Rae’s Reiki-focused practice, Blue Sky Healing, has its home base in Austin, Texas, but she also practices in New York and LA. In addition to her individualized healing sessions, Rae teaches master Reiki classes for those interested in learning themselves. (On this list, she’s trained Colleen McCann, as well as Santa Monica hair stylist/colorist, Andi Scarbrough, who incorporates body and energy work into her one-of-a-kind hair treatments.)
Austin is one of the more bike-friendly cities, and this is a great way to cover a lot of ground and get your bearings around the various neighborhoods. While you don’t want to attempt riding through Dirty Sixth at happy hour, you should cruise around UT’s campus (kids and sports fans will want to stop and see the football stadium), and definitely head to the generous paths threaded throughout the parks bordering the Colorado River. There are numerous bike rental options in Austin, but the city bike program is actually really well done, easy to use and affordable, with locations all over. You can check out a bike with a credit card at any of the conveniently placed stations for a twenty-four-hour period, or purchase access for a longer time period—three days, a month, one year—online. (Side note on getting around: Uber and Lyft are not currently operating in Austin, but there are a variety of smaller rideshare operations that have sprung up, although the quality isn’t as high—which perhaps increases the appeal of a bike ride if you don’t have a car while in town.)
Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake is a refreshing nature break smack in the middle of all the city action. Central to this park on the Colorado River, flanked by the towering high-rises of Downtown Austin, is the reservoir—a local favorite for everything from rowing to paddleboarding to a leisurely picnic. (Just don’t try to go for a swim.) The newly constructed boardwalk across the water, and the trails that circle the namesake lake, make this the place to go for walking and biking. Image Credit: Shane Pope on Flickr
Stephen F. Frostin’
1603 S. Congress Ave., South Congress
This cleverly named truck (for out-of-towners, Stephen F. Austin was a founder of the state of Texas) operates out of the exceptionally cool South Congress Hotel, and all of the treats are creations of the hotel's Executive Pastry Chef, Amanda Rockman. The ice cream itself walks a perfect line between classic and a bit innovative—try the birthday cake flavor—and they make the prettiest paletas that are perfect for littles. On Sundays in the summer, they do ice cream socials with live music and drink specials in the hotel courtyard.
Sweet Magnolia Floral
12009 W. Hwy. 290
Ashlyn Gibbens Hobbs is a Texas girl through and through, and her passion for florals comes from her grandparents, who taught her to garden in their backyard. While the bulk of Ashlyn's business comes from weddings and other events, she offers a limited number of bouquets, which are available for delivery through BloomNation—she also offers workshops for specialty items like wreaths and flower crowns.
Pollen Floral Art
Canopy Arts Complex, Austin
Austin-based Brooke Howsley is the daughter of two artists. Her arrangements are more like works of art with the freshest, most beautiful blooms. While most of her business is weddings and events, she does do bouquets on request—call a few days ahead to order.
Margot Blair Floral
2408 Lake Austin Blvd., Westfield
Margot Blair specializes in big-wedding floral design but she also delivers a highly curated selection of arrangements throughout Austin. Her floral creations are so playful and so fun, it's hard not to order one for a friend and yourself. They come in three different sizes, from skinny mini to voluptuous mini, housed in a custom glass jar, a vintage apothecary bottle, or footed glass compote. In other words, you won't regret ordering two.
Run by Austin native, Samantha Jensen, you'll see Bricolage's arrangements all around town, gracing coffee shops, hotels, and other local businesses. Bricolage offers (wonderfully) indulgent floral subscription services, and single deliveries of their evocative arrangements online.
Available in Austin and Los Angeles, MyTable employs chefs to make home-cooked meals and delivers them to your door. Supplies vary based on how many chefs are working your area, but the variety means that there’s refreshingly big range in the types of foods and cuisines on offer. These meals are home-cooked, so those with serious food allergies should proceed with caution.
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