10 Easy Day Trips from Austin, Texas

10 Easy Day Trips from Austin, Texas

Whether you live in Texas, or you’re planning a visit to the area, there are so many great day trips from Austin. Not only does Austin have a lot to see and do, the surrounding area offers just as much. You’ll find great food, activities, hiking, shopping and more! 

From small towns, to lakes (well rivers actually), to other metropolitan areas, I’ve compiled my top 10 easy day trips from the capital of Texas. 

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Day Trips from Austin - Heading West

1. Dripping Springs, Texas

Just a short 40-minute drive outside of Austin, Dripping Springs, is perfect for adding to your day trips from Austin list. Littered with breweries, distilleries, and wineries this area is the perfect spot to be outdoors, enjoy a beverage, and relax. 

Food in Dripping Springs focuses on pizza, BBQ, and tacos. Visit Pieous for some world-renowned Neapolitan pizza, try BBQ at Alice’s restaurant on-site at Treaty Oak Distilling, or tacos and Tex-Mex at Flores. 

You’ll also find outdoor adventure and beauty in this area. Hamilton Pool is a gorgeous place for swimming and hiking in Dripping Springs. Reservations are required, so make sure to check their website in advance.

Hamilton Pool Address: 24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Distance from Austin: 23 miles, about 40 minutes.

If you choose to stay overnight, check out these accommodations: 

Lucky Arrow Retreat – Modern cabins and yurts next door to a winery. Event space and a pool on-site as well. 

Camp Lucy – Beautiful grounds and rooms on acres in the hill country. The on-site restaurant is top notch! 

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2. Johnson City, Texas

Continue along 290 West just a few more miles from Dripping Springs and you’ll reach Johnson City, Texas. For a unique day trip from Austin visit the Exotic Zoo in the area! Visitors drive through the zoo in their car and can feed some of the animals right from the window. 

Things to do in Johnson City continue in the town center. For a bit of history, check out Lyndon B Johnson’s boyhood home where you can take a free tour. Afterward, there are several wine tasting rooms within walking distance. Last, grab a meal at Bryan’s on 290 or Pecan Street Brewing. 

The Exotic Resort Zoo: 235 Zoo Trail, Johnson City, TX 78636

LBJ’s Boyhood Home: 200 E Elm St, Johnson City, TX 78636

Distance from Austin: 48 Miles, about 1 hour. 

If you choose to stay overnight, check out these accommodations: 

Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa – Winery and accommodations all in one! 

Crossroads Inn – A B&B with a plantation home feel. Pretty gardens and a huge porch to relax on. 

3. Fredericksburg, Texas

Take a day trip from Austin to the Texas Hill Country to Fredericksburg, about an hour and a half west out of town. The Texas Wine Trail along 290 offers more than 50 wineries to taste wine at. Downtown Fredericksburg has become the epicenter of the area with lots of restaurants, shops, wine tasting rooms, and more. 

For Hiking in the Hill Country, Enchanted Rock is a great location. Bring a picnic and hike the massive pink granite dome for amazing views of the area. Camping at Enchanted Rock is also an option. You’ll need reservations for any visit, check their website for more details. 

If you want to stay longer than a day, which I recommend to fully experience the area, I have a few recommendations on where to stay in Fredericksburg. 

Distance from Austin: 78 Miles, about 1 hour and 40 minutes. 

If you choose to stay overnight, check out these accommodations: 

Barons Creek Resort – Secluded guest rooms with a bar and restaurant on-site, just a few miles from town. 

Travis Street Guest House – A zen cabin retreat that you’ll have all to yourself. Located in the heart of town. 

4. Lake Travis

Another popular day trip from the central Austin area is out to Lake Travis. Austinites love spending time on the water boating, doing water sports, or swimming. 

Lake Travis, which is really just a controlled section of the Colorado River, can be reached within about 30 minutes of Austin. Several companies will rent boats or water sports equipment to you either hourly or daily. Check out Float On – Lake Travis Boat Rentals. For food on Lake Travis, dock your boat at the Sundancer Grill and enjoy a burger and a cocktail on the patio. When you’re done boating, stop for some shopping at the Hill Country Galleria. 

Sundancer Grill: 16410 Stewart Rd, Lakeway, TX 78734

Hill Country Galleria: 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX 78738

Lake Travis distance from Austin: 19 miles, about 35 minutes. 

If you choose to stay overnight, check out these accommodations: 

Lakeway Resort and Spa – This resort overlooks Lake Travis and offers a full marina, swimming pool, and golf. 

SpringHill Suites – Modern decor and a convenient location are perks of this hotel. 

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Day Trips from Austin - South

5. Wimberley, Texas

South of Austin, Wimberley is a fun spot to visit for a day trip. Along the Blanco river in downtown Wimberley, you can stroll along and visit the tiny shops and restaurants. Shopping in Wimberley you’ll find clothing, gifts, antiques, kitchen supplies, and more. 

If swimming in Wimberley is what you’re looking for, plan to visit Jacob’s Well. A beautiful underwater cave, this swimming spot has become pretty popular and requires reservations. The gorgeous blue-green water and deep hole to jump into are something to see! 

Jacob’s Well Address: 1699 Mt Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676

Distance from Austin: 38 miles, about 45 minutes.

If you choose to stay overnight, check out these accommodations: 

Collective Hill Country – Gorgeous glamping tents each with their own private bathroom. 

Blair House Inn – Featuring a restaurant, full spa, and outdoor pool, this could be the perfect retreat! 

Blanco River

6. Natural Bridge Caverns

Texas is home to several caves and caverns to explore, one of the best being Natural Bridge Caverns. Open daily, the caverns are a neat site to tour. They offer several tours including a Discovery Tour and Hidden Passages Tour, as well as a combo of both. 

