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A Long Weekend in Austin

Austin with Kids

Do you live in Austin, or have you visited? This past weekend, we went to visit old friends, and we loved the city’s food trucks, street musicians and overall cool vibes. Here are a few photos, if you’d like to see…

Josephine House

First up: food! Our friends Matt and Megan, who live in Austin, made the dinner reservations, and we were psyched to follow their lead. This trip, they took us to Josephine House, a restaurant inside a little cottage. You can sit inside or on the front lawn — how cute is that? We had delicious hard cheese with Texan honey, and pasta with ricotta, spring onions and peas.

Elizabeth Street Café

We also went to Elizabeth Street Café for incredible Vietnamese food. Even though Alex never ever wants to share plates (he literally wrote an article about how much he hates it), he miraculously wanted to this time, and we had a great time tasting different noodles and spring rolls and spicy chicken. During the day, we also hit up Veracruz food truck and Papalote for tacos.

Barton Springs

This first afternoon, we went to Barton Springs, the 1000-foot pool fed by natural springs. Families, couples and friends were lounging on the grass and dipping their toes in.

Barton Springs Austin

The water was chilly, and usually I wuss out pretty quickly in those situations, but I kept thinking of Elizabeth Dunker challenging herself to do winter bathing. When I pushed myself to go in, it felt so refreshing and invigorating. I realize swimming on a hot day in Texas is not the same as swimming in the winter in Sweden… but, to me, it a little bit was!

Laguna Gloria Water Woman

Laguna Gloria sculptures

Another morning, when Alex was sleeping in (we switch off on vacations), I took the boys to Laguna Gloria‘s lakeside sculpture park. I was inspired by the artwork, especially the Water Woman by Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu.

Laguna Gloria with kids

Laguna Gloria with kids

But to file under “vacation outtakes,” the boys were yawning the entire time and asking which way the parking lot was. Made me laugh and reminded me of the hilarious post “The de Young Museum with a 12-Year-Old.”

Joanna Goddard Anton

Joanna Goddard Anton

We also spent time just hanging at the rental house, which made it feel like a truly relaxing vacation. Side note: I get lots of questions about travel packing, and I have to say, I recently found two Ganni dresses on sale, and they are SO GREAT for trips. They’re super flattering and wrinkle-free; they’re also light enough to wear during the day, but dress up nicely for dinners and drinks.

Toby and Anton

Before we left, Alex told the boys they could each choose a souvenir. Toby picked out a cowboy hat at Allen’s Boots, and Anton got a belt that he hasn’t taken off since (even to sleep). True Texas dudes!

Alex Williams and Toby

Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend, Austin. We love you! (Any other food or activity recommendations you’d add?)

P.S. Cup of Jo’s Austin city guide, and an ode to bad family vacations.

(Top photo taken by our friend Matt, at Fresa’s.)

  1. T. says...

    Would you recommend Austin as a destination for a person of color?

  2. keri says...

    I meant to comment this on a previous post but have you heard of the book “The Finish Way; Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness Through the Power of Sisu”? Sisu is the Finish concept of stoic determination or grit, and the book talks a lot about how cold water swims help to develop your sisu. So a swim on a hot day in Texas might not be exactly the same as a cold water swim in the winter in Finland but I bet the result is the same!

    sisu

  3. Becca says...

    Ok now I’m homesick! I lived in Austin from age 0-30, and just moved this year. SO many recommendations, but I’ll go with Toy Joy for kids, Lambert’s for the best BBQ (I got married there haha), Cosmic Cafe for coffee, food trucks and space for kids to run. Esthers Follies for a date, and finally ANYTHING related to Liz Lambert, who is my constant design inspiration and rules the city 👑

  4. Emma says...

    Your vacation posts are some of my favourite things to read. They inspire me to plan more getaways and keep the plans simple. Looks like it was a great one. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Eliot says...

    Oh, this makes me miss Austin so much. I lived there for many years before relocating to Cambridge, MA. In fact, I literally lived across the street from Josephine House! Such a lovely place to eat and an incredible neighborhood. Elizabeth Street Cafe was one of my usual haunts and I spent literally every free moment at Barton Springs every summer. Swoon. Hoping to move back there one day but for now, I’m on my way to Charlottesville, VA, for the next 6 or so years. I’ve heard great things so my fingers are crossed!

