Thanks To Our Sponsors!


As we kick off Season 6, I wanted to take a moment to THANK our sponsors! We could truly not make this show without your support. Our returning sponsors are The Highland Lakes of Burnet County, Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q and Subaru. We appreciate your continued support of the show.

Our new sponsors this season are Best Western Hotels of Texas and Backwoods. Welcome to the Daytripper family.

We are excited about our partnership with these great sponsors and we encourage our fans and viewers to check them out! As we posted last week, Season 6 is right around the corner…as in THIS week. So get ready to tune in to your local PBS station and experience new adventures across this great state of Texas!

See y’all out on the road!

Trippin’ SA Bus Tour


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!”

Behind the Scenes at the Daytripper


Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the Daytripper? Well here’s a glimpse behind the scenes through the lens of our Summer intern, Linsey Thut.

An Intern’s First Taste of Cuvee

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Howdy Daytrippers!  Let me first introduce myself…I am the summer intern, Linsey.  As a fellow Daytripper fan, it’s been fantastic to spend my days following Chet on his crazy adventures.  I’m having a blast!

A week into my internship, Chet found out I claimed to be a coffee-addict but hadn’t yet tried Cuvee Coffee.  Shocked and appalled, he immediately sent me to the Galaxy Bakery down the street to buy a cup.

If you’ve seen the Spicewood episode of The Daytripper, then you saw Chet take a tour of the Cuvee Coffee factory. If not – check this out.

Cuvee Coffee is one of America’s top specialty roasters, and they’re based right here in the Hill Country.  They roast their coffee meticulously, using formulas and coffee-labs to ensure the taste is just right.

While Cuvee gets their beans  from countries all around the world, including Brazil and El Salvador, I chose the Spicewood 71 Classic for my first cup. Usually, I need to load my coffee with tons of cream and sugar, but with Cuvee I didn’t. The taste was sweet and smooth, and not too strong, which I loved.

And since I enjoyed my first cup so much (and since Chet was paying, of course!) I just had to try the Cuvee Meritage Espresso. I’d never had a cup of espresso before and was expecting to be bombarded with bitter coffee grounds and overbearing tastes, yet Cuvee was just the opposite. It tasted fresh and sweet, with just the right of amount of kick to get me through the rest of my day. After all, coffee is an intern’s best friend!

So, fellow coffee lovers, grab yourself a cup of Cuvee, and raise a steaming mug to Texas family values and world-class taste!  I’m now a faithful drinker.

If you’ve never had it (or need to restock), Cuvee Coffee is now available via The Daytripper General Store where Chet is compiling some of his favorite Texas-based shirts, food, and cool stuff.  Order some today.  You won’t regret it.

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More Than a Day Trip: The Highland Lakes

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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


