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Here’s Where You Can Enjoy Summer Movies in Kyle

This is the 19th year the Kyle Parks and Recreation Department presents Movies in the Park, Typically, it’s held on the square in downtown. However, due to anticipated construction, the movies have moved to the lake at 700 Lehman Rd., Kyle, Texas 78640.

About Summer Movies in Kyle

Every summer, the Kyle Parks and Recreation Department shows the latest blockbuster movies on the big screen. It’s free for all ages. All movies are rated G or PG except when noted and they start at sundown.

One thing has changed this year is that registration is required. The city wants to ensure it keeps attendance under control. Visit the Summer Movies page for information and to enroll.

What do you need to know before you go? Bring something to sit on like blankets and chairs. Parking at Lake Kyle is limited, so arrive early. Because the lake is a Nature Preserve, pets aren’t allowed. You can bring food and coolers. There are trash and recycle bins on site.

What’s Playing at Movies at the Lake?

Here’s the remaining schedule for this summer’s movies:

  • June 25: Spiderman into the Spiderverse
  • July 9: Trolls World Tour
  • July 23: (Dive-in at the Pool) Minions
  • August 13: The Croods: A new age

Be aware registration dates close two days before the movie plays.

The Silver Screen: Senior Movie Night

Every month from June to December on the last Friday of the month at 5 pm, Kyle Parks and Recreation Department holds a Senior Movie Night. Movies are shown in the Krug Building, Mary Kyle Harston City Square Park is also known as Old City Hall. The next movie is Instant Family on June 25. Visit the City of Kyle Website to find out what movie will be showing next.

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Check out the Dining Scene in Buda

Kyle is filled with many delicious dining options. But sometimes folks like to venture outside of city limits to expand their experiences to other places. Only 13 minutes from Crosswinds in Kyle, Buda has much to offer by way of dining. The Buda dining scene is hopping as several notable restaurants have chosen to call Buda home.

Here are some places popping up in Buda that are worth checking out.

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

One place has been making the news and that’s Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ (11500 Menchaca Road Austin, Texas 78748). The restaurant has appeared on Season 29 of “Dinners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” with Guy Fieri.

TexasMonthly Magazine also features their Texas pitmaster who is the youngest female pitmaster in Texas barbecue. Eliana Gutierrez is a 21-year-old and learned out how to barbecue from Valentina’s owner Miguel Vidal. And CNN Travel has also featured Valetina’s. The restaurant is in the process of moving to a new location with a full bar. Watch their website for updates.

Shugabees

Another BBQ restaurant and trailer in Buda worth tasting is Sugabees (1750 Farm to Market 1626, Buda, TX 78610) inside of Bucks Backyard. They serve BBQ on homemade tortillas, jalapeño potato salad, smoked chicken salad, spiced beans, mustard potato salad, and Beenana or chocolate Shugapudding.

You can pick up a favorite beverage at Bucks and enjoy your Shugabees in its new indoor / outdoor bar or relax on the back deck that overlooks Onion Creek. They have live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit Buck’s website for upcoming live performances.

Willie’s Joint and Bandit Taco

Budaful foods is the catering company behind the stove at Willie’s Joint (824 Main St., Buda, Texas 78610) and in the Bandit Taco food truck. Willie’s Joint serves up burgers and sandwiches as well as adult drinks. While they’re a family-friendly restaurant, only 21 and older can dine in the 1940s ranch-style house after 10 PM.

If you’re at Willie’s Joint, you can order food online from Bandit Tacos and they’ll let you know when it’s ready. And like its name, you’ll find a menu filled with all kinds of taco options including breakfast tacos. So, you get two-for-one when you go to Willie’s Joint: Burgers ‘n’ tacos!

Mud Bugs

Love seafood? You won’t have to drive to Louisiana for Cajun food. Just head to Mudbugs (306 S. Main St Suite 107 Buda, Texas 78610) for Cajun cookin’ at this old soul restaurant serving shrimp, crab, crawfish, scallops, as well as non-seafood items.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Do a search for Buda restaurants for more choices. But these should get you off to a great start!

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Experience the Country Life Near Kyle

Kyle residents can go from riding in a car to riding on a horse in just 20 minutes. Texas Trail Rides at Lone Star Ranch aims to “Keep Austin country.” They love to say the best way to experience Austin is on horseback.