  6. Our favorite spot in Austin was a cool indoor/outdoor coffeeshop + bar called Radio: https://www.radiocoffeeandbeer.com/

    In the mornings they had a taco truck, and at night they had incredible live music – we were there on Bluegrass Night and the band was fantastic. We had such a blast there, it was so lowkey (lots of dogs outside!) and was one of those perfect stumbled-upon-it-by-accident finds.

    • Ashley P says...

      YES YES YES!!! Radio is my absolute fave. We used to live down the street from it! I saw Joanna ask for recommends and meant to say baahhh

  7. Natalie says...

    Hi Joanna! Your trip looks like it was a blast, what great photos! I actually moved to Austin from New York City about 7 months ago, and have been following your blog for several years. It’s been such a fun look into NYC after moving, and definitely been a great way to stay in the city’s loop. Anyways, I was at Elizabeth Street Cafe with a few friends when y’all came and sat at the table next to us! I didn’t want to interrupt your dinner, but my friends can attest to how neat it was for me to see y’all, and what a fun surprise (and I loved your dress)! So glad you all got to experience Austin on such a beautiful weekend, and thanks for such a thoughtful blog that is enjoyed across the globe :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that’s so funny!!!! so sweet of you!!! small world, i would have love to say hi:)

    • Jill says...

      I think this brings up an interesting question: if one of us, as followers of your blog who feel a connection with you, but also respect you so much we don’t want to offend or “bother” you, sees you in public – would you prefer we speak or give you your privacy?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Omg DEFINITELY SAY HI!!! I love meeting the Cup of jo community x a million.

  8. Juliana says...

    That last photo is so precious <3

  9. I just took a quick trip there with a college girlfriend and had SO MUCH FUN! I did a whole round up here (http://www.caseyscieszka.com/blog/austin-getaway). I also LOVED Elizabeth Street Café and Barton Springs. Here’s a few more:

    – Launderette. (Classy new-American spot tucked away in a residential neighborhood.)
    – Odd Duck. (Kinda pricey but totally delicious and experimental farm to table. We tasted everything from goat chilli egg noodles to pork belly to curried carrots.)
    – Torchy’s. (Franchised taco spot that looks cheesy but was really damn good. Must admit that everyone had talked up the fried avocado taco but I wound up liking the barbacoa and green chili pork ones more much to my surprise.)
    -La Condessa. (Fancy Mexican worth every penny. The smokey octopus something or other was just amazing.)
    -Lick Ice Cream. (Looked super sterile and boring as a location but OMG the beet & mint and the goat cheese & thyme & honey flavors were so well balanced and delicious!)
    -White Horse. (A low key but popular honky tonk spot that totally hit the spot!)
    – Tesoros Tradiing Company. (Goodies from around the world.)
    – Uncommon Objects. (No photos allowed in this vintage spot that’s set up like an antique store had a baby with a museum.)
    – Blanton Art Museum. Bite sized (says this born and raised NYCer) and lovely. The Ellsworth Kelly was especially serene.

  10. Allie says...

    Could one of Cup of Jo’s investigative journalists PLEASE attempt a where-is-she-now profile on the de Young 12-Year-Old?

  11. Kristen says...

    Brilliant! Switching off to sleep in! Starting this next trip…maybe weekends too!

    • Katie says...

      We do this every day with my 2 year old! We both have short commutes so don’t have to get up super early so we switch off days getting up with the toddler and getting her breakfast while the other person can lounge in bed for 20-30 mins and take their time getting up. It’s truly great because you only every have to power through one early morning at a time before getting a break the next day.

  12. Michelle says...

    Elizabeth St. is my absolute fav!!! We rented a house down the street so I could make sure I ate there at least twice during our four day visit. Hope you left room for their yummy treats.

  13. Emma says...

    Aww
    That last picture of Anton looking still babyish gives me hope that my two year old still has a few more years of babyhood and doughy elbows and hands.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!!! he’s chatty and “cool” at school, but super babyish and sweet at home — morning cuddles, requests for back tickles, and he still sucks his thumb when i read to him:)

    • Trish O says...

