This page will contain the 2018 tour list and the maps we used for the tour group. Road conditions may have changed or destinations may no longer be present (ie, restaurant has closed or changed hands). Enjoy our past tours or look for some ideas for your future road travels.
1/6/2018: Hair of the Dog Tour
Our third annual Hair of the Dog New Year’s Day drive will take us out in the southern area of the Metroplex, traveling back toward West, TX for some Kloaches and then take a few of our favorite south-western roads back toward Godley, TX and stopping for lunch at Del Norte Tacos.
To register for the tour contact Ray Mimick at firstname.lastname@example.org
2/17/2018: Gimmick Rally 2018
What is the Fun Run Gimmick Rally? The Fun Run gimmick Rally is sponsored by the Lone Star Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America (LSC BMW CCA). A gimmick rally is essentially a scavenger hunt where a driver and navigator must find their way to an unknown destination using clues along the way to guide them. The route is pre-defined and handed out at the beginning of the event. Along the route, there are clues to decipher in order to “win” the rally.
The Fun Run Gimmick Rally is a self-paced, non-timed, street legal gimmick rally. The organizers of the event have covered hundreds of miles choosing the route, selecting the gimmicks, and ensuring that fun will be had for drivers of all types. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, and 2nd with honorable mention for 3rd place.
3/2/2018-3/4/2018: Fredericksburg Tour
When: Friday, March 2rd, 2018 to Sunday, March 4th, 2018
Where: Fredricksburg and the twisted sister roads
Departure point: Home Depot in Cleburne, 10am (trying to avoid rush hour Friday traffic)
We will be using the Sunday House Inn again this year for our hotel. We have reserved 12 rooms (2 Double or 1 King Bed) at 139.95/night for the King and 139.95/night for the 2-Doubles (Judy has stated we can have more than 12, depending on room availability). Rooms will remain available at this rate until February 25, 2018. Please call Judy at 830-997-4484 to reserve your room. Our rooms are reserved under the Lone Star BMW. We have been able to get ahead of Spring Break with these dates and that is the current plan for this year. We will probably still miss out on the Blue Bonnets but you never know with Texas.
Day 1 (Fri): Utilizing our past tour’s routes, we’ll have a quick trip down to Fredericksburg arriving about 4pm. Pit-stop schedules: Cleburne to Hico, Hico to lunch at El Tapatio in Goldthwaite. Goldthwaite to Llano. Llano to Fredericksburg. Hotel Check in, Wine Tasting tour if desired and then dinner at our favorite German restaurant, Auslander.
Day 2 (Sat): Starting about 8:00a, we’ll head down to Kerrville and Leaky and hit all 3 twisted sister roads and a few extras thrown in. We’ll have lunch as a group in Leaky or Utopia and then we’ll return to the hotel about 4:00p. Dinner plans are still being determined
Day 3 (Sun): Return trip to DFW (10a) following some twisty roads home and stop in Hico and try out The Chop House.
3/31/2018: Cranfills Gap Easter Weekend Tour
Easter weekend, the Lone Star Chapter takes off in search of some interesting roads.
4/12/2018-4/15/2018: Big Bend Tour
Back by popular demand, we are making plans to return to the Big Bend area of West Texas. Hopefully we get to see the native Big Bend Blue Bonnets out in force, hike in beautiful weather, find some more twisty roads, visit the food trucks in Marfa, see the stars at McDonald observatory, etc. There’s something special in West Texas and we hope you can join us for this adventure.
4/22/2018: Bluebonnet Cruise and Festival
Join us Sunday the 22nd for a fun filled morning touring the fabulous Bluebonnet fields in the Ennis, Texas area. These fields are so spectacular every year that there are touring roads highlighted throughout the area for those wanting to see these spectacular flowers in bloom. This cruise will be for those wanting to see the state flower of Texas in all of its springtime glory. The Bluebonnet Cruise will end in Ennis where we will enjoy lunch and the festivities taking place at the Annual Ennis Bluebonnet Festival.
This is a great family friendly event that you won’t want to miss. We will meetup promptly at 10:00 am at the Shell gas station at 1639 N Interstate 45, Palmer, TX 75152. To sign-up for the cruise, please email Dennis Luczycki (email@example.com) so that we know you are coming.
5/26/2018: Let’s Eat Cafe Tour
Memorial Day weekend finds us traveling toward Granbury and some good food for dinner. We’ll get to see Let’s Eat’s new location and enjoy some nice Texas scenery.
6/2/2018: Hutchins BBQ 2018
Post Cars & Coffee, the trip up into interesting roads.
