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So Close Yet So Far Out: A Visit to the Austin Motel

Posted on: July 27th, 2010 by Julia Rocchi

 

Consider the iconic Austin Motel sign a beacon in the dark, lighting the way for anyone intrepid enough to cross the river and explore South Congress.

Its catchy tagline ("So Close Yet So Far Out") and kitschy decor are only part of the story, though. From its earliest days as a San Antonio Highway stop to its current status as a classic Austin image, the Austin Motel has witnessed and participated in a neighborhood's dynamic evolution -- and lived to tell the tale.

Here, owner Dottye Dean and manager Michelle McCormick share that story with Jason:

Meet Dottye, Michelle, and the rest of the Austin Motel staff when you join us in Austin for the National Preservation Conference this October. The early bird deadline is only three days away -- register today!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

Telling Local Stories: East Austin Matters

Posted on: July 22nd, 2010 by Julia Rocchi

 

Ok, ok, we admit it. We're not the only people to capture Austin's interesting stories. Which is why we were so excited to interview Andy Garrison, Radio/TV/Film professor at University of Texas, and Austinite Juan Valadez. They co-founded a course called East Austin Stories to teach students how to tell local stories through film.

Andy and Juan had a lot to share, so we're double-dipping with videos today. Stick around for both parts to get the big picture:

Find your own story in Austin -- register for the National Preservation Conference today. (Ten days left to get early bird savings!)

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

The View from the Airstream: One Austinite's Take On Her City

Posted on: July 20th, 2010 by Julia Rocchi

 

"I don't know what weird is anymore."

If you sold cupcakes from inside an Airstream, perhaps you'd feel this way too. In our next Austin video installment, Jason interviews Megan, who dishes out baked goods and South Congress flair in equal measure as part of her employment at Hey Cupcake!.

Join Jason inside the iconic trailer as he learns that "Austin weird" is a whole different kind of weird ...

I promise more SoCo neighborhood goodness in the coming weeks (mmm, Frigid Frog ...). Until then, get your Austin fix by registering for the 2010 National Preservation Conference before early bird registration closes!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

Take It All In: Conference Details You Need To Know

Posted on: July 15th, 2010 by Julia Rocchi 1 Comment

 

There's so much to take in at this year's National Preservation Conference that our colleague Jason Clement had to climb Mount Bonnell -- 775 feet above sea level -- to capture it all.

You too can check out the spectacular Austin views -- and the most important conference details -- courtesy of Jason's mountaintop camera work. We promise the scenery is even lovelier in person, so share the info with others and save your slot for October!

P.S. We're serious about that early bird registration ... reserve your space AND your hotel room by July 31 for maximum savings!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

Come for the Preservation, Stay for the 'Man-sized' Breakfast Taco

Posted on: July 13th, 2010 by Julia Rocchi

 

As a city, Austin is one in a million, so it's appropriate that one of the local establishments setting it apart is, well, Juan in a Million.

A fixture of the Austin community for close to 30 years, this Mexican restaurant and caterer is known for its "legendary breakfast tacos," a tantalizing mix of eggs, cheese, meat, beans, and anything else you want wrapped in a tortilla. Plus, you can eat it with one hand, which leaves your other hand free to receive a personal handshake from Juan himself.

Our colleague Jason Clement -- a Texas native and budding director -- spoke with Juan earlier this summer about what makes Austin special to him. Check out Juan's response (and a picture of a breakfast taco!).

Since we just gave you a craving a quarter-pound breakfast taco, the polite thing to do is help you satisfy it. And for that, we have only one remedy: Join us at the National Preservation Conference this October and try out Juan in a Million for yourself.

Want to make it happen? Come back on Thursday for critical conference details from Jason as he hangs out 775 feet above sea level ...

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.