amazing! The area was really crowded because Austin City Limits was going on nearby, but we had fun doing a little people-watching.

That night, we headed to Trudy's for dinner. Their migas were easily the best I'd ever had, and I would go back solely for their salsa. I'm hungry just typing this!

After dinner, we drove over to the campus because UT had beat OU earlier that day (which is kind of a big deal for us) and that meant the Texas Tower was lit up! After seeing that, we went to get more ice cream at Amy's, because when in Austin...

On Sunday morning we went to a park my mom had read about, expecting to come across a peaceful pond and a small playground. Instead, we stumbled upon a bustling farmer's market adjacent to a large pond. I didn't take any pictures, but my mom and I enjoyed walking through the farmer's market and seeing all the different vendors. We picked up some focaccia from Texas French Bread and some fresh pasta from a local pasta maker!

After that we searched for a place to eat lunch, and we decided upon Hyde Park Grill. It was not the best meal of the trip (it's hard to get too excited about simple sandwiches) but the chicken salad sandwich I had was pretty good!

We then headed back to our hotel to pack, and made a third trip to Amy's for one last scoop of ice cream before we hit the road. I got the same flavor all three times (Mexican vanilla with Reece's) and it's the best ice cream I've ever had (maybe it's tied with Purple Door in Wisconsin. The verdict is still out on that one.)

The weekend flew by incredibly fast but it was such a fun one. It makes me sad that it's over but now it's just time to plan my next adventure!

If you liked this post, be sure to check out the lengthy Austin travel guide I put together last summer.

Where are your go-to spots in Austin? I would love to hear your recommendations for next time I go!

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