Above the cavern, you’ll find plenty of Austin day trip things to do! Try your balance and agility on the zip rails and ropes course (they have a separate course for smaller children too), test your problem-solving skills in the 5000 square foot maze, or go mining for gems and fossils. They also have food on-site when all these activities make you hungry. 

Natural Bridge Caverns Address: 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266

Distance from Austin: 67 miles, about 1 hour and 10 minutes

If you choose to stay overnight, check out these accommodations: 

JW Marriot Hill Country Resort & Spa – Offering a waterpark, full service spa and 7 restaurants, this resort is a destination itself! 

Hyatt Place San Antonio – Nearby the caverns this hotel would be a good spot for an overnight. 

7. Boerne, Texas

A small town just north of San Antonio, Boerne is a good day trip from San Antonio or Austin. Some of the things to do in Boerne include Cibolo Nature Center with hiking and a wildlife preserve, Cave Without A Name that features a six-room cave, and Boerne City Lake Park surrounding Boerne Lake. 

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there are some great spots for food in Boerne, Texas. Check out Cibolo Creek Brewing for a meal and craft beer, or Peggy’s on the Green for elevated Southern food. 

Cibolo Nature Center Address: 140 City Park Rd, Boerne, TX 78006

Cave Without A Name Address: 325 Kreutzberg Rd, Boerne, TX 78006

Distance from Austin: 97 miles, about 1 hour and 40 minutes

If you choose to stay overnight, check out these accommodations: 

The Kendall – A beautiful and historic Inn located right on Boerne Square. 

The Bevy Hotel Boerne – All the hotel amenities you look for – a fitness center, outdoor pool, and a restaurant all on-site. 

8. San Antonio, Texas

Did you know that San Antonio is only a little over an hour south of Austin? There are many options for things to do in San Antonio, but I’ll outline the top things to see if you only have one day. 

Downtown San Antonio offers the most bang for your buck if you have limited time. Start your day visiting The Alamo in the center of town, a historic Spanish mission, and the site of the Battle of the Alamo. If you like history, continue to the historic San Fernando Cathedral built in the 1730s. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling the Riverwalk, and maybe even hop on a Riverwalk boat tour! Don’t miss La Villita, a historic arts village where you’ll find unique San Antonio Riverwalk shopping.  

The Alamo Address: 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

Distance from Austin: 80 miles, about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

If you choose to stay overnight, check out these accommodations: 

Drury Plaza Hotel – Located directly on the Riverwalk in a historic building. 

Menger Hotel – Take yourself back in time with this historic hotel steps from The Alamo. It’s also supposedly home to a few ghostly apparitions.  

The Alamo

Day Trips from Austin - North/East

9. Waco, Texas

Home to Baylor and Chip and Joanna Gaines, Waco is a fun location to add to your day trips from Austin list. North of Austin about an hour and a half, you can easily visit this town in one day. 

To get your Waco shopping fix, Magnolia Silos is a destination in and of itself. With a store curated by Joanna Gaines, food trucks out back, and a bakery on-site, you can spend a few hours just in this location. Afterward, you can head over to the Dr. Pepper Museum which is located downtown in a historic bottling building. 

Magnolia Silos Address: 601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX 76706

Dr. Pepper Museum Address: 300 S 5th St, Waco, TX 76701

Distance from Austin: 102 miles, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

If you choose to stay overnight, check out these accommodations: 

Bed and Breakfast on White Rock Creek – Tucked away on a wooded street, this B&B offers a hot tub and breakfast. 

Hotel Indigo Waco – This is a fun spot with a rooftop pool, and restaurant/bar for food and drinks. 

Magnolia Silos

10. Round Top, Texas

Round Top is the perfect day trip for antique lovers. This area is home to a twice-yearly Texas antique market that stretches for miles and miles up Route 237, but don’t worry antiques can still be found at local Round Top shops when the market is not happening.

Start the day by grabbing some food at Royers Round Top Cafe to fuel you up for all that shopping. Shops to include on your tour are the Junk Gypsy Company, Old Depot Antiques, and Townsend Provisions. 

Distance from Austin: 80 miles, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. 

If you choose to stay overnight, check out these accommodations: 

The Frenchie – This perfectly decorated previous farm house is instagram worthy! 

 

Which day trips from Austin are you planning? Let me know in the comments!

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Review of Bahia Principe Luxury Akumal Resort

Review of Bahia Principe Luxury Akumal Resort

The Bahia Principe Akumal is a luxury resort located in Akumal Mexico along the Mayan Riviera. In this video I provide tips, advice, and reviews on my experience at the Bahia Principe resort.

I’m Kim, the Abundant Traveler and welcome to the Bahia Principe Luxury Resort.

I am staying here for three nights. I’m going to check out everything there is to do from enjoying volleyball to eating at all the different restaurants I can get my hands on, drinking some cocktails and swimming in the beautiful Riviera Maya ocean. I cannot wait, so let’s go check out this hotel. Come on with me.

It’s awfully quiet right now but normally there are six to seven thousand people that are staying at these different properties. I don’t know how many stay in this hotel but there are four hotels in this particular compound.

There’s one called Coba, that is off the water. The one I’m staying at is luxury which is on the ocean. There’s another one called Tulum, that is also on the ocean and then the Cian Khan which is actually named after the biosphere south of Tulum, that is actually on the golf course.

So, this property, if you’re traveling with a family, it is great for kids. If you’re traveling just with adults like I am, staying in the building number 83, that is adults only, there is a small restaurant there called Las Corales and they serve breakfast and lunch there.

The pool on that side is also for adults only and the beach is for adults only. So, it’s really nice if you’re planning on coming on an adult only trip.

So, now I’m going to take you on a little tour of my hotel room, it looks like the images that they have online. If you want to book this property, I will share the link in the description below for how I booked this property.

This is the hotel bathroom. You have a shower and you have a bathtub here and yes, it’s got reverb. But you can see that I have two double beds, I have a sitting area, I have a TV as well and a little balcony and I do like staying on the first floor. I get to see all the animals in the evening and it’s been really nice.

