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Posted on July 14, 2017

While San Marcos may be best known as a college town, it’s also an increasingly popular tourist destination. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the many outdoor attractions, great shopping, and the small-town feel of the city center known as “The Square.” The city was also named the fastest growing city in the U.S. in the 2013 and 2014 United States Census Bureau and #9 on Business Insider’s “10 Most Exciting Small Cities In America” list. Whether you’re just visiting or thinking about making San Marcos your new home, there’s a lot to love about the ever-growing city. Here are just a few of our favorite things: 1. San Marcos & Blanco Rivers The San Marcos & Blanco Rivers flow through the city and offer tons of fun! If you want to spend a sunny afternoon floating the river with friends numerous tube rental companies are scattered throughout San Marcos. We recommend you check out Lion’s Club Tube Rental, Texas State Tubes, and Don’s Fish Camp. Each facility offers shuttle rides to and from different drop off and pick up points along the river. You can also do a DIY float and pick up some tubes at the H-E-B in town (they’ll let you blow your tubes up for free!) and hop into the river at one of the many access points listed here. If you’re into kayaking or paddle boarding check out Paddle SMTX. They offer SUP Glow Night Tours where you get to explore the river under the stars on a glow in the dark board! 2. Louie’s Oyster House & Beer Garden Located just a block away from The Square on East Hutchison Street, Louie’s is one of the best spots in town. You’ll find locals here in the afternoons and evenings listening to live music and enjoying great seafood and Louie’s famous $1.50 margaritas. During the spring and summer head to Louie’s every Saturday for the only crawfish boil in town. Get there early though, because they’ll sell out fast! 3. San Marcos Outlet Mall Visitors flock from all over to shop at San Marcos’ Outlet Mall. There are two sides you can shop in – the Premium Outlets and the Tanger Outlets – and you’ll definitely want to hit up both! The premium side features 145 shops including stores like Gucci, Prada, North Face, and Nike. Across the street at the Tanger Outlets you’ll find an equally impressive line-up including Express, American Eagle, Kay Jewelers, and H&M. There are outlet stores you won’t find anywhere else in the state! With something for everyone and some of the best deals you’ll ever see, it’s a must shop! 4. Glass Bottom Boat Tours The Meadow Center for Water and the Environment offers tours of Spring Lake, where the San Marcos Springs bubble up from the bottom of the lake. The boats feature a fully glass bottom, so while you learn about the Springs and the Edwards Aquifer from your tour guide you can wander along the boat and get a glimpse at the springs and the wildlife that calls Spring Lake home. Tours are 30 minutes long and run from 9:30AM – 4:30PM daily. 5. Wonder World Park Home to the only tour of an earthquake-formed cave in the country, Wonder World Park sits within the Balcones Fault Line and is great for all ages! Tours last an hour and a half, starting deep underground with an exploration of the cave. Once you exit the cave you’ll take a ride up to the Tejas Observation Tower in the “Stratavator.” At 190 feet high, the tower gives you a spectacular view of the Fault Line below and the surrounding Texas Hill Country. Next check out the Anti-Gravity House for some crazy and topsy-turvy fun. Then, finish your adventure by catching the train into the Texas Wildlife Petting Park.

