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Hotels, Austin Real Estate Bubble, Can Realtors Predict the Future?

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As you may have noticed, there is a lot of development going on in the Lake Travis area — except for the development of roads.

On the commercial side of real estate, we are experiencing a boom in hotels because of an occupancy rate for Austin that came in at 72.3 percent for 2014 — a very healthy rate. The City of Austin and surrounding area continues to be a hot bed for business and recreation.

In the Lake Travis area, we have numerous hotel developments that are popping up, from a Sonesta Hotel Bee Cave to a Residence Inn Marriott at River Place. There’s a new CVS pharmacy under construction in Four Points at the intersection of 620 and 2222 with a 5-acre tract available for development and the possibility of another hotel … or restaurant, assisted living facility or another medical project.

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City of Lakeway is Jazzed to Bring Arts District to Lake Travis

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We all know the Lake Travis area is booming with growth. And while we may have to experience a few growing pains a long the way, the promise of a bright future outshines the frustrations. The last piece of undeveloped property (130 acres) located behind the new Oaks at Lakeway is being considered for a unique arts district that will give Lake Travis residents a cultural beacon of its own.

What’s important for Lake Travis residents to know is the amount of care involved in this decision. The City of Lakeway has a rare opportunity to determine how the land will be used. And they fully understand it is the last huge stretch of property located in the epicenter of a growing and thriving community. It’s not a question of what should that land look like, but a question of what is our vision.

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SXSW 2015: March 13th – March 22nd

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It’s getting to be that time of the year again, when the streets of downtown Austin are transformed into pop-up music venues, all corners of the town enveloped in a continuous flow of strings and drums.

Some of us got our first taste of life in Austin at SXSW, which tends to bring in music, film and culture-loving folks from all over the world. To truly get the most out of your time at the famous festival, you need a bit of a game plan of sorts, and the more pre-show planning you can do, the better.

Tickets have been on sale for months, and there is still time to snatch up a wrist band or badge in time for the festival. But hurry, the prices go up and up as the big date approaches.

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Cuvée Coffee in Spicewood: Sustainable Coffee Roasted in Our Own Backyard

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Caffeine addicts consider this: Have you ever tasted coffee roasted so close to you, you can practically smell it from your home?

Coffee drinkers may already appreciate the subtle and rich flavors of Cuvée Black & Blue, the cold coffee drink that is served nitrogenated and straight from the keg. These tempting taps can be found all around Austin and the Lake Travis area. And Cuvée now offers nitrogenated cans for take-home caffeine concoctions worth trying. They make some clean and mean coffee, too, as their East Sixth St. coffee shop can boast.

The whole operation, from roasting to packaging takes place in our own backyard in Lake Travis. Their facility out in Spicewood is where all of the magic happens, and where I got to take a peek into their whole process firsthand.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: January 23 – 25

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Looking for fun things to do in and around the Lake Travis area? If your plans didn’t work out to find a sitter tonight, you can drop the kids off for a Parents Night Out at Rollie Pollies in Bee Cave. Head out for dinner at any of the fine restaurants in the Lake Travis area.

The rain should clear out by tomorrow so you can enjoy the outdoors with some fresh air and sun. Check out Tree Talk Winter Walk at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Or find a deal indoors at Le Garage Sale going on this Saturday and Sunday at the Palmer Events Center.

Here are a few other suggestions we’re sure you’ll enjoy:

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Tree Talk Winter Walk at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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If you’ve never been, this Saturday is a great time to visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Really.

Sure, I get that when people think of outdoors in January in Austin the word “wildflower” doesn’t usually come to mind (“cedar,” “allergies” and “miserable” are more like it). However, Saturday is the annual Tree Talk Winter Walk  — a very cool event that’s worth the drive from the Lake Travis area.

This family-friendly event provides a perfect opportunity to explore the center. Admission is free, and there are tons of activities for all ages and interests.

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Dishing the Love: Valentine’s Day Dining in Lake Travis

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we’ve got everything you need to find the perfect treat for the sweethearts in your life. This post is dedicated to the delicious dining spots right here in Lake Travis that are celebrating in gourmet style with special dinners.

And since it’s Valentine’s Day, we saved plenty of room for yummy desserts. Next week we’ll highlight local Valentine’s Day gifts in our V-Day Wish List, so stay tuned.

Hungry with anticipation? Let’s dig in!

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Le Garage Boutique Sale in Austin: January 24 – 25

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It’s time for the fanciest semi-annual garage sale of all, Le Garage Sale. More than 70 local boutiques, designers and shops will be participating including Lake Travis faves like Adorn and Fab’rik, as well as other fashionista destinations like Beehive, Estilo, Exit 82 Art, Limbo Jewelry (our Jan. giveaway partner!), Sikara & Co. and Raven & Lilly just to name a few.

A $10 ticket gets you in the door, so you’d better have your game face on. This event is all about current fall/winter fashions and there are racks and racks of awesome finds. Shoppers tend to start lining up HOURS before the doors open to get their hands on the best bargains. That’s how serious Austinites take Le Garage. In addition to clothing, you’ll find all kinds of accessories from jewelry to bags to shoes to scarves and home decor — and everything in between!

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Two Saints Baking Co. & Cafe: Homey Goodness in Bee Cave

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Some days are perfect for warming up with a hot cup of soup or a fresh cup of coffee. These days I have been in the mood more and more for these simple cold weather foods, like tomato basil soup, a nice chai latte or a straight-from-the-oven cookie, so I head over to Two Saints Baking Co. & Cafe in Bee Cave to quell the cravings.

If you’re ever in the area by Highway 71 and 620, take a turn into the Shops at the Galleria, where you can find Two Saints nestled at the west edge of the shopping center. The fresh food offerings, including breakfast, lunch, coffee drinks and treats, are all made in-house and from scratch.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: January 16 – 18

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Hey Lake Travis, it’s the weekend. If you’re lucky, it’s a 3-day weekend with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday.

Looking for fun things to do in and around the Lake Travis area? Check out Disney’s Aladdin Jr. with shows on Friday and Saturday. The Austin Home & Garden Show runs all weekend long at the Austin Convention Center with appearances by Jen & Brandon Hatmaker and a Kid’s Zone.

Here are a few other suggestions we’re sure you’ll enjoy:

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