There’s actually an extra bed right here as well, so you could have a guest if you want to sleep really close to the person, there’s two beds so you could get four plus maybe one person here as well.

The mini bar is here and they put some goodies in it, oops, they put goodies in it snacks and everything so, and they refill it every day with everything that you could possibly want.

They also have robes and they have a robe there which has been great to have and little slippers as well and of course they have a safe. No matter what you do, you want to keep your passport in the safe, just a big tip when you’re traveling overseas in general. Always leave your passport in the safe at the hotel and bring some other form of identification with you, so when you’re using a credit card and they need identification, they have something else or if something happens to you, you have one form of identification but if you lose that, you still have your passport so you don’t have to go to the embassy and get a new passport. So, that is a major tip for when you’re traveling overseas.

In addition to the main restaurants here, you have a couple extra things as well.

One, you have a sports bar and that sports bar is open in the evening and definitely the place for the guys if you want to go check out whatever sports are happening. There’s also a coffee shop where you can buy some of the delicious Mexican chocolates as well get some ice cream and have your espresso cappuccino or lattes. There is also a snack bar and the snack bar is open 24 hours a day, so when the restaurants in the buffet are not open the snack bar is open.

Inside the snack bar, it’s simple things like pizza, quesadillas, simple things like that and all you need is more love. If you’re here on a romantic getaway, you can have a special dinner behind this love sign, they set up a table and will serve you from one of the restaurants.

It is a great experience. I also saw last evening a big group of about 12 people having a delicious dinner out here as well having a big party for somebody’s birthday. We all need more love.

So, here’s the love sign and here is Frutos del Mar, this is a restaurant I went to last night and I had the whole grouper, that was freshly prepared caught today.

You can see here just behind me this is the map of the entire property. This restaurant is Las Corales (it’s hard for me to pronounce) and this is open for breakfast and lunch only and then you have the Acuario which is a snack bar and the snack bar is open 24 hours a day.

The Dolce Vita is the Italian restaurant. And then, they also have the Frutos del Mar which is the fish restaurant, and then this right here is the main buffet dining area and underneath you have the spa. The fine dining restaurant is here, Artists Delicious, I heard you can get Hua and all sorts of goodies there as well.

This is Alebrije, that is the Mexican restaurant, it’s usually La Dolce Vita and from here I would say it’s about a six-minute walk, from here over to the adults area, well worth walking unless it’s the middle of the day and then it’s definitely time to take the train with the sweet guys that’ll pick you up and play macarena in the train for you.

Since this hotel is in the middle of basically nowhere, the taxis are quite expensive. So, if you’re going to be staying here, I recommend staying maybe three days and spend most of your time on property. I went to aqua mall and it cost 270 pesos each way which is around 12, 13 dollars with the current exchange rate, but I felt it was quite expensive, I would recommend that you stay part-time in an all-inclusive to enjoy the relaxing time and then spend part time in a city or a little closer to a particular town either Tulum or actually in Akumal or in Playa Del Carmen.

The property is very spread out and it requires a lot of walking especially if you are staying in the adult only area. The good news is that there is a trolley system that operates 24/7, and this little trolley will zip you around the entire complex from the Oceana disco or to your dinner reservation at the different restaurants or between the different swimming pools.

Each day while you’re here, they have lots of events whether you want, water volleyball or you want to do yoga. There’s also a theater that in the evenings, they have theater for the kids mostly if you go to the main entrance which is by the highway, they have a disco and a casino and if you’re a shopper, there are plenty of places to shop, there is a gorgeous jewelry store inside the lobby, there’s also a snack shop with lots of little trinkets and then if you go to the Hacienda Isabel where the casino and the discotec are, there are plenty of little shops there.

So, I’ve just come into the lobby and it is a beautiful lobby, it is gigantic, I can’t imagine what this is like when this place is full but the reception is over here, you can see across the way there’s a beautiful sculpture here as well, plenty of places to sit and in the evenings, you can come down here and grab a cocktail they have some premium liquors and a bar here as well. You can see behind me right here, there is an ATM but this particular ATM is only US dollars, so make sure when you are going to an ATM here on property that you ask for a ride on the train to the Hacienda Isabel or the Hacienda Isabel where the disco and the casino are around the corner there on property is an ATM with Mexican pesos. And, I find that in general ATMs using your debit card is the best way and the best exchange rate when you are traveling here in Mexico.

This is the main pool, it’s packed during the day, lots of people it doesn’t matter what time of the day is you can actually go to the bar and grab a cocktail or grab some juice. Also, over here they have the list of things that they’re doing every single day whether it’s yoga or the beach volleyball. You can see just here; all you have to do is pop over here and see what the events are. Also, in this area you have the gym, I did not go to the gym but I did walk in, it was really nice and around the corner is the spa and I definitely recommend that you go to the spa while you’re here and make sure to ask for Frida, I had a Mayan massage and it was absolutely delicious last evening, it was very lymphatic-ish, lots of oil in my hair and all over, it was a great massage and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Make sure when you’re coming to this particular all-inclusive or any for that matter, you bring plenty of cover-ups and some flip-flops, none of the restaurants will allow you to go into the restaurant without a cover-up and your flip-flops. And also, you can see this beautiful tile work here, this is actually very hot during the day so when you’re up and moving around you definitely are going to the bar and getting a drink, you definitely want to be wearing your flip-flops. I’m not sure if you’re aware the Riviera Maya and all of the resorts and everything were actually cut out of the jungle. So, it is quite jungly and humid, it’s extremely humid, it’s September, it’s about 19 degrees and probably 120% humidity but here in the jungle, you have lots of animals and you can see them come out, some come out during the day, some come out in the evening, you can see iguanas all of the time, you can see iguanas on the beach with you, you can see them running through the jungle or on the path so be prepared that they’re little critters running around.

