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Stroll Down Austin’s Historic District for Art, Music, Psychedelic Shops, and South Congress Café

Stroll Down Austin’s Historic District for Art, Music, Psychedelic Shops, and South Congress Café

Daily brunch served in a retro-modern setting at the bustling South Congress Avenue

Savor the award winning carrot cake French toast, dipped in cream cheese pecan syrup.

Sunday brunch. In Austin, there is never a need to wait because brunch is served daily at South Congress Cafe!

Better known as SoCo, this historic hip strip offers an array of eclectic shops, farmers markets, antiques, music venues, and galleries. Well known for its infused Bloody mary, South Congress was rated top three in the nation by Huffington Post, and its classic mojitos featured by Texas Monthly.

At first glance, the brick walls and wooden door make this eatery look like it could be an antique shop. Enter South Congress Café and be surprised at how fancy it is on the inside with white leather booths and black napkins.

Other popular items on the menu include the shrimp and grits, braised pork hash, and eggs benedict. But the most notable superstar lives on the dessert menu, the Carrot Cake French Toast!

The dessert consists of carrot cake, cinnamon vanilla egg batter, topped with cream cheese pecan syrup, and a side of fresh seasonal fruit. The taste is sort of an interesting cross-breed between your classic banana bread with mini shreds of carrots, plus a hint of smooth custard.

The syrup is extra sweet, yet balances the slight bitterness of the carrot cake. The slices are thick, enough to please up to three cowboys and cowgirls. This sweet vegetarian delight is truly a slice of heaven.

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Top 10 Cities in Texas

Looking for a late summer getaway? Steal away to any of these 10 cities among the favorite destinations in our most recent Readers' Choice survey.

Enjoy your stay, then participate in our survey again. Go to southernliving.com/ readerschoice before 11:59 p.m. CT September 17, 2007, and name your favorite cities, restaurants, inns, and more. Who knows? You may win a luxury golf and spa weekend.

1. San Antonio: Sip and Sample a City
What a great city to taste! Cool a summer day with the Menger Hotel&aposs famous mango ice cream. Sip a Prickly Pear Margarita at Boudro&aposs, a River Walk eatery. Other don&apost-miss dining spots here include Biga on the Banks, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, and a local favorite, Los Barrios. On Sunday indulge in brunch at Las Canarias in the Omni La Mansión del Rio. Before leaving town, experience the noon Mariachi Mass at San Jose Mission. Visit www.sanantoniocvb.com, and watch for our story about San Antonio in the upcoming October issue of Southern Living.

2. Austin: A Texas Crossroads and More
One intersection symbolizes this city&aposs lifestyle. At West Sixth and Lamar Boulevard, you&aposll find Waterloo Records (featuring the latest in Texas music), BookPeople (author signings galore), and Whole Foods Market (store and headquarters). Elsewhere, South Congress Avenue boasts fun shops such as Uncommon Objects and Vivid. Party at Continental Club, sleep in 50s chic at the restored Austin Motel, and enjoy breakfast pancakes at Magnolia Cafe South. Visit www.austintexas.org.

3. Houston: Big City, Cozy Getaway
Houston? Cozy? It certainly feels that way at several boutique hotels. Hotel Indigo Houston at The Galleria changes its artwork, music, and flowers to match the season. Hotel ICON renovated the classic 1911 First Union National Bank Building. Sports fans love the Inn at the Ballpark, a block from Minute Maid Park. At hip, contemporary Hotel Derek, the staff leaves Texas-made candies on your pillow. The more expansive but secluded Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa rises as an urban woodland retreat. Visit www.visithoustontexas.com.

4. Dallas: Wonders of West Village
Visitors and residents mingle outdoors in this neighborhood, between Blackburn Street and McKinney and Cole and Lemmon Avenues. You&aposll love the sidewalk dining at Tom Tom Asian Grill (try the blackberry mojitos) and the Texas-size sweet treats at Petit Fours, a great place for afternoon tea. For a Western wardrobe, try on boots and hats at Cowboy Cool. Visit www.westvil.com.

5. Fort Worth: Sundance, Moon Glow
Fun in Fort Worth goes on all day into late night. In downtown&aposs Sundance Square, you can shop and dine and then see the stars at Bass Performance Hall. August&aposs bill features Kenny Rankin and Tony Bennett. If Bass Hall is too tame, get rowdy at Billy Bob&aposs Texas, the world&aposs largest honky-tonk down in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. While in the area, treat yourself at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, where chef/owner Tim Love cooks in his cowboy hat. Save an afternoon for the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Note: the Amon Carter Museum is closed through summer for renovations. Visit www.fortworth.com.

6. Galveston: Time and the Sea
Four hotels span the legacy of this venerable city. The Hotel Galvez, recently restored to its early 20th-century elegance, looks again to the Gulf. Take tea or coffee in the sun-dappled, four-story atrium at The Tremont House, named for a hotel that opened its doors in 1839. On Galveston&aposs Historic Wharf, the 42-room Harbor House has renovated a warehouse into a casual inn. Set among 242 acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center combines 428 guest rooms with a huge aquarium and an IMAX theater. Visit www.galveston.com.

7. Corpus Christi: Seaside, City Streets
This city sparkles with sun and water. Stay downtown at Omni Corpus Christi for a splendid view of the bay and the aircraft carrier (now museum) USS Lexington. Stroll through 2,000 orchids at South Texas Botanical Gardens. Drive the loop that takes you to the beaches of Mustang Island, the fishing and vacation village of Port Aransas, and Rockport-Fulton, an artists&apos colony of stores and galleries. You may want to schedule a trip for Rockport-Fulton&aposs annual Hummer/Bird Celebration, September 13-16. Visit www.corpuschristi-tx-cvb.org and www.rockport-fulton.org.

8. San Angelo: Jewel of West Texas
Downtown you&aposll find art, apparel, fine dining, and the city&aposs own brands of jewelry. Artisans at Legend Jewelers craft beautiful settings for locally harvested Concho Pearls. Holland&aposs, another jeweler, offers its own brands of Western buckles and accessories, including its famous "Spur Clip" for the tie. J. Wilde&aposs creates an avant-garde line of fashions.


