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Old 11-27-2013, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Central
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We have a growing reputation as one of the best restaurant cities in America - including three on Bon Appetit's 50 Best in the US. You obviously have a different measuring stick. I love going to New Orleans, and will never step in a museum all weekend. Between eating and shopping and listening to live music, I'm set.

Sound familiar?
Austin has almost no historic buildings of note, let alone an entire district, little distinguishing architecture, the shopping is mediocre and there's not even much in the way of outdoor landscape - about the best you can say about it is - it's nice, considering it's in the middle of Texas.

Compared to the other cities on the list - NY, LA, Chicago, Miami, Seattle, Boston - Austin just doesn't measure up as a tourist destination - that's not the kind of city we are. I mean, if you live in Waco or Temple, it's ok for a weekend visit. Here on Business and want to check out the food and music scene - yeah. If you went to UT, are a longhorn fan and come back for the games - I get it.

But travelers from out of state, coming here for vacation and not part of an event? No - I can think of few places that would be more disappointing in relation to the hype. "Folks, on your right is a Thundercloud Sub shop - they've been serving mediocre sub sandwiches for over 30 years now."
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Old 11-27-2013, 04:19 PM
 
Location: The People's Republic of Austin
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But travelers from out of state, coming here for vacation and not part of an event? No - I can think of few places that would be more disappointing in relation to the hype. "Folks, on your right is a Thundercloud Sub shop - they've been serving mediocre sub sandwiches for over 30 years now."
Nice snark. Glad to see you going back to what you know best. But in that, you are purposely ignoring the #1 barbeque restaurant in Texas, one that was named in the Top 10 New restaurants in America in 2010 and another that won the same award in 2012. For what? Your edifice envy? Feelings of inadequacy towards cities with taller buildings?

You got a position and you are defending it. With nothing, but you are defending it. At least six different national media outlets, with travel editors whose jobs depend on creating meaningful content, disagree. You may know Austin better, but their livelihood depends on knowing what travelers across the country are looking for. And they think it is Austin.

Go argue with them. I'm done.
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Old 11-27-2013, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Central
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Nice snark. Glad to see you going back to what you know best. But in that, you are purposely ignoring the #1 barbeque restaurant in Texas, one that was named in the Top 10 New restaurants in America in 2010 and another that won the same award in 2012. For what? Your edifice envy? Feelings of inadequacy towards cities with taller buildings?

You got a position and you are defending it. With nothing, but you are defending it. At least six different national media outlets, with travel editors whose jobs depend on creating meaningful content, disagree. You may know Austin better, but their livelihood depends on knowing what travelers across the country are looking for. And they think it is Austin.

Go argue with them. I'm done.
I like Franklin's as much as anyone and have stood for several hours in line for it in searing heat and freezing cold - but great BBQ, while great, doesn't make Austin a destination city - it's not.

It does have world class events that understandably brings in people in droves.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:57 PM
 
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I've hosted many folks from out of town that wanted to come check out Austin for what it is.

Hit up lake Travis
Downtown (3 nights minimum. Have to do foodie night, West 6th and Dirty 6th)
Kayak Town Lake
Go float the 'Lupe or Comal
Wine tasting day trip
SoCo
BBQ crawl

That's just a piece of the itinerary of the last visitor, from Boston, who was blown away at what Austin had to do that was so different from what he could do.

So, Kohmet, as always - you've made the mistake of thinking that everyone looks at life through the same tainted, warped, lens that you do. Which is fine - have at it - just know that reality is not in your side. Maybe you should live in your city like a tourist for a week or so, you might find yourself actually enjoying where you live for what it is, rather than constantly denigrating what you think it's become.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:10 PM
 
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I've hosted many folks from out of town that wanted to come check out Austin for what it is.

Hit up lake Travis
Downtown (3 nights minimum. Have to do foodie night, West 6th and Dirty 6th)
Kayak Town Lake
Go float the 'Lupe or Comal
Wine tasting day trip
SoCo
BBQ crawl

That's just a piece of the itinerary of the last visitor, from Boston, who was blown away at what Austin had to do that was so different from what he could do.

So, Kohmet, as always - you've made the mistake of thinking that everyone looks at life through the same tainted, warped, lens that you do. Which is fine - have at it - just know that reality is not in your side. Maybe you should live in your city like a tourist for a week or so, you might find yourself actually enjoying where you live for what it is, rather than constantly denigrating what you think it's become.
Personally, I enjoy Austin but I'd never recommend it as a tourist destination. Perhaps it is because I have had the opportunity to visit places that I consider to be "world class cities" both in the US and abroad and that little itinerary of yours pales in comparison to the things that I have seen and done in other cities.

But I suppose its all in the eyes of the beholder, those who haven't traveled much may have a different opinion.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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For those that need a "destination" to pad their bucket list or make themselves feel better about themselves, yeah, Austin isn't exactly Paris, Rome or even Limerick. However, if you want to get out of packaged vacation routes where the culture has been trampled by hordes of skanky tourists, vendors and their ilk, Austin is a great place to do so.

To each their own, I guess. Has to be a reason why Disney is so big right? Everyone wants an "experience" to feel like their money was important.

It's actually my friends, family and myself that have traveled the most that have the best time in Austin - but, like you said about the beholder and all that.

I will say that you were not there when we floated the 'Lupe and therefore speak directly from your sphincter about what that experience "paled" in comparison to.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:32 PM
 
Location: The Lone Star State
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I've hosted many folks from out of town that wanted to come check out Austin for what it is.

Hit up lake Travis
Downtown (3 nights minimum. Have to do foodie night, West 6th and Dirty 6th)
Kayak Town Lake
Go float the 'Lupe or Comal
Wine tasting day trip
SoCo
BBQ crawl

That's just a piece of the itinerary of the last visitor, from Boston, who was blown away
Heh, blown away? Wow. This person "from Boston" must be very easily impressed. Wish I could say the same of all my guests...
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:14 AM
 
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Eh! Drove up to Austin from SA for the past two days and spent a large amount of time in the famous Austin traffic. Quite miserable! The wife will have to order from IKEA online next time. I did very much enjoy the Russian House.
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Old 11-28-2013, 04:58 AM
 
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Heh, blown away? Wow. This person "from Boston" must be very easily impressed. Wish I could say the same of all my guests...
Maybe you just need to learn how to have fun anywhere.

Or new friends.
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:46 AM
 
Location: The Lone Star State
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Maybe you just need to learn how to have fun anywhere.

Or new friends.
Oh, those of us here like it fine. It's been some out-of-towners who have been underwhelmed.
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