Posted on July 12, 2017

If you’re an Austinite- native or not- you probably enjoy city living. But being in the heart of the Texas Hill Country allows for easy access to some of the most scenic, natural areas in the state. Get away from the hustle-and-bustle of the big city with one of these short trips! Hamilton Pool Reserve One of the Hill Country’s most popular “best kept secrets,” Hamilton Pool Preserve is a 232-acre nature preserve located in Dripping Springs, about 23 miles west of Austin. The pool is a collapsed grotto that’s been formed over thousands of years of erosion, which creates a stunning 50 foot waterfall and pool area. The preserve surrounding the pool is home to a variety of native fish, birds, and other animals and plants, including the federally endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler. During peak entry times, from May-September, reservations are required to get into the preserve, and wait times can extend up to 45 minutes due to overcrowding. Entry fees are $15 per vehicle, with a ¼ mile long hike to get to the pool. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area Enchanted Rock is a massive pink granite formation located outside of Fredericksburg, about 95 miles from Austin. Rock climbing is one of the most popular activities in the area, but there are also 11 miles of hiking trails, as well as camping, nature watching, geocacheing, and star gazing. 12,000 years ago, when humans first inhabited the area, Enchanted Rock was believed to be supernatural in origin due to the creaking, groaning, and flickering of “ghost fires,” hence the name. Each year, about 250,000 people venture to the area, which often leads to park closures for up to four hours when parking fills up. Scientists estimate that Enchanted Rock formed when two continents collided 1.1 billion years ago. Entrance fees are $7 per person over the age of 12. Longhorn Cavern State Park Longhorn Cavern has been a Registered Natural Landmark since 1971, and is the main draw for visitors in the 639-acre Longhorn Cavern State Park. The Cavern was created thousands of years ago by the cutting action of an underground river, and was used as a hidden speakeasy during the 1920’s prohibition era. 1.5 hour guided tours are offered year round through the 68 degree caverns. Entrance to the park is free, while tours are paid based on age. McKinney Falls State Park McKinney Falls State Park opened in 1976, just 13 miles from downtown Austin at the convergence of Onion and Williamson Creeks. History buffs will be thrilled to visit McKinney Falls State Park, which is the remnant of a shallow sea that covered most of Texas during the Cretaceous period. In fact, a complete skeleton of a mosasaur was found in the rocks of Onion Creek near the park! Camping, hiking, geocacheing, fishing, and swimming are just some of the activities offered in the park. The park is open daily from 8am-10pm, and costs $6 per adult for entry, while children 12 and under get in free.

Posted on July 07, 2017

Austin Food Truck Parks Austin loves its food scene. Tacos, sushi, spaghetti, and, of course, good ol’ bar-be-que- whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got it. Of course, as much as we love food, we also love our kitschy, portable food – Austin’s famous food trucks. At any given time, there are over 1,400 food trucks registered in Travis county. So, with all of those trucks parked anywhere in the city, how do you decide what to eat? Enter the food truck park. Austin has 3 main food truck parks, each hosting a collection of trucks from which to choose. South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery 1311 S. First St. Austin, TX 78704 Monday-Thursday 7a-10p Friday 7a-11p Saturday 8a-11p Sunday 8a-10p This South Austin must-visit has different trucks depending on when you go, but you can usually find local legend Torchy’s Tacos there, along with Holy Cacao and Conscious Cravings. Take your lunch outside to one of the picnic tables under the giant trees, or into the eclectically decorated cafe area. When you’re done with your food, head into the game room for a game of ping pong, foosball, or shuffleboard. Parking is available right on the premises on a first-come, first-park basis! The Picnic 1720 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704 Monday-Friday 11a-9p Saturday 10a-9p Sunday 11a-8p Located near stunning Zilker Park, The Picnic features food trucks including The Mighty Cone, Turf ‘N’ Surf Po’Boy, Hey Cupcake!, Coat & Thai, Trudy’s, Kebebalicious, and more! Take your pick, or grab something from each of the trucks – either way, you can’t go wrong. You can also spend a bit of time shopping at the retail trucks in the park. The park’s amenities include 80 paved parking spaces, pavilions, and air conditioned restrooms for your comfort and convenience. The Midway Food Park 1905 S Capital of Texas Hwy Austin, TX 78746 Monday-Thursday 11a-8.30p Friday 11a-9p Saturday 10a-9p Sunday 10a-8.30p The Midway Food Park is located near Barton Creek Mall and features local trucks Dock & Roll, Revolution Vegan Kitchen, Beirut Lebanese Food Trailer, Taconmaye, and Cheesecake Experience. Once you’ve finished eating, relax while your kids play at the playscape. Go in the evenings for live music, and don’t forget your libations, because this park is BYOB! Bring your furry friends, because this place is leashed dog friendly too!

