Kristin Finan, Austin 360

Kristin Finan

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Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Kristin:

Austin’s Trail of Lights to continue in 2020 as drive-thru-only event

One of Austin’s most popular holiday traditions will be returning in 2020 — but it may look a little different.The Trail of Lights Foundation and the City of Austin announced Thursday that the 56th annual Austin Trail of Lights will be held in 2020 as a drive-thru only event.RELATED: COTA announces new drive-thru holiday event, Peppermint Parkway"What is old is becoming new again and, on behalf… → Read More

COTA announces new drive-thru holiday event, Peppermint Parkway

Get your sleighs, carriages or cars ready — a new drive-thru holiday event is coming to town.The Circuit of the Americas on Tuesday afternoon → Read More

Hamilton Pool Preserve reopens for reservations; swimming not allowed

Travis County Parks announced Wednesday that Hamilton Pool Preserve is reopening, with reservations now available for dates in September. At this time, → Read More

Texas beach escape: 5 ideas for fun while social distancing in Port Aransas

There is something enchanting about Port Aransas.This Texas beach town with a population under 5,000 has been the site of countless firsts for me — → Read More

Beloved Poteet Strawberry Festival canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

A sweet small-town tradition has been canceled for the first time in 71 years due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Poteet Strawberry Festival announced → Read More

Dr. Phil adopts two puppies from Austin-area rescue ranch

Two formerly feral, flea-ridden Austin-area puppies are now calling a sprawling Beverly Hills mansion home thanks to their famous new owners.When television personality Dr. Phil, aka Phil McGraw, visited Leander 501c3 nonprofit Safe in Austin a couple weeks ago scouting for a potential upcoming production, he met a litter of fluffy white great Pyrenees mixes that were being nursed to… → Read More

After wedding postponement, couple floats pool business

AUSTIN, Texas −Amanda Shaftel and Aaron Weiss were looking forward to a busy spring.But when their April wedding was postponed, their trips were canceled and business at Weiss’ company, One Story Productions, slowed due to the coronavirus pandemic, they found themselves with extra time to finally carry out a long-envisioned home renovation — transforming their South Austin backyard into "an… → Read More

Big Bend National Park has partially reopened: What to know

After closing July 2 due to a positive case of COVID-19 within the park residential community, Big Bend National Park has announced its partial reopening. → Read More

Colorado calling: 5 ways to beat the heat while social distancing in Glenwood Springs

The water was waiting.After months of being at home, our family of eight, with six kids ranging in age from 4 to 11, was officially stir-crazy.But we knew → Read More

Texas Renaissance Festival announces ticket sales, precautions for fall season

The Texas Renaissance Festival has announced plans and precautions for its 2020 season, which will run weekends Oct. 3-Nov. 29.In light of the coronavirus → Read More

Unique pools make a splash in Austinites’ backyards amid pandemic

Amanda Shaftel and Aaron Weiss were looking forward to a busy spring.But when their April wedding was postponed, their trips were canceled and business at → Read More

Craving nature? Book now for early fall camping at Texas state parks

If you’re dreaming of cooler weather and the great outdoors, here’s a tip: Make reservations now for fall camping in Texas.Texas state parks → Read More

Yard greeting companies see ’monumental growth’ due to coronavirus pandemic

Call it a sign of the times.As businesses across the country experience layoffs, furloughs and closures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, sales → Read More

Big Bend National Park closes after resident tests positive for COVID-19

Big Bend National Park will close effective July 2 because of a positive case of COVID-19 within the park residential community.No entry into the park → Read More

Why Texas sunflowers could have a particularly big summer

They are a quintessential sign of Texas summer, blanketing our roadsides and rolling Hill Country with wide swaths of vibrant yellow.To see a batch of → Read More

Popular Japanese ’dollar store’ coming to Austin

Attention discount shoppers. There’s a new store in town.A popular Japanese "dollar store" chain, Daiso Japan, is coming to Austin. → Read More

Schlitterbahn announces first phase of reopening to start June 13

The “hottest, coolest time in Texas” is back. Sort of.Schlitterbahn water park announced early Tuesday that its New Braunfels and Galveston → Read More

Pflugerville’s Typhoon Texas water park to reopen Friday

Following Gov. Greg Abbott’s proclamation that water parks may reopen at 25% capacity on Friday, Typhoon Texas in Pflugerville announced on Facebook that it will begin welcoming visitors this weekend.The park, which was formerly Hawaiian Falls and is located at 18500 TX-130 North Service Road in Pflugerville, will reopen May 29. According to a Facebook live from the park on Tuesday afternoon,… → Read More

Want to swim while social distancing this summer? 4 day trip ideas

With temperatures slowly creeping closer to the 100 mark and many local pools still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, many local travelers are looking for places where they can cool down while still maintaining social distance.RELATED: Galveston calling: Authors offer tips for social distancing on Texas coastHere are four ideas for day trips within an hour of Austin where you can swim and… → Read More

What’s it like to be a foster family of 8 during the coronavirus pandemic?

First things first, I need to apologize to my 7-year-old son.I’m sorry that I got overconfident and decided during self-quarantine that I was capable of giving you a buzz cut, and I’m even more sorry that when I did, your head ended up looking like a cross between a soccer ball and a patchwork quilt with all of its uneven spots.“I asked for a lightning bolt,” you said when you surveyed yourself… → Read More