Top 10 Cities in Texas

Looking for a late summer getaway? Steal away to any of these 10 cities among the favorite destinations in our most recent Readers' Choice survey.

Enjoy your stay, then participate in our survey again. Go to southernliving.com/ readerschoice before 11:59 p.m. CT September 17, 2007, and name your favorite cities, restaurants, inns, and more. Who knows? You may win a luxury golf and spa weekend.

1. San Antonio: Sip and Sample a City
What a great city to taste! Cool a summer day with the Menger Hotel&aposs famous mango ice cream. Sip a Prickly Pear Margarita at Boudro&aposs, a River Walk eatery. Other don&apost-miss dining spots here include Biga on the Banks, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, and a local favorite, Los Barrios. On Sunday indulge in brunch at Las Canarias in the Omni La Mansión del Rio. Before leaving town, experience the noon Mariachi Mass at San Jose Mission. Visit www.sanantoniocvb.com, and watch for our story about San Antonio in the upcoming October issue of Southern Living.

2. Austin: A Texas Crossroads and More
One intersection symbolizes this city&aposs lifestyle. At West Sixth and Lamar Boulevard, you&aposll find Waterloo Records (featuring the latest in Texas music), BookPeople (author signings galore), and Whole Foods Market (store and headquarters). Elsewhere, South Congress Avenue boasts fun shops such as Uncommon Objects and Vivid. Party at Continental Club, sleep in 50s chic at the restored Austin Motel, and enjoy breakfast pancakes at Magnolia Cafe South. Visit www.austintexas.org.

3. Houston: Big City, Cozy Getaway
Houston? Cozy? It certainly feels that way at several boutique hotels. Hotel Indigo Houston at The Galleria changes its artwork, music, and flowers to match the season. Hotel ICON renovated the classic 1911 First Union National Bank Building. Sports fans love the Inn at the Ballpark, a block from Minute Maid Park. At hip, contemporary Hotel Derek, the staff leaves Texas-made candies on your pillow. The more expansive but secluded Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa rises as an urban woodland retreat. Visit www.visithoustontexas.com.

4. Dallas: Wonders of West Village
Visitors and residents mingle outdoors in this neighborhood, between Blackburn Street and McKinney and Cole and Lemmon Avenues. You&aposll love the sidewalk dining at Tom Tom Asian Grill (try the blackberry mojitos) and the Texas-size sweet treats at Petit Fours, a great place for afternoon tea. For a Western wardrobe, try on boots and hats at Cowboy Cool. Visit www.westvil.com.

5. Fort Worth: Sundance, Moon Glow
Fun in Fort Worth goes on all day into late night. In downtown&aposs Sundance Square, you can shop and dine and then see the stars at Bass Performance Hall. August&aposs bill features Kenny Rankin and Tony Bennett. If Bass Hall is too tame, get rowdy at Billy Bob&aposs Texas, the world&aposs largest honky-tonk down in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. While in the area, treat yourself at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, where chef/owner Tim Love cooks in his cowboy hat. Save an afternoon for the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Note: the Amon Carter Museum is closed through summer for renovations. Visit www.fortworth.com.

6. Galveston: Time and the Sea
Four hotels span the legacy of this venerable city. The Hotel Galvez, recently restored to its early 20th-century elegance, looks again to the Gulf. Take tea or coffee in the sun-dappled, four-story atrium at The Tremont House, named for a hotel that opened its doors in 1839. On Galveston&aposs Historic Wharf, the 42-room Harbor House has renovated a warehouse into a casual inn. Set among 242 acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center combines 428 guest rooms with a huge aquarium and an IMAX theater. Visit www.galveston.com.

7. Corpus Christi: Seaside, City Streets
This city sparkles with sun and water. Stay downtown at Omni Corpus Christi for a splendid view of the bay and the aircraft carrier (now museum) USS Lexington. Stroll through 2,000 orchids at South Texas Botanical Gardens. Drive the loop that takes you to the beaches of Mustang Island, the fishing and vacation village of Port Aransas, and Rockport-Fulton, an artists&apos colony of stores and galleries. You may want to schedule a trip for Rockport-Fulton&aposs annual Hummer/Bird Celebration, September 13-16. Visit www.corpuschristi-tx-cvb.org and www.rockport-fulton.org.

8. San Angelo: Jewel of West Texas
Downtown you&aposll find art, apparel, fine dining, and the city&aposs own brands of jewelry. Artisans at Legend Jewelers craft beautiful settings for locally harvested Concho Pearls. Holland&aposs, another jeweler, offers its own brands of Western buckles and accessories, including its famous "Spur Clip" for the tie. J. Wilde&aposs creates an avant-garde line of fashions.


Top 10 Cities in Texas

Looking for a late summer getaway? Steal away to any of these 10 cities among the favorite destinations in our most recent Readers' Choice survey.

Enjoy your stay, then participate in our survey again. Go to southernliving.com/ readerschoice before 11:59 p.m. CT September 17, 2007, and name your favorite cities, restaurants, inns, and more. Who knows? You may win a luxury golf and spa weekend.

1. San Antonio: Sip and Sample a City
What a great city to taste! Cool a summer day with the Menger Hotel&aposs famous mango ice cream. Sip a Prickly Pear Margarita at Boudro&aposs, a River Walk eatery. Other don&apost-miss dining spots here include Biga on the Banks, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, and a local favorite, Los Barrios. On Sunday indulge in brunch at Las Canarias in the Omni La Mansión del Rio. Before leaving town, experience the noon Mariachi Mass at San Jose Mission. Visit www.sanantoniocvb.com, and watch for our story about San Antonio in the upcoming October issue of Southern Living.

