Ice cream, and Tacos, and coffee! Oh My!

North Austin is growing by leaps and bounds, and our immediate area is showing off some pretty fun new features. There’s lots of great new food to try and some pretty exciting developments coming up! If you don’t already live here, you may want to reconsider that very soon!

Probably the most headache-inducing thing before traveling is packing, is very important to have in you suitcases all the beauty care travel essentials.

Pflugerville has come newcomers that sound pretty inviting.

BonBons Thai Ice Rolled Ice Cream in Pflugerville. If you haven’t seen rolled ice cream, you’re in for a treat! No pun intended.

 

P-ville also got their very own Torchy’s Tacos in Stone Hill.

 

Georgetown is welcoming some new businesses, as well

Pupology Boutique For Pets and Their People is for pets and the people who love them. And it looks adorable!

600Degrees Market will open soon, and if you get antsy waiting for your 600 Degree pizza fix, this is going to make you very happy indeed!

6 Whiskey co has opened on the square! This visually stunning apparel and home décor store has been pretty well anticipated, and it is gorgeous!

There is also a rumor that Georgetown will be getting their own Torchy’s soon! Fingers crossed!

Round Rock has quite a few new, and up and coming features.

Bonchon Chicken has finally arrive to bring us mouthwatering Korean chicken dishes. Just looking at their website will make you hungry.

Sweet Charlie’s Rolled Ice Cream will be opening in Round Rock soon, for those of us who need ice cream but don’t want to drive to Pflugerville.

Liberty BBQ has been open for a while now, and downtown Round Rock is raving!

Gino’s Vino Osteria serves up fine Italian dining with a fun, exciting atmosphere.

Wayback Burgers opened a short time ago, but they have become a local favorite!

And Summer Moon Wood Fired Coffee just opened on University! I’m personally quite excited about this one.

Also, Chick-Fil-A will be bringing a new location on 79 near Dell Diamond. This will hopefully ease a little traffic on University at lunch time.

And it isn’t just fun and fine dining. There are some pretty exciting things in store for our local area.

There is soon to be a shopping experience like The Domain right in the heart of Round Rock and another in Pflugerville. Work has begun on a new Recreation Complex in Round Rock in Old Settler’s Park. And an amphitheater is set to open very soon in the Park at Brushy Creek!

That, along with the much anticipated Kalahari Resort coming soon makes this a very exciting place to be!

Don’t want to miss out on some of these exciting developments? You know what to do! I’m always here to make sure you are in the hot spots!

 

 

Small Town Perks

For some, coffee is a total spiritual experience. For others, a bracing necessity. No matter how you enjoy your cuppa, there is no better place to enjoy it than a local coffee shop with a good friend.

We may not have a NYC skyline with unlimited options, but we do have a very lovely and eclectic selection of local coffee shops that will soothe the soul and awaken the senses. Here is a small sample list to get you started.

In Round Rock we have Lamppost Coffee, a recently opened coffee spot that encourages a community atmosphere with game nights and a vibrant, urban interior. They have a great menu, and the friendly staff round out a genuinely welcoming experience.

 

 

   

 

A legend in downtown Round Rock, don’t miss the chance to spend some time lingering over your java at Star Coffee. It’s a lovely coffee shop in a breathtaking location. Getting a table inside or out, you are guaranteed a refreshing respite. People watch, work on your computer, or play one of a very interesting selection of board games. It’s absolutely a place to slow down and enjoy yourself.

 

In Georgetown, right on the square, we have Cianfrani. This is a real deal small town coffee shop with big heart. Always bustling day or night, they offer some of the tastiest coffee selections (and the incredibly strong “Cardiac Arrest” that will redefine “caffeine buzz” for you). In the cool evenings it is incredible to grab a little table outside and enjoy the view of the gorgeous courthouse and drink in a little big city at night vibe. Also they make incredible blueberry scones.

 

309 Coffee is a slightly off the beaten path charmer that is already a Georgetown favorite. It’s very farmhouse chic, with a touch of urban vibe, covered in the incredible scent of fresh brewed coffee and fresh baked muffins. Ample indoor and shaded outdoor seating creates this very cool boho feel that will keep you coming back just to feel refreshed. For the brave, ask for an extra shot in your dark roast. There’s no end to what you’ll get done that day.

