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Before I Leave Austin ...

August 12th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

I had a very long list of places I wanted to visit here in Austin (and nearby cities), but thinking that I would have a lot of time I have only visited a few so far. Today I pared down my list to a manageable size and it's now posted there on the left.

This will involve spending some money, but I know that in all likelihood I will never be back here again ... not because I don't like it ... in fact, I highly recommend Austin as a great place to live ... just because I can't foresee any circumstances that would bring me back here. So, I want to leave with no regrets about the things I did not do.

Since househunting is no longer on the agenda (today I purged a drawer full of house flyers, etc), I also agreed to take on an additional project with the volunteer organization I've gotten involved with. (They know I'll be moving, but wanted me to do it anyway.)

8 Responses to “Before I Leave Austin ...”

  1. Lady T Says:

    Great list ... I'm looking forward to hearing about your experiences as you visit those places! My brother and sis-in-law live in Austin, and I should really go visit and do some of the things on your list myself ... when I am in better financial shape! Smile I'd also like to vist NASA again someday, it's been years and years since I went (I lived in Houston most of my life).

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I like the list, too! I think I could turn all that into a vacation with the kids. Enjoy!!

  3. JanH Says:

    In San Antonio go to some of the museums and the restaurant the Time Machine where they have cartoon characters serving you. We had a blast there! Hubby absolutely loves San Antonio. We've been told of a pricey place called the Oasis in Austin on the lake where the sun sets directly opposite and it a very beautiful place to eat.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    In San Antonio there is a museum/animal exhibit place that has an antique bar where they serve rootbeer. I *think* it used to be some kind of beer bottling plant or an old mission. It really is a neat place to go, unfortunately I don't recall the name.

    Something else that you really shouldn't miss (especially if you like antiques/history) - Fredricksburg, LBJ Ranch, and for a healthy day of hiking - Enchanted Rock. I spent 3 days in Fredricksburg a few years ago, and it was probably one of my very favorite vacations ever.

  5. Sunshine Suz Says:

    SCFR and Frugaltexan,

    It's the old Lone Star Brewery.


    While in San Antonio, go to Market Square and eat at either Mi Tierra or La Margarita. MUY BUENO!!!!

    Also, there are usually coupons for discounted tickets to NASA somewhere! Sometimes McD, sometimes at the bank.... And make sure you eat some of the "Space Icecream"!

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Sunshine Suz!


    Something else you really have to do before leaving Texas -- eat at Marie Calendar's!! (If you haven't already) they have the most scrumptious cornbread and their pies are just plain heavenly! Unfortunately, the closest one to me is in Waco - but I think there is one in Austin, and I'm positive there is at least one in San Antonio.

  7. Analise Says:

    We are going to San Antonio in March 2009 during DH's spring break. Your list is a good resource. Thanks and good luck on your move.

  8. scfr Says:

    I know, I know, so many wonderful things to see and do! I had to really pare my list down to make everything manageable.

    If I don't make it to Lone Star Brewery, I'll at least try to drink a cold Dr. Pepper from a glass bottle before I leave (I know I could do that anywhere, but Dr. Pepper was invented in Texas and it's quite a big deal here.)

    We ate at Marie Callender's right after we moved here ... in fact, it was the very next day ... It is right by the Costco we shop at, so after we returned our moving truck, we went to eat and then did a big grocery / household goods stock up at Costco.

    When I go to Nasa, I will be sure to try the Space Icecream. And thank you for the tip on discount coupons, Sunshine Suz, I will keep my eye out.

    I have thought about perhaps doing a bit of antiquing, especially if we have bought a house in Cali before we move. We have virtually no furniture right now, and tho it would mean moving anything I buy, I know prices are MUCH cheaper here than what we will find out west.

    Analise, if you are going to Austin, I recommend the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum as a place to get a good overview of the state and it's history. DH & I went soon after we moved here and thought it was very interesting. If you are a AAA member, you can get a discount, and you can probably find discount coupons at a Visitor's Information Center. It is right downtown, so you will see other landmarks (such as the Capitol and UT Clock Tower) as well.

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