Posted on June 30, 2017

We spend the first couple of decades of our lives in school, day after day, learning. But who says our education has to stop once we’ve graduated? Austin is a treasure trove of educational facilities, many of which are family friendly! Texas Museum of Science & Technology TXMOST is located in Cedar Park and brings the world of STEM education to Central Texas. Previously known as the Austin Planetarium, the museum opened its doors in March 2015 with its premier exhibit, Body Worlds. The museum consists of a 33 ft planetarium- the largest in the Austin metro area!- as well as current exhibits, TUTANKHAMUN: “Wonderful Things” From the Pharoah’s Tomb”, and TimeWalk, a journey through the history of the Earth. Tickets to the museum are all-in and all-day! Kids 4 and under get in free, and prices increase up to $18 for adults. Austin Zoo One of the most special things about the Austin Zoo versus others is its dedication to rehabilitation- it is an animal sanctuary, meaning that almost all of the animals that live there were rescued. The zoo originated in 1990 as a goat ranch, and by 2000 was donated into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. With over 300 animals to meet, plus live animal educational shows and a train that takes you around the zoo for a breathtaking view of the hill country, the zoo is a great day trip for all. You’re welcome to bring your own food and beverages for lunch, or purchase them at the concession stand. Prices range from $8 for children up to $11 for adults, and the zoo is open year round. While you’re there, don’t forget to get a few bags of food to feed the animals! The Bullock Texas State History Museum The Bullock Texas State History Museum opened in 2001, and since then has hosted more than 8 million visitors looking to learn more about the Lone Star State. Here you can discover artifacts dating back to the earliest settlers in our neck of the woods, an interactive map of the state, and more history than you can shake a stick at. Classic Rock ‘N’ Rollers will appreciate the upcoming exhibit dedicated to Texas music legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, while younger kids and families will enjoy the creative workshops offered, as well as the current IMAX screening of Guardians of the Galaxy 2. H-E-B Free First Sundays allows all visitors free admission on the first Sunday of each month! The Dinosaur Park The Dinosaur Park opened in 2005 in Cedar Creek. While many dinosaur replicas featured in museums are skeletal, The Dinosaur Park stands out by providing viewers with realistic life-sized, scientifically accurate replicas in a natural setting, as well as wild rabbits, birds, and reptiles along the hike. At the end of your adventure, stick around for the Dino Dig, a sand pit where kids can uncover hidden fossils. Visitors to the park are allowed to bring their own lunches and beverages and may use provided picnic areas at no cost. The Dinosaur Park operates on the surrounding school calendars, so hours of operations may vary. Entrance fees are $8 for children ages 2+, and $9 for adults. Leashed pets under 30 pounds are also welcome here!

Posted on June 23, 2017

There’s a lot to take into consideration when selling your home. Hopefully, you have a great REALTOR® on your side to take over the brunt of the work! However, there are a few things you can do to simplify and expedite the process, including properly staging your home for potential buyers to come view it. Buyers want to imagine themselves in your home, and you want to sell your home, so help them do so! If a professional stager is out of your budget- or if you just prefer to DIY this task- here are some easy, wallet-friendly tips to stage your home. 1. Declutter After years of living in your home, you’ve probably developed a lot of clutter. Some of this may not even be noticeable to you. Your REALTOR® will likely point out some areas that could be tidied, such as drawers, counters, cabinets, garages, etc. If you have kids, consider that your buyers may be empty-nesters. Have your kids put away all of their toys, and pack as many into boxes as you can. Remember, buyers may show up to view the home at any time, so keeping it presentable is important. 2. Touch Up Make sure each room has a purpose that shows in its furnishings. Add a throw pillow or two onto the couch, neatly fold towels on shelves or over towel rods, and replace old or outdated drawer pulls and knobs. If your walls are a bright color, consider repainting with a neutral tone. Or, touch up spots that are peeling or discolored – for instance, where the back of a piece of furniture has rubbed against the wall. 3. Deodorize Over time, we tend to become “nose blind” to the scents that linger in our home. Bag full of dirty gym clothes? Litter boxes? Puppy pads? All of these will be instantly smelled by viewers, and may turn them off of purchasing. As much as possible (your pets still need somewhere to go!) remove litter boxes and puppy pads from the main areas of the house. Vacuum and shampoo any scent-holding materials such as furniture, carpets, rugs, and bedding. Open windows to allow the house to air out, and bake cookies or boil cinnamon sticks before a showing to make the home seem more inviting. 4. Open Up Make your space seem bigger by rearranging or even removing furniture. Do you really need that second couch right now? If not, store it! Before buyers arrive, open windows or curtains and turn on all the lights in the house. This makes it feel brighter, airier, and less claustrophobic, especially in small places. 5. Make A First Impression The exterior of your home is the first thing visitors see when they arrive. Make a good first impression by keeping it neat and tidy. Remove any debris, sweep the deck, and pull kids’ toys to the shed. Keep the lawn trimmed and as green as possible, in order with your city or neighborhood watering laws- summer sees a decrease in available water supplies, meaning some areas may pass limits on amount of water used for lawns. Finally, pressure wash the outside of your home, including sidewalks and driveways, to remove built-up grime.