 

 

And brand new to Wolf Ranch, there’s Just Love Coffee. They make a mean oat milk latte, and they are the nicest people! Plus, shopping and coffee really do mix well. And having a great option like Just Love in a great shopping area is pretty close to perfection!

We may be small town, but we drink our coffee like the big boys! And each local shop has it’s own unique feel. So really, who needs New York City when we’ve got everything we need right in one steaming cuppa.

Comfort Zone Camping

If you like the idea of camping, but hate the idea of actually being deep in the woods to do it, Krause Springs campground is perfect for you.

 

Set on 115 acres, Krause Springs has a little bit of everything. Pools, picnic areas, gardens, natural water features, and no shortage of comforting wind chimes.

 

You can go as primitive or as social as you like in this campground. You can go for the day and enjoy swimming in one of the 32 natural springs, wander through the butterfly garden, or stay and tent camp for a few days. They also have RV hookups with water and electric for those glampers out there. You know who you are…

There are also plenty of beautiful natural sites to explore. Take a walk down a shaded path and enjoy the last tastes of summer in this vibrant, lively camp. You will not feel as isolated as you would in other central Texas campgrounds, so if social camping is your thing, this is your place. It has a little more of a festival atmosphere, and that makes it a fun, special camp spot!

Krause Springs is also on the National Registry of Historic Sites, and has been in the Krause family for over 50 years. Just another one of those very special things about Central Texas and it’s incredible people and history.

Krause Springs is located at 404 Krause Springs Road, Spicewood, TX. Check website for news, times, and fees.

 

 

 

Cave-ing In

It may be hot outside, but is there anything cooler than exploring a cave?!

Recently I went to Inner Space Cavern to check out The Adventure Tour, and what was so special about a dark hole in the ground. And honestly, I was floored! I mean floor to ceiling, there is no shortage of incredible things to see!

 

Why do I feel like the theme to Jurassic Park should be playing here?
This is how horror movies start, isn’t it? A little spooky with a lot of laughter? Yep…there’s probably cave dinosaurs in here.

 

 

 

This is goes from floor to ceiling. And you’re not allowed to touch ANYTHING in the cave of wonders. Ok, one thing. You can touch one thing. But that isn’t it.
Looks like a prehistoric underground village and I like it!

 

This formation is called The Ice Cream Parlor…guess why?
So many cool formations to see. Many of which have names, often related to food. I think the people naming them may have been hungry.

 

This spot is actually beneath I-35! You can hear the faint rumbling of the cars overhead if you listen closely. And that hole in the ceiling isn’t just there for decoration!

 

The history of this cavern alone is spectacular for even the seasoned spelunker. And the tour guides are anything but dry…unlike these caves. Dad jokes, and bad jokes abound, but still funny…and mixed in with some extremely informative facts and acts. No, really. At one point you get to experience complete darkness. It’s pretty incredible.

 

 

 

 

 

Sumo wrestler eating an ice cream cone, or just really cool rock? What’s with these names and ice cream? But I do see it!

 

And it’s quite safe. Specialists, we were told, inspect the integrity of the “rooms” on frequent basis, there are safety rails and traction rugs on the trickier paths. But be sure it is a safe tour for all ages and skills. There were several children in our group who handled the up and downhill spots even easier than us grown ups.

There is even time for a fairy tale. Yep….a fairly odd fairy tale, but a good one nonetheless.

 

What….they are cave drawings! Just not quite the same age as the rest of the cave.

 

All in all a really fun time! So if you are looking for a rock solid way to round out the summer and keep your cool, head up 35 (or down, depending on where you are) to get yourself a ticket and explore a real underground cave!

 

And for the especially brave, try the Hidden Passages tour. This tour explores a newly opened area and is only lit by flashlight. I think I’ll wait a while for this one. I saw “The Descent”. I know how that ends.

Inner Space Cavern is located at 4200 S. I-35 Frontage Rd. Georgetown, TX.

