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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: 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

Day Trips: O. Henry’s Bridge, San Antonio

Iron bridge spans the San Antonio River and 138 years of literary history

Column, Feb. 1, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: February Events Roundup

February fun in the Year of the Dog

Travel Daily, Jan. 31, 2018 2:00 PM

Day Trips & Beyond: Mardi Gras in NWLA

Northwestern Louisiana really heats up during Mardi Gras season

Travel Daily, Jan. 27, 2018 9:30 AM

Day Trips: Mardi Gras, Shreveport-Bossier City, La.

The food and parades are worth the drive to northwestern Louisiana

Column, Jan. 25, 2018

Day Trips: Balcones Distilling, Waco

Whiskey distillery welcomes guests to try their tasting room

Column, Jan. 18, 2018

Day Trips: Alligator Bank, Alvin

Hometown financial institution makes a name for itself with a pair of reptiles

Column, Jan. 11, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: January Events Roundup

Start 2018 with some Texas travel

Travel Daily, Jan. 5, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Exotic Wildlife Tours, Mountain Home

Excursions to the wildlife habitat give a look at a Texas legend

Column, Jan. 4, 2018

Day Trips: Top 10s 2017

Hurricane Harvey tops the list of events that affected day trippers in 2017

Column, Dec. 28, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: New Year’s Eve 2017 Around Texas

Ringing in the new year across the Lone Star State

Travel Daily, Dec. 22, 2017 7:00 AM

Day Trips: River Trail Cottages, Kerrville

Old-fashioned motor court has new life with modern amenities

Column, Dec. 21, 2017

Day Trips: OS Ranch Museum, Post

Small-town art museum with a world-class collection

Column, Dec. 14, 2017

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