Why? Texas!

Matthew and I just returned home from a wonderful vacation in Texas! Most of Matthew’s extended family lives down there and when we received an invitation to his cousin Michelle’s wedding in Austin, we immediately accepted. Not only was it a great chance to see family, but it was my first chance to see Texas!

We started out our trip with a couple days in Austin. I had garnered so many suggestions of places to go and things to do that we easily could have filled the entire trip there. We started with lunch at Polvos Mexican Restaurant.

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This place has great traditional Mexican dishes! The best part of the meal was the salsa bar and homemade chips.

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After lunch, we hopped aboard the Austin Duck Adventures for a tour of the city. This was a quick and fun way to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Plus, who doesn’t love an opportunity for a duck face selfie?!

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We saw the impressive Texas Capitol Building, the Governor’s Mansion, the Congress Avenue bridge where thousands upon thousands of bats call home, and much more.

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We also set sail in our Duck vehicle on Lake Austin, which boasts some impressive homes along its shores, including ones belonging to Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey.

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Our Duck Adventure started and ended on 6th Street, which is filled with great bars!

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We also checked out the historic Driskill Hotel, which is a beautiful monument to times gone by.

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Then it was time to get some real Texas cowboy (cowgirl) boots! We stopped at Allen’s Boots on South Congress and each picked out a pair of boots.

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We ended our first day in Austin with some real Texas barbecue at The Salt Lick. A half-pound of brisket, plus sweet potato fries, generated a lot of yums and a lot of leftovers! Matthew enjoyed the ribs and pulled pork, which were just as tasty!

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We even got an up-close look at the pit used to smoke all the delicious meats at The Salt Lick.

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The next morning, Matthew’s dad joined us. We took him to lunch at Freddie’s Place, a quirky little spot that is living up to the “Keep Austin Weird” motto.

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Matthew’s lunch choice was the most interesting: he chose the Fredelvis burger, with peanut butter, banana, bacon, and honey.

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From there, we headed up to Mount Bonnell for some great views of the city.

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That evening, it was wedding time as Matthew’s cousin Michelle got married at the lovely and rustic Kindred Oaks.

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It was a beautiful ceremony and so great to see almost the entire extended family together!

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The rest of the trip was spent in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Goliad visiting various family members. We walked on the beach on Padre Island, enjoyed a Texas classic Whataburger, and spent the night at a real Texas ranch.

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All in all, it was a jam-packed trip with lots of good family time. As someone who comes from a small family, Matthew’s clan can be overwhelming at times, but full of love and happiness, too! Although I think I need a vacation from our vacation!

Have you ever been to Texas? Are you from a big family?

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