Drive Clean Across Texas

Howdy Daytrippers! As the spring and summer travel season approaches, I wanted to remind you of great tips on driving clean as you Travel. One of our supporters, Drive Clean Across Texas, has great tips on driving clean and keeping Texas beautiful! See y’all out on the road…Vaya Con Dios!

Burnet Bus Trip

http://www.toddwhite.org
What do you call 50 daytrippers on a bus, cruising the Hill Country, eating BBQ, and stomping through caves?  A DANG GOOD TIME.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of leading a bus tour to Burnet, Texas.  We stopped at the eagle’s nest on Hwy 29 between Burnet and Llano, we ate BBQ at the Burnet Feed Store, we sampled wine at Perissos Vineyards, and then capped it off with a tour and dinner at Longhorn Cavern State Park.  It was an incredible time.  I’m always amazed at how fun the folks are that watch our program.  And I think I end up having just as much fun (or more) than they do.
Below are some pictures from the day.
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More Than a Day Trip: The Highland Lakes

If you’ve been watching The Daytripper, then you know one of our biggest supporters is The Highland Lakes of Burnet County.  They are the official tourism representative for all there is to do in Burnet County and all the really awesome cabins, hotels, and vacation homes that lie in the hills of Burnet County.

With summer coming up and warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your next vacation! So, I thought it would be cool to share some info and pictures from these absolutely incredible properties.  Eventually, I’m going to try and stay at all of them, one at a time…