As always,

 

Dog Days

You’ve heard of the dog days of summer? Here in Central Texas, every day can be dog day!

Austin and surrounding areas are super dog friendly. So many restaurants have dog water dishes set out on their patios for our four legged dinner guests, and it isn’t uncommon at all to see people taking their pooches along for errands in stores etc.

But for outdoor fun, you can’t beat the dog parks and other dog friendly hot spots found all over.

Photo courtesy of Auditorium Shores

Auditorium Shores is a great place for a game of fetch or frisbee on a breezy day. (PSA: Area is not fenced and there is a major road close by, so be careful)

Balcones Park is an excellent place to take your dog for a hike. Leashed pets only.

Barton Creek Greenbelt is leashed pet friendly as well. And there is a waterfall for added fun!

Photo courtesy of AustinTexas.gov

Lady Bird Lake is a very pet and people friendly destination. Plan a day to wander the shore and watch the paddle boats.

Norwood Estates Dog park is known for it’s off leash dog area. It has a separate area for small dogs and shaded areas for the big dogs to lounge under.

Butler Metro Park gives you 10 miles of leashed pet hiking and stellar views of the skyline. (Formerly known as Town Lake Metro Park)

Photo courtesy of Austin Parks

Walnut Creek park offers off leash areas to let your dog get some exercise and play in the creek.

Zilker Park is leashed pet friendly, as well

Dog Depot in Round Rock is a 1.85 acre leash free area for dogs in the city limits. The fenced park features agility elements such as a tire jump, A-frame contact ramp, and a tunnel. There is ample open space for running and playing.

Photo courtesy of RR Dog Depot

Doghouse Drinkery in Leander is a place to let your dog play in a fenced in off leash area while you watch and enjoy a cold brew. Definitely a place to be social for you and your bestie.

Bark Park in Pflugerville is a fenced dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs, and even a community pear orchard.

Georgetown has a Bark Park as well! It offers shade, drinking areas, and agility equipment for the super feisty dogs.

 

And if you have that summer vacation planned, and Fido has to stay put, there are some excellent, state of the art kennels you can be very comfortable using. By no means is this a complete list, but here is a sample.

Action Pack Dog Center in Round Rock is a great place for your 4 legged friend to board, or even just hang out for the day. They even have a pool, so your dog may come home a little spoiled.

Photo courtesy of Action Pack

Dogtopia in Round Rock offers webcam access of your dog so you can check in while away.

Zoot Pet Hospital and Luxury Boarding serves Georgetown pups of all ages and sizes. They even offer training! (For the dogs, not the people…)

Photo courtesy of Zoot

 

So what if all this sounds great to you, but oops! You don’t have a dog! Dash on over to Williamson County Animal Shelter, or Austin Pets Alive and your new best friend is likely ready and waiting.

Sure, this all sounds exhausting for you and the pup, but everything is just a little bit better with a sleepy dog in your lap after a fun day in the sun.

Set down Some Roots!

Welcome to this must see ranch style home ready for you to move in! This is 4136 Sequoia Trail, and it is perfection! Set on 1.76 acres, you are going to love it!


It starts with this inviting entrance, ready for your own “Welcome” sign…

…and dazzles you with this light, bright interior ready for busy mornings, to lazy Saturdays.

 

And the modern farmhouse kitchen, complete with shiplap and stainless apron sink, will awaken your inner chef in no time! All these gorgeous features make this the ultimate gathering place!

A spacious owner’s suite boasts enough space to have a sitting area by a window overlooking the backyard, and a lovely bathroom featuring the very popular subway tile.

And the secondary bedrooms are full of charm and whimsy!

This 4th bedroom is the sweetest home office!

The sunroom brings you outside all seasons, and there is enough space on the back patio for a nice sized grill!

And look at all this space to breathe! You can plant some pretty amazing garden space in a lot this size!

This is a rare gem of a home! Especially if you want a little bit of country, but still have convenience of amenities close by.

The Georgetown Tennis Center is just up the road!

