Monday, June 24, 2013

Yee-Haw: Bachelorette Party in Austin, TX

Oh my, this post is long in coming!  Over Memorial Day Weekend (I know, I know), I traveled to Austin, TX to celebrate my friend Sarah's bachelorette party.  This was my first time in Texas, and we had a blast!  It was the perfect introduction to the state for me.

Friday, May 24, 2013: New York, NY to Lake Travis, TX
We flew out of JFK on Friday night, and arrived at our rental house around midnight, where we were greeted by the other girls in masks carrying drinks.  We stayed up chatting until 1am Texas time, and then tucked ourselves in to bed to let the real partying begin!

The bride decked out in western-wear.

Saturday, May 25, 2013: Lake Travis, TX
We woke up pretty early on Saturday and headed out for brunch and wine tasting at Flat Creek Estates.  The brunch was pretty good, and the winery itself is very nice.  For $45, we had the full brunch with unlimited mimosas and a tasting of nine wines in our own private tasting room.  I didn't fall in love with any of the wines, but it was interesting to try some real Hill Country wine, and the atmosphere was fun - a lot bigger than any other winery I've ever been to.  We bought a few bottles after our tasting was over, and while they wouldn't open them all for us (even though we told them we had a designated driver!), we enjoyed a few of them while sitting on the patio outside overlooking their vineyards.  It was a beautiful day and we probably would have stayed on that patio forever if it wasn't for dinner being delivered to our house.

Flat Creek Estate

Yes, this was a BIG weekend for eating.  We joked that we were eating Texan style.  After some more drinking and hanging out at the house, our barbecue was delivered.  Peete's Mequite catered our dinner, bringing brisket, ribs, salads, and the fluffiest white bread I've ever eaten right to our door.  (The white bread turned out to have been Wal-Mart brand.  Everyone thought it was the bee's knees.)  Once we were stuffed to the brim, we blindfolded Sarah and brought out our gifts for the weekend.  Each of us had bought her a piece of lingerie before the party, and on Saturday night, she opened it and had to guess who each piece was from.  If she guessed correctly, that person had to drink, but if she was wrong, she had to drink.  It was a hilarious way to get her stocked up for her honeymoon, and a game I'll definitely mention for future bachelorette parties!  We chatted and drank the rest of the night away, and really had a blast all being together with her.

Sunday, May 26, 2013: Lake Travis, TX
We all woke up surprisingly early on Sunday, and Harper cooked us a delicious breakfast using some of the barbecue leftovers from dinner.  We got ready to go to the pool and took some embarrassing photos of Sarah wearing her bikini, cowboy boots, hat, and sash which I'm too kind to post here.  Then we spent the afternoon tanning, swimming, and chatting poolside.  It was the first time I've been in a pool since last summer, and with the heat beating down on us, it was absolutely glorious.  I can't wait to get back in to the water soon, given it's been even hotter in NY this week!  Renting a house with pool access really was the way to go.  The house we rented was supposed to have lake views, but with the bad drought they've had recently (the lake was 42 feet below where it should be), those weren't so great, so being able to cool off near the pool was wonderful.  Renting a house was already great because it meant we could cook and really relax.  For a group as big as us, it was perfect!

Sarah drinking out of her bride cup with a penis straw. Classy.

That evening, we barbecued and ate some more leftovers, and then played two more games.  Callie, Alana and Elka had quizzed Matt (Sarah's fiance) a few weeks earlier about things like his favorite Disney movie, what he loves most about Sarah, and where their first kiss was.  Any time Sarah got one right, she chose someone to drink, and when she got them wrong (they were hard questions and Matty sometimes tricked her on purpose!), she had to drink.  Then, she got to turn the tables on us as she asked us questions to show how well we know her.  I'm proud to say we all did a lot better on that game than she did!

Monday, May 27, 2013: Lake Travis, TX to Austin, TX
On Monday, most people were heading back home, so we drove in to Austin and enjoyed one last brunch together at La Condesa. It was a really great spot, and we ordered their guacamole sampler, which I thought would be a little gimmicky but ended up being one of my very favorite things we ate all weekend!  They had traditional, chipotle purée & toasted almond; pomegranate, pomegranate molasses, & queso fresco and my personal favorite: jumbo lump crab, apple, & coconut vinegar.  I was less in love with their food, but their drinks were great, so it would be the perfect stop for drinks and appetizers, I think.

The whole group at La Condesa

We wandered around Austin for a bit, passing by the famous Congress Avenue bat bridge (sadly, we never saw any bats fly out), and into South Congress for some shopping and perusing.  We saw some great flea markets and a boot shop, but nothing piqued my interest.  While some of the girls stopped at Jo's for a cool drink, I headed to Amy's for a scoop of espresso ice cream and a biscoff cookie mix-in.  It was delicious, but melted far too quickly!

After we dropped off the other girls at the airport, Sarah, Alana and I headed back to the Driskill, our hotel for the evening.  If you're ever looking for a spot to stay in Austin, I'd highly recommend it.  It's very close to the capital district, and the hotel itself is gorgeous and historic.  They still have their beautiful open lobbies and lots of french doors, and it has an openness to it that a lot of modern hotels just don't.  They also have some cute detailing like cowboy wallpaper.  That evening, we relaxed in their bar, which is one of the best bars I've ever been to.  They have live music every night, and their happy hour can't be beat.  We had delicious, affordable cocktails and their bar snacks are amazing and 1/2 off during happy hour.  I had the pretzels, which were each stuffed with a different filling (my favorite was cheddar and peppercorn) and came with a different mustard.  For $3!  We spent most of the evening relaxing there, and then headed upstairs for more relaxation and an early night.

The bride and me enjoying the view from our hotel.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013: Austin, TX to New York, NY
We woke up pretty early on our last day in Austin, and took a little tour exploring the hotel some more before heading down for breakfast.  They say the Driskill's bakery is one of the best in Austin, and that their cinnamon bun is THE best in Austin.  I don't even like cinnamon buns, and this is seriously one of the most delicious things I've ever had.  We split one to start off our breakfast, and I've never tasted a pastry so light and flavorful, not even in France.  The rest of the breakfast was also quite good, but nothing compared to that cinnamon bun.

Alana models our very serious cinnamon bun

I did a bit of touristy shopping quickly after that, and then we packed our bags and headed back to the airport.  This is now the third bachelorette party I've been invited to, and while they've all be wonderful in their own ways, this was definitely the most relaxing.  It was so great to be able to spend time hanging out with friends doing our own thing, without a lot of the pressures to party that normally come with these kinds of parties.  When I'm ready to get married, I'd like to capture and relive that same relaxation, but maybe a bit closer to home.  Overall it was a wonderful, but all too quick trip! 

1 comment:

  1. Aww this sounds like such a great party! The perfect combination of relaxing, partying, and eating!