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Ghost walk in….Austin


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Allegedly haunted by the original mistress of the house Alice Littlefield. She is variously reported to have been either insane or possibly agoraphobic, whatever the case, it appears that she rarely left the house in life and it is claimed that her ghost still haunts it to this day. People claim to see and hear her ghost restlessly roaming the upper stories and some claim that she will occasionally play the old piano that is there.

I recently did a ghost tour with Haunted ATX…we went to some of the most haunted spots in Austin – check it out!

A Bit More About The Haunted Sites in Austin

Clay Pit Indian Restaurant

Built by a group of early settlers in 1853 as a trading post. It was a business where white men and Indians could carry on their trading. In 1872, O.R. Bertram purchased the building to house his family as well as his dry goods business. Bertram’s General Store occupied the premises for the next eight years. The first floor continued to be used as a store with the saloon in back. The second floor became the Bertram family residence, with a parlor in front and bedrooms in back.

The building continued to serve as a general store in the 34 years following Bertram’s departure. During the 1880’s the State Treasury was stored in the building’s wine cellar along with barrels of gunpowder, molasses, wine, and whiskey. The wine cellar is famous for its double-arched construction inspired by the medieval castles and monasteries of Europe.

Starting in the 1940’s a series of restaurants occupied the property. The first was the Old Madrid Café, followed by the Old Seville, the Old Toro-all popular hangouts for UT students throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s.
In 1977, the building opened as the Red Tomato Italian restaurant and remained for several years. Currently now known as The Clay Pit. Serving Indian cuisine.

The most frequently reported manifestations are that of the sounds of a party going on in one of the upstairs banquet rooms when no one is in the restaurant. Also, in the 1800’s, Bertram’s five-year-old son died from typhoid fever while quarantined in his upstairs bedroom. It is believed that the tiny child remains in his old home, perhaps not understanding that he passed on.

The Driskill Hotel

The Driskill Hotel, opened on December 20, 1886. It was the second tallest building in Austin for many years, the State Capitol Building being the first. Within four months of the Grand Opening, Jesse Driskill was bankrupt and lost the hotel in a high-stakes poker game to J.M. “Doc” Day. The Driskill Hotel closed its doors in May 1887. . Three years later, Driskill died, flat broke.

The Driskills first ghost is that of Jesse Driskill. He makes his presence known by smoking cigars and turning bathroom lights on and off in several guest rooms on the top floors of the hotel. The daughter of a U.S. Senator haunts the grand staircase leading from the mezzanine down to the lobby. According to hotel lore, the senator was visiting Austin to participate in a political event at the hotel. His unattended four-year-old daughter was playing with a ball near the staircase when she slipped, and fell, and died on the marble floor at the bottom of the stairs. Late at night, the front desk staff has heard the child bouncing the ball down the steps as her giggling echoes through the empty lobby.

Suicide Brides

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During the 1940’s a young woman who planned to marry and spend her honeymoon at the hotel met a tragic end by her own hand. After her fiancé canceled the wedding at the last minute, she hanged herself in her rose-filled room. Known as one of the Driskills more active apparitions, many employees and guests have witnessed the sad woman pacing the hallways of the haunted fourth floor traditional side in her wedding dress.

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Bride #2 was a Houston socialite engaged to be married in the early 1990’s. When her fiancé had second thoughts and called off the wedding, the young woman took a trip to Austin to recuperate from her shock and depression. She booked Room 29 on the haunted traditional side and went on a weeklong shopping spree with her ex-fiancé’s credit cards. The young woman was last seen coming out of the fourth floor elevator, arms full of bags and packages. Her body was discovered three days later when housekeepers became concerned that she hadn’t left the room to eat. She was found lying in the bathtub, having shot herself in the stomach through a pillow. She is seen most often during October wandering the hallways in a modern wedding gown and with a gun in hand.

“Himalayan Cedar” imported from the Himalayas and planted on the property of Littlefield House
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Himalayan Cedar Tree imported from the Himalayas and planted on the property of Littlefield House… the most haunted site in Austin
The Driskill Hotel is haunted by multiple ghosts including 2 suicide brides
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A vault from 1890 – original 
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Witnesses at The Driskill report hearing sounds of people upstairs when no one is there, and feeling something they can’t see touching their face and arms. Also, apparitions have been seen sitting in chairs or at windows.
The blonde lady in the portrait is said to have been seen around the hotel
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The tavern is haunted by two Mexican prostitutes who were murdered there in the 1800s
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The Clay Pit is said to be haunted, especially the basement. The restaurant was built by a group of early settlers in 1853 as a trading post 
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The Haunted ATX hearse arriving at Littlefield house

Haunted trinkets at The Tavern
Our Cadillac hearse on 6th street
A Zoltar machine predicts your future at Pinballz Arcade
“The Tavern” bar has a fortune machine on the upper floor

 

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Tropical Paradise in The Heart of Austin


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Lake Austin Spa is an oasis on Lake Austin in gorgeous Austin, Texas! Catch it on a warm Spring or Summer day and you’ll have an almost tropical experience you won’t soon forget.

With crystal blue waters, the lake looks positively enticing as you sit and relax by the pool or on the patio in what can be the blistering heat of the Spring and Summer months.

I personally think this is a fabulous photo shoot location for aspiring models and actresses who are needing new headshots in an uplifting environment. I love the interior design, and the background of the water is just fabulous!

Lake Austin Spa Resort is tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It has been ranked the #1 Resort in Texas & the Southwest by Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.

Tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, our all-inclusive luxury spa resort offers a truly unique experience, where we cater to your well-being and provide a sanctuary for rest and renewal. – website

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Highlights

+ It’s accommodation includes beautifully designed guest rooms, with all-inclusive packages for guests who wish to enjoy gourmet meals, fitness activities and luxury spa treatments along with that.

+ They have 2,3,4,5,6 or 7-night packages available with various room options.

+ They often host expert guest speakers who come to discuss a variety of topics. Conference scheduling can be viewed here.

+ They offer various health & fitness classes, including yoga and cooking demonstrations. View their calendar here.

+ They have delicious resort dining which offers guests various healthy options to enjoy in between treatments. I had the grilled atlantic salmon with fingerling potatoes, fava beans, lemon salsa and the satureja herb cream. See the entire menu here.

Lake Austin Spa
The view at reception
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Snacks are laid out daily
Crystal infused water
Vita Juwel is a new company I discovered while staying here!

Lake Austin Spa

The Conservatory Garden House is stunning

Orange honeysuckle decorates the pergola
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Wonderful Things From The Pharoah’s Tomb


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Tutankhamun Artifacts

I was recently at an iconic exhibition held at The Texas Museum of Science & Technology... “Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things From The Pharoah’s Tomb”.

Skybok produced this 1-minute video profile of it! (see below)

I’ve always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. (There’s a great documentary on Netflix now, search for “Egypt” by BBC Films). Here are some more photos from the museum’s exhibition showcasing exact replicas of the artifacts discovered in his tomb. (A nice website on the exhibition with historical questions answered here). Also, check out 8 surprising facts about Tutankhamun.

Tutankhamun Artifacts

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Experience Austin: Lake Austin Spa


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Lake Austin Spa Resort is tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It has been ranked the #1 Resort in Texas & the Southwest by Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.

Tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, our all-inclusive luxury spa resort offers a truly unique experience, where we cater to your well-being and provide a sanctuary for rest and renewal. – website

Join them on Twitter, Facebook + Instagram.

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