June 18, 2024


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A few of my favorite things … in Austin


The South Congress Bridge in Austin.

Conference 7 days is last but not least below! I just can’t inform you how psyched I am not only to show up at my initial in-person meeting given that 2019, but also to do so in my beloved U.S. city.

I’m an alumna of the College of Texas at Austin for both my undergraduate and graduate levels, so I expended a excellent chunk of both my youthful formative a long time and my just-married-and-started out-a-relatives decades in the Texas capital town. Several persons presently know that Austin is diverse from the rest of Texas, and but also not so in the most effective doable ways.

I’m thrilled to share the metropolis with so a lot of colleagues, so I reached out to my fellow Austinites earlier and existing to crowdsource a list of recommended restaurants, bars, coffee retailers and other venues shut to the Hilton.

See this Google spreadsheet for tips that include each establishment’s length from the Hilton and irrespective of whether or not they have outdoor seating. (If you have strategies for the spreadsheet, e-mail me at tara@health journalism.org to permit me know and I’ll add it.)

I also want to attract awareness to a couple of my primarily-favourite locations and some of Austin’s notably exceptional functions.

See the bats! 1 of Austin’s most significant promises to fame — other than getting strange — is having the most significant urban bat inhabitants in the environment. (I wrote about the tragic deaths of countless numbers of bats through the 2021 Texas storm that shut down the point out for a 7 days and sent Sen. Ted Cruz packing for Cancun.)

Each individual spring, millions of Mexican totally free-tailed bats migrate to Central Texas and stay until finally autumn. About 1.5 million of these bats stay less than the Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin, just a 10- to 15-moment walk from the Hilton. Just about every evening, crowds obtain to look at them get off to feed on bugs shortly just after sunset. If you’d like to view them, Austin Bat Refuge’s website is up to date everyday with a projected flight time and details of the preceding night’s flight. Other handy web pages consist of the South Congress Bridge Bats website, assistance from Austin’s famous bat qualified Merlin Tuttle, Go to Austin’s Bat Viewing 101, and the Austin Metropolis Guide web site.

Other Austin highlights

  • Though it is at this time shut for renovation, the household of O. Henry, famed for his short tales with an ironic twist at the finish, is not significantly from the Hilton on 5th St.
  • Zilker Park is the crown jewel of Austin parks and dwelling to Barton Springs, which feed a well-liked swimming hole that averages 68-70 levels 12 months-round.
  • If you’re an art or historical past buff, cinephile or religion scholar, head to the Harry Ransom Middle on University of Texas at Austin’s campus to see a person of the only 5 Gutenberg Bibles in the state, the earliest surviving photograph in the environment, a Frida Kahlo self-portrait, or any of their other exhibitions. The complete established of Gone With the Wind and all of playwright Tennessee William’s archives are in this article, along with a rich trove of other miracles.
  • For a certainly Austin knowledge, Cosmic (calls for a push or trip share) has an expansive outside location with a bar, espresso store and several foodstuff vehicles.
  • Austin is well-known for its food stuff vans and has a variety of meals truck parks like the South Austin Trailer Park. Just one of the greatest locations to uncover a assortment of foods vans not significantly from the Hilton is South Congress.
  • Individuals wanting to go for a operate (or a boat trip or a kayak) can very easily get to Lady Bird Park from the Hilton. It’s a linear park with superb jogging/walking trails together the river. If you’re ready to vacation even more out from downtown, Mount Bonnell, Austin’s highest level, gives a quick climb to a magnificent forget of the lake, and McKinney Falls Point out Park with loads of hiking is just a 15-moment push from the Hilton.
  • I by no means comprehended why persons would stand for 3 to 4 several hours to get into Franklin’s BBQ, widely regarded as the greatest barbecue not only in Austin but in the point out of Texas, prior to they ran out for the day — till I tried it myself. Then I understood. You are unlikely to have the time to hold out that prolonged in line for the duration of the conference, but you can get in touch with in a group buy to pick up.
  • My own private beloved cafe in Austin is Curra’s Grill, a couple of exits south of downtown. You’ll want a car or journey share to get there, but their Oaxacan coffee, chicken mole enchiladas, and avocado margaritas are truly worth it. I by no means occur to Austin without dropping by Curra’s, usually to purchase huevos motuleños with my queso and chips and a espresso.

These highlights are a little sampling of what Austin has to give, and I know it is significantly as well much for you to squeeze in in the course of the meeting. Hopefully, you’ll have a possibility to take a look at at minimum one particular of these destinations though other folks will entice you to stop by Austin all over again someday.


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