Merry Christmas!!


Merry Christmas from The Daytripper team!!!

Enjoy the day with family and friends as you celebrate the Holidays and the Birth of Jesus!

Summer of Smoke Winners – 1 Location Left!


We’ve had a blast with the Summer of Smoke contest! Huge thanks to Rudy’s Bar-B-Que for partnering with us on this contest. We’ve had a few new winners since last time we posted and ONE more location left. Keep an eye out on our social media outlets for the location hint…then go for it! It will be worth a Rudy’s gift card for Bar-B-Que.

Our previous post of winners and photos can be seen here.

Here are the winners so far! The latest are in bold.

  1. Matt Benson in League City
  2. Ron Watson in Round Rock
  3. Sam Saldivar in Corpus Christi
  4. Bill Dorough in Frisco
  5. JJ Mtz in El Paso
  6. Aime Coates in Tyler
  7. Frank Cuevas in Brownsville
  8. Jose Rodriguez in Lubbock
  9. Aaron Hartzel in Katy
  10. Anita Gammage in College Station
  11. Gus Reese in Arlington


Summer of Smoke Winners – 2 Weeks Left!


Where there’s smoke there’s Bar-B-Que…right? Well, most of the time and this summer we’ve had a lot of fun with the Summer of Smoke contest with Rudy’s Bar-B-Que. We’ve been setting Bar-B-Que “fires” all over Texas with hints of where we are hiding certificates redeemable for Rudy’s gift cards. We have 2 more weeks left so keep an eye out for the next hint dropping at 12 noon today!

Here are the winners so far!

  1. Matt Benson in League City
  2. Ron Watson in Round Rock
  3. Sam Saldivar in Corpus Christi
  4. Bill Dorough in Frisco
  5. JJ Mtz in El Paso
  6. Aime Coates in Tyler
  7. Frank Cuevas in Brownsville
  8. Jose Rodriguez in Lubbock



Daytripper Film Series – True Grit on May 23


Join Chet Garner and crew for the second installment of “The Daytripper Texas Film Series” showcasing movies made here in the Lone Star State. This event’s screening is “True Grit (2010)” staring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin.  Simply Put – it’s awesome.  Perhaps even better than the 1969 John Wayne classic.

Filmed in the Austin and Granger areas, this is film is about the search for an outlaw named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) who murders the father of a feisty 14-year-old farm girl, Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld). Ross hires Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a boozy, trigger-happy lawman, to help her find Chaney and avenge her father. The bickering duo are not alone in their quest, for a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) is also tracking Chaney for reasons of his own. Together the unlikely trio ventures into hostile territory to dispense some Old West justice.

For tickets and more information, click the image below. We hope to see you there!


The Road to Independence!


On April 16, 1836, General Sam Houston had a difficult decision to make. After weeks of running from the Mexican army, Houston and his rag-tag army of settlers turned soldiers found themselves at a “fork in the road.” In what is today New Kentucky Park in Tomball, Texas, General Houston had to decide whether to turn left to Louisiana, which meant the safety in the United States, or right, which meant facing Santa Anna and the Mexican army in Harrisburg or modern-day Harris County. As most of you know, Houston choose the right path.  And on April 21, 1836 defeated the powerful Mexican Army in the Battle of San Jacinto.

In honor of the 179th anniversary of the Texan victory at Battle of San Jacinto, we here at The Daytripper would like to highlight the incredible history that is the road of Texas’ independence.  And show you the spots were you can travel to retrace those famous steps.

October 2, 1835

cannonThe first shots of the revolution are fired.

Mexican soldiers were sent to Gonzales, Texas to take a cannon that Mexico has loaned them to scare away Indian attacks. Texans did not let the soldiers into town and fired on them, beginning the Texas revolution.  Today you can visit the cannon at the Gonzales Memorial Museum.

March 2, 1836

Texans declared independence from Mexico.

At the Convention of 1836, Texans wrote the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas. Sam Houston was named the commander of the Texas military.  Visit the recreate Independence Hall inside of Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.

March 6, 1836

the alamoFall of the Alamo.

After a 13-day attack on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio, Mexican soldiers killed all 189 Texans trying to defend the Alamo. Some of the most famous defenders were Davy Crockett, William B. Travis, and James Bowie.  Every year millions visit this sacred shrine in downtown San Antonio.

March 27, 1836

The Goliad Massacre.

Following the Battle of the Alamo, support for the Texan army had grown tremendously. With supporters from both Texas and the United States signing up to join the fight.  Santa Anna was livid and his vengeance came when James W. Fannin and his men surrendered on May 20, 1863 at the Battle of Coleto Creek. Fannin tried to discuss civilized terms that stated the Texan army should treated as prisoners of war instead of being executed. To no avail, about 350 Texan prisoners, including Fannin himself, were executed. To plan your own daytrip to Goliad, you can retrace Chet’s steps by viewing the Goliad episode or you can visit the Goliad State Park and Historic Site and Presidio La Bahia.

April 21, 1836

Texans win the Battle of San Jacinto and their independence.

Led by Sam Houston, the Texas army defeated the troops of Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. The win is the victory that Texas needed to finally gain independence from Mexico. As you might have seen in our recent Baytown episode, the public can visit this historic site year around. Visit the San Jacinto Monument of History for more details.

Come Hang with Chet at Backwoods!


Hey Daytrippers, I will be in store for a fan meet and greet. I’ll be talking all things Texas and telling some stories from the road. Come by and swap Texas travel stories, grab a picture, and learn all sorts of Daytripper tips for exploring the Lone Star State!

Location: Backwoods Austin
Time: 10AM – 1PM

Looking forward to see you there!


Daytripper BBQ Bus Tour Photos


We had a great time on our BBQ Bus tour! Lots of full stomachs and happy faces along the way…not to mention the food comas. Huge thanks to Hwy 29 BBQ, Cooper’s BBQ, Opie’s BBQ and the Bluebonnet Cafe for great food and Texas hospitality.

Keep an eye on our website for future tours. The next one up is our Texas Distillery Tour on May 9. Details and tickets are available at the Daytripper General Store.

The Daytripper Distillery Tour


It’s time to hit the road on another Daytripper Bus Tour! This time we head west of Austin to visit some the best and newest distilleries. Texas Spirits is on the rise in popularity so join us as we learn about the process of making and sample great Rum, Bourbon and Vodka. Along the way we will have lunch at a small brew-pub as well and snag some Texas style beef jerky.

You won’t want to miss this trip. Please note, you must be 21 to come on this trip. We will be leaving from and returning to Georgetown. For more information, visit the Daytripper General Store.

Looking forward to seeing y’all on the bus!


Trippin’ with Chet: North Texas Wine Tour


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.

Fredericksburg Wine Tour


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!