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The Gnome Guide to Rambling Austin

The Roaming Gnome just returned from a week gallivanting around Austin, Texas with awesome hosts Do512. While there, Do512 showed him how locals partake in rambling — hopping between the cities’ plentiful BBQ joints, mixology bars, live music venues, quirky local shops and outdoor wonders. One could ramble for eons. But since most of us don’t have eons on hand, the Roaming Gnome kindly made a guide of his favorite Austin stops in his Gnome  Guide to Rambling Austin:

1. Fill your belly with brisket at Franklin BBQ

“When Do512 said that people stand in line here for three hours, I thought it sounded like cuckoo talk. And cuckoo talk is exactly what I was doing after I passed out from deliciousness. I’m drooling all over my beard just thinking about it. -RG”
“When Do512 said that people stand in line here for three hours, I thought it sounded like cuckoo talk. And cuckoo talk is exactly what I was doing after I passed out from deliciousness. I’m drooling all over my beard just thinking about it. -RG”

2. See a sunset at Mt. Bonnell

 “If you happen to be a garden ornament like moi, get a nice lass to carry you up the 100 stairs. Promise her cuddles at the top. It’s very romantic, and frankly it’s the polite thing to do. ” - RG
“If you happen to be a garden ornament like moi, get a nice lass to carry you up the 100 stairs. Promise her cuddles at the top. It’s very romantic, and frankly it’s the polite thing to do. ” – RG

3.  Catch a flight (of beer) at Austin Beer Garden Brewery

“I don’t normally like to spend time sitting in gardens anymore, but this one has it’s very own beer AND pizza AND music. Oh and did I mention they had beer? I got a little distracted thinking about the pizza…” ― RG
“I don’t normally like to spend time sitting in gardens anymore, but this one has it’s very own beer AND pizza AND music. Oh and did I mention they had beer? I got a little distracted thinking about the pizza…” ― RG

4. See a show at Mohawk 

“I learned how to properly rock out, as they say, watching bands from their giant outdoor rooftop. They also have a giant stuffed bear. You know, for giant bear hugs.”  — RG
“I learned how to properly rock out, as they say, watching bands from their giant outdoor rooftop. They also have a giant stuffed bear. You know, for giant bear hugs.” — RG

5. Two-step your tootsies off at Continental Club

“Apparently people have been cutting rugs at this legendary club since 1957. I didn’t see any of the rugs here, but there was A LOT of dancing. And it looked like quite good fun. ” — RG
“Apparently people have been cutting rugs at this legendary club since 1957. I didn’t see any of the rugs here, but there was A LOT of dancing. And it looked like quite good fun. ” — RG

6. Take in some tunes at weekend 2 of ACL Festival

“Get there early to stake out a spot close to the stage. i managed to get right next to the amps. what’s that? no i don’t hear yelling. can’t hear a jot.” — RG
“Get there early to stake out a spot close to the stage. i managed to get right next to the amps. what’s that? no i don’t hear yelling. can’t hear a jot.” — RG

7. Meet royalty at the Cathedral of Junk

“Sigh...I could’ve gotten lost in here forever.  Fortunately the Junk King himself is always there and he knows every inch of stuff. He kindly fished me out.” – RG
“Sigh…I could’ve gotten lost in here forever. Fortunately the Junk King himself is always there and he knows every inch of stuff. He kindly fished me out.” – RG

8. Go nuts with donuts at Gourdough’s

“I was FINALLY able to cross ‘eat a donut the size of my head’ off my bucket list here. I scarfed down the Fat Elvis, which I thought was a peculiar name for a pastry, but it had peanut butter and bacon on it, so I did not ask questions.”  — RG
“I was FINALLY able to cross ‘eat a donut the size of my head’ off my bucket list here. I scarfed down the Fat Elvis, which I thought was a peculiar name for a pastry, but it had peanut butter and bacon on it, so I did not ask questions.” — RG

