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Lake Travis SpringFest at the Hill Country Galleria this Saturday, May 2nd

It’s time to celebrate springtime in Lake Travis at “the biggest time in the smallest town.” SpringFest, presented by St. David’s Emergency Center and the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce, is an annual outdoor event chock-full of fun activities for the whole family.

This year, the event will be held at Hill Country Galleria instead of The Backyard, so you can expect to see things like a larger KidZone (the size of a football field!) with rides and bounce houses, live music all day in the beautiful amphitheater and a Boat Expo featuring the latest in watercraft fun.

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Top 10 Most Popular Posts on Lake Travis Lifestyle: Icebergs, Fried Chicken & Traffic

At Lake Travis Lifestyle, we strive to keep you informed about the best of what’s happening in the Lake Travis area.

Every topic we tackle isn’t always a hit — and we’re okay with that — the ones that resonate with YOU tell a cool story about our community.

We know you look forward to our Weekend Roundups every Friday and you like our monthly giveaways — ‘cuz winning free stuff is cool. We can also surmise that you enjoy your Hill Country sunsets, you like new restaurants and you’re always jazzed about two topics — BBQ joints and local brew.

We’ve been going at it for almost 2 years now! And we’re quickly approaching 450 published posts. With 2014 behind us and 2015 whizzing by, it’s time for a look back to see …

What are you passionate about?

What sparks the most controversy?

What makes you laugh?

Here’s a look at the 10 most popular posts on Lake Travis Lifestyle:

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Roundup: April 24th – April 26th

LTL Weekend April 24

Well, hello there weekend, it’s so nice to see you again! It seems the weather is kicking this Lake Travis weekend off with some heavy thunderstorms … and that’s not something we are going to complain about around here — we just hope it doesn’t bring another rogue hail storm through the area. That was crazy!

There’s a lot going on this weekend, so let’s get started …

The water is warming up and we have a couple of events taking place on the lakes. Check out the Lake Travis in the Water Boat Show at Crosswater Yacht Club or the Ladies First ATX Wakesurf Open at Ski Shores on Lake Austin.

Big city festivals are underway and there are plenty to choose from this weekend. The party starts on Friday with the Austin Food + Wine Festival and continues on Saturday with Eeyore’s 52nd Annual Birthday Party and the 65th Annual Art City Austin.

Get out there and enjoy! Here’s what else is on tap in and around Lake Travis this weekend:

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10 Places to Enjoy a Lake Travis Sunset

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Whether you spent all day trapped in the home office or just made your way through an hour of traffic to get back home, the big draw for many of us living in the Lake Travis area is the beauty that surrounds us. And at the end of the day, we can step outside to take in all in.

Some days you’re just looking for a quiet place to relax after a busy day. Other days you’re looking to pair up your sunset with some food and drinks.

From the north shore in Volente and all the way around the main basin of Lake Travis out to Spicewood — there are plenty of ways and places to enjoy the last golden rays of daytime.

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Earth Day: Cleaning Up Our Mess for 45 Years

Guess what, everyone? Today is Earth Day! Yawn. Shrug. *eye roll*

Okay, okay. We get it. Every day is dedicated to something. National Rubber Eraser Day. National Waffle Day. There’s even a National Hug a Plumber Day — which is actually kinda legit because plumbers probably deserve an extra hug or two.

Behind every national and international day of recognition, there’s a story and the Earth Day story happens to be pretty cool. The very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 and according to the activists who started it, “it organized itself.”

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Lake Travis Neighborhood Guide: Serene Hills

Nestled in the Lake Travis area on one of the highest vistas is Serene Hills, a master planned community with luxury custom homes and a laid-back vibe. Serene Hills is situated in a beautiful slice of Lake Travis with views, hillsides and rustic touches that makes life in the Texas Hill Country special. If you take a peek at these gorgeous homes and their spectacular views, you’ll quickly understand why this is such a desired neighborhood.

What you may not know about Serene Hills is that it was built with an environmentally friendly approach. The inspiration behind Serene Hills was to preserve the rare habitat and leave the smallest footprint possible. From the very beginning Serene Hills has worked under a wildlife management plan. In fact, while Serene Hills spans a total of 456 acres, 342 acres have been set aside to protect as unspoiled natural land.

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Moviehouse and Eatery: Dinner and a Movie Are Easy

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Going out to the movies used to be a pretty straightforward process with limited choices. Get to the show and buy your tickets, grab an overpriced combo of popcorn and soda, find a seat. And you can still do that.

Or you can take your movie experience to the next level. The Moviehouse and Eatery is the best place for dinner and a movie in the Lake Travis area. It’s time to leave the cooking and cleaning to someone else! Enjoy the show as you kick back in your fully adjustable leather recliner and let the full service wait staff bring your choice of food and yummy cocktails right out to your seat.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Roundup: April 17th – April 19th

LTL Weekend April 17

Happy Weekend! I would imagine that this is the kind of weekend car fanatics will love! Check out the 14th Annual Lone Star Round Up at the Travis County Expo Center happening today and Saturday. Up to 200 cars will head out to Lake Travis on Sunday for the Lonestar Round Up Weekend at Oasis Texas Brewing Company.

In this weekend’s Worth the Trip section, we’ll have you taking a drive through the Hill Country and out to Wimberley for the 17th Annual Butterfly Festival. Or head up north to the Dell Diamond for the Round Rock Express Home Opener.

We might see some rain on Saturday and that makes it a perfect morning to find your treasure at the Lakeway Indoor Garage Sale taking place in the Lakeway Activity Center. Hopefully the skies clear up in the afternoon so you can get around to the north shore of Lake Travis for Volente Olive Fest.

Whatever your style — cars, live music, baseball, olives, beer, butterflies and more — we live in a great place to do it and see it all. Enjoy your weekend in and around the Lake Travis area!

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Your Insider Guide to Volente: Olive Fest & Lakeside Fun

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If you haven’t been over to the north shore of Lake Travis lately, we’ve got a few great reasons for you to check it out.

Located about 18 miles northwest of Austin off Farm Road 2769 is Volente, a waterfront village with an interesting history that offers family-friendly lakeside events, dining and entertainment on Lake Travis.

You can celebrate one of the world’s most widely enjoyed foods — the olive — at Volente’s Olive Fest this weekend. Or enjoy the water park, restaurant, live music and libations at Shore Club Volente Beach.

The Volente area offers a variety of outdoor excursions like horseback riding and ziplining at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures (everyone should try it once!). You can also find hidden gems like GrandAnne’s on the Lake, an amazing little bed and breakfast cottage owned and operated by Anne Steichen for the past 15 years.

There are lots of reasons why you can visit Volente for a “staycation” on the Lake Travis shores.

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Crystal Creek Moonshine in Spicewood: Not Your Grandpa’s Moonshine

A few moonshine staples at Crystal Creek

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the distilled drink, moonshine. I, for one, thought most of it is made in bath tubs (not true … these days that is). If you avoid drinking it for fear of going blind — that would be a more popular anecdote for the drink, too. But a lot has changed in the moonshine distillation game in the last few years.

Essentially moonshine is high-proof spirits that are made at home in small quantities — sometimes illicitly. In the past and in the early 1800s many farmers made their living distilling moonshine or “white whiskey” in the Appalachian area. Corn farmers could turn their crop into a more valuable item, and cut down on shipping costs in the process. But a lot of fermenting and early distilling was done under the cover of darkness to keep their operations secret.

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