Austin is great place to live – for people, and for our four-legged friends! It’s well established that Austin has a delightfully dog-friendly attitude. If you’re new to the city or looking for something fun to do with your pup, you should take advantage of all the great dog-friendly activities the city has to offer. Here are our top 5 doggy-approved activities:

Zilker Park

Zilker Park is an Austin staple. This 350-acre hangout is right off Barton Springs Road and home to Austin City Limits, Blues on the Green, the Austin Trail of Lights and more. On weekends, you will find people out for a picnic, pick-up games of soccer, sand volleyball, and lots and lots of dogs. If you’re not sure where to take your dog first, this is a great jumping off point. It’s off-leash and laid back – just be sure to bring plenty of poop bags!

Vic Mathias Shores

Located downtown off Lady Bird Lake, Vic Mathias Shores (previously Auditorium Shores) is great for pups who like to get wet. Although a bit less roomy than Zilker, Auditorium Shores has been recently renovated with multiple docks your pooch can practice their belly flops from.

Yard Bar

Crack a cold one while your dog gets a workout in! Located off Burnet Road, Yard Bar has a relaxed environment and is the perfect afternoon hangout spot with your pooch. The yard is fenced in and includes picnic tables and agility equipment. Day passes are $5, but memberships are also available for purchase. Please note, all dogs must be 21 and up.

Bull Creek

Bull Creek is ideal for the more adventurous pup. With 32 miles of beautiful terrain, there’s something for everyone here. Take a hike on the trails, or bring a cooler and go for a swim. You can expect scenic cliffs, swimming holes and waterfalls. As there are both deep and shallow areas of water, we would recommend bringing a life jacket for your pup.

The Domain

Is your pup looking for something a bit more posh? The Domain may be the perfect spot! This outdoor shopping center boasts more than 100 restaurants and stores. You will find plenty of water bowls scattered throughout, along with numerous benches for people watching. Most restaurant patios welcome dogs, and many of the stores are dog-friendly as well – just be sure to ask first if you’re unsure.

What are your favorite Austin places to take your pooch? Let us know in the comments!

It’s hard to get bored in a city like Austin where there’s always something going on. There’s so much to do, in fact, that sometimes it may seem a little overwhelming to plan for all of the activities that are taking place. Have no fear – we’ve rounded up some of the best, can’t-miss events happening in Austin this month!

March 5th: Zilker Park Kite Festival

This free event is the nation’s oldest kite festival! The festival will have kite flying contests, food, games and more – what better way to spend a beautiful Sunday in Austin?

March 10th – March 19th: SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival

The event that brings people to Austin from all over the world is almost here. South by Southwest kicks off on March 10th and will be going on through the 19th. Make sure you catch some of the free shows and film screenings that will be taking place throughout the week! Check out the Unofficial SXSW Guide for an incredible list of free showcases and parties.

March 11th – March 25th: Rodeo Austin

Get your country on throughout March at Rodeo Austin, taking place at the Travis County Expo Center. There will be rodeo events, concerts, a livestock show, and more on a daily basis! Tickets are available at www.rodeoaustin.com.

March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Austin, Texas knows how to party! This annual celebration at Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms is a family-friendly celebration for all things Irish. There will be authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, and the finest Irish imports. Learn more at www.stpatricksdayaustin.com.

March 31st – April 1st: Austin Urban Music Festival

Join over 15,000 music enthusiasts at Auditorium Shores located at Lady Bird Lake to experience the only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul, and hip hop music. The full line-up and tickets can be found at www.urbanmusicfest.com.

March 31st – April 2nd: Art City Austin

Art Alliance Austin hosts this iconic 3-day art fair and festival annually. They will be celebrating the fair’s 67th year by hosting over 100 exhibiting artists at the Palmer Event Center. This historic event combines street and contemporary art from local and national artists, earning its title of Austin’s annual Art event of the year.

What Austin events are on your calendar for March? Let us know in the comments below!

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!

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!

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!

Is there anything more satisfying than a really good brunch? We don’t think so… As an office of brunch lovers, we know that Austin’s booming brunch scene can make for some tough decisions– that’s why we put together this list of our favorite brunch spots that we think everyone needs to check out.

