Pumpkin Patchin’ Texas


NOTE: This is our first guest post from travel writer Amanda Waltman. We hope you enjoy it.

Fall is here and while the weather in Texas is a wonder all it’s own, there are plenty of places to visit and things to do to get you in the fall spirit!  Take a look at some of the best pumpkin patches in Texas! From hayrides, mazes and fishing to live music and good food, these pumpkin patches have it all.  And while Halloween may be over this weekend, pumpkin patches go well into November.

Barton Hill Farms, Bastrop, TX


Photos: Barton Hill Farms Facebook

  • When: September 26-November 8, Saturday & Sunday
  • What: Boasting the most scenic pumpkin patch in Texas, the family photo ops are everywhere! Pick & paint pumpkins, find your way through the Great Pumpkin Maze and visit the farm animals. After you’ve done it all, grab a picnic blanket, some Texas BBQ, kennel corn and enjoy some live Texas Country and Bluegrass music!

Sweet Berry Farm, Marble Falls, TX

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  • When: September 26-November 8, Everyday except Wednesday.
  • What: Sweet memories are sure to be made at Sweet Berry Farm! After you find the perfect pumpkin, enjoy some homemade pumpkin pie ice cream, go for a hayride or let the kiddos traverse the farm in the Express Barrel Train. Work your way through a Texas-sized & shaped maze and on weekends go for a horse ride and enjoy some grub at The Pumpkin Grille.

Love Creek Orchards, Medina, TX


Photos: Love Creek Orchard Facebook

  • When: Every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in October.
  • What: Love Creek is celebrating 20 years as one of the best pumpkin patches around! Go for a hay, pony or train ride, have your face painted, paint a mural or pumpkin, listen to live music or be a part of the symphony, and while you are there don’t forget to tour their famous apple orchard and learn all about the Texas Apple Industry. Afterwards head on over to The Apple Store where you will discover why Texas Monthly declared their apple pie to be “The Best Apple Pie in Texas” or pop into The Apple Store’s Patio Cafe to enjoy a meal from one of the “Best 40 Small Town Cafes in Texas”.

Devine Acres Farm, Devine, TX

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  • When: October 3-November 1, Saturday & Sunday
  • What: A trip to Devine Acre Farms is not for the faint of heart! With a plethora of different activities available, the family is sure to have a fun-filled day. From hayrides, to sack races, games of volleyball, horseshoes and washers, mazes, trike derby and family catch-and-release fishing, you’ll never run out of things to do!

At’l Do Farms, Lubbock, TX

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  • When: September 19-November 14, Tuesday-Sunday
  • What: Visiting this pumpkin patch is like stepping into a story book. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch before exploring the giant maze, or Fairy Tale Trail with the kiddos.Then grab a bag of caramel corn and some hot chocolate and take a hayride to Pumpkin Hollow at dusk where over 150 carved pumpkins are illuminated revealing different Disney characters, Famous people, Peanut Characters and other Halloween themed scenes!

NOTE:  Amanda found some awesome additions to last year’s list.  If you need more suggestions, check it out here - http://thedaytripper.com/2014/10/17/fall-festivals-and-pumpkin-patches/

Season 7 is HERE!!!


Get Ready, because Season 7 kicks off this week on PBS stations across Texas.  For our premiere episode, we are headed to East Austin to eat some handmade salami and thai food, visit Stephen F. Austin, and do an obstacle course.  Let’s hit the road.

Now Hiring: Fall Intern


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

We are currently looking for our next FALL SEMESTER intern.  Here are the criteria.

  • Must be enrolled in school 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 though the links below. All others, please send your resume to tosha (at) hogaboomroad.com.

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

Keep on Trippin’

2015 Calendar is HERE


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Episode 005 – Season 6, Tales from the Road


Hit the road with the Daytripper Podcast Episode 5 as we share “Tales from the Road” for the first part of Season 6. The crew shares some behind the scenes stories about the challenges and craziness but all around fun times of shooting the Daytripper show. You won’t want to miss this episode!

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

Costume Party and Premiere at Rudy’s in Frisco, TX

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It’s a Rudy’s HALLOWEEN party of TEXAS proportions!

We’ve got an exciting new GRAPEVINE episode to premiere and Want YOU to be a part of the FUN!!!  So join me and The Daytripper crew on the night before Halloween and get a sneak peak of our “Christmas Capital of Texas” episode.  We’ll have prizes for costumes, trivia, free BBQ for bringing in a canned good, and lots of DAYTRIPPER fun!!!

Date: October 30, 2014
Location: Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q, 9828 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX MAP HERE
Time: 6:30-8pm (the episode screening will start at 7:30pm)

Cans For Q:  Like all our Rudy’s events, we will be collecting cans for our local food bank.  Bring in any canned item (or nonperishable food) and we’ll give you a free 1/4lb of brisket.  Now that’s a deal.  (one per customer)

Costume Contest:  You KNOW, The Daytripper likes costumes.  So don’t save your Halloween costumes for just one night.  Break them out early and come in your Halloween best.  We’ll have prizes for 1. Best Little Tripper Costume (0-5 years). 2. Scariest Costume.  3. Most Creative Costume.  and 4. Best Overall.  Of course you don’t have to dress up, but where’s the fun in that!

See you there!

Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches

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Howdy, Daytrippers!

Fall is in the air and with it, shorter days, colder air and the smell of an occasional pumpkin spice latte. All around Texas the leaves are changing, animals migrating and festivals are beginning to pop up. Here at the Daytripper, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to gather a collection of some of the best family friendly festivals and pumpkin patches in the area, beginning with those closest to home.