2. Austin: A Texas Crossroads and More
One intersection symbolizes this city&aposs lifestyle. At West Sixth and Lamar Boulevard, you&aposll find Waterloo Records (featuring the latest in Texas music), BookPeople (author signings galore), and Whole Foods Market (store and headquarters). Elsewhere, South Congress Avenue boasts fun shops such as Uncommon Objects and Vivid. Party at Continental Club, sleep in 50s chic at the restored Austin Motel, and enjoy breakfast pancakes at Magnolia Cafe South. Visit www.austintexas.org.

3. Houston: Big City, Cozy Getaway
Houston? Cozy? It certainly feels that way at several boutique hotels. Hotel Indigo Houston at The Galleria changes its artwork, music, and flowers to match the season. Hotel ICON renovated the classic 1911 First Union National Bank Building. Sports fans love the Inn at the Ballpark, a block from Minute Maid Park. At hip, contemporary Hotel Derek, the staff leaves Texas-made candies on your pillow. The more expansive but secluded Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa rises as an urban woodland retreat. Visit www.visithoustontexas.com.

4. Dallas: Wonders of West Village
Visitors and residents mingle outdoors in this neighborhood, between Blackburn Street and McKinney and Cole and Lemmon Avenues. You&aposll love the sidewalk dining at Tom Tom Asian Grill (try the blackberry mojitos) and the Texas-size sweet treats at Petit Fours, a great place for afternoon tea. For a Western wardrobe, try on boots and hats at Cowboy Cool. Visit www.westvil.com.

5. Fort Worth: Sundance, Moon Glow
Fun in Fort Worth goes on all day into late night. In downtown&aposs Sundance Square, you can shop and dine and then see the stars at Bass Performance Hall. August&aposs bill features Kenny Rankin and Tony Bennett. If Bass Hall is too tame, get rowdy at Billy Bob&aposs Texas, the world&aposs largest honky-tonk down in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. While in the area, treat yourself at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, where chef/owner Tim Love cooks in his cowboy hat. Save an afternoon for the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Note: the Amon Carter Museum is closed through summer for renovations. Visit www.fortworth.com.

6. Galveston: Time and the Sea
Four hotels span the legacy of this venerable city. The Hotel Galvez, recently restored to its early 20th-century elegance, looks again to the Gulf. Take tea or coffee in the sun-dappled, four-story atrium at The Tremont House, named for a hotel that opened its doors in 1839. On Galveston&aposs Historic Wharf, the 42-room Harbor House has renovated a warehouse into a casual inn. Set among 242 acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center combines 428 guest rooms with a huge aquarium and an IMAX theater. Visit www.galveston.com.

7. Corpus Christi: Seaside, City Streets
This city sparkles with sun and water. Stay downtown at Omni Corpus Christi for a splendid view of the bay and the aircraft carrier (now museum) USS Lexington. Stroll through 2,000 orchids at South Texas Botanical Gardens. Drive the loop that takes you to the beaches of Mustang Island, the fishing and vacation village of Port Aransas, and Rockport-Fulton, an artists&apos colony of stores and galleries. You may want to schedule a trip for Rockport-Fulton&aposs annual Hummer/Bird Celebration, September 13-16. Visit www.corpuschristi-tx-cvb.org and www.rockport-fulton.org.

8. San Angelo: Jewel of West Texas
Downtown you&aposll find art, apparel, fine dining, and the city&aposs own brands of jewelry. Artisans at Legend Jewelers craft beautiful settings for locally harvested Concho Pearls. Holland&aposs, another jeweler, offers its own brands of Western buckles and accessories, including its famous "Spur Clip" for the tie. J. Wilde&aposs creates an avant-garde line of fashions.


Top 10 Cities in Texas

Looking for a late summer getaway? Steal away to any of these 10 cities among the favorite destinations in our most recent Readers' Choice survey.

Enjoy your stay, then participate in our survey again. Go to southernliving.com/ readerschoice before 11:59 p.m. CT September 17, 2007, and name your favorite cities, restaurants, inns, and more. Who knows? You may win a luxury golf and spa weekend.

1. San Antonio: Sip and Sample a City
What a great city to taste! Cool a summer day with the Menger Hotel&aposs famous mango ice cream. Sip a Prickly Pear Margarita at Boudro&aposs, a River Walk eatery. Other don&apost-miss dining spots here include Biga on the Banks, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, and a local favorite, Los Barrios. On Sunday indulge in brunch at Las Canarias in the Omni La Mansión del Rio. Before leaving town, experience the noon Mariachi Mass at San Jose Mission. Visit www.sanantoniocvb.com, and watch for our story about San Antonio in the upcoming October issue of Southern Living.

2. Austin: A Texas Crossroads and More
One intersection symbolizes this city&aposs lifestyle. At West Sixth and Lamar Boulevard, you&aposll find Waterloo Records (featuring the latest in Texas music), BookPeople (author signings galore), and Whole Foods Market (store and headquarters). Elsewhere, South Congress Avenue boasts fun shops such as Uncommon Objects and Vivid. Party at Continental Club, sleep in 50s chic at the restored Austin Motel, and enjoy breakfast pancakes at Magnolia Cafe South. Visit www.austintexas.org.

3. Houston: Big City, Cozy Getaway
Houston? Cozy? It certainly feels that way at several boutique hotels. Hotel Indigo Houston at The Galleria changes its artwork, music, and flowers to match the season. Hotel ICON renovated the classic 1911 First Union National Bank Building. Sports fans love the Inn at the Ballpark, a block from Minute Maid Park. At hip, contemporary Hotel Derek, the staff leaves Texas-made candies on your pillow. The more expansive but secluded Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa rises as an urban woodland retreat. Visit www.visithoustontexas.com.

4. Dallas: Wonders of West Village
Visitors and residents mingle outdoors in this neighborhood, between Blackburn Street and McKinney and Cole and Lemmon Avenues. You&aposll love the sidewalk dining at Tom Tom Asian Grill (try the blackberry mojitos) and the Texas-size sweet treats at Petit Fours, a great place for afternoon tea. For a Western wardrobe, try on boots and hats at Cowboy Cool. Visit www.westvil.com.