11510 RR 2341, Burnet, TX 78611

Arrowhead on East Lake Buchanan


10700 RR2341, Burnet, TX, 78611

Balcones Springs Retreat and Conference Center


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

Barefoot Cottage


2122 CR 118, Burnet, TX 78611


Bella Vista


1455 Cimarron Ranch Rd., Marble Falls, TX 78654

Big Chief Resort on East Lake Buchanan


1420 FM 690, Burnet, TX, 78611

Breeze Terrace on Lake LBJ


120 Boutilier, Burnet, TX, 78611


Camp Balcones Springs


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

Camp Champions


775 Camp Road, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

Camp Peniel


6716 E. FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654

Canyon of the Eagles on East Lake Buchanan


16942 RR 2341, Burnet, TX 78611

Casa Verde on Lake LBJ


116 Boutillier, Burnet, TX, 78611


Cassie Waterfront on East Lake Buchanan


702 North Chaparral, Buchanan Dam, TX

Cedar Rock on Lake LBJ


908 Clen Oak Pkwy Burnetm, TX 78611


Chanticleer Log Cabin


PO Box 232, Spicewood, TX 78669

Chevy Cove Lake House on Lake LBJ


202 Oak St., Kingsland, TX 78639


Cool Waters Lake House on Lake LBJ


916 Clen Oak Parkway, Burnet, TX 78611


Creek Side Camp and Cabins


222 Hatchett Hill, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

Dal Nonno


PO Box 232, Spicewood, TX 78669

El Rio Cottages on Lake LBJ


14757 FM 1431, Kingsland, TX 78639

Harmony School Summer Arts Camp


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

Heart of Texas Lake Resort on Lake LBJ


408 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, TX 78611

Horseshoe Bay North Condo


416 Horseshoe Bay North, Marble Falls, TX, 78654


Inks Lake State Park


345 County Road 117, Burnet, TX, 78611


Isaac Millsap Vacation Home


Marble Falls, TX, 78654

Lake LBJ Motel


13813 W FM 1431, Kingsland, TX, 78639

Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Cabin Rentals


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

Lake Travis Ranch House


Spicewood, TX 78669

Lakeside Lodge on East Lake Buchanan


201 Lakewood Drive, Burnet, TX 78611

The Villas at Legends on LBJ


105 Range Way Circle, Kingsland, TX 78639

Little Lodge on the Lake


336 Campa Pajama, Kingsland, TX, 78639

Loch Lone Star on Lake LBJ


1406 Wofford Dr., Burnet, TX 78611

Log Country Cove on Lake LBJ


617 Log Country Cove, Burnet, TX 78611

Mary Millsap Vacation Home


Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Mema and Pepas House


403 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, TX 78611




1741 CR 343, Marble Falls, TX 78654

Painted Sky Inn on East Lake Buchanan


1400 CR 128, Burnet, TX 78611

Paradise Landing


716 CR 136 A, Kingsland, TX 78639


Perrine Waterfront Vacation Home on Buchanan


1307 Council St., Burnet, TX 78611

Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary on East Lake Buchanan


1330 Waterway Lane, Burnet, TX 78611

San Gabriel River Inn


8327 CR 210 Bertram, TX, 78605

Shady Grove


712 Circle Dr. Kingsland, TX, 78639


Spicewood Cottage


1100 Rustic Lane, Spicewood, TX, 78669

Sunset Cliff Escape on East Lake Buchanan


3321 Sunset Cliff Rd, Burnet, TX, 78611

Sunset Cottage on Lake LBJ


Sweet Retreat


124 Granite Kingsland, TX

Terrace View


910 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, TX, 78611 


The Farr Side on Lake Travis


Hwy. 1431 West, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

The Oak House on Lake LBJ


563 Shoals Pkwy, Burnet, Texas 78611 

The Tree House at Cockleburr Cove on Inks Lake


Burnet, Texas 78611

Thunderbird Resort on East Lake Buchanan


200 Greenwood Hills Trail, Burnet, Texas 78611

Get Your 7 Letter Plate

This is what the Subaru does best.

If you’ve seen the front of our Subaru Outback tooling around Texas, you might have noticed our “DAYTRIP” license plate.

A 7-letter license plate just like ours can be purchased at— but here’s the catch. 7-letter license plates aren’t available year-round for purchase. The good news is that they will be available from March 5th through March 11th.

So don’t procrastinate and order your 7-character personalized plates at or call 888-7MY-PLATES. is a proud sponsor of The Daytripper!

UPDATE: Viewer’s Choice Contest


As you may have heard during The Daytripper BBQ Pledge Special that aired on your local PBS station, this season one lucky city/town will be chosen by the great people of Texas as a day trip destination for our season 4 finale that will air sometime in late spring 2013.

In addition to this exciting opportunity, one lucky fan (with guest) will be randomly selected to shadow The Daytripper Crew in the actual filming of the show, to take place in the the winning city/town.

Now is your chance to enter these exciting opportunities below:

To enter Viewer’s Choice contest click here.

To enter a chance to “ride along” with The Daytripper Crew click here.

Both contests end February 13th, 2013!


Welcome to our new website!

