Back in November of 2016 I traveled to Texas for a guys weekend. My football buddies and I went to see my Baltimore Ravens play poorly against the Dallas Cowboys. Needless to say the game ended much like our season…a dud…but the trip was fantastic!
Austin Texas – Travel Guide
A few days before the game, we all decided that we needed to spend some time in The City of Austin. One of our tailgating crew had traveled there previously for work and said it was an absolute must. He was right.
If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. Included for you is a link to the AustinTexas.org website for much more details, but I also want to share my experience.
Our first night ended up in a drunken stupor (shocker I know) but it started in an area called Rainey Street which has to be the most laid back and chill place ever. The entire area is made up of historic homes converted into bars. In one section, there was even even a place where you could find a number of different food trucks to get some good ole BBQ or pretty much any variety of other foods. It was absolutely amazing.
We decided to have some dinner at Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden. This place was awesome! On the menu…you guessed it…sausage and more types than you could think of. Then of course there’s their assortment of IPA beers, the biggest I’ve ever seen. Needless to say we may have over done it a bit.
Austin is also a city known for its live music. Sixth Street is the where I guarantee you’ll to find it. The guys and I made this a regular spot the nights we were there. The street’s blocked off from traffic on Thursday through Sunday evenings. So you’re able to walk around freely with a drink in hand and check out all there is to offer. Many bars with life musics, great food and friendly people.
Now I’ve never been to Texas before. Inevitably when I travel, I usually say to myself “When in Rome”, and in this case that translated into, “I gotta get some authentic cowboys boots!” So once we arrived, I asked a few people where the best place for good boots was and the unanimous answer was Allen’s Boots.
This place had everything you could think of and their friendly staff helped me find the right fit. I ended up with a pair of Lucchese. These are pretty much the top of the line (nothing but the best for this cowpoke). Good quality boots can set you back a little but, apparently, they will last forever.
Oh and by the way, turns out that cowboy boots generally run a size or so smaller than regular shoes, so it was a bit emasculating when the pretty young sales lady was helping me. I’m a size 10 damn it!
I could probably go on and on but I’ll spare you. You get the idea though. Trust me when I say, Austin is a place you need to visit. I promise you won’t regret it.
If you’ve already been, I’d love to hear about your experience and hope you’ll comment and share.