6/16/2018: Love’s Lookout Point
Leaving BMW of Tyler, we’ll make an interesting loop around the area, searching out the twisty roads to experience with our cars. We’ll make a stop at Love’s Lookout and then head back toward Tyler and enjoy a group lunch at Aspen Creek Grill (1725 W SW Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701) around 12:30p. If you can join us, email firstname.lastname@example.org so we know you are coming and we’ll get you on the list.
7/28/2018: Talimena Scenic Byway Tour & Hot Springs, AR
Friday night we’ll head out to Paris, TX and spend the night. On Saturday, we’ll tour the Talimena Scenic Byway in Oklahoma/Arkansas stopping along the way to enjoy the scenery. Lunch will be in Mena, AR. After a great day, we’ll head back to DFW.
8/11/2018: Tyler to Mineola Burger Run
Leaving from BMW of Tyler, we’ll take some interesting roads and lead ourselves over to the East Texas Burger Company (126 E Broad St, Mineola, TX 75773) in Mineola, TX. We’ll make a few stop along the way and enjoy the scenery and talk cars with fellow enthusiasts. If you can join us, email email@example.com and we’ll get you down on the list. If you just want to join us for lunch, let us know so we can watch for you in Mineloa.
8/17/2018 – 8/19/2018: Trip to Austin, TX
Trip down to Austin, TX to visit the state capital and see the sights. Sunday, joined with Tejas Chapter for a morning drive.
9/15/2018: Caddo Lake Tour
Start Location: BMW of Tyler @ 9:30. Our trip to Caddo Lake will taking us through some twisty roads along the way. We’ll head over the border to Oil City, Louisiana and look over Caddo Lake from the East. Then we’ll circle around and have lunch on the West side of the Lake. After lunch, we’ll make an easy stop in Jefferson, TX and then head back toward Tyler. For those joining us from DFW area, the group will meet up at Buc-ee’s in Terrell, TX in the west side parking lot at 8:00a. The return route will end us in Rockwall. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to the list.
9/22/2018: Texas Fort Trail Tour
Back by popular demand, we’ll take a tour along the Texas Forts Trail and explore some of our Texas history along the way. In 2016, we were able to visit 3 of the 12 Forts along the trail. For 2018, we’ll re-examine the route and hope the weather is as good as it was in 2016.
10/21/2018-10/23/2018: Eureka Springs Tour
Join us for a Fall Colors tour (we hope) to Eureka Springs Sunday, Oct 21st through Tuesday Oct 23rd. We’ll enjoy some interesting roads and travel around the Boston Mountain and enjoy the sites of Eureka Springs. Hotel: Best Western (101 East Van Buren Street). Jed has stated they have refreshed the entire hotel since our last visit. Please call 800-221-3344 by September 26th for reservations, request a room under “Lone Star BMW” party name for the $81.95/night rate for either a 1-King bed or a 2-queen bed room.
- Eureka Springs 2018 Day 1 – Non-Interstate
- Eureka Springs 2018 Day 2 Morning
- Eureka Springs 2018 Day 2 Afternoon
- Eureka Springs 2018 Day 3 to DFW
11/18/2018: East Texas Tour
The East Texas tour will take us toward Palestine and maybe the Tyler area, finding some interesting roads along the way. This tour will start in the early afternoon and arrive at a dinner destination before dark. Like 2017, we will work to end the tour close to an Interstate to make the return to DFW as quick as possible.
12/1/2018: Toy Run
We will have our Annual Toy run on Dec 1st after Cars & Coffee, starting from Ikea in Frisco at 10:00a. We’ll head north and east and then back over to Tioga and Clark’s Outpost Bar-B-Q. Email email@example.com if you are planning to join us.
12/7/2018: Christmas Holiday Tour
Get your holiday season off to a great start with a festive weekend in East Texas. We will go on two tours—the 36th Annual Jefferson Candlelight Tour of Homes on Friday, Dec. 7, and the 32nd Christmas Light Tour of Marshall, Texas, on Saturday, Dec. 8.
We will have a group dinner each night at local restaurants in Jefferson. Other details on the daily schedule will follow soon.
Make your reservations individually ASAP as availability is very limited. We suggest one of three hotels in Jefferson (Excelsior House, the Historic Jefferson Hotel or the Kahn Hotel), lodging at one of several B&Bs in Jefferson, or one of the hotels in Marshall, Texas.
Once you have made your reservation, please register via email Dennis Luczycki at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Please email Dennis.
12/19/2018: Interlochen Christmas Light Tour
Join us Wednesday, December 19th, for a fun filled evening touring the fabulous Christmas lights in the famous Interlochen neighborhood located in Arlington! It’ll be a great evening of looking at lights followed by fellowship and dinner in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. This will be a great family friendly event that you won’t want to miss. We will meet up promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind Wendy’s at 1500 Eastchase Parkway, Fort Worth. To sign-up for the tour, please email Raymond Mimick (email@example.com) so that we know you are going to attend.