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In a recent article in the Austin American-Statesman, four of the top local concierges were interviewed. They shared their ideas about Austin's best hangouts. Three of them are concierges with the Four Seasons, and one works at the 5 Fifty Five condos, which are atop the downtown Austin Hilton. By the way, if you are interested in purchasing a condo in the 5 Fifty Five or in the new Four Seasons residential project downtown, give us a call or email us soon. Here are some of the responses from the article:

Favorite thing to do in Austin:

  • Hiking

  • Kayaking

  • Boating

  • Attending the opera

  • Art opening

  • Theater

  • Enjoying one of the area's world-class restaurants

  • Walking along the Lady Bird Lake hike-and-bike trail

  • Discovering parks and greenery

  • Enjoying the hill country

  • Blues on the Green in Zilker Park (free concert)

Best live music:

Coffee break:

Barbeque joint:

Best Tex-Mex:

  • Matt's El Rancho - "best in the West"

  • Vivo's - "healthiest Tex-Mex food you can get"

  • Z Tejas on 6th Street

Natural Setting:

  • Mount Bonnell

  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

  • Wild Basin Preserve

  • Bull Creek Preserve

  • Trails at Pedernales Falls

  • Enchanted Rock

Place to see art:

  • Blanton Museum (3 out of 4 votes!)

  • Kathy Womack Gallery

Breakfast Place:

  • Las Manitas - "warm and friendly" "I have sent about 200,000 people there"

  • The Omelettry - "very Austin, unpretentious"

Dinner with friends:

  • Wink

  • Vespaio

  • Shady Grove

  • III Forks - "welcoming, not rushed; simple, American food"

  • Roy's - Hawaiian cuisine

  • Eddie V's

  • Truluck's - seafood

  • Habana - great ethnic food

Romantic dinner:

  • Jeffrey's

  • Hudson's on the Bend (2 votes out of 4)

  • Aquarelle - "traditional French, quiet"

  • Wink - "intimate setting"

Place to see a movie:

  • Alamo Drafthouse (3 votes)

  • Arbor Cinema - "penchant for foreign films"

Place people should know about:

  • Barton Creek Greenbelt

  • Mandola Winery in Driftwood

  • Aquarelle

  • Wink (again)

  • Picnicking on the grounds of the State Capitol - "like Central Park"

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