Leander Mural Adds to Austin Area Insta-Worthy Destinations

What trip doesn’t include memorable photos? They may be one of the best souvenirs you can get on your travels! The hilarious outtakes you and your best friends capture trying to get the one perfect instagram ready picture may actually end up being your favorite!

Adding to the many memorable Austin area Instagram worthy locations is the recently finished Leander Mural located at the corner of Crystal Falls Pkwy and Leander Drive. This community beautification project was sponsored by local businesses and individuals and completed by renowned local artist Libby Bratt and has turned into the local selfie hotspot!

Get the perfect Selfie

Ready to take your trip and capture the perfect selfie? Check out these tips for getting it just right!

  • Pick the Right Time of Day!
    • The sun can be brutal on the eyes and make awkward shadows, aim for early morning, or try hitting the golden hour. The golden hour usually hits one hour before sunset and adds that dreamy, romantic feel to your pictures! Bonus, catching the golden hour for selfies is the perfect time for pre-dinner pictures! Check out this dining guide to see where to head after your pictures to satisfy those hunger cravings!
    • For an even more ethereal quality, trying getting there during the blue hour, though “hour” here is a misnomer. The blue hour is the 15-20 minutes before sunrise or after sunset! Using this delicate lighting can add mystery to your photos! Looking for something fun to do after your sunset photos? Check out local hot spots, like Leanderthal Distillery. A full list of fun places can be found here!
  • Bring Your Sense of Humor!
    • Stiff, uncomfortable poses and forced smiles don’t make the best pictures. Try getting into weird positions on purpose and let the laughter make the photo!
    • Try bringing a prop or pet! It can be easier to relax when you have something to hold or a pet to calm you!
  • Try it Horizontal, we think you’ll like it!
    • You don’t need fancy equipment to get a great photo, your phone camera will work great, but your natural instinct might be to hold your phone the same way for pictures that you do for talking on it. In this case, that might not be the best way to go! Try switching to horizontal instead of vertical!
  • Pick Your Spot
    • The mural is very long, you don’t have to get the whole thing in your photo! Pick your favorite area and zoom in on your gorgeous faces!

We are so excited to be one of the sponsors of such an amazing project! We can’t wait to see your photos! Be sure to tag us when you post them!

Your Ultimate Leander Spring Break Stay-cation Guide

COVID has taken too much from us already, we won’t let it have Spring Break 2021!

If you are like us, the word Spring Break now gives you involuntary shudders! Last Spring Break we began a journey that introduced new words into our everyday vocabulary, like “quarantine” and “mandate.” But we refuse to let COVID have Spring Break again, and aren’t we lucky to have so many amazing places right here in Leander! To celebrate, we’ve created the ultimate Leander Spring Break Stay-cation Guide! 

Your Stay-cation Destination! 

The Leander Holiday Inn Express and Suites

What would a Stay-cation be without a mini-getaway!  Pick a night and check out the Leander Holiday Inn Express and Suites. Even if you can’t travel far, you can still get away! With everything you could want from a Grab-and-Go continental breakfast that includes hot options (did someone say omelets??), to reservable gathering rooms for family fun, the Holiday Inn Leander is just the change of scenery you need! For more information, visit:

https://bit.ly/38teZwE

Shop Local in the Heart of Old Town Leander!

Check out these amazing stores you won’t find anywhere else!

  1. Wildfire Artisans

Have you ever shopped in a vintage AirStream while sipping coffee and eating homemade baked goods? If you have, you know exactly why it’s so amazing, and if you haven’t, it’s time!  Stop by Wildfire Artisans on a Saturday morning to get the full experience and see why the Wildfire Artisans is your new favorite shop. 

With extended Spring Break hours and offerings, this is the perfect time to visit!

Friday, March 19,  2-5 p.m. – Happy Hour Tasting and 20% Off Shopping Spree Saturday, March 20, 9 a.m.-1p.m. – Ditch and Toad Coffee & Cornered Market Bakery

https://wildfireartisans.com

  1. Smooth Village

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can visit Smooth Village and check out the coolest outdoor market in Leander. From food to flowers, this place has it all, and a Leander vibe that can’t be beat.

https://www.smoothvillage.com

  1. Patchouli Joe’s Book and Indulgences

If ever a book store had the possibility of being magical, it’s Patchouli Joe’s! 

https://www.patchoulijoesbooks.com

  1. Casa Costa

All that shopping is sure to work up an appetite! Drop by Casa Costa to grab a sweet treat and refreshing drink, without ever leaving Old Town Leander! If brunch is your jam, Casa Costa is your place to be! Their weekend brunch is sure to please.

https://www.casacostabakeshop.com/

Fun for the 21 and Up Crowd!

Leanderthal Distilling

Be sure to check out Leanderthal Distilling, Leander’s very own Uniquely Texas distiller. Fridays from 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 4-9 p.m., enjoy great drinks and a spirited atmosphere on site at Leanderthal, where they invite you to bring your own food and stay awhile. With both indoor and outdoor seating available, you are sure to enjoy yourself, wherever you’re comfortable! 

For more information, visit:

https://leanderthaltx.com

Amazing Free Activities

Leander is fortunate to have spectacular parks for your whole family to explore! Whether you are looking to rent kayaks or hunt for Dinosaurs, be sure to visit each of these unique parks!

  1. Lakewood Park

Leander’s newest park could be the ultimate adventure destination! Featuring a skate park, kayak launch and rentals, a huge playground for all ages, fishing spots, and an extensive trail system, there is something for everyone. 

https://www.leandertx.gov/parksrec/page/lakewood-park

  1. Dinosaur Hunting

Along the river bed on the South San Gabriel you can see evidence of Leander’s pre-historic community! Enjoy exploring nature and find some of central Texas’ wildlife, but keep your eyes open for DINOSAURS! On the riverbed you can see dinosaur tracks, one of Leander’s great historic sites!  This is private property, so please be respectful of the owners when you visit.

Want to visit more historic sites in Leander? Check out this link:

https://visitleandertx.com/attractions-activities/leander-historic-sites/

  1. Robin Bledsoe Park 

This 16 acre park is home to all the great outdoor activities you love! Whether you are looking for a playground or sports courts, this park has it all! Check out this link to see everything Robin Bledsoe Park has to offer!

https://www.leandertx.gov/parksrec/page/robin-bledsoe-park

Find Something Totally Out-of-the-Box!

Leander is filled with fun places to explore and adventures waiting for you! Check out these great  places that check all the Spring Break boxes!

Isle Acre Farms

Isle Acre Farms has so many activities that anyone can enjoy! You can enjoy a farm tour, a night on the farm, farm classes for the littles and so much more. Check out this link to see everything that’s available!

www.isleacrefarms.com

LifeStyle Photo and Video

Spring Break is the perfect opportunity to book a photo session! Whether you want a family session or just you and your pet, don’t miss this chance to capture the moment! 

Find them on facebook: @Lifestylephotoandvideo

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Nothing says Spring Break like relaxation, and what could be more relaxing than a massage! Pamper yourself with a spa day to unwind and feel your best. With so many ways to decompress, finding your inner bliss will be a breeze.

For more information, visit:

https://www.handandstone-leander.com


We want to see your Leander Stay-cation fun! Drop us a comment when you explore Leander or tag us in your photos on Facebook or Instagram @leanderchamber, or using the hashtag #visitleandertx and don’t forget to follow us to stay up to date on all things Leander!

All businesses featured are members of the Leander Chamber of Commerce.