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The Gnome Guide to Rambling Austin

The Roaming Gnome just returned from a week gallivanting around Austin, Texas with awesome hosts Do512. While there, Do512 showed him how locals partake in rambling — hopping between the cities’ plentiful BBQ joints, mixology bars, live music venues, quirky local shops and outdoor wonders. One could ramble for eons. But since most of us don’t have eons on hand, the Roaming Gnome kindly made a guide of his favorite Austin stops in his Gnome  Guide to Rambling Austin:

1. Fill your belly with brisket at Franklin BBQ

“When Do512 said that people stand in line here for three hours, I thought it sounded like cuckoo talk. And cuckoo talk is exactly what I was doing after I passed out from deliciousness. I’m drooling all over my beard just thinking about it. -RG”
“When Do512 said that people stand in line here for three hours, I thought it sounded like cuckoo talk. And cuckoo talk is exactly what I was doing after I passed out from deliciousness. I’m drooling all over my beard just thinking about it. -RG”

2. See a sunset at Mt. Bonnell

 “If you happen to be a garden ornament like moi, get a nice lass to carry you up the 100 stairs. Promise her cuddles at the top. It’s very romantic, and frankly it’s the polite thing to do. ” - RG
“If you happen to be a garden ornament like moi, get a nice lass to carry you up the 100 stairs. Promise her cuddles at the top. It’s very romantic, and frankly it’s the polite thing to do. ” – RG

3.  Catch a flight (of beer) at Austin Beer Garden Brewery

“I don’t normally like to spend time sitting in gardens anymore, but this one has it’s very own beer AND pizza AND music. Oh and did I mention they had beer? I got a little distracted thinking about the pizza…” ― RG
“I don’t normally like to spend time sitting in gardens anymore, but this one has it’s very own beer AND pizza AND music. Oh and did I mention they had beer? I got a little distracted thinking about the pizza…” ― RG

4. See a show at Mohawk 

“I learned how to properly rock out, as they say, watching bands from their giant outdoor rooftop. They also have a giant stuffed bear. You know, for giant bear hugs.”  — RG
“I learned how to properly rock out, as they say, watching bands from their giant outdoor rooftop. They also have a giant stuffed bear. You know, for giant bear hugs.” — RG

5. Two-step your tootsies off at Continental Club

“Apparently people have been cutting rugs at this legendary club since 1957. I didn’t see any of the rugs here, but there was A LOT of dancing. And it looked like quite good fun. ” — RG
“Apparently people have been cutting rugs at this legendary club since 1957. I didn’t see any of the rugs here, but there was A LOT of dancing. And it looked like quite good fun. ” — RG

6. Take in some tunes at weekend 2 of ACL Festival

“Get there early to stake out a spot close to the stage. i managed to get right next to the amps. what’s that? no i don’t hear yelling. can’t hear a jot.” — RG
“Get there early to stake out a spot close to the stage. i managed to get right next to the amps. what’s that? no i don’t hear yelling. can’t hear a jot.” — RG

7. Meet royalty at the Cathedral of Junk

“Sigh...I could’ve gotten lost in here forever.  Fortunately the Junk King himself is always there and he knows every inch of stuff. He kindly fished me out.” – RG
“Sigh…I could’ve gotten lost in here forever. Fortunately the Junk King himself is always there and he knows every inch of stuff. He kindly fished me out.” – RG

8. Go nuts with donuts at Gourdough’s

“I was FINALLY able to cross ‘eat a donut the size of my head’ off my bucket list here. I scarfed down the Fat Elvis, which I thought was a peculiar name for a pastry, but it had peanut butter and bacon on it, so I did not ask questions.”  — RG
“I was FINALLY able to cross ‘eat a donut the size of my head’ off my bucket list here. I scarfed down the Fat Elvis, which I thought was a peculiar name for a pastry, but it had peanut butter and bacon on it, so I did not ask questions.” — RG

9. Shop for some necessities on South Congress

“Ahh...I have never seen such wonders. There were boots, funny baubles, and very dapper duds all over the place. I shopped ‘til I passed out and conked my noggin. Fortunately I had picked up this lovely helmet at Lucy In Disguise first. ” — RG
“Ahh…I have never seen such wonders. There were boots, funny baubles, and very dapper duds all over the place. I shopped ‘til I passed out and conked my noggin. Fortunately I had picked up this lovely helmet at Lucy In Disguise first. ” — RG

