Austin, TX Y’all: a wedding + a mini-vacay

Earlier this month, Vinnie and I took our second trip with just the two of us since Rocco entered our world. We headed South to Austin, TX for our good friends wedding. Before we left we decided to tack on a few days to our visit. After hearing so much excitement over this city it was necessary that we experience all the buzz first hand.

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Everyone that contributed to the hype on this city was right on! I pretty much fell in love the second we stepped out of our hotel. Every area of downtown Austin has it’s own vibe. And the fact that all of these areas are within walking distance, makes this city especially unique. We had so much fun just walking around, eating, shopping, eating, bar-hopping…and did I mention eating?

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Thankfully, we started each morning with a workout, so I could fit in my dress for the wedding by the weekend (wink). I especially loved running along the Colorado River.

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There were so many people on the trails, walking, pushing strollers, running, paddle boarding and rowing.

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Not only was the energy contagious, the scenery was simply inspiring. I particularly loved this message painted on a bridge post I ran by.

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I also made it to a barre class at Barre 3 one morning. It was a more low-key version of the class I teach. Still fun and enlightening though. I love teaching, but it’s fun being a student sometimes!

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Our post-workout fuel for the morning included an out-of-this-world egg sandwich and an addictive cup of jo from Jo’s! Yes, we went there for the same breakfast every…single…morning. And I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Speaking of drinks, the cocktails were awesome. The bartender at Chavez, a contemporary and cool restaurant/bar at the Radisson, crafted this pretty pink cocktail for me one afternoon.

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During a late lunch at Frank’s, their blackberry mojito paired well with the best mini corn dogs I’ve ever had. And I don’t even normally like mini corn dogs.

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Vinnie loved his Moscow Mule served in a cute copper cup, while dining alfresco at Second one warm Austin night. I had the Floradora, made with Viennese gin, raspberry balsamic vinegar, ginger beer and lime. Sounds kind of crazy with the balsamic vinegar, but it was absolutely delicious!

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As you can see, this city is filled with good food, drinks and entertainment. And how could I forget about shopping! One afternoon a few of the girls that were also there for the wedding and I spent a couple hours making our way down South Congress. We made sure to stop in the legendary Allens Boots, but unfortunately none of us pulled the trigger on a pair. It was definitely hard to resist temptation!

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After shopping, and working up an appetite doing so, we were determined to find the food truck for the famous Gourdough’s specialty doughnuts. It was worth the several block walk.

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I indulged in the Dirty Berry. Fudge chocolate icing with grilled strawberries. Sinfully delicious.

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Now, onto the main reason we ventured to this wonderful city. The wedding! Our dear friends Michael and Jacqueline had a gorgeous ceremony and unforgettable reception at the W Hotel.

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The two live there now, however Michael was originally from Minnesota and Jacqueline from California.

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We spent the entire night on the dance floor, if that’s any indication of the good time we had.

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We wish the newlyweds a blessed future and thank them for giving us the opportunity to experience the beautiful city they call home.

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Until we meet again…Michael, Jacqueline and Austin!

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xoxo – mama brooks