5. Fort Worth: Sundance, Moon Glow
Fun in Fort Worth goes on all day into late night. In downtown&aposs Sundance Square, you can shop and dine and then see the stars at Bass Performance Hall. August&aposs bill features Kenny Rankin and Tony Bennett. If Bass Hall is too tame, get rowdy at Billy Bob&aposs Texas, the world&aposs largest honky-tonk down in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. While in the area, treat yourself at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, where chef/owner Tim Love cooks in his cowboy hat. Save an afternoon for the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Note: the Amon Carter Museum is closed through summer for renovations. Visit www.fortworth.com.

6. Galveston: Time and the Sea
Four hotels span the legacy of this venerable city. The Hotel Galvez, recently restored to its early 20th-century elegance, looks again to the Gulf. Take tea or coffee in the sun-dappled, four-story atrium at The Tremont House, named for a hotel that opened its doors in 1839. On Galveston&aposs Historic Wharf, the 42-room Harbor House has renovated a warehouse into a casual inn. Set among 242 acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center combines 428 guest rooms with a huge aquarium and an IMAX theater. Visit www.galveston.com.

7. Corpus Christi: Seaside, City Streets
This city sparkles with sun and water. Stay downtown at Omni Corpus Christi for a splendid view of the bay and the aircraft carrier (now museum) USS Lexington. Stroll through 2,000 orchids at South Texas Botanical Gardens. Drive the loop that takes you to the beaches of Mustang Island, the fishing and vacation village of Port Aransas, and Rockport-Fulton, an artists&apos colony of stores and galleries. You may want to schedule a trip for Rockport-Fulton&aposs annual Hummer/Bird Celebration, September 13-16. Visit www.corpuschristi-tx-cvb.org and www.rockport-fulton.org.

8. San Angelo: Jewel of West Texas
Downtown you&aposll find art, apparel, fine dining, and the city&aposs own brands of jewelry. Artisans at Legend Jewelers craft beautiful settings for locally harvested Concho Pearls. Holland&aposs, another jeweler, offers its own brands of Western buckles and accessories, including its famous "Spur Clip" for the tie. J. Wilde&aposs creates an avant-garde line of fashions.


Top 10 Cities in Texas

Looking for a late summer getaway? Steal away to any of these 10 cities among the favorite destinations in our most recent Readers' Choice survey.

Enjoy your stay, then participate in our survey again. Go to southernliving.com/ readerschoice before 11:59 p.m. CT September 17, 2007, and name your favorite cities, restaurants, inns, and more. Who knows? You may win a luxury golf and spa weekend.

1. San Antonio: Sip and Sample a City
What a great city to taste! Cool a summer day with the Menger Hotel&aposs famous mango ice cream. Sip a Prickly Pear Margarita at Boudro&aposs, a River Walk eatery. Other don&apost-miss dining spots here include Biga on the Banks, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, and a local favorite, Los Barrios. On Sunday indulge in brunch at Las Canarias in the Omni La Mansión del Rio. Before leaving town, experience the noon Mariachi Mass at San Jose Mission. Visit www.sanantoniocvb.com, and watch for our story about San Antonio in the upcoming October issue of Southern Living.

2. Austin: A Texas Crossroads and More
One intersection symbolizes this city&aposs lifestyle. At West Sixth and Lamar Boulevard, you&aposll find Waterloo Records (featuring the latest in Texas music), BookPeople (author signings galore), and Whole Foods Market (store and headquarters). Elsewhere, South Congress Avenue boasts fun shops such as Uncommon Objects and Vivid. Party at Continental Club, sleep in 50s chic at the restored Austin Motel, and enjoy breakfast pancakes at Magnolia Cafe South. Visit www.austintexas.org.

3. Houston: Big City, Cozy Getaway
Houston? Cozy? It certainly feels that way at several boutique hotels. Hotel Indigo Houston at The Galleria changes its artwork, music, and flowers to match the season. Hotel ICON renovated the classic 1911 First Union National Bank Building. Sports fans love the Inn at the Ballpark, a block from Minute Maid Park. At hip, contemporary Hotel Derek, the staff leaves Texas-made candies on your pillow. The more expansive but secluded Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa rises as an urban woodland retreat. Visit www.visithoustontexas.com.

4. Dallas: Wonders of West Village
Visitors and residents mingle outdoors in this neighborhood, between Blackburn Street and McKinney and Cole and Lemmon Avenues. You&aposll love the sidewalk dining at Tom Tom Asian Grill (try the blackberry mojitos) and the Texas-size sweet treats at Petit Fours, a great place for afternoon tea. For a Western wardrobe, try on boots and hats at Cowboy Cool. Visit www.westvil.com.

5. Fort Worth: Sundance, Moon Glow
Fun in Fort Worth goes on all day into late night. In downtown&aposs Sundance Square, you can shop and dine and then see the stars at Bass Performance Hall. August&aposs bill features Kenny Rankin and Tony Bennett. If Bass Hall is too tame, get rowdy at Billy Bob&aposs Texas, the world&aposs largest honky-tonk down in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. While in the area, treat yourself at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, where chef/owner Tim Love cooks in his cowboy hat. Save an afternoon for the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Note: the Amon Carter Museum is closed through summer for renovations. Visit www.fortworth.com.

6. Galveston: Time and the Sea
Four hotels span the legacy of this venerable city. The Hotel Galvez, recently restored to its early 20th-century elegance, looks again to the Gulf. Take tea or coffee in the sun-dappled, four-story atrium at The Tremont House, named for a hotel that opened its doors in 1839. On Galveston&aposs Historic Wharf, the 42-room Harbor House has renovated a warehouse into a casual inn. Set among 242 acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center combines 428 guest rooms with a huge aquarium and an IMAX theater. Visit www.galveston.com.

