Here Comes Season 6!

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Here comes Season 6! Many of you have been asking and we are excited to announce that new episodes start October 2, 2014. We’ve traveled far and wide across the great state of Texas, we’ve tried new foods and experienced some new adventures and can’t wait to share them with you! Check out your local PBS station for air dates and times. In the meantime, here are some promos for the first 4 episodes of Season 6. So gather up the family, grab some BBQ, popcorn or your favorite snack and join us for another season of adventures across Texas!

Episode 003 – Road Food

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Episode 3 of the the Daytripper podcast is live. Join us as we discuss our favorite Road Food, both stops along the way and things we pack to bring with us. We also answer listener questions including our favorite Chicken Fried Steak.

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.

Trippin’ with Chet: North Texas Wine Tour

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Finally – We are very excited to announce our next “Trippin’ with Chet” tour happening on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

We had so much fun trippin’ and sippin’ wine in the Texas Hill Country, that we decided it would be a BLAST to sample the wine from another region of Texas.  So, we’re headed to Grapevine (and beyond) to see what sorts of wine this part of Texas is turning out.

Join us as we spend a fun-filled day exploring North Texas Wineries!  We’ll be leaving out of Grapevine for a full day of adventure and visiting FOUR Texas wineries across the Metroplex.  Throw in some BBQ, our crew, some shenanigans and surprises (of course), and this is sure to be an AMAZING day.

Tickets are $199 each which includes all transportation, all food, all tours, wine at each location, fun, games, and DAYTRIPPER-ific memories.  See you there!

Get your ticket in The Daytripper General Store.

If you’ll be driving in and need a place to stay, we’ve got an excellent group rate of $69/night at Best Western Plus near Grapevine.  Call them at (972) 870-0530 and mention “Daytripper” to get the rate.

Trippin’ SA Bus Tour

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We had a great time last weekend trippin’ with a group of fans to San Antonio! Hanging with Daytrippers is a great way to spend a Saturday! We headed out with full stomachs thanks to Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q. This trip had a mix of stops from our San Antonio episode and a few other locations as well.

We started out visiting Mission San Jose and Mission Conception with a guided tour from Park Ranger extraordinaire, Tatum Weeks. There’s a lot of history to learn about the Missions. Next stop lunch…seriously…a Daytripper Bus Tour wouldn’t be legit without plenty of food and the folks over at El Mirador did not disappoint. Classic Tex-Mex and margaritas hit the spot. They recently got a nod from Texas Monthly in the article, “Southtown and Down.”

After a morning outside and a heavy meal, the group was ready for some time inside and what better way to learn more about this great state than a stop at the Institute of Texas Cultures. Not only is this part of UTSA but it is associated with the Smithsonian Institute as well. A few of us wandered over to La Villita for some shopping and watched Chet try to lasso a few Daytrippers. Last stop of the day was Beethoven Maennerchor where we enjoyed some German beer, great German food and learned a few new German drinking songs. Fun way to end the day in San Antonio.

But there was one more surprise on the way home, these Trippers got a sneak peek of Season 6 by watching the first episode of the new season premiering in October. We are excited about this new season and there are some cool episodes and adventures in store.

We had a great day in San Antonio and look forward to more Daytripper bus trips in the future. In fact, mark your calendars for October 4. We will be doing a North Texas Wine Tour trip out of Grapevine. Seats go on sale on Monday!!

Until then, have a great weekend, hit the road for a Daytrip before school starts on Monday and “Vaya Con Dios!”

Tax Free Weekend!

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Howdy Daytrippers! It’s about that time again for the Little Trippers to head back to school and that means it’s time for the Texas Tax Free weekend. We are participating in tax free weekend as well at the Daytripper General Store. So head on over and stock up on some cool Daytripper apparel and shirts from our other vendors as well. We even have NEW Daytripper hats as well!

Happy shopping and we’ll keep an eye out for you on the road in your new Daytripper gear!

Episode 002 – Texas Swimming Holes

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Episode 2 of the the Daytripper podcast is live. Join us as we reveal our choices for the “Top 10 Swimming Holes in Texas” and answer a few listener questions including our favorite BBQ.

Also, we are now live on iTunes! You can search for The Daytripper on iTunes or follow this link.

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

The Daytripper General Store Featuring Texas Goods!

