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Labor Day Weekend in the Lake Travis Area

Labor Day 2014

Labor Day weekend is here! The holiday created for workers — and to fill the holiday-free gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

It’s your weekend to rest, put all your white clothes away, watch football, or do all the things you wanted to do before summer is officially over.

Be sure to check out all the live music in the area including a show at The Backyard and the 5th Annual Be Brave Benefit with Clint Black at The Oasis. Or head downtown for the Texas Longhorns season opener this Saturday.

Whatever you decide, enjoy the 3-day weekend and the short week ahead. We’ll see you out and about!

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Cheers & Jeers for Back-to-School in the Lake Travis Area

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It’s the first week of school in the Lake Travis area, so parents, students and teachers are getting back into the swing of things like early mornings, homework and, of course — traffic. The snack-packed, Under Armour-clad, manicured, sun-kissed and savvy leaders of tomorrow are ready to see their buddies and hit the books (and the cafeterias, playgrounds, gyms, fields). In the spirit of back-to-school season, here are our cheers & jeers:

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360 Overlook at the Pennybacker Bridge: Undeniably Austin

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Ask an Austinite about their favorite part of the city — a place that is undeniably Austin.

Some locals favor the South Congress Bridge and its noctivagant bat guests that make an appearance each night at dusk. Others will cite the numerous parks, such as Zilker Park and Auditorium Shores as their favorite place to take in the city.

Out of the many picturesque places around town, one of the choice spots to enjoy is a scenic lookout over Lake Austin at the 360 Bridge, also known as Pennybacker Bridge. Located along the Capital of Texas Highway, this legendary bridge fully connects the North and South sides of Austin. Everyday, upwards of 50,000 vehicles pass over Pennybacker Bridge, using the throughway for commutes to work, home and everything in between. Indeed, it’s difficult to imagine just what Austin would be like without this historic bridge which was opened and dedicated in late 1982.

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Lake Travis Area History: Village of Volente

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The Lake Travis area is home to some of the most picturesque lake towns around. One of these communities is the Village of Volente in Northwestern Travis County, which sits on the North shore of Lake Travis. It’s just a short 18 miles from Austin and located on Farm Road 2769, also known as Volente Road.

There is a lot of interesting Lake Travis area history that led to the development of the greater Austin area. In the latter part of the 19th century, downtown Austin was thriving, and as city dwellers grew in numbers, some residents began to turn their attention to the outer parts of Austin to start life anew.

Two of these people were Thomas and Lucy Anderson, who were settlers from Virginia. Thomas had worked as a miller in the past and was drawn to the open space that this new land outside of the city spaces had to offer him. They settled on Cypress Creek, just a few miles upstream from the Colorado River. He had chosen the space as the plot to build his mill that would be used to make gunpowder for the Texas State Military Board for the purpose of using during the Civil War.

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Lake Travis Area Trails: Bull Creek Greenbelt

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When you’re in search of a little hike and time alone in nature, take a short drive up Capital of Texas Highway to Bull Creek in West Austin. Here you will find what many locals hail as the most scenic greenbelt around, complete with limestone cliffs, babbling creeks, seasonal wildflowers and natural flora and fauna.

The history of Bull Creek goes back to prehistoric ages, namely the Early Archaic to Late Prehistoric phases, however the early Anglo settlers of this era were Will Preece, wife Elizabeth Gideon, and sons Richard Lincoln Preece and Will Jr.. The Preece family owned a few thousand acres of land in central Texas in the areas of Austin and Cedar Park, and after settling in the Bull Creek area in 1838, the plot began to earn its reputation as one of the prime spots for hiking and swimming.

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This Weekend in the Lake Travis Area: August 22 – 24

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It’s the last weekend before school starts!

Are you going to get all rested up before Monday rolls around and come up with a plan for how you’re going to get your kids up early after a summer of sleeping in? Or are you going to get out there and dance the night away to some live music? Attend the Austin Bat Fest? The Hot Sauce Festival?

Don’t let the start of school (and the change in traffic that we’ll all experience Monday morning) get you down. Get out there and enjoy the weekend!

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5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Plan On Doing This Summer, but it’s okay if you did

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Summer is winding down and many of us are gearing up for back to school. Whether you spent the summer preparing your firstborn (and yourself — sniff sniff) for kindergarten or visiting colleges with your incoming senior, it’s impossible to escape the anticipation. But in many households (mine included) it’s hard to tell who is more excited — the kids or the parents.

Has anyone else been counting down the days until school starts? Yes, we love our kids and yes, we love summer. The smell of sunscreen, the sand between our toes, tan lines, boating on the lake. Summer ales.

But let’s face it. It’s time.

If you’re feeling a little burnt out on summer, I guarantee you’re not alone. For every parent that cries when it’s over I’m pretty sure there are two more crying tears of joy. So we’re here to remind you — you’re not alone. In fact …

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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”

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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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