Posted on May 05, 2017

We are SO excited to be in our beautiful new space! We can’t believe we get to work here every day. We spent YEARS thinking about the design and layout. We wanted a space where our agents could collaborate, meet with clients in style, and take care of business in a productive and efficient environment. We think we hit the “Austin Vibe” nail on the head! What do you think? Our lobby. Mercury glass front desk with a white marble top, and custom cabinets behind (they’re thinner, so the receptionist has room to boogie down back there if she wants to!) The reclaimed wood you see is from a 100-year old barn and houses two smaller interior offices, with two large conference rooms behind. Bleached tree stumps and “RE/MAX blue” velvet chairs add to the rustic-meets-modern feel. Floors throughout are stained concrete. Coffee bar area for clients! Old books and decor give it a little something extra, don’t you agree? Each conference room has a different vibe and personality – but this one is our favorite! All of our conference rooms have at least one glass wall, a spunky wallpaper, different tables/chairs, and a funky light fixture. In this particular room, a hidden TV comes down from the ceiling. We wanted to keep the room looking as clean as possible when it wasn’t in use, so a hidden TV comes down from the ceiling whenever agents want to give a presentation! Another conference room! I love the chairs in this one. Soft and serene. All of our conference rooms are equipped with white-noise to cut down on outside distractions. Private workspaces are available for agents. I love this color filing cabinet! Some rooms have white, and some have mint-green ones for a different pop. We call this the “quiet zone.” Agents can come in and get some work done with partitioned desk space and minimal noise. Right off the “quiet zone” we have 4 phone booth rooms. If agents need to make a few calls, they can step in here so as not to disturb anyone else! More reclaimed wood ties this space into the rest of the office decor. The most comfortable couches on the PLANET, and one of the coolest light fixtures I’ve ever seen. Usually there’s a few agents curled up here with their laptops. We wanted a fun way to feature some of our awards, so we built this cool shelving over the printer area. Supplies are kept right behind. The RE/MAX 1 Cafe! Cafe tables, a huge island, and some furniture make this an awesome collaboration space for agents. This is the opposite of the quiet-zone – you can always hear lots of laughter in this area! The view from the other side – check out that mercury glass tile backsplash over the kitchen area! Our training center “XLR8” has its own separate entrance and is available for rent. Only the best training center for our amazing agents. A glass garage door can be lowered to separate the space. With the touch of a button, a large projector screen covers that large window, and everything syncs seamlessly to the two big screens on the wall. Complete with sound system! EVEN THE BATHROOMS ARE COOL! Each bathroom features a different gray geometric tile. The rest is kept clean, simple, and modern. We’d love to hear what you think about the new space! Leave a comment below or find us on Facebook and let us know there!  

Posted on April 14, 2017

Last week, we went over 5 easy, no budget tips for spring cleaning your home. After your cleaning spree, what do you do to help keep your home clean for the rest of the year? Here are some quick, easy, and painless tips for keeping a cleaner house. Fill your dishwasher at night, and empty it in the morning. Put the dishes away while you make your morning coffee, and they’ll be clean and ready for you during dinner. After dinner, rinse and load the dishwasher, then start it if it’s full. Utilize commercial breaks. When you’re watching your shows at night, skip fast forwarding through the commercial breaks and use that time to do a small chore. This is a great time to load that dishwasher! Keep a “toss” basket for quick cleanups. Once a day, do a full sweep and put away any items that were left on tables, couches, or floors. Wipe down surfaces each day. Get in the habit of keeping disinfecting wipes handy in each room. Clear off and wipe tables, chairs, shelves, and counters each day to minimize the amount of intense dusting you’ll have to do on the weekend. Clean your shower while you clean yourself. Keep a small caddy with a shower cleaning spray, brush, and squeegee in your shower. As soon as you’re clean, give your shower a quick scrub as well- remember to deep clean the shower as needed! Do the same with your countertops, mirror, and toilet as well. Leave the outside, outside. We all love a little nature (see below), but leaving your shoes on when you come in tracks dirt, grass, mud, and critters in the house. Set up an entryway shelf to hold shoes; as a bonus, place items such as keys, bags, and coats there for easy pickup in the morning. Keep the air fresher, naturally! Indoor plants help increase the fresh air in the house. Aloe plants, English ivy, peace lilies, snake plants, bamboo palms, and golden pothos are all great additions to your home. Just by adding these little tweaks to your days, you can enjoy a cleaner, healthier home with little added effort. You’ll also enjoy the extra hours you get back in your weekend. Encourage the rest of your family to pitch in, and you’ll make it even easier on yourself!

