While many of us welcome the thought of the cooler days of autumn, the end of summer is always somewhat bittersweet. We’ve come up with a few ideas to help you celebrate these last few weeks of summer, from delicious dining options to adventuring, to ensure you make the most of all that this great season has to offer.
1. Hit up the Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market to check out a taste of what St. Philip will bring as a bakeshop to South Austin. Think chocolate cornflake pop tarts, salted pecan cookies and Everything Bialys. Get there early – the goods have been known to sell out.
2. Treat yourself to one of many indulgent spa treatments at AWAY Spa. Whether you’re in need of a soothing massage or pretty toes for your favorite summer sandals, they have plenty of options for a relaxing day.
3. Enjoy an iced coffee or cold beer on Radio Coffee and Beer’s patio. The new Austin hangout features different Bluegrass bands every Monday at 8:30pm., including members of Wood & Wire and Green Mountain Grass. They will also begin showing Longhorn football games on August 30th, so get there early and wear orange.
4. If you’re looking for a quick getaway for the day, head to the hills! The small Hill Country town of Wimberley is home to Jacob’s Well, a spring that features a deep cave, perfect for cannonballs and swan dives. The town itself offers great antique stores, delightful restaurants and the famous Wimberley Pie Company.
5. Gibson Bar offers more than just an amazing selection of craft beers—they also host Trivia Tuesdays. If you’re looking for a competitive way to show off your knowledge of random facts, this is your place to shine. They will also be hosting The Gibson Street Bar Luau event for Habitat for Humanity this Sunday, August 31st, so head out for a pig roast and drink specials benefitting a great cause.
7. For days when you really need to combat the 100+ degree heat, head down to Barton Springs. The spring-fed pool is a local favorite that is guaranteed to cool you off, as the waters remain at 68 degrees throughout the year.
8. Pretend you’re on an Italian getaway at Teo Espresso and Gelato. This artisan gelato shop features some of the best gelato in the country, proved by the fact that owner Matthew Lee will be representing America in the Gelato World Tour Championship in Italy this . This gelato definitely offers a taste of la dolce vita!
9. If you love brunch but love sleeping in more, Searsucker offers brunch all day on Sundays. This eclectic spot offers classic American dishes with a twist, especially on their brunch menu. Diners can choose from items like duck fat biscuits and gravy, bourbon brown butter toast and sticky buns – none of which will disappoint.
10. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to Lady Bird Lake for some paddle boarding. This activity has taken off as one of the most popular things in Austin, offering a fun and unique workout. Aim to arrive before the heat of the day and don’t forget the sunblock!