Cue the last minute vacays and cooler temps, because summer is coming to a close. Here, we caught up with seven notable locals to see what they’ve got planned for the rest of the season.
Katie Kime: Cooling Off in Telluride, Colorado
"We'll spend our last weeks of summer in Telluride, Colorado. It's our escape from the Texas heat and our favorite retreat before school begins for three kids and the busyness of fall. We are also house hunting for a vacation home there so it allows us to really get a feel for the various neighborhoods we're interested in. There will be lots of hikes, fly-fishing, and getting our kids outdoors as much as possible. We have our parents join for part of the time and coordinate with other Austin families that will be in the area as well. We look forward to grilling at night and warming by a fire—it gets into the 40s at night in August!" —Katie Kime, CEO & creative director of Katie Kime, Inc.
Adrian Quesada: Relaxing with Family in Sante Fe, New Mexico
"The last few weeks of summer are always exciting and a little bittersweet. My wife Celeste and I usually take the kids for one last vacation the week before school starts, and this year we're heading towards Santa Fe to explore New Mexico a bit. We were looking for something relaxing with lots of outdoor activity, which I'll be needing after coming off a week on an East Coast tour with my band Brownout! I'll be flying directly from our last show across the country to meet up with my sweet little family." —Adrian Quesada, musician/producer & founder of Level One Sound
Turk Pipkin: Prepping to Launch His Wine with Treana Winery
"I'm just back from Kenya where we opened 15 new classrooms and water systems, and am now following up on the launch of new construction there, including three more new classrooms at Mweiga Primary, which was funded by The Nobelity Project supporters and friends as part of my birthday wish in July. I’m [also] preparing for the release of the 2014 Vintage of The Turk Wine, turning wine into water with our great partners, Treana Winery." —Turk Pipkin, founder & filmmaker of The Nobelity Project
Kirsten Dickerson: Working in LA & Green Acres Retreat
"My last few weeks of summer are quite busy, including a photo shoot in West Texas, hosting a slow food, slow fashion dinner party in Los Angeles for the launch of our fall collection, and catching up on a few 'land' projects on our mini ranch known as Green Acres Retreat just outside Austin." —Kirsten Dickerson, founder & CEO of Raven + Lily
Sophie Parrott: Staying Local to Spend Quality Time with Friends & Food
"Plunging in cool waters, making scrummy sauces from my fresh fig harvest, sipping on elderflower cordials and my handmade MoTEAto's on the back porch with girlfriends, enjoying outdoor music all over town, and, of course, planning fabulous upcoming adult Vintage Tea Parties!" —Sophie Parrott, mistress & TEA.E.O of The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co.
Cami Wright: Attending Charity Events in Montecito, California
"I have had one of my favorite summers staying home in Austin this year. With that said, I’m looking forward to spending the end of summer in Montecito, California. Just Imagine It, the children’s charity I founded, has a chapter in Santa Barbara, and Summerland Winery is hosting a fabulous private POLO match to benefit our organization on August 27. It also falls during the world-renowned Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open POLO finals, which is one of the loveliest events in Southern California. I have many friends and family traveling to the event from Texas, and I am so excited that the charity expanded to Austin at Dell Children’s Medical Center earlier this year!" —Cami Wright, founder of Just Imagine It & principle designer at Wright Interiors
Sally Hernandez: Enjoying Family Time around Greenbelt & McKinney Falls State Park
"I will be spending my last few days of summer trying to keep my two kids busy! My husband and I both work in the business (he is the sports director at FOX 7) and have opposite work schedules. We try to spend as much time as a family before the kids head back to school. The last few weeks of summer means lots of exploring, and trying to keep my kids from saying, 'I'm bored!' We plan to hit the Greenbelt and McKinney Falls State Park. It's challenging with this heat so bounce houses are a must for us. If all else fails, my go-to crowd pleaser (of a 4-and 6-year-old) is a good ol' fashioned water balloon fight." —Sally Hernandez, morning news anchor at KXAN News Today