Ahoy Lakefront Resort on East Lake Buchanan

ahoy

11510 RR 2341, Burnet, TX 78611

info@ahoylakefront.com

http://www.ahoylakefront.com/

Arrowhead on East Lake Buchanan

arrowhead

10700 RR2341, Burnet, TX, 78611

wp.kclark@gmail.com

Balcones Springs Retreat and Conference Center

balcones

14425 E. FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

info@texasretreat.com

http://www.texasretreat.com/

Barefoot Cottage

barefoot

2122 CR 118, Burnet, TX 78611

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

Website

Bella Vista

bellavista

1455 Cimarron Ranch Rd., Marble Falls, TX 78654

mary@bellavistabedandbreakfast.com

www.bellavistabedandbreakfast.com

Big Chief Resort on East Lake Buchanan

bigchief

1420 FM 690, Burnet, TX, 78611

info@bigchiefrvresort.com

http://www.bigchiefrvresort.com/

Breeze Terrace on Lake LBJ

breeze

120 Boutilier, Burnet, TX, 78611

Frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

Website

Camp Balcones Springs

campbaclones

104 Camp Balcones Springs Dr., Marble Falls, TX, 78654

info@campbalconessprings.com

http://www.campiscool.com/

Camp Champions

champions

775 Camp Road, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

info@campchampions.com

http://www.campchampions.com/

Camp Peniel

peniel

6716 E. FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654

http://www.camppeniel.org/

Canyon of the Eagles on East Lake Buchanan

canyoneagles

16942 RR 2341, Burnet, TX 78611

reservations@canyonoftheeagles.com

http://www.canyonoftheeagles.com/

Casa Verde on Lake LBJ

casaverde

116 Boutillier, Burnet, TX, 78611

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

Website

Cassie Waterfront on East Lake Buchanan

cassie

702 North Chaparral, Buchanan Dam, TX

sharfost@aol.com

Cedar Rock on Lake LBJ

cedarrock

908 Clen Oak Pkwy Burnetm, TX 78611

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

Website

Chanticleer Log Cabin

chanticleer

PO Box 232, Spicewood, TX 78669

Chanticleer_bb@yahoo.com

www.chanticleerlogcabin.com

Chevy Cove Lake House on Lake LBJ

chevycove

202 Oak St., Kingsland, TX 78639

alexnero109@hotmail.com

Website

Cool Waters Lake House on Lake LBJ

coolwaters

916 Clen Oak Parkway, Burnet, TX 78611

frontdestrentals@gmail.com

Website

Creek Side Camp and Cabins

creekside

222 Hatchett Hill, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

diane@creekside-camp-cabins.com

http://www.creekside-camp-cabins.com/

Dal Nonno

dalnonno

PO Box 232, Spicewood, TX 78669

Chanticleer_bb@yahoo.com

http://www.chanticleerlogcabin.com/

El Rio Cottages on Lake LBJ

elriocottage

14757 FM 1431, Kingsland, TX 78639

hersandhisinvest@nctv.com

http://www.texasvacationlodging.com/elrio/

Harmony School Summer Arts Camp

harmony

1503 Mormon Mill Rd., Marble Falls, TX, 78654

http://harmonyarts.org/

Heart of Texas Lake Resort on Lake LBJ

heartotexas

408 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, TX 78611

heartex@moment.net

http://www.highlandlakes.com/resort/

Horseshoe Bay North Condo

horseshoebay

416 Horseshoe Bay North, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

reservation@416hsbnorth.com

Website

Inks Lake State Park

inkslake

345 County Road 117, Burnet, TX, 78611

Website

Isaac Millsap Vacation Home

isaacmillsap

Marble Falls, TX, 78654

annie@heartoftexaswinetours.com

http://heartoftexasranch.net/

Lake LBJ Motel

lakelbjmotel

13813 W FM 1431, Kingsland, TX, 78639

kanmartin@yahoo.com

Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Cabin Rentals

lbjyachtclub

200 S. Wirtz Damn Rd., Marble Falls, TX 78657

marina@tstar.net

http://www.lakelbjmarina.com/

Lake Travis Ranch House

travisranchhouse

Spicewood, TX 78669

info@laketravisranch.com

http://www.laketravisranch.com/index.html

Lakeside Lodge on East Lake Buchanan

lakesidelodge

201 Lakewood Drive, Burnet, TX 78611

lakesidelodge@281.com

http://www.lakesidelodgetx.com/

The Villas at Legends on LBJ

villalegends

105 Range Way Circle, Kingsland, TX 78639

http://www.legendsgolftx.net/index.htm

Little Lodge on the Lake

littlelodge

336 Campa Pajama, Kingsland, TX, 78639

littlelodge@verizon.net

http://www.highlandlakes.com/lodge/

Loch Lone Star on Lake LBJ

lochlonestar

1406 Wofford Dr., Burnet, TX 78611

dthomas008@austin.rr.com

http://www.highlandlakes.com/loch/

Log Country Cove on Lake LBJ

logcountry

617 Log Country Cove, Burnet, TX 78611

mina@logcountrycove.com

http://www.logcountrycove.com/

Mary Millsap Vacation Home

marymillsap

Marble Falls, Texas 78654

annie@heartoftecaswinetours.com

http://heartoftexasranch.net/

Mema and Pepas House

memapepa

403 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, TX 78611

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

Website

Moriah

moriah

1741 CR 343, Marble Falls, TX 78654

nanderson2@gmail.com

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p245032

Painted Sky Inn on East Lake Buchanan

paintedskyinn

1400 CR 128, Burnet, TX 78611

paintedskyinn@gmail.com

http://www.paintedskyinn.com/

Paradise Landing

paradiselanding

716 CR 136 A, Kingsland, TX 78639

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

Website

Perrine Waterfront Vacation Home on Buchanan

perrinewaterfront

1307 Council St., Burnet, TX 78611

Cperrine2@austin.rr.com

Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary on East Lake Buchanan

rainbowhearth

1330 Waterway Lane, Burnet, TX 78611

Mariah@rainbowhearth.com

http://www.rainbowhearth.com/

San Gabriel River Inn

sangabrielriverinn

8327 CR 210 Bertram, TX, 78605

donna@sangabrielriverinn.com
www.sangabrielriverinn.com

Shady Grove

shadygrove

712 Circle Dr. Kingsland, TX, 78639
frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

Website

Spicewood Cottage

spicewoodcottage

1100 Rustic Lane, Spicewood, TX, 78669
pardo@tstar.net

http://spicewoodcottage.com/

Sunset Cliff Escape on East Lake Buchanan

sunsetcliff

3321 Sunset Cliff Rd, Burnet, TX, 78611
sherry@sunsetcliffescape.com

http://www.sunsetcliffescape.com/

Sunset Cottage on Lake LBJ

sunsetcottagelbg

kristi@texasvacationlodging.net

http://www.texasvacationlodging.com/sunsetcottage/

Sweet Retreat

sweetretreat

124 Granite Kingsland, TX
info@texasvacationlodging.net
Website

Terrace View

terraceview

910 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, TX, 78611

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com 

Website

The Farr Side on Lake Travis

farrside

Hwy. 1431 West, Marble Falls, TX, 78654
sfarr3@austin.rr.com

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p245032

The Oak House on Lake LBJ

oakhouselbj

563 Shoals Pkwy, Burnet, Texas 78611

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com 

The Tree House at Cockleburr Cove on Inks Lake

cockleburrcove

Burnet, Texas 78611
sarah@cockleburrcove.com

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/texas/hill-country/inks-lake

Thunderbird Resort on East Lake Buchanan

thunderbirdresort

200 Greenwood Hills Trail, Burnet, Texas 78611

tbirdres@tstar.net

http://www.touringtexas.com/tbird/

Trippin’ on the Grid with AT&T

Sometimes it’s good to go “off-the-grid” and find a place where you are completely unreachable.  A land with no computers, no social media, and no cell phones.  Everyone needs to make time in life to unplug.

However, when you are producing a crazy TV show with crew scrambling through shot lists, costumes getting thrown together, and locations being confirmed and reconfirmed, going “off-the-grid” is a bad thing.  We rely heavily on our phones in the field, and if they aren’t working we are left with nothing but a wink and a prayer hoping things go smoothly.  Sometimes it works, but generally, it doesn’t.  We need our phones all over Texas, not just in the cities and on the highways.

