The Jolliest Christmas Road Trip

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At this point, you’re probably running around trying to find the perfect gift for Aunt Sue, decking the halls with ALL the boughs of holly and prepping for the five-course meals you’ll be making for all those Christmas parties. Yet, before the spirit of Christmas gets lost, here’s one last road trip full of giant trees, the brightest lights, and even an ice rink to bring you and your family together in the midst of the Holiday season craziness. This road trip is as magical during the day as it is at night, and you might even get some Christmas shopping done along the way. MERRY TRIPPIN’!

HERE’S THE MAP

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Destination 1: Grapevine Main Street

Of course your first stop on this merry road trip is the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” Shop along Main Street, with stores as full of Christmas gifts as they are decorated with wreaths, garland and lights. Sip hot chocolate and people-watch at Main Street Bistro’s sidewalk cafe or customize your cocoa with peppermint, cinnamon and more at Dr. Sue’s Hot Chocolate Happy Hour from 3 – 6 p.m. At night, see Main Street aglow with hundreds of lights, and stop by the gazebo where a light show plays continuously from 6-11 p.m.

  • Dreaming of a White Christmas?  To make all your snowy dreams come true, stop into the Great Wolf Lodge nearby where it snows in the lobby during story time and every inch of the rustic “lodge” is decked out for the Holidays. For true Christmas magic, stay at the hotel to splash around the indoor water park and dine in a giant Gingerbread house!

 

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Picture by Texas Christkindl Market.

Destination 2: Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, TX

Next you’re on to fill your sleigh with gifts from overseas at this open-air market modeled after the traditional Christmas markets in Germany. Peruse tons of authentic German goods straight from the famous Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village in Rothenburg, Germany. Visit Saint Nicholas to whisper your Christmas wishes in his ear and eat free candy at his Haus. Most importantly, don’t miss the glorious food — get a State Fair weenie from Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, munch potato pancakes at Oma’s German Treats and so much more.

 

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Destination 3: Sundance Square in Fort Worth

In the heart of downtown at Sundance Square is a live 57-foot tree so decked out in Holiday Cheer, you’d expect the Who Village Choir to be holding hands around it, singing gibberish Christmas songs. Down in front, Santa sits on a candy throne in the Plaza waiting for you to come share your Christmas desires, but he’s got a tight schedule (preparing for that big Christmas Eve flight and all) so check here before arriving. Surrounding the tree and plaza is the beautiful downtown skyline outlined in twinkling lights — quite a sight to see!

  • Christmas Cheer Around The Square: Wander around downtown to see incredible Christmas window displays at Haltom’s Jewelers, Flowers To Go and LOFT. Bring out your inner child at Houston Street Toy Company or just gawk at the giant moving Ferris Wheel in the window. Nearby, wish a season’s greeting to the iconic angels adorning Bass Performance Hall.

 

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Picture by Trinity River Vision Authority.

Destination 4: Panther Island ICE

Your final stop is to slip…err, um skate around the ice rink at Panther Island. Fort Worth’s favorite summer hot spot has been transformed into the only outdoor rink in Fort Worth (and one of very few outdoor rinks in Texas) so grab a pair of skates, the arm of your favorite family member or friend and hit the ice for a cool time. If you’d rather watch folks slide around the ice than partake in it, sit back and sip hot cocoa from the Coyote Drive-In Canteen.

 

Podcast 37 – “Talkin’ Texas December 2016″

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Join us this month as we talk about Christmas, recent road trips, alligator snapping turtles, Aggie battle hymn on the road and the most photographed spot in Texas on Instagram…can you guess it?. There’s a ton going on in Texas and with The Daytripper so tune in to get caught up!

We love your questions or feedback on the show…so if you have comments or questions you’d like us to address or topics you’d like us to feature, email us at: podcast@thedaytripper.com.

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THE 2017 CALENDAR IS HERE!

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It’s here, folks! THE 2017 DAYTRIPPER CALENDAR is now available in The Daytripper General Store!! That’s right, 12 months of epic trippin’ and pictures of Chet dressed in kooky costumes to inspire you to travel all over the great state of Texas! Calendars are $12.95 with FREE SHIPPING (as always)!!

AND we’re having a PRE-SALE and if you order yours online now, Chet will sign your calendar!