Posted on April 07, 2017

Spring is upon us, which means most of us are getting “the itch”- that urge to clean after the holiday parties and winter hibernation period is over. Luckily, you don’t have to drop a ton of money and time on the project to scratch that itch. Here are 5 easy, free, and quick tips to help you clean your home in a pinch. 1. You can use the dishwasher for more than just your dishes! Most plastic toys, knicks knacks, and other objects can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Start the cycle before you begin your other tasks, and you’ll be done in no time. 2. Get rid of unwanted pet hair with rubber gloves Grab a pair of damp rubber gloves and use them to pick up the pet fur and stray hair off of pillows and furniture. 3. Clean your gadgets! Statistically speaking, your cell phone and other tech gadgets could carry more germs than a toilet seat. Get an antibacterial wipe and run it over all of them to keep them clean. 4. Clean out that garbage disposal! Over time, bits of foods that you toss in your garbage disposal break down and cause your kitchen to smell. Toss a few lemon rinds in the disposal, turn it on, and flush with hot water for a bit to help remove the stench. 5. Recycle those catalogs! You know that stack of catalogs that you just haven’t gotten around to reading yet? If you haven’t done so, you probably won’t- recycle them to libraries, friends, or in your recycling bin to free up that space.

Posted on March 15, 2017

While Austin is in the throws of SXSW, it’s also St. Patrick’s Day this Friday. Austin is more than ready to celebrate with family friendly festivals, epic block parties, and beer specials all around. We’re lucky to live in Austin. 1. St. Patrick’s Day Austin Hosted by the Celtic Cultural Center of Texas, St. Patrick’s Day Austin is an all-day live music event that features traditional Irish folk musicians and dancers. They also serve traditional Irish eats and brews. The Gaelic League of Austin will be teaching Gaelic to anyone who wants to learn. The event also has lots of family friendly games and activities. Get your tickets here, for only $15. 2. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant The fine folks at Fadó are shutting down W 4th Street to throw a bangin’ block party all day Friday. There will be a beer garden, cocktail stations, and live music all day. Tickets are being sold at the door. View the performance lineup here. 3. Jack and Ginger’s Irish Pub Jack and Ginger are shutting down Rock Rose starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Cover doesn’t start until 1:00 p.m. and live performances begin at 2:00 p.m. Don’t miss the lunch-time “Guinness Dance Off” or any of their great cocktails. 4. Antonelli’s Cheese House In honors of St. Patty, Antonelli’s is hosting a “Booze Washed Cheese” Class. The class will feature seven cheeses that are washed with some type of alcoholic beverage to add to the cheese’s flavor. There will be drinks available, but there is also a BYOB option. 5. North by Northwest The NXNW location in Stonelake is putting on a St. Patty’s Day party benefiting AIDS Services of Austin. The event has two live performers and fun activities for kids. They are busting out a special Irish Stout and Red Ale. To fill everyone’s tummies, they’re also serving up gourmet Irish stew and soda bread.

Posted on March 05, 2017

Spring break is finally here. We’re all super excited about the time off, but what are we going to do with it? Here is a non-comprehensive list of the best ways to enjoy Spring Break in Austin. 1. SXSW Obviously, we had to mention SXSW. It is most famous for its music festival, but they also showcase film, comedy, and interactive technology. The film festival portion is a series of screenings that happen all around town, you can get the schedule here. The complete schedule for the epic Interactive festival has yet to be announced, but the Opening Party is March 10. The robust SXSW comedy showcase is occurring March 10-18 and is open to all interactive, film, and music festival attendees. And of course, there’s the music. Catch the biggest, smallest, and best acts all around Austin. Full list of venues and performances have been set. Get your badge! Or, get a “Guest Pass” and be notified of free events going on all week! 2. Price Is Right Live Do you love the Price is Right? Then go see it at the HEB center live March 9. Whether you’re a new fan or a lifelong loyalist, this game show is a lot of fun. Tickets are still available for a great price. This spring break you may “come on down” win your very own showcase. 3. Rodeo Austin Rodeo Austin is March 11-25, featuring a fair, special events, live music and all the best rodeo games. Rodeo mainstay performers Kevin Fowler, Cody Johnson, and Josh Turner plus many others will perform. Also, catch Fitz and the Tantrums and Elle king, too. Look at the full line-up here, both rodeo events and live performers. 4. Cirque du Soleil: OVO Cirque du Soleil is bringing its newest show, OVO to the H-E-B Center March 15-19. “OVO,” deriving from egg, is a magical tale that starts from the delivery of a mysterious egg. 50 insanely talented acrobats will dazzle you with their portrayals of life in this stunning show. Obviously, there is WAY more to do this spring break in the best city in the world. Keep an eye out for more fun, free events. Or, just enjoy the beautiful hill country and warm weather.