I am now walking over to the beach and this is the main beach, there are people out here that are going to come bring you drinks, you can actually get food out here as well and speaking of food. Not only do we have the buffet and all of the restaurants that I mentioned, you actually can do room service as well, no matter what you need in your room all you have to do is ask your call room service and you can ask your butler, that’s very cool. This particular hotel has butlers in every single building, so if you need anything for your room whether you need pillows or sheets or extra water towels, anything like that, all you have to do is go to the end of the hallway and ask your butler.

A recommendation that I have for everyone staying at this all-inclusive or other ones here in Mexico is have some small money with you even though your meals are all-inclusive, the staff is always appreciative of a little bit of a tip. So, I tend to leave depending, you know, maybe 50 pesos for breakfast or 100 pesos for dinner or just something really nice a little extra for them, it’s really appreciated.

So, the best way to get to this hotel is to come into the International Airport of Cancun, and from Cancun you can take a taxi but I definitely recommend booking a shuttle in advance, I like to take happy shuttle and I’ve left a link in the description below for taking a private shuttle all the way to this hotel, it is 56 miles from the Cancun airport to this hotel and also if you want to take some day trips, then it is 24 miles you can take a taxi to playa, if you want to go shopping at Quinta Avenida or fifth avenue, they you can also go to Akumal, I went to Akumal and swim with the turtles one day. And also, if you’re interested in going to Tulum, Tulum is 13 miles away. And a tip for coming into the Cancun airport as I mentioned previously, go ahead and book your transportation in advance, you kind of run the gauntlet for all the timeshares, they’re trying to get you to come over, they’ll give you a ride if you’ll go see your place. So, it is best to go ahead and book your transportation in advance, run through that gauntlet go straight outside and make sure somebody is outside waiting for you with your name on it. Makes life so much easier.

So, let me know in the comments below what you think of this hotel, also let me know any all-inclusive in the Riviera Maya that you think that I must try. I’m Kim the abundant traveler, I’ll see you on the next adventure. Thanks so much for watching.

Know Before You Go: Tulum

Know Before You Go: Tulum

Welcome to my Tulum travel guide! 

Tulum is one of the biggest travel destinations near Cancun. Located on the Mayan Riviera, I put together a video of tips, advice, and more things to know before you visit Tulum.

I’m Kim, the abundant traveler and welcome to the beautiful beach town of Tulum Mexico. Today, I’m going to be sharing with you a few things that you need to know before you come to this gorgeous city in the Riviera Maya.

First of all, let me just show you the beautiful beaches in Tulum. Tulum is known for its gorgeous beaches, it’s healing water, I don’t know what it is about swimming in the ocean here, it’s also known for being a very sustainable town and it’s also known for being a foodie town. So, a couple of things to note it is about an hour and 45-minute drive from the Cancun Airport and it’s best to go ahead and book your transportation from the airport before you arrive.

When you arrive in Cancun if you have not booked your transportation, you’re going to get accosted and you’re going to run the gauntlet with all of the timeshare people and people trying to sell you taxi rides and all of that, so go ahead and organize your transportation in advance.

I always use happy shuttle and I’ve left the link in the description below, they will do a private ride, they will do a luxury private ride, they will also do a shared ride, I always do the private ride in a van and it’s perfect for me.

So, before you leave the airport in Cancun, I recommend that you go ahead and go to an ATM and get some pesos in Cancun, that way you have pesos, I also recommend that if you use an ATM, do not get American dollars, you’re going to pay more, it’s going to cost more and it’s always good to have Mexican pesos.

You want to have Mexican pesos in small increments in 20s and 50s and 100s because not everybody has change if you get 500-pesos notes. So, Tulum is a very laid back a low key, everything is slower in Tulum, there is something magical about this area if you’re looking for senor frogs or a mandala club, I suggest that you go to Cancun or Playa Del Carmen. If you’re looking for a laid-back low-key vacation, then Tulum is the one for you, definitely if you stay on the beach.

So, when you arrive in Tulum don’t be surprised, there are two very specific different areas of Tulum, you can either stay in Tulum Centro or the Puebla or the city or you can stay on the beach.

There is a big difference in style and lifestyle in Boho Chic or typical Mexican town and there is definitely a difference in price point. So, if you decide you want to stay in town, it is less expensive than staying on the beach. In town you have lots of shops for all your Mexican trinkets and gifts to take home to your friends, the hotels are relatively small and it is a little bit busier, it’s especially busy in the evening as well and I would suggest if you’re coming to Tulum and you want to stay in the city that you rent a car.

As far as renting a car, if you’re not comfortable with renting a car from Cancun and driving on the highway to Tulum, you can simply rent a car here through all of the main chains. I rented from alamo, they also have hertz budget, Europe car, all the main places and I actually spent twenty dollars a day including the extra insurance that they said they that it was required and I have had a car the entire time I was here.

Now, I am staying in the town this time would I recommend it the lifestyle is very different than staying on the beach, I’ve enjoyed having a car, I think every time I come to Tulum, I will have a car but I think I will come back to the beach always before when I’ve been in Tulum I’ve stayed on the beach.

Now the beach prices for hotels are two, three, four, five, six times as much as they are as staying in the city. If you’re going to stay at b Tulum which I’ve stayed before or nomad you’re going to be spending $600 plus a night.

There are a few hotels on the beach that are around $200 or 250 but the ones in town typically you can, I’m staying in town for 65 dollars and I actually have an apartment with a full-size kitchen, a beautiful pool and a gorgeous common area in the middle.

If you’re staying on the beach and you don’t want to rent a car, you can absolutely rent a bicycle, it’s one of the best things to do here in Tulum and it’s very boho chic to rent a bicycle, take your Instagram photos with your basket on the front of your bicycle, it’s a lot of fun but for me staying in town actually renting a bicycle was too far of a distance, it was about 15 plus kilometers each way and Tulum is always hot. So, I opted for a rental car that had air conditioning.

