We didn’t spend nearly enough time as we should have in Fredericksburg (that’s Fredericksburg, Texas, not Fredericksburg, Virginia). It was toward the end of our week-long road trip and we were tired of packing and unpacking the car and settling into a new place every few days. The thought of more days on the road was too much, so when we left Lajitas, we decided we’d head home earlier than planned.
We sort of regretted that decision when we arrived in the charming town of Fredericksburg (but only for a moment – the lure of our own bed overpowered any remorse that lingered…).
Located in the Hill Country of Texas, it is one of the oldest German-settled towns in the area. Founded in 1846, it’s maintained much of its charm and German influence. It’s a lovely place for a relaxing weekend or a few days mid-week after the weekend day-trippers have headed home. Book one of the many bed and breakfasts and get ready to explore.
Did you know that Texas is one of the top five wine-producing states in the Unites States? Granted, its production is a looong way behind that of California, but it’s a surprising fact nonetheless. The wine area around Fredericksburg covers 110 miles and most wineries are have tasting rooms (for a fee). There are far too many wineries to visit in one weekend, but this list will help you narrow down the options.
About 15 minutes from Fredericksburg is Luckenbach, a trading post established in the mid-1800s. Head there on a weekend to check out the old dance hall. Even on weeknights you’re likely to find a few musicians sitting around the bar in a planned – or impromptu – jam session.
Eat at Vaudeville
A post of mine wouldn’t be complete without food. Our first meal was at Vaudeville, located on the cute Main Street. Upstairs is a rather pricey home decor store, but head downstairs and you’ll be surrounded by a delectable range of cheeses, meats, sweet things and local wines. The Bistro features new American comfort food, and I ate a more-ish pork belly taco with Asian slaw and roasted peanuts. If you plan ahead you could snag tickets to their Supper Club to try their multi-course tasting menu.
While we managed to squeeze quite a bit in to our day and a half in Fredericksburg, there are so many more things I had planned to do. So I’ve already made a list of the things we need to do when we inevitably return:
- More wineries! Preferably on one of the driven tours so I can taste to my heart’s content
- Do a couple of hikes in Enchanted Rock State Park, famous for its huge pink granite dome
- Come back in spring to see the bluebonnets in bloom and drive the Willow City Loop
- Explore the farms in the area – we saw so many signs advertising fresh peaches for sale
- Finally eat at Otto’s German Bistro. We tried to visit twice during our time there but both times were confronted with a two hour wait time!
- Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War
Fredericksburg, we’ll be back!
Have you been to Fredericksburg? What do you recommend we do when we return?
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