Chet loves Texas and loves Bar-B-Q, which means he considers his job to be the greatest job on earth. Chet is the creator, executive producer, writer, editor, and host of the five-time Emmy-award winning “The Daytripper.” Chet is also a proud husband, proud father of 4, eagle scout, monthly contributor to Texas Highways Magazine, and firm believer in John 10:10 – “I have come that you may have life, and live it to the fullest.” TWITTER INSTAGRAM
It’s the most wonderful time of year and one of the most beautiful. The weather is crisp, and the anticipation of Christmas is felt and shown by millions of lights throughout the Texas Hill Country! It’s a sight you won’t want to miss, so gather your friends and family, jump into your car, tune the radio to Christmas Carols and road trip your way through the Texas Hill Country for the best trail of lights experience ever!
Guest Post from Travelin’ Texan Amanda Waltman
Your first stop is Burnet, TX where the magnificent and historic courthouse shines like a Christmas beacon in the middle of the town square. The impressive display of lights is well worth the visit if that is the only thing you see on your stop in Burnet but if you are traveling through on December 12th, drop by Christmas on the Square where you’ll find Pinterest worthy Christmas gifts, a parade and other free entertainment that is sure to heighten your holiday spirits and get you pumped up for your next stop! Photo by Burnet Chamber of Commerce.
Next you’re off to Marble Falls, TX, a winter wonderland that has been visited by people all over the world, 32 different countries to be exact. The world famous, Walkway of Lights! This merry and bright display is decked with around 2 million lights that glisten against Lake Marble Falls, a beautiful sight to see. Snap a picture with Santa, grab a cup of hot cocoa or warm apple cider and take it all in! Photo by Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Next stop, Johnson City, TX! The Blanco County Courthouse shines like a star in all its glory. With over 100,000 lights on the Courthouse alone. Johnson City has one of the largest and brightest light displays in Texas! The Courthouse is open Saturday-Sunday from 6-9pm, when road-tripping sojourners can stop in to enjoy the splendorous sight of a Christmas tree and lots of Yuletide treasures available for purchase. Before you leave town, don’t miss the Pedernales Co-op’s holiday tradition of 1 million plus lights illuminating an entire block of big beautiful oak trees.
Your last stop is Fredericksburg, TX, a place so full of holiday cheer that they have a Holiday Guide available to plan your visit. Lights abound throughout four full weeks of festivities including: the charming German Christmas pyramid standing 26ft tall, a ginormous Christmas tree, a parade, an ice skating rink, Christmas Balls, holiday shows and more!
Everyone loves a great deal, and that’s why we’ve extended our special $99.00 rate on our next bus tour to Denton.
You’ve seen our Denton episode, now come experience it with ME first hand!
I’m happy to announce that on Saturday, May 4, 2013, I’ll be hosting an exclusive “Day Trip with The Daytripper” to Denton.
We’ll be making stops at Texas Motor Speedway, Babes Chicken Dinner House, Beth Marie’s Ice Cream Shop, and Rooster’s Roadhouse for the infamous HELL BURGER CHALLENGE! And as always, we’ll be throwing in some surprises along the way…
The tour will be departing from KERA Dallas around 8:15 AM and will return around 4:45 PM. Details will be emailed to all participants one week prior to the trip.
$125 $99.00 per person (only for the next 24 hours, expires at 2:00PM, Tuesday, April 23, 2013) and includes transportation, food and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the “BUY NOW” button below. All tickets are 100% non-refundable but are transferable to another person. Event will go on, rain or shine.
Thank you for your support in advance. Your ticket purchase helps us produce quality programming like The Daytripper for public television right here in Texas.
I hope to see you there. ¡Vaya con dios amigos!
If you’ve seen the front of our Subaru Outback tooling around Texas, you might have noticed our “DAYTRIP” license plate.
A 7-letter license plate just like ours can be purchased at MyPlates.com— but here’s the catch. 7-letter license plates aren’t available year-round for purchase. The good news is that they will be available from March 5th through March 11th.
So don’t procrastinate and order your 7-character personalized plates at www.myplates.com or call 888-7MY-PLATES.
MyPlates.com is a proud sponsor of The Daytripper!
by Andrew Ramsammy, Executive Producer
Over the course of filming a show like Daytripper, there comes the occasion where the crew has to overnight in a city or town. One recent occasion was during the filming of our La Grange episode. Instead of waking up at way-o’dark thirty the crew and I headed to La Grange the night before our shoot to get an early start on the following day.
Our accommodations for the evening, which can only be described as heavenly, was Las Brisas Farms in Fayetteville. Fayetteville is just up the road from La Grange and is approximately 1 hour from Houston, Bryan/College Station, Katy, and Austin, and 2 hours from San Antonio.
As we pulled up to Las Brisas the sun was just about to set. The owner Kathy, who warmly greeted us, gave us a tour of the farm. Let me just say that it’s one if the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in Texas. The lush green farm sits on 40 acres of beautiful vistas, gardens and courtyards. The location serves a variety of purposes including hosting weddings, retreats and lodging.
Kathy took us over to her garden filled with pomegranate trees and plum trees. It just so happen that there were some plums on the plum tree, which we ate, and let me tell you they were Texas sweet!