4136 Sequoia Trail is 4br, 3 bath, and 2238 sf on 1.76 acres. You can find more information at the link above, and call me for your own private showing! Let’s get you into your brand new ranch!

 

The Ranch Is Calling

Why build when your dream home is right here. It isn’t just a home, it’s a lifestyle!

 

Located at 4024 Mercer in Wolf Ranch, Georgetown, this home is a in an incredible location. If you are a savvy shopper and love convenience, this is the place for you! There is so much to do nearby!

 

Imagine coming home every day to this picturesque stunner with custom landscaping. The beautiful glass front door just shouts “Come on in!”

 

 

The custom built, extra large island in this modern farmhouse kitchen is perfect for gatherings of any kind. And the open dining area encourages lingering over three course meals, or just enjoying coffee with a friend.

 

Very family friendly, the kitchen also features a space to do homework, or a little extra craft space.

And no farmhouse is complete without a mudroom, featuring a built in bench, hooks, and beautiful bead board paneling.

 

The bright, open living space beckons you to linger with a good book, or a movie marathon.

 

And an extra reading nook off the great room offers a more cozy option for relaxing.

Family or guests will love the bedrooms with the trees just outside.

And the master suite has all the peaceful chic one could want, with a classic bay window overlooking the backyard.  And the lavish bathroom, featuring the very desirable subway tile completes the suite.

 

 

There is also a spacious home office/bonus room.

Wow! Look at this remarkable neighborhood pool and spa! This home truly is a lifestyle.

 

4024 Mercer is 2112 sf, has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, tons of top notch upgrades, and is ready for you to come see it today! Call me for a showing.

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Growing up, the library was always a sort of magical place. So quiet and cool against the hot, noisy summer canvas, it was a great way to escape and find yourself…and get lost a little as well.

         

 

Back then it was just full of books, card catalogs and, if you were lucky, a microfiche or two.

Now there is so much more! Card catalogs are computerized, you can use online computers to research instead of those cool mircofiches…and that’s just part of it.  You can rent DVDs, CDs, and reserve study space.

          

Georgetown library has a weekly read to dogs session for kids to practice reading skills, there is a large selection of classes and seminars, art and photography displays, even live music!

      

And if that isn’t cool enough, there is a cafe with food and coffee and lots of friends meeting up. Definitely not the libraries of old.

       

Oh, and there is a used bookstore inside the library. Just in case you need just one more.

 

       

This library is so much more than a place to check out books for a little literary escape. It’s a literal  destination in itself!

Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W 8th St, Georgetown, TX 78626.

 

Taylor Made

If you are looking for a little day trip getaway that isn’t too far away, you only need to head to Taylor, Texas!

This charming downtown district has everything! Antique malls, quaint decor shops,

from Sweet & Southern Finds

the fantastic 2nd St Farm to Market Deli,

the cutest Curb Side Coffee House,

 

and a heaping helping of gorgeous architecture!

 

Take time to explore, so you won’t miss this peaceful hidden art gallery.


Linger with the family in the kid friendly Texas Beer Company,

or go get some amazing cupcakes from Curb Side Coffee House.

You would never know this is a small town with the big options for browsing. Take the whole day and enjoy a beautiful spring day exploring the hidden gem that is Taylor.

Taylor is located less than 20 miles East of Round Rock on Hwy 79.

The Greenhouse Effect

It is my humble opinion that you can never have too many delicious dining options on the square.

 

 

Last fall, Greenhouse Craft Foods opened their second location on the gorgeous Georgetown town square and it could not be more ideal!

   

 

They offer the same farm to table freshness with some unique menu items to keep things exciting.

(brisket mac n cheese, anyone?)

 

And the décor is a striking mix of rustic and industrial, making it inviting for everyone.

  

And the food is insanely delicious! They offer kid friendly options, as well. And you can dine in, or order ahead and pick up dinner for those lazy nights.

 

Whether wandering the antique stores and boutiques on the square on a Saturday, meeting the girls for brunch, or enjoying a night at the Palace Theater, this is the tastiest place to grab a bite!

Greenhouse Craft Foods Georgetown is located at 708 S. Austin Ave.

 

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