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1. A fan favorite located near Austin is the Barton Hill Farms pumpkin patch and corn maze, located at 1115 Farm to Market 969, Bastrop, Texas 78602. It’s about 25 minutes from Austin but just 10 from Bastrop. The festival includes rides, games, local vendors, a pumpkin patch and a famous corn maze which this year is themed to cheer on the Texas Longhorns. BartonHillFarms.com

Barton Hill Farms is open on weekends only from September 27th to November 9th. Tickets are available online to purchase.

2. Heading in the opposite direction of Bastrop is Sweetberry Farmsnear Marble Falls. This location advertises scarecrow stuffing, horse rides, a corn maze (separate ones for different ages), a pumpkin patch and various other activities showcased on their website: Sweetberryfarm.com . Sweetberry Farms is open every day from September 27th to November 2nd except Wednesdays. They do however offer additional activities on weekends. There is no entrance fee, but a small fee for different activities.

3. In Hays County, the city of Wimberly offers a variety of events on different days located throughout the Halloween season. These include pet parades, pumpkin patches, pumpkin decorating and a safe location for children to go trick or treating among peers. These are available throughout October only and on specific days pre-chosen. Included on the site are a variety of safety tips for parents to help their children get the most out of the Halloween season: VisitWimberley.com/halloween/.

San Antonio Area

SA Pumpkin Hollow1. Pumpkin Hollows Fall Festival, located at 9100 W SI-1604 N, San Antonio, TX 78250. Attractions include a pumpkin patch, fun runs, scavenger hunts, wagon rides and a corn maze depending on what day of attendance. A full calendar is available on their website Home.PumpkinHollow.ca/ . The pinnacle event at the Pumpkin Hollow Festival is a Halloween Extravaganza on October 18th with multiple contests and events for children to partake in and trick or treating available around the location.

2. Located between San Antonio and Austin is the Gruene Pumpkin Patch at 2629 E. Common St, New Braunfels. Though the actual opening date for 2014 is unclear, their Facebook page maintains that the pumpkins have arrived to their intended location. Each Saturday the festival is open will include different activities to be scheduled, not limited to hay rides and pumpkin painting (weather permitting). www.gruenepumpkinpatch.org/.

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1. Storybook Ranch. 3701 Custer Rd., Mckinney, TX 75070. Offers a full fall festival and pumpkin patch. The festival involves a petting zoo, hayrides, and riding lessons. In addition to these activities, there are face painting, bouncy houses, and pony rides available for children. They accommodate for special events as well. This is a charity fundraiser that opens September 19th and closes November 3rd.  www.Storybookranch.org

2. Big Orange Pumpkin Farm at 5518 County Road #126, Celina, TX, 75009. Big Orange is open from September 19th to November 2nd, every day, though hours vary throughout the week. It is a highly recommended destination with safe, clean animal pens, food, snacks, picnic areas, a maze, a pumpkin patch and tractor / train rides. The site also advertises a new catch and release pond. www.bigorangepumpkinfarm.com/

Houston Area

Houston BlessingtonFarms1. 7 Acre Wood, located in Montgomery County, near the Woodlands at 4401 N. Frazier, Conroe TX. 7 Acre Wood is a family fun park that is open year round every day except Monday. They have a petting zoo, mini golf course, large sandbox, rope slide and play fort. From September 30th to October 31st they have an event called the Annual Thrill at the Mill Fall Festival.   www.7acrewood.org/

2. Blessington Farms is located at 510 Chisolm Trail in Simonton, TX (Fort Bend County). They have berry picking (seasonally) where visitors can pick their own strawberries, blueberries, and thornless blackberries. Alongside this they have a “Farm funland” with a hay maze, petting zoo, barrel ride and other farm activities. Blessington farms has a pumpkin patch including special varieties and a fishing pond for young kids to enjoy. Their hours and days of availability differ seasonally and are available for viewing on their website. www.blessingtonfarms.com

3. Berryland Farms of Texas open on weekends September 27th to November 9th. Berryland Farms has a corn maze, hay rides, a hill slide, giant swings, a bounce house and other fun activities for children to enjoy. As they are a smaller patch, they request that visitors call before coming to ensure they still have pumpkins available for picking. Berryland farms can be found at 2877 FM 1941 in Winnie, TX . www.berrylandfarmsoftexas.com

It can WAIT!!! Don’t Text and Drive


Howdy, Trippers!

With all of the excitement about Season 6 in the air and everybody looking to hit the road, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about some safe driving tips. First and foremost – DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE.  It’s not the law all around Texas, but several cities including Austin prohibit the bad habit.

I’m a big supporter of AT&T’sIt Can Wait” campaign and one of 5 million people who have taken the pledge.  We all know that there are many things more important than your phone to pay attention to on the road.  Besides, if you’re looking down you’ll miss that big beautiful state of Texas that’s right out your window.

So, spend ALL your driving time watching the road.  You’ll have more fun in the moment, and be part of saving hundreds of lives a year. Mark your support by using “#X” and let others know you have X’d the Text.

For more information, visit ItCanWait.com.

Safe travels. Vaya con Dios Amigos!

Marble Falls Premiere Party – Oct 9th, 7pm, Uptown Theater

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This is going to be awesome.  I always love premiering an episode in the featured city and THIS Thursday, October 9th, we will do just that as we premiere our Marble Falls episode at the historic Uptown Theater in downtown Marble Falls.  There will be free food, cash bar, and lots of mingling with the crew, along with a pop-up version of The Daytripper General Store.

This event is FREE and open to the public, however seating is limited.  So all we ask is that you RSVP with R-Bar and Grill by calling them at 830-693-2622.

Also, we will be accepting donations that night for the Burnet County Santa’s Helpers, so please bring an unwrapped toy and help make someone’s Christmas extra special this year.

I cant wait to see you there.  Vaya con Dios!

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!