When I first heard that I’d be going to Austin, Texas for a work conference, I immediately thought of the movie Road Trip. The whole movie kind of gets started with a plot point confusing Austin with Boston. Of course, my absolute FAVORITE part of the movie is this:
Oh my gosh I CAN’T even contain myself when it comes to dorky dancing!
I most likely will not be breaking out my nerdy dance movies at this work conference (it’s no BlogHer) but I WILL be finally visiting Texas for the first time!
I have some free time on Sunday when I arrive, and then some more time to poke around Austin each evening after the conference sessions end. My main goals are to eat some yummy Texas food and do a little shopping while I’m there — I’d love to snag a cute pair of boots and maybe some vintage t-shirts too.
I asked for some suggestions on my Facebook page and here’s what I’ve added to my list so far:
- See a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater.
- Go shopping at the 2nd District Shopping area. Also hit some vintage shopping stores like: Feathers, New Bohemia, Savers, Roadhouse Rags and Top Drawer.
- Suggested restaurants: Threadgills, Matt’s El Rancho, Dirty Marti’s, El Aryo, Torchy’s Tacos, and the Trailer food park on 1st.
- Go see some live music.
My hotel is right next to the convention center, so I’ll either be walking to each destination or grabbing a cab to get there and back.
So now I ask for your help – if you’ve been to Austin do you have any “can’t miss” things I should add to my list? Is there a shop that you LOVE or a restaurant that has the best something-or-other you’ve ever had? Do I have any readers in the area that would like to meet up?