Distinctive on the city skyline and below ground, too. The sunken plaza/park, replete with wall-length fountain and rushing water, is an oasis of serene pleasure in the hustle of downtown. Just bring your lunch, some pennies, and a head full of wishes.
This political palace is at the center of Austin, physically and spiritually, its most recognized symbol, the star in the Violet Crown. And the recently completed renovation has taken the Capitol back to its glory days.
With its broad staircase, soothing piano bar, fab bronze cowboy sculpture, elegant 19th-century style, and its own ghost, you'll want to check in for a night even if you live in town.
Even transplanted Jersey girls - chicks who know their malls - agree: Highland is buy-land, a shopper's paradise where, in about an hour or less, you can exponentially expand every aspect of your life while waiting for those new glasses to be ground so you can better see the great stuff you bought.
How big is this place anyway? And how do they keep it as green as Ireland despite the heat, and as trimmed and perky as Jack La Lanne despite the constant foot traffic? We don't know, but we sure do dig it.
The moving cows at the Sixth Street location really wow 'em, but don't miss the new art at the latest location on Guadalupe.
Amy's Ice Creams
1012 W. Sixth, 512/480-0673
3500 Guadalupe, 512/458-6895
2805 Bee Caves Rd. #416, 512/328-2697
10000 Research #140, 512/345-1006
ABIA: Amy's Ice Creams, 3600 Presidential Blvd. #20, 512/530-2918
1301 S. Congress, 512/440-7488
4477 S. Lamar #790, 512/891-0573
13265 Hwy. 183 N., 512/918-2697
5624 Burnet Rd., 512/538-2697
9600 S. I-35 Ste. 400-C, 512/282-2697
13420 Galleria Cir. Ste. 140-A, 512/263-2903
2901 S. Lamar, 512/447-2697
A local hero, cast heroically, large as the big life he led. Not a day goes by that Stevie isn't holding a new bunch of flowers, a fingerful of picks, or a note of appreciation brought by fans the world over.
Better than a sonnet. Cheaper than a bottle of wine. Quicker to get to than the ocean. Want to win somebody's heart? Take them here to see a sunset; you won't have to say a word.
Mount Bonnell at Covert Park
3851 Mount Bonnell Dr.
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