Austin Staycation: Lakeway Resort and Spa

I was invited to be a guest at Lakeway Resort and Spa. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make this blog possible!

I have a confession to make. I’ve lived in Austin for over four years and I’ve never seen Lake Travis. I realize how ridiculous this sounds. I mean, it’s a lake. In the city where I live. How could I miss it?

Well, there’s no missing it at Lakeway Resort and Spa.

Sunny Day at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin, Austin StaycationThe resort is tucked away in an upscale residential area that’s far enough from the city to feel like a vacation but close enough for a weekend getaway.

All rooms have been recently redesigned with a fresh and contemporary feel that compliments the colors of the lake and feels peaceful and relaxing. The ceilings are also sky high, giving the spacious rooms an even airier feel.

Room at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin, Austin Staycation

Bed at Lakeway Resort and Spa AustinMy lakeview room had a comfortable sitting area and a great work station with plenty of space to spread out and blog. The wi-fi is also fast and free, which I took full advantage of in blissfully uninterrupted silence.

Sitting Area at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin

Work Zone at Lakeway Resort and Spa AustinIt’s no secret that room service is one of my most favorite things in life, so I treated myself to a steak and salad from Masterson’s Restaurant, which didn’t disappoint. (Not pictured: chocolate cake. Which I may have eaten first. Shhhh.)

Room service at Lakeway Resort and Spa AustinI woke up early the next morning to get a good spot at the adults only pool. The area filled up quickly and definitely had a party vibe with the swim-up bar, but the view was really lovely and the margaritas didn’t hurt.

Pool View at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin, Austin Staycation

Pool Time at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin, Austin Staycation

Drink Service at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin, Austin StaycationIf you have little ones, there’s a separate pool with slides and water features for them to splash around in all day. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted to give that slide a go.

Kids Pool at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin, Austin StaycationThough I didn’t try any services, there’s a full-service spa on site if you require some additional pampering. You can also golf and sail and jet ski and fish nearby, so there’s no shortage of activities if lounging poolside isn’t your thing.

Sunset at Lakeway Resort and Spa AustinI really enjoyed my stay, from the people to the view to the room service. If you’re thinking of an Austin staycation, there’s still time to enjoy one last hurrah this summer with Lakeway Resort and Spa’s Labor Day Weekend Celebration. For more information on the Labor Day weekend festivities take a peek at the schedule and book your stay at

Carry-on Essentials

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Every month for the past 12 months I’ve been lucky enough to travel. Through lost luggage, broken zippers, and lots of tears, I’ve learned to carry-on only and I’ve gotten good at bringing only the essentials. Since most of what I carry-on is stowed away in the overhead compartment, I make sure what I keep with me at my seat helps cover these basic demands:

  1. Stay comfy.
  2. Stay hydrated.
  3. Stay busy.

Here are some of my carry-on essentials. What do you keep in your carry-on?

Carry-on Essentials

Oversized bag  A must to carry all my essentials…plus anything I buy during my travels.

Scarf & Socks Airplane temperatures can be unpredictable so a large scarf keeps me warm and serves as a pillow when it’s time for a quick nap. Comfy socks make it okay to kick off my shoes and always help me feel more relaxed.

Water Bottle / Evian Facial Mist / Vaseline Lip Therapy I make it a priority to stay hydrated during travel so that I don’t start to feel tired and sluggish. A reusable water bottle doesn’t take up much room and is a lifesaver when I’m stuck on the tarmac or in a cab line,  Evian Facial Mist freshens my makeup and perks me right up, and Vaseline Lip Therapy keeps lips moisturized with a nice rosy tint.

Playlist & Headphones I’m a nervous flyer, so I like to have my favorite tunes at the ready to take my mind off of being 30,000 feet in the air.

Good Book You can only people-watch for so long before it gets creepy, so I always travel with a good book to keep me busy during long flights and delays.

Mints The perfect travel companion, Tic Tac® mints are small and shareable and keep your breath fresh. Wherever you travel, Tic Tac® mints mints can go with you.

Not pictured: Snacks I usually travel with a stash of KIND bars so I don’t have to rely on miniscule bags of peanuts and fast food.

Back to School

I may be well past my days as a student, but I love back to school shopping. The fresh notebooks, new shoes, and sharpened pencils. I stock up on them all.

Here are a few more sophisticated ways to relive the back to school magic as an adult, including some fashionable kicks, a white smile, and a book about improving your life by learning to discern what is essential.

Back to School1. pencil set $9
2. Fossil sling backpack $198
3. Printed Village skull scarf $38
4. Essentialism by Greg McKeown $23
5. Vans $60
6. Paper Source weekly planner $30
7. Marvis toothpaste $32 (for 3)
8. Old Navy varsity tee $13

P.S. After I finished pulling all these items, I realized they are my high school colors. Red and black. Freaky.

Worthy of the Week

Worthy of the Week Back to School Shopping

Worthy of the Week

Book of the Week

As a whole, The Appetites of Girls was an unfulfilling read, but the first section of stories from the four girls’ youths hit close to home for someone with food issues. I could recount a handful of situations from my own youth that are just as subtly striking as those in the book. It’s amazing how those stick with you and shape your life.

What are you reading this week?

Finn and Porter

When I was invited to a tasting at Finn and Porter I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Three hours. Twelve courses. No leftovers.

Chef Peter Maffei has created a summer pre-fixe menu, which is a reasonable $39 per person and only available for a few more weeks, that is both refreshing and decadent.

Finn and Porter Grilled OystersGrilled Gulf Oysters with sake, siracha tobiko butter, and micro celery

FInn and Porter Miso Cured Salmon

Miso Cured Salmon with green onions, purple potato, zucchini, and miso vinaigrette

FInn and Porter Heirloom Tomato SaladHeirloom Tomato Salad with deep ellum blue cheese, aged balsamic, micro basil, and red onion

Finn and Porter Seared ScallopsPan Seared Scallops with shaved Brussels sprouts, and warm bacon dressing

Finn and Porter Crab CakeJumbo Lump Crab Cake with red pepper, celery salad, and Old Bay hollandaise

Finn and Porter Chilled Corn SoupChilled Corn Chowder with jump lump crab, chive, and celery

Finn and Porter Red SnapperRed Snapper with asparagus, cucumber, avocado, spring onion, and fennel

Finn and Porter Sea BassSea Bass with grilled radish, snap peas, salt roasted baby beet, and cucumber

Finn and Porter Lamb Staek FritesLamb Steak Frites with hand cut potatoes and rosemary trubble butter

FInn and Porter Meat TrioTrio of pork chop, filet, and Wagyu NY strip served with a house made bacon and potato terrine

Finn and Porter Fried Brussel SproutsFried Brussels Sprouts with a sweet and spicy dressing

Finn and Porter Chocolate Peanut Butter MousseChocolate Peanut Butter Mousse with banana sorbet and toasted marshmallow

Everything was delicious, which made it easy to eat twelve courses, but there were a few shining stars. For the appetizers, the miso cured salmon was salty and cold with just the right amount of crunch from the purple potato and zucchini. For entrees, the sea bass was like butter with an irresistible crispy sear and the marinated lamp steak frites were savory and tender. And that desert! Toasted marshmallow is the way to my heart. Take note, boys.

In addition to incredible food, Chef Peter, and everyone at Finn and Porter, was an absolute delight. Do take advantage of the summer menu and check back to see what Chef Peter has in store for fall.

Thank you to Finn and Porter for stuffing us silly. And thank you for supporting the sponsors that make this blog possible.