True Food Kitchen – 222 West Avenue
Brunch doesn’t have to leave you feeling weighed down and tired. True Food Kitchen has lots of yummy, but also good for you, dishes on the menu that will leave you feeling ready to tackle your day. Items like Quinoa Johnny Cakes, Organic Egg Sandwich with Avocado and Smoked Turkey, and a Garden Scramble with Asparagus, Sweet Potatoes and Sausage. They also have an impressive brunch cocktail menu featuring the Scratch Bloody Mary, Citrus Skinny Margarita and the Farmer’s Market Sangria.

WGPR Recommends: Sit outside on the porch and order the Johnny cakes with the Scratch Bloody Mary.


Hillside Farmacy
– 1209 E 11th Street
Take a trip back to the ‘50s as you brunch in this fully restored old drug store that still features the original pharmacy cabinetry. Now a grocery store and restaurant, their brunch menu has become a favorite among Austinites. The menu offers classic, yet unique options like Green Onion Biscuits with Sausage Gravy and Ham and Parmesan Cheese Grits.

WGPR Recommends: Order the fried egg sandwich with a side of Mac and Cheese and a Hibiscus Lemonade.


Sawyer + Co.
– 4827 E Cesar Chavez
Head on over to Sawyer + Co. for some “New Orleans Flavor and Texas Hospitality.”.Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. you’ll find brunch specials like NOLA-style French Toast, Classic New Orleans Pork Stew with Cheesy Grits, Buttermilk Pancakes, Eggs Sardou, Trailer Park Benedict, Cajun Scramble and so much more.

WGPR Recommends: Start out with Chef Happy’s signature Boudin Balls and then try the Bananas Foster French Toast.


Launderette’s
– 2115 Holly Street
Launderette is relatively new to the Austin food scene, but has been a hit since the day it opened. Behind this Mediterranean-fusion style restaurant are executive chef Rene Ortiz and pastry chef Laura Sawicki of La Condesa and Sway (from which they parted ways to create Launderette). Brunch specialties include Fried Oyster Florentine, Asparagus Benny, Pastrami Hash and so much more.

WGPR Recommends: Order The Americana- sunny eggs, oyster mushrooms, grilled tomato, bacon, toast and then get the Pastry of the Day for desert.
Jacoby’s – 3235 East Cesar Chavez Street
This restaurant keeps it in the family with their “Ranch-To-Table” dining experience. Their meats come directly from the Jacoby family farm and ranching facilities. There are so many delicious options to choose from on the brunch menu like Duck Confit Migas, Country Ham Schnitzel and Chicken Fried Steak & Waffles.

WGPR Recommends: Start off with a Salmon Board for the whole table, then order the Duck Confit Migas with a side of cheddar grits and finish it off with a slice of Kelli’s Blueberry Bread.

 

Frank – 407 Colorado Street
Aside from the awesome location in historic downtown, Frank serves up amazing hot dogs & sausages. Lately they’ve become the talk of the town for their weekend brunch. For cocktails they offer the “Red Headed Stranger” – Frank’s take on a Bloody Mary with bacon infused vodka, “The Crankenstein” which includes cold brew coffee, chocolate and vodka, and many more. For a meal, try the Chicken & Waffles, the Breakfast Burger or the Shrimp & Grits.

WGPR Recommends: The Red Headed Stranger followed by the Shrimp & Grits.
24 Diner – 600 N. Lamar
“Chef inspired comfort food.” They are indeed open 24 hours a day serving up Chicken and Waffles, Veggie Hash, Meatloaf, Burgers and Milkshakes. All of the dishes have a unique twist on the classic favorite and offer farm to table, local and organic ingredients. 

WGPR Recommends: You can’t go to 24 Diner and not try the Chicken & Waffles.


Blue Dahlia Bistro –
1115 E 11th Street
Austin’s little piece of France. This place is absolutely adorable and charming and will make you feel like you’re dining in Paris. The French Crepes, Blueberry Blintzes and Egg Frittata are perfect for brunch.

WGPR Recommends: Order The French Crepes with a side of Fruit Salad.


Walton’s Fancy and Staple –
609 W 6th Street
Sandra Bullock knew what she was doing with this one. Located in the hip and vibrant West 6th area, Walton’s is an adorable coffee and flower shop, as well as deli and restaurant. Saturdays and Sundays until 2 p.m. you can order off the brunch menu – Walton’s Benedict, Beignets, Seasonal Quiche and Belgian Waffles.

WGPR Recommends: Get the French Toast and then get some Macaroons to go!