7. Corpus Christi: Seaside, City Streets
This city sparkles with sun and water. Stay downtown at Omni Corpus Christi for a splendid view of the bay and the aircraft carrier (now museum) USS Lexington. Stroll through 2,000 orchids at South Texas Botanical Gardens. Drive the loop that takes you to the beaches of Mustang Island, the fishing and vacation village of Port Aransas, and Rockport-Fulton, an artists&apos colony of stores and galleries. You may want to schedule a trip for Rockport-Fulton&aposs annual Hummer/Bird Celebration, September 13-16. Visit www.corpuschristi-tx-cvb.org and www.rockport-fulton.org.

8. San Angelo: Jewel of West Texas
Downtown you&aposll find art, apparel, fine dining, and the city&aposs own brands of jewelry. Artisans at Legend Jewelers craft beautiful settings for locally harvested Concho Pearls. Holland&aposs, another jeweler, offers its own brands of Western buckles and accessories, including its famous "Spur Clip" for the tie. J. Wilde&aposs creates an avant-garde line of fashions.


Top 10 Cities in Texas

Looking for a late summer getaway? Steal away to any of these 10 cities among the favorite destinations in our most recent Readers' Choice survey.

Enjoy your stay, then participate in our survey again. Go to southernliving.com/ readerschoice before 11:59 p.m. CT September 17, 2007, and name your favorite cities, restaurants, inns, and more. Who knows? You may win a luxury golf and spa weekend.

1. San Antonio: Sip and Sample a City
What a great city to taste! Cool a summer day with the Menger Hotel&aposs famous mango ice cream. Sip a Prickly Pear Margarita at Boudro&aposs, a River Walk eatery. Other don&apost-miss dining spots here include Biga on the Banks, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, and a local favorite, Los Barrios. On Sunday indulge in brunch at Las Canarias in the Omni La Mansión del Rio. Before leaving town, experience the noon Mariachi Mass at San Jose Mission. Visit www.sanantoniocvb.com, and watch for our story about San Antonio in the upcoming October issue of Southern Living.

2. Austin: A Texas Crossroads and More
One intersection symbolizes this city&aposs lifestyle. At West Sixth and Lamar Boulevard, you&aposll find Waterloo Records (featuring the latest in Texas music), BookPeople (author signings galore), and Whole Foods Market (store and headquarters). Elsewhere, South Congress Avenue boasts fun shops such as Uncommon Objects and Vivid. Party at Continental Club, sleep in 50s chic at the restored Austin Motel, and enjoy breakfast pancakes at Magnolia Cafe South. Visit www.austintexas.org.

3. Houston: Big City, Cozy Getaway
Houston? Cozy? It certainly feels that way at several boutique hotels. Hotel Indigo Houston at The Galleria changes its artwork, music, and flowers to match the season. Hotel ICON renovated the classic 1911 First Union National Bank Building. Sports fans love the Inn at the Ballpark, a block from Minute Maid Park. At hip, contemporary Hotel Derek, the staff leaves Texas-made candies on your pillow. The more expansive but secluded Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa rises as an urban woodland retreat. Visit www.visithoustontexas.com.

4. Dallas: Wonders of West Village
Visitors and residents mingle outdoors in this neighborhood, between Blackburn Street and McKinney and Cole and Lemmon Avenues. You&aposll love the sidewalk dining at Tom Tom Asian Grill (try the blackberry mojitos) and the Texas-size sweet treats at Petit Fours, a great place for afternoon tea. For a Western wardrobe, try on boots and hats at Cowboy Cool. Visit www.westvil.com.

5. Fort Worth: Sundance, Moon Glow
Fun in Fort Worth goes on all day into late night. In downtown&aposs Sundance Square, you can shop and dine and then see the stars at Bass Performance Hall. August&aposs bill features Kenny Rankin and Tony Bennett. If Bass Hall is too tame, get rowdy at Billy Bob&aposs Texas, the world&aposs largest honky-tonk down in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. While in the area, treat yourself at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, where chef/owner Tim Love cooks in his cowboy hat. Save an afternoon for the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Note: the Amon Carter Museum is closed through summer for renovations. Visit www.fortworth.com.

6. Galveston: Time and the Sea
Four hotels span the legacy of this venerable city. The Hotel Galvez, recently restored to its early 20th-century elegance, looks again to the Gulf. Take tea or coffee in the sun-dappled, four-story atrium at The Tremont House, named for a hotel that opened its doors in 1839. On Galveston&aposs Historic Wharf, the 42-room Harbor House has renovated a warehouse into a casual inn. Set among 242 acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center combines 428 guest rooms with a huge aquarium and an IMAX theater. Visit www.galveston.com.

7. Corpus Christi: Seaside, City Streets
This city sparkles with sun and water. Stay downtown at Omni Corpus Christi for a splendid view of the bay and the aircraft carrier (now museum) USS Lexington. Stroll through 2,000 orchids at South Texas Botanical Gardens. Drive the loop that takes you to the beaches of Mustang Island, the fishing and vacation village of Port Aransas, and Rockport-Fulton, an artists&apos colony of stores and galleries. You may want to schedule a trip for Rockport-Fulton&aposs annual Hummer/Bird Celebration, September 13-16. Visit www.corpuschristi-tx-cvb.org and www.rockport-fulton.org.

8. San Angelo: Jewel of West Texas
Downtown you&aposll find art, apparel, fine dining, and the city&aposs own brands of jewelry. Artisans at Legend Jewelers craft beautiful settings for locally harvested Concho Pearls. Holland&aposs, another jeweler, offers its own brands of Western buckles and accessories, including its famous "Spur Clip" for the tie. J. Wilde&aposs creates an avant-garde line of fashions.


Top 10 Cities in Texas

Looking for a late summer getaway? Steal away to any of these 10 cities among the favorite destinations in our most recent Readers' Choice survey.

Enjoy your stay, then participate in our survey again. Go to southernliving.com/ readerschoice before 11:59 p.m. CT September 17, 2007, and name your favorite cities, restaurants, inns, and more. Who knows? You may win a luxury golf and spa weekend.

