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Lake Travis Area Weekend Roundup: August 28th – August 30th

LTL Weekend August 28 2015

Hey there Lake Travis! The first week of back-to school is not always an easy one — kiddos having to get up early again, packing lunches, more traffic, homework — did you survive getting back into the swing of things? We sure hope so! Now it’s time to unwind and enjoy the LT weekend.

There’s a whole lot of live music to be enjoyed at your favorite Lake Travis establishments this weekend. And plenty of other activities around the lake. Do something a little different and check out Swift Fest in Jonestown on Saturday night.

Of course, it’s still hot out there so if you need to stay cool indoors, we have a couple of big city options — check out the 20th Annual Austin Fall Home & Garden Show at the Austin Convention Center or Le Garage Sale at the Palmer Events Center.

Enjoy your Lake Travis weekend!

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Lake Travis Local: Meet Alicia Autrey and Decorator for Hire

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There’s no need for me to have a big opener for the August edition of Lake Travis Local. When I sat down for lunch at The Grove in Lakeway with Alicia Autrey the other week, there weren’t any dull moments. This Texas native is as sweet, smart and sassy as they come and I’ll let you dive right in.

Lake Travis friends, meet your Decorator for Hire, Alicia Autrey:

1. What’s your story? Were you decorating and doing interior design stuff as a kid?

Well, I have never had a problem telling people my opinions since I was a kid. I have, however, learned how to be a bit more tactful about it!

I really discovered my love of design when my husband and I purchased our first home in 1999. At the time I was an event manager and had started as an independent consultant for Southern Living at Home. With each home show I did, I found myself really enjoying explaining how and where people could use our products instead of the products themselves.

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Lake Travis Lifestyle Back-to-School Giveaway with FIND

As you know, Lake Travis is buzzing with growth and we’ve welcomed lots of cool businesses to the area. A unique new shop that opened at 3595 Ranch Road 620 S. across from Target next to the food trucks is FIND. Think antique meets vintage with a modern twist.

In honor of back-to-school season, we’re giving one lucky winner a $150 gift card at FIND. In addition to reupholstered antique furniture and refurbished retro items, FIND has an eclectic mix of vintage-inspired new products too like art, pillows, gift items and light fixtures.

Owners Brent Charlet and Kim Neal have an eye for detail and functionality. They’re both furniture and decor aficionados with entrepreneurial spirit in their DNA, so shopping at FIND is an experience … like a perfectly curated trip down memory lane.

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H-E-B Lakeway Announces Opening Date & Restaurant Details

We’re kicking off back-to-school season with exciting news about the H-E-B at Oaks at Lakeway. The Lake Travis community has been buzzing about this hot topic long before they ever broke ground on construction. You can see the familiar H-E-B aesthetic quickly coming to fruition off RR 620.

Is it opening soon? Is there a “real” restaurant in it? Are they hiring?

Yes, yes and yes!

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Lake Travis Area Back To School Traffic: Are You Ready?

Lake Travis Area Traffic

It’s the first day of school in the Lake Travis area!

A lot has happened over the summer. You might be one of the many people that made a move and now call the Lake Travis area home. A beautiful place to live and the ability to find a job is a good thing … the back to school traffic is not.

The Austin Independent School District, University of Texas, and Leander ISD, all make the list for the largest major employers in Austin, Texas. Seasonal Employees heading back to work with the start of the school year, parents dropping off their kids, and high school students that drive, will add to the amount of cars on the roads in the area.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Roundup: August 21 – August 23

Happy weekend, LT friends! Don’t worry about homework and early mornings quite yet. You still have three days to enjoy what’s left of this beautiful summer!

Remember the 30 Fun Things To Do This Summer in Lake Travis post? Well, you have 72 hours to cross those summer activities off of your list.

Have you enjoyed a short stack of banana nut pancakes from Cafe Lago? Hiked at Enchanted Rock? Played a round of putt putt at Hill Country Golf & Guitar? There’s plenty to do in and around the Hill Country this weekend or you can keep Austin weird downtown at Bat Fest or the Hot Sauce Festival.

Here is your Lake Travis area weekend roundup filled with places to go and people to see. As always, thank you for supporting our local businesses, events and live music scene — Live Local!

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While You Were Away: Lake Travis Summer Recap

We kicked off the summer with lake levels hovering at 660′ in Lake Travis, transforming our drought-stricken lake back to its gorgeous blue self. While the unusually cool and rainy weather continued to snag headlines in June, lots of other exciting stuff was happening in our little slice of the Texas Hill Country.

If you’ve been busy vacationing or simply enjoying lazy summer days (sans devices, we hope!), here’s your Lake Travis summer recap to get you back up to speed on what’s been buzzing in our area.

Don’t forget, we’re hosting our second Happy Hour of the summer tonight at We Olive in the Hill Country Galleria from 6-9 p.m. If you’re free, swing by and enjoy a glass of wine with us!

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Roundup: August 14th – August 16th

LTL Weekend Aug 14 2015

The dog days of summer are upon us and the countdown to the new school year has begun. Summertime is wrapping up, but there’s still enough time to wedge in some more waterlogging in between barbecues, last minute Hill Country escapes, and back to school shopping.

Make the most of this weekend and go see some live music or just dive in the lake after a long run and say thanks to whatever or whomever you say thanks to that you live in this little slice of outdoor paradise.

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Lake Travis Area Excursions: Hill Country Wine Tours

Wine barrels on a deck

Take an hour drive out toward Fredericksburg – almost any route will do – and you’ll soon see indications of one of the more popular ways to enjoy an afternoon just outside the Lake Travis area.

Wineries abound in this part of the Texas Hill Country, and whether you’re a novice or self-proclaimed connoisseur, a day spent tasting the local offerings is a day to enjoy.

A wine tour can be as short and simple or elaborate as you care to make it. You can go with a friend or significant other for the day or plan an entire weekend getaway around the wine tastings.

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Lake Travis Lifestyle Happy Hour at We Olive

It’s another Lake Travis Lifestyle Happy Hour! Join us August 19 from 6-9 p.m. at We Olive in the Hill Country Galleria for sips and small plates.

You can enjoy 25% off any retail, food or beverage purchase and complimentary EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and balsamic tastings. As an added bonus, there will be a trunk show from COCABANG, a TGIFITS brand specializing in designer denim for athletic and fit women.

We Olive is a gourmet shop and wine bar where you can discover fresh, artisan olive oils and unique balsamics, as well as taste artisan wines, local microbrews and small bites. Think of it as an artisan adventure! There’s always something new to try because We Olive changes their line-up of olive oils, food and wine based on the best seasonal offerings.

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