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We are so excited about the new Daytripper General Store and the growing list of products that we offer. We’ve got Daytripper shirts for your day trips or just wearing around town. How about some Cuvee coffee to brew at home to drink in your Daytripper mug. Cooking some great Texas food, how about a Texas Food towel to have alongside of you while you cook. Many of you saw the Bike Texas shirt that Chet wore while riding in the MS 150, we’ve got that as well from Tumbleweed TexStyles as well as many other designs. You also saw a “Speedracer” style shirt in one of our episodes, that’s available in the store as well from Trick Pony Studios. Most of our products even have FREE SHIPPING!

We have something for everyone! So come on by the Daytripper General Store and grab some Texas products and know you are shopping local…local to the great state of Texas!

Episode 001 – How Did We Get HEAR?

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Hey Daytrippers!  It has officially happened.  We are LIVE…sort of.  We’ve had many requests to do a podcast and we are proud to launch Episode 001. In this episode we talk about “How Did We Get HEAR?” which includes talk about how we started the TV show, assembled a crew, and even share a few stories from the road.

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

We are in the process of getting the podcast in the iTunes directory. We will keep you posted when that happens. Stay tuned for episode 2 as we talk about the “Top 10 Swimming Holes in Texas.” For now, enjoy episode 001 below.

Fort Worth’s Worth It

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I’ve always liked Fort Worth.  There’s just a rustic quality to the whole city that really appeals to me.  As a self-proclaimed history nerd and wanna-be cowboy, I must say that the answer to Terri Clark’s question “Is Fort Worth Worth It” is a resounding “YES!”
Even though it’s only a Texas-sized stone’s throw from Dallas, it couldn’t be more different.  You may have seen our Fort Worth episode featuring the city’s historic Stockyards District and world-class art museums (not to mention epic food).  However, that episode only scratched the surface of the “City of Cowboys and Culture.”  So with another episode bubbling in my head, I returned to Fort Worth to experience some of things I missed, both new and old…very old.
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We checked in to the Omni Hotel downtown and headed immediately to the newly-remodeled Sundance Square.  We could have walked but opted instead to hop aboard “Molly the Trolly,” a free shuttle taking folks around downtown.  It couldn’t have been easier.
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The new Sundance Square is fantastic!  And packed with folks dining, visiting, and just enjoying the night’s breeze.  It was crazy to think that this area used to be a parking lot. The vibe was something you’d expect to find in Europe, but not Fort Worth.  We ate on the patio of Bird Cafe.  Craft beer and craft food lovers take note – this place was great.  I had wild boar sausage on top of mashed sweet potatoes.
Over by the water fountains, the Fort Worthians (???sure???) were living it up.  Keeping our one-and-a-half year old from bolting toward the water was…”fun.”
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The next morning, I think our kids would have been happy just hanging out in the window of our room at the Omni, but I dragged them out of the hotel to explore.  Gotta teach em young.
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We hit the road and headed to the Fort Worth Zoo.  I hadn’t visited since I was a kid and was just as excited about it as my kids were….OK, probably more excited.  I’m like a big, dumb kid anyway.  I loved this zoo.  All the animals (big and small) were out to play.
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PLUS – the entire place was shaded.  If you’re a Texan, you know how important this is.  PLUS PLUS – they had GIGANTABUGS.  Seriously – Gigantic Bugs.   If you ever wanted to know what it felt like to live inside of Honey I Shrunk the Kids, just head to the zoo.
http://www.toddwhite.orgMy 5 year old was in heaven.  My bug-terrified wife – not so much.
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For dinner that night we headed to Tim Love’s new restaurant Woodshed which is on the Trinity River.  It’s got an awesome outdoor patio.
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And in typical chef fashion, rather than just stick with one sort of wood, Tim mixes it up with different logs for different dishes.  Awesome stuff.
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The next morning, we hit up the Fort Worth Water Gardens.  As a kid, I remember these being roughly the size of Niagara Falls.  They weren’t quite as big as , but are still pretty huge.
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That’s my 5 year old on the mountain
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That’s my wife way down in the valley.  I told you this place was big.
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Before heading home, we hit up Peters Brothers Hats (since 1911) which is still making hats the old fashioned way which takes something like 4 months to finish.  I didn’t get my head sized just yet.  I think I’ll save that for the episode.
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And just one block over was the JFK memorial where President Kennedy gave a impromptu speech before heading to Dallas.
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We left with much more still to see in Fort Worth, but that will have to wait for another trip.  I could probably do 5 more shows about this place.  If you’ve never been – get on the road and….Vaya con Dios Amigos!