How To Stay Cool In Austin When It's Oh So Hot!

During these hot, dog days of summer it can be easy to stay home, log in to Netflix and make a fresh batch of avocado margaritas (recipe: http://bit.ly/1fBCTXP) for the weekend; but recently, I was inspired by a new Austinite.  Having just moved from Chicago to Austin only three weeks ago, she and her husband were ready to take on the city. Since moving they’ve been kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding (aka SUP) on Town Lake, purchased bikes, went to Blues on the Green, and joined an outdoor boot camp. Her zest for the city reminded me of my first summer back in Austin when I wanted to do everything and eat everywhere! So last weekend I decided to get out of the house, bear the heat and start enjoying Austin in the summer.

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First stop on my Austin adventure was kayaking on the East side of Town Lake (thanks to Austin Paddle)! It was instantly relaxing and at 10:00 am not too hot! If you’ve never been on the water East of I-35, it’s worth checking out.

Next up, my husband, Trevor and I tried Licha’s Cantina, a gluten free Mexican restaurant on E. 6th, followed by Zilker Park Theatre’s production of Oklahoma. 

Nope, I’m not done yet. On Saturday, I relaxed with an amazing free yoga class at Barton Springs’ South Lawn organized by the Save Our Springs alliance. And after a quick pit stop at Whole Foods, my sister and I ventured to Austin Ballet for National Dance Day to awaken our inner Sasha Fierce with a hip hop class. 

To round out my Austin-packed weekend the hubs and I tried Keso’s Taco House, the new breakfast taco hotspot in our South Austin neighborhood. All in all, I’m exhausted (and a little broke) but proud to say, Austin, you still got it!