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Inside Austin (Jul 5th, 2019)

Hello! 

In honor of the holiday weekend, today’s issue looks a little different. I’m sharing 10 ways you could spend a staycation in or near the city. What are your favorite staycation to-dos? Let me know at Holly@inside.com. 

Staycations are more fun with friends, so please share and forward this on — I’m always looking to expand our Inside Austin community! 

Now, onto the staycation goodies:

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1. A staycation means more time for eating delicious food. And if you take a cruise on The Brunch Boat, you can sightsee with local food and drink simultaneously. On The Brunch Boat, you can expect a two-hour ride on Lady Bird Lake (putting you right in the middle of Downtown) which you can enjoy from the open-air upper deck or the enclosed, air-conditioned lower deck. The ticket price (usually $49) includes everything onboard, from breakfast tacos to Deep Eddy Vodka Bloody Marys. There’s also a live DJ and a photo booth. — AUSTIN TOUR COMPANY

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2. A true staycation involves a hotel and Austin has several boutique hotels to really change up your scene. If you’re looking for modern flair, book a room at the Kimber Modern (110 The Cir) for their fresh, trendy decor, soaking tubs and private patios. Stay at the Lonestar Court (10901 Domain Drive) for a rustic, outdoor atmosphere inside The Domain, complete with an outdoor pool and fire pit. If history is your thing, make a reservation at Hotel Ella (1900 Rio Grande St.) housed in a Greek revival-style mansion — there’s even afternoon tea and cocktails in the Parlor Bar. — TRIP SAVVY

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3. Head to Fredericksburg for a day trip — or a long weekend if you’ve got the time — for all sorts of small town fun that’s less than two hours from Austin. Fredericksburg is known for their array of more than 30 wineries offering sips of Viogner, Albariño, Sangiovese and Tempranillo. Make a stop at Wildseed Farms to enjoy fields of colorful blooms, walking trails and butterfly gardens. Fredericksburg grows nearly half of Texas’ peaches, so it’s worth a few minutes at a roadside stand for fresh peaches and/or a scoop of peach ice cream. Talk a walk and shop the 100+ shops along Main Street and celebrate the town’s heritage with traditional German fare. — TRAVEL ADDICTS

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4. July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo lunar landing that launched out of Houston and changed space exploration forever. Visit the space center this month for all sorts of celebratory events including an outdoor concert with Walk the Moon and Phillip Phillips and see various artifacts from the mission such as lunar samples, mission control and different suits worn by the astronauts. Specific Apollo events are planned from July 16-24, but if you can’t make it then, there’s an Apollo Art exhibit on display from August through November, with drawings, glassworks and paintings from NASA collections. — SPACE CENTER

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5. Visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum (1800 Congress Ave.) to see a movie at the IMAX and one of their many ever-changing exhibitions. If you have kids (toddlers-tweens), visit on a Tuesday or a Thursday from now until Aug. 8 for hands-on fun and discovery. — BULLOCK MUSEUM

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6. Head to Lady Bird Lake for kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding and join an event at the Rowing Dock including Yappy Hour every Tuesday (bring your furry friends), full moon paddles and bat paddles. You can also make a reservation for a fishing kayak, pack up your bait and pole and see what you can bring home for dinner! — ROWING DOCK

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7. Sip the local brew at Craft Pride on Rainey Street, which is home to the widest selection of Texas beers in the city — it’s on tap, by the can, in bottles, there’s even local cider and wine — and enjoy live music, plus brunch and/or pizza. There’s live music nearly every night, so be sure to check out their events calendar and keep an eye out for their signature anniversary parties. — CRAFT PRIDE

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8. Charm School Vintage (1111 E. 11th St.) is one of the best places in town for '80s and '90s clothing, accessories and jewelry. Take a look at their calendar to catch one of their monthly tarot card readings, yard sales or a buy back day. — CHARM SCHOOL VINTAGE

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9. Create your own taco tour by visiting as many taco shacks as possible and rate your favorites along the way (multiple categories are encouraged) and then share the list with this Inside Austin writer. My personal favorite is the shrimp taco from Veracruz All Natural, but the tacos from Discada are definitely on my to-eat list. — EATER AUSTIN

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10. Austin isn’t the Live Music Capital of the World for nothin’! Take a look at the top places to catch a show and start booking your staycation calendar with musical entertainment. If you haven’t been, Stubb’s is a favorite for locals and tourists, plus you can grab a stack of fried green tomatoes and smoked meats during any concert. — FOURSQUARE

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Inside Austin was written and curated by Holly A. Phillips. Holly has a passion for storytelling and uses her craft to promote brands around the world. She is a Blogging Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and is always looking for a new adventure. Keep up with her on her blog Thebitterlemon.com or on Twitter at @orangejulius7.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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