So what are you waiting for?? Get to ordering!

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Christmas in Georgetown!

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It’s that time of year when “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” gets a big dose of Christmas cheer. Walking down the busy Georgetown sidewalks surrounded by wonder and lights feels like stepping into a classic Christmas carol, and at the top of every hour, if you listen closely, you’ll even hear silver bells ringing in the distance.

Every building of the Square is dazzling with hundreds of lights, wreaths and bows, transforming it into a magical Christmas wonderland. In the center of it all, the Courthouse glows with red and green lights, as well as 5 Christmas trees. It’s the ideal family photo-op. While exploring the lawn, you’ll find that even Mr. Dan Moody’s statue has a scarf to help him feel festive!

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The canopies of trees over each walkway are wrapped with twinkling lights, and the sidewalks gleam in the light of old-fashioned street lamps donning Holiday wreaths. It’s like jumping straight into a Currier and Ives postcard — the only thing missing is a blanket of snow! (And as you know, we don’t get that much in Texas…)

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The window displays in each store are like something out of a storybook. You’ll find the wildly decorated Gumbo’s with cheetah-print wrapped columns and giant Nutcracker soldiers. Look in the windows of the restaurant to find extravagant Christmas trees with little gifts underneath!

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The window art at All Things Kids celebrates Georgetown’s new green energy initiative with the downtown Georgetown skyline painted in green. Each building even has it’s own little sign!

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The extravagant Christmas display in Diva’s windows are just a taste of what awaits inside. Every inch of the showroom has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland with ornaments and snowflakes hanging from the ceiling and every color of Christmas tree decorating the store. Yule love their Christmas decor!

diva_1Pop by Pink Poppy, which is decked out in funky snowflakes and fabulous sparkly trees, to see the Christmas Pig riding his bike — he’s gotta get to the North Pole to help Santa with all those gifts!

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On your Christmas journey, you can grab some chocolate treats at Sweet Serendipity and see the Christmas Eve scene in their windows.  While you’re there, say “hello” to Three-Legged Willie who’s hanging out in front of the Williamson Museum.

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If you find yourself getting chilly on your stroll through the Square, stop at Cianfrani Coffee Company, a favorite local hangout, for a cup of hot cocoa or a toasty chai latte. At Mikey V’s Hot Sauce Shop, you can thaw out with taste bud-kickin’ hot sauces that’ll keep you nice and warm!

Georgetown is an amazing place to have holiday fun with your family this season. Catch a Christmas performance at the Palace Theater, admire the entries in the town’s Annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Georgetown Public Library, and have an Instagram-worthy photoshoot at the Visitor’s Center photo booth complete with Santa beards, Christmas hats and more!

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The magic of Christmas is waiting for you in Georgetown! Click here for the Upcoming Events in Georgetown like Breakfast with Santa, Historic Homes tours and more!

 

Texas Has 39 Grammy Nominations

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Y’all, here’s another reason why TEXAS IS THE BEST!  The 59th Annual Grammy nominations are out and we’ve got a ton of Texans reppin’ the Lone Star State out there in the music world. That’s right, 25 Texas born-or-based musicians have received a total of 39 Grammy nominations! Below is a list of your fellow Texans making us all proud.

Beyoncé (Houston)
Record Of The Year for Formation
Album Of The Year for Lemonade
Song Of The Year for Formation
Best Pop Solo Performance for Hold Up
Best Rock Performance for Don’t Hurt Yourself (featuring Jack White)
Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade
Best Rap/Sung Performance for Freedom
Best Music Video for Formation
Best Music Film for Lemonade

Tchad Blake (Baytown)
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Andrew Bird – Are You Serious

Edie Brickell (Dallas)
Best Musical Theater Album for Bright Star (with Steve Martin)

Leon Bridges (Fort Worth)
Best Music Video for River

Carol Burnett (San Antonio)
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) for In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox

Kelly Clarkson (Burleson)
Best Pop Solo Performance for Piece By Piece (Idol Version)

Crowder (Texarkana)
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for American Prodigal

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein (Austin)
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for Stranger Things Volume 1
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for Stranger Things Volume 2

Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds (Austin)
Best Recording Package for Sunset Motel by Reckless Kelly

