51 Things to do in Georgetown, TX!

Georgetown – that quaint little town 30 miles north of Austin – isn’t as sleepy as it used to be. In fact, it’s exploding with food, outdoors and culture. If you haven’t been yet, well here are 51 ideas to get you motivated.

1. Take a stroll around the Georgetown Square (known as the “most beautiful” in Texas)

Blue Hole

2.  Dive into the cool waters of Blue Hole

3. Frolic in the Poppies in the “Red Poppy Capital of TX”

4. Dine on interior Mexican food with a view of the river at El Monumento

5. Sip a glass of some of Texas’s finest wines at a local winery

6. Take a break on Friday evening with Music on the Square

7. Explore underground at Inner Space Caverns

8. Saddle up to the bar and enjoy a slice of pie at Monument Cafe

9. Learn about Dan Moody, Texas governor and prosecutor of the KKK, at the Historic Williamson County Courthouse

The Square at Christmas

10. Wander through the twinkling Square at Christmastime

11. Burn your taste buds off with Mikey V’s Hot Sauce

12. Have a picnic in the park

13. Grab a gourmet slice of pizza at 600 Degrees

14. Sip a margarita and watch the sunset at Dos Salsas

15. Discover your inner child with toys, candy and ice cream at All Things Kids

Three-legged Willie

16. Enjoy Texas craft brews with the locals at Mesquite Creek Outfitters

17. Paddle the San Gabriel River

18. Take a picture with three-legged Willie

19. Cruise around town with a bike from the Visitor Center

20. Follow the scent of meat and chow down at Black Box Barbeque

21. Tour the historic and picturesque Grace Heritage Center

22. Graduate with a degree in Burger Consumption at Burger University

Inner Space Caverns

23. Have a romantic date night at Wildfire or The Hollow

24. Enjoy brunch with a view at Gumbo’s

25. Check out the artwork and statues around town

26. Test your strength at the Georgetown Challenge Course

27. Explore the river from the hike and bike trail

28. Eat your weight in breakfast tacos at El Charrito

Mikey V’s Hot Sauce

29. Walk through a Winter Wonderland at the Christmas Stroll

30. Get away for the weekend at one of Georgetown’s unique hotels

31. Have the time of your life with live music, a craft fair and more at Red Poppy Fest in April

32. Shop till you drop at Wolf Ranch Town Center

33. Feed ducks at San Gabriel Park

34. Experience unique artwork at the Georgetown Art Center

35. Paint your own masterpiece at Pinot’s Palette

Georgetown Challenge Course

36. Find gifts, gadgets and goodies at the shops on the Square

37. Cool off in the summertime with an icy treat from Hula Cowgirl Shaved Ice

38. Rock out on custom guitars at Ken’z Guitars

39. Grab a sweet treat that’ll have you saying “ooh la la” at Galaxy Bakery

40. Soak up the sun on Lake Georgetown

41. Drink an ice cold beer on tap at Rentsch Brewery

42. Explore the beauty of Southwestern University, the oldest in Texas

43. Get fitted for a true cowboy hat at Nathaniel’s Custom Hats

El Monumento

44. Go fishing for a whopper

45. Enjoy a cup o’ Joe and a conversation at Cianfrani

46. Hit the Georgetown Rodeo in June

47. Learn about Georgetown and the county at the Williamson Museum

48. Catch a play at the Palace Theater

49. Rent a stand up paddleboard and SUP Lake Georgetown

50. Make a splash at the Downtown Splash Pad

51. Relax and have the time of your life

This list is just a small taste of the adventures you’ll find in Georgetown. For more information, watch the new GTX Trippin’ video or head to Visit.Georgetown.org.

11 Gifts for your DadTripper

Here at The Daytripper, we love DADS and understand that they are essential to trippin’ the great state of Texas. We wouldn’t be here, ourselves, if it weren’t for all the cheesey jokes, road trips, and constant support from our own fathers. So we’ve rounded up some of the greatest Texified gifts for Dad that we could find in the Daytripper General Store. It’s time to show the Dadtripper in your life how much you love him — corny jokes and all!