Bouldin Creek Café – 1900 S 1st Street
Got any vegetarians in the house? Bouldin Creek Café is a completely vegetarian restaurant loved by both vegetarians and omnivores alike! While this is a great place to go to for brunch, they serve breakfast all day long! Breakfast for dinner, anyone?. They have an array of Omelets, a “Predictable Breakfast”, Migas and Tamales (pictured).

WGPR Recommends: Sit on the porch and soak in the South Austin vibes. Start off with Beet Lemonade and some Chips and Salsa, then order the Tamale Breakfast. Finish it all off with of their fresh baked goods.

What are some of your favorite brunch spots in Austin? Let us know your brunch “must-haves” in the comments below.

Blogs have the ability to inspire us and open our eyes to new and exciting things. From food to ideas, places and adventures, blogs allow us to experience and see the world from points of view we may not experience by ourselves. We wanted to share with you a few of our favorite Austin bloggers. With their vastly different personalities and content, these ladies inspire, enlighten andour love for Austin run a little

  1. A Taste of KokoThis beautiful, scrumptious blog by Jane Ko, (more commonly known as Koko) will have you drooling in a matter of seconds. Through gorgeous, mouthwatering photography, A Taste of Koko will introduce you to the greatest finds in Austin cuisine and hot weekend getaways. This is our go-to blog for finding new restaurants to try and very important need-to-know topics – like the 25 most Instagram-worthy restaurants in Austin. When she’s not blogging, she’s a professional social media and community manager and hosts the largest food crawl in Austin during SXSW with over 20,000 participants. She’s also a pleasure to work with – check out her beautiful photography from a recent event we hosted for one of our favorite client’s, True Food Kitchen.
  2. Camille Styles“A healthy life. Well styled.” Camille Styles’ blog is the go-to place for recipes, health and fitness, as well as style and beauty. Through uplifting articles, tutorials, and beautiful photography – this blog aims to inspire clean living, healthy choices and happy, beautiful lives. We have the privilege of working with Camille and most definitely take her advice to heart. Our favorite part of the blog? Camille’s Kitchen where you can find innovative and delicious recipes like Chicken Tequila Taquitos and Mexican Street Corn Salad.
  3. Love and LemonsOh man, do we love Love and Lemons! Husband and wife duo, Jeanine and Jack, enjoy cooking and photographing food that’s “fresh, bright, and often finished with a squeeze of lemon.” Whenever we’re looking to make a healthy and delicious meal we head over to Love and Lemons for inspiration. They just came out with new cookbook “The Love and Lemons Cookbook” and we challenge you to look at it without getting hungry. One of our go-to recipes is the recipe for Sweet Potato Avocado Tacos – yum!
  4. Addie BroylesNow this awesome lady has got a lot going on- she’s writes about food for the Austin American-Statesman’s popular Relish Austin blog, works with the local food blogging community, maintains her own blog The Feminist Kitchen, and holds a feminist book club and film series every month all while raising two young sons. We go to Relish Austin for everything from advice on what salsa to pick up at the grocery store, an explanation on what “shakshouka” is (say that 5 times fast), to finding out how the hot sauce in Hillary Clinton’s bag has ties to Austin. We recommend joining her next book club meet up and picking up her newest cookbook, “The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook” for gorgeous, mouthwatering food photos and recipes from local Austin bloggers.
  5. The Hungry ChroniclesThe Hungry Chronicles blog is every foodie’s fantasy. From stunning photography, to taste bud-tantalizing recipes, The Hungry Chronicles is a feast for all senses. Be warned, if you venture to the “My Hungry Travels” section of the blog you’ll be booking plane tickets before you know it! We suggest checking out the “Hungry Girl Austin” section of the blog before your next girl’s night out on the town.
  6. Girl Eats WorldWho would have guessed that a gas station indian-chinese fusion restaurant called “Chicken Lollypop” was any good? Girl Eats World is a master of knowing those hidden gems that every Austintine should be familiar with but isn’t? She offers alternatives to local favorites everyone knows about – there are so many good places in Austin that don’t get enough attention. Her honesty and enthusiasm about restaurants is contagious and you can count on her to provide all the details you need.
  7. The Bikini ExperimentWe love that Lauren of The Bikini Experiment is all about empowering women to be their best selves. She wasn’t at all athletic until she turned 30 and decided to make a huge life change. She is truly an inspiration! We go to Lauren’s blog for her awesome workouts and relatable fitness advice. Our team has made a habit out of doing her best desk stretches!
  8. Linda WagnerLinda Wagner is the epitome of a healthy lifestyle. She uses her blog to help people everywhere become their best, happiest and most confident selves. She hates words like “diet,” “calorie restriction,” and “excessive exercise.” She wants people to know it’s all about living a healthy lifestyle, radiating confidence, being inspired and feeling happy. Her blog features a myriad of delicious, healthy recipes- and our favorite, desserts! Try The Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood pudding – you won’t regret it!
  9. spinsyddyOur love for fitness is fierce – and thanks to ClassPass we try to get our sweat on at every new studio and class in town. That’s why we were so excited to find Sydney of spinsyddy’s blog. Sydney goes to hundreds of gyms and classes all over Austin and gives in-depth reviews of them- making all of our lives easier. For those wanting to get in a good workout without spending big bucks, Sydney’s website has an exhaustive list of free workouts around Austin. Plus, she regularly partners with gyms to provide great deals.
  10. The Fit ForkJennifer of The Fit Fork is a true wellness guru. An award-winning recipe developer, competitive runner and CrossFit enthusiast, Jennifer does it all. The Fit Fork is a one-stop-shop for all things fitness and nutrition. Check out the Workouts page for an awesome workout and then whip up one of the guilt-free recipes that are abundant on The Fit Fork. We can’t stop making her recipe for Sweet Potato Strings with Blue Cheese – yum!

