Fun Date Ideas in Austin

It’s the season of love in the ATX. Tired of going on dates to a restaurant or the movie theater? In a city like Austin, the possibilities are endless! Try these fun date ideas with your main squeeze.

  1. BYOB mini golf at Peter Pan – grab a six-pack and relive your childhood days with 18 nostalgic, themed holes. Nothing more romantic than a little healthy competition!
  2. Two Stepping at Broken Spoke – put on your cowboy boots for an unforgettable night of country dancing at this historic honky-tonk dive.
  3. Catch a flick at Blue Starlite Drive-in – time travel back to the 1950’s at this old-time drive-in that shows classics. On Valentine’s night, they’re showing The Princess Bride, Casablanca and the Bride of Frankenstein!
  4. Karaoke at Hi Tunes – belt out your favorite songs together and laugh at how bad you both sound, — is there a better ice breaker?.
  5. Picnic at Mount Bonnell – if you’re looking to up your romance game, take a short climb to the top of the “mountain” to enjoy marvelous views and a DIY picnic.
  6. Paddle Boarding on Lady Bird Lake – get a nice workout, cool off in the water and enjoy the beautiful view of Austin right on the lake. Bonus points if you knock your significant other off their board.
  7. Enjoy a Comedy Sketch – with places like Hideout Theatre, Velveeta Room, Coldtown, Esther’s Follies and Cap City Comedy Club, you’ve got some great places to choose from.
  8. Swimming and sightseeing at Hamilton Pool – once the Texas heat comes back, Hamilton Pool is the perfect place to take a dip while taking pics that look like they belong on a postcard.
  9. iFLY Indoor Skydiving – experience the thrill of skydiving without jumping out of a plane at the indoor skydiving facility located in North Austin. This one is for thrill seekers!
  10. Game Night at The Goodnight – enjoy an adults-only gaming spot that will bring you back to your childhood days with bowling, billiards and more games. Plus, there’s a full bar and patio!

What are some of your favorite date spots in Austin? Let us know in the comments below!

Our Favorite Gym Gear

With swimsuit season over and sweater season underway, it can be easy to forget about your fitness routine as the temperature drops. We know a little motivation goes a long way, and having the right attire can be that extra push to get you going. Check out our top ten workout gear picks to keep you excited this fall.

1. We use this Fly Away Tamer headband from Lululemon every day to keep those pesky flyaway hairs from sticking to our faces during yoga or cycling class!

2. This Tervis water bottle accompanies us to work and every workout. It keeps our water cold for the whole day and is sweat-free, keeping our belongings dry.

3. Music is such an important aspect of our workouts. These in-ear headphones by Bose are our favorite way to listen to tunes while hitting the weights.

4. These spacious and colorful Adidas Duffel Bags carry all of our gear to and from the gym without breaking the bank.

5. Our office is full of yogis—and we love this Lululemon yoga mat! This mat is the perfect size and shape to bring with us wherever we go.

6. The name says it all. The Incredible sports bra by Victoria’s Secret provides maximum support during high-intensity workouts, making it our go-to choice when we’re killing it at kickboxing.

7. Whenever it gets chilly outside, we throw on this ¼ zip pullover from Old Navy for our outdoor workouts.

8. These classic Nike running shorts rock because they don’t ride up during a jog. Their loose fit and variety of colors make for a go-to short for any of our workouts.

9. We love these Wild and Free pants from Lululemon. They keep our legs covered without being too warm during a sweaty spin class thanks to the mesh cutouts.

10. Keep your feet from feeling pain with these comfortable and fashionable Nike Free Running Shoes. They are the perfect kicks for a jog along Lady Bird Lake!

What is your must-have gear when you head to the gym? Let us know in the comments!

Austin Restaurant Roundup

It’s hard to have a bad meal in Austin with the increasing number of fabulous and delicious restaurants our city has to offer. From signature Austin staples to new trendy spots, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite foodie finds.

Irene’s – 506 West Avenue
What’s better than finding a cool place for a drink that also has good food? Open until 2am, you can indulge in some American food while getting a drink in a retro spot located downtown.

True Food Kitchen – 222 West Avenue
Any restaurant that is a combination of yummy and healthy is a winner in our book. With their wide selection of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options, this is a restaurant that has something to offer for everyone.

Galaxy Café – 4616 Triangle Avenue
Locally owned and operated, Galaxy Café has four Austin area locations – one of which is conveniently located right by our office at The Triangle! With whipped sweet potatoes that are out of this world, this is a go-to lunch spot.

Fonda San Miguel – 2330 West North Loop Boulevard
With a great happy hour on Tuesdays, this restaurant is already off to a great start! You can enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine in a hacienda-style space that includes a pretty atrium when dining here.

Freedmen’s – 2402 San Gabriel Street
While in Austin, indulging in some BBQ is a must. Don’t let the location fool you, as Freedmen’s is also a cocktail lounge and beer garden with some of the best brisket and burnt ends in Austin.

Sway – 1417 South 1st Street
When you’re looking for a tasty treat, Sway is the place to go to. A hip Thai eatery with an open kitchen, the menu includes curries, seafood and creative desserts.

Swift’s Attic – 315 Congress Avenue
A classic Austin restaurant, this retro-chic hot spot is known for their inventive small plates, craft beer, and cocktails. Edamame served with pop rocks might be a tale elsewhere, but at Swift’s Attic it is a delicious reality.

Pacha – 4618 Burnet Road
Pacha is not only a coffeehouse that serves organic brews, but an organic café with tasty breakfast and lunch items. Their Pacha latte is a delicious cold brew that can be served cold or warm. Plus, what’s better than indulging in some “healthy” pancakes when dining here!