AND to make it a little easier for you, ALL DAYTRIPPER-BRANDED ITEMS are 20% OFF until Tuesday, June 13 at noon. Just use the Promo Code: DADTRIPPER at checkout! **DISCLAIMER: We CAN’T guarantee that your gift will make it in time for Father’s Day, but we CAN guarantee that your dad will be happy with his gift, so shop on!

These Gifts For His Favorite Drink

If Dad’s favorite thing to do after a long day is recline with a cold beer, then he’ll love the Daytripper Koozie and Stainless Steel Pint Cup! With the pint cup and koozie, his drink will stay colder longer on those blazing hot days and every one will know that he’s a Tripper too! And you can get these 20% off with the code: DADTRIPPER.

This Book Chock Full of Dad Facts

Is your dad the kind of guy who must stop and read every historical sign, building and marker along the way? Does he have random but interesting facts about every town, site and city? Then this is the perfect trippin’ guide for him. History along the Way goes deep into the stories of more than 100 roadside historical markers, so he’ll be able to stock his supply of dad facts.

These Nalgene Bottles Perfect for Barbecuing or Exploring

We all know it’s important to stay hydrated, and that goes for dad, too! Whether he’s sweating by the smoker filled with brisket or exploring one of the beautiful state parks in Texas, this Daytripper Water Bottle will keep him and his water nice and cool. So head on over to the store and getcha one with the discount code: DADTRIPPER.

This Perfect DadTripper Road Snack

Whether dad’s hitting the road with you and the family for a trip across Texas or traveling for work, he deserves a snack that’s just as awesome as he is! So buy him a few packs of Whittington’s Jerky — which is slow-smoked, all natural and very flavorful, and has been around for over 50 years! In our store, we’ve got Hot and Original Beef, as well as traditional Turkey.

These DAD-WORTHY Hats

Dads love hats — it’s been scientifically proven (not really) so buy one of these AWESOME Daytripper Hats for your Dadtripper! We’ve got Daytripper logo hats in brown and navy and a Texas flag hat over at the store, so check ’em out and use the code: DADTRIPPER to get the hat 20% OFF!

  This Book About his Favorite Parks

If your Dadtripper has climbed every rock, swam in every river and hiked every trail of Texas’s great State Parks, then give him this book where he can take his outdoor love one step further, and learn the history behind each of these parks and how many of them got their starts.

These Dad-Joke Journals

If Dad’s chockful of corny dad jokes, then help him keep up with all his funnies in one of these Daytripper Journals. These Leeman New York Tuscany writing journals feature a soft faux leather, so dad will feel like a real Indiana Jones whether he’s tripping Texas, jotting down his ideas for the next trip or just gathering all his best dad jokes in one epic notebook! And best of all? It’s 20% off with the code DADTRIPPER.

 

This Manly Gift for his Beard

Perhaps the way to Dad’s heart is actually through his beard. Then show that you care both about him and his facial hair with Skinny’s Beard Balm. With a smooth face and a perfectly sculpted beard, your Dadtripper will be both happy and in style!

This Magical Manly Shirt

The Jackalope is basically the Dad-version of the Unicorn. If he’s a true believer in the ever-illusive mystical, magical Texas creature then help him show it off with this one-of-a-kind Jackalope Daytripper shirt. Get it 20% off with the code DADTRIPPER!

This Hairy Shirt

If your dad is a bearded-wonder, he’ll surely enjoy this shirt promoting a bearded Texas! Help dad “Keep Texas BEARD” and show off his love of facial hair by clicking HERE.

A SUPER AWESOME DAYTRIPPER SHIRT!

Get your Dadtripper a Daytripper shirt to show off his love of Texas travel! With 9 various styles and colors, there’s sure to be something your Dad will love! So head on over to the store and be sure to use the promo code DADTRIPPER at check out to get your Daytripper items 20% off!

New Video and #GTXTrippin CONTEST

Trippers, we recently had the honor of creating a new video for our beloved hometown of Georgetown highlighting lots of the AMAZING things to do in Georgetown — and trust us, there’s TONS to do.

You can watch the video below, BUT what’s even more awesome?? We’re doing a CONTEST you can enter to win a #GTXTrippin Gift Basket filled with both Daytripper and Georgetown swag!  All you gotta do is head to Georgetown’s website and identify the five pictures of different places around town. If you guess all five correctly, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win the basket o’ swag AND every entry will receive a “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” koozie! So what are you waiting for?? CHECK IT OUT!

