Lauren and I often talk about how fun it is to meet other bloggers, and how much we'd like to meet quite a few of y'all. We've been tossing around the idea of a horse bloggers weekend for a couple of months now, and we've decided to go for it and actually make it happen!
You are invited to an equestrian bloggers weekend in Austin, Texas!
Lauren and I, and possibly the super cool $900 Facebook Pony (depending on the weekend) would like to host you awesome horse bloggers for a weekend of fun in the lone star state.
What happens on a bloggers weekend?
While there's no firm itinerary yet, we have ideas for fun things like group dinners, pony time with the real stars of our Austin based blogs, tack store shopping, Texas BBQ, wine tasting, and of course the standard Austin tourist favorites that everybody visiting the city should see! Mostly we want to enjoy some time meeting face to face and yakking about our favorite subject!
But where will I stay?
The two of us are immediately prepared to host a decent sized group of people. Depending on how many bloggers are interested could mean some creative sleeping arrangements but so long as we don't get 100 million people wanting to come there are places to stay. Essentially, first come first serve on free hotel via the Mauldin Bungalow and Wyvern Oaks. Note that we both have pets (Lauren has dogs, I have a dog and cats) so if you're allergic, you may need to find alternative lodgings.
And if anyone is interested finding out first hand what's involved in keeping your horses at home, I'd be more than happy to roust you out of bed at 6 a.m. on the weekend to help feed. Just sayin'! :)
Chez Wyvern Oaks
What will I have to pay for?
Getting here will probably be the most expensive, honestly. You can expect to pay $200-$300 for a plane ticket to the Austin airport from other major airports. Of course, that varies.
Once you're here, expenses will be pretty minimal. Bring some extra money for food and shopping, but we'll provide at least one breakfast and dinner for all of us one night as well as a lot of shuttle service to and from places. If you want to stay longer or go off on your own, you may want to rent a car.
When is this craziness happening?
That's a good question. We wanted to pick something in the winter since show seasons aren't ramping up across the US, and the weather is really nice in Austin especially for you northern folk. Right now we have a couple of dates in mind:
-($900 FB has a conflict this weekend :( )
Though many places up north don't show much in February, we actually have two show weekends we're trying to work around and of course stuff in our normal personal lives!
Am I really invited?
If you read this blog, interact with me through the comments, email, or on my Facebook page, and promise not to steal either Paddington or Brego - you are invited. Even if you can't come the whole weekend, it would be great for any semi-local Texas people to drive in for the day to meet up!
The blogging community is great, and we don't get much face time. This could be something really cool many of use could treat as a vacation, and who knows... maybe a blogger weekend could be held in your city in the future and we'll show up :)
We've created a little survey for everyone to fill out (please, only fill it out once!) to let us know if you're interested, what weekend would work best for you, and if you'd like to stay with one of us or would prefer your own accommodations. We're super excited about this and hope you can come for a visit!