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!

Here in Austin we are already getting a taste of the heat, which means summer is on its way! There is so much to do, from taking a dip in Barton Springs to waiting in line at Sno-Beach for a delicious snow cone. We absolutely love our city, but sometimes it’s fun to explore new territory without breaking the bank. While planning a tropical getaway sounds amazing right about now, there simply isn’t room in our budgets. Here are a few day trips not too far from Austin for you to enjoy during your staycation.

  1. Fredricksburg – If you’re looking for a mini road-trip then Fredricksburg is the trip for you! Spend your day in the Texas Hill Country enjoying wineries, boutiques and gourmet restaurants. If you’re looking to be even more adventurous, spend half the day exploring Enchanted Rock. We promise you won’t regret it. We don’t know what will take your breath away more, the climb up the pink granite dome, or the view from the top.
  2. Salado – Salado is a little town just past Georgetown that we promise you’ll love. Known as the best art town in Texas, it’s got tons of quirky little shops and eclectic restaurants to back up that reputation. Take a day to enjoy all that Main Street has to offer.
  3. San Marcos – When in San Marvelous do as the San Martians do! That means chowing down on ribs at Tap Room before spending an afternoon on the crystal clear waters that run through the beautiful Texas State Once your float is over we recommend hitting the outlets for some great shopping. If shopping’s not your thing you can’t go wrong with a Glass Bottom Boat Tour at the Meadows Center.
  4. Dripping Springs – Gateway to the Hill Country is their slogan and driving through it you understand why. Hamilton Pool, a spectacular natural grotto, is one of the best swimming holes in the state. We suggest getting there early to beat the wait time. The Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is another great way to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Dripping Springs. Bring the family for a guided tour of the canyon, just note that tours are only available on the weekend.
  5. New Braunfels –Ah, New Braunfels, home of Schlitterbahn, the country’s number one waterpark. There’s something for everyone on this 65-acre waterpark. If you’re tired of the water you can explore the largest caverns in Texas at Natural Bridge Caverns or go on a safari at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Before you head back to Austin make sure to eat your weight in German food at Oma’s Haus.

Did your favorite staycation spot not make it on our list? Leave us a comment below!

Spring is right around the corner and we can’t wait to hit the trails! If you’re an Austinite, you may know from experience that there is nothing quite as rejuvenating as a spring hike. From beautiful overlooks to challenging hiking trails, Austin’s got it all. We can’t wait to shake off the cold and get out and active on one of Austin’s many beautiful trails.

Riverplace Natural Trail – With lots of stairs that call for rigorous climbs, this trail is a bit challenging! You can enjoy the sounds of tricking water and beautiful hill country views while you catch your breath.

St. Edwards Park – Looking for a quick hike? This is the trail for you! We recommend this trail for those of you with kids because it’s not too challenging but still offers beautiful sights.

McKinney Falls State Park – We love this trail because of the beautiful river it features. Great for all skill levels, this hiking trail is exactly where you want to be a on a beautiful day.

