Live Local by Shopping Local in Lake Travis for the Holidays

Shopping Local in Lake Travis

It can start right after you clean the Thanksgiving dishes. Christmas shopping!

The stores try to suck you into the shopping frenzy with deals on Black Friday. From now until Christmas you’ll be bombarded with advertising to remind you how many days you have left to shop.

And it’s easy to sit in the comfort of your home and go shopping. You can find almost everything you need and have it delivered to your door. A membership to Amazon Prime will have selected items delivered to you in a day!

But what if you’re looking from something more unique? Something that you can’t find online. And a gift that supports Live Local in Lake Travis.

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From the Vineyard to the Glass at Flat Creek Estate in Marble Falls

Entrance to Flat Creek Estate

In the middle of 2011’s grape harvest, Flat Creek Estate lost its winemaker to a rival in California. Desperate to save the vintage, owners Rick and Madelyn Naber asked Tim Drake, then an itinerant wine scientist running Texas Wine Lab, for help. Drake turned out to be a winemaker in search of a winery.

Since then, the wines produced at Flat Creek — and the vineyard where estate grapes are grown — have been under Drake’s purview.

The Nabers’ goal had always been to make world-class wines. Once they settled on wine as the product, anyway. They bought what was known as Flat Creek Farm on East Singleton Bend Road to save the agricultural land from development in 1999.

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Lake Travis Lifestyle Black Friday Giveaway with Learning Express Toys

We’re excited to share with you our second annual Holiday Shopping giveaway with Lake Travis’ favorite toy store, Learning Express Toys in the Hill Country Galleria. It’s your chance to win a $100 gift card for Learning Express Toys on Black Friday!

We had a chance to take a stroll through Learning Express Toys to find out what’s hot this holiday season. Here’s a peek at some of the top-selling toys and the ones that will certainly sell-out in December.

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Lake Travis Lifestyle Weekend Roundup: November 20th – November 22nd

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Happy weekend Lake Travis!

The holiday season in the Lake Travis area kicked off last night with the 9th Annual Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival at the Hill Country Galleria. Santa had to rest up last night, but now he is ready for meet and greets from now until Christmas Eve!

We’ll be back on Monday with our November Giveaway. You don’t want to miss this one if you know someone that wants toys for Christmas 😉

Thank you for supporting our local businesses, events and live music scene — Live Local in Lake Travis!

Here is your Lake Travis area weekend roundup:

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ThunderCloud Subs: The Journey to Sandwich Fame


We are lucky to live in a place that has so many sandwich options, because sandwiches are pretty great.

However, not many places can claim to have served multiple generations a tuna salad on white.

ThunderCloud Subs is an iconic sandwich shop with three locations in the Lake Travis area at Four Points, Lakeway, and Bee Cave. They are celebrating two big milestones this year — 40 years of making sandwiches and 25 years of Turkey Trot’s. The Turkey Trot is an Austin Thanksgiving Day tradition that has raised over $2.5 million to help support Caritas of Austin.

We caught up with Mike Haggerty, co-owner of ThunderCloud Subs and run director of the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, and asked him a few questions about the journey to sandwich fame.

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Lake Travis Area Restaurants for Thanksgiving Day

You may second guess cooking at home after spending hours in the kitchen and making multiple trips to your favorite Lake Travis area grocery store for Thanksgiving dinner last year.

Or you remember the tall stacks of dishes that had to be cleaned and you would like to skip it altogether.

Whatever your reason for not wanting to cook a bird, we’re here to let you know … you have options!

The following Lake Travis area restaurants have you covered if you are looking to dine out (or carry out) for Thanksgiving this year.

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Christmas at the Hill Country Galleria: Tree Lighting, Santa’s Arrival, and Snow Days!

Christmas Tree Lighting at Hill Country Galleria

As much as you may raise an eyebrow at Christmas decorations hung the day after Halloween, November will be a blur that leaves you tearing around the Lake Travis area come December, searching in vain for that most perfect of gifts.

One joyous sign that the holiday season is officially upon us (and it’s time to get in gear) is the 9th Annual Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival at the Hill Country Galleria, a fantastic family event that’s a must for kids of all ages.

Activities commence this Thursday, November 19th at 6pm with performances from the Lake Travis High School Cavalettes and The Red Rubies and a later evening show by Chicago’s The White T’s.

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There’s no Traffic in Austin. Just lots of Car Parties.

Lakeway traffic jam

If you’re newer to Austin and the surrounding areas, you’ve likely been bewildered by the hubbub over bad traffic and road clogs.

If you’ve joined us from a Golden State to the west, or hail from the compact New England microstates, you’ve no doubt been stumped by the local declaration of horrible, vehicular conditions.

As confused as you are, the traffic which seems to cause so much bother likely leaves you blissed. An Austin newbie, your work-day commute has gone from somewhere around 7 hours to just 1, all in the time it took to pack up a moving van and strap the kids to the top.

But as you have no doubt noticed (cause you’re a local now), everyone in the country followed suit and hightailed it to our lovely Texas too, and in a hurry.

With the Lake Travis area at the top of the list for best places to call home, congestion is fast-building. As such, it seems time to lay down some ground rules, general tips and all out annoyances. You know, for the newbies.

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Lake Travis Lifestyle Weekend Roundup: November 13th – November 15th

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Happy weekend Lake Travis!

The Lake Travis area has great events all year long, and we’re here for you every Friday morning with a fresh roundup of weekend activities.

In case you missed us this week, take a look back — there’s definitely some excitement about a new bakery in Lakeway. If you’re going on vacation this holiday season and need some help with your furry friends, be sure to check out the new pet sitting service in Hudson Bend. Are you being called to the great outdoors? It’s the perfect time of year to escape for a weekend of camping in the Hill Country.

Thank you for supporting our local businesses, events and live music scene — Live Local in Lake Travis!

Here is your Lake Travis area weekend roundup:

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Leaving Lake Travis for Fall Camping in the Hill Country

Guadalupe River Camping CC Bendini

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But we are not talking about mall Santa and fruitcake … at least not yet.

We are talking about camping season.

The weather is dropping from scorching to “ahhhhh” temperatures and it’s time to stock the cooler, pack up that tent, grab your sleeping bag and get out for a weekend of fall camping in the Hill Country.

We put together some of the best Hill Country campsites that are within a couple of hours drive time from the Lake Travis area. You’ll be far enough away from home to wind down and experience a sky filled with Hill Country stars … but you won’t have to spend half of your day on the road trying to get there.

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