A Much Needed Lakeway Getaway

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Every so often I get the urge to stay somewhere longer than a day (hard to believe, right?).  So with the Season 2 in the books and a brief window before Season 3 hit with hurricane-force winds, my wife and I snuck away to the Lakeway Resort and Spa on Lake Travis.

I’d always heard tale of the resort, but it’s secluded location kept it far from my travels.  It’s one of those place you’d never pass by unless you were intentionally passing by.  Which, I think, is the definition of a getaway.

Somewhere between the incredible views of Lake Travis, complimentary lemonade all over the place, multiple swimming pools, massage, and Dr. Pepper-fried quail, I was able to cram what felt like a week’s worth of relaxation into a single overnight trip.  We had an excellent time.  I mean truly, truly relaxing.

Our kids would have eaten this place up too, but sometimes you just gotta leave them at home.

So if you’re looking for more of a Weekend-tripper type of location, romantic getaway, or launchpad for seeing Austin and the Texas Hill Country, Lakeway Resort and Spa is highly recommended.

http://www.lakewayresortandspa.com/ 

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This sandwich was AWESOME.  It was turkey with brie cheese, cucumbers, and sprouts.  I’m surprised I’d never had the combination before.  I know, I know, you don’t expect The Daytripper to recommend something with brie and cucumbers on it, but Trust Me on this one.Lakeway Sandwich

And here is the Dr. Pepper-fried quail.  That is a honey-butter drizzle all over it and a blue cheese potato salad underneath it.Dr. Pepper QuailLakeway RoomLakeway ViewLakeway Wine

Daytripper Disclaimer:  Sometimes I receive free stuff and sometimes I pay for stuff.  Either way, it NEVER influences what I say, what I put on the TV show, and what I put on this website.  NEVER EVER EVER.

Barton Springs vs. Barton Creek

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So, you may have seen our recent South Austin episode featuring the iconic Barton Springs pool. Well, it looks like the episode has inspired some folks to get out and dive into the spring’s icy waters….

If you didn’t already know, there’s a great blog here in Austin called “Free Fun in Austin.”  It is an excellent source of information for families about all the great stuff there is to do in and around Austin.  I’m a fan, but more importantly as the social coordinator for my family, my wife is a fan.

Well, it looks like after the South Austin episode, blogger Heidi’s arm got twisted to finally take a trip to Barton Springs as opposed to heading toward the free Barton Creek.  So, which is better for families?  CLICK HERE to read more and find out.Free Fun in Austin

Central Texas Lightning Storm

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This past Saturday night, April 23, 2011, an incredible lightning storm rolled across Central Texas.  I had the camera rolling…

I’ve seen a lot of lightning storms, but never one quite like this.  It was a continuous fireworks show.  I had my camera close by, so I starting recording.  Here is a short video, but as you can imagine, things like this just don’t really translate to film. Still, it’s pretty impressive.

The Waterfalls of Texas

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A couple weeks back I took a trip to Lake Buchanan, one of Texas’s beautiful Highland Lakes.  Here are some of the photos we snagged.  ALSO – I’ve recently received the privilege of blogging for JanSport.  You can read more about my trip to Lake Buchanan on their BE OUTDOORS BLOG.  Enjoy the pics.

Also – special thanks to Buchanan Adventure Tours for hooking us up with the kayak.Chet kayakingChet kayakingChet kayaking under waterfallChet kayaking under waterfall