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A Guide To Lake Travis Area Dermatology

Lake Travis Area Dermatology

One of the great things about living in the Lake Travis area is we don’t have to leave our convenient “bubble” for exceptional dermatology and cosmetic treatments. We have some of the best dermatologists in Austin right in our own backyard.

So if you’re seeing a few discolored spots on your legs from sun exposure or you need a little vial of youth serum to ease all of that squinting in the sunshine (dang crow’s feet!), this post is for you.

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Lake Travis Area History: Spicewood – “Gateway to the Hill Country”

Spicewood Hill Country

Wide open acres, swimming holes, and the home of Country Music Legend Willie Nelson — these are just a few of the reasons that Spicewood, Texas is so loved around the Lake Travis area.

Nestled along the shores of Lake Travis in Burnet County, this Hill Country community is just 22 miles Southeast of the city lights of Austin. Spicewood has been hailed as the “Gateway to the Hill Country,” and rightly so. You can begin your Hill Country tour out to nearby towns such as Marble Falls, Burnet, Llano and Fredericksburg for a day trip, or plant yourself in Spicewood to take in its laid-back Texas vibes. It’s a quaint Texas town with a history all its own, and one you have to experience firsthand to truly comprehend.

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Dell Diamond: Family-Friendly, Fireworks, Food and Fun!

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There’s something right about a summer evening and baseball, and we’re lucky to have an amazing, family-friendly venue for it in our backyard. The Round Rock Express, a Triple-A team affiliated with the Texas Rangers, plays home games at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The games are fun and the entire family can enjoy a night at the ballpark for less than it costs to go to the movies.

The ballpark itself is great. It was built with families in mind, including a “Fun Zone” area that includes a playscape, full basketball court, bungee trampoline, rock climbing wall and more.  Several activities are free while others cost a small fee — or you can purchase a $10 wristband for unlimited access to all.  It’s entertaining for the kids and gives them the opportunity to do things they don’t normally get to do.

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Design Lab Makes a Stylish Splash in Lake Travis

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Austin may be known as the Music Capital of the World, but it’s also home to a thriving fashion and retail industry. Yesterday, on Design Lab Day (as proclaimed by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell), Design Lab opened its doors at Oasis, Texas. This 3,000 square foot showroom overlooking Lake Travis is the brainchild of Austin’s most well-known designer Linda Asaf. It features over 27 diverse Texas-based fashion designers who are at the top of their game.

Located adjacent to the Oasis Restaurant at Lake Travis, Design Lab has an industrial-vintage theme with ample room to house current Texas designers. It can easily accommodate new lines and seasonal or pop-up collections, which makes it a relevant hub for Texas designers as industry growth continues. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Asaf at various events over the years, so I know if this is her vision it will be impeccable.

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This Weekend in the Lake Travis Area: August 15 – 17

Lake Travis Weekend Events August 15

The countdown to the new school year has officially begun and even if you don’t have kids or you’re not a student yourself, it’s hard to escape the feeling that something is about to change. So, with just two more weekends before school traffic is back, there’s a crazy amount of good happening this weekend in the Lake Travis area.

From a Summer Concert Series benefiting the Central Texas Water Coalition to the Steiner Ranch Concert at the Park where you’ll have a chance to win your own private Tour & Tasting for 10 people at Oasis Texas Brewing Company with transportation provided by Sherpalux.

Get out and have some good fun.

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A Lake Travis Lifestyle Giveaway at Steiner Ranch Concert in the Park

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We’re just a few days away from Steiner Ranch Concert in the Park on August 16 featuring live music from VHS Band, Shoulda Turned Left, Annie & Kate with Courtlyn James and Suede. This year, the event will be collecting clothes for the LISD Clothes Closet and School Supplies for the Middle and High School students in need.

In addition to the live music, there will be lots of awesome sponsors and vendors including your favorite resource for Lake Travis area happenings, US! Yep, Lake Travis Lifestyle will be there with a nifty photo booth to capture the fun and an amazing giveaway you won’t want to miss!

Stop by the Lake Travis Lifestyle booth for a chance to win your own private Tour & Tasting for 10 people at Oasis Texas Brewing Company with transportation provided by Sherpalux. This party package retails for $800!

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Hey Cupcake! The Original Lake Travis Area Food Trailer

Hey Cupcake! on 620

If you frequently pass through the intersection at Ranch Road 620 and 2222 at Four Points (or spend time sitting there in traffic), you can’t miss the vintage Airstream trailer with a big cupcake on top. Hey Cupcake! is one part awesome mini cakes and one part excellent service — and together you get the full Hey Cupcake! experience.

You might remember when Hey Cupcake! first started out at the South Congress location. Not long after that, another Airstream was added to the fleet and parked out at the Four Points location in front of Thundercloud Subs. It was one of the first food trailers to land in the Lake Travis area.

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Lake Travis Real Estate: On Pace For Another Record Year?

Lake Travis Real Estate Market Update

With the summer buying season coming to a close and the start of the school year less than two weeks away, it’s a good time to look back at the first half of the year and look ahead at what might happen during the final quarter of 2014.

The Lake Travis real estate market started off in 2014 where it left off in 2013 — with a low inventory of single family homes for sale. The demand started as early as February and it didn’t take long to see multiple offers start rolling in and competition between home buyers heat up.

Looking back now you can see that it wasn’t uncommon for the average days on market to be 10 days or less and the sale-to-list price ratio at 99% or above — meaning that most homes were selling at or above list price.

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Living Desert Ranch: An Eclectic Cactus Shop in the Lake Travis Area

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Texas has its fair share of spiky, thorny plants. Hearty cacti, tall Yucca trees, spiny succulents — these are the green growing goods that make planting in Central Texas so exciting.

When you’re on the search for a new collection of cacti to add to your landscaping, head to Living Desert Ranch. Just up Highway 71 in Spicewood sits this quaint greenhouse and shop run by cactus aficionado Darrell Dunton. You may have recognized their shop in Bee Cave but they have since moved onto this private property just a few miles up the road. The extra space has given the grower a lot of room to expand his operations and business.

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This Weekend in the Lake Travis Area: August 8 – 10

Lake Travis Weekend Events Aug 8

With only a couple of weeks left before the start of school, it’s time to cram in all the fun stuff you said you were going to do before summer is over. Luckily, this weekend is jam packed with unique events to add some spark to the few weekends left this summer.

Of note is the Texas Tax Free Weekend happening all weekend long. Another event I highly recommend is the Balloons over Lake Travis — it’s not easy rolling out of bed on a Saturday morning before the sun comes up, but this event is worth it!

Here’s all the goods for this weekend. Pick one or choose a bunch — just have a great weekend in the Lake Travis area.

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