Austin has gained a quirky reputation and, to their credit, they have leaned into it. The city’s unofficial motto for the past 20 years has been, “Keep Austin Weird.” The city is often hailed as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” thanks in large part to its award-winning Austin City Limits broadcast and musical festival. Austin is also home to South by Southwest (“SXSW”), a 10-day annual festival that celebrates music, film, and tech. Austin also features a remarkably diverse food scene, with small, locally-owned restaurants (and food trucks) taking precedence over national chains. Summers are hot by national standards, but surprisingly moderate by Texas standards, thanks in part to the rolling hills that surround the city. Winters are typically sunny and mild, with a “violet crown” of light gliding over the hills during the evening.