About Texas Trail Rides

There are few places in Texas where you can go on ranch trail rides on 600+ acres of land in the Austin Hill Country. Texas Trail Rides provides riders with safety gear and lead ’em across the scenic creek into beautiful nature within Austin city limits.

This is a working ranch and they request you arrive 30 minutes before your ride for an orientation. They’ll get you fitted for helmets and introduce you to your horse. Wear close-toed shoes (tennis shoes and boots) and long pants. They also recommend bringing sunglasses and water.

Just browse Texas Trail Ride on Instagram or Texas Trail Ride’s Facebook and you’ll want to be transported there. Horseback riding is their main service, but there is more to be had at Lone Star Ranch for the full Texas experience.

About Lone Star Ranch

Lone Star Ranch has miles of trails, creeks, and fields for a memorable day. Besides horseback riding, they offer archery, fishing, and tomahawk and ax throwing. If you want more firepower, they have experienced marksmen and adventure guides who can create a custom trap shoot.

Want to take horseback riding to the next level? They offer private lessons and an after-school riding program where students can learn barrel racing and dressage. Applying an approach based on an organization called Pony Club, they teach you how to be horse people not just riders.

ATV guided tours take you on an adventure around the ranch. An ATV experience includes safety instruction, ATV instructors, helmets, and fuel. Those opting for a fishing excursion can try fly fishing, bass fishing, or creek fishing. Want to explore the crystal-clear creeks and wildlife up close? Kayaks and SUP (stand-up paddle boarding) are just the ticket.

Their cow-folk can also show you a real-life, private rodeo complete with steers and trick roping! And if you have a larger group, they’ll rustle up some big fun such as Armadillo Racing. For the buckaroos, they have a farm animal petting zoo and pony rides.

Explore the photos on Lone Star Ranch Texas on Instagram to see what waits for you.

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Keep It Kyle Pie Series: Aviator Pizza and Drafthouse

It’s time for another edition of the Keep It Kyle Pie Series that proves how Kyle earned its nickname as the Pie Capital of Texas. You’ll find food establishments and restaurants all over Kyle pushing out delicious pizza and dessert pies.

Next up is Aviator Pizza. You’ll find it at 856 Kohlers Crossing Suite 305 Kyle, TX 78640.

About Aviator Pizza

First opened in 2014, the pizza place is locally owned and operated that offers sourced craft pizza and a Texas craft beer bar. The Kyle location is Aviator Pizza’s third. The restaurant also has locations in Elgin, Austin’s South Congress neighborhood, and Parmer Lane in Austin.

Check out Aviator’s Yelp page with the mouthwatering photos. Looks like a party for the taste buds waiting to happen!

What’s on the Menu at Aviator Pizza?

You’ll find a menu full of specialty pizza options. Aviator Pizza makes all the sauces and uses fresh-made dough and ingredients. Gluten-free options are available in the 12-inch. Check out the South Austin pizza with its red sauce base, prosciutto, goat cheese, wild arugula tossed in their homemade honey balsamic wine vinaigrette.

You’ll find the traditional favorites including vegetarian, Margherita, meat lovers known as Meat Almighty, and Hawaiian. They also have Major Tom with a red sauce base, pepperoni, sage sausage, red onions, green peppers, and fresh portabella mushrooms. Buffalo chicken, BBQ grilled chicken, spinach, and chicken fajita are available.

Another original is Ground Control with many of the same ingredients as Major Tom and adds pit-smoked ham, ground beef, and black olives. Garlic lovers, check out the Flying Garlic with its garlic butter base and grilled chicken.

What do you get when pizza and nachos get together? El Nacho pizza with a red sauce, ground beef, olives, jalapenos, cheddar, and tortilla strips. It’s nacho your ordinary pizza! The menu contains vegan and vegetarian options like sriracha Brussel sprouts and goat cheese. They have vegan cheese for substitutions.

Non-pizza options consist of focaccia, calzones, and salads. The grinder sandwiches are a simple sourdough hoagie. And dessert? Bowl us over with their cinnamon dessert selections. These use Aviator’s crust topped with a cinnamon sauce base and homemade cream cheese icing. OK, we’re done here as we need to run out and get some for ourselves!

