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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!

 

Video Tour of Disney Theme Parks: Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom

Thinking about a Disney vacation this Labor Day?  Well, Travelocity’s globe-trotting web series Let’s Roam recently went on location at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to roam through three of Travelocity’s favorite Disney theme parks:  Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Magic Kingdom.  Here’s a video journey through the eyes of Let’s Roam’s wayfaring host, Courtney Scott.

 

Five Michigan Golf Courses to Experience This Weekend

Over the past three decades, Michigan has grown to become one of America’s premier summer golf destinations, drawing golf’s leading architects to build world-class resort destinations and award winning stand-alone golf courses.   Below are five of our favorite Michigan golf courses.

Shepherds Hollow – Clarkston, MI
Shepherds Hollow – Clarkston, MI

Shepherds Hollow – Clarkston, MI: The Southeast region of Michigan has become a hot bed for great golf courses in recent years, and leading the way in the Motor City area is Shepherds Hollow. A 27-hole Arthur Hills design, the course is located on 420-acres of dramatically rolling and wooded land, which is one of the highest points in the region. Hills described the property as, “as good an inland site for golf as there is anywhere in the U.S.” The award winning course features spectacular scenery with strategic holes and water hazards, and combined with the charming Victorian clubhouse makes it one of the leading destination courses in the area.

Harbor Shores
Harbor Shores Golf Club – Benton Harbor, MI

Harbor Shores Golf Club – Benton Harbor, MI: Golden bear tracks have been found in Michigan’s Southwest corner. Jack Nicklaus designed his second signature course in the state in the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor area, which is part of a major reclamation project that includes home-sites along the golf course, a marina surrounded by lifestyle shops, a spa and green space.. Harbor Shores, which plays host to the PGA Senior Championship (2012 and 2014), is one of Michigan’s more innovative courses featuring dune holes just a wedge away from dramatic views of Lake Michigan and the remainder of the course cut through wetland areas, sand dunes, rivers, and hardwoods.

The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort
The Gailes – Oscoda, MI

The Gailes – Oscoda, MI: The Northeastern part of Michigan’s lower peninsula has been billed as the “Sunrise Side,” and if you plan to visit, make sure to start your golf adventure at The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort. The Gailes, which was voted the No. 1 New Resort Course in 1993 by Golf Digest, recreates the look and feel of the famed seaside Scottish courses. The Gailes is one of the most authentic links style courses in America. Golfers will experience large double greens, meandering berms, sod faced pot bunkers and long fescue grasses. Whether you have experienced Scotland or not, The Gailes will fulfill all your expectations of a seaside links experience.

Forest Dunes
Forest Dunes Golf Club – Roscommon, MI

Forest Dunes Golf Club – Roscommon, MI: Forest Dunes Golf Club, located near Roscommon in northern Michigan, is one of the top award winning courses in the country. In 2013, Forest Dunes was included among the elite list of America’s 100 Greatest Courses by Golf Digest, and is always ranked among Michigan’s top courses. Forest Dunes was designed by former British Open winner Tom Weiskopf, who has said that Forest Dunes is in the top three among his designs in the United States. The unique design features a combination of parkland-style holes meandering through corridors of red and jack pines, and holes that play through rugged native sand dune areas. The new Lake AuSable Lodge enhances the golf experience at Forest Dunes.

Sweetgrass Golf Club
Sweetgrass Golf Club – Escanaba, MI

Sweetgrass Golf Club – Escanaba, MI: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, known more for hunting, snowmobiling and meat pies called pasties, has joined in on the state’s golfing craze as a top golf destination. Leading the way for the U.P. is the new Sweetgrass Golf Club at the Island Resort and Casino near Escanaba. The course pays homage to Tribal legend. The name, itself, refers to a sacred plant, used in Indian peace and healing rituals, and is found along the course. Masterfully crafted rock work, and cedar posts are prevalent throughout the design, which also boasts an island green, a Redan green, and a pair of breathtaking waterfalls, which greet golfers as they walk up the ninth and 18th holes to an enormous, shared green. 

 

To plan your golfing trip to Michigan or to find additional ideas for things to do while in town, visit Travelocity’s Pure Michigan page!

 

 

How to Plan the Perfect Summer Picnic in Dallas, Texas

I’m a sucker for a good summer picnic, especially an urban picnic in the heart of a city. Here’s my guide to the perfect urban picnic in Dallas, Texas.

Step 1: Load up your basket.  Preparing for your picnic is as easy as making a stop at the Dallas Farmers Market where farmers come from miles around to proudly present the fruits of their labor. Essentials for my picnic — a little wine, a little fresh fruit, some meat and cheese.  Be sure to visit The Old World Sausage Company and the Cheese Peddlers in Shed 2.

Step 2: Stake out your spot at Klyde Warren Park, a five-acre grassy park built over an eight-lane freeway. It’s only been on the Dallas scene for less than a year, and locals are already flocking to it’s wide open space and grassy green parks. Blanket. check. snacks, check. Now bring on the sun.

Step 3: Finish your day with a moment of zen in the garden at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Here, the Nasher family has put their extensive art collection on exhibit for all of Dallas to enjoy. It’s the quietest moment you will find in the center of a big city – a  true sanctuary.

The Guide:

Dallas Farmer’s Market
1010 S Pearl Expy  Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 939-2808

Old World Sausage Company (in Dallas Farmers Market)
1010 S Pearl Expy  Dallas, TX 75201
(214)760-9000

Klyde Warren Park 
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway Dallas, TX 75201
(214)716-4500

Nasher Sculpture Center 
2001 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 242-5100