If you don’t want to ride a bicycle and you don’t want to rent a car, you can always walk or you can take taxis, just note that the taxis, make sure to take the real taxis that are the white cars with the red writing, the guys have an emblem and a uniform, just make sure before you get in the car and you shut that door that you ask what the price is before you go.

I think that the prices in Tulum are relatively fixed, you just want to know what you’re getting in for before you get in the taxi, you don’t want to be spending $50 when you only spent ten dollars for your tacos and your drinks.

So, what to bring when you’re coming to Tulum? if you’re going to be staying in the city it is hot and you don’t have the breeze off the ocean. So, I recommend bringing tank tops bring your bathing suit, bring a cover up, bring your flip-flops but you are going to be walking a lot so make sure to bring shoes that are comfortable to walk in for great distances as well.

Also, if you’re going to cenotes which are the sinkholes with the limestone sinkholes with the fresh water you want to bring maybe a snorkel and a mask, you also want to bring water shoes as well.

When you’re on the beach in Tulum, it is a beautiful white sand and the beaches are gorgeous you do not need swim shoes at all if you’re going to be on the beach in Tulum.

The other thing that all girls need to bring is the frizz spray, if you have a great frizz spray, please leave a comment below and let me know which one you use because there’s no way, don’t brush your hair, don’t need a hair dryer but this is what you end up with in Tulum in the tropics.

So, if you’re a shopper, there are two distinct ways of going shopping in Tulum up and down the beach road there are all these boho chic linens from Biodelete which is a town in the interior, gorgeous linens, beautiful macrame things and everything is quite expensive.

You can also go shopping for all of your typical Mexican artifacts and things your little bags from Chiapas your pottery from Puebla all of those things you can find in town. Also, if you decide you’re going to go to some place like Coba, you can check out the towns along the way they also have lots of trinkets that you can buy that are a little less expensive than in Tulum.

So, let’s talk a little bit more about staying on the beach. It is gorgeous over here and what is crazy is you are in the middle of the jungle. The jungle goes right up to the beach so most of the hotels have these beautiful tropical trees, the mangroves, they have coconut trees and all of that all surrounding these little tiny casitas and most of the hotels on the beach have casitas, most also have casitas facing the water as well as facing into the jungle.

So, be prepared when you’re in the jungle not only do you want to be bring sunscreen when you’re on the beach, you also want to bring bug spray because a lot of the restaurants on the beach are actually across the little road and they are in the middle of the jungle, it’s quite famous to go to a restaurant that doesn’t have a full menu, it simply has a chalkboard an open kitchen with an open fire and they are cooking whatever fish they have that day or whatever sustainable vegetables they have found.

A couple of recommendations that I have for you I was at Casa Jaguar the other night, it was delicious open-air kitchen and the food was phenomenal, I had a pork belly dish and salt cooked shrimp and it was so yummy.

Tonight, I’m going to go to kitchen table and that is one of those restaurants that the menu is simply the board as to what they have found today and what they pulled in from the sea. So, check out kitchen table and check out Casa Jaguar.

One of the restaurants I do recommend if you’re gluten free is to go to the real coconut where they make their pastries and their pancakes with plantain flour and coconut flour that’s where I had breakfast today and it was absolutely delicious.

Also, with a lot of the beach restaurants, they are typical prices that you would find in the United States, I would say it’s about $10 for a cocktail and dishes are 15 to $18, whereas in town, things are relatively inexpensive.

Another thing about the restaurants on the beach, they’re quite famous for adding their gratuity already 15 to 20 percent, so you want to ask them in advance if they have added gratuity already to the bill and the word for gratuity or tip is called ‘propina’.

Also, make sure in Mexico that you bring a Mastercard or a Visa. Usually, most restaurants and most places will take Mastercard or Visa but they don’t always take American express, I also think that the best exchange rate you’re going to find is when you pay with a credit card, usually they offer the best exchange rates when you get back home you see that you spend a couple of dollars less than you planned buying all of those gorgeous gifts.

So, Mexico is one of my favorite places to visit, I come to Mexico three to four times a year, I’m not always coming to the Riviera Maya the last couple of trips I have been here but I’ll go to Oaxaca, I’ll go to Mexico City, I’ll go to San Miguel De Allende. I just love Mexico; I swear I was Mexican in another life.

My suggestion is if you’re someone traveling on your own, just be aware be prepared, look around, don’t walk any down any dark streets by yourself and if you’re female and you rent a car, I don’t recommend driving too late at night by yourself. It’s just good to be safe no matter where you’re traveling in the world. I haven’t had any concerns or any issues with any time anywhere any city I’ve ever been to in Mexico and I continue to come back again and again and again.

So, Tulum is a great place to visit on your own, it’s a great place to visit for a romantic getaway in fact it’s very romantic. I definitely recommend that, it’s also a great place to come if you’re coming with a group of friends, I do not suggest coming with a family it’s kind of spread out and there’s not a lot to do for kids, so I really don’t recommend families.

So, that’s it for my tips on coming to Tulum for the first time, if you have any additional tips, I’d love to hear them, please leave them in the comments below, I hope that you have a great time in Tulum let me know your thoughts, I’m Kim the abundant traveler and I will see you on the next adventure, bye.

Of course, I start to film here and they’re cleaning the rooms, this is very sexy. Look the guy right there cleaning, it’s always the way they formed a table.

High Falls Hike at Dupont State Forest

High Falls Hike at Dupont State Forest

There’s something so wonderful about hiking through the mountains of North Carolina.  The trees, the views, the mist?  I love it all!  There’s a great hike just over an hour from Asheville, NC, at Dupont State Forest.  It’s about 5.5 miles, and the hike takes you to the 3 incredible waterfalls of Triple Falls, Hooker Falls and High Falls. Check out this video for everything you need to know about this hike.