      No worries, emma. I have teen boys. Some days I can still see the baby in them. My 14 year old gets into bed with me each morning to cuddle and he will fall back asleep for a moment. In that moment, I see the little baby face (and he is 6’2″ and has a morning shadow) Enjoy the mama journey.

  14. Jamie says...

    We lived in Austin about 15 years ago. After my husband and I eloped, my mom came to visit and took us to Josephine’s for a celebratory “fancy” dinner. Everything was delicious, but the best was dessert. The chef’s choice was some sort of cookie and gelato snowman with a marshmallow hat. I remember because it was the fist time I ever had a real, homemade, non-grocery store marshmallow and it blew my mind! It was all I talked about for weeks afterwards.

  15. I’ve been in Austin for 7 years, and it’s hard to imagine living in a more perfectly worn-in, vibrant, small-town feeling city:) Some favorite dinner spots in Austin: Justine’s (perfect for late-night wine and cheese and steak frites!), Patrizi’s (Food truck that makes delicious hand-made pasta, cozied up tight with a wonderful outdoor seating area and adjacent to the divey ‘Butterfly Bar’), and Enchildas y Mas (as the name suggests, the cheese enchiladas are STELLAR!). Deep Eddy pool is another favorite (and walk up to Deep Eddy Cabaret for a beer- the perfect hole-in-the wall bar with ice cold Lonestar) as well as Commons Ford Ranch (an expansive park with trails and wildflowers that sits just a few miles west of downtown. So, so fun!

    • gracemarie says...

      Hi Courtney, we must’ve moved to Austin around the same time! I’ll be here 7 years this August. My husband and I love it still even though we often wonder where we’ll go next. I’m eating dinner at Patrizi’s tomorrow! It’s perfect. Well, that or Blue Dahlia (12th st) my fav restaurant in town. Love all your other recommendations!

  16. Mims says...

    I loved the outdoor beer garden at ABGB https://theabgb.com/, but that may have been we hit it on a gorgeous, not too hot day . Interestign ho weather effects ones experience of places!

    I adored the kimchi fries and korean fusion bbq at Chi’lantro (a small chain with several locations) http://www.chilantrobbq.com/.

    We really liked the sister museum to Laguna Gloria, the contemporary art museum, but may not always be kid appropriate. https://www.thecontemporaryaustin.org/visit/

  17. Rachel says...

    Austin is such a fun place! Love your lip color! What are you wearing?

  18. Laur says...

    Could you share the link to the rental house? I have two little boys and am always looking to rent a great little place, instead of a hotel! Thanks :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! it’s a splurge but it’s sooooooo nice with a pool, hot tub, ping pong and games; and you can pack a lot of people in (four bedrooms, including a casita). also four minutes from barton springs. xoxo

      https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/78035

    • martine says...

      hi jo, what house did you rent in austin? we’re taking our boys to austin in august and we’re desperately looking for a rental! thank you!

  19. Rebecca says...

    Your sweet boys yawning at the sculpture garden and asking where the parking lot is along with the 12-year old at the museum post made me laugh out loud. We were in Sedona last month with our kids, the oldest is 12. He was SO GRUMPY. We were in one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever been, on amazing hikes, and he was sulking. I remember being that age though, there’s a lot going on. I realized, like you, that the best thing to do is to enjoy the humor of the situation (but to yourself, otherwise there will be eye rolling).

  20. Tina Crisas says...

    I remember I had a very similar dress as the polka dotted Ganni Elm Georgette one and I wore it for YEARS dressed up or down from morning til night. It was so flattering, too! You all look beautiful!

  21. Those pictures on the bench! When did Toby become a teenager??

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i know!!!!! sob!

  22. Tabitha says...

    I love all the photos! I live in Houston, and this was a great reminder that I need to get back to Austin soon! I LOVE Book People – it’s one of my all time favorite bookstores! And I’m hopefully going to go to the Central Library branch because I’ve heard they have a cafe inside with book-inspired snacks and I’m a sucker for stuff like that!

