Category Archives: Northwest Austin
Lots of people are surprised to learn that the lone star state actually boasts a little-known natural wonder known as “Texas Hill Country.” Indeed, even Austin itself is home to a few steep cliffs and staggering views. Perhaps the most visually arresting one is seen from the vantage point atop Mt. Bonnell, in a little spot known as “Covert Park.” After parking for free at the highest point on Mt. Bonnell Road, visitors can climb a steep set of limestone stairs — Austin’s answer to Machu Picchu, you might say — and take in breathtaking vistas over Lake Austin; on a clear day, you can look to the left for a clear view of the downtown skyline. It’s one of Austin’s most popular sightseeing spots for a perfectly good reason: indeed, it’s quite a sight to see.
Covert Park at Mt. Bonnell, 3800 Mount Bonnell Road
Open to the public for free from sunup to sundown
One might think there’s not much in the way of thrillseeking in the laid-back, easygoing town of Austin — other than F1 races, that is — but one would be wrong. Those in need of a voluntary blood pressure spike need look no further than iFLY Austin, an indoor skydiving venue where you can get the thrilling push/pull sensation of jumping out of a plane without ever getting onto one. Per its website, “iFLY’s vertical wind tunnel generates 1600 horse power from 4 powerful fans, creating a wall-to-wall cushion of air on which you can safely float.” Terrifying but safe (and maybe kind of fun) at the same time? We just might sign up for that. iFLY is located in north Austin on 183; individual tickets for two flights begin at $60.
Brio, a Tuscan grill-themed restaurant that’s been gaining popularity in recent years in both South Florida and the greater New York area. The company’s expansion has brought it to the Arboretum in Austin, bringing the grandeur of Vegas by way of Tuscany to the sleepy shopping community. Its big, billowy white curtains towering over the front veranda give just a hint of the spectacle inside — an expansive Italian restaurant with delightful pastas and grilled entrees galore. It’s the perfect spot for an indulgent dinner after shopping at established retailers like Restoration Hardware, Barnes & Noble and Pottery Barn.
Brio at the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd.
Mon-Thurs 11 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 11 pm
Sun 10 am – 10 pm
Man Bites Dog‘s two locations:
Sun-Thurs 11 am-9 pm. Fri-Sat 11 am – 10 pm