1. San Antonio: Sip and Sample a City
What a great city to taste! Cool a summer day with the Menger Hotel&aposs famous mango ice cream. Sip a Prickly Pear Margarita at Boudro&aposs, a River Walk eatery. Other don&apost-miss dining spots here include Biga on the Banks, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, and a local favorite, Los Barrios. On Sunday indulge in brunch at Las Canarias in the Omni La Mansión del Rio. Before leaving town, experience the noon Mariachi Mass at San Jose Mission. Visit www.sanantoniocvb.com, and watch for our story about San Antonio in the upcoming October issue of Southern Living.

2. Austin: A Texas Crossroads and More
One intersection symbolizes this city&aposs lifestyle. At West Sixth and Lamar Boulevard, you&aposll find Waterloo Records (featuring the latest in Texas music), BookPeople (author signings galore), and Whole Foods Market (store and headquarters). Elsewhere, South Congress Avenue boasts fun shops such as Uncommon Objects and Vivid. Party at Continental Club, sleep in 50s chic at the restored Austin Motel, and enjoy breakfast pancakes at Magnolia Cafe South. Visit www.austintexas.org.

3. Houston: Big City, Cozy Getaway
Houston? Cozy? It certainly feels that way at several boutique hotels. Hotel Indigo Houston at The Galleria changes its artwork, music, and flowers to match the season. Hotel ICON renovated the classic 1911 First Union National Bank Building. Sports fans love the Inn at the Ballpark, a block from Minute Maid Park. At hip, contemporary Hotel Derek, the staff leaves Texas-made candies on your pillow. The more expansive but secluded Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa rises as an urban woodland retreat. Visit www.visithoustontexas.com.

4. Dallas: Wonders of West Village
Visitors and residents mingle outdoors in this neighborhood, between Blackburn Street and McKinney and Cole and Lemmon Avenues. You&aposll love the sidewalk dining at Tom Tom Asian Grill (try the blackberry mojitos) and the Texas-size sweet treats at Petit Fours, a great place for afternoon tea. For a Western wardrobe, try on boots and hats at Cowboy Cool. Visit www.westvil.com.

5. Fort Worth: Sundance, Moon Glow
Fun in Fort Worth goes on all day into late night. In downtown&aposs Sundance Square, you can shop and dine and then see the stars at Bass Performance Hall. August&aposs bill features Kenny Rankin and Tony Bennett. If Bass Hall is too tame, get rowdy at Billy Bob&aposs Texas, the world&aposs largest honky-tonk down in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. While in the area, treat yourself at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, where chef/owner Tim Love cooks in his cowboy hat. Save an afternoon for the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Note: the Amon Carter Museum is closed through summer for renovations. Visit www.fortworth.com.

6. Galveston: Time and the Sea
Four hotels span the legacy of this venerable city. The Hotel Galvez, recently restored to its early 20th-century elegance, looks again to the Gulf. Take tea or coffee in the sun-dappled, four-story atrium at The Tremont House, named for a hotel that opened its doors in 1839. On Galveston&aposs Historic Wharf, the 42-room Harbor House has renovated a warehouse into a casual inn. Set among 242 acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center combines 428 guest rooms with a huge aquarium and an IMAX theater. Visit www.galveston.com.

7. Corpus Christi: Seaside, City Streets
This city sparkles with sun and water. Stay downtown at Omni Corpus Christi for a splendid view of the bay and the aircraft carrier (now museum) USS Lexington. Stroll through 2,000 orchids at South Texas Botanical Gardens. Drive the loop that takes you to the beaches of Mustang Island, the fishing and vacation village of Port Aransas, and Rockport-Fulton, an artists&apos colony of stores and galleries. You may want to schedule a trip for Rockport-Fulton&aposs annual Hummer/Bird Celebration, September 13-16. Visit www.corpuschristi-tx-cvb.org and www.rockport-fulton.org.

8. San Angelo: Jewel of West Texas
Downtown you&aposll find art, apparel, fine dining, and the city&aposs own brands of jewelry. Artisans at Legend Jewelers craft beautiful settings for locally harvested Concho Pearls. Holland&aposs, another jeweler, offers its own brands of Western buckles and accessories, including its famous "Spur Clip" for the tie. J. Wilde&aposs creates an avant-garde line of fashions.


Top 10 Cities in Texas

Looking for a late summer getaway? Steal away to any of these 10 cities among the favorite destinations in our most recent Readers' Choice survey.

Enjoy your stay, then participate in our survey again. Go to southernliving.com/ readerschoice before 11:59 p.m. CT September 17, 2007, and name your favorite cities, restaurants, inns, and more. Who knows? You may win a luxury golf and spa weekend.

1. San Antonio: Sip and Sample a City
What a great city to taste! Cool a summer day with the Menger Hotel&aposs famous mango ice cream. Sip a Prickly Pear Margarita at Boudro&aposs, a River Walk eatery. Other don&apost-miss dining spots here include Biga on the Banks, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, and a local favorite, Los Barrios. On Sunday indulge in brunch at Las Canarias in the Omni La Mansión del Rio. Before leaving town, experience the noon Mariachi Mass at San Jose Mission. Visit www.sanantoniocvb.com, and watch for our story about San Antonio in the upcoming October issue of Southern Living.

2. Austin: A Texas Crossroads and More
One intersection symbolizes this city&aposs lifestyle. At West Sixth and Lamar Boulevard, you&aposll find Waterloo Records (featuring the latest in Texas music), BookPeople (author signings galore), and Whole Foods Market (store and headquarters). Elsewhere, South Congress Avenue boasts fun shops such as Uncommon Objects and Vivid. Party at Continental Club, sleep in 50s chic at the restored Austin Motel, and enjoy breakfast pancakes at Magnolia Cafe South. Visit www.austintexas.org.

3. Houston: Big City, Cozy Getaway
Houston? Cozy? It certainly feels that way at several boutique hotels. Hotel Indigo Houston at The Galleria changes its artwork, music, and flowers to match the season. Hotel ICON renovated the classic 1911 First Union National Bank Building. Sports fans love the Inn at the Ballpark, a block from Minute Maid Park. At hip, contemporary Hotel Derek, the staff leaves Texas-made candies on your pillow. The more expansive but secluded Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa rises as an urban woodland retreat. Visit www.visithoustontexas.com.