Posted on March 02, 2017

CEDAR PARK, TX – Broker/Owner Tim and Tammy Kress of RE/MAX 1 were presented with the Broker/Owner of the Year Award for the United States on Tuesday, February 28th at the RE/MAX National Convention in Las Vegas. This prestigious award recognizes one outstanding Broker/Owner in the country who demonstrates extraordinary commitment and loyalty to fellow RE/MAX Associates, employees and clients. Tim and Tammy Kress opened RE/MAX 1 in 2010 and have since grown the brokerage to 93 Associates and a 6-person support staff team. RE/MAX 1 agents specialize in residential and commercial sales in the greater Austin area. In addition to this year’s Broker/Owner of the Year Award, The Kress’ were also named Broker/Owner of the Year for the Texas region. RE/MAX 1 was also named the #1 RE/MAX office in Central Texas for the fourth year in a row, with top numbers across the board in sales volume, transactions, and commissions. “We are feeling so honored,” said Tammy Kress. “This award is a testament to our amazing agents and staff, and we couldn’t be more proud of our office at this moment.” About RE/MAX 1: RE/MAX 1 is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Cedar Park, TX. Founded in 2010, the brokerage has 93 Realtors® and specializes in (residential and commercial) real estate. RE/MAX 1 is a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and local organization Foundation Communities, and is located at 305 Denali Pass, Suite C in Cedar Park. To learn more, please visit Contact: Molly McKenna Director of Marketing & Opportunity RE/MAX 1 512-915-3244 [email protected]

Posted on February 14, 2017

1. Balcones Canyonlands Wildlife Refuge Originally created to preserve the golden-cheeked warblers and black-capped vireos, the Balcones Canyonlands Wildlife Refuge is a designated globally Important Bird Area. Make the most of your bird-watching experience in the awesome overlooks on site. Or, take a walk on the wild side using the parks map of trails. 2. Lake Travis Music Theatre Since 2007, Lake Travis Music Theatre has hosted productions for the hill country community, by the hill country community. All productions are open-audition and many recurring performers are local music groups. Check out the “Twilight Jazz Ensemble,” and “The Hill Country Singers” on the regular. Also, don’t miss the summer musical or the “Twilight Concert Series.” 3. Lago Tacos Serving up fresh homemade tortillas and yummy salsas on the daily is the Lagos Tacos food truck. A local favorite, Lagos Tacos announces their location on Facebook everyday. They also cater all the best local events. 4. Latte Vista Every town needs its local cafe, and Lago Vista is no exception. At Latte Vista, all the coffee classics are accounted for, with an awesome smoothie and shaved ice menu as a bonus. Also, they have a great Sandwich, Salad, and Soup collection for all of Lago’s lunch needs. Let me know what you think in comments! Next week, we will be featuring Hutto so please tell us your fave spots!

Posted on February 02, 2017

Cue the red, white, and pink. Valentine’s Day, Single Awareness Day, and the all important Galentine’s Day celebrations are fast approaching. Time to find a date, reserve movie tickets with your girly swirlys, or just restock your Franzia. And if you’re a guy reading this, it’s about time you figured out what you’re getting that special someone (or made plans to hibernate through Mid-February). Whatever your relationship status (we know it’s complicated), we’ve compiled some Valentine’s Day treats and gestures for all the dates, babes, besties, co-workers, ‘lil pumpkins, and spouses in your life. We’ve made several boards for your convenience, so take what you need and leave the rest! Keep reading to see our boards, and our favorite pins for all the romantics. Sweet Treats With our “sweet treats” board, we curated all the best breakfast and dessert confections for the hungry romantic. All pins are almost exclusively heart shaped, so enjoy! Best Pin: Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls Sweet Nothings Valentines for all the people in your life make up our “Sweet Nothings” board. Find just the right sentiment for you wife, husband, friend, sister, or even clients and co-workers. Some are more simple, perfect for passing out to all. Or, there are more intricate valentines for your love. Best Pin: Maps of Your Love Lil’ Bit Valentines Don’t forget the little ones in the fervor of Valentine’s Day! There are so many sweet projects to do with kids of all ages. Also, Valentines for classmates and teachers are covered, too. There are funny valentines for boys and girls alike. Valentine’s Day isn’t exclusively for lovers, kids can have fun too. Best Pin: Fruit Cup Love Bugs No matter what happens this Valentine’s Day Season, there is much warm and fuzzy gestures, gift, and treats to go around. Share your heart this February and let us know of any great Valentine’s Day pins, recipes, crafts, or DIY gifts you have found. Love, RE/MAX1!

