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Austin, located in central Texas, is the State Capital. The city is located on terraced bluffs along a bend in the Colorado River, about 160 miles west of Houston in Travis County.

Austin became the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1839, then became the state capital when Texas joined the Union in 1845. The writer O. Henry was an Austin resident; the city formed a backdrop for many of his stories.

As well as being a trans-shipment point for a large agricultural area, Austin enjoys a technology-oriented economy based on electronics and semiconductors, computers and peripherals, and software. The University of Texas has a campus in Austin. The city reflects its Hispanic and African-American heritage in food and music. In addition, listeners from all over tune in to Austin City Limits, PBS's country-western show. Austin is one of a few U.S. cities with professional ballet, symphony, opera and theater companies.

Austin Celtic Festival | Austin Yoga Conference | Pat Van Hoy Real Estate Agent | Le Chef College of Hospitality Careers | Southwest School Of Electronics |
Art Ballet Austin Academy | Oliver Art Gallery | The Backroom |
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns Fairview Bed & Breakfast | La Villa Vista | Lazy Oak Bed and Breakfast |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Cafe Serranos | Vincent's | Zoot American Bistro & Wine Bar | South Austin Hospital | St Davids Hospital |
History Neill-Cochran Museum House |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Embassy Suites Austin-Downtown/Town Lake | Holiday Inn Airport Highland Mall | La Quinta Inn Austin Highland Mall/Airpo | Lake Austin Spa Resort |
Residential and Commercial Real Estate Ann Daughety | Cat Summers, Realtor | David Francis |
RV campgrounds and dealers Camper Resort on Lake Travis |
Shopping Micheles Silver Matching Company | Tsar's Jewelry |
Health Resorts and Spas Ancient Way Day Spa | Hands On You Massage Therapy |
Sports and Sporting Events Austin Paddling Club |
Texas Counties Travis County |
Texas State Parks McKinney Falls State Park |
Vacation Rentals The Miller-Crockett House B&B |

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12/07 Coming to The area
Wild Hog Festival and Craft Fair Sabinal TX March22-24 The annual World Championship Wild Hog Catching Contest features a two-person team chasing a wild hog in a pen, capturing the hog, placing it in a burlap sack and crossing the finish line in the fastest time.
Old Settlers Music Festival Driftwood TX April18-21 Central Texas' signature music event featuring Grammy-winning Americana, arts and craft, camping, food, and libations.
Austin Yoga Conference Austin TX May11-12 Mehtab, Kyra Haglund, Charlotte Matsumura, and Gioconda are among the master yoga teachers who will appear at the Austin Yoga Conference.
Cactus Pear Music Festival San Antonio TX July5-15 A classical music festival inspired by the cactus pear margarita.
Texas Renaissance Festival Plantersville TX October12-December1 Men and women decked out in the latest in 16th century Renaissance garb, jousting, juggling, dancing and feasting at the King's banquet hall.