About DuPont State Park

DuPont State Forest is located along the North Carolina/South Carolina border, about 45 minutes south of Asheville, NC. It is a large state forest that features mountains, forests, waterfalls, and more across over 10,000 acres.

It is a very popular outdoor recreation for those living and around the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

If you’re looking for more tips about hiking or enjoying the outdoors in and around Asheville, NC, contact me!

Best Farmers Markets in Austin

Best Farmers Markets in Austin

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Looking for things to do in Austin Texas? Today, I’m sharing one of the reasons I love my city – we have some of the best farmers markets!

What’s not to love about a farmer’s market? Fresh, seasonal produce, unique artisanal foods, and quirky jewelry, home décor, and gifts from some of Austin’s most creative minds. Farmers markets in Austin are held all over the city, some on weekdays, most on weekends. Going to a farmer’s market is a great way to spend time outdoors with your kiddos, pick up a selection of homemade sauces and specialty foods, and support local farmers and vendors. 

Buckle up for a ride around town as you take you on my roundup of the best of Austin, Texas, farmers markets

Check out my travel vlog on Austin Farmers Markets below!

This weekend, I want to share another reason why I love Austin Texas, the Farmers Market.

Welcome to the Barton Creek farmers market. This Farmers Market is on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00, some of the highlights are mom’s food for their famous brisket and their sausages, I love Richardson Farms to pick up the cheese and my eggs and my favorite is to have a little breakfast at Tamale Addiction, let’s go see what they have in store for us today.

All my goodies from Barton Creek Farmers Market, one of the reasons I love this market is it’s quite small, you can get in and out plenty of parking, easy to get around and in about 30 minutes, I bought all of this booty. I’m back from the Barton Creek Farmers Market, I parked my car in my building and I am walking over to Republic Square for the downtown Farmers Market.

There’s chocolate, there’s cider, there’s honey and jerky, jewelry, delicious hot and cold coffee, tamale sunflower seed humus, everything you need for the week.

Most of the vendors at Republic Square offer samples so you can actually try before you buy. The republic square market is definitely eclectic, you have poets, you have kids. Saturday Farmers Market at Republic Square it’s a wrap, some at the Mueller market at Sunday morning about 11 o’clock, this is such a big market people everywhere and lots of kids and lots of dogs, it’s very, very kid-friendly so if you have kiddos, this is definitely the Farmers Market to come to, they have a playground, they have more music, everybody’s out with a stroller just having a great time. The Mueller market has a great peaceful Sunday morning vibe.
Now, I’m trying to send people, this is not cooked, it’s just fermented, it sits out and it’s fermented and the spacing is just delicious.
Three down and one to go, let’s head to hope.

I’m at the Hope farmers market and bless us on to you, this is quintessential East Austin.

Kim: Avocado ice cream?

Vendor: Yes, you want to try some?

Kim: Yes

Vendor: I mean vegan and it’s also gluten-free on a pot of ice cream, the avocado is really just for the texture, it provides a little more fat in the vegan ice cream.

Kim: Deliciousness?

Vendor: Yes exactly, that too.

Kim: I’ve never had an avocado ice cream before so let’s see, let’s check it out. So good, I love that avocado fat and the sugar.

So, that’s a wrap for Farmers Market in two days, Barton Creek and Republic Square on Saturday and hope at Muller on Sunday.

Where: 4209 Airport Blvd. (Mueller)

When: Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you have kids, I’ll go out on a limb and say Mueller Austin is going to be your favorite farmers market in Austin. It’s a large market, very kid-friendly, and it even has a playground. When I visited, everybody was out with a stroller, just having a great time with their kids. For the adults, there’s live music, beer and kambucha.  There is a vibrant lively morning vibe at this Austin Farmers Market Sunday. If you’re feeling indulgent, try the decadent cookies from Teddy V Patisserie, or the gluten free baguette at GF bakery. Make siure to try Mum Foods for their delicious bbq brisket and pastrami…but get there early as they always run out.  After your shopping, why not have a picnic at Mueller Lake Park which is just around the corner.  From Kambucha to kimchi, prepared foods or organic veggies, Mueller’s Farmers Market has it all.

Where: 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy (South)

When: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

With sweeping views of the Austin skyline, the Barton Creek Mall Farmers Market has a great selection of local produce. Think grass-fed meats, brisket, and sausages. And if you’re in the mood for retail therapy, it’s a great place to pick up some funky jewelry and quirky gifts. This farmers market in Austin is held in the parking lot of the Barton Creek Square Mall, so you can always head indoors to cool off. Got small kids? They’ll love the Tiny Tails Petting Zoo. My favorites at Barton Creek were Richardson Farms where I picked up some fresh veggies and eggs. I also get a tamale at Tamale Addiction or a breakfast taco from Taco Deli. One of the reasons I love this farmers market is that it’s quite small, you can get in and out in 30 minutes, and there’s plenty of parking. 

Where: Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones Rd.

When: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SFC was founded more than two decades ago with the mission of providing everybody with access to fresh, local, nutritious food. I love going to Sunset Valley for my weekly shopping of staples – the freshest fruits, veggies, cheeses, eggs, and meats. But this eclectic farmers market in Austin is not just a quick grocery run. It’s one of the best things to do in Austin with live music, gourmet food, and shopping for unique knickknacks made by local artists. And for the kids? There’s a cool foam play area for hours of fun.

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Where: 412 Comal St. East (Plaza Saltillo)

When: Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is quintessential East Austin – charming, bohemian, laidback. HOPE is one of the smaller Austin TX farmers markets, but well worth a visit. Try the fresh juices at Cold Cane Press or pick up some traditional Mexican candy at Sweet Tsopelik. And if you’re wanting to add a dash of color to a space, Dolce’s Delights sell vibrant home décor. My favorite stop at this market was a vegan avocado ice cream… so good! There’s live music, a play area for kids, a cool-down zone with a baby pool and fans, and even free yoga to ease those tired muscles. It’s no wonder HOPE is popular with Austinites and visitors alike, one of the best-known Austin tourist attractions for offbeat travelers.

