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Texas Book Festival: This Weekend at the Texas State Capitol

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“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

This weekend Austin hosts one of the premiere literary events in the country. The Texas Book Festival takes place in and around the State Capitol October 25 & 26th, offering events for all ages and interests. Not only does this festival appeal to literary experts and those in the field, but it also caters to casual readers, cookbook lovers, educators and even children who are just learning their ABCs. There truly is something for everyone, and best of all — it’s free.

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Lake Travis Area Neighborhood Guide: Lake Pointe on Lake Austin

Lake Pointe Views

Tucked away neatly between Bee Caves Rd. and Lake Austin is the Lake Pointe subdivision. Home to scenic streets, varying home styles and impressive views of the Hill Country and Lake Austin, this small Lake Travis area community has been a mainstay in the greater Austin area since the mid-90s. Located just 12 short miles from Austin, Lake Pointe is enjoyed by many that call this Lake Travis community home including families, working professionals and retirees.

History: Development began on Lake Pointe subdivision in 1994, and in the following years most of the lots were built out as well. There are a handful of lots still available for custom home building, which can be found closer to the Lake Austin side of the neighborhood and directly across from Steiner Ranch.

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Lake Travis Area Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin patches of Lake Travis

The Lake Travis area has its fair share of pumpkins for purchase, and whether you’re in the market for the perfect piece for carving or want to get your fall-themed pictures for the Halloween season, there’s no better place to search for one.

I took an afternoon to visit the orange patches, some with rows filled with hundreds of pumpkins, some in huge stacks waiting to be bought — some even decorating vintage bath tubs in the lawn.

With only a little more than a week left until Halloween, it’s time to get out there and find your perfect pumpkin. There are still plenty of shapes at sizes to find at these local pumpkin patches in the Lake Travis area.

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Better Bites Bakery: Gluten-Free Treats for Everyone to Enjoy

Leah from Better Bites Bakery

Cupcakes, cake balls, cookie dough bites — there are so many amazing sweets making their way around the Austin food scene. Recent years have seen an explosion of delectable desserts being crafted in and around the Lake Travis area. One of my favorite bakeries to visit lately is Better Bites Bakery, Austin’s only certified gluten-free bakery. But that’s not their only selling point.

For too many years, cooking for the allergy-challenged has come at a great cost: from taste to price, very few gluten-free/dairy-free/vegan desserts seem to come close to comparison to their buttery brothers. That’s where Better Bites Bakery comes in, filling the empty wheat-free shelves of Austin with delicious after dinner sweets.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: October 17 – 19

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Fall is the month for festivals and there’ll be no shortage of festivities for you to choose from this weekend. And with just two weeks remaining until Halloween, you might expect to start seeing some ghosts and ghouls, corn mazes and pumpkin patches popping up around town. If you happen to be one of those folks who loves the autumn and all it brings, you won’t be disappointed with this weekend’s lineup.

One of the most popular Halloween events in Austin is happening right here in Lake Travis at Lakeway City Park, the Great Goblin Glow. Head downtown for the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas for the 18th Annual Celtic Fest at Fiesta Gardens on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend weather forecast looks amazing for a day out at Sweet Berry Farm or the FiestaJAM on Lake Marble Falls.

With all the cool music, warm fun and lively fall festivities, it’s going to be another hip and happening weekend in and around the Lake Travis area!

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Breast Cancer Awareness: Alana Weston’s Journey


Although we see a lot of black and orange this time of year, there’s another color that we associate with October: PINK. Most of us know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Right now pink is everywhere — and with good reason. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014, about 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. Everyone knows someone affected by the disease.

Over the years my family has supported the cause in multiple ways. We’ve donated, run in races and attended fundraising events to raise money for research. I’ve known survivors and ached for family members who have lost loves ones to breast cancer. But never has Breast Cancer Awareness Month hit me as hard as it did this time around.

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Halloween in Lake Travis: Goblin Glow, Fright Fest and Trick or Treat with Live Music

Halloween in Lake Travis

Grab your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, your Elsa, your zombies and your princesses and enjoy the awesome Halloween fun happening here in Lake Travis. There’s something fun a brewin’ for every child of every age this month, so we’ve complied a great list of must-see spooky events. Plus, make sure you enter our October Giveaway for a chance to win a gift basket of Halloween goodies (valued at $100) from Party Couture!

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The 2014 Great American Beer Festival: Winning Austin Breweries

Oasis, Texas Brewing Co.

The 2014 Great American Beer Festival is over, and the hundreds of brewers from around the country have returned home.

Fortunately, whether you were a lucky ticket holder or not, you’ll still get the opportunity to sip on plenty of great Austin beers that people flocked to at the fest.

Of the 600 breweries that attended the fest, 234 breweries took home a medal in the beer competition. Lake Travis area residents may be happy to learn that gold medals were awarded to our very own Oasis Texas Brewing Company and Real Ale Brewing Co. along with several other local breweries bringing home silver and bronze.

Here are the winning breweries:

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Zenergy Pilates: Spreading the Love of Pilates, Yoga and Barre

Yoga on Lake Travis at Zenergy

If you’ve had the chance to stop by The Oasis in the past couple months, you might have noticed a few extra yoga mats and colorful work out gear near the scenic overlooks on Lake Travis. The team of instructors at Zenergy Pilates, formerly Pilates at 4 Points, has been hard at work building out their new and improved Pilates, yoga and barre studio to serve the Lake Travis area.

Tessa Strader, a UT graduate and ex-accountant turned Pilates instructor, used to run the studio closer to Four Points and 2222, but over the years traffic has increased to the point of needing to switch buildings.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: October 10 – 12

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It never comes soon enough, but it’s finally here — the weekend! We hope you had enough time to recover from last weekends activities and that you’re ready to get out there again and enjoy all the happenings in the Lake Travis area and beyond.

Around the lake this weekend, we have plenty of live music, Cars and Coffee at the Oasis, and the Lake Travis Relay — which is a pretty big deal in the open water racing world. It’s one of Austin’s top 10 recreational events, one of the top 50 open water races in the United States and one of the top 100 open water races in the world!

And in case you forgot, we live kinda close to a bunch of tall buildings and a park that is holding the second weekend of a little music festival known as the ACL Music Festival. If you’re not into the big city events, we recommend a road trip to New Braunfels for the 23rd Annual Gruene Music and Wine Fest going on in the Gruene Historic District.

Whatever you decide on, have a great weekend and we’ll see y’all out and about.

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