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Here are 4 Reasons to Buy a New Home in Kyle, Texas

Looking for a new home near Austin, but in a quieter place with all the charms of small-town living? Come check out Kyle, Texas. You’ll find everything you need to love living and playing in this town is just 20 miles from downtown Austin.

Here are the top four reasons to buy a new home in Kyle, TX.

  1. Live in a Home Built by Carefully-Selected Homebuilders

Selecting Kyle homebuilders to build the homes in Crosswind’s community was the most important thing our team did. We wanted every single resident to get the high-quality home they wanted. Another factor we took in consideration is that everyone has their own tastes and styles. In choosing these builders, we ensured that they specialize in the style you want for yours. Whichever builder you choose, you can count on them to construct a home for you as if it was their own.

Our builders have experience in designing homes for the Texas Hill Country. Designing a home in East Texas requires a different approach than one in the Texas Hill Country. The elements, the environment, and the land are different. These builders architect homes designed to work with what nature offers.

  1. Enjoy Amenities Right Inside the Community

The most important community amenity is one that no builder can buy or build. That’s the natural beauty of the Texas prairies that attract the area’s first explorers and citizens. Crosswinds’ landscape architects worked with the land to bring out its best features while creating a community for families that brings everyone and the outdoors together.

The best amenities are all about the outdoors. The Cove, the community pool complex, is shaded by the live oak trees. The little ones can splash around the wading pool. And adults will relish the peacefulness of sitting by the pool covered by shade. The community intersects with an extensive trail system that allows you to walk along Onion Creek under the live oaks.

The community also features a hall that’s great for gatherings, play dates, or toasting your neighbors. And finally, residents can enjoy a fresh cup of gourmet coffee or tea by stopping at Le Muse Coffee. They also have amazing tacos and a porch with seating.

  1. Gain the Best of Both Worlds Location-wise

Austin is a fun city with so many things to experience. Still, some people would rather live in a quieter place that’s close enough to Austin for an easy trip. Kyle offers the best of both worlds. You gain everything you’ve wanted that comes with living in a smaller town and yet you have easy access to Austin.

  1. Be the First to Live in the New Home

You won’t have to worry about damage from previous ownership. You’re the first one to live in the home. It’ll be in great shape. Most homes tend to be under warranty. The length depends on the builder.

These four reasons are the biggest reasons residents buy a new home in Kyle. Of course, there’s more. Browse this blog to discover all Kyle has to offer!

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Best Hiking Trails Near Kyle

May is a great time to go hiking. Not one bit of winter cold remains and yet it’s not hot as Texas can be in July and August. Here are some of the great places to go for a hike near the Crosswinds Community in Kyle. Many of these are just a 30-minute drive from Kyle.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Starting at Austin’s Zilker Park, Barton Creek Greenbelt (3755-B S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78704) offers some of the best hiking trails in Texas with seven miles of trails. Hiking on its trail, you’ll see limestone cliffs, dense foliage, and bodies of water. Visit the website for its access points and additional information. Kyle residents can go from their doorsteps to hiking within 30 minutes.

Lady Bird Lake

Ten miles of trail awaits you at the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail located at Lady Bird Lake (1820 S Lakeshore Blvd, Austin, TX 78741). People rave about the park’s view of Austin, waterside scenery, and granite pathways.

McKinney Falls State Park

Less than half an hour’s drive from Kyle, McKinney Falls State Park (5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy., Austin, TX 78744) is a sight to see with Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges. You’ll explore a whopping nine miles of trails. If you’d like to push a stroller, there are almost 3 miles of hard surface trail.

After you finish your hike, you might have an urge to take a dip in the water. There’s nothing like a refreshing swim after an energizing hike.

Jacob’s Well Natural Area

Open year-round, Jacob’s Well Natural Area (1699 Mt. Sharp Rd., Wimberley, Texas 78676) features more than 81 acres surrounding the spring. Fans laud its ecological splendor, limestone cliffs, and native vegetation. Every hiking trail has something different to see.

You can finish off your hike with a swim in the Trinity aquifer. Its temperature remains at 68 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Swimming is available between May and October.

Future: Great Spring Trail

While this trail is in the works, it’s worth knowing about as it opens sometime in 2022. This trail is part of one continuous trail that runs from San Antonio to Austin. In Kyle, it will go from the Blanco River and meet up with Plum Creek.

The City of Kyle has already received a grant award for the trail from The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Stay tuned as we’ll post updates when it makes progress.