    And for Texas-style barbecue, Franklin’s is the most hyped spot, and it’s really fun if you have time to make a day of it – it opens at 11 am, but you have to get there eeeaaarly (we got there at 7 am and the line was already into the parking lot!!) so we brought lawn chairs and a cooler of drinks and sent a couple friends for a breakfast taco run while we waited. But if you don’t have the time, you really can’t beat The Salt Lick! It’s a little bit of a drive out of town, but it’s 110% worth it! (And honestly, they have better sides than Franklin’s imho.)

    • gracemarie says...

      Tabitha, the Central Library is a must visit! And Cookbook (the cafe) is really good. Just a word of warning that the menu rotates so you very rarely can get the same thing twice! But it’s so great.

  23. Sam says...

    I was there this weekend too with my mom, visiting my sister who just bought a place. We had italian at Taverna, BBQ at Terry Blacks, breakfast tacos at River City Market. Definitely recommend The Thinkery for kids — we went there last fall when we visited with our 5 yr old. Oasis is up in the hills but has incredible views of Lake Travis. Even the library downtown is cool (we had icky weather in October and spent hours at the library!) Such a great city!

  24. Leah PS says...

    Proud H-Town Native here :) It IS ok to love Houston!!

  25. Claire says...

    My favorite photo is the one of you swimming in the springs. I moved to Austin when I was 17, following my junior year of high school. I frankly mostly hated it at the time. The Texas culture seemed so foreign, the girls at my high school were not nice, and the heat just wore me down. As time went by I got on with my life, but I still felt oppressed by the long, broiling summer. I went to Barton Springs one day for relief, and was sitting on the side of the pool watching the lap swimmers, when it occurred to me: That’s how you do it. This is how I can make friends with the summer. I began to swim laps, first across the width of the pool, then as I grew stronger, the length (a lap is a quarter mile, down and back), and up to a mile. I went 3 or 4 times a week. And it was a revelation: the summer can be wonderful! The water can be joyful! Barton Springs transformed my perspective, and was a doorway to a better way of being. I don’t go that much any more (we live further away now), but I look back on that time as a period of great happiness. So here’s to trying new things, and moving into a new zone. (also btw, I love the cowboy hat and Western belt)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i LOVE that story, claire!!!

    • Yes! I couldn’t agree more. I’m nearing the end of my 2nd decade in the city and dreaded the oppressive 5+ month summer for years. When plane tickets to cooler climates weren’t in the budget, I found that a $3 ticket to the local pool was just the trick. The summer that I discovered Deep Eddy changed my life. It’s now a Sunday morning ritual that I look forward to all spring long.

  26. C says...

    I work at the LBJ Library in Austin, and while I might be partial, I highly recommend a visit next time you’re in town!

  27. bisbee says...

    I understand Alex…I hate to share plates. My husband loves it (and his adult children and extended family), so in order to get along, I go along with them (minimally)!

  28. Rachel says...

    Renting bikes and riding everywhere! The city is pretty flat. My husband and I rode for hours and got to explore nooks and crannies that we might have missed if we’d been on foot.

  29. This post makes me look forward to family travel when our son is a bit older! We went to Florida for a long weekend with my parents in early April and while it was really nice to get away and see/feel the sun ( we live in frigid Minnesota) I can’t say it was relaxing/refreshing as our son is just over 1 years old… Ha. It was still worth it to get away but I look forward to traveling with him when he’s in a less high maintenance stage of life!!

    When did Toby get so tall? He’s like a little teen with his long legs and yawns during your morning of fun. ;)

    • Alina says...

      We took our 1 year old son to Florida this March and I can totally relate. Even though at home he does a good job sleeping until 9, on vacation he woke up at 7 30 every morning!! haha

  30. Rue says...

    I used to live in Houston, and both Houston and Austin still have my heart in different ways. I can’t get enough of Texas summers — something I never thought I’d say until I lived there! Any other H-towners into the “It’s ok to love Houston” slogan?

    • CARRIE says...