Trippin’ the “Texas Monthly” Top 50 BBQ List

Well, it happened again – Texas Monthly’s dropped their Top 50 Barbecue Joints list and the world went crazy. Not only did we get some new ideas for future trips, but we’re drooling over the sweet memories of moist meats, heavenly scents, and barbecue comas that we’ve experienced at some of the joints on the list that we’ve already visited, both on the show and in our free time!

To let you reminisce with us, we’ve compiled some clips and photos below. Check ’em out to experience these joints through the lens of “The Daytripper.” Just don’t lick the screen — you can’t taste these meats. Trust us – we’ve tried. But if you concentrate real hard, you can smell ’em….promise.

Here are some of the places we’ve visited on the show.

Louie Mueller BarbecueTaylor, TX (5th on the List)

Tejas Chocolate Craftory – Tomball, TX  (6th on the list)

Pecan LodgeDallas, TX

Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-QueLlano, TX

Kruez MarketLockhart, TX 

City Market Luling, TX

Here’s a few more we’ve been to but haven’t featured on the show!

Snow’s – Lexington (1st on the List)

Franklin BBQAustin, TX (2nd on the List)

Hays Co. Bar-B-QueSan Marcos, TX

Miller’s SmokehouseBelton, TX

Others we’ve visited include:

La Barbecue, Austin, TX; Stiles Switch BBQ, Austin, TX; Lockhart Smokehouse, Dallas, TX; Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ, Tyler, TX;

Which restaurants have you tried?  Which are you dying to try?

Behind the Scenes in Laredo, TX

You’ve seen the Laredo episode, now peek behind the scenes to see just how wacky the crew got as they filmed the episode.

Watch the Laredo Promo here!

Kickin’ it in Kerrville!

Kerrville is a part of the Hill Country that often gets passed by in favor of the burg to the north flowing with wine and German cuisine and its southern neighbors where the Frio runs clear. So I decided to give this town a chance, and I actually discovered that it doesn’t get enough credit for how cool it is.

Just like any Central Texas town, it’s got those hilly green valleys that roll through town, and it’s situated right on the pristine Guadalupe River — and if the nature’s not enough to get you there, there’s plenty to do in town!

As any great day trip should, I started my journey through Kerrville at the Hill Country Cafe. Small though it was, this nondescript building on Main Street was packed with folks grabbing a bite to eat before heading to work. It’s got all the classic decor and the overflowing breakfast plate of country chow we’ve all come to know and love at hometown cafes.

After scarfing down as much as I could of this countrified breakfast (which was probably about half), I discovered a newspaper article near the cash register proudly claiming that this cafe sits in the spot where Mrs. Florence Butts opened the first HEB in1905!

Next, it was time to tackle the main event: the James Avery Headquarters and Museum. Yes, before he was selling his famous silver bracelets and necklaces nationwide, James Avery was working out of his garage in Kerrville and selling his jewelry out of a cart in local neighborhoods and at nearby church camps.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect — a giant store, maybe a small museum? But let me just tell you — the headquarters is basically what I picture heaven to be like. Tucked away in rolling green hills of an old farm alongside duck-filled ponds, just driving around the campus, itself, is a glorious escape, but the real treasure is inside the on-site store.

Attached to the store is an awesome museum about James Avery’s life, including the bench where he used to work and some of his workshop tables that seem completely untouched, as if Mr. Avery might just walk right in and pick up where he left off.

For all you of who aren’t Avery-fanatics, there are exhibits on the jewelry-making process from sketching out new ideas and making models to the finished products. You’ll even see a haunting handwritten note from space shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband’s wife, Evelyn, which James received just two days before the space craft burned upon re-entry. In the note, she thanked him for the two silver charms he designed for Rick to take to space in honor of their family.

Out back of the store is a wide porch with a sweeping view of the Hill Country, but I was ready to get a little deeper into nature at the Riverside Nature Center. Inside the Center, they’ve got exhibits about the native plants of the area, but my favorite part was the Certified Butterfly Garden. Not only was it filled with Texas wildflowers and plants, but it was fluttering with butterflies!