Kirk Franklin (Fort Worth)
Best Gospel Performance/Song for God Provides (with Tamela Mann)
Best Gospel Album for Losing My Religion

Best Rap/Sung Performance for Ultralight Beam (with Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, & The-Dream)
Best Rap Song for Ultralight Beam (with Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, & The-Dream)

Sarah Jarosz (Wimberley)
Best American Roots Performance for House Of Mercy
Best Folk Album for Undercurrent

Kris Kristofferson (Brownsville)
Best Americana Album for The Cedar Creek Sessions

La Maquinaria Norteña (Dallas)
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) for Generación Maquinaria Est. 2006

Miranda Lambert (Lindale)
Best Country Solo Performance for Vice
Best Country Song for Vice (with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne)

Demi Lovato (Dallas)
Best Pop Vocal Album for Confident

Tamela Mann (Mansfield)
Best Gospel Performance/Song for God Provides (with Kirk Franklin)

Steve Martin (Waco)
Best Musical Theater Album for Bright Star (with Edie Brickell)

Shane McAnally
 (Mineral Wells)
Best Country Song for Vice (with Miranda Lambert and Josh Osborne)

Maren Morris (Arlington)
Best New Artist 
Best Country Solo Performance for My Church
Best Country Song for My Church
Best Country Album for Hero

Willie Nelson (Austin)
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin

Pentatonix (Arlington)
Best Country Duo Group Performance for Jolene ( with Dolly Parton)

Andrew Savage (Dallas)
Best Recording Package for Parquet Courts – Human Performance 

Snarky Puppy (Denton)
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Culcha Vulcha

Solange (Houston)
Best R&B Performance for Cranes In The Sky

Christopher Theofanidis 
(Dallas)
Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Theofanidis: Bassoon Concerto

Catch the 59th Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2017 to watch as Texas TAKES IT ALL at the Grammy Awards!

15 Spectacular Christmas Festivals!

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It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas in Texas. Across the state, lights are twinkling in the trees, wreaths deck the front doors of every home and storefront, and you can find a Christmas tree on just about every corner. If you’re having trouble getting in the Christmas spirit, no problem! We’ve gathered 15 of the holliest and jolliest festivals and lights shows happening across the state, so you can experience as much Christmas Cheer this holiday season as possible!

Georgetown Christmas Stroll – Dec. 2-3

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Picture by Todd White.

Head to the Georgetown Square to walk through a Winter Wonderland! During the free 36th Annual Christmas Stroll, the Square transforms into a magical place complete with a Who-Village where the Grinch waits to greet you and a Bethlehem Village where you can explore the town where Christ was born. On Saturday, there will be a Christmas Parade and Santa will be stopping by this weekend to hear all your Christmas wishes!

Main Street Bethlehem - Dec. 2-4, 9-11

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Picture by John Hallowell.

The First Baptist Church of Burnet has recreated the holy night that Jesus was born at Main Street Bethlehem. More than just a live nativity scene, you will find yourself transported back to the streets of ancient Bethlehem as you find your way through crowds of peddlers and animals on the outskirts of town, and peruse through the bustling marketplace in the heart of the village. You’ll search for the inn, only to find it’s already full. Finally, you’ll find solace with Mary and Joseph in a cave surrounded by animals as Christ is born in a manger. The event is from 6-9 p.m. each night and admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Austin Trail of Lights – Dec. 10-23

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Make your Holiday Season extra bright by walking through the 2 million lights strung across the 300+ acres of Zilker Park. Along a trail of 1.25 miles, you’ll find lights galore, gourmet food vendors, live performances and more! You can stop by Candy Cane Lane and the North Pole to say “hello” to Santa and take some epic selfies with the giant Zilker Tree! Find ticket information here.

Concho Christmas Celebration – Dec. 2-31

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Picture by Don Treadwell Photography.

Along the banks of the Concho River in San Angelo you’ll find a 2.5 mile Tour of Lights with giant Christmas cards and Holiday scenes galore! The twinkling lights along the trail depict The Twelve Days of Christmas, a nativity scene, poinsettias and more at the Concho Christmas Celebration! Admission is free, but a donation of $5 per car is suggested.

Christmas in the Gardens – Nightly until Dec. 23

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Picture by the Amarillo Botanical Gardens.

