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July 11

Austin work trip in late August--transit questions

I'm applying for permission to attend a training workshop in Austin, TX, from Aug. 21-25, and I have some transit questions for Austinites!: [more inside]
posted by theatro around Austin, TX at 8:13 AM - 7 answers has best

June 22

driving from nashville to austin

My husband and I are driving from Nashville to Austin via Memphis. The plan is to spend one night in Nashville, one in Memphis, and then end up in Austin. A few questions: 1.) Lodging recommendations in Nashville (between $100-$150 a night and centrally located) 2.) Is it possible to drive from Memphis to Austin in one day? I saw this post detailing the horrors of I-35. Is there an alternative? Google maps says it will take approximately 10 hours. Is that accurate? 3.) Is it better to split the drive between Memphis and Austin into 2 days? If so, where should be stop for the night? 3.) Lodging recommendations in Memphis. 4.) If you could spend an additional night in either Nashville or Memphis, which would be preferable? We are a young couple who like spicy local food, cheap outings, scenic views, and live music.
posted by allthingsconsidered around Austin, TX at 7:00 PM - 19 answers

March 20

Yeehaw, we are moving to Austin!

My husband and I are relocating from Philadelphia to Austin. We are headed there this weekend to scope out neighborhoods and get a handle of the city. We plan to move this summer and are interested in hearing about apartment locator services and general tidbits about the city. We are an early 30's couple, no kids, are will both be affiliated with UT Austin. We would like to live in a highrise building downtown or loft close to campus. Have you done this? Do you have building recommendations? This is what we know so far: traffic on I-35 is horrendous, summers are brutally hot, and housing prices are high... but the city is awesome! We want to get excited about the move -- tell us where to set down roots so we can explore the new city!
posted by allthingsconsidered around Austin, TX at 10:23 AM - 8 answers

February 11

Public Space (Third Places) in Austin, TX

Where can I spend an idle hour or two at midday within a mile of downtown Austin, TX? I am interested in both indoor and outdoor spaces where it is possible to spend an hour working on my laptop, reading a book, etc. I am especially interested in privately owned public spaces, but public is good too. [more inside]
posted by sleepy psychonaut around Austin, TX at 5:42 AM - 13 answers has best

November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving in Austin (2015 edition)

Going to meet up with my mom in Austin for Thanksgiving weekend. Neither one of us has ever been before. Where should we eat, drink, and hear great live music over Thanksgiving weekend? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter around Austin, TX at 4:35 PM - 3 answers

October 30, 2015

Safest way to get from Austin airport to UT Austin?

Given the flooding today, which route is safest/fastest to get from the airport to UT Austin? Are 71 and 183 moving in the downtown direction?
posted by molla around Austin, TX at 4:02 PM - 3 answers

October 10, 2015

Places to stay/visit between the city centers of Dallas and Fort Worth

I'm traveling to Dallas/ Fort Worth with a friend and a six month old for five days this fall. Any recommendations for interesting or even typical places (more like great man-made lakes rather than great nature trails) to stay in or explore that are located between Dallas and Forth Worth but well outside the city centers? [more inside]
posted by Mayma Hosey around Dallas, TX at 1:33 PM - 5 answers

October 7, 2015

Help us plan a Southwestern family Christmas

We would like to rent a place for a week-long family Christmas and are trying to decide on a location. We have three groups of people: two adults in Oakland, California; two adults and four children near Salt Lake City; and one adult in Michigan. The children range in age from two to eleven, and the place has to be driving distance from Salt Lake, as the Salt Lake group can't afford to fly six people. Plus we want to keep costs down as much as possible. Other considerations inside. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal around Manvel, TX at 1:28 PM - 9 answers

August 23, 2015

Ark-La-Tex Travel Advice

Your travel tips for first-time visitors to Dallas-Fort Worth, Shreveport & Texarkana. [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord around Dallas, TX at 10:24 AM - 7 answers has best

August 17, 2015

I don't care about racing! (Austinfilter)

I'm in the unfortunate situation of having to attend a graduation ceremony in Austin, TX on October 24, right in the middle of Formula 1 weekend. I had originally planned to make this part of a longer vacation to see the city - any way I can still do this without going crazy? [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country around Austin, TX at 9:47 AM - 10 answers has best

May 22, 2015

Travel advice for Houston, Texas please!

I am traveling to Houston for work soon and would like some help finding awesome things! I will have a car but not a lot of time as this is a work trip. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax around Houston, TX at 3:10 PM - 15 answers has best

February 26, 2015

What should I check out while I'm in Austin?

I'll be in Austin in mid-March (for SXSW). What places, shops, and things should I check out? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet around Austin, TX at 12:36 PM - 19 answers

February 16, 2015

Awesome escape near Austin, TX

I'm looking for an amazing, maybe a little bit weird, place for two friends to have a 1-night getaway within 90 minutes of Austin, Texas. [more inside]
posted by amelioration around Austin, TX at 5:02 PM - 4 answers

December 25, 2014

What to do in Austin this weekend?

Will be in Austin this weekend, and haven't been before. What are some magical things to eat, see, and do?
posted by shivohum around Austin, TX at 9:13 PM - 7 answers

December 16, 2014

Trivia Nights/Pub Quizzes in Austin, Texas

Where are the best trivia nights in Austin, Texas? I am looking for something that is fun, but treated seriously and with thoughtful, wide-ranging, difficult questions. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti around Austin, TX at 11:17 AM - 8 answers

October 15, 2014

Texas Hill Country like a local

I am surprising my spouse with a trip to the Hill Country. Difficulty: I know nothing about the Hill Country. And the Hill Country is, like, bigger than my home state. Texans of MeFi, can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by minervous around San Antonio, TX at 9:03 AM - 10 answers

September 27, 2014

Dallas- what are the best sources for information on live music events?

What websites, blogs, radio stations (do those even exist), newspapers, etc. do I need to look for to keep up with the Dallas music scene? Rock, preferably, some country.
posted by myselfasme around Dallas, TX at 11:21 AM - 3 answers has best

September 1, 2014

The NO NOSTALGIA tour of Austin, Texas

I lived in Austin in the late 80's and the early 90's. Left and never really went back. I have only one friend left in the area (and he, technically, now lives in Round Rock, though he works in the city). We'll be visiting for a wedding and I'd like to know what are the good restaurants (particularly breakfast and vegetarian) and the decent craft cocktail bars that are not hold-overs from the late 80's/early 90's. In other words, "no Kerbey Lane suggestions, please". Bonus points for a good hotel.
posted by crush-onastick around Austin, TX at 11:39 AM - 7 answers

August 20, 2014

Travel advice for San Antonio please!

Next month my work is going to send me to scenic San Antonio, TX! Please help me with some recommendations as I have never been there. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax around San Antonio, TX at 7:30 PM - 15 answers has best

July 14, 2014

What to do in Dallas for a weekend?

Please share some cool things to do there by myself during the day! [more inside]
posted by Shadow Boxer around Dallas, TX at 8:09 AM - 6 answers has best