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Gerald E. McLeod

Contributing Writer, Day Trips


Gerald E. McLeod joined the Chronicle staff in November 1980 as a graphic designer. In April 1991 he began writing the “Day Trips” column. Besides the weekly travel column, he contributed “101 Swimming Holes,” “Guide to Central Texas Barbecue,” and “Guide to the Texas Hill Country.” His first 200 columns have been published in Day Trips Vol. I and Day Trips Vol. II.

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Day Trips: Chandler Guest Ranch, Dryden

Former fishing camp still an oasis on the Pecos River

Column, Sep. 13, 2018

Day Trips: Bretagne Memorial, Cypress

Service dog from 9/11 remembered in her home town

Column, Sep. 6, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup

Art festivals and dance halls liven up the landscape in September

Travel Daily, Sep. 1, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Snake Farm, New Braunfels

Snake Farm, just sounds nasty, but is a lot of fun

Column, Aug. 30, 2018

Day Trips: Monument Inn Restaurant

Houston area eatery overlooks the busy ship channel

Column, Aug. 23, 2018

Day Trips: Kingsland

Tiny homes make a big splash in vacation rentals

Column, Aug. 16, 2018

Day Trips: Gandhi Plaza, Irving

Revered international leader memorialized in North Texas

Column, Aug. 9, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: August Events Roundup

Texas fun is heating up with grape stomps, outlaw festivals, and rodeos

Travel Daily, Aug. 3, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Tree Sculpture Tour, Galveston

Galveston Tree Sculpture Tour turns lemons into lemonade

Column, Aug. 2, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: Wright in Wisconsin

Wisconsin driving trail showcases architect’s diverse styles

Travel Daily, Jul. 27, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Lakewood Brewery, Garland

Garland full-flavored craft brewery sets itself apart

Column, Jul. 26, 2018

Day Trips: Garland BBQ

Old-fashioned pit barbecue does it low and slow

Column, Jul. 19, 2018

Day Trips: Utopia

French chef decorates her ultimate treehouses in Utopia

Column, Jul. 12, 2018

Day Trips: The Titanic, Mayborn Museum, Waco

Artifacts of famed ocean liner sets sail at Waco museum

Column, Jul. 5, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: July Events Roundup

Get hip to these timely travel tips

Travel Daily, Jul. 3, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Deep Eddy Vodka, Dripping Springs

Vodka tasting room showcases locally made spirits straight or in cocktails

Column, Jun. 21, 2018

Day Trips: Jet Set Chocolate, Brenham

Airline pilot turns to turning chocolate into art as a hobby

Column, Jun. 14, 2018

Day Trips: Toilet Seat Art Museum, San Antonio

Hundreds of commode covers become canvases for 97-year-old artist

Column, Jun. 7, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: June Events Roundup

Titanic, turtle hatchlings, and Texas beaches after Harvey

Travel Daily, Jun. 1, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Good Ole Days, Brady

Antique emporium is a treasure mine of relics and oddities

Column, May. 31, 2018

Day Trips: The Cistern, Houston

Houston’s former underground reservoir perfect canvas for light artist

Column, May. 24, 2018

Day Trips: Coupland Inn and Dance Hall

Something’s new at the old dance hall and eatery

Column, May. 17, 2018

Day Trips: Bessie Coleman, Atlanta Historical Museum

Texas-born pioneer aviatrix is remembered in her hometown

Column, May. 10, 2018

Day Trips: Hot Springs NP, Ark.

Oldest national nature preserve still a hot destination

Column, May. 3, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: May Events Roundup

Catfish, outlaws, and armadillos

Travel Daily, May. 2, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Flophouze Hotel, Round Top

Repurposed shipping containers become chic lodging

Column, Apr. 26, 2018

Day Trips: Youngs Burritos & BBQ, San Saba

Family affair keeps the barbecue smoking with a Tex-Mex accent

Column, Apr. 19, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: Old Warbirds

Former military aircraft offer once-in-a-lifetime rides

Travel Daily, Apr. 12, 2018 3:00 PM

Day Trips: Warbird Flights

A few of the vintage airplanes still welcome passengers

Column, Apr. 12, 2018

Day Trips: AquaBrew Brewery, San Marcos

Popular brewpub has the agility of a homebrewer and consistency of a craft brewer

Column, Apr. 5, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: April Events Roundup

Start April with a scenic drive along fields of flowers

Travel Daily, Mar. 31, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: I.D. Fairchild State Forest, Maydelle

Take a walk in the woods behind the pine curtain of East Texas

Column, Mar. 29, 2018

Day Trips: John Knox Ranch, Wimberley

Kids’ summer camp becoming a year-round destination for adults and families

Column, Mar. 22, 2018

Day Trips: The Goose’s Acre Pub, The Woodlands

Bar and restaurant transported to Texas retains its Irish brogue

Column, Mar. 14, 2018

Day Trips: Old Settler’s Music Festival, Tilmon

Annual music festival is rocking in a new location after three decades

Column, Mar. 8, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: March Events Roundup

Stack rocks, meet the Hulk, and celebrate the Lone Star State

Travel Daily, Mar. 3, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Manske Rolls, San Marcos

The unique twist on the cinnamon roll is a San Marcos original

Column, Mar. 1, 2018

Day Trips: Tejas Chocolate Craftory, Tomball

Bean-to-bar chocolate factory excels at barbecue brisket

Column, Feb. 22, 2018

Day Trips: Angel on the Wind

Heaven’s hood ornament adorns memory park in Palestine

Column, Feb. 15, 2018

Day Trips: Chocolates El Rey, Stonewall

Importer of Venezuelan chocolate brings food of the gods to the Hill Country wine district

Column, Feb. 8, 2018

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