Did any of your favorites make the list? Let us know in the comments!

Our Favorite Summery Things To Do In Austin

It’s hard to believe, but summertime in Austin has begun. This means the temperature is hot, hot, hot, but the team at Wellington Group Marketing & PR doesn’t let that keep them from getting out and having a blast. Here in Austin, there are so many ways to enjoy the summer season and we are excited to share a few of our favorites with you. Whether you’re looking to be adventurous or just relaxed by the water, we’re sure you will enjoy these five summery things to do in Austin!

Sno-Beach – When the heat gets to be too much, it’s time for a trip to the best snow-cone stand in Austin, Sno-Beach. Sno-Beach’s snow cones are like no other. The best way we know how to describe it is that it’s like eating a cloud – a very yummy cloud! If you become overwhelmed by the plethora of flavors, we recommend getting a strawberry and cream snow cone. It will change your life!

Zilker Summer Musical – If you’ve never made it to a Zilker Summer Musical, you definitely need to make it a priority this year! Pack a picnic and enjoy a summer evening by watching a show under the stars. This summer’s musical is Hairspraya fun and high-energy musical that is sure to leave the audience dancing on their feet.

Barton Springs – By the time July comes around, swimming pools in Austin are practically hot tubs. This is why Austinites flee to Barton Springs. It’s a natural spring, which means the water is about 68-70 degrees all year round. Trust us, Barton Springs is the body of water you want to be in when the temperatures rise!

Kayak On Lady Bird Lake – On the days you’re feeling a little adventurous, we recommend kayaking on Lady Bird Lake. The view of the downtown skyline is unbeatable. If you don’t have a kayak, The Rowing Dock will hook you up with everything you need – you can even rent a stand up paddleboard!

How do you enjoy summertime in Austin? Leave us a comment below!

Snap Kitchen: The Land Of Delicious Juices

It’s no surprise that trying different healthy products is one of our favorite things to do here at Wellington Group Marketing & PR. Last week, we hit up Snap Kitchen to grab a quick lunch and found ourselves completely distracted by all the delicious cold-pressed juices staring back at us. We had no idea which one to buy because they all sounded so great!

After mulling over our choices, we decided on the Energy Boost, a juicy combination of lime, papaya, watermelon, mint and coconut water. As if we weren’t excited enough to taste this refreshing drink, one of Snap Kitchen’s awesome employees offered us a complimentary Easy Greens juice made of apple, spinach, cucumber, kale, lemon, and lemongrass. They were absolutely delicious!

The Energy Boost had us reminiscing of summertime and the Easy Greens filled us with nutritious veggies while still tasting great. We loved them so much, in fact, the team has made a very important decision to try Snap Kitchen’s Spicy Basil Lemonade and Chai Cashew “Milkshake” very soon. So, next time you need a little afternoon pick-me-up, head to one of Snap Kitchen’s seven locations in Austin – you’ll be in juice heaven!

Our Favorite Austin Nonprofits

From beautiful scenery to amazing food and live music, living in Austin has many perks. The list could go on and on, but some of our favorite things about our city are the nonprofits that ensure our neighbors in need are being helped and feeling loved. Without these organizations, Austin wouldn’t be such a wonderful place to call home, and for that we are truly thankful! 

  1. Ronald McDonald House: While children receive medical treatment, Austin’s Ronald McDonald House provides families a place to sleep, eat and relax.
  2. Bake A Wish: This local nonprofit delivers free birthday cakes to neglected, abused and abandoned children. We absolutely adore this cause because everyone deserves a sweet treat on their special day!
  3. WeViva: Devoted to bringing healthy lifestyles to women in low-income communities, WeViva provides accessible and affordable fitness and nutrition programs. Keep rockin’ it, ladies.
  4. Austin Pets Alive!: APA! provides resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of Austin’s precious animals and find them a home.  We’ll raise our paws to that.
  5. Capital Area Food Bank: Known as the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas, The Capital Area Food Bank works to provide those in need with groceries while leading the community in the fight to end hunger.
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Get Your Horns Up

Texas football season is underway (finally!), which means thousands of people will be shuffling into Darrel K. Royal stadium over the next few months to watch Charlie Strong and the Longhorns take on their 2014 opponents. But before you put on your burnt orange and sing ‘Texas Fight,’ check out Wellington Group Marketing and PR’s tips for an enjoyable game experience:

Wear Sunscreen.
Seriously, we can’t emphasize this enough. Though fall is upon us, it’s still incredibly hot – especially when attending an outdoor sporting event for nearly four hours underneath the Texas sun. To prevent those gnarly stadium sunburns, lather up before heading to the 40 acres. We’re not kidding about the “before” part of that sentence either, as liquids are prohibited upon entering DKR. So, do yourself a favor and embrace the SPF. You’ll thank us later.

Plan Ahead.
Anyone who’s familiar with Austin parking on game days (or Austin parking on anyday, for that matter) knows that it can be a bit of a zoo. To avoid the stress of struggling to find a space in the minutes before kickoff, it’s important to plan ahead. Research available spots (many garages around the UT campus are available during football games) and plan on leaving the house at least an hour and a half to two hours before kickoff to account for any unexpected traffic or filled-up lots. At the end of the day, it pays to be prepared.

Get Loud.
Last, but certainly not least, UT football games are a heck of a lot of fun. From awesome halftime shows to Bevo to Smokey the Cannon firing off every time the Horns score, it’s not hard to get caught up in the camaraderie of game day. And there’s no need to fight it! Don’t be afraid to cheer your brains out when you’re taking in a game – believe us, you won’t be the only one doing it. You know what they say – come early, be loud, stay late and, most importantly, wear burnt orange.

Hook ‘Em!