Recent Updates:

Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: March 27th – March 29th

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Spring has arrived and so has the weather we’ve all been waiting for! Plenty of sunshine and temps in the 80’s will make it the perfect weekend to enjoy some of your favorite Lake Travis area patios along with this weekend’s live music lineup — especially after a day of raking leaves!

Easter events are kicking off this weekend with Eggstravaganza at Lakeway City Park. Take a drive downtown and kick-off spring at the Zilker Garden Festival or catch the final weekend of Rodeo Austin. Make a trip out to the Hill Country for berry picking and The Mike Cupps Memorial Lawnmower Races at Sweet Berry Farm.

For more happenings, check out the LTL roundup of weekend activities. We hope to see you out there enjoying a Lake Travis weekend!

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Beyond Bowties: Lake Travis Education Foundation is Bridging the Gap

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You may have seen pictures from the Lake Travis Education Foundation’s Bowties and Butterflies Gala flooding your Facebook page a few weeks ago, but make no mistake, this event reaches far beyond the playfully coined “Mom Prom” moniker. Those smiling faces in the photos are making a big difference in our children’s education.

This year, the Lake Travis Education Foundation gala raised more than $165,000 with the live auction bringing in $90,000, the silent auction bringing in about $43,000 and straight donations that night alone in the amount of $32,000.

So how does this money help? In more ways than you think. “If your child attends an Lake Travis ISD school, they are touched by a gift that was made possible by the gala,” says LTEF Executive Director Suzanne Stone. “The dollars we raise at the event — and all year long — go right back into the schools.”

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Lake Travis Water Level: We Have Water, But Not Enough To Waste

It seems to have rained a boatload over Central Texas in recent weeks, so we decided to check on the water levels for Lake Travis hoping the much-needed rain helped.

As Texas faced icy, wet and sometimes frozen precipitation within the past month, Lake Travisites continued to optimistically cross their fingers for an increase in water in the thirsty Highland Lakes. But even as the creeks and waterways welcomed the recent rain, Lake Travis is still way below its fill point.

With continued efforts of everyone conserving where they can and last weeks’ rainfall, we are hovering at 37% full. The lowest historical combined storage in lakes Buchanan and Travis was 31% full, which occurred back in 1952 during the 1947-57 drought.

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At a Glance: Your Lake Travis Construction Update in Pictures

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With the weather warming up and spring finally arriving in Lake Travis, the pace of construction in the area has quickened, so we decided to take a visual stroll to see what’s buzzing. From the Sonesta Hotel in the Hill Country Galleria to the first phase of framing at the Oaks at Lakeway, the new businesses headed our way will be open before we know it.

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Sundancer Grill: Waterfront Bistro Dining on Lake Travis

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Looking for a cafe experience on the lake? Well, look no further than Sundancer Grill, the 2014 People’s Choice award winner from Taste of Lake Travis. Located in the spot formerly known as Shades Cafe that closed in 2013, Sundancer Grill serves up bistro dining in a relaxed atmosphere with a beautiful view of Lake Travis.

Sundancer Grill is right next to the Sail & Ski Yacht Club at 16410 Stewart Road off of RR 620. It’s a hop, skip and a jump from Lakeway with no winding roads required. Sundancer has indoor seating, outdoor seating and a little playscape out front for little patrons. The retractable glass walls provide great views of Lake Travis and functionality despite the weather, so Sundancer Grill is able to stay open year-round.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: March 13th – March 15th

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It’s the weekend and the start of spring break in the Lake Travis area!

You may be headed to the Texas Coast …

or to the mountains for skiing …

or staying right here and having a stay-cation in the Lake Travis area. You’ll have plenty to choose from including two of Austin’s biggest events — SXSW is underway and Rodeo Austin will be kicking things off on March 14th.

In fact, there’s so much to do during the week of spring break that we decided to take the week off too! But we’re not going to leave you without our weekend roundup and a list of family friendly activities for spring break in the Lake Travis area.

From all of us here at LT Lifestyle — enjoy your spring break and we’ll look forward to catching up with you when we return on Monday, March 23.

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A Lake Travis Spring Break in the Mountains

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Next week is spring break for Lake Travis and Leander ISD. It’s a great time to get out of Austin and take that family vacation you’ve been waiting for. If you’re sticking around, we happen to live in an amazing place that can make it pretty easy to enjoy a stay-cation. There are plenty of things to do for a spring break in the Lake Travis area.

One of the more popular getaways for many families in the Lake Travis area (and the State of Texas) is a ski vacation. If you head to the mountains for spring break, you (or your kids) are likely to see many familiar faces at the Austin airport and out on the slopes. Ski areas from New Mexico to Colorado seem to be among the top choices for spring breakers from Texas — but any mountains with snow will do.

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Point of Origin: Lakeway’s Go-To Gift Boutique with Heart

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There’s definitely something special about the local businesses and the business owners in Lake Travis. They love what they do and their passion is not only evident, it’s contagious. It makes living local fun for all of us.

This certainly holds true for LT’s family owned and operated gift boutique, Point of Origin in Lakeway. It’s your go-to shop for personalized, witty, one-of-a-kind and specialty items.

Point of Origin features brands like Alex and Ani, Brighton, Tyler Candles, Sorrelli, Ivy Jane, MissMe and Johnny Was just to name a few. They have wonderful lake-themed items like glass tumblers etched with “Lakeway,” “Steiner Ranch,” “Bee Cave” and our super cool zip codes. Plus, they carry lake-theme Maple Leaf at Home cutting boards and Lazy Susans that made Oprahs’ Favorite Things list in 2013. The fun doesn’t end there, because they also sell locally made chocolates and gourmet goodies that will satisfy every palette.

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Lucy’s Fried Chicken Coming to the Lake Travis Area

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Prepare yourself for mouth-watering news, Lake Travis Lifestyle readers. Late last week, Lucy’s Fried Chicken confirmed that the rumors are indeed true — they’re headed to Lake Travis to share their delicious food and fun vibe with us in the space that was formerly Iguana Grill.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken owner and chef, James Holmes is very excited about this new venture and knows Lake Travis will embrace his wildly popular and funky chicken joint. After all, we’re funky and weird out west too. James is taking full advantage of the sprawling space and plans to add lake-embracing touches like an oyster shucking station, a playground (hallelujah!), a new stage and, of course, an amazing outdoor bar and plenty of seating. They will also revamp the building adjacent to the restaurant to create a functional event space. Nicccce.

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Laguna Gloria: History, Art and Nature on Lake Austin

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There are some things in life that are just better enjoyed outside.

A slow melting ice cream cone on a warm summer afternoon. A run with your favorite pooch after a long day at work. Larger-than-life art that is not only on display in beautiful fields and walking paths but installed on historic Texas land, as well.

The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria is home to some of the newest and most cherished contemporary art to come about in recent decades, including works from Marianne Vitale, John Grade and Charles Long. It’s one thing to experience art itself, it’s another to experience it in naturally planned locations, surrounded by bamboo, stories-high palm trees and calming Lake Austin waters.

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