Posted on January 22, 2017

We would like to introduce our new blog series! “Local Gems” will be focusing on local favorites from greater Austin, featuring a new town each week. Comment local favorites from your town and we’ll try to write about it! Known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country,” Dripping Springs is home to 30,000 fun-loving Texans. It is also home to 30 wedding venues within a 15 mile radius, making it the “Wedding Capital of Texas” as well. There is also an abundance of wineries, breweries, and distilleries.  There are so many little gems in this town, we had a hard time even deciding what to feature! 1. Hamilton Pool Hamilton Pool is an extraordinary swimming hole in Dripping Springs. You can find Texans from all over the hill country basking in the sun’s rays on the ledges of the pool. Also, the hiking trail offers an amazing view of the 45 foot waterfall that empties into the pool. Make sure to get reservations before having a blast, because the park can fill up fast during the peak seasons! 2. The Salt Lick An icon of barbecue, The Salt Lick is beloved by all of Central Texas. They’ve been making barbecue the traditional way for three-generations. The Salt Lick is still family-owned, a characteristic that is reflected in its family-style menu and atmosphere. If Central Texas has a soul, it probably tastes like The Salt Lick. 3. Pedernales Falls State Park Any Texan can make a great weekend trip to Pedernales Falls State Park, but the folks in Dripping Springs can just stop on by this natural beauty. Aside from being beautiful, the park offers activities for all levels of adventure. Whether you would rather “glamp” or rough it, this park can accommodate both. 4. Crepe Crazy This culinary experience is definitely a gem. They serve breakfast until two everyday, with sweet and hearty options. The rest of the day, crepe lovers can order off the sweet or savory menu. Definitely try the S’Mores Crepe and the Peanut Butter Heaven. 5. Hays City Store Far from just a store, Hays City Store is an awesome local restaurant and bar. They serve tasty dishes brunch through dinner and offer great cocktails, beer, and wine. This “store” is best know for its amazing patio featuring outdoor dining, fire pits, games, and live music set in their beer garden. Let me know what you think in comments! Next week, we will be featuring Lago Vista so please tell us your fave spots!

Posted on January 13, 2017

We would like to introduce our new blog series! “Local Gems” will be focusing on local favorites from greater Austin, featuring a new town each week. Comment local favorites from your town and we’ll try to write about it! 1.Harvest Ranch In Liberty Hill, along the ranch road, is the “The Harvest Ranch Chuckwagon and Dinner Show.” This dinner show is truly like nothing else in the Austin area, it features good ‘ol “chuckwagon” cuisine and western jams from “The Booher Kids.” Finally, the night will be finished with a rodeo show! The 2017 season at Harvest Ranch begins April 1st, so get tickets here. 2. Best of the West Shooting Sports This Texas shooting range and paintball center is fun for everyone. With pistols and rifles available for two-hour rentals, anyone can learn how to shoot ’em up. And, if real ammo isn’t your thing, paintball is also available. 3. Liberty Hill Bakery & Cafe Liberty Hill Bakery & Cafe is a one-stop shop for Liberty Hill’s culinary needs with a dining room, curbside service, and catering available. They are committed to “from-scratch” breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. From classics like biscuits and gravy to more exciting items like the black-bean falafel, Liberty Hill Bakery & Cafe offers a little bit of everything. 4. Red Brick Java Despite its name, Red Brick Java is actually known for its Hawaiian Ice as much, if not more so, than for it’s coffee. Red Brick specializes in tasty specialty drinks that are the sweet tooth antidote of Liberty Hill residents. This local business is a community treasure and local gem.13 5. Dahlia Cafe At Dahlia Cafe, they describe the menu as “dressed up” country cooking. Dahlia offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual, fun environment. While there is ample indoor seating, most patrons go to Dahlia for its eclectic and groovy patio. On weekends you’ll find all the coolest kids in Liberty Hill listening to local live music under Dahlia Cafe’s shady trees. Let me know what you think in comments! Next week, we will be featuring Dripping Springs so please tell us your fave spots!