      While I live in Austin now, I was born and raised in Houston (5 generations!). I will forever consider myself a Houstonian. People always say how much they love Austin, and I get it – who doesn’t love Austin? It’s a great place – but Houston forever has my heart. I do think you have to live in Houston to love Houston. It’s not a city you fall in love with over a weekend, it’s more of the “best friend you never meant to fall in love with” kind of city.

    • Ali W. says...

      Me!! Texas is THE best place to live :)

    • Christina says...

      Houston is the unequivocal best city in America, I am 100% into that slogan! :)

    • Dee says...

      You bet! No one believes me when I say I moved to Houston for the weather, but it’s true! As for Austin, I think of it mainly as a college town and good for outdoor activities.

    • Kathryn says...

      I work for a company based in Houston, and every time I travel there I am impressed by something! Except for crossing the street, that is just plain scary.

    • Nan says...

      Houston native here who loves to say she loves Houston while living in Dallas. I also really heart Austin, too. :) And Dallas is home to me now. I guess I just really, really love Texas. #TexasForever

    • gracemarie says...

      Living in Austin but I do really enjoy Houston whenever we visit! Though now that my favorite Houston gelato shop (Sweet Cup) sells pints at Central Market I have one fewer reason to visit, lol. I love the Menil, the Rothko Chapel, the Contemporary Craft Museum, so many cool things to see and do there!

  31. Kris says...

    Born in raised here in ATX. The past few years this city seen a rise in homelessness, gentrifications and traffic. Our city management is out of touch with the needs of the city. The Major Steve Adler believes the only people that live in this city are UT students he forgot about the adults. Metro system is the worst.

  32. Two of my best friends live in Austin, and this post made me even more excited to visit. The pictures are gorgeous, especially the spring and the restaurant looks amazing. I want to recreate that pasta. Yummm

  33. Kelly Hurtado says...

    I used to live in Austin for undergrad and absolutely loved Hamilton Springs. You have to hike to it and it opens up to natural springs. I can’t wait to take my boys when they are a little older and can hike!

  34. EliseB says...

    I am with Alex about not sharing plates. There is a whole avenue to explore. I would love to read Alex’ article.

  35. Barbara says...

    Love this post! Your pictures are so cute, and I also love you Ganni dresses! Would you mind sharing your lipstick shade? It matches your dress so lovely!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! NYX in monte carlo, layered with a little laura mercier gloss in poppy.

  36. Lindssy says...

    We live in Austin currently but are headed back to the Bay Area this summer… I love all these places and this post about your weekend here! Dare I say it makes me “homesick” for Austin already?! What a lovely weekend you had — thank you for sharing!!

  37. elise barbin says...

    Veracruz is the best! Also recommend TacoMex — a little window in a convenience store parking lot, but so so good. Jester King brewery is a bit of a drive, but an amazing family/dog friendly place to drink and hang out when the weather’s nice. They have baby goats (!!!)

  38. Carly says...

    Oh gosh, Anton’s love for his belt. So cute.

  39. Allie says...

    I love the idea of switching out for sleep ins while on vacation Joanna. Have you always done that? Our kids are still quite little (1 and 3) so we tend to swap out 5am starts every day at the moment but I love the idea of a REAL sleep in once the kids are bigger and one of us can have a holiday morning off!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, we’ve done this since toby was a baby. we switched off on weekends and family vacations. so nice to know you’ll for sure get a bit of alone time to do whatever you want! :)

  40. Amy says...

    Oh fun! I grew up in Austin and take my kids back to hang with my mom over spring break each year. Super fun to see the pic of the boys on the bench at Laguna Gloria as we somehow always wind up with a pic in that spot too. It’s at a good “pause” point :) But the real reason I commented…Barton Springs is so cold!! No minimizing that plunge – I never go in unless it in the upper 90s. Soaking is a legit accomplishment.

  41. Bates says...

    Yes to the enneagram post!!!

    • gracemarie says...

      I’m a 4 who heartily agrees!!

  42. Oh YAAAY so glad you went to Elizabeth street! It is my fav! That restaurant group owns Josephine house as well and a number of others including Clark’s oyster bar on west 5th that has the best happy hour burger and $5 martinis!
    Would also try any of those little taco places around south congress and Hotel San Jose on SoCo has a great poolside bar.