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Check Out These Awesome Parks Near Kyle

Beautiful weather has finally arrived and we’re all raring to enjoy the great outdoors. Probably more so this year than any other because of all that’s been going on. Here are Crosswinds in Kyle residents’ favorite parks closest to home.

Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park

In 1880, two acres of City Square Park (101 S. Burleson Rd., Kyle, Texas 78640) made up the town center. Today, it’s a park that includes the grounds around City Hall and the Kyle Train Depot. The City renamed the park Mark Kyle Hartson City Square Park in 2011. The park holds marquee events.

Steeplechase Dog Park

Dog lovers can head to Steeplechase Dog Park (135 Hallie Dr, Kyle, TX 78640) with their fur babies. This park features 31 acres of open space and Plum Creek flowing through it. There, you’ll have access to a covered pavilion, playscapes, trails, baseball and football fields, disc golf, and basketball and sand volleyball courts.

Jacob’s Well Natural Area

For ecological splendor just 30 minutes from Kyle, go to Jacob’s Well Natural Area (1699 Mt. Sharp Rd., Wimberley, Texas 78676). The preserve is filled with more than 81 acres surrounding the spring where you’ll find limestone cliffs and native vegetation thriving. Open year-round for exploring, hikers can explore a variety of trails with things to see at each one.

It’s the home of the second-largest full submerged cave in Texas. The water comes from the Trinity Aquifer that flows its way from the underground cave system. The deepest part of the cave is 140 feet deep. Except for swimming, no reservations are needed to visit JWNA

McKinney Falls State Park

Located fewer than 30 minutes from Kyle, McKinney Falls State Park (5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy., Austin, TX 78744) is an oasis where you’ll find the waters of Onion Creek streaming over limestone ledges. This park contains almost nine miles of trails for a memorable hike or bike ride. It also has a 2.8-mile hard surface trail for those who want to push strollers or go on an easy bike ride.

You can also go fishing and swimming. No license is required to fish from shore in any Texas state park. Fans of camping have a choice of more than 80 campsites with water and electric hookups.

Gregg-Clarke Park

The Gregg and Clarke families ensured the community had a large park for recreation and special events. The result is Gregg-Clarke Park (1231-1301 W Center St, Kyle, TX 78640), a multi-use park that includes Kyle Pool, lit softball and baseball fields, tennis courts, a covered pavilion, walking trails, wide-open spaces, and shaded playscapes. It anchors Kyle Pool. Kyle residents can reserve Ash Pavilion for private events.

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Keep It Kyle Pie Series: Ilario’s Italian Cuisine

Welcome to another edition of the Keep It Kyle Pie Series to show you why Kyle is the Pie Capital of Texas. Restaurants and food establishments all around Kyle make incredible pies—both pizzas and desserts.

Next up is Ilario’s Italian Cuisine. You’ll find it in the HEB Plus Center on 5401 FM 1626, Suite 801, Kyle, TX 78640—just 11 minutes from Crosswinds!

About Ilario’s

Ilario is an Italian word that means cheerful, happy, and joyful. The restaurant aims to bring authentic Italian and New York-style pizza to Kyle. They make everything from scratch and use the freshest ingredients because they want your experience to be a joyful one.

Everyone who orders from Ilario’s will be happy. That’s because the Italian restaurant has all the favorites you’d want on the menu.

What’s on the Menu at Ilario’s Italian Cuisine?

Oh, my goodness, y’all! Just look at the photos of the pizzas and pastas. Salad lovers will find a medley of salad options. Popular salads like Caesar, garden, and large wedge are available. A couple catch our eye like Shelby’s Parmigiana Salad named for the owner’s daughter. This contains either Caesar or Garden Salad of your choice topped with golden strips of chicken parmigiana.

The other delicious-sounding salad is Ilario’s Honey Pecan Salad that blends crunchiness and sweetness. It has chopped honey pecans, raisins, and fresh raspberries with balsamic vinaigrette to bring it all together.

A kid’s menu and subs are available with options including meatball, Philly cheesesteak, chicken parmigiana, Italian, and chicken ranch. What’s an Italian restaurant without traditional dishes of lasagna, manicotti, spaghetti, and more? All of them show up on the menu. They also have a “Pasta Your Way” option to build your own or choose from fan favorites.