Where: Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St. (Downtown)

When: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There’s chocolate, cider, honey and duck rilettes. There’s delicious hot and cold coffee, tamales, sunflower seeds and hummus. You can pick up pretty much everything you need for the week at this immersive Austin farmers market on Saturdays. You’re going to love it here if you’re a fan of organic food. And what’s better is that you’re buying directly from the source. Most of the vendors at Republic Square offer samples, so you can try before you buy. There are a host of activities and all sorts of eclectic offerings (I even met a poet who wrote a poem for me on the spot). Now, doesn’t grocery shopping at a store or supermarket sound boring in comparison?

Where: 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr. (Cedar Park)

When: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What I love about this farmers’ market is its shady lakeside location – perfect for the whole family and one of the most fun things to do in Austin Texas! It’s a veritable festival of food down here. Local farmers retailing the freshest fruits, veggies, and dairy products. There are artisanal food stalls and chef demos several times a month to inspire the cook in you. You can do your bit for the environment by participating in community composting. And for the kids? There’s a petting zoo, music, entertainment, and tons of fun to be had.

Where: 12700 Hill Country Blvd. (Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave)

When: Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Delicious lobster rolls, free wine tasting, divine French pastries, and handmade popsicles… at the Lone Star Farmers Market, you’re spoiled for choice. And right in the middle of this farmers market is a splash pad for the kids to cool off and burn some of that energy. If you work up a sweat walking around, there’s a shaded patio area with tables and a live band. 

Austin farmers markets are a great way for you to eat locally-grown delicious, healthy, organic, seasonal food.  No matter where you live in Austin, there’s a market close by.  Spend the morning or afternoon surrounded by fresh produce, with the smell of hot coffee and wafting music from a local artist setting a relaxed mood. For visitors to the city, farmers markets are a great way to blend in with the locals and have an authentic Austin experience.

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Austin Urban Farms

Has my list of the best farmers’ markets in Austin whetted your appetite for natural, organic, and healthy eating? Why not check out some Austin urban farms as well. 

These farms, such as the Springdale Farm, are within Austin city limits and often host farm stands and farmers markets with the freshest seasonal produce. They’re a great option if you want to join the farm-to-fork movement. A chance to pick up kitchen staples and locally-sourced alternatives to the standard grocery shelf fare. Urban farms are beautiful places to hang out (if you’re looking for unusual Austin activities) and a great way to introduce your family to healthy, sustainable food sources. Spend a weekend or two at an urban farm in Austin. Who knows, you may be inspired to start your own urban garden.

Which Farmers Markets in Austin have you been to? Let me know in the comments!

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48-hour Itinerary San Miguel de Allende Travel Tips

Looking for the ideal getaway spot for a weekend? Somewhere amazing to have fun, to learn, to eat, to experience? Take it from me, The Abundant Traveler, a trip to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico will never disappoint. 

Even if you have only 48 hours to get away – a solo two-day weekend, a romantic weekend for two, or a special girl’s weekend to celebrate a birthday – it’s well worth the trip. Below are some travel tips to make the most out of your stay in San Miguel de Allende

Check out my San Miguel de Allende travel tips vlog below!

Where is San Miguel de Allende?

San Miguel de Allende is located in Central Mexico in an area known as the “central highlands.” Because of its location, there’s a misconception that it is difficult to get to. Getting to San Miguel de Allende is much easier than you think, even though there is no local San Miguel de Allende airport where you can fly directly. 

The best way to get to San Miguel  is by going through the Queretaro airport or the Leon airport. Those are the best airports near San Miguel. Many San Miguel hotels offer airport transportation, which are often trusted locals who can give you some personal insights as you drive. Or you can call Julian Cartas at Go San Miguel, who not only offers safe and reliable transportation to and from the airport, but also provides excellent San Miguel de Allende tours.

Best Time to go to San Miguel de Allende

The best time to visit San Miguel de Allende is ALWAYS. 

OK you want more detail… While there are variations in temperature, for the most part the San Miguel de Allende weather is almost always beautiful, and the temperature in San MIguel de Allende is almost always warm during the day (note — in the wintertime it can get a bit chilly at night). November to April are likely going to be the driest months, but I have been there in May and June and never saw a drop of rain. As far as things to do in San Miguel throughout the year, every month offers different festivals, events, art openings, and architectural tours to educate, entertain, and amaze you. 

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There’s a wide variety of hotels in San Miguel de Allende, depending on the size of your group and the reason you created your 48-hour itinerary in San Miguel de Allende in the first place. You’ve got the luxury hotels, like Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, which is a bit of a walk from Jardin Principal in the center of the city but offers large-hotel amenities like guaranteed air conditioning, room service, spa, 24-hour concierge, fitness center, meeting space, and a pool. Then you’ve got hotels near Jardin Principal like Hotel Matilda that are sophisticated boutique hotels with local charm and limited amenities that cater to an upscale clientele. And then there’s the smaller boutique hotels like Casa Rosada, Casa 1810, or Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, smack-dab in the center of everything, neat and tidy and dripping with local custom and charm.

For these smaller boutique hotels, make sure the room you’re getting has air conditioning, if that’s important to you. It’s not a given here. And finally, if you’ve got a large group and want to stay together, there are myriad Airbnbs to rent out that are often quaint, architecturally beautiful homes that provide space to gather around a living room or in a pool. Beware that often these airbnbs come with a cook, and if you’re interested in checking out the foodie scene in town, you don’t want to pay for something you won’t use. 

