Tucked into the Texas Hill Country, just an hour and a half west of Austin, is the friendly town of Fredericksburg. Though small in size, this gem has been drawing people in with its Texas-size hospitality for years.
It’s rich in history and filled with wonderful restaurants, shopping, vineyards, and countless outdoor activities. A quick drive from both San Antonio and Austin, the area is a hot spot for short getaways, girls’ weekends, and family trips. Come see the beauty of the Texas Hill Country, and kick back, relax, and stay awhile.
Rest and Relax
Visitors are simply charmed by this lovely town and return year after year. One Swiss businessman was so enamored with it during a cross-country trip that he never left. Bringing a bit of Switzerland to Texas, Daniel Meyer founded Barons CreekSide and built guest cabins out of material from his Swiss farmhouse. The picturesque property inspires visitors to slow down and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Fredericksburg offers a variety of other lodging options as well. The 1940s-inspired Hangar Hotel was built to resemble a World War II–era hangar. This unique hotel has an event space, a bar, and a diner in addition to comfortable lodging.
Fredericksburg Herb Farm, just a few blocks off Main Street, is another place perfect for rest and relaxation. Guests can stay in one of the Sunday Haus Cottages conveniently located by the spa and restaurant. Visitors can also rent homes and cabins both in Fredericksburg and in the surrounding Hill Country.
Wine and Dine
With an abundance of delicious dining spots, you’d have to stay awhile to really delve into the dining scene, but we’ve put together a few favorites for you to visit.
Clear River Pecan Company is a wonderful lunch spot to stop in during a day of shopping. The soups and sandwiches are absolutely delicious, but the ice cream is truly this restaurant’s “sweet” spot. The award-winning Amaretto, Peach & Pecan ice cream is unlike any other. Farm Haus Bistro, on the Fredericksburg Herb Farm, uses local produce in its menu for delightfully fresh dishes. For an upscale restaurant with an unpretentious feel, the Navajo Grill offers delicious fare with Southern, Mexican, and Caribbean flavors. Enjoy your meal with a glass of local Texas wine. Fredericksburg Brewing Company, the oldest brewpub in Texas, is a charming establishment with many refreshing beers on tap. Drop in for a pint, or stay for dinner and try one of their German-inspired dishes. West End Pizza Company is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week to satisfy all your cravings for Italian. From fresh pizzas to pasta topped with their homemade marinara, this family-friendly spot is a town favorite.
Finally, you can’t miss out on the wonderful wine vineyards in the area. Wine tastings are a big draw along Highway 290, and this stretch of Texas is one of the fastest growing wine-producing areas in the United States. The Texas Hill Country has more than 40 vineyards including 4.0 Cellars, Grape Creek Vineyards, and Torre di Pietra.
Sights and Scenes
Take the scenic drive through the Hill Country. If you’re there in spring visit Wildseed Farms—it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the splendor of wildflowers. After dining at the on-site café, wander through the gardens, and even pick up a plant or seeds to take home with you. Or visit Enchanted Rock, and take in sweeping panoramas of the Texas Hill Country atop the second largest granite dome in the country. Stay awhile, and enjoy some of the other trails in the park.
If history is more appealing to you, visit the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Sitting on over 1,500 acres, the sprawling park gives visitors a closer look at the 36th president of the United States. Take a tour of the Texas White House, and see where much of Johnson’s business as president was conducted. In the middle of town, on Main Street, The National Museum of the Pacific War is a must-see for history buffs.
While exploring Fredericksburg, pay attention to the German roots of the town. Its heritage is apparent in many street names, menu items at restaurants, and stores. Visitors can take a step back in time with a visit to the Pioneer Museum. And the town boasts one of the country’s biggest Oktoberfest celebrations every fall.
Fredericksburg is certainly worth your while, and you won’t be able to keep this secret for long.
Photography submitted by Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.