We kicked off the summer with lake levels hovering at 660′ in Lake Travis, transforming our drought-stricken lake back to its gorgeous blue self. While the unusually cool and rainy weather continued to snag headlines in June, lots of other exciting stuff was happening in our little slice of the Texas Hill Country.
If you’ve been busy vacationing or simply enjoying lazy summer days (sans devices, we hope!), here’s your Lake Travis summer recap to get you back up to speed on what’s been buzzing in our area.
Don’t forget, we’re hosting our second Happy Hour of the summer tonight at We Olive in the Hill Country Galleria from 6-9 p.m. If you’re free, swing by and enjoy a glass of wine with us!
And here’s your summer recap:
In June, our craft brew connoisseur, Mandy Spivey, headed out to Last Stand Brewing Company to sip local IPA, BPA (Belgian Pale Ale) and Coffee Porter. Last Stand Brewing Company is the brainchild of a trio of entrepreneurs — the husband and wife team Kerry and Mandi Richardson and Louisiana native Mignonne Gros. They currently host taproom hours on Saturdays from 2-8 p.m.
I had the pleasure of attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the new High 5 bowling entertainment and laser tag facility that will be located in Oaks at Lakeway.
The owners (Scott and Jenny Emley) along with their family, friends, partners and community leaders were all smiles with their colorful hard hats and golden shovels. The renderings on display showcased the upscale decor and laid back vibe that will definitely set this entertainment center apart from one’s typical notion of a “bowling alley.”
As an ode to summer fun, we shared our 5 Lake Travis Area Swimming Spots that include Krause Springs, Windy Point Park, Bob Wentz Park, Lakeway Swim Center and Volente Beach. From sunning on limestone cliffs to zipping down water slides, there’s plenty of fun to be had on the cool blue waters from Spicewood to Lakeway.
Austin Yacht Club was serving up lots of lake fun when I stopped by in mid-June. You could feel the excitement on the waterfront because the lake was back in action. Austin Yacht Club has been a landmark in Lake Travis since it opened in 1952. Whether you’re looking for your regatta racing fix or you’re interested in sailing lessons for your tots, AYC offers opportunities for everyone to enjoy yachting on Lake Travis.
July brought us good news about our new-found lake levels because our local commissioners approved LCRA’s application for an emergency order. This suspended their obligation to release water to the interruptible water customers downstream. LTL founder Todd Hower explored existing flaws in the 2010 Water Management Plan and proposed changes that could remedy these issues.
During the month of July we took a peek inside the new Sonesta Hotel, explored all of the world-class golf courses in our area, dished about fresh finds at Lone Star Farmer’s Market and took a little shopping spree at FIND, Lake Travis’ newest vintage furnishings and antique shop.
Before we jump back into the hustle & bustle of back-to-school, join us tonight at We Olive in the Hill Country Galleria for a glass of vino, tasty bites and a trunk show from CocaBang! We’ll bring you up to speed on everything you need to know about life on the lake!