 

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This town is dripping with history and architectural wonders, from the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel to the colonial homes to the magnificence of the cobblestoned streets and parks. I recommend a tour as one of the first things to do during your weekend. Check out these tours on Viator. This tour will likely only take up a couple hours of your first morning in town, and it’ll orient you for the rest of your weekend. Local tour guides are also a great way to get insider information on non-touristy restaurants.

Where to Eat in San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel is a foodie town. Even if you aren’t a self-described foodie like me, you must get on the bandwagon when in San Miguel. And may I say — a San Miguel de Allende food tour might just be the perfect addition to slide in to your 48-hour itinerary in San Miguel de Allende, allowing you and your companion(s) a great way to taste everything from the best tacos to the best desserts to the best local, traditional foods. 

Most likely your hotel or Airbnb will offer breakfast as a part of your room rate. I highly recommend taking advantage of this. Most often you’ll find yourself in an airy, breezy, beautiful courtyard eating what is surely a home-cooked breakfast. At Casa Rosada, for two mornings in a row, I had the most delicious chilaquiles and fresh fruit, accompanied by rich hot chocolate. Then, my first stop of the day was just around the corner to Lavanda Cafe, which serves a huge assortment of coffees and teas. Yes — hot chocolate and then coffee — gotta cram it all in in 48 hours, and I have no regrets.   My personal favorite breakfast in San Miguel is a Cafe Muro. Think huevos divorciados with beans, tortillas, Chaya juice, coffee all for about $3.00.

For lunch there are multiple options. If you plan to visit the Mercado Ignacio Ramimrez, you’ll have to reign in your salivary glands from the litany of smells emanating from the vendors rolling fresh tortillas and building tacos right in front of your very eyes. Or pop into a hole-in-the-wall, local spot on a side street wherever you happen to be when your tummy begins to rumble. Or stand in line at a crowded street cart, where you can treat yourself to everything from incredible local fare to fruit drinks to desserts. Or, not far from the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, pop into tiny Tostevere for lunch or dinner, especially if you’ve got a vegetarian in your midst.  If you are looking for local flair, delicious ceviche and a little live music, check out Los Milagros just off the square.

I love casual and sophisticated dinners, and some of the best restaurants in San Miguel de Allende are more elegantly laid back than you’d expect. Try Trazo at Casa 1810 or The Restaurant just off Jardin Principal. If you want to get a bit dressed-up one night, go for Moxi at Hotel Matilda, which offers wonderfully creative dishes as well as a clever tasting menu. 

Not up for a sit-down restaurant? I have been known to extend happy hour through dinner and well into the night. Some of the best bars in San Miguel de Allende have some of the best views and some of the best drinks, but they also have delicious appetizers and entrees. Try Quince, which overlooks the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel cathedral, Antonia Bistro for a beautiful panoramic view of the city, or the Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende for one of the best sunset happy hours you’ve ever witnessed.

If you’re with a group of people (or if you’re just not the kind of person who likes to “wing it”), I suggest making reservations at least for dinner. Restaurants can easily book up. And finally, my most important tip from me — order guacamole whenever and wherever possible. You can thank me later.

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Shopping in San Miguel de Allende

Unless you’re willing to wander and shop aimlessly along the cobblestoned streets (which can be costly for only a 48-hour itinerary in San Miguel de Allende, there are a few hot spots to hit for shopping in San Miguel. Often, these spots can be sprinkled into your days while on the way to something else, since most are near Jardin Principal. For art, head to Fabrica Aurora, an enormous warehouse with dozens of galleries representing all kinds of art and pottery and textiles. And surely you’ll be passing by Mixta, a beautiful store filled with local textiles, accessories, and sundries. Tao Studio Gallery is a mesmerizing display of textiles, art, and home decor. Go to Talula de la Lune for the coolest purses you’ll ever see. And check out Finca Luna Serena to taste local olive oils. Finally, Armida Decoraciones, near Rosewood Hotel, offers unique local home decor ideas. 

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What to Wear in San Miguel de Allende

Ok, so put all the pieces together — warm days, lots of walking, casual atmosphere… Take my advice and pack light — a 48-hour itinerary in San Miguel de Allende requires minimal changes of clothes. Bring one pair of comfortable walking shoes that will go with everything. Note:  there are lots of cobblestone streets and pot holes in San Miguel, so make sure to bring wide healed shoes and sturdy walking shoes.  Bring a couple of loose-fitting outfits to ward off the heat during the day, and tie a sweater around your waist so you don’t have to head back to your hotel before dinner.  San Miguel is in the highlands, and it does get cool in the evenings, so make sure to bring a wrap or jacket.

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San Miguel de Allende Extras

So this seems like a lot, right? I’ve packed your weekend. But you might surprise yourself — that morning dual-punch hot cocoa/coffee combo might just do the trick to shuttle you through two incredible days. However, if your 48-hour itinerary in San Miguel de Allende has any room for extras, consider treating yourself to a massage. The larger hotels will have spa services, like the Sense Spa Rosewood Hotel or the Laja Spa at the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada hotel, or your boutique hotel front desk will no doubt have a local referral. Or look up Cindy Juarez, who has gotten quite the following and will come to your hotel. Another special extra, but a must-do if you have the time, is the unique Casa Dragones Home Tour and Tasting Room. Casa Dragones is a 17th-century elegant private home that is now the locale for Casa Dragones sipping tequila. Tour the home and reserve your spot for a tasting. Reservations required, max of six people.

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As you know, I am always up for a side trip, but with so much to do — food, art, shopping, history — I recommend staying in town so as not to waste precious hours and saving the day trips from San Miguel de Allende for a longer vacation. I promise that your 48-hour itinerary in San Miguel de Allende will fly by, leaving you certainly fulfilled but for sure wanting more. I can’t wait to return, so if you have the luck to make a trip to San Miguel yourself, and you’ve gathered your own list of fun things to do in San Miguel de Allende, please send them along! 

 

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