An Intern’s First Taste of Cuvee

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Howdy Daytrippers!  Let me first introduce myself…I am the summer intern, Linsey.  As a fellow Daytripper fan, it’s been fantastic to spend my days following Chet on his crazy adventures.  I’m having a blast!

A week into my internship, Chet found out I claimed to be a coffee-addict but hadn’t yet tried Cuvee Coffee.  Shocked and appalled, he immediately sent me to the Galaxy Bakery down the street to buy a cup.

If you’ve seen the Spicewood episode of The Daytripper, then you saw Chet take a tour of the Cuvee Coffee factory. If not – check this out.

Cuvee Coffee is one of America’s top specialty roasters, and they’re based right here in the Hill Country.  They roast their coffee meticulously, using formulas and coffee-labs to ensure the taste is just right.

While Cuvee gets their beans  from countries all around the world, including Brazil and El Salvador, I chose the Spicewood 71 Classic for my first cup. Usually, I need to load my coffee with tons of cream and sugar, but with Cuvee I didn’t. The taste was sweet and smooth, and not too strong, which I loved.

And since I enjoyed my first cup so much (and since Chet was paying, of course!) I just had to try the Cuvee Meritage Espresso. I’d never had a cup of espresso before and was expecting to be bombarded with bitter coffee grounds and overbearing tastes, yet Cuvee was just the opposite. It tasted fresh and sweet, with just the right of amount of kick to get me through the rest of my day. After all, coffee is an intern’s best friend!

So, fellow coffee lovers, grab yourself a cup of Cuvee, and raise a steaming mug to Texas family values and world-class taste!  I’m now a faithful drinker.

If you’ve never had it (or need to restock), Cuvee Coffee is now available via The Daytripper General Store where Chet is compiling some of his favorite Texas-based shirts, food, and cool stuff.  Order some today.  You won’t regret it.

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DogTrippers on South Congress

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002Howdy Daytrippers.  We’re Mason and Lexi, the latest addition to The Daytripper Blog.  Just call us the Dogtrippers.  Chet asked us to travel the state, looking for the best destinations for “Man’s Best Friend.”  For our first travel installment, we wanna show you how to explore our hometown of Austin, but on 4 legs instead of 2.

For a place that’s happy to kennel both dogs and their humans, check in to the Hotel San Jose on South Congress.

The rooms all face outdoors (no early morning elevator rides to attend to “business”), and there are plenty of places to explore and relax outside the rooms.  They charge a very reasonable dog fee of $10/night.

Staying here, we were right in the heart of the South Congress District.  Many of the shops are dog-friendly and some even keep a treat jar hidden behind the counter.  Just make sure to look extra cute.  There’s a reason you’ve got a puppy dog face – use it.  Also, most of the restaurants have outdoor seating and are happy to bring out a bowl of water for well-behaved pups.

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Of course, after a busy morning and lunch, we decided to head back to the hotel for some much deserved napping.

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Now no dog-trip (or any trip for that matter) to Austin would be complete without heading to Zilker Park and Lady Bird Lake.

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Zilker’s “Great Lawn” offers plenty of room for off-leash exploring. The nearby Hike and Bike Trail is another great way to explore the city with your owner.

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And if you’re tired of just admiring the lake from the land, head over to Zilker Park Boat Rentals for some on-the-water adventure.

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None of the life jackets fit us, but oh well.  Luckily our owners were decent paddlers and we never had to swim.  Although we were tempted to jump out and start chasing some ducks.

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There is plenty of wildlife to check out as you paddle down Barton Creek and onto Lady Bird Lake.

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Finally, our owners were hungry for dinner and there are tons of places in town that practically encourage doggy dining.  In East Austin, Silo or Takoba are both great for pets.  And for one of the most family-friendly and dog-friendly places in Texas, head to Freddie’s Place on South First.  But for a great outdoor biergarten with its very own fenced-off dog run, we headed to Banger’s Sausage House in the Rainey Street District.  Our humans were so busy enjoying house-made sausages and their expansive beer selection, they never noticed their phone was missing.