As for pizza, you can order traditional options or stuffed, like Calzone and Stromboli.  Calzones are similar to stuffed pizza in a pocket. Stromboli is a stuffed roll made with hand-tossed pizza dough, Ilario’s proprietary pizza sauce, and a bevy of ingredients.

And dessert? Mama mia! With chocolate molten lava cake, cheesecake, tiramisu, cannoli, and cheesecake, it’ll be challenging to pick. One reviewer recommends the cannoli. Sounds good to us!

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Austin FC to Start Inaugural Season This Month

We enjoyed the exciting March Madness tournament last month. University of Texas women’s basketball had a good run. And Texas’s own Baylor University’s men’s basketball has been crowned National Champions. Congrats to them!

Now that March Madness is over, where can you get your professional sports fix? How about at Austin FC? The team starts its inaugural season and plays its first-ever game this weekend! Unfortunately, it’s an away game.

Their first-ever home game is on Saturday, June 19. The reason for the long way is because the team needs to recruit and train stadium employees.

About Austin FC

You can see Q2 Stadium live online on the Austin FC Stadium cam. Check out the time-lapse videos to view the progress from day one through today. The 20,500-seat stadium is located in North Austin at 10414 McKalla Place off Burnet Road. It’s less than 40 minutes from Crosswinds in Kyle and the closest professional venue.

Visit the team’s website to see the badge that contains the team’s colors of bright verde and black. The signature color represents the vibrancy and creative energy of Austin. The badge features two intertwined live oaks to represent the Club and City working together as one.

The oak’s four roots symbolize north, south, east, and west Austin combing together. Eleven leaves on the branches reflect the 11 players on the field being supported by fans. The city’s name appears atop the oak trees with FC on both sides of the trees to represent the sport.

Inaugural Season

Austin FC has its debut match against Los Angeles FC on April 17. You can catch the match on Fox and Fox Deportes. Any non-nationally televised matches will be regionally broadcast in the Austin area on CW Austin, KXAN, or KBVO.

The MLS team has a 34-game schedule and will compete in the Western Conference that contains 13 clubs. The Eastern Conference has 14 MLS clubs. The season ends on November 7 with the MLS Cup Playoffs start on November 19 and end at the MLS Cup on December 11.

The team will play Texas rivals FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo FC during Heineken Rivalry Week in early August. View the full Austin FC schedule and the Austin FC roster. Looks like 2021 will be a thrilling year for Austin and soccer fans.

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What First-Time Homebuyers Need to Know

Searching for your new home in Kyle is an exciting time. For first-time homebuyers, it can feel overwhelming. Where do you start? Never fear, here is a simple guide on what you need to know as a first-time homebuyer.

  1. Determine What You Can Afford

Try to aim for the middle of what you can afford rather than the high end. Things happen and there are fees associated with buying a new home. These fees may include insurance, property taxes, homeowner association dues, maintenance, and utility. And the rate varies based on your location.

Zillow has an affordability calculator to help you do the math. You can enter the amount you plan to make on a down payment, your household’s combined annual income, any debt, and monthly expenses.

  1. Find a Trusted Real Estate Agent

Real estate agents do more than help you search for the right home and get you inside to look around. The best ones walk you through the buying process. You also want to find an agent that knows Kyle or whatever location you’re looking into. To find a trusted agent, ask friends for referrals. Interview them before you select one.

  1. Calculate Your Potential Home Loan Mortgage

After you narrow down your list of homes you like, start crunching some numbers. Realtor.com has a mortgage calculator to determine your estimated monthly home loan mortgage payment.

  1. Request an Inspection

Yes, even if you’re buying a new home in Kyle, you want to have a home inspection. While the Crosswinds community has hand-selected the builders with exemplary records of high-quality construction, it’s still a good idea to request a home inspection. Sometimes things get overlooked and the inspection will help find them.

  1. Round up Your Documents Early

When it comes time to sign the papers, you’ll be signing a lot of them. The final paperwork is about the size of a small book. Before you can sign anything, you’ll need to pull together many documents. That’s why it’s a good idea to start this process early.

You’ll need almost everything from the past two years including pay stubs, bank account statements, tax returns, W-2s, statements from any loans including auto and credit lines.

We hope this list will ease the feeling of being overwhelmed as a first-time buyer. A good real estate agent should be able to guide you every step of the way.

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