(map) Ho ho ho! Rush to the Airstream and pick up one of these new treats, arriving tomorrow just for the holidays. Rich chocolate cake studded with chunks of Andes mint chocolates and frosted with peppermint buttercream. Sweet!
In Texas, a white Christmas usually is just a dream. But starting this Saturday, the Hill Country Galleria will let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Every weekend till Christmas! Bring the kiddos from 12-4 for snowballs, sledding, and other slushy fun. (Photo courtesy of Sam Chapman, Austin Real Estate Guy.)
(map) Java Dive has a new chef and owner who’s shaking up the menu. Chef Parker is still committed to fresh, local and organic, but he’s adding some dinner entrees and yes, beer and wine. Cheers to that! They’ve still got their famous waffles and omelets. Now they’re rolling out soups, salads, and exotic sandwiches like the prosciutto-provolone with fried egg on top. It is seriously delish. The salad is sprinkled with pecans and chunks of gorgonzola. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and, on Fridays and Saturdays, dinner with table service.
Wishing health and happiness to everyone!
(map) Whether you’re in Johnson City for the Lights Spectacular or just passing through on your way to the Texas Wine Trail. you may want to check out this new place. Serving char-grilled burgers, sandwiches and salads, East Main also offers an extensive list of Texas See More »
(map) If you’re heading to Johnson City to check out the holiday lights, you should also check out this brewpub. It’s on the courthouse square, next to the old jail. Hence the name for their first brew: County Jail Pale Ale. They’ve got several others on tap, as well as a nice selection of local wines. It’s a fun, casual See More »
(map) This Friday, Johnson City kicks off its 24th annual Lights Spectacular with fireworks, a parade and more. Southern Living magazine featured this festival, which showcases 100,000 lights on the courthouse and one million lights at the Pedernales Electric Co-op. You really have to see it to believe it. Dozens of huge oaks surround the co-op’s headquarters in Johnson City, all wrapped in lights, with bulbs extending to the tips of the branches. Folks of all ages are welcome to come “ooh and ahh” the display every night till January 1. Bright idea, PEC!
(map) In the early 1850s, Dietrich Bohls grew tired of the bright lights, big-city feel of Austin. After all, the town was bustling with 900 people, and Mr. Bohls wanted to raise his kids in a quieter, healthier environment. He found a scenic spot a full day’s ride away from Austin, and claimed 40 acres on upper Barton Creek. The family farmed and raised goats and See More »
(map) Put some ho-ho-ho in your holidays! Take the kids (or wanna-be kids) to the Hill Country Galleria and get pictures of them with Santa. It’s free, and they even sweeten the deal with free lollipops and tote bags. Tomorrow night’s the official tree-lighting and Santa’s arrival at 7. Then Santa will be on-hand for two weekends until Thursday, Dec. 5, when he starts every day. Merry merry!
(map) Next week, Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink opens for the season at Barton Creek Resort. The 4,100-square-foot rink will be open from November 27 through January 6 (check the website for hours). New this year is the addition of 200,000 twinkling lights to amp up your holiday spirits. Hot chocolate and cider are on-hand, too. $17-26 per person. Barton Creek Resort website