One of the great things about living in San Antonio is that there are various towns within an hour’s drive surrounding our big city. With family in Austin, we frequently take a day’s trip to Austin, even to just eat at a local favorite. We kicked off June with a weekend in Vegas so I can’t include that on my monthly round up but I can comment on our trip to Austin and my team trip to Gruene, Texas.
Gruene, Texas (Photo credit: Austin Appraiser)
Team outings are a must for Rackspace. Our department lead planned a team outing in lovely Gruene, Texas. With part of our team in Austin, Gruene was a great, midpoint for everyone to meet. As a child, my parents would take us to the Gristmill in Gruene as a treat on a family weekend. I hadn’t been since then and wow, this little town was bustling. There were all sorts of stores and restaurants. You could do some wine tasting or have a beer at the old pub. The vintage stores had some amazing, one of a kind things – stuff you see on those TV shows. We did a scavenger hunt so we had to walk around and learn the town. And, the river was right there so after some wine tasting (or a beer), you could grab a tube and float down the river. Although it was a very hot day, it was definitely an enjoyable time. I am definitely going back with my family and will probably bring the grandparents along.
Austin Texas Lake Front (Photo credit: StuSeeger)
Many people like to compare Austin to San Antonio – some say one is better than the other. I think it’s comparing apples to oranges and rather than compare the two, I think they compliment each other. The great thing about these two cities is that they are only an hour drive between so whichever city you live in, it’s easy to visit the other. My brother and his family live in Austin so we often take a drive up to visit, especially now that they have a little one. This last drive up to Austin was for my dad and brother’s birthday (land on the same day). We met up at Kerbey Lane (my favorite!) for breakfast and headed down to Zilker park afterwards. Although I love Barton Springs, I have to say Brackenridge is way better than Zilker – in more ways than one. You have to pay for parking and the kid’s train was such a bummer – it had no shade and was far from scenic. So San Antonians, be very thankful of Brackenridge park and make sure you spend some time there to full appreciate what we have.
July is already a busy month – already working on my next post!