10. Wave to the Bats at Congress Avenue Bridge

"Whooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... That’s the noise I made when I saw 750,000 bats come whooshing out from under the bridge. If YOU want to make that noise you just have to show up at dusk and keep your peepers peeled.” — RG
“Whooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa… That’s the noise I made when I saw 750,000 bats come whooshing out from under the bridge. If YOU want to make that noise you just have to show up at dusk and keep your peepers peeled.” — RG

To see more of the Roaming Gnome’s ramble follow him on Instagram and Twitter. To follow in his footsteps, head to Travelocity to book your own epic trip and be sure to look up his friends at Do512 while you’re there.

The Roaming Gnome’s Guide: Best Tacos in Austin, Texas

The Roaming Gnome is currently traipsing about Austin, Texas! He’s hit up the first weekend of the ACL festival and is busy getting an insider look at the land of weird from local hosts, Do512.  Tasty tacos of course, are the quintessential Austin fuel. And the Roaming Gnome has a few highlights from his trip so far, to help get you chowing down in all the right places.  If you’re planning on visiting Austin or heading to the second weekend of the ACL Festival, this Gnome Guide is for you:

 

Juan In a Million

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“Now which Juan do you order at Juan in a million? Definitely the Don Juan. That’s which Juan.”—RG

 

 

El Primo

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“I have two words: Breakfast. Tacos. Wait, I have three more words: Eat. Them. Here.” —RG

 

Melizzoz 

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“I really liked the bacon. And the avocado. And the beans. And the eggs. And the tortillas. And the sausage. And the part where I got to put all those things in my belly at the same time. “ —RG

 

 

Torchy’s

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“My friends at Do512 said no trip to Austin would be complete without Torchy’s. And I say no trip to Torchy’s would be complete without hogging all your friend’s tacos.” — RG

 

 

Lard Have Mercy

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“They have a taco with a bacon shell. I KNOW. My noggin almost couldn’t handle it. Fortunately my mouth jumped in and took care of everything just fine.“ —RG

Tacos are just the beginning of the Roaming Gnome’s Austin adventure. To see even more awesome stops follow him on Instagram and Twitter. There are more gnome guides to come!

 

Travelocity’s Local Secrets, Big Finds® – Reno Red’s in Roanoke, TX

In Texas, not far from Travelocity’s headquarters, a fantastic foodie scene is blossoming in the Wild West town of Roanoke, once a popular pit stop for cowboys and cattle drivers.  While a modern-day visit to Roanoke will satiate you every culinary desire from Tex Mex, to hearth-baked pizzas to family-style fried chicken, when it’s old-fashioned frontier food that Travelocity locals are after, they head to Reno Red’s.

Mancation Series: Where to Watch the Final Four in Houston

Editor’s Note: With March Madness, Spring Training and music festivals in high gear, spring may just be the manliest season of the year. Please join us in welcoming man’s man Juan Parra as we salute man stuff for The Window Seat’s Mancation Series.

If you’re the type of person who enjoys openly gambling in the workplace, this is your month. Outside of fantasy football, March Madness is corporate America’s pre-eminent gambling competition. And you thought college basketball was irrelevant to your 9 to 5 life.

But I digress. This is a travel column after all, and we’re looking at the best places to watch the games in Houston, the Final Four host city.

Houston is a city with a rich basketball history, both collegiately and in the pros; just ask a local. Houston has passionate fans in everything from basketball to soccer to football, and if you want to get on their good side just mention that you have a disdain for any team from Dallas.

Postcard from Marfa

Please join us in welcoming guest author Joel Frey, one of the Travelocity Roaming Gnome’s most trusted publicists.

Call me a sucker for good PR.  Over  the years, I’ve read a handful of glowing travel stories on Marfa, Texas, a town of a 2,121 people about 200 miles southeast of my home in El Paso. Most of these reviews first focused on the “Mystery Lights,” followed by a summation of the artist Donald Judd’s ties to the area and wrapped up with a few paragraphs on a revival which has seen an influx of galleries, restaurants and renovations spring life into an otherwise a dusty ranching town. Inspired by The New York Times, my wife and I recently spent a weekend there.