LODGINGFour Seasons, very expensive; (512) 478-4500. "The Four Seasons is right on the river, and there's a great cocktail lounge downstairs." Hotel San José, moderate; (512) 444-7322. "It's on Congress Avenue, but it's like something you'd find on the side of a highway in the middle of nowhere."

DININGChuy's, Tex-Mex; (512) 474-4452. "A lively, kind of eclectic Austin spot. And their portions are huge." Domenick's Pizzeria, pizza; (512) 477-5877. "The best pizza I've ever had. And it stays open late." Hut's, burgers and more; (512) 472-0693. "They do 20 different kinds of burgers, but I always get the #8, with guacamole and cheese." Matt's El Rancho, Mexican; (512) 462-9333. "They're not afraid to spice it up and give you a little fire." Shady Grove, casual American; (512) 474-9991. "I love to eat outside if I can." Sonic Drive-In, fast food; multiple locations. "I love Sonic. I get to control my climate, play my own music, and when I'm through eating, I don't have to wait for the bill." Sullivan's, steaks; (512) 495-6504. "A lot of times you get those places that everybody thinks are so cool, and you go in there and it's all packaging. This place, the food's damned good."

NIGHTLIFEAntone's Blues Club, (512) 320-8424. "It's great if you really want to go shake it out and break a sweat on the dance floor." The Continental Club, (512) 441-2444. "You're always gonna hear some good music at The Continental Club." Saxon Pub, (512) 448-2552. "It's a dark, smoky little joint, and there's always live music." Scholz Garten, (512) 474-1958. "A big, fun beer garden." Stubb's Bar-B-Q, (512) 480-8341. "I'm not going to say it's the best barbecue in town, but it's a good place to see some live music."

SPORTSBarton Creek Resort, (512) 329-4000. "The golf course has a lot of undulation and they wound it through the cliffs." Del Webb's Sun City golf course, (512) 864-1200. "The back nine at Sun City is damned good." The Hills Country Club, (512) 261-7200. "Has a Nicklaus course with a killer par-3 on 7, their signature hole." University of Texas Longhorn football, (800) 982-2386. "I've got a box at Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium, so I go whenever I can get back for a game."

ONE INTERESTING NIGHT IN AUSTIN "Well, I can tell you one place I don't want to go in Austin: the city jail. I got arrested in Austin for playing some music too loud. It was 2:30 in the morning and I was buck-naked at home with the congas. Had the windows open and a new neighbor who'd just moved in on the block behind me. Until two cops came and arrested me. I was in jail for about 10 hours. What does that say about Austin? You can do whatever you want. Just shut the windows so you don't wake your neighbor."