The right way to Spend a Weekend in Fredericksburg, TX

My first marriage ceremony anniversary was on March 26, so my husband and I made a decision to spend the weekend collectively in Fredericksburg, Texas to rejoice. It’s a historic city initially settled by German immigrants, and it’s simply over 70 miles from each Austin and San Antonio.

I’ve lived in Texas my complete life, however had by no means been to Fredericksburg. I at all times had the impression it was a boring small city the place grannies went to purchase antiques. However I began to listen to nice issues from mates who went there on day journeys or for a weekend, and it’s been receiving popularity of the flourishing Fredericksburg Wine Street 290 (a path of 10 native wineries).

Fredericksburg for 20somethings

My good friend Jeff Jung from Profession Break Secrets and techniques grew up right here, and he related me with Mary Ann McClain, the Communications Supervisor on the Conference and Guests Bureau. I advised her about my apprehensions, and he or she assured me that Fredericksburg has lots to supply 20somethings. “I feel your earlier notion of Fredericksburg is what it as soon as was,” she advised me through e-mail. “Immediately, folks love to come back as a result of Fredericksburg has developed into certainly one of Texas’ prime locations by way of its location (attractive surroundings), nice procuring, romantic B&Bs/guesthouses/inns (over 370), by way of the standard of the 70+ eating places right here, from an explosion of wineries, and resulting from our rising artwork scene.  There’s only a inventive vibe right here, drawing artists and enabling extra galleries to show right here. It’s additionally very enjoyable and enjoyable.”

She mentioned there are additionally lots of of festivals and occasions in Fredericksburg every year, plus outside actions and leisure geared towards my age group. “Energetic 20somethings may take pleasure in mountaineering or rappelling Enchanted Rock, or maybe biking of scenic roadways. In the course of the spring, these roadways and surrounding fields are sprinkled with coloration from wildflowers that develop rampantly right here,” she says.  Moreover, “Luckenbach Texas is an eclectic place; it’s very laid again and there’s normally reside music enjoying, and a rooster or two or 4 wandering round.  Talking of reside music, a number of locations on the town are nice for that, together with Ausländer Restaurant & Biergarten, Hondos on Foremost, Crossroads Steakhouse & Saloon, and Silver Creek Beer Backyard & Grill.”

Now for our itinerary, which I extremely suggest if you happen to solely have two nights and don’t need to be scrambling the entire time. We had a stunning time and undoubtedly plan to return!

Lodging

We arrived in Fredericksburg at 3 p.m. on a Friday, which turned out to be good. We went straight to Absolute Appeal, an organization that handles reservations for lots of of native lodgings (quite than having lodge chains, Fredericksburg has lots of of impartial B&Bs and inns–they’ve a lot character!). We picked up the keys to our place–The Carriage Home at Alongside Shady Creek. I selected it as a result of it’s a number of blocks from Foremost Road, however on a quiet residential road. It was additionally fairly inexpensive (lower than $200/evening) and has nice facilities.

We had the whole second flooring of the carriage home, which is subsequent to a residential house. The house is extra like a trip rental than a B&B, because it has a kitchenette, and so they gave us a present card for breakfast at a number of native eating places as a substitute of serving any. It’s cozy and really personal. It has a Jacuzzi tub tub massive sufficient for 4 folks! I additionally beloved that there was a spacious lounge with a flat-screen TV, DVD participant, and electrical fire.

It backs as much as a creek and is house to a colony of vocal geese. We had a non-public patio overlooking the creek, and I beloved sitting on the market studying within the mornings whereas I waited for my husband to get up. There was additionally some outside seating exterior by the creek. That they had just lately added an outside scorching tub, although we didn’t find yourself utilizing it.

Along Shady Creek bed

Along Shady Creek bath

Deck at Along Shady Creek
Our deck overlooking the creek

Along Shady Creek in Fredericksburg

Ducks in Fredericksburg
The resident geese. That tall fellow was the ringleader, and he was LOUD.
Ducks in Fredericksburg
Bryan wished to pet a duck, however they weren’t having it.

