As South by Southwest (SXSW) gears up to host a litany of musical acts, films and interactive events over the course of the next ten days (March 8-17), if you’re heading to Austin you’ll need to make sure you aren’t overwhelmed with the sheer volume of options. Though Sixth Street is worth a visit, and pizza from Home Slice is mandatory, this guide is intended to shed some light on the not-so-obvious Austin haunts while you’re there.
Upstart travel guide series Wildsam Field Guides needs no better endorsement than its own launch party. Held last week at an East Nashville home, the party featured live music, Old Fashioneds, exquisite food prepared by the folks at Twelve at the Table, and a guest list of Nashville’s top artists, craftsmen, writers, chefs and other local creatives and thought-leaders.
In Texas, there are plenty of chances to go to the rodeo. But every July 4th weekend for the past 66 years the unassuming town of Wimberley, just southwest of Austin, hosts one of the largest outdoor rodeos in the world. If you’re looking to up your Americana quota this year, dust off your boots, gas up the truck, and make sure you know your rodeo basics.
The burdens of the world are enough without adding more weight to our literal and figurative shoulders. Enjoying the journey becomes difficult when you have to lug around everything you own in overstuffed, heavy bags. There’s pleasure found in the simplicity of what you don’t need on the road, but it takes some adjustment, skill and planning.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
Now that we all have spring fever, many us are already on the hunt for how and where to spend that summer vacation. There’s something to be said for holiday traditions in the usual spots with family or friends, yet, the typical is often just, well, typical.