Buc-ee’s Gets Our Bucks

I don’t remember how or when we heard about the super-sized Buc-ee’s Travel Centers, but we were definitely curious and eager to make a roadside stop and check one out.

All we wanted was a cup of coffee to sip on the remainder of our drive.

Buc-ee’s is a Texas icon, a larger-that-life, one-stop center offering travelers everything they could possibly want or need…and more. I wouldn’t be surprised if some devotees go to wrap up their Christmas shopping every year.
We wandered through a mouth-watering food court, a really nice kitchenware and gift department. There was a good-size grocery department, a camping area and a large clothing section. In addition, Buc-ee’s has a reputation for extremely clean bathrooms…always appreciated when on the road.

How could anyone resist this warm welcome from Buc-ee’s lovable beaver mascot?

The Buc-ee’s chain was founded in 1982 in Clute, Texas. Expansion in the state began in 2001with the first travel center opening in Luling, Texas. In 2018, Buc-ee’s began to pop up in neighboring southern states and there are now 43 locations inviting weary travelers a chance to take a break and get some steps in while wandering through the department-like store.

We stopped at the Baytown center just off Interstate 10 east of Houston. According to Chris O’Connell, who visited, rated and wrote about every Buc-ee’s in Texas, listing them from worst to best, the Baytown center “felt gargantuan…just magnificent.” He ranked it 5th from the top. We obviously experienced some of best of what the chain has to offer.
So, besides coffee, what did we put in that cart that Reg was pushing? In addition to a few bottles of sale-priced California wine, I insisted on souvenir cups. Aren’t they perfect?

Reg opted for the white cup because he thought it looked classy. I went all-in on the splashy red one. I have no class.
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15 thoughts on “Buc-ee’s Gets Our Bucks

  1. Ken

    This west coast boy (old man) has never heard of Buc-ees … sounds a bit like Cracker Barrel absent the white rocking chairs.

    And… if you’re near Huston, you must not be too many days from home.

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  2. Jackie Bachman

    Buc-Cees ! Too Fun! Love your travel blog Sue and Reg! Keep it coming!


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  3. Cynthia Joyce Elliott

    Classy? You two are hysterical.

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  4. Deborah Gudger

    Love the Buc-ee’s cups!

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  5. Barbara Silva

    Hi Mike’s son lives in Austin. I asked about Buc eees. He went on and on about how many times he goes there, all the things he gets there, goes to eat. Must be quite the chain.!!!

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  6. Nancy Hardwick

    One of our favorite places to take visitors! Glad you found one!
    Sure sorry I’m missing your visit to SA!

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  7. Lo

    You definitely have class. I like yours best. Reg’s is boring. sorry. Happy trails

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    • Why thank you! In defense of my husband, I’d say he’s more understated rather than boring. 🙂


      • Lori OliverTierney

        I agree. Understated is a good word. I have never personally liked the word boring. Reg has class and so do you.It is good we do not all like the same things.

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      • What a good friend you are…sticking up for us! I loved Lo’s comment…all in good fun, I think. Stay warm and safe…spring will eventually arrive.


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