  43. Lynn says...

    Next time do brunch/lunch at Cafe No Sé. I’ve been to Austin a few times in the last year and every time, I try and go for their basket of pastries that starts the meal, everything on the menu, and delightful interior.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      My friend Megan suggested that just us moms for one morning, but then I had to unexpectedly work and her daughter barfed! Such is life lol

    • Amy says...

      +1!

  44. BMW says...

    Love Austin so much. My favorite bar EVER is Whisler’s in East Austin. Go when they have live music and sit on the patio. Then mosey upstairs to the mezcal bar and watch people ask for a drink, be told they only serve mezcal, then watch said people all take shots of mezcal :)

  45. Kensey says...

    I live in Austin but have been a loyal Cup of Jo reader since my Brooklyn days long ago!
    Having lived in Brooklyn, San Francisco and now Austin- I feel fortunate to have spent so much time in these incredible cities. Austin has that hip side of BK with the cultured feel of SF, but topped off with a super friendly, laid-back vibe. It’s pretty great and I think you need to move here too :)

    • gracemarie says...

      I think about leaving ATX sometimes but I would totally miss the southern hospitality! I’m so spoiled!!

  46. Meg says...

    Your friends certainly know all the best spots around here, and I’m glad Austin treated you so well! It’s such a delight to see places I love highlighted on your blog – which I also love ❤️

  47. Lark says...

    Couldn’t help but notice your cute one piece bathing suit. I’ve been searching for one for summer. Looks like you had a great time in Austin. Would love to make my way down there sometime!!! Thanks for sharing your outings!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      It’s from summersalt!

    • Lark says...

      Thanks! I’ll check it out!!!

  48. Kate says...

    I want to hear more about this sleeping in arrangement! What a concept!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Haha we just switch off taking the boys out in the mornings so the other parent can sleep or read or work or whatever! Alex took them for breakfast tacos and I took them to Laguna Gloria for a walk around. We usually leave from about 9-11 or 12, and then hang as a family for the rest of the day. Xoxo

  49. Sarah says...

    Las Perlas for tacos and mezacale was amazing hole in the wall!

  50. Ximena says...

    Toby looks so grown up!
    I remember reading your birth story like it was just a few years ago.

    • Marie says...

      My husband was born and raised in Queens, and I’m a Bay Area girl. After years in NYC and the Bay Area, we decided to try something new. We’ve now been in Austin for 8 years, and we’re so happy to be able to settle down and raise our family here.

      I’m surprised you didn’t mention the Zilker Zephyr. We can’t get near Barton Springs without our 6 year old begging to go on the train. You seem to visit often, so I would recommend checking out Pinballz, Alamo Drafthouse, and The Thinkery (ideally midweek when not too crowded) with your boys the next time you come. And, if you want to really feel like you’re in Texas, try two-stepping lessons at the Broken Spoke for a date night.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you!!!

  51. Colleen says...

    Ha! That De Young museum experience is exactly the same as our visit to the Frick with my 12 year old daughter. We let her sit in her own little pool of angst in the palm court and then I escorted her around, explaining the art so she could someday remember being dragged around The Frick by her mother. I know she will relish telling that story.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahahaha love this!

  52. Elina (Ellu) Nasser says...

    You came to my hood!!! I live around the corner from Josephine House and Elizabeth St is my fav in Austin!!! I’m so bummed I didn’t know y’all were coming or I might have “bumped” into you ;)
    So glad ATX treated you so well!

    • L.Shillington says...

      Ellu, I was going to write the same thing!

  53. Can’t wait to take my girl to chill long weekend vacays like this when she gets a little older. We took her to Japan and HK (see relatives) before she was 2 and that was fun and tough. Something more relaxed like this is probably best at the young age.

  54. A Martin says...

    I LOVE the ivory Ganni dress! I am visiting NYC next week (solo! it’s my mother’s day gift!) and would love recommendations on finding similar dresses that are easy to wear (dress up or down) and are travel friendly. I’ll actually take any recs for NYC from anyone willing to share 🥰

  55. Sasha L says...

    Montanan here to say same! Go west boys 😉

  56. Really want to see the Elsworth Kelly chapel. Looks so beautiful.

  57. Suzie says...

    Always love to see your family vacations! Very inspiring to travel with young kids.