4. Dallas: Wonders of West Village
Visitors and residents mingle outdoors in this neighborhood, between Blackburn Street and McKinney and Cole and Lemmon Avenues. You&aposll love the sidewalk dining at Tom Tom Asian Grill (try the blackberry mojitos) and the Texas-size sweet treats at Petit Fours, a great place for afternoon tea. For a Western wardrobe, try on boots and hats at Cowboy Cool. Visit www.westvil.com.

5. Fort Worth: Sundance, Moon Glow
Fun in Fort Worth goes on all day into late night. In downtown&aposs Sundance Square, you can shop and dine and then see the stars at Bass Performance Hall. August&aposs bill features Kenny Rankin and Tony Bennett. If Bass Hall is too tame, get rowdy at Billy Bob&aposs Texas, the world&aposs largest honky-tonk down in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. While in the area, treat yourself at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, where chef/owner Tim Love cooks in his cowboy hat. Save an afternoon for the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Note: the Amon Carter Museum is closed through summer for renovations. Visit www.fortworth.com.

6. Galveston: Time and the Sea
Four hotels span the legacy of this venerable city. The Hotel Galvez, recently restored to its early 20th-century elegance, looks again to the Gulf. Take tea or coffee in the sun-dappled, four-story atrium at The Tremont House, named for a hotel that opened its doors in 1839. On Galveston&aposs Historic Wharf, the 42-room Harbor House has renovated a warehouse into a casual inn. Set among 242 acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center combines 428 guest rooms with a huge aquarium and an IMAX theater. Visit www.galveston.com.

7. Corpus Christi: Seaside, City Streets
This city sparkles with sun and water. Stay downtown at Omni Corpus Christi for a splendid view of the bay and the aircraft carrier (now museum) USS Lexington. Stroll through 2,000 orchids at South Texas Botanical Gardens. Drive the loop that takes you to the beaches of Mustang Island, the fishing and vacation village of Port Aransas, and Rockport-Fulton, an artists&apos colony of stores and galleries. You may want to schedule a trip for Rockport-Fulton&aposs annual Hummer/Bird Celebration, September 13-16. Visit www.corpuschristi-tx-cvb.org and www.rockport-fulton.org.

8. San Angelo: Jewel of West Texas
Downtown you&aposll find art, apparel, fine dining, and the city&aposs own brands of jewelry. Artisans at Legend Jewelers craft beautiful settings for locally harvested Concho Pearls. Holland&aposs, another jeweler, offers its own brands of Western buckles and accessories, including its famous "Spur Clip" for the tie. J. Wilde&aposs creates an avant-garde line of fashions.


Top 10 Cities in Texas

Looking for a late summer getaway? Steal away to any of these 10 cities among the favorite destinations in our most recent Readers' Choice survey.

Enjoy your stay, then participate in our survey again. Go to southernliving.com/ readerschoice before 11:59 p.m. CT September 17, 2007, and name your favorite cities, restaurants, inns, and more. Who knows? You may win a luxury golf and spa weekend.

1. San Antonio: Sip and Sample a City
What a great city to taste! Cool a summer day with the Menger Hotel&aposs famous mango ice cream. Sip a Prickly Pear Margarita at Boudro&aposs, a River Walk eatery. Other don&apost-miss dining spots here include Biga on the Banks, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, and a local favorite, Los Barrios. On Sunday indulge in brunch at Las Canarias in the Omni La Mansión del Rio. Before leaving town, experience the noon Mariachi Mass at San Jose Mission. Visit www.sanantoniocvb.com, and watch for our story about San Antonio in the upcoming October issue of Southern Living.

2. Austin: A Texas Crossroads and More
One intersection symbolizes this city&aposs lifestyle. At West Sixth and Lamar Boulevard, you&aposll find Waterloo Records (featuring the latest in Texas music), BookPeople (author signings galore), and Whole Foods Market (store and headquarters). Elsewhere, South Congress Avenue boasts fun shops such as Uncommon Objects and Vivid. Party at Continental Club, sleep in 50s chic at the restored Austin Motel, and enjoy breakfast pancakes at Magnolia Cafe South. Visit www.austintexas.org.

3. Houston: Big City, Cozy Getaway
Houston? Cozy? It certainly feels that way at several boutique hotels. Hotel Indigo Houston at The Galleria changes its artwork, music, and flowers to match the season. Hotel ICON renovated the classic 1911 First Union National Bank Building. Sports fans love the Inn at the Ballpark, a block from Minute Maid Park. At hip, contemporary Hotel Derek, the staff leaves Texas-made candies on your pillow. The more expansive but secluded Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa rises as an urban woodland retreat. Visit www.visithoustontexas.com.

4. Dallas: Wonders of West Village
Visitors and residents mingle outdoors in this neighborhood, between Blackburn Street and McKinney and Cole and Lemmon Avenues. You&aposll love the sidewalk dining at Tom Tom Asian Grill (try the blackberry mojitos) and the Texas-size sweet treats at Petit Fours, a great place for afternoon tea. For a Western wardrobe, try on boots and hats at Cowboy Cool. Visit www.westvil.com.

5. Fort Worth: Sundance, Moon Glow
Fun in Fort Worth goes on all day into late night. In downtown&aposs Sundance Square, you can shop and dine and then see the stars at Bass Performance Hall. August&aposs bill features Kenny Rankin and Tony Bennett. If Bass Hall is too tame, get rowdy at Billy Bob&aposs Texas, the world&aposs largest honky-tonk down in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. While in the area, treat yourself at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, where chef/owner Tim Love cooks in his cowboy hat. Save an afternoon for the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Note: the Amon Carter Museum is closed through summer for renovations. Visit www.fortworth.com.

