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Robins Nest Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)

Tucked away in a private 'Tree House' on the lake!Breakfast
Join us in the kitchen for wonderful cooking. Sit quietly reading the paper, join enjoyable conversation, or have your coffee and breakfast with the singing birds out on the front porch or the upper deck. A weekend at Robin's Nest takes... [more]
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Austin is the capital of Texas and one of the fastest-growing, most vibrant cities in the United States. Say the word Austin and a myriad of images come to mind: Hip, cool, trendy and high tech.

But Austin is also a city with a rich historic past. Originally a buffalo hunting ground favored by Tonkawa Indians, the first name of the city was Waterloo. This name was chosen because of the abundance of springs and creeks in the area. The city's historical importance comes alive in such places as the Texas State Cemetery, the final resting place of many prominent Texans; Bremond Block, an area of stately 19th century mansions; the antebellum Governor's Mansion; and more than 220 other landmarks. The new Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum chronicles the colorful history of Texas.

Austin is also a very green city. With a river running through it and a mild year-round climate, Austin prides itself on natural beauty. Greenbelts, waterways and pockets of undeveloped land create a unique verdant landscape. With constant 68-degree waters, Barton Springs Pool remains the favorite place in town to cool off on a hot summer's day. Town Lake, the southernmost in a series of seven manmade lakes along the Lower Colorado River, bisects the heart of downtown. Some 10 miles of hike-and-bike trails encircle the lake. Pres. Bush routinely jogged here while still governor of Texas. Farther upstream, Lake Austin and Lake Travis attract boaters, fishermen, water-skiers, windsurfers and even scuba divers.

And finally, Austin is a major cultural hub. It is one of only a handful of U.S. cities with professional ballet, symphony, opera and theater companies. With 20 museums, nearly three dozen galleries and as many as 35 theater companies, the city is experiencing a cultural renaissance.

First thing pick up an Austin Chronicle newspaper. Without it you will be lost. These are freely available all over town. It will be your guide to everything that's going on in Austin from festivals (Spam Festival, Chili Festival, et al.) to music, theatre and food, it's all in there.

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