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Happy Thanksgiving! Relax and Catch Up on The Hottest Topics on Lake Travis Lifestyle

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Every so often we like to do a round-up of the most viewed, shared and liked topics we’ve written about recently. And what better day to do this than Thanksgiving.

Now that you’ve indulged in too much of everything and changed into your “comfortable” pants, you have plenty of time to relax and catch up on the hottest topics on Lake Travis Lifestyle.

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Top Ten List of Things We’re Thankful For in Lake Travis

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In honor of Thanksgiving, we’ve put together a list of the things we’re thankful for here in Lake Travis. Let us know what you’re thankful for this season. We’ll give the best comment a shout out on our Facebook page!

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Beauty, Brains & Brawn: Meet Holly Mills-Gardner

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She’s a mom, a sports enthusiast, a former Miss Texas, a philanthropist, a TV personality, an actress, an emcee, a model and…whew, it’s exhausting just writing this list. How does she do it all?! And always with perfect hair. Hmmm.

If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Holly Mills-Gardner, you know she’s one smart, talented, hard-working and beautiful gal. Her most recent endeavor has her wearing two very stylish hats as a producer and as the host of The Austin Beat, a new TV show that airs on Sundays at 11:30am on The CW-Austin. Lake Travis residents, get to know your neighbor, Holly Mills-Gardner:

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Hill Country Golf & Guitar in Bee Cave is Open! Mini-Golf, Live Music and Food

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Imagine a warm Saturday afternoon, the breeze lightly blowing, guitars echoing familiar riffs in the distance, a golf club in hand. Around you are babbling fountains, newly planted native Red Bud trees and lavender, and a stage awaits the local act of the evening. There’s beer and food at the ready, and the vibes are undoubtedly Austin.

This is Hill Country Golf & Guitar in Bee Cave, which officially opened November 4th along with the Six String Grill.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: November 21 – 23

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It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and the tree lighting ceremonies are underway!

It all started last night with the 8th Annual Tree Lighting at the Hill Country Galleria. The festivities continue with more holiday lighting events taking place at The Domain and around the Hill Country in Johnson City, Marble Falls and New Braunfels.

Are you traveling for Thanksgiving this year? Prepare yourself — it’s going to take longer to get to that turkey and dressing. The experts who track travel for a living say that an improving economy, more disposable income, consumer optimism and low gas prices are combining to create the biggest Thanksgiving travel rush in years. Yikes!

Relax and enjoy your weekend before the craziness begins … or did it already?

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Holiday Wish List: Yep, There’s an App for That

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Most of us in Lake Travis feel like we’re not only trapped in a polar vortex, but also a time warp. How is it already time for Christmas and holiday shopping?! We were just sunning ourselves on the lake and then-BOOM!-winter. Black Friday and Cyber Monday commercials are running 24/7, so it must be true.

This year you can turn to technology to help you keep your wish lists on-hand and accurate. Whether you’re shopping for kids of any age, friends, family members, neighbors or sweethearts, we’ve got you covered. Oh yes, Lake Travis friends, there is an app for that! Here’s a round up of the ones that have us joyfully saying, “Woohoo! Bring on the holidays!”

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Holiday Giveaway: Win $100 Shopping Spree at Learning Express Toys

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Lake Travis Lifestyle is pleased to partner with Learning Express Toys in the Hill Country Galleria to offer LTL readers the chance to win a $100 gift card to Learning Express. Get an awesome start to your holiday shopping season at the coolest toy store in town!

Learning Express is stocked with the hottest toys and games on every kid’s wish list including favorites like Elf on the Shelf and elfy accessories, Santa Pig Popper, Make-Your-Own Snow Globe Kit, Ezyroller, NFL TeenyMates, lots-o-Olaf and his Frozen pals and much more. Plus, they have a wrapping station with plenty of cute colorful holiday wrapping paper to make any gift extra special.

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Hill Country Galleria Kicks Off the Holiday Season: 8th Annual Tree Lighting, Santa’s Arrival and Snow!

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Well “frightful” might be a stretch, but the colder weather outside definitely has us in the mood for the holiday season. Decorations are popping up and Christmas carols are playing on repeat in the stores. Ready or not, ‘tis the season!

The Hill Country Galleria really gets into the spirit, kicking off its holiday season this Thursday, November 20th with the 8th annual Tree Lighting event. Santa also makes his arrival, to the delight of kids from 1 to 92.

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Chilly Weather in Lake Travis: A Few Ideas for Keeping Warm

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No matter what weather forecasts are in the future, when the cold hits Central Texas it always seems to come as a shock.

The polar vortex swept across the U.S. last week and the Lake Travis area was left with chilly sub 40 degree days. But you don’t have to become a hermit this winter and never leave your home just because the air is chilly and the nights come early!

Here are a few things you can do to keep warm when the weather gets chilly in the Lake Travis area.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: November 14 – 16

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Freeze Warnings … seriously? We just went from summer to winter in a hurry! What happened to fall in Austin, Texas?

It doesn’t look like it’s going to warm up much until next weekend, but let’s not hunker down inside next to the fireplace just yet. If you don’t mind getting outside, there’s plenty to do including the Texas High School Football Playoffs and the final weekend of Wurstfest in New Braunfels. And if you want to stay warm, there are a whole lot of indoor activities too.

Bundle up, get out there and enjoy the best days of the week!

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