Everything’s bigger in Texas

 This was my very first time in Texas, and I have to say I pretty much fell in love. Everyone was so laid back and hospitable, it kind of reminded me of Georgia (but with a kick).

We stayed at the gorgeous Hotel San Jose. Everyone kept saying, “You’ve got to stay there!” So I had to see what all the fuss was about. It’s in the heart of the bustling South Congress district, but once you step behind the ivy walls, you are in a minimalist utopia. The simplistic rooms were furnished with the basics and featured concrete floors, lots of bright light and very cool furniture. It definitely has a fun, urban vibe, so if you’re into that kind of thing… go! I mean a hotel that offers polaroid cameras and retro typewriters for their guests to borrow? You really can’t go wrong.

Our main destination in Austin, was the insanely awesome Cream Event hosted by Bash, Please. Imagine a gorgeous, historic church turned wedding venue filled with some of Austin’s most outstanding wedding vendors jamming to the beat of Flashdance DJ. Umm yeah, insane!

I got to meet so many lovely ladies (and gents) and hung out with my vintage rental buddies from across the country. Oh, and no party is complete without acting like a total dork in the Smilebooth.

We often laughed and said we should try to eat our way through Texas. I know I’m from Georgia and think deep south cooking is the best, but Texas is coming in close, y’all! We had amazing coffee every morning at Jo’s, some of the best tex-mex at Guerro’s (you have to try their corn tortillas), late night pizza at Home Slice, snazzy pants dinner at Uchi (insanely delicious, but gotta admit, the teeny portions at Uchi can leave you with an itch for a little more food) so later… a second dinner at Lucy’s Fried Chicken. Hey, it’s vacation… don’t judge.

I loved seeing all the food trucks in Austin. From crepes, to cupcakes, to donut or tacos, you name it and Austin had it. Most of the food trucks were in adorable vintage airstreams, so of course I was loving it. I wish the food truck movement would ramp up in Atlanta, it’s such a quick and easy way to grab a bite while you’re on the go.

Last, but certainly not least, the vintage shops. We literally spent and entire day exploring Austin’s vintage scene. Maybe it’s a good thing we had to fly home, otherwise I’m pretty sure I would have given Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder the puppy dog eyes for lots of goodies. (And yes, that Chevy would have been at the top of the list.) There were so many wonderful vintage shops, there’s just no way to cram it all into one post.

Keep your eye out for my Austin Vintage Guide. I’ll let you know all the shops we visited plus a few others that are pretty neat. We may or may not have found the most ridiculous fir coats in all of Austin, you won’t want to miss it.

**Cactus, BHLN gal and the pretty, pretty cupcake photo courtesy of my sister, Katie Hollingsworth. (The hot, red-lipped chick in the Smilebooth with me.)

Posted 2/1/12, Topic: Blog, Eats, Vintage Finds

  • kathy
    February 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm |

    Love the pictures….Now, I wanna go to Texas….and wear my red lipstick…!!!

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