9 Hill Country road trips to celebrate the holiday season


It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us. Sure, there are a number of festive events popping up across Austin, but you can really go all in on the season by visiting some of the celebrations in our neighboring cities and towns. Eat, drink and be merry outside the city limits with a day trip to these popular Hill Country holiday events. Johnson City’s Lights Spectacular This year marks the 28th annual…

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7 things you can only do in Galveston this holiday season


Step back in time to Victorian-era London, explore a spectacular rainforest made of ice, and celebrate the holidays at the “official opera house of Texas.” This is just a taste of all the things you can do over the holidays in Galveston. From November through January, Galveston is transformed from a vibrant beachside getaway into the “winter wonder island” of Texas. With more than 50 days of special holiday events, the island is filled with…

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Low-cost airline launches 2 nonstop Austin routes with $99 fares


Pack your bags, you’re going to the Sooner State! Thanks to ViaAir, flying to Oklahoma just got a whole lot easier. And, if there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s finding a faster way to get to Oklahoma. On November 15, low-cost airline ViaAir announced the addition of two new routes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Beginning on January 18, 2018, passengers can fly nonstop from Austin to Oklahoma City and Tucson, Arizona….

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Popular nonstop flight from Austin to Toronto poised for upgrade


Nonstop service from Austin to Toronto will get bigger and better in 2018. On November 7, Air Canada announced plans to introduce a larger aircraft and more seats to the popular daily service. An upgrade to the Embraer EMB-190 means 21 more seats per flight, starting May 1, 2018. There will be nine business class seats and 88 main cabin seats for the route, which has proved popular with business and leisure travelers alike. Daily…

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Road trip: Where to eat in Houston before cheering on the Astros


Since the Super Bowl, downtown Houston has seen almost unprecedented growth in both the number and quality of its dining options. With local baseball fans heading to H-Town this weekend to watch the Astros take on the Dodgers in game three of the World Series, we’re highlighting some of the best restaurants around the stadium, from buzzy new spots to classic haunts. Consider the first four restaurants on this list to be downtown’s best new…

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Posh Hill Country retreat announces $150 million makeover


In mid-November, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa will begin a massive, two-year long renovation on its 493-room resort. Included in the project is construction of a 10-story tower with 180 luxury guest rooms, new restaurants, a new conference center and event pavilion, as well as a new spa, golf clubhouse, and tennis complex with 10 new courts and a pro shop. The renovation, spearheaded by the Austin-based Beck Group, will also include upgrades…

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