Road Trip – Hill Country Trail of Lights!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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18 – “Christmas Lights across Texas”

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Lights, lights and more lights…such a beautiful part of the Christmas decorations that we love and we do it BIG in Texas. In this episode we share some of our favorite displays of lights across the Lone Star state. From Amarillo to Brownsville and Odessa to Marshall, there’s something for everyone to make a daytrip to see.

As you head out, here are a few resources that we recommend:
“The Lights Fantastic” – Texas Monthly, Jordan Breal
“Go Light-seeing” – Texas Highways, Erin Inks
“2015 Holiday Lights Destinations” – Texas Highways Events Calendar

In our Texas Music minute, Bree from KJ 97 in San Antonio, features Mario Flores and the Soda Creek Band.

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17 – “Season 7, Behind the Scenes”

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It’s that time of the year again…we have launched Season 7! Listen in as the crew shares stories from the road!

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Pumpkin Patchin’ Texas

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NOTE: This is our first guest post from travel writer Amanda Waltman. We hope you enjoy it.

Fall is here and while the weather in Texas is a wonder all it’s own, there are plenty of places to visit and things to do to get you in the fall spirit!  Take a look at some of the best pumpkin patches in Texas! From hayrides, mazes and fishing to live music and good food, these pumpkin patches have it all.  And while Halloween may be over this weekend, pumpkin patches go well into November.

Barton Hill Farms, Bastrop, TX

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Photos: Barton Hill Farms Facebook

  • When: September 26-November 8, Saturday & Sunday
  • What: Boasting the most scenic pumpkin patch in Texas, the family photo ops are everywhere! Pick & paint pumpkins, find your way through the Great Pumpkin Maze and visit the farm animals. After you’ve done it all, grab a picnic blanket, some Texas BBQ, kennel corn and enjoy some live Texas Country and Bluegrass music!

Sweet Berry Farm, Marble Falls, TX

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  • When: September 26-November 8, Everyday except Wednesday.
  • What: Sweet memories are sure to be made at Sweet Berry Farm! After you find the perfect pumpkin, enjoy some homemade pumpkin pie ice cream, go for a hayride or let the kiddos traverse the farm in the Express Barrel Train. Work your way through a Texas-sized & shaped maze and on weekends go for a horse ride and enjoy some grub at The Pumpkin Grille.

Love Creek Orchards, Medina, TX

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Photos: Love Creek Orchard Facebook

  • When: Every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in October.
  • What: Love Creek is celebrating 20 years as one of the best pumpkin patches around! Go for a hay, pony or train ride, have your face painted, paint a mural or pumpkin, listen to live music or be a part of the symphony, and while you are there don’t forget to tour their famous apple orchard and learn all about the Texas Apple Industry. Afterwards head on over to The Apple Store where you will discover why Texas Monthly declared their apple pie to be “The Best Apple Pie in Texas” or pop into The Apple Store’s Patio Cafe to enjoy a meal from one of the “Best 40 Small Town Cafes in Texas”.

Devine Acres Farm, Devine, TX

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  • When: October 3-November 1, Saturday & Sunday
  • What: A trip to Devine Acre Farms is not for the faint of heart! With a plethora of different activities available, the family is sure to have a fun-filled day. From hayrides, to sack races, games of volleyball, horseshoes and washers, mazes, trike derby and family catch-and-release fishing, you’ll never run out of things to do!

At’l Do Farms, Lubbock, TX

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  • When: September 19-November 14, Tuesday-Sunday
  • What: Visiting this pumpkin patch is like stepping into a story book. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch before exploring the giant maze, or Fairy Tale Trail with the kiddos.Then grab a bag of caramel corn and some hot chocolate and take a hayride to Pumpkin Hollow at dusk where over 150 carved pumpkins are illuminated revealing different Disney characters, Famous people, Peanut Characters and other Halloween themed scenes!

NOTE:  Amanda found some awesome additions to last year’s list.  If you need more suggestions, check it out here - http://thedaytripper.com/2014/10/17/fall-festivals-and-pumpkin-patches/

New Goods!

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We listened to you guys about all the cool “DAYTRIPPER” items you’d love to have while trippin’ Texas. And with that information, we went back into the SWAG LAB and came up with tons of new goods for your travels.  If you haven’t seen all the things we’ve added to The Daytripper General Store, then it’s time to look again.  New Hats.  New Shirts.  New Nalgene Water Bottles.  New Travel Mugs.  And maybe most exciting of all.  You can now download digital copies of our new episodes.  Check it out HERE.

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16: “Texas Fall is the Best Season Ever Because…”

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What’s your favorite season in Texas?  Because FALL is here, and we’re making the case that it’s the best season of all.  Think about it…cooler weather, football, pumpkin things, changing leaves.  It’s pretty hard to beat.

Feel free to jump into the discussion and comment here or on our Facebook and share your Fall favorites…or if you disagree, tell us why.

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Best Oktoberfest Brew?

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PROST!  It’s October, which means it’s time for Texan breweries to start whipping up their own versions of Oktoberfest beer.  We drove all around Georgetown and bought as many Texas-made oktoberfest brews as we could find.  That number was 6.  But we drank em all and made a video about it.  If you’re more of a reader, lookout below.

Shiner Oktoberfest

This one was impressive.  Very drinkable and well balanced between the malt and hops.  This beer was right in all the right places.  Great job to the “little” brewery.

Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Oktoberfest

This one was really high on the malts and low on the hops.  So malty, in fact, that it made us feel like it had honey added to it.  I’d definitely recommend this one to folks who love malty beers, but not the hop heads.  However, if you’re a hop head, you probably aren’t drinking Oktoberfest anyway.

Goliad Brewing Co. Oktoberfest

This one was definitely the hoppy-est of the bunch, making us feel that it wasn’t really an Oktoberfest beer.  Good for hop-lovers though.

Real Ale Brewing Co. Oktoberfest

Really impressed with this one.  It was really malty and sweet, but not too hoppy.  It you’re a fan of Oktoberfest beer, you’ve gotta give this one a shot.  This was Richie and Daniel’s runner up.

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Oktoberfest

This one really did it for me.  Just enough balance between the sweet, caramel malts and the hops to make it right up the middle and almost perfect.  Well done.  This was my (Chet) favorite.

Karbach Brewing Co. “Karbachtoberfest”

The tagline on the can is “It’s Still Summer” and they’ve definitely shown it with this beer.  It doesn’t drink like an Oktoberfest at all, but an easy-go-down summer beer.  If you don’t like Oktoberfest beer, you’ll probably ove this one.  I thought it was great, but it doesn’t score high as an Oktoberfest brew, because it isn’t and shouldn’t be called one.  I love you Karbach, but you’re clearly trying to be different from the herd on this one, and cheers to that.  This was Richie and Daniel’s favorite.

Season 7 is HERE!!!

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Get Ready, because Season 7 kicks off this week on PBS stations across Texas.  For our premiere episode, we are headed to East Austin to eat some handmade salami and thai food, visit Stephen F. Austin, and do an obstacle course.  Let’s hit the road.

15 – “Texas Fall Football Preview”

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It’s that time of the year again…fall is in the air, the kids are back in school and long evening romantic strolls are interrupted by FOOTBALL! Yep, it’s fall football season. Join us as we talk about what to expect this season, who’s in, who’s out and does Texas have a chance. We have some special guests joining us in this conversation but we’d love to hear your feedback. Feel free to leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. We know everybody has an opinion on this topic.

Find out more about our experts at:
Mike Barnes, Sports Director at KVUE
Karl Schoening, Director of Broadcasting at SHN Sports

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