Friday

Customer Info Heart

After checking in and placing our luggage down, we went to the Customer Info Heart. They’ve actually pleasant staffers and countless stacks of maps and brochures about native sights, occasions, and day journeys. I extremely suggest stopping by if you wish to study extra concerning the city or get insider recommendations on what to do and the place to eat. It’s within the heart of city, only a block behind Foremost Road.

Pacific Battle Museum

Our first cease was the primary constructing of the Pacific Battle Museum because it’s proper down the road from the Customer’s Heart. You possibly can see my husband standing in entrance of it under, the place there’s a full-sized ship protruding from the bottom. The museum tells the total historical past of what led as much as World Battle II with artifacts, written shows, timelines, and movies.

The place was a maze simply teeming with data, and whereas I did begin to get bored after about an hour, my history-obsessed husband was enthralled. Although I used to be captured by the Pearl Harbor exhibit, which places you in a darkish room with an submarine and eerie submarine sounds, and it performs a collection of movies and audio that inform the gripping story of that day. The museum had a number of full-sized planes, tanks, and weapons. Down the highway is a reconstructed fight zone, which affords excursions each hour. There’s one other museum within the advanced that’s devoted to the historical past of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who was from Fredericksburg. Your museum ticket offers you entry to all of those.

Fredericksburg, Texas - Pacific War Museum

Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg, TX
An American army aircraft within the Pacific Battle Museum
A Japanese gun at the Pacific War Museum
A Japanese gun on the Pacific Battle Museum
Pacific War Museum - USS Arizona door
A bit of the unique USS Arizona from Pearl Harbor

Discover Foremost Road

Foremost Road is the place many of the motion occurs in Fredericksburg. It has many eating places (some serve German meals) and retailers. There’s additionally a pioneer museum and several other venues that provide reside music at evening.

The city has over 150 retailers, lots of that are on this strip. I had the misperception earlier than coming right here that they might all be dusty vintage retailers or Western put on shops. Whereas there have been definitely a few of these, I used to be fortunately stunned to search out many stylish clothes boutiques, enjoyable sweet shops, a contemporary pet accent retailer (I wished all the things in there, together with one of many workers’ pet teacup chihuahua, who chills on the market), cute wine tasting retailers, and guide shops.

We couldn’t get sufficient of Rustlin’ Robs, a store with aisles and aisles of canned nut butters, salsas, peppers, jams, sauces, dressings, and different yummies. That they had bowls of crackers and an open jar of nearly all the things in there, so you could possibly stuff your face without spending a dime whereas exploring all of those superb native choices. I purchased a jar of apple butter; it was my first time to strive the stuff, and I’m in love.

Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas
Foremost Road

Main Street in Fredericksburg, TX

Lone Star Candy Bar in Fredericksburg, TX
Chocolate-covered pickles, bacon, and jalapenos at Lone Star Sweet Bar
Cowboy boots in Fredericksburg, TX
Boots at One thing for Males, a store on Foremost Road
Rustlin' Robs in Fredericksburg, TX
Peanut butters at Rustlin’ Robs
Rustlin' Robs in Fredericksburg, TX
Rows and rows of nut butters at Rustlin’ Robs
Oils at Rustlin' Robs in Fredericksburg
Vinegars at Rustlin’ Robs

Dinner at The Cabernet Grill

This restaurant got here extremely really useful to me by a seasoned Fredericksburg traveler, and it had wonderful opinions on-line, so we gave it a strive for dinner. The service was a wee bit gradual, however it’s a small city, and oh boy, the meals was superb. The menu was numerous and infused with Texas taste. It was additionally very fairly priced for the standard and creativity. The wine record is gigantic, with many wines from native vineyards.

Goat cheese at The Cabernet Grill
Heat goat cheese with garlic and sun-dried tomatoes
Quail at The Cabernet Grill
Jalepeno-stuffed, bacon-wrapped quail with grits and inexperienced beans
Stuffed trout at The Cabernet Grill
Trout full of asiago cheese and bacon with maple chipotle candy potatoes and inexperienced beans

Saturday

The Sundown Grill

The subsequent morning, we had been gradual to rise and stopped by The Sundown Grill for brunch at 11 because it was one of many locations the place our breakfast reward card might be redeemed. My husband had an everyday ol’ omelet, however we had been about to go wine tasting and I wanted some actual meals in my abdomen, so I had a colourful crab cake salad with mango French dressing. So recent and attractive! Every thing else we noticed come out of the kitchen regarded nice. The restaurant is extraordinarily informal and really inexpensive. Good for a fast breakfast or lunch.

