Season 6 – Port Lavaca

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In case you missed it, we went to “Port Lavaca” on the Daytripper.  Along the water’s edge of Matagorda Bay, we explore the food and history of this coastal town.  From La Salle’s landing spot, to old Indianola, to a cast-iron lighthouse in a wildlife refuge.  Will we catch enough to eat along the way?  You’ll have to wait and see.  Let’s hit the road..

Be sure to tune into you local PBS station to watch. Here are some upcoming dates/times for this week:

Weekend Times
KCOS (El Paso) - Saturday 9:00am

KLRU (Austin) - Saturday 10:00am
KTTZ (Lubbock) - Saturday 10:30am

Coming Soon
KEDT (Corpus Christi) - Thursday, 7:30pm

Houston Public Media - Saturday, 3:30pm

You can also catch the show online. Check out our Port Lavaca episode page for the link.

Season 6 – Lubbock

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In case you missed it, we headed to Lubbock! This may be Texas Tech red raider land, but it welcomes one and all.  We explore the traditions of the University and eat at its best hangouts  We explore Lubbock’s history, from 12,000 B.C. up to rock and roll legend Buddy Holly.  Followed by a dip and a drive in.  Let’s hit the road.

Be sure to tune into you local PBS station to watch.

You can also catch the show online. Check out our Lubbock episode page for the link.

Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches

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Howdy, Daytrippers!

Fall is in the air and with it, shorter days, colder air and the smell of an occasional pumpkin spice latte. All around Texas the leaves are changing, animals migrating and festivals are beginning to pop up. Here at the Daytripper, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to gather a collection of some of the best family friendly festivals and pumpkin patches in the area, beginning with those closest to home.

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1. A fan favorite located near Austin is the Barton Hill Farms pumpkin patch and corn maze, located at 1115 Farm to Market 969, Bastrop, Texas 78602. It’s about 25 minutes from Austin but just 10 from Bastrop. The festival includes rides, games, local vendors, a pumpkin patch and a famous corn maze which this year is themed to cheer on the Texas Longhorns. BartonHillFarms.com

Barton Hill Farms is open on weekends only from September 27th to November 9th. Tickets are available online to purchase.

2. Heading in the opposite direction of Bastrop is Sweetberry Farmsnear Marble Falls. This location advertises scarecrow stuffing, horse rides, a corn maze (separate ones for different ages), a pumpkin patch and various other activities showcased on their website: Sweetberryfarm.com . Sweetberry Farms is open every day from September 27th to November 2nd except Wednesdays. They do however offer additional activities on weekends. There is no entrance fee, but a small fee for different activities.

3. In Hays County, the city of Wimberly offers a variety of events on different days located throughout the Halloween season. These include pet parades, pumpkin patches, pumpkin decorating and a safe location for children to go trick or treating among peers. These are available throughout October only and on specific days pre-chosen. Included on the site are a variety of safety tips for parents to help their children get the most out of the Halloween season: VisitWimberley.com/halloween/.

San Antonio Area

SA Pumpkin Hollow1. Pumpkin Hollows Fall Festival, located at 9100 W SI-1604 N, San Antonio, TX 78250. Attractions include a pumpkin patch, fun runs, scavenger hunts, wagon rides and a corn maze depending on what day of attendance. A full calendar is available on their website Home.PumpkinHollow.ca/ . The pinnacle event at the Pumpkin Hollow Festival is a Halloween Extravaganza on October 18th with multiple contests and events for children to partake in and trick or treating available around the location.

2. Located between San Antonio and Austin is the Gruene Pumpkin Patch at 2629 E. Common St, New Braunfels. Though the actual opening date for 2014 is unclear, their Facebook page maintains that the pumpkins have arrived to their intended location. Each Saturday the festival is open will include different activities to be scheduled, not limited to hay rides and pumpkin painting (weather permitting). www.gruenepumpkinpatch.org/.

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1. Storybook Ranch. 3701 Custer Rd., Mckinney, TX 75070. Offers a full fall festival and pumpkin patch. The festival involves a petting zoo, hayrides, and riding lessons. In addition to these activities, there are face painting, bouncy houses, and pony rides available for children. They accommodate for special events as well. This is a charity fundraiser that opens September 19th and closes November 3rd.  www.Storybookranch.org

2. Big Orange Pumpkin Farm at 5518 County Road #126, Celina, TX, 75009. Big Orange is open from September 19th to November 2nd, every day, though hours vary throughout the week. It is a highly recommended destination with safe, clean animal pens, food, snacks, picnic areas, a maze, a pumpkin patch and tractor / train rides. The site also advertises a new catch and release pond. www.bigorangepumpkinfarm.com/

Houston Area

Houston BlessingtonFarms1. 7 Acre Wood, located in Montgomery County, near the Woodlands at 4401 N. Frazier, Conroe TX. 7 Acre Wood is a family fun park that is open year round every day except Monday. They have a petting zoo, mini golf course, large sandbox, rope slide and play fort. From September 30th to October 31st they have an event called the Annual Thrill at the Mill Fall Festival.   www.7acrewood.org/

2. Blessington Farms is located at 510 Chisolm Trail in Simonton, TX (Fort Bend County). They have berry picking (seasonally) where visitors can pick their own strawberries, blueberries, and thornless blackberries. Alongside this they have a “Farm funland” with a hay maze, petting zoo, barrel ride and other farm activities. Blessington farms has a pumpkin patch including special varieties and a fishing pond for young kids to enjoy. Their hours and days of availability differ seasonally and are available for viewing on their website. www.blessingtonfarms.com

3. Berryland Farms of Texas open on weekends September 27th to November 9th. Berryland Farms has a corn maze, hay rides, a hill slide, giant swings, a bounce house and other fun activities for children to enjoy. As they are a smaller patch, they request that visitors call before coming to ensure they still have pumpkins available for picking. Berryland farms can be found at 2877 FM 1941 in Winnie, TX . www.berrylandfarmsoftexas.com

It can WAIT!!! Don’t Text and Drive

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Howdy, Trippers!