In Amarillo  during the Christmas season, the Amarillo Botanical Gardens become a 4-acre dazzling display of twinkling lights and beautiful flowers and foliage as over 200,000 lights are strung across the garden. Stop by Christmas in the Gardens to watch the plant life glow. Admission is free, and donations are accepted. Each night, the festivities last from 6-8 p.m.

Rail of Lights – Thurs. – Sun. until Dec. 24

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Forget the Polar Express, this railroad in Jefferson is all you’ll be needing this Christmas! Hop aboard the 1964 Christmas Train steam engine where you’ll ride past a life-size nativity scene, the German Markets, a Teddy Bear tree, Jerusalem and so much more! Find more information and purchase your tickets here.

EmilyAnn Trail of Lights – Nightly until Dec. 29

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Picture by Scot Brinkley

Visit Wimberley for all the Christmas fun you could possibly imagine at the EmilyAnn Trail of Lights! Not only can you walk through 8-acres of lights and explore a musical garden, but you can visit Santa, hop on the Jingle Bell Express and even meet a few Disney Princesses! At the event, there will also be raffle prizes and all kinds of sweets and snacks. Admission is free, and donations are accepted.

Gift of Lights – Nightly until Dec. 30

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Picture by Roderick Cordova Photography.

Race on over to the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for lots of lights and tons of fun – and it benefits FIVE local charities! The Gift of Lights trail will lead you through archways of light and Christmas figurines, and you may even find yourself on the inner track of the largest Speedway in Texas! And while you’re there, stop by Santa’s Village to share a cup of hot cocoa with the big man in red, himself, and even see a few retired race cars! You can save $5 on tickets if you bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Find more information here.

Wonderland of Lights – Wed.-Sat. until Dec. 31

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Picture by the Marshall News Messenger.

Visit Marshall, TX, where the heart of downtown is decked out from top to bottom in Christmas cheer and dazzling decorations at the Wonderland of Lights. Glide on the outdoor skating rink, decorate cookies, take photos with Santa in his workshop, and hop on the carousel, horse-drawn carriages or Wonderland Express for a truly festive view of the glowing Square.

Santa’s Wonderland – Daily until Jan. 1

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In College Station, you can wander through an entire village of Christmas fun and Holiday festivities! Take a carriage ride through archways of dazzling light, cozy up by a crackling fire, climb to the top of West Pole Mountain Adventure to slide down the Texas-sized slide or visit with Santa. To make the whole experience even more magical, it snows every night at Santa’s Wonderland. 

Prairie Lights – Nightly until Jan. 1

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Take an enchanted journey through 4 million lights in Grand Prairie at the Prairie Lights. You’ll enjoy driving through archways of dancing lights and seeing fun Christmas scenes from the comfort of your warm car. Halfway through, you can stop by the Holiday Village for hot chocolate, fun with Santa, a Magical Forest and more!

SantaLand - Nightly until Jan. 4

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When Santa’s not at the North Pole prepping for Christmas, he likes to spend time in Tyler, and he’d love for YOU to visit him! This 24-acre park is filled with Christmas Cheer from giant dancing trees and marshmallow monsters to tractor trailer rides and Christmas Tree Lane. And until Dec. 24, you can visit old Kris Kringle at Santa’s Igloo! Click here for ticket information.

Magic of Christmas Light Show - Daily until Jan. 8

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Pictures by the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau.

If you’re looking for the Christmas Spirit, look no further than Grapevine, the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” Each night, as you’re exploring Main Street, which is decked out in Holiday lights and decorations, be sure to catch the Magic of Christmas Light Show that plays continuously from 6-11 p.m. This town is as packed with seasonal festivities as Santa’s bag is filled with toys on Christmas Eve. Check out our Holiday fun in Grapevine here.

Magical Winter Lights – Daily until Jan. 8

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Picture by Magical Winter Lights.

Modeled after Chinese Lantern Festivals that date back to about 2,000 years ago, this festival in La Marque is sure to be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. The park is divided into different sections, but no matter where you start, you’re sure to be amazed. Walk through giant Dinosaurs, furnished castles, Christmas trees and even landmarks of the world — all formed out of multicolored, glowing lanterns. At the festival, you’ll also find an epic carnival and cultural performances.

