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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: December 19 – 21

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We are heading into the final weekend before Christmas!

If you’re like most of us, you probably have a few more gifts to grab. Be sure and check out the Shop & Drop with MyTime Kids Gym if you need a few hours of shopping without the little ones. And when you have everything wrapped up and you’re looking for something to do, check out the weekend events going on in and around the Lake Travis area.

If you want to feel like it’s winter here in Austin, head over to the Omni Barton Creek Resort for ice skating or catch the last snow day of the year at the Hill Country Galleria.

It looks like the rain will be tapering off and we’ll have a sunny weekend. Enjoy this beautiful place we get to call home!

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Lake Travis Cafes: Go To Spots for Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee Breaks

Lola Savannah Coffee Lounge

When you’re looking for a bite to eat or a fast refreshment, sometimes a cafe is the go to spot. From quick breakfast stops on the way to work to sit down lunch spots with eye-catching views, Lake Travis has a handful of cafes serving up fresh coffee, handcrafted sandwiches, pastries, soups, tacos, and more.

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How do You Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater?

ugly Christmas sweater

The ugly Christmas sweater trend, which lost its steam in the early ’90s, has reemerged as a “staple” of the holiday season and it’s claiming more than a few volumes in pop culture history.

There are websites, books like Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On, tons of online stores, DIY kits and more dedicated to the celebration of making your festive yarn downright hideous.

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Lake Travis Local: Meet Celeb Style Guru Heather Campbell-Green


Did you know the “original” (as in first-ever!) Celebrity Style Guide was created right here in Lake Travis?

Well, it was. Thanks to Steiner Ranch resident Heather Campbell-Green’s love of the TV show Friends and her friendship with the show’s costume designer, she was inspired to help fashionistas everywhere replicate popular celeb styles. And let’s be honest, didn’t everyone want Rachel’s haircut?

Celebrity Style Guide, an online publication, was founded in 2005 and instantly appeared on the radar for fashion gurus across the globe as the go-to spot for the accurate identification of hottest designer clothes, accessories, trends and beauty products you see on your favorite television shows, movies and celebrities.

Heather’s love of celeb style was contagious and style editors flocked to her website for her fresh content. Heather’s site has been featured as one of the top 10 “must visit” websites by People StyleWatch and she has been mentioned on ABC News and in magazines like US Weekly and InStyle.

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Christmas on Etsy: Local Texas Gifts to Give for the Holidays

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Let’s face it — this Holiday season is coming up on us fast.

With just under a month since Thanksgiving to prepare for all of the joys of gift giving, Christmas parties and table-sized feasts, we really have our work cut out for us.

Luckily, I always have an eye on handmade and local goodies to get the job done. From handcrafted Texas ornaments to add a little festive touch to your tree to gifts with a personal Austin touch, you just have to dig around a bit to find the best of the best on Etsy.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: December 12 – 14

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December is a month filled with holiday celebrations and traditions. A favorite local tradition is evident as hundreds of trees that line our roadways and neighborhood streets get decorated with a variety of ornaments, garland, sports paraphernalia and other creations that brighten up our drive.

There are plenty of reasons to get out on the road this weekend and check out some of the holiday events and traditions in and around the Lake Travis area.

This festive weekend is filled with everything from holiday concerts to the Vandegrift Vipers competing against Temple in the state semifinals at the Alamodome this Saturday. Once again, there is snow in the forecast with another snow day at the Hill Country Galleria on Sunday. Looking ahead to next week is the start of the 39th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar on Tuesday, December 16.

Our beautiful town is getting decked out in its holiday best so head on out there and enjoy it!

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The 39th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar: Shopping, Live Music, Beer

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

It’s time to get your shop on in the big city with one of Texas’ favorite mammals, the armadillo. That’s right, folks! It’s time for the 39th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at the Palmer Events Center, December 16-24.

This is one of Austin’s longest running shopping extravaganzas featuring more than 160 artists, 11 new vendors, tasty treats and live music. It’s the culmination of an art fair, a Texas-style concert and Christmas wrapped into one huge party with a splash of ZiegenBock.

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Bearded Brothers: The Wholesome Snack Food Company Run by Bros Before GMOs

Bearded Brothers

Hunger is a mighty efficient motivator; Maslow’s hierarchy of needs illustrates this in detail, explaining how humans cannot move toward personal happiness if things like safety and shelter are still lacking in life.

In less dire circumstances, two brothers found themselves in a similar hungry situation, which forced them to think outside the box and create their own organic health-centered energy bars.

We’re talking about Austin’s Bearded Brothers, the wholesome snack food company run by Caleb Simpson and Chris Herbert. Active living is a large part of their lives and the guys were busy in the rock climbing, running and disc golf communities. When they couldn’t find eats that they liked, the guys decided to concoct their own organic variations of their favorite energy bars and snacks.

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Lake Travis Lifestyle December Giveaway: Eat. Putt. Rock.

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Last week, we introduced you to Hill Country Golf & Guitar, a nifty new destination here in Lake Travis that offers food, putt putt thrills and, of course, rock-n-roll fun.

That being said, we’re very excited to announce our Eat, Putt & Rock December Giveaway. Drum roll, please! Enter to win a $50 gift card and 8 FREE rounds of golf at Hill Country Golf & Guitar!

One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card that can be used for mini-golf on the beautiful 18-hole Fender Course and/or tasty food and drinks at Six String Grill. If you haven’t tried the Headbanger Burger yet, we highly recommend it. In addition to the $50 gift card, the winner will receive two passes for four free rounds of golf! We know you’re ready to rock with your family and friends, so keep reading for entry details.

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Jaw-Dropping Plans for The Backyard at Bee Cave

Plans for The Backyard

In April 2014, we shared an update about the future of The Backyard. Well, today it looks like the road will go on forever and the party will never end. Yes, the future looks bright for this iconic Lake Travis landmark, so if you missed the interesting pre-Thanksgiving news, we’ll give you a rundown.

On November 19, Bee Cave planning and zoning officials said “green light, y’all” to the ambitious overhaul of The Backyard. This enormous project includes adding three state-of-the-art film and recording sound stages, two outdoor music venues (total capacity is 4k ppl), a hotel, condominiums and 11 office buildings with a whopping 700,000 square feet of office space.

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