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Austin, I love you so much.

After a beautiful sunset, my next day in Austin started and ended the same way: with lots and lots of wine!

We began by heading off to Hawk’s Shadow Winery for a relaxing wine tasting.

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The winery has the most stunning views of the Hill Country. I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was where we were sitting!

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Not a bad way to start the day!

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Hawk’s Shadow Winery is family owned, and has the southern hospitality that I miss in New York!

While we were tasting the wines, one of the owners poured each bottle himself and answered all of our questions. He also mentioned that if we needed to use the restroom, we could head on up to his house at the top of the hill and let ourselves in. This would not happen in the city!

His wife came down too to chat, and kept bringing snacks because she “didn’t want to come empty handed.” It was adorable, and so very southern.

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Apparently I didn’t get the Ray-Ban memo…

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

After finishing the whites, we trekked down the hill to explore the vineyard.

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Our vineyard exploration lasted about five minutes before we decided to trek back up for the reds!

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

After enjoying the wine, we made it home just in time to watch California Chrome win the Kentucky Derby. To celebrate (yay California!) we put on our best Derby dress and headed off to the JDRF “Toast the Cure” event in downtown Austin.

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

JDRF is a charity focused on type one diabetes research. Toast the Cure featured live music, food and drinks, and was supported by many young Austin professionals. And one New York professional!

You can find more information on the charity here. I love any event that has a step and repeat!

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

So do the boys!

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The next morning, we had time to take one more iconic Austin picture before heading back to Houston.

Austin Texas - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Austin, I miss you already!

~A

For all of my Texas travel posts, click here.

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