Something that we also learned about Las Brisas and its owners is their commitment to community. Kathy and her husband Eldon are supporters of The Texas Veteran Project. The Texas Veteran Project is comprised of B&B’s, guest cottages, inns, and hotels from Fayetteville and other communities within Central Texas who donate stays at their establishments to for those heading off to war, and as quiet refuge for those who have just returned from the battlefronts. Service men and women are invited along with their spouses to stay at some of the best accommodations that Central Texas has to offer via the project. It’s people like Kathy, Eldon and the Texas Veteran Project who are making a true difference in our state by supporting our troops with a quiet place to rest and relax. God bless them!
As the sun was setting and the Texas sky was turning a deep orange I just couldn’t believe how quiet it was. The only thing breaking the silence was our laughs. Good times were had that evening as we sat out on the porch gazing up at the stars. The following morning was like waking up from a dream. Las Brisas is just the kind of place to escape to when you need a break from life. I highly recommend it.
I’ve got some exciting news. On Saturday, March 2, we are taking our second official “Day Trip with The Daytripper”. It’s a full-on day trip with ME embarking on an epic barbeque tour and I want YOU to come along for the ride.
We’ll be making stops at Snow’s BBQ, Southside Market and Louie Mueller BBQ. Pitmasters from each of these great Texas “Q” joints will be providing us with an exclusive behind the scenes tour on what makes their smoked meats so heavenly. And along the way we’ll be throwing in some surprises!
Tickets are $125 per person and includes transportation, food and non-alcoholic beverages during the tour. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the “BUY NOW” button below. The tour will be departing from a central location in the Austin area around 8:30 AM in the morning and will return around 4:00 PM. Details will be emailed to all participants one week prior to the trip. All tickets are 100% non-refundable but are transferable to another person. Event will go on, rain or shine.
I hope to see you there. Keep on trippin!
As you may have heard during The Daytripper BBQ Pledge Special that aired on your local PBS station, this season one lucky city/town will be chosen by the great people of Texas as a day trip destination for our season 4 finale that will air sometime in late spring 2013.
In addition to this exciting opportunity, one lucky fan (with guest) will be randomly selected to shadow The Daytripper Crew in the actual filming of the show, to take place in the the winning city/town.
Now is your chance to enter these exciting opportunities below:
To enter Viewer’s Choice contest click here.
To enter a chance to “ride along” with The Daytripper Crew click here.
Both contests end February 13th, 2013!
The Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced winners of the 10th Annual Lone Star Emmy Awards at a grand gala at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.
‘The Daytripper with Chet Garner’ took home a Lone Star Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Magazine Program – Series, for its Marfa, TX episode. The Emmy award was presented to Chet Garner (Producer), Richard Lozano (Producer) and Andrew Ramsammy (Producer).
“It truly is an honor to be recognized for a third year in a row.” said Chet Garner. “Of course, we don’t do this job for awards, but the recognition feels pretty great. It’s a testament to the hard work of the crew and the long hours we put in traveling Texas and seeking out authentic stories. We couldn’t do it without the support of our sponsors, PBS stations, and our fans. Here’s to many more day trips to come!”
The show is currently in its fourth season and can be seen on PBS stations throughout the state of Texas. The show was nominated for a total of three 2012 Lone Star Emmy Awards including Texas Heritage – Program/Series and On-Camera host.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, founded in 1957, is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the distinguished Emmy Award. The statewide Lone Star Chapter serves all 19 television markets in Texas, and includes members from TV-related fields including: news and non-news broadcasting; production; post production; education; advertising; and public relations.
You may have noticed that we’ve given our website a bit of a facelift. Okay, a really big facelift!
First thing you’ll notice on our homepage are featured stories on our “carousel.” Here you’ll find our latest daytrips and news on the show. As well on our homepage you’ll see a live-stream from our Facebook page and our Twitter account. If you haven’t followed us on either of those platforms, we invite you to do so. We use Facebook and Twitter to post real-time events and activities associated with the show.
Another great enhancement is overall navigation of the site. We’ve made finding the information you need easier and simpler without the need of a sextant or an advanced degree in cartography by centralizing all of our episodes onto the “DAYTRIPS” page/tab. Click on an actual day-trip location and you’ll find all the info you need on that specific trip, including locations featured on the show, the actual episode, a map of the area and some behind the scenes photos from the shoot. As well, you’ll get more recommendations to similar “DAYTRIPS” with “RELATED BLOG POSTS” and “MORE DAYTRIPS” on the local “DAYTRIPS” page.
And the biggest thing of all – we’ve integrated social media into every page, so be sure to share your thoughts via Facebook and post a Tweet, now all easily accessible from one page.
Special thanks to Libby Peterek, Jesse Overright, and Brionne Griffin at KLRU who helped us with the entire re-design and overhaul of our site. And thanks to Bill Stotesbery and Maury Sullivan at KLRU for supporting this project.
We’ll be working hard to bring you new blog posts from our team as we film new episodes and we’ll feature stories that we believe are important to you.
If you have any feedback on the website be sure to post your comments via Facebook or Twitter below.