Holiday Lights on the River Walk – Nightly until Jan. 16

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Picture by J. Michael Short and the Paseo del Rio Association.

Visit the San Antonio River Walk during the Holidays to see the river dressed up for Christmas. Not only are hundreds of lights strung along the historic architecture of the river walk, but as you wander up and down the water, you’ll find all sorts of Christmas festivities, from Holiday Boat Caroling to traditional Mexican Christmas luminary lanterns strung along the water. Click here for coupons that you can use along the River Walk provided by Rio Magazine. Find the complete schedule of activities here.

Spring 2017 Intern Wanted

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Ever wanted to work for the strangest travel show in Texas? Looking to gain experience in production, editing, marketing, journalism, and being on set of a TV show?  Well then listen up!

We are currently looking for our next intern for the SPRING OF 2017.  Here is the criteria:

  • Must be currently enrolled in college and seeking credit for the internship
  • Must show interest in aspects of television production (filming, editing, writing, marketing, etc.)
  • Knowledge and/or experience with non-linear editing preferred (Premiere, Avid, FCPX)
  • Must be available to work for 15-20 hours/week at our offices in Georgetown, TX

This is a PAID internship at $8/hour.  If you are attending one the following schools, apply through the links below. All others, please send your resume to tosha (at) hogaboomroad.com.

University of Texas - https://moody-utexas-csm.symplicity.com/
Austin Community College - http://sites.austincc.edu/jobs/
Southwestern University - https://southwestern-csm.symplicity.com/

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Dia de Rudy’s: DFW Recap

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It was one crazy weekend in DFW as we attempted the greatest challenge of all: eating at ALL 5 Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q locations across the Metroplex! We enjoyed fun, games and (of course) TONS of BBQ from Rudy’s, but it was YOU that made this event possible and awesome!

We started the day bright and early at the Arlington location with a 9 a.m. breakfast of bacon, brisket, egg and cheese tacos!

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For brunch, we were dying to have some of Rudy’s moist brisket…that always hits the spot on a day out trippin’!

Stop two #diaderudys @rudysbbq Fort Worth. A little brisket brunch A photo posted by Chet Garner (@chettripper) on

At the Denton location, we were starting to feel the pains of our barbecue-induced coma, but we’d come too far to turn back. So we stuffed our faces and journeyed on.

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Throughout the day, we had an amazing turnout at all five locations, and YOU took epic pictures and tagged them with #diaderudys, so here’s a few of our faves!

 

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Great to meet you, Jason C.

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Hat swap? Vaya con dios! #diaderudys #rudysbarbq #thedaytripper #chetgarner #dfw #hatswap A photo posted by Lauren (@laurenmann33) on

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The Frisco Rudy’s location gave us an awesomely artsy welcome!

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And though we truly enjoyed our second lunch of peppered tenderloin…we were having a really hard time hiding our fullness!

  Stop 4 of #diaderudys @rudysbbq in Frisco called for peppered tenderloin. This is the way it should be cooked.   A photo posted by Chet Garner (@chettripper) on    

rudys-food_new Before we knew it, we were at our last stop at the Rudy’s in Allen. They spoiled us with THREE desserts: “Nanner Puddin,” Chocolate Pudding and Peach Cobbler! So we ate as much as we could into the remaining room in our stomachs and ended our day on a sweet note!

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Stop 5 of #diaderudys @rudysbbq Allen. Squeezing “Nanner Puddin” into any open crevice I can find. A photo posted by Chet Garner (@chettripper) on

However, after 5 meals of barbecue, we had to surrender ourselves to the meat coma taking over. But just because we were full doesn’t mean the party was over.

In addition to the awesome Rudy’s swag that we gave folks who won our Bingo challenge and the $50 Rudy’s gift cards we gave to everyone who made it to all five locations, we also gave out a BIG Grand Prize at the end of the day. Using the playing cards folks collected at each location, we played a game of 5-card stud for a $250 Rudy’s gift card. Congratulations to our winner Ramiro, who won with three of a kind (all aces)!

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Shout out to the 21 folks that were brave — and hungry — enough to make it to ALL FIVE LOCATIONS. It was a meaty job, but someone had to do it, and we’re glad we had so many awesome folks join us! 

