On TOUR: Austin to Destin

Austin was the PERFECT place to experience my first World Golf Championship. What a city! Texas: with an edge.

Dell Technologies invited me out to the World Golf Championships- Dell Technologies Match Play to help them put together a series of videos for their social media outlets that week.

It was fun to feature the nuances of the tournament, the gorgeous Austin Country Club & the Austin flavor. We even filmed on a boat on Lake Austin and I got to hop on a lawn mower for the shoot!

The former, was quite the adventure in itself. We got a police escort from the banks of the tournament course to our pontoon boat out in the lake. Unreal! The police officers were so nice to do that for us! (And it was pretty fun)

Lake Austin is what makes Austin Country Club so scenic, with the tournament’s back-nine (front-nine during the rest of the year) bordering Lake Austin – the 360 Bridge and rolling hills of Texas take your breath away as you make your way through holes 12-15.

I was able to experience downtown Austin, TX, one evening during my short trip – of course grabbing some famous Texas BBQ and heading downtown to check out the bar/restaurant scene and catch some live music.

The city’s slogan is “Keep Austin Weird” because it really is a lot different than anywhere else in the state — almost like a West Coast vibe in the South. Between Austin’s many lakes/outdoor adventures and its urban art scene – it is quite the unique and fun destination.

South by Southwest was there the week prior to the tournament coming to town, but Rainey Street was still hopping on the Tuesday night when we went exploring. Before you go searching for live music, you MUST get some barbeque. The famous spot is Salt Lick BBQ, and Franklin’s is another locals recommend — but we ended up at a little mom-and-pop and it was delicious too!

6th Street is the place to be on the weekends if you are looking for the most active and college-like bar scene, but Rainey Street is a little more low-key – with it’s own unique charm. A row of old houses, turned into restaurants and bars – complete with courtyards for outdoor seating and space to play yard games with stages setup for local bands – this was the perfect spot for our group to enjoy Austin for an evening.

The great outdoors, live music, good food & fun: I would definitely love to go back to Austin with a little more time to spare for exploring.

If you can’t tell by my blog, my exploration never ends. A week later a friend of mine was in Destin, FL, for a family wedding – so I decided to make the five-hour drive from my home in Jacksonville to visit her on my weekend.

It had been about 10-15 years since I had been to Destin, but I was excited to get back to the white sand, gorgeous beaches and bright blue water. It did not disappoint! Although much of Destin is overgrown with tourism, there are still some great spots.

We were lucky enough to stay in a village right off the beach, with just a short eight-minute walk to the ocean — which is pretty much all we did! Sometimes you just need a few days where all you do is lay around on the beach (remember to bring your sunscreen, though!).

If you do ever make it off the fluffy white sand, a trip to the little beach town of Seaside is so worth it! Such a cute spot with a downtown circle right off the water. You can have your choice of upscale seafood, food trucks, ice cream, local shops and more. I highly recommend it! (Jim Carey’s “The Truman Show” was filmed there.)

I hope your Spring Break treats you well too!

 

About Teryn Gregson

Teryn Gregson (formerly Schaefer) is an award-winning journalist, golf presenter, on-camera host, wife and blogger. Connecting with golf fans world-wide, Teryn is best known for her role as a broadcaster for the PGA TOUR.