I wandered back behind the Center to find that it is connected to the Kerrville River Trail which runs throughout the city along the Guadalupe River. What an awesome retreat in the heart of the city!

Heading back into downtown, I stumbled upon what may be one of the few remaining Gibson’s Discount Centers — a one-stop shop that started in Abilene in 1958 and grew to be a favorite store nationwide in the 60s and 70s. The famous chain eventually died out due to competition with Kmart and Walmart, but Kerrville’s little discount center still remains as a proud, over-packed and adoringly discounted relic of the “good old days.”

Next, I decided to explore downtown which wasn’t quite bustling yet. Down this little street right next to the Guadalupe (aptly named Water Street), I found the famous Grape Juice wine bar with a patio that backs up to the river. Word to the wise, get here early and be prepared for a long wait because the locals love this place!

On my way out of town, I stopped by the Museum of Western Art on the other side of the river. It was a beautiful gallery full of works (both paintings and bronze statues) depicting daring cowboys and life on the wild frontier! Out on the back patio, I took in the view of the sprawling hills.

Sure, its neighboring towns may get all the press, but Kerrville is a city truly deserving of recognition. It’s a little bit of everything all mixed together in one picturesque setting. Whether you’re a history buff, an art fanatic, James Avery’s biggest fan or just looking for a fun way to spend the day, this is the place for you!

15 Festivals to Kick Off Your Summer!

Summer is so close, you can taste it (and feel it in those blazing 87 degree days) — but it’s still spring. Instead of getting the summer blues, check out this list of 15 rockin’ festivals around the state to keep you partying until spring is over and help you welcome in the gloriously hot days of summer!

Taste of Irving – May 20

Picture by City of Irving.

Food is the big event at this festival (and that’s honestly the best part of any festival, right?) Sample gourmet dishes from 24 local restaurants, purchase some of their signature dishes for only $5 and watch food demonstrations by chefs from the Art Institute of Dallas’s International Culinary School! Besides the food fun, there will also be live music, a craft show and a fun zone for kids!

Scarborough Renaissance Festival – until May 29

Picture by Pongo.

Jousting knights,  mystical mermaids, dazzling princesses, epic sword fights…sound like a fantasy? It’s also a normal day at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie. Step into an enchanted fairytale and become a part of the magic at this recreation of a 16th Century English Village under the reign of King Henry VII. From sword fights and historic demonstrations to all the food you can imagine (including giant turkey legs), this festival is one awesome adventure! And with themed weekends, you never know what you’ll discover!

Kerrville Folk Festival – May 25 – June 11

This is one festival that keeps rockin’ and rollin’ — for 18 continuous days! Join Kerrville in this huge gathering of singer-songwriters for TONS of live music as well as multiple workshops including blues guitar, ukulele and songwriting workshops! To add to the musical fun, there are also Canoe Trips on the Guadalupe each Friday and a 26-mile Hill Country bike ride every Saturday. Hit up the festival on Memorial Day weekend to take part in the Texas Wines & Texas Craft Beers seminars!

Houston Greek Festival – May 19-21

Picture by Alexandra Maria Photography.

It’s time to get your Greek on at this Houston fest where you can learn all about the Greek culture. Enjoy traditional dances, handmade Greek crafts and jewelry, a Non-Greeks dance competition and, of course, all the delicious Greek foods and pastries! Ticket proceeds from this year’s festival benefit the Ronald McDonald House Houston.

National Polka Fest – May 26-28

Picture by Ashley Colunga.

Grab your dancing shoes and head to this festival celebrating Polka music and the Czech heritage! The festivities start on Friday night with a Polka dance and guests are encouraged to wear traditional Czech costumes. The fun continues on Saturday and Sunday with a parade, live Polka music, kolache-eating contests and so much more! You’ve gotta “Czech” it out!

Big Pines Blues Festival – June 2- 3

If there’s two things you can count on finding in Longview, TX, it’s BIG pines and a BIG sound! Since 2006, this Blues festival has been showcasing blues legends and newcomers, alike! The festival begins with performances by new artists on Friday night. On Saturday, enjoy music by 2016 Blues Hall of Fame member Elvin BishopJohnny and the Nightcrawlers, and Jimmy Wallace and the Stratoblasters!

