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Hidden Gems from the locals
The North Door – Rich in history, this venue is a prime spot to listen to both local and touring musical acts.
Sahara Lounge – This is a uniquely Austin venue to listen to a range of music from African to folk music. It’s family-owned with an eclectic, laid-back atmosphere.
Lake Georgetown – According to Steve Hamlin, a Vizcaya resident, Lake Georgetown is much less crowded than the famed Lady Bird Lake or Lake Travis.
Barton Springs – Though it’s not exactly a hidden gem, this natural spring attracts a crowd with recent record-settings nearing 800,000 visitors.
Eat Like a Local
Jack Allen’s Kitchen – This Round Rock favorite of Steve Hamlin features locally sourced foods that are always fresh and delicious. jackallenskitchen.com
Torchy’s Tacos – The original location is Bouldin Creek and South First Street – Order the Democrat, Republican, or Independent taco with green chile queso. torchystacos.com
Emmer & Rye – Another restaurant that uses locally sourced ingredients with award-winning chef, Kevin Fink. They even mill their own flour for handmade pastas. emmerandrye.com
Austin Food Trucks – Area chefs serve unpretentious fare from over 2,000 food trucks that roam the Austin streets.
Live Music Capital of the World
Known as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is the kind of place where you immediately feel at home. Known for its barbecue and carne asada tacos, you’re sure to find a music scene (over 250 venues) or food truck (2,000 in the area) with your name on it. Downtown has seen incredible expansion in recent years with six distinct districts where commerce, cuisine, and cocktails mix. Steve and Carla Hamlin have lived in the Austin area for many years and recently relocated to Heritage at Vizcaya in Round Rock, TX (just outside of Austin). They had searched for a 55+ community near medical care where they could have single-floor living and couldn’t be happier with their decision. They particularly like to stick close to the Round Rock area as they have everything they need in close proximity.
“There has been incredible growth in Austin in recent years. We have everything: jobs, culture, restaurants, lakes, and the University of Texas.”
– Steve Hamlin, resident at Vizcaya, a Taylor Morrison community