From Here To There: Austin, Texas For SXSW

Austin, Texas

We are back from our 10-day vacation…hahah. Actually, we were in Austin, Texas for SXSW again. The company we both work for had a booth so we spent 4 days talking to thousands of people about why they need personality in their lives. We first attended this “conference” last year and had a wonderful turn out, this year was a little less and seemed to be a bit less crazy, but it’s still nice to get some of the team together in a different place. I also love Austin, Texas so I can’t complain.

Our trip started off with some rainy weather and getting things together for the show, but it was nice to have an afternoon break to grab some Torchy’s Tacos. If you haven’t heard of Torchys you are truly missing out. There are several locations all around Austin, Texas. They serve of some amazing tacos, including breakfast tacos with potatoes and friend avocado. I have to admit, after eating Torchy’s 4 times within 3 days, I was a bit ready for a break.

We also stumbled upon a parking lot full of free alcoholic root beer and cherry cola…along with a float station! Alcoholic root beer floats?! YES please! Best Damn was handing out these delicious drinks and had a food truck to fill your belly along with it. We played some corn hole and giant jenga as we finished our drinks. Hello free things at SXSW!

Austin, Texas Best Damn Rootbeer

I was really happy to get the chance to explore some new parts of Austin this time around while the guys were taking part in talks and other activities that were too cool for me. I walked Congress Street for a while, had some delicious gelato, and snapped some photos. Texas has some of the most beautiful cities.

One morning we were able to go for a 3 mile kayak on the Colorado river before starting our long day, and it was so incredibly worth it. Seeing Austin from this view was breathtaking, I can only imagine what it would look like at night! We had a shorter day so we were able to relax in the evening as well and for the 4th time, we didn’t see “the bats”. Seriously, I am starting to think these things don’t even exist.

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After our experience of no bats, we walked down through the 6th street madness to see a tattoo shop that had been converted into Harley Quinns tattoo shop and they were actually giving people free real and temporary tattoos, you can only guess how long that ling was during the day.

Since we were there during SXSW, we decided to take part in one of the film events- a outdoor showing of Smoky and the Bandit. Burt Reynolds was even there for a quick interview. It makes me so sad to see how old he looks! The next few days were full of work and not very much fun, so I will leave you with some photos instead!

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  • http://www.christineeveryday.com Christine Everyday

    Free booze and corn hole?! Sign me up!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Right! I was so excited to stumble upon that!

  • http://www.thelowcountrymama.com Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    I have a feeling if I visit there I’m going to want to move there.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      YES!! That is exactly how I felt as soon as I got there a few years ago. I love Austin so much. We were set on moving there when I first went, but prices have tripled since then :(

  • Megan

    Aggggghhh I love Austin. This just made me miss it so much. I need to get back asap and maybe I need to go during SXSW! The rootbeer float looked amazing and I’m so glad you got to do a kayak trip to see the city from that angle. If you ever want to do one in Baltimore let me know 😉

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Isn’t Austin the greatest?! Such a unique and amazing city. SXSW is madness but so much fun, you just need a vacation after vacation if you go for that 😉 YES for kayaking in Baltimore!! We should go in the harbor and then by my house

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    I’ve never been to Austin, but damn you just made me want to…haha. That drink sounds amazing and how cool you got to experience so many different things, your IG pic of the kayak ride had me swooning already!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It’s such an amazing city. I fell in love the first time I was there. It was a really great trip- I find something new to love every time I visit.

  • http://www.emilyabernathy.com Emily Abernathy

    What a great re-cap! I actually live here in Austin, but I always love hearing from people who visit. I always learn something new about my city! It’s fun to see it through a traveler’s eyes! :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Ah I am so jealous! We were set on moving there until housing started increasing a few years ago. It really is a wonderful city.

      • http://www.emilyabernathy.com Emily Abernathy

        Oh yes, the housing situation is unfortunate. Not sure if we will be able to buy anything here which means we may not get to stay here for long!

  • http://www.always-al.com/ Alexandra Stacey

    I’ve always wanted to go to Austin — thanks for the great tips!! And I think alcoholic floats need to become a thing!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It’s such a great place to visit! I wish alcoholic floats were more common because they were delicious!

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Ugh, is now an okay time to complain again about how much I wish I could have gone?? Lol jk, but I’m so glad I got to experience it vicariously through YOU! Let’s go to Austin one day but not for work 😉

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I wish you could have! It’s such a wonderful city and I would go back in a heartbeat!

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    I’ve never been to Austin, but it looks like an awesome city!! I love your kayaking trip and alcoholic root beer floats, yes please!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It’s such a fun and unique city- I love it! I find something new to enjoy overtime I go back!

  • http://vivianbishopxo.blogspot.com/ Vivian Bishop

    Austin looks amazing, I would love to visit one day. I recently tried Best Damn Root Beer and now I have to try it as a float, sounds delicious!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It really is a great city with so many different things to do and see. OMG it is SO good as a float!!

  • http://apaperarrow.blogspot.com Kayla Whitter

    Eep! Austin looks like so much fun. I’ve only been to Dallas, but I would love to visit Austin.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I love Austin so much, it’s the most unique and diverse city I have been to as of now. I want to get to Dallas soon, too!

  • Jasmine @makingrestorations

    I’ve never had a desire to see Texas, but lately I’m changing my mind. It’s great that you could turn a work trip into a vacation.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I absolutely recommend Austin, and a day trip from there to San Antonio. Austin is such a unique and special place, it’s a great city. San Antonio is about an hour and a half away, but also somewhere everyone should visit. The Riverwalk is very cool.

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    Oh Austin! It’s such a fun city with so many crazy things happening all the time with lots of crazy people! I’ve never seen the bats either, but apparently we have the same thing in Houston! I didn’t realize it until we were driving by one day and saw this big cloud thing and it ended up being the bats! Glad you had a great time and got to enjoy Torchy’s!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It really is! I love it so much, everything is so different form other cities I have visited. That is SO cool! Maybe I will have better luck in Houston 😉

  • http://seasaltsecrets.com Shane Prather

    I am checking out Austin as a potential city to move when I’m back from Europe! I’ve heard such great things!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      AH! I would be so jealous! We were fairly set on Austin a few years ago but prices started to increase quickly for the size of house we were looking for. I can’t wait to see where you end up :)

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