6. Galveston: Time and the Sea
Four hotels span the legacy of this venerable city. The Hotel Galvez, recently restored to its early 20th-century elegance, looks again to the Gulf. Take tea or coffee in the sun-dappled, four-story atrium at The Tremont House, named for a hotel that opened its doors in 1839. On Galveston&aposs Historic Wharf, the 42-room Harbor House has renovated a warehouse into a casual inn. Set among 242 acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center combines 428 guest rooms with a huge aquarium and an IMAX theater. Visit www.galveston.com.

7. Corpus Christi: Seaside, City Streets
This city sparkles with sun and water. Stay downtown at Omni Corpus Christi for a splendid view of the bay and the aircraft carrier (now museum) USS Lexington. Stroll through 2,000 orchids at South Texas Botanical Gardens. Drive the loop that takes you to the beaches of Mustang Island, the fishing and vacation village of Port Aransas, and Rockport-Fulton, an artists&apos colony of stores and galleries. You may want to schedule a trip for Rockport-Fulton&aposs annual Hummer/Bird Celebration, September 13-16. Visit www.corpuschristi-tx-cvb.org and www.rockport-fulton.org.

8. San Angelo: Jewel of West Texas
Downtown you&aposll find art, apparel, fine dining, and the city&aposs own brands of jewelry. Artisans at Legend Jewelers craft beautiful settings for locally harvested Concho Pearls. Holland&aposs, another jeweler, offers its own brands of Western buckles and accessories, including its famous "Spur Clip" for the tie. J. Wilde&aposs creates an avant-garde line of fashions.


Top 10 Cities in Texas

Looking for a late summer getaway? Steal away to any of these 10 cities among the favorite destinations in our most recent Readers' Choice survey.

Enjoy your stay, then participate in our survey again. Go to southernliving.com/ readerschoice before 11:59 p.m. CT September 17, 2007, and name your favorite cities, restaurants, inns, and more. Who knows? You may win a luxury golf and spa weekend.

1. San Antonio: Sip and Sample a City
What a great city to taste! Cool a summer day with the Menger Hotel&aposs famous mango ice cream. Sip a Prickly Pear Margarita at Boudro&aposs, a River Walk eatery. Other don&apost-miss dining spots here include Biga on the Banks, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, and a local favorite, Los Barrios. On Sunday indulge in brunch at Las Canarias in the Omni La Mansión del Rio. Before leaving town, experience the noon Mariachi Mass at San Jose Mission. Visit www.sanantoniocvb.com, and watch for our story about San Antonio in the upcoming October issue of Southern Living.

2. Austin: A Texas Crossroads and More
One intersection symbolizes this city&aposs lifestyle. At West Sixth and Lamar Boulevard, you&aposll find Waterloo Records (featuring the latest in Texas music), BookPeople (author signings galore), and Whole Foods Market (store and headquarters). Elsewhere, South Congress Avenue boasts fun shops such as Uncommon Objects and Vivid. Party at Continental Club, sleep in 50s chic at the restored Austin Motel, and enjoy breakfast pancakes at Magnolia Cafe South. Visit www.austintexas.org.

3. Houston: Big City, Cozy Getaway
Houston? Cozy? It certainly feels that way at several boutique hotels. Hotel Indigo Houston at The Galleria changes its artwork, music, and flowers to match the season. Hotel ICON renovated the classic 1911 First Union National Bank Building. Sports fans love the Inn at the Ballpark, a block from Minute Maid Park. At hip, contemporary Hotel Derek, the staff leaves Texas-made candies on your pillow. The more expansive but secluded Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa rises as an urban woodland retreat. Visit www.visithoustontexas.com.

4. Dallas: Wonders of West Village
Visitors and residents mingle outdoors in this neighborhood, between Blackburn Street and McKinney and Cole and Lemmon Avenues. You&aposll love the sidewalk dining at Tom Tom Asian Grill (try the blackberry mojitos) and the Texas-size sweet treats at Petit Fours, a great place for afternoon tea. For a Western wardrobe, try on boots and hats at Cowboy Cool. Visit www.westvil.com.

5. Fort Worth: Sundance, Moon Glow
Fun in Fort Worth goes on all day into late night. In downtown&aposs Sundance Square, you can shop and dine and then see the stars at Bass Performance Hall. August&aposs bill features Kenny Rankin and Tony Bennett. If Bass Hall is too tame, get rowdy at Billy Bob&aposs Texas, the world&aposs largest honky-tonk down in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. While in the area, treat yourself at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, where chef/owner Tim Love cooks in his cowboy hat. Save an afternoon for the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Note: the Amon Carter Museum is closed through summer for renovations. Visit www.fortworth.com.

6. Galveston: Time and the Sea
Four hotels span the legacy of this venerable city. The Hotel Galvez, recently restored to its early 20th-century elegance, looks again to the Gulf. Take tea or coffee in the sun-dappled, four-story atrium at The Tremont House, named for a hotel that opened its doors in 1839. On Galveston&aposs Historic Wharf, the 42-room Harbor House has renovated a warehouse into a casual inn. Set among 242 acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center combines 428 guest rooms with a huge aquarium and an IMAX theater. Visit www.galveston.com.

7. Corpus Christi: Seaside, City Streets
This city sparkles with sun and water. Stay downtown at Omni Corpus Christi for a splendid view of the bay and the aircraft carrier (now museum) USS Lexington. Stroll through 2,000 orchids at South Texas Botanical Gardens. Drive the loop that takes you to the beaches of Mustang Island, the fishing and vacation village of Port Aransas, and Rockport-Fulton, an artists&apos colony of stores and galleries. You may want to schedule a trip for Rockport-Fulton&aposs annual Hummer/Bird Celebration, September 13-16. Visit www.corpuschristi-tx-cvb.org and www.rockport-fulton.org.

8. San Angelo: Jewel of West Texas
Downtown you&aposll find art, apparel, fine dining, and the city&aposs own brands of jewelry. Artisans at Legend Jewelers craft beautiful settings for locally harvested Concho Pearls. Holland&aposs, another jeweler, offers its own brands of Western buckles and accessories, including its famous "Spur Clip" for the tie. J. Wilde&aposs creates an avant-garde line of fashions.


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