Website Welcome

You may have noticed that we’ve given our website a bit of a facelift. Okay, a really big facelift!

First thing you’ll notice on our homepage are featured stories on our “carousel.” Here you’ll find our latest daytrips and news on the show. As well on our homepage you’ll see a live-stream from our Facebook page and our Twitter account. If you haven’t followed us on either of those platforms, we invite you to do so. We use Facebook and Twitter to post real-time events and activities associated with the show.

Another great enhancement is overall navigation of the site. We’ve made finding the information you need easier and simpler without the need of a sextant or an advanced degree in cartography by centralizing all of our episodes onto the “DAYTRIPS” page/tab. Click on an actual day-trip location and you’ll find all the info you need on that specific trip, including locations featured on the show, the actual episode, a map of the area and some behind the scenes photos from the shoot. As well, you’ll get more recommendations to similar “DAYTRIPS” with “RELATED BLOG POSTS” and “MORE DAYTRIPS” on the local “DAYTRIPS” page.

And the biggest thing of all – we’ve integrated social media into every page, so be sure to share your thoughts via Facebook and post a Tweet, now all easily accessible from one page.

Special thanks to Libby Peterek, Jesse Overright, and Brionne Griffin at KLRU who helped us with the entire re-design and overhaul of our site. And thanks to Bill Stotesbery and Maury Sullivan at KLRU for supporting this project.

We’ll be working hard to bring you new blog posts from our team as we film new episodes and we’ll feature stories that we believe are important to you.

If you have any feedback on the website be sure to post your comments via Facebook or Twitter below.


Season 4 Tour

Season 4 Tour Featured

Well, the time has come to launch our fourth season of the show. And there’s no better way to get into the action by joining us on our “Cans for Q: Four for Four Tour” in which we’ll be making stops at 4 different Rudy’s locations throughout Texas.

So here’s the plan. Just bring in a canned good (or a couple) and we’ll trade it for a 1/4 lb. of  Rudy’s brisket. Sound like a deal? Heck yeah!

Join us at the following Rudy’s locations:

Tuesday, October 9 @ 6:30 PM – Rudy’s Denton. RSVP here.

Wednesday, October 10 @ 7:00 PM – Rudy’s Austin 360. RSVP here.

Thursday, October 11 @ 6:30 PM – Rudy’s New Braunfels. RSVP here.

Friday, October 12 @ 6:30 PM – Rudy’s Houston I45S/NASA. RSVP here.

We hope to see you at one of our stops!

Season 4 Sponsors

Sponsors Featured

You hear it at the beginning and ending of every episode… “The Daytripper is brought to you by…”

But what do those words really mean?

In all fairness, it means that these proud supporters provide us with the financial resources and tools to make what you see on the screen actually possible. Producing a travel show like ours requires a lot and this season we raised the bar even higher with a goal of producing 13 episodes instead of 10. We asked our sponsors “CAN WE DO PRODUCE 13 SHOWS THIS SEASON?” and they responded by saying, “YES!”

So what does it actually take to make a show?

First, it takes a crew and for the past three seasons we’ve paid many of them in bar-b-q. This season we’re happy to announce that we have three full time employees, housed in an office, and that would not have been possible with our sponsors support.

Second, it takes resources, like fuel, food and equipment. We burn and churn through a lot of fuel when we’re out on the road, days at a time, and again, we couldn’t do it without our sponsors support.

Third, it takes money. By the time our show ends up on your screen, whether on your TV, your computer or mobile device, thousands of dollars have been spent making the best show possible with every available resource we have and here’s the best part – it comes at no cost to you or your local Texas PBS station.

So, when you hear those words again, “The Daytripper is brought to you by…” be sure to clap until your hands fall off, and be sure say thank you to each and every one of our sponsors by supporting their businesses – because when you support them, you support us. We could not do what we do without their backing and we are incredibly blessed to have them.

Please help us welcome our proud and generous Season 4 sponsors!

Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q

The Highland Lakes of Burnet County

State Farm Texas

Subaru of America