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About Diana

Canadian-Vermonter, Texas transplant. Cowboy boot wearing, maple syrup connoisseur, music lovin', wine and micro-brew drinkin', two-steppin' traveler who loves finding all the hidden gems the world has to offer. Come join me on the ride!

Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5k, Oktoberfest Giveaway, 5k, Fort Worth

Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5k (+Discount & Giveaway)!

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post however I did receive admission to the event. As always, all opinions are my own. #RahrOktoberfest #ad

Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5k, Oktoberfest Giveaway, 5k, Fort Worth

On October 1st, the Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5K is being held in Fort Worth! The time has come, one of my favorite times of year – Oktoberfest! This year, the Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest is being held by Highpoint Urban Living benefiting the Fort Worth Police Officers’ Award Foundation.

Join the one of these runs on Saturday, October 1st!

What’s Involved:

Each registered participant receives a short sleeve, gender specific, dry fit style shirt, a finisher pint glass and three tasty and refreshing Rahr beers.

Don’t forget about the Costume Contest (judged by the crowd, the winner receives a handcrafted ceramic Rahr Oktoberfest beer stein and will get to tap the keg), the stein hoisting contest, beer belly division, barvarian treats, German polka and of course the beer garden. Does it get much better? Oh wait….

Discount Code: ‘DHT’ to save 15% on registration.

For more information, please see the below websites and links. Space is limited so be sure to sign up soon and use the 15% discount on the race of your choice today!

To make this even better, I am giving away two tickets to the event. Enter below!

Additional Information:
Date: October 1st, 2016
Location: 701 Galveston Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Facebook Event Page:

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Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, Relay, 5K & 1K (+Discount Code)

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post however I did receive admission to the event. As always, all opinions are my own. #PBFRaces #ad

On September 24th, the Plano Balloon Festival 1K, 5K Half Marathon and Relay is being held in Plano, Texas! It’s time for some great fall air, a fun and energetic race and the sight of these magnificent hot air balloons and a discount for all Down Home Traveler readers (see below).

The Plano Balloon Festival Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 agency that is dedicated to educating attendees about hot air ballooning and producing a family oriented, high quality event that offers other local non-profits an opportunity to assist in the operations of the Festival. Our objective is to offer the participating non-profit agencies an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for their programs and services…thus enhancing the quality of life for all of us.  Last year, 60+ non-profit organizations and corporate groups were showcased at the Festival. They participate as food concessionaires, service providers, or to create awareness for their organization’s services and programs. Because of our long standing commitment to non-profits, in the last 36 years, over 2.5 million dollars has circulated back into our community. (Information via

Join the one of these runs on Saturday, September 24th!

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Each registered participant received two tickets to the InTouch Plano Balloon Festival and free race day parking.

5K/1K’ers receive a dry fit style gender neutral, short sleeve t-shirt, plus breakfast tacos and pastries from Corner Bakery.

Half marathoners/rely receive a dry fit style gender specific, tank top and a hot breakfast from Central Market. Plus each distance receives a unique six balloon finisher medal!

To make this event even better, Down Home Traveler has teamed up with this event to offer a 15% discount to each registrant (use ‘DHT’ to save 15%)!

Discount Code: ‘DHT’ to save 15% on registration.

For more information, please see the below websites and links. Space is limited so be sure to sign up soon and use the 15% discount on the race of your choice today!

Additional Information:
Date: September 24th, 2016
Location: Oak Point Park Amphitheater, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074
Facebook Event Page:

***Also sign up for the Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5k in Fort Worth on October 1st! See post for 15% discount to this race or your chance to WIN two tickets to the event!

Last Minute Summer Trips (+ a Tip)!

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Summer – where did it go?! It’s already August, school is right around the corner and now is the chance to really take advantage of the (little) time we have left. I don’t know about you but I need at least one more trip in the books! Here are some last minute trip ideas and one super tip that is sure to save us all some time (and money) so we can hit the road!

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Trip Idea #1 – Get Outside!

Take a trip to a state park or better yet somewhere where there isn’t cell service. Yep, I said it! Lose the connection! Need ideas? Glen Rose, Texas and Broken Bow, Oklahoma (which is on my list) are some perfect ideas. No matter where you are get out there and canoe, kayak, paddle board, swim, hike, sit on a porch and read a book and grill out! Focus on spending time with others in nature! Don’t forget to print the directions, remember – off the grid!


Trip Idea #2 – Day Trip into Town

Pick your closest city and become a tourist. At times, we all tend to overlook what’s in our own backyards. Take a step back and treat it like it’s a completely new location! Go for a day or a weekend (book a room at a fun family hotel or boutique hotel and treat yourself!). Eat local (avoid the chains), meet new people and explore the path that’s not usually traveled.


Trip Idea #3 – Visit Furry Friends

Large and small, big and tall, they come in all sizes and can be found in so many locations. An aquarium, a zoo, a friend’s property or even stopping at a random destination to watch animals, be animals. Kids love them and so do adults. It’s not only a great day trip but it’s bound to leave memories for a long time!

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Trip Idea #4 – Live Music!


One of my favorite things to do it listen to live music and if you’re in Texas – it’s basically everywhere! Attend a festival that’s been on your list for a while or just plan a weekend in search of new talent! You’d be amazed at what you may come across. It could include a man playing two saxophones at the same time who also plays a diggeriry doo.

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Trip Idea #5 – Theme Parks & Festivals

Local Visitor and Convention Bureaus, city websites and amusement park sites can have some great deals and coupons to help save some money and great ideas for your next trip. Do a little searching online and head to a theme park for a day with a group of friends or to the next big event in town. What more do you need than sunscreen and thrills to end the summer on a high note?!

Tips! Tips! Tips!

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All of these trips are not possible without a little planning and a little savings! One of the most important parts of any trip is making sure transportation is in tip top shape! Walmart has a great Auto Care Center and it’s a great spot to have an oil change no matter what vehicle we’re driving! An oil change with Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® (for the vehicles over 75,000 miles) or the Pennzoil Platinum®: Full Synthetic Motor Oil with PurePlus™ Technology (under 75,000 miles) for less than $40 ($39.88 Rollback to $35.88 until September 28th), that’s a deal that’s right and leaves more savings for traveling! Not only is the savings amazing, Pennzoil is a brand that is known to help reduce leaks and cleans out sludge that other oils leave behind helping your car last longer for more trips ahead! The best part – while you’re waiting for a oil change, Walmart has all the other products needed for the trip!

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Where are you going for your last summer trip? 
Do you have any favorite travel tips?


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