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Austin, You Are Awesome

When I’m on tour, I take the few days I have off very seriously! I like to eat, drink and do as many things as the city we’re visiting has to offer. Last week in Austin, I definitely did just that.

I started my morning at Hillside Farmacy, a quirky restaurant that supports local farmers for their farm-to-table feasts. The space used to be a pharmacy in the 1950s, hence the name. They cleverly use vintage prescription bottles as salt and pepper shakers! The original rich wood cabinets, artsy murals, tile work and crystal doorknobs create an authentically-worn-in warmth. My fried egg sandwich (avocado, aioli, sprouts, fried green tomato) was off-the-charts delicious!

Hillside Farmacy
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After a yummy breakfast, I hopped over to one of my favorite shops, Uncommon Objects, an antique and vintage shop. I went treasure hunting there last year and couldn’t wait to return. One could seriously ooh and ahh all over that store for hours — trust me, I have!

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Image via Uncommon Objects

Lexi and Harley of course had to take advantage of Austin as well, so I took them to Barton Springs for some fun in the Texas sun. The girls and I enjoyed relaxing by the pools, which were packed with people having a good time. It was so beautiful, and the laid back vibes of everyone around us were infectious!

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To finish off my day, I decided to get my late-night swing on at Top Golf. It was such a blast! I love a good competition, and Top Golf had everything I could possibly want for a memorable evening off.

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It was an amazing adventure and I can’t wait to come back to see you, Austin! I would love to know what I need to add to my list for next time if you have some suggestions. Let me know in the comments!

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Julianne Hough is just trying to be a nice person who dances as often as possible, usually in public. She recently wifed up to NHL star Brooks Laich and is the proud dog-mom of two pups, Lexi & Harley (they’re the real brains behind everything).
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  • Axela

    OMG this is amazing !! The way you wright makes me not want to stop reading !

  • Kree Kobetsky

    You need to go to Hamilton Pool the next time you’re in the area. It’s a breathtaking preserve with a small waterfall. Going hiking on the Barton creek trail is also a must. It’s my favorite thing to do since I’ve moved here in January. After some light hiking you come across beautiful rapids that you can cool off in(called twin falls and sculpture falls)! It’s a great place to catch some sun, enjoy nature, and cool off with your pets!

  • Madison Osborn

    Next time you’re in the Austin/ San Antonio area you should visit Gruene, Texas!! It’s the cutest town in Texas and has some great shops! I highly recommend eating at The Gristmill, it reminds me of a treehouse resturaunt somewhat and has great views with delicious food! They also have some nice wine tasting in Gruene as well as Gruene Hall where many famous people have performed and you can two step and dance the night away. Since you’re also so close to the river, why not go tubing on the New Braunsfels River! So much fun so everyone and everyone is so nice!! I go all of the time when I’m up there (I’m originally from Houston). Tell me if you go and share with us! 🙂

  • Scott Woolsoncroft

    All the old plates? Looks like my grandmothers garage, She collected all kinds of stuff,Came n handy’ cause i dont have any n just put a pair on 2 go to the concert.Ha Ha !! Whata gonna do? Have fun !!

  • BinkySaTx

    Next time you are in Austin check out the food truck Cow Tipping Creamery. They serve homemade soft serve ice cream. Best Banana Split I have ever had.

  • Lisa Wilk

    South Congress Cafe…Kerby Lane….Lake Travis Ziplining..also if you like quirky shops check out Lucy in Disguise on South Congress.

  • Jayme Irvin

    I went to MOVE that night in Austin and it was AWESOME!! I loved every second! I also met you and Derek before the show. Y’all were such a joy to meet! Thank you for allowing your fans to have that opportunity.
    As far as places to visit next time, I have a great suggestion in San Antonio!! PLEASE go check out “The Cove”. Awesome little spot with great live music, delicious food (all local & organic), pet friendly, and just a cool atmosphere! Hope that helps 🙂

  • sandsunandmessybuns

    Glad you had fun in Austin! I agree with what Madison said below; Gruene is such a fun little town! The Gristmill has delicious food, a fun atmosphere, and it overlooks the Guadalupe River. By looking at some of your other posts, you’d probably like some of the home decor items at Tejas Traders and the clothes/jewelry at Alibi Boutique. But I can’t imagine how fun it would be to be hanging out at Gruene Hall (the oldest dance hall in TX) and see you walk in and start dancing!! That would be awesome. 🙂

  • Grandmaof8

    A suggestion for Columbus, Ohio is Zoombezi Bay water park. You can rent large private cabanas complete with lounge chairs, table and chairs, mini-fridge, attendant, food service plus close to adults only lazy river. Slides are awesome and relaxing. Great restaurants and boutiques, antique shops, art galleries near downtown and Palace Theatre in Short North (North High Street). Welcome to Ohio.

  • Bri Uru

    next time you’re here in Austin, go to Hamilton Pool, it’s near Lake Travis and it is amazing! if you’re down for a drive, Jacob’s Well @ Wimberly is about 45 minutes from downtown! love it there! you could go go stand up paddling in Town Lake (Ladybird Lake). as for food, my absolute favorite restuarants downtown are thai how are you? and z-tejas!! so good. it’s also hella cool to see the bats from under the congress bridge! zilker is super pretty and a good thing to see! last thing, hippie hollow is fun to go to, but beware of the legal PUBLIC NUDITY!!! please do come back soon, austin loves you guys :))

  • Bri Uru

    OH and one more thing, ziplining over Lake Travis if you do choose to go there! amazing amazing amazing!

  • Kendra Kara

    Just stumbled upon this. Hope this helps Jules! Xo

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/do-or-die-austin-texas#.yya7MaGqX

  • Madeline Hawkins

    Jules! I am so glad you enjoyed austin. Hillside Farmacy is the best!! I also recommend (Highly) Clarks Oyster Bar, Uchiko (sushi), Blue Dahlia(for breakfast), and Zocalo Cafe(fresh Mexican style dinner)! Also, stand up paddle boarding on lady bird lake!! Come back soon! Austin loves u!

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