For a decade, I was a loyal customer to my old cell phone company.  However, there was a little problem with their coverage.  It was called The Texas Hill Country.  Make that West Texas completely.  They seemed to forget that it even existed.  And this was one of the major carriers.  Their coverage dropped off just past the I-35 corridor.  I spend a lot of time out West, so this was a big, big problem.  Then I found AT&T who let me test out their phones all over the state.  See their coverage map below.

ATT Coverage

I could actually make calls in the Hill Country.  What a revelation!  I could stream music and podcasts on my cross-Texas road trips.  I could share photos from the back country in places like Guadalupe Mountains National Park (pictured above).  I could stay in touch with Daytrippers all over Texas while I was traveling all over Texas.  After just one day trip, I made it final and broke up with my old carrier – never to return.

Sometimes it’s good to go “off-the-grid” but I’d like to be the one to choose when that happens rather than have stinky coverage decide it for me.  See you on the road!

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Trippin’ with Chet – NEW TOUR

Eagles, Caves, BBQ and Wine… Come spend your day, “Trippin’ with Chet.”

You’ve seen the episodes, now join us on January 25, 2014 as we head to Burnet and explore this unique area. We’ll start the day scouting for Bald Eagles then grab some fantastic Texas BBQ. After that we’ll enjoy some award winning Texas wine and end the day exploring caves. All along the way Chet will be your guide…both educating and entertaining.

The bus will leave from the Austin-area, and tickets are $125/person (includes food and beverage).

Get your tickets today! By the way, this would make a great Christmas gift for your favorite Daytripper fan.

Georgetown Finale Party, Thursday, June 20th, 8pm

Well, believe it or not, Season 4 of The Daytripper is coming to an end. To celebrate, we are having a FINALE party in Georgetown to premiere our Georgetown episode! How perfect is that. We will have a big movie screen set up in the park, so bring your blankets, frisbees, and your good-time-having selves.

Date: Thursday, June 20th
Time: Party starts at 8pm, showing at 8:45pm when it gets dark enough
Location: San Gabriel Park, Georgetown, TX  MAP
Cost: Free!
Ages: ALL AGES! Bring the family.
What to bring: blankets, camping chairs, frisbees, and cooler with your beverage of choice (it’s BYOB)

Here is the Facebook Event to share with your friends – CLICK HERE

The whole crew will be there (including me) to hang out, answer questions, and take photos. There will be raffles, FREE Blue Bell ice cream, and lots and lots of Daytripper-iffic fun.

If you can, you’ll also want to stick around after the party because the City of Georgetown will be holding a movie-in-the-park night featuring The Odd Life of Timothy Green.

¡Vaya con dios amigos!

– Chet

Crew Blog: La Grange, TX

by Andrew Ramsammy, Executive Producer

Over the course of filming a show like Daytripper, there comes the occasion where the crew has to overnight in a city or town. One recent occasion was during the filming of our La Grange episode. Instead of waking up at way-o’dark thirty the crew and I headed to La Grange the night before our shoot to get an early start on the following day.

Our accommodations for the evening, which can only be described as heavenly, was Las Brisas Farms in Fayetteville. Fayetteville is just up the road from La Grange and is approximately 1 hour from Houston, Bryan/College Station, Katy, and Austin, and 2 hours from San Antonio.

As we pulled up to Las Brisas the sun was just about to set. The owner Kathy, who warmly greeted us, gave us a tour of the farm. Let me just say that it’s one if the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in Texas. The lush green farm sits on 40 acres of beautiful vistas, gardens and courtyards. The location serves a variety of purposes including hosting weddings, retreats and lodging.

Kathy took us over to her garden filled with pomegranate trees and plum trees. It just so happen that there were some plums on the plum tree, which we ate, and let me tell you they were Texas sweet!

Something that we also learned about Las Brisas and its owners is their commitment to community. Kathy and her husband Eldon are supporters of The Texas Veteran Project. The Texas Veteran Project is comprised of B&B’s, guest cottages, inns, and hotels from Fayetteville and other communities within Central Texas who donate stays at their establishments to for those heading off to war, and as quiet refuge for those who have just returned from the battlefronts. Service men and women are invited along with their spouses to stay at some of the best accommodations that Central Texas has to offer via the project. It’s people like Kathy, Eldon and the Texas Veteran Project who are making a true difference in our state by supporting our troops with a quiet place to rest and relax. God bless them!

As the sun was setting and the Texas sky was turning a deep orange I just couldn’t believe how quiet it was. The only thing breaking the silence was our laughs. Good times were had that evening as we sat out on the porch gazing up at the stars. The following morning was like waking up from a dream. Las Brisas is just the kind of place to escape to when you need a break from life. I highly recommend it.