Posted on January 05, 2017

We would like to introduce our new blog series! “Local Gems” will be focusing on local favorites from greater Austin, featuring a new town each week. Comment local favorites from your town and we’ll try to write about it! Buda, located just a half-hour south of downtown Austin, is known as the “Outdoor Capital of Texas.” It has the unique distinction of having more parkland per capita than any other town in the state. You can always find Buda locals soaking up the beautiful central Texas weather. 1. Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skate Park This awesome skate park is dedicated to deceased local skater Jackson Tyler Norris. The seven people who received Norris’s organs are celebrated by seven wall etching at the park, and seven newly planted trees. You’ll find Buda’s newest skaters and its pros all poppin’ off some sick tricks. 2. Historic Downtown Buda Go to Historic Downtown Buda for its great architecture and history. All the town’s best bakeries, boutiques, bars, and restaurants are located along Main Street. Every first Thursday of the month, the Buda Downtown Merchants Group hosts a free walkthrough event of all the specialty shops and galleries in Downtown, with live music! 3. Local Wineries and Vineyards Buda is the second fastest growing wine destination in the United States. It is home to several great wineries. Hit the biggest three wineries for a wide variety of grapes ranging from Mediterranean to Texan varieties. 4. Buda Soda Fountain Go back in time to 1940’s America at the Buda Drug Store and Soda Fountain. Locals enjoy old-fashioned malts, shakes, and candy. The shop’s main feature is an antique soda fountain. If ice cream and soda are unappealing to you, they also have a coffee bar and bakery. 5. Cleveland’s This local cajun and burger joint is a favorite hangout of the locals. As the ultimate neighborhood restaurant, Cleveland’s features a wide-ranging menu, a comfy patio, and live music performances. Let me know what you think in comments! Next week, we will be featuring Liberty Hill so please tell us your fave spots!

Posted on December 29, 2016

We would like to introduce our new blog series! “Local Gems” will be focusing on local favorites from greater Austin, featuring a new town each week. Comment local favorites from your town in the comments and we’ll try to write about it! While many people are under the impression that “Westlake” is just an Austin neighborhood, it’s actually it’s own city dubbed West Lake Hills. West Lake Hills residents can always be found hiking, biking, paddle-boarding, or just eating great food. You’ll find some of Austin’s original residents tucked in and around this towns rolling hills. Since West Lake Hills is a treasure trove of Austin culture, narrowing down the list of “local gems” was a real challenge. 1. Zilker Park Nothing says “I love Austin” quite like a day at Zilker Park. With a dog-friendly lawn and skyline view, Zilker is always the perfect place to just chill. In addition, they offer canoe and kayak rentals. Zilker may be best none for hosting many big Austin events, like the Austin City Limits music festival and the Trail of Lights. Zilker Park has something for every type of Austinite. 2. Austin Nature & Science Center The Austin Nature and Science Center combines exhibits with hands-on learning for the whole family. The new “Nano” interactive exhibit aims to explain the basics of nano technology to families. Also, the dino pit and wildlife exhibits are as fun as ever. The Center also offers kids’ camps for curious little minds. 3. Mount Bonnell The short hike up Mt. Bonnell is a must for all Austinites. Starting with the scenic drive there, Mt. Bonnell offers a great view of all of Austin’s natural beauty. The view from the top of Mt. Bonnell showcases the lake and surrounding hill country like nowhere else. 4. Barton Springs Pool This natural spring pool never costs more than three dollars for Austin residents to swim in all day. A city staple, you can find Austinites from all walk of life hanging out on the grassy banks of the pool and splish-splashing with their pals. Barton Springs Pool is definitely the best place to beat the heat. 5. The Midway Food Park Located right off of 360, this food park is a must for any Austin resident. Dessert trucks, vegan trucks, BBQ trucks, and even Thai, Midway really does have it all. A long-time resident of Midway, “Dock and Roll” may have the best Shrimp Po’ Boy in Austin. The best part about Midway is that it has all the fun of food trucks without the normal inconveniences. Basically, the park is just a circle of tasty food trucks with a large sitting area in the middle and a large on-site parking lot. Midway is the perfect place for anyone who enjoys Austin scenery, good food, and live music. Let me know what you think in comments! Next week, we will be featuring Buda so please tell us your fave spots!

Molly McKenna

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