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As you see, there are tons of places in Austin that both pups and people can enjoy.   After all, doggies love day trips too.  Until next time, we’ll see you on the road!  Vaya con Perros.

Guest Post by: Will Garner, Mason and Lexi

Fredericksburg Wine Tour

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We had a great time on our recent bus trip through part of the Fredericksburg Wine Country. Big thank to Ernie and his team at the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau for helping to set this up. Everyone had a great time sampling wine, eating great food and visiting the Nimitz museum as well. Thanks to all the places we stopped along the way:

Fredericksburg is a great place to visit with plenty to do for everyone. For more ideas on where to go, check out our Fredericksburg episode.

Be sure to visit our website and subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed on more tours! Currently, we have a few seats (less than 10!) available for our San Antonio tour. Check out our site for more information and we hope to see you on the bus!

New Bus Trip to San Antonio!

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We are very excited to announce our next “Trippin’ with Chet” tour happening on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

Join us as we spend a fun filled day exploring San Antonio! We’ll be leaving out of Austin for a full day of adventure. I don’t want to give too much away, but we’ll spend the day exploring the Missions, digging into some Tex-Mex and ending the day with some Bar-B-Q…German style!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Tour Page at our new online store!

A Texas Cajun Paradise – Orange!

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Come and explore a Texas Cajun hideaway that’s full of Bayou fun! Daytrippers, season 5 finale is this week! We are airing tonight on a few stations and airing on more over the weekend. Be sure to check your local PBS station for air times. Here are a few…

This Saturday at
- 9:00am KLRN Public Television
- 10:00am KLRU
- 10:30am KERA: Public Television and Radio for North Texas
- 10:30am KTTZ-TV
- 3:30pm HoustonPBS

For other Texas Stations, please check your local listings.  Of course, you can always head over to the Episodes page to watch Orange online and catch up on past shows as well!

The Gem of the Hill Country – Mason

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Daytrippers, season 5 continues as Chet heads to Mason, the “Gem of the Hill Country” to explore its namesake fort, eat some tasty chicken-fried and interior mexican food, and finally hunt down his own chunk of Texas Topaz. We are airing tonight on a few stations and airing on more over the weekend. Be sure to check your local PBS station for air times. Here are a few…

This Saturday at
- 9:00am KLRN Public Television
- 10:00am KLRU
- 10:30am KERA: Public Television and Radio for North Texas
- 10:30am KTTZ-TV
- 3:30pm HoustonPBS

For other Texas Stations, please check your local listings.  Of course, you can always head over to the Episodes page to watch Mason online and catch up on past shows as well!

Cans for Q – Houston!

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CansForQHowdy Daytrippers! Join us next Thursday, May 29, in Katy for “Cans for Q!” Come on out to celebrate the debut of the Orange episode as well as raise support for your local food bank. The party will be at Rudy’s Bar-B-Q on Thursday, May 29, 2014. We will all eat together starting at 6:30pm and at 8:00pm we will debut the Orange episode!

Here’s the deal - Bring a canned good donation and we’ll give you a free 1/4 lb of brisket (one per customer). Turn your cans into delicious BBQ…yep, that’s what we do!

So, come on out on Thursday, May 29 at 6:30pm to Rudy’s Bar-B-Q and join us for “Cans for Q!” In the meantime, enjoy a sneak peek at the Orange episode.

Details:
Houston Cans for Q
Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:30pm-8:30PM
Rudy’s Bar-B-Q
21799 Katy Freeway
Katy, TX 77450
https://goo.gl/maps/2VSxX

Lost in the Pines of Lufkin!

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Chick-O-Sticks, Pines, Canoeing and BBQ…it’s all in Lufkin! Daytrippers, season 5 continues. We are airing tonight on a few stations and airing on more over the weekend. Be sure to check your local PBS station for air times. Here are a few…

This Saturday at
- 9:00am KLRN Public Television
- 10:00am KLRU
- 10:30am KERA: Public Television and Radio for North Texas
- 10:30am KTTZ-TV
- 3:30pm HoustonPBS

For other Texas Stations, please check your local listings.  Of course, you can always head over to the Episodes page to watch Lufkin online and catch up on past shows as well!