With all of the excitement about Season 6 in the air and everybody looking to hit the road, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about some safe driving tips. First and foremost – DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE.  It’s not the law all around Texas, but several cities including Austin prohibit the bad habit.

I’m a big supporter of AT&T’sIt Can Wait” campaign and one of 5 million people who have taken the pledge.  We all know that there are many things more important than your phone to pay attention to on the road.  Besides, if you’re looking down you’ll miss that big beautiful state of Texas that’s right out your window.

So, spend ALL your driving time watching the road.  You’ll have more fun in the moment, and be part of saving hundreds of lives a year. Mark your support by using “#X” and let others know you have X’d the Text.

For more information, visit ItCanWait.com.

Safe travels. Vaya con Dios Amigos!

Season 6 – Marble Falls

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In case you missed it, we headed to Marble Falls! It’s more than just hill country, this town is art country with art on main street and in the nearby Pogue Foundry.  It’s adventure country on an ATV in the dirt, a SUP board on the water, and a hang glider in the sky.  Which takes us even higher than the pie.  Let’s hit the road.

Be sure to tune into you local PBS station to watch. Here are some upcoming dates/times for this week:

Weekend Times
KCOS (El Paso) - Saturday 9:00am

KLRU (Austin) - Saturday 10:00am
KTTZ (Lubbock) - Saturday 10:30am

Coming Soon
KEDT (Corpus Christi) - Thursday, Oct 16 7:30pm

Houston Public Media - Saturday, Oct 18 3:30pm

You can also catch the show online. Check out our Marble falls episode page for the link.

Marble Falls Premiere Party – Oct 9th, 7pm, Uptown Theater

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This is going to be awesome.  I always love premiering an episode in the featured city and THIS Thursday, October 9th, we will do just that as we premiere our Marble Falls episode at the historic Uptown Theater in downtown Marble Falls.  There will be free food, cash bar, and lots of mingling with the crew, along with a pop-up version of The Daytripper General Store.

This event is FREE and open to the public, however seating is limited.  So all we ask is that you RSVP with R-Bar and Grill by calling them at 830-693-2622.

Also, we will be accepting donations that night for the Burnet County Santa’s Helpers, so please bring an unwrapped toy and help make someone’s Christmas extra special this year.

I cant wait to see you there.  Vaya con Dios!

Season 6 – The State Fair of Texas!

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In case you missed it, Season 6 kicked off last night with a trip to the State Fair of Texas. So join us as we head to the festival to end all festivals.  We spend some time bonding with Big Tex, in life and in butter.  We see some blue-ribbon livestock and prize-winning races. Play some games, take some rides, and dive into the deep-fried.  Corn Dogs, Fried Butter, and even Fried Thanksgiving Dinner.  Let’s hit the road.

Be sure to tune into you local PBS station to watch. Here are some upcoming dates/times for this week:

Weekend Times
KCOS (El Paso) - Saturday 9:00am

KLRU (Austin) - Saturday 10:00am
KTTZ (Lubbock) - Saturday 10:30am

Coming Soon
KEDT (Corpus Christi) - Thursday, Oct 16 7:30pm

Houston Public Media - Saturday, Oct 18 3:30pm

You can also catch the show online. Check out our State Fair of Texas episode page for the link.

Season 6 starts TONIGHT on PBS

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We’ve been working really hard on bringing you the best episodes in Texas, and Season 6 is going to be awesome.  It all kicks off this week on PBS.  The Texas stations and times are listed below.  See you on the road.

Thursday Evening
BasinPBS (Midland) - 7:00pm
KNCT (Killeen) - 7:30pm
KLRU (Austin) - 8:30pm
PanhandlePBS (Amarillo) - 8:30pm

Weekend Times
KCOS (El Paso) - Saturday 9:00am

KLRU (Austin) - Saturday 10:00am
KTTZ (Lubbock) - Saturday 10:30am

Coming Soon
KEDT (Corpus Christi) - Thursday, Oct 16 7:30pm

Houston Public Media - Saturday, Oct 18 3:30pm

We don’t have any information on KLRN (San Antonio), KMBH (Harlingen), or KAMU (Bryan-College Station).  We’ll get you that information as soon as we can.  Vaya con Dios Amigos.

Episode 004 – Spooky Places in Texas

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Episode 4 is “ALIVE!” Join us this time as we talk about our childhood halloween memories, our picks for spookiest places in Texas and a couple of spooky stories from the road. You won’t want to miss this episode.

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This endeavor is generously supported by The Highland Lakes of Burnet County.

Thanks To Our Sponsors!

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As we kick off Season 6, I wanted to take a moment to THANK our sponsors! We could truly not make this show without your support. Our returning sponsors are The Highland Lakes of Burnet County, Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q and Subaru. We appreciate your continued support of the show.

Our new sponsors this season are Best Western Hotels of Texas and Backwoods. Welcome to the Daytripper family.

We are excited about our partnership with these great sponsors and we encourage our fans and viewers to check them out! As we posted last week, Season 6 is right around the corner…as in THIS week. So get ready to tune in to your local PBS station and experience new adventures across this great state of Texas!

See y’all out on the road!