Daytripper Bar-B-Q Bus Tour!

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Join us on January 31, 2015 as we head West from Georgetown and stop at some of our favorite places to eat featuring some of the finest Bar-B-Q around. We’ve got three Bar-B-Q joints selected and we will finish off with an amazing, legendary desert. You won’t want to miss this tour!

This is the perfect gift for your favorite Daytripper fan or even for yourself. We will leave from Georgetown, the Most Beautiful Square in Texas.

Date: January 31, 2015
Departing at 9AM and returning by 6PM.
Cost is $149.99 per person which includes everything top to bottom (food, transport, fun, games, shenanigans). The only thing not covered is any alcohol/souvenirs you may buy along the way.

Get your tickets online in the Daytripper General Store!

Episode 006 – Texas Christmas Traditions

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Merry Christmas Daytrippers! Join us this month on the Daytripper Podcast as we talk about Texas Christmas Traditions. We’ll share a few of our own traditions, our favorite Christmas movies and some cool things to do around the state to put you in the middle of the Texas Christmas spirit!

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and the Windows store!
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Windows – Search for the Daytripper Podcast in your dedicated podcast app.
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This endeavor is generously supported by The Highland Lakes of Burnet County.

Lot’s Happening in the Daytripper General Store

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DTTealShirt_FaceWe have a lot of new products in the Daytripper General Store just in time for the holiday season. Be sure to swing by and get your own NEW Season 6 shirts! They are available in Teal or Red.

We also have insulated stainless steel 18oz pint cups that just arrived. We are featuring Longhorn art from local Georgetown artist, Kathleen McElwaine, who also has her work in the Bob Bullock museum. Also, for those who are participating in Movember or who always sport a beard, we have Skinny’s Beard Balm.

These items and many more in available now in the Daytripper General Store. Be sure to check it out and get a head start on holiday shopping for your favorite Daytripper fan and grab a little something for yourself while you are there.

As always, we truly thank you for your support of the show. We truly would not be doing what we do without our fans!

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Episode 005 – Season 6, Tales from the Road

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Hit the road with the Daytripper Podcast Episode 5 as we share “Tales from the Road” for the first part of Season 6. The crew shares some behind the scenes stories about the challenges and craziness but all around fun times of shooting the Daytripper show. You won’t want to miss this episode!

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and the Windows store!
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Windows – Search for the Daytripper Podcast in your dedicated podcast app.
Stitcher

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

Season 6 – Grapevine

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In case you missed it, we celebrated Christmas in October!! Say what?!? Actually, we went to Grapevine on the Daytripper. Known as the Christmas Capital of Texas, we catch the spirt of the season. All along main street, in a local winery, and in the ice sculptures and snow hills of a local resort. We eat some Chili to stay warm, and then catch a train bound for the North Pole.  Let’s his the road and get in the Christmas spirit early.

Be sure to tune into you local PBS station to watch. You can also catch the show online. Check out our Grapevine episode page for the link. Thanks for watching!

Costume Party and Premiere at Rudy’s in Frisco, TX

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It’s a Rudy’s HALLOWEEN party of TEXAS proportions!

We’ve got an exciting new GRAPEVINE episode to premiere and Want YOU to be a part of the FUN!!!  So join me and The Daytripper crew on the night before Halloween and get a sneak peak of our “Christmas Capital of Texas” episode.  We’ll have prizes for costumes, trivia, free BBQ for bringing in a canned good, and lots of DAYTRIPPER fun!!!

Date: October 30, 2014
Location: Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q, 9828 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX MAP HERE
Time: 6:30-8pm (the episode screening will start at 7:30pm)

Cans For Q:  Like all our Rudy’s events, we will be collecting cans for our local food bank.  Bring in any canned item (or nonperishable food) and we’ll give you a free 1/4lb of brisket.  Now that’s a deal.  (one per customer)

Costume Contest:  You KNOW, The Daytripper likes costumes.  So don’t save your Halloween costumes for just one night.  Break them out early and come in your Halloween best.  We’ll have prizes for 1. Best Little Tripper Costume (0-5 years). 2. Scariest Costume.  3. Most Creative Costume.  and 4. Best Overall.  Of course you don’t have to dress up, but where’s the fun in that!

See you there!

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!