Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Last Fling Before the Ring!

Last weekend, some of the wedding party and I traveled Austin, Texas for my fling before the ring a.k.a Bachelorette Party. *Warning, get ready for picture overload!*  I don't think we were quite as extreme as the movie The Hangover, but we did have a good time. We got there Friday early evening and checked into the Omni. It was a fabulous hotel right in the heart of downtown Austin. We loved it. And I snagged us a good deal and we stayed on the concierge's floor which included free snacks and drinks before dinner and breakfast! The hotel had a great pool on the roof. We didn't get to use it but we did take a peek. 

So we got ready for dinner and headed out to Manuels. Since we had snacks at the hotel, we decided to just get three appetizers to all share and some adult beverages. The food was fabulous. And I cannot say enough about our waiter. Forgot his name, but he was awesome!!! Attentive enough , but not pestering. And just generally nice and chatty.  

Girls at dinner at Manuels
One cool thing about Austin is they have petty cabs. They are "free" rides around town in a buggy powered by a, generally, cute and entertaining guy. We did see one girl pedaling though. 

Our petty cab drivers!
Me and MOH in the petty cab!
From Manuels we went to Pete's Dueling Piano Bar. It is exactly as it sounds. Two pianos dueling and playing back and forth. They can play pretty much anything you can think of. We heard Summer Night from Grease and Garth Brooks. Really, they can play anything. And for special occasions like, Bachlorette parties, you even get to go on stage and be serenaded. 

Me and a birthday girl being serenaded.

The girls at Pete's
 So we had our giggles there and we went next door to do some real dancing! We headed to Pure. It is one of those places that we would never go to in Shreveport, but hey, we were on vacation. Very cluby, and normally if we were in Shreveport, very creepy. But really, we were like the only people in there so it was great! Haha!

Champagne toast!
So Saturday morning we woke up and it was shopping day! We went to South Congress Street. But first, we had to EAT! We love our food. We went to Homeslice. It's a local pizza-by-the-slice place, which seems to be very popular in Austin. The pizza was delicious!

At Homeslice. YUM!
We did lots of shopping. Stopped by University of Texas campus and Mellow Mushroom for a quick ice cream break. 

We headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening. We went to Annie's for dinner. It was a little French bistro on Congress Street. They had very yummy food! I had the veggie plate that had grilled veggie on a bed of mash potatoes. Awesomeness. After dinner, we went to J. Black's and The Ranch. Very different feel from the night before. You could tell we were in the "uptown" part of Austin. Not so friendly. But we still had fun. 
Ready to hit the town!
Toast to the night!
 We went to Eastside Cafe for brunch. Another local place, off the beaten path. It was soooo yummy! I had french toast that was to die for. 

Girls before brunch.
We all had a great time and I can't thank each of them enough for coming and for joining me on my big day! 

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