9. Shop for some necessities on South Congress

“Ahh...I have never seen such wonders. There were boots, funny baubles, and very dapper duds all over the place. I shopped ‘til I passed out and conked my noggin. Fortunately I had picked up this lovely helmet at Lucy In Disguise first. ” — RG
“Ahh…I have never seen such wonders. There were boots, funny baubles, and very dapper duds all over the place. I shopped ‘til I passed out and conked my noggin. Fortunately I had picked up this lovely helmet at Lucy In Disguise first. ” — RG

10. Wave to the Bats at Congress Avenue Bridge

"Whooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... That’s the noise I made when I saw 750,000 bats come whooshing out from under the bridge. If YOU want to make that noise you just have to show up at dusk and keep your peepers peeled.” — RG
“Whooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa… That’s the noise I made when I saw 750,000 bats come whooshing out from under the bridge. If YOU want to make that noise you just have to show up at dusk and keep your peepers peeled.” — RG

To see more of the Roaming Gnome’s ramble follow him on Instagram and Twitter. To follow in his footsteps, head to Travelocity to book your own epic trip and be sure to look up his friends at Do512 while you’re there.

The Roaming Gnome’s Guide: Best Tacos in Austin, Texas

The Roaming Gnome is currently traipsing about Austin, Texas! He’s hit up the first weekend of the ACL festival and is busy getting an insider look at the land of weird from local hosts, Do512.  Tasty tacos of course, are the quintessential Austin fuel. And the Roaming Gnome has a few highlights from his trip so far, to help get you chowing down in all the right places.  If you’re planning on visiting Austin or heading to the second weekend of the ACL Festival, this Gnome Guide is for you:

 

Juan In a Million

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“Now which Juan do you order at Juan in a million? Definitely the Don Juan. That’s which Juan.”—RG

 

 

El Primo

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“I have two words: Breakfast. Tacos. Wait, I have three more words: Eat. Them. Here.” —RG

 

Melizzoz 

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“I really liked the bacon. And the avocado. And the beans. And the eggs. And the tortillas. And the sausage. And the part where I got to put all those things in my belly at the same time. “ —RG

 

 

Torchy’s

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“My friends at Do512 said no trip to Austin would be complete without Torchy’s. And I say no trip to Torchy’s would be complete without hogging all your friend’s tacos.” — RG

 

 

Lard Have Mercy

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“They have a taco with a bacon shell. I KNOW. My noggin almost couldn’t handle it. Fortunately my mouth jumped in and took care of everything just fine.“ —RG

Tacos are just the beginning of the Roaming Gnome’s Austin adventure. To see even more awesome stops follow him on Instagram and Twitter. There are more gnome guides to come!

 

Top Cities for Singles

If you’re still looking for Mr. Right or Ms. Walks-on-Air this February 14th, you might wonder if your chances would be improved by a visit to Valentine, Texas or Valentine, Nebraska. Recently a single friend suggested I write a travel blog called: You Don’t Have to Go to Alaska to Meet the Man of Your Dreams. She wanted me to figure out where the most single men live so that she could vacation accordingly.

Stuck at the Airport? Pass the Time with These Airport Finds

Waiting in line and killing time at the airport tops the list of common complaints for any frequent flyer, but be bored at the airport no more! From spas to local eats, many of the nation’s top airports may actually give you reason to get to your gate extra early. Check out these airport finds:

Austin-Bergstrom International
When you go to a place known for its “family-style” servings, you know it has to be good. A requisite stand-by for barbeque-lovin’ Austin residents, Salt Lick BBQ made its way to the West Terminal of Austin-Bergstrom, giving visitors of the Texas capital a tender taste of Texana as soon as they step off the plane.

Boston’s Logan International
If you’re leaving the east coast, but don’t want to leave all that fresh seafood behind, stop by Anthony’s Pier 4 Lobsters in Terminal B – where the term “carry out” takes on a whole new meaning. Lobsters can be packed live for 48 hour take out. But, just so you know, bib and melted butter not included.

Chicago’s Midway International
Change up what you’re listening to or consider bringing a musical gift. Revered as “the top independent music retailer in the country,” George’s Music Room found its second home just beyond Chicago Midway’s security checkpoint. The original store opened in 1968 in Chicago’s fabled west side and has since been known to stock local and hard-to-find Blues records, as well as the latest hits.