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What a day! We had a blast and can’t wait to do it again! Thank you so much for coming out to say “hello” and thanks to Rudy’s for making it possible!

Check out our recap from the Dia de Rudy’s in Houston here

TWO Ultimate Fall Color Road Trips

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It’s fall and you’ve been seeing pictures of wondrous places all around the country with fiery orange and candy-apple red leaves blanketing the tops of the trees. You’re probably feeling discouraged as you look at the green leaves or bare trees around you — thinking that your dear ol’ Lone Star State doesn’t have colorful fall foliage. You may even be planning a trip to New England for a little fall beauty.

However, Texas does, in fact, have some of the most picturesque fall foliage in the country if you know where to look. So here’s TWO Ultimate Fall Color Road Trips (one in the Hill Country and one in East Texas) to give you all the brightly colored leaves and fall foliage fun your heart desires!

Here’s a little tip before you get started: Fall is a fickle creature. In Texas, fall foliage usually hits peak around the middle of November to the beginning of December, but even so, when fall color starts showing and how much there is depends on the yearly rainfall, as well as other factors. So to make sure you’ll get peak red and orange beauty, call ahead to the parks you’re interested in or check their website to see what the color is like.

Hill Country Trip

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Autumn beauty along the Frio River in Concan, TX. (Hill Country River Region/ visituvalde.com)

hill-country-route Route: Vanderpool, TX to Concan, TX 

Destinations: On this trip, you’ll be trippin’ through some of the tallest peaks of the Hill Country.  Your trip starts in the Lost Maples State Natural Area, one of the most beautiful spots to see fall color in the entire state. For the best view of the fall foliage, take the Maple Trail. Surrounded by fiery red and bright orange Uvalde bigtooth maples, you’ll feel like you’re in New England. Next, you’ll drive into Utopia to dine at Lost Maples Cafe, which was featured in the movie “Seven Days in Utopia,” and serves each plate of breakfast with a mason jar of fresh salsa. Be sure to take a slice of freshly baked pie to go.

You’ll take Ranch Road 1050 out of town for a scenic drive over the serene Sabinal River and through the fall-colored trees covering the surrounding hills, until you reach Garner State Park. At the park, you’ll see beautiful red Bald cypress trees tower over the crystal waters of the Frio River. For a peek at Old Baldy without paying to enter the park, head to Magers River Crossing (one of the best kept Hill Country secrets) where the Frio trickles over County Road 350, a canopy of colorful trees provides shade and the majestic mountain is in full view in the distance. Find the full map here and the Lost Maples Foliage Report here.

And here’s a trip tip: If the fall beauty is too breathtaking to enjoy for just a day, make reservations to stay the night at the River Rim Resort in Concan. Just miles away from Garner State Park and Magers River Crossing, this resort provides amazing cabins, cottages and lodges with access to the stunning Frio River.

East Texas Trip

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Fall Color along the trails in Tyler State Park.

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Route: Daingerfield, TX to Jacksonville, TX

Destinations: Take a journey through East Texas for fall color mixed with the deep green towering pines in this area. Starting at Daingerfield State Park, hike the Rustling Leaves Nature Trail to see the oak, maple and sweetgum trees reflecting in Lake Daingerfield like a gold and red watercolor painting. Next, you’re on to Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, which is also an East Texas trove of fall foliage as patches of red and orange pop up in the greenery around the lake.

Take Highway 37 for a scenic drive through part of the Autumn Trails of Winnsboro, TX, where they’ve been hosting a fall foliage festival since 1958. Next you’re on to see trails surrounded by reds, golds and oranges in Tyler State Park and the famous Tyler roses at the Tyler Rose Garden Center.  If your stomach’s growling, stop by Coyote Sam’s Bar and Grille in Tyler for a Kobe burger so mouthwatering, it made Texas Monthly’s Top 50 Burgers List. Your last stop is at Love’s Lookout in Jacksonville, which — though small — provides a stunning bird’s eye view of the East Texas countryside. Find the full map here

Here’s another tip: If you’re yearning to see even more fall beauty, continue on through Rusk, TX and then to Mission Tejas State Park in Grapeland, for just a bit more foliage combined with Texas history.

For more road trips, CLICK HERE.