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Blake Miller of the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel takes you on a tour of Austin, the very heart and soul of Texas.
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Blake Miller: Hello, I am Blake Miller, welcome to the InterContinental Steven F. Austin Hotel in beautiful Austin, Texas.
Austin is not just the capital of Texas. It is also our gateway to the heart and soul of Texas. Let us take a look.
Austin supports a wider-angle of cultural activities, art exhibits and theatre events, all within the couple of blocks of the hotel.
In our next door, we have the Paramount Theatre. If you were here tonight, you could see Henry found to pull up on his Harley to check out the Jimmy Buffett concert. Sold out? I do not think so. Call our concierge and she will take good care of you.
And just right up the block toward the capital is the Austin Museum of Art with its unique focus on 20th Century American Art.
Of course, know that at Austin in March to November would not be complete without looking at Austin’s famous bat bridge, the homes of the largest urban colony in North America. But make sure you check with the concierge about a couple of great options when joining the spectacle from a various special vintage point that most in the crowd will not know about. The InterContinental Steven F. Austin guests always get a kick at of touring the city on the Austin Duck Adventure. Even better, stop by the concierge to ask if we can set you up with your own private tour, birthday party or outing on one of these.
Danelle Awtrey: But we would suggest visiting a grocery store. This is understanding a grocery store. Austin is home to Wholl-Foods Market in 80,000 square foot made of culinary delight, a wonderful place to start your culinary tour of Austin. Looking for a Texas gift, Wholl-Foods has an incredible selection of salsa. One of our favorite places to eat, relax and wind down a after a busy day is here at the Shoreline Grill.
Lisa Neely: Good evening, welcome to the Shoreline Grill. We serve an eight ounce beef tenderloin that is served with lob, crabmeat and chopped-chopped coat lined holiday(ph) sauce. Another favorite is the cedar plank salmon.
Danelle Awtrey: Of course Austin is a very casual town and there are some fine casual alternatives like here at Shady Grove where you can hear live music on Thursday night. Come on and buy, drink a shady thing and then take a cab back to the hotel.
Rick Mailand: Hi everyone, we are here at Shady Grove. We love the food. We love the atmosphere, right?
Danelle Awtrey: One that they visit to Texas without some of our down-home barbeque. At Stubb’s Barbeque, you can check out some of the best barbeques in town and also enjoying this at fully version
Blake Miller: Whether you are the sporty-type or just out for leisurely strolling, you have to check out Austin’s town like hike and bike trail, where natural scenery abounds and you should want to run in some locals. Some folks say that the crown jewel of Austin can be found right here in Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool. The pool is open year-round, but be warned, its natural spring fed waters are constant in 68 degrees, worst in the summer, warmest in the winter that only those party in hell swimmers need upon.
The capital of Texas is also a home to the University of Texas at Austin. You can spend hours around the campus at nearby museums or check with the concierge desk for the hottest tickets to longhorn sports.
Up here on Mount Banal could be the best seat in the house. There is a legend that it was once called Antoinette Slip after Dawson left to her death to avoid capture by Indians. There are some pretty sure drops up there, so if you bring the little ones, be sure to keep an eye on them.
Blake Miller: So you may have heard that Austin is the live music capital of the world. Instead of just listening, you can start as early as happy hour here at the Continental Club.
Blake Miller: Right downtown, a few blocks from the hotel, you will find the retroclassic Belmont restaurant bar where you can enjoy a pot fill on the palm terrace.
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Blake Miller: Looking for something with a uniquely Austin aura? Try a boot-scootin’ at the Broken Spoke, featuring some of the best hunky-punk music in Texas.
Thanks for joining us. When you are ready for your insider’s tour of Austin, Texas, just drop by our concierge desk and we will make sure you get the best of all that Austin has to offer.