Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk


  • Austin, Texas, USA

Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk is a correspondent who lives in Austin, Texas and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Vanderkolk has lived in Austin for more than five years and has reported on the city’s latest developments for multiple publications. She has previously lived in Boston, New Orleans, Houston and Cyprus. When she’s not writing, Beth is dining out, traveling, or cooking. She’s currently planning a European honeymoon to Paris, the Amalfi Coast of Italy, Rome and Istanbul.

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    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    Austin's "go local" mantra extends to shopping as far as the eye can see. If you're looking for chain stores, head to Barton Creek Mall or The Domain. But you'll find unique boutiques peppered throughout all of Austin's neighborhoods.

    One of Austin's quirkiest stores is Uncommon Objects at the epicenter of South Congress. Here you'll find the widest variety of antiques, decor, and oddities.

    Kick Pleat in Clarksville stocks the nation's emerging designers and features cutting edge trends and unique finds.

    Mana Culture features jewelry from all over the world, made from a variety of materials like bone, wood, gold, and unique stones. They also stock sunglasses, boho-chic clothing, fragrances, and belt.

    Austin's best clothing store for men is Stag on South Congress. Stag's rustic yet classic vibe calls to mind style icons like Steve McQueen and Kings of Leon. Stag also carries shoes, bags, accessories, and personal care items for men.

    If you're shopping for both mom and baby, your best bet is Perriberri in Westlake. From super soft Barefoot Dreams blankets and clothes, to boutique women's clothing brands like Collective Concepts and Subtle Luxury, this store covers it all.

    To hit up multiple shops in one fell swoop, the best shopping districts include the 2nd Street District, The Domain, South Congress, and the Arboretum area.
  • On June 5, 2013
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    What are the best restaurants in Austin?

    My best advice for eating in Austin is to bring your stretchy pants. With so many great restaurants, you're guaranteed to stuff yourself!

    For futuristic Japanese food, visit Uchi. You'll find innovative, delicate, and complex dishes on the menu in a modern yet rustic atmosphere.

    Check out the snout to tail movement at Barley Swine, where no part of the pig goes to waste. This tiny restaurant serves small shareable plates, so don't feel bad when you end up ordering the whole menu.

    For upscale Thai, visit Sway. Large communal dining tables make meals a group experience. If you're looking for a Sway menu suggestion, you can go wrong with the Son in Law.

    For outdoor dining, check out the French restaurant Justine's or Contigo, both located on Austin's east side.

    You can also stick to the downtown scene and visit Austin gems The Bonneville, Parkside, Second Bar, and Swift's Attic.
  • On June 5, 2013
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    What are the best attractions in Austin?

    There's so much to see in the beautiful and quirky capital city of Texas. If you only have limited time in Austin, you'll have to pick and choose how and where you'd like to spend your time.

    If the weather's warm, grab your swimsuit and a towel and head to Barton Springs, Austin's man-made natural swimming pool. It's spring-fed from the Edwards Aquifer and remains between 68-71 degrees Fahrenheit year round. The cool, crisp water provides much needed respite from the Texas heat in the summer.

    When the sun starts to set, find a spot on the Congress Bridge to watch the largest urban bat colony fly out into the Austin sky.  The Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue bridge houses up to 1.5 million bats, and they fly out on warm nights (think March-August) in search of food.

    Get a taste of small town Texas at The Broken Spoke on South Lamar. Here you’ll find cowboys and cowgirls, two steppin’ and authentic country music.  The Broken Spoke has even been frequented by country superstars like Willie Nelson and George Straight. If you work up at appetite on the dance floor, be sure to try their famous Chicken Fried Steak.

    On South Congress, you can find a beautiful view of the Texas State Capitol, as well as great shopping (think clothing and antiques), open-air markets, and great restaurants. Take a break at South Congress’s trailer food park and try some of the trailer treats like cupcakes, crepes, subs, fried chicken, Thai food, and shaved ice.

    A trip to Austin isn’t complete without a visit to Sixth Street. It’s the Bourbon Street of Austin, and you can expect to find themed bars, souvenir shops, street performers, and plenty of people. Whether you’re looking for an upscale restaurant or a dirty dive bar, you can find it on Sixth Street. Just be sure to bring your party pants.
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