West Texas Swing Festival – June 7-10

Picture by Snyder Chamber of Commerce.

Grab your boots and dance partner and make your way out west to Snyder, TX for this weekend celebrating the official music of Texas: Western Swing! Dance the days away to live music by Rance Norton, Jody Nix, Jake Hooker and more! Besides tons of two-stepping, you can also browse through the Craft Fair!

Chisholm Trail Round-up – June 8-10

This festival is a Rodeo, mixed with a Carnival in the Barbecue Capital of Texas — Lockhart! Join the community for three days of fun, food, craft fairs, washer throwing and golf tournaments! There will also be live music by country artists including Justin TrevinoNathan Colt Young and Reckless Kelly.

Shrimporee – June 9-11

With a name like that, you know this is gonna be one EPIC festival. Head to Port Aransas on June 9-11 for shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp. At this coastal celebration, you can enter a shrimp eating contest, enjoy a shrimp boil, watch the Miss Shrimporee Contest or even partake in the Outhouse Race! Or you can just grab a shrimp cocktail and relax to live music from over a dozen musicians!

Blanco Lavender Festival – June 9

Picture by Willard Gibbons.

This may be one of the best smelling festivals in Texas! Blanco is hosting its 13th Annual Lavender Festival, and it’s your one-stop shop for all things lavender! There will be a lavender market outside the Historic Old Blanco County Courthouse, but you can also visit the local farms to see the lavender growing, and possibly even pick your own! Attend the lectures by guest speakers about lavender, gardening and bee-keeping, or relax with a “Lavender Lizzie” from Real Ale Brewing and listen to live music.

Wine & Clay Festival – June 10-11

Enjoy a luxurious evening in the Texas Panhandle! Sip some of Llano Estacado Winery’s finest wines in Slanton, TX while you view artworks, handcrafted jewelry, pottery and more!

Jacksonville Tomato Fest – June 5 -10

Picture by April Barbe.

Join the folks of Jacksonville, TX, for their 33rd Annual Tomato Fest when the mayor proclaims the city “Tomatoville” for the week! There will be all sorts of fun events (like a Dodgeball Tournament on Tuesday and a Golf Tournament on Friday) leading up to the big festival on Saturday! The Tomato Fest will be ripe with all kinds of opportunities to enjoy tomatoes, including Tomato Eating, Salsa and Home Grown Tomatoes Contests. The kids can also join in the fun with Tomato Peeling, Tomato Shoot and Tomato Packing Contests. And of course, you can gorge yourself on fried green tomatoes among other delicious foods!

Boerne Berges Fest – June 16-18

Picture by Boerne Berges Fest.

Boerne is hosting its 51st Berges Fest and you’re invited to help them honor all things German! There will be a Parade to kick-off the festival, then throughout the weekend activities include a Bratwurst Eating Contest, Daschund Races, a Root Beer Drinking Contest, Wheelbarrow Races and more! There will also be a carnival and live music.

Stonewall Peach JAMboree – June 16-17

Picture by Stonewall Chamber of Commerce.

If you love peaches, this is the JAMboree for you! At this fest in Stonewall, you’ll find peaches galore in the form of ice cream, cobblers and, of course, fresh peaches. Compete in the peach salsa, baking or preserves contests to put your peachy skills to the test, hit the rides at the carnival or stop by the rodeo to watch the mutton bustin!

Bandera Riverfest – June 24

Picture by Jackie Demers.

Mosey on down to Cowboy town to join in the fun on the Medina River. You’ll find a little bit of everything — from a water-themed rodeo (with events like “tube roping”) to contests for your furry friends (Water Fetch competition anyone?). Show off your talent at the Bandera Idol competition, or your food-eating skills at the Watermelon or HotDog eating contests! Add in a BBQ Cook-Off, the “Anything That Floats” Regata and an Arts & Craft Show, and you’ve got yourself an epic day!

Behind the Scenes in Mt. Pleasant, TX!

Things get pretty crazy behind the scenes of The Daytripper! Check out this exclusive look at our time shooting the Mt. Pleasant episode in this behind-the-scenes video!