Sculpture Falls Hike at Barton Creek – It’s called Sculpture Falls because it features a waterfall (woo woo!). If that’s not as cool to you as it is to us, then maybe the fact that you can bring your dog along will get you excited.

Mount Bonnell – Greeted by a long staircase, this overlook is worth the climb. Although it does offer a short trail, this spot is more of a tourist destination than hiking trail, but this doesn’t mean it’s overrated though! Take the trek right before sunset for a breathtaking view.

Do you have any other exciting trails to add to the list? Leave us a comment below.

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.
Images courtesy of: rmhc-austin.org, bakeawishaustin.org, cherrywoodartfair.org, austinpetsalive.org, austinfoodbank.org

Since the ladies of Wellington Group Marketing & PR love all things fitness, we never miss an opportunity to check out a new workout class around town. Our latest review comes from our Marketing & PR Guru Rachel and her totally zen experience at Hyde Park Yoga Company.

I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for about 3 years, so when I first moved to the Hyde Park area and discovered Hyde Park Yoga Company, I literally geeked out. From the moment you walk through the door, all of the day’s worries instantly disappear. The quaint space is ideal for a yoga class and gives off such an incredible vibe – it’s almost as if you’re practicing yoga in your own living room (minus the obnoxious couches and chairs that are always in your way).

I signed up for the Vin-Yin class, which is combination of Vinyasa and Yin Yoga and was seriously “Yogi Heaven,” as their website describes. The first half of the class focuses on practicing a steady sequence of your typical yoga poses that are meant to get your heart rate pounding. The room is warm and you’ll definitely be breaking into a sweat. But as the class goes on, you eventually enter into a deep stretch and meditation sequence that instantly cools your body down. It was a total zen moment and I can’t wait to go back to experience it again.

In addition to the Vin-Yin class, Hyde Park Yoga Company also offers classes that teach Gentle, Hatha Flow, Vinyasa and even Yoga 101 for beginners. My next venture will be the Yoga For Runners class, which includes a group morning run lead by trainers from Team Spiridon followed by special yoga class, specifically designed for runners, that focuses on strength, flexibility and core work. How awesome is that?

 To learn more about Hyde Park Yoga Company, visit hydeparkyogaco.com

If you haven’t already noticed, the ladies of Wellington Group absolutely LOVE delicious treats. That being said, you can probably imagine our delight when we discovered Better Bites Bakery products at our local People’s Pharmacy. We were practically drooling when we first discovered their double chocolate cake balls – seriously, if you haven’t tried them you’re missing out!

The cake balls are rich and flavorful, satisfying every post-lunch sweet tooth craving we tend to get from time to time. But the greatness doesn’t stop at amazing flavor. Better Bites Bakery products are crafted with food allergies in mind, meaning that you can depend on them for the highest quality gluten-free, dairy-free, preservative-free and organic baked goods. Delicious AND healthy – I mean, does it get any better than that?

Better Bites Bakery also sells cupcakes, cakes, cookies, bread and scones, among other delicious goodies. We’re certainly doing our part to sample everything on their menu, and you should too!  Plus they’re sold at 20 different vendors around Austin, so there’s really no excuse not to try ‘em out. So go out and get some Better Bites today!

We love summers in Austin. Despite the sizzling hot temps, the city is jam-packed with fun for the entire family (perfect for our resident Wellington Group mommas, Dawn and Emily). Though we could go on for hours about all of the awesomeness happening during this season, we’ve created a list with some of our favorite kid-friendly activities. Enjoy!

Got any family fun to add to our list? Leave us a comment below.

Bearded Brothers

Nothing excites the Wellington Group team more than discovering new local products. Our latest find? Bearded Brothers Energy Bars. Their packaging – complete with the silhouettes of two very bearded brothers – immediately caught our eye while waiting in the checkout line at Juiceland. A quick scan of the label revealed that the bars are 100% natural and made in our very own Austin, Texas, so really, how could we resist?

Not only are the bars gluten-free, organic and vegan, they are also delicious, coming in five different flavors including Blueberry Vanilla, Coconut Mango, Maca Chocolate, Ginger Peach and Raspberry Lemon. In addition to their yummy-ness, the bars are energizing, providing the perfect afternoon pick-me-up to power us through the rest of the workday.

We’re definitely going to keep our snack bar stocked with Bearded Brothers Energy Bars from now on, and you should too! The next time you’re in the mood for a snack, grab one from your local grocery store or at one of their 300 selected vendors nationwide – you won’t be disappointed.