  58. Claire says...

    Joanna, I live in Houston, but I love Austin, and I think maybe you guys are Texans at heart. :)

  59. Ainsley says...

    We visited Austin from Seattle last weekend, and I think we were at Barton Springs on the same (beautiful) day! It was so nice to spend a few days sitting on patios, enjoying the weather. One of our last meals in town was at Loro – I can’t recommend their food and boozy slushies enough!

  60. Jenna says...

    Love this & everywhere y’all went. We live in Austin with our 4 & 6 year old and I love seeing a visitor’s perspective— it’s fresh eyes on an old place and inspires me to get out and do those things we haven’t done in a while! Thanks for sharing!!

  61. We spent the weekend in Austin too! I was there for the Mom 2.0 Conference last week and my husband and kids joined me for a long weekend afterwards. We went to a lot of the same places as you by the looks of it. The kids were desperate to swim at Barton Springs but the line wrapped around the building and it was too hot to wait in the sun too long so we gave that a miss. Good thing the hotel had a pool! We spent a lot of time checking out murals too. I’m a sucker for good street art!

  62. Anna says...

    We moved to the Austin area a year ago. You were lucky, last weekend was gorgeous (now it’s thunderstormy)! My four year old loved the train ride in Zilker Park, and there are several other parks in the area with trains. Take a drive through the west side of town where the city becomes the hill country- the landscape is so beautiful. With young kids we haven’t tried a lot of restaurants, but Serranos has real mesquite grilled fajitas and great margaritas. Yums!

  63. NJ says...

    The most amazing Mexican food I had was at El Mezon in Austin. So, so delicious.

  64. Amy says...

    I have lived in & loved Austin for over twelve years & I have to say- you did it right! Josephine House & especially Elizabeth Street Cafe are such favorites. We moved last summer & now I can walk (a healthy walk!) to Laguna Gloria & love a quiet stroll along the lake there. Water Woman is my favorite & there are too many pics of her on my camera roll (🤦🏽‍♀️) Glad you enjoyed your time. I love the souvenirs 😂

  65. lisa says...

    cutest family!

  66. As a native New Yorker transplanted to Wyoming, am particularly enjoying Anton’s new cowboy/western flair.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha he’s such a country kid at heart! he told me the other day, “When I grow up, I want to move out west. But not the regular west, the WESTY west.” :)

    • Sasha L says...

      Montanan here to say same! Go west boys 😉

    • june2 says...

      “The WESTY west” … sounds like southern Colorado to me!

    • Kristian says...

      Yay! Fellow Wyomingite here!
      When I taught at an English camp in Italy one summer I was trying to explain where I lived. The only places in the US any of the kids had heard of were LA and New York, so finally I told them I lived in the West like in Cowboy movies. This kid looked up at me, nodded his head and said, “Ahhhh, Tex-as.”

      “No, Wyoming, actually.”
      He nodded again, etxra knowledgable. ” Tex-as.” and walked away.

  67. Charlotte K says...

    What a wonderful break. I am with Alex on the small plates and sharing. I want my own food and I want enough

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg you guys are soulmates. he basically just wants a steak and a martini and for everyone to let him be ;)

    • Jamie says...

      I can relate! I have the same feeling with food like tapas — there just never seems enough to go around in a crowd. Growing up in a Chinese household we always had communal dishes during sit down family meals, so I’m pretty used to sharing when it comes to Asian food. But if I’m having burgers/steak nobody better touch my fries!!! 🍟 lol

    • Kate says...

      I feel like the enneagram might have a lot to say about this. Have you explored that at all? Might be a rad thing to have on the blog one day. I’m a fan of Suzanne Stabile and Sara Jane Case (of Enneagram and Coffee). I think you and your Cup of Jo peeps might love it!

    • Angela says...

      Kate – YES – enneagram!! Suzanne Stabile is a phenomenal teacher. She doesn’t advocate for taking an online quiz, rather reading through the types and seeing which one you identify with! The enneagram has been immensely helpful to me!