Crab cake salad in Fredericksburg

Messina Hof Vineyard

From Fredericksburg, hop on Freeway 290, also referred to as the Wine Street. There are 10 wineries only a brief drive away. I’m not a giant drinker, and I’ve by no means appreciated wine, however I made a decision to do some tastings and see if I may discover one I fancied.

Messina Hof is a brand new vineyard within the Hill Nation; their house base is in Bryan, Texas, however they opened this location final yr as a tasting room. It’s housed in a beautiful villa. The within has two bars for tasting, plus an outside patio the place you possibly can take pleasure in a glass. It was really useful to me as a spot to go because it’s much less crowded than a number of the bigger vineyards (ie. Becker and Grape Greek).

Right here’s the way it works: You pay $10 and get a wine glass with their emblem on it that you just get to maintain, plus 5 wood tokens. They provide you a menu of their choices and a chart that allows you to fee those you strive. You inform the bartender which one you need to pattern, he pours it in your glass, and also you drop a token within the jar. Every pour was sufficient for a lot of sips, so my husband and I attempted all of every others’ wines in order that we may pattern 10 complete. I used to be shocked to find that I appreciated the rosé and the sangria–they had been very candy, tasty, and simple to drink. I used to be so excited and acquired a bottle of every. They had been very fairly priced (each lower than $15).

Messina Hof Winery in Fredericksburg, TX
Messina Hof Vineyard in Fredericksburg, TX
Messina Hof Winery in Fredericksburg, TX
One part of the Messina Hof Vineyard tasting room

Becker Vineyards

Whereas we had been already out on the wine path, we determined to go to a second winery. Becker Vineyards is in Stonewall, and it’s one of many largest wineries within the space. We had been warned that it may get uncomfortably crowded, and packed it was. Inside, it was exhausting to get the eye of the bartenders, and a number of the different patrons had been pushy. However the exterior space was stunning; folks had been picnicking, napping on the grass, enjoying with canines, and a band was enjoying reside music. The winery did an occasion with free pasta earlier within the day; they typically have cool occasions like that.

The tasting labored the identical manner right here; $10 per individual, and you retain the wine glass. You get six tastings right here, and since we shared, we obtained to strive a complete of 12 wines. I wasn’t wild about any of them, however it was nonetheless a enjoyable expertise, and my husband actually appreciated the pinot grigio and Riesling. By that time, I used to be a wee bit tipsy, so it was time to return to our place and take it straightforward till dinner. Observe that a number of firms supply vineyard excursions that take you round in vans from place to put so that you don’t need to drive after making an attempt a number of too many wines.

Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas
Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas
Becker Vineyards tasting room
Becker Vineyards tasting room

Film and nap

We discovered a Redbox on the native HEB and indulged in a lazy afternoon till dinner. Hey, it’s trip!

Dinner at Navajo Grill

I’m reluctant to say this place. A foodie I respect really useful it, and it had very constructive scores on TripAdvisor and Yelp, so we gave it a strive. Whereas the meals was scrumptious, the service was horrendous. Really a number of the worst customer support I’ve ever skilled at a restaurant. It was particularly upsetting for the reason that dishes had been round $30 a plate. Based mostly on the entire good opinions, I’ve to assume that they had been simply very understaffed or having a really uncommon evening. The principle factor I appreciated was that my salmon was served with seared pumpkin in a candy honey balsamic sauce. I’ve by no means had pumpkin that manner earlier than, and it was superb.

Filet mignon at Navajo Grill
Filet mignon with candy potato and inexperienced beans
Salmon at Navajo Grill
Salmon with honey balsalmic sauce and pumpkin

 Sunday

 Amish Market

We awoke late and had a while to kill earlier than lunch. This retailer was on the quiet a part of Foremost Road close to the place we had been staying, and I wished to go poke round. I used to be upset to study from the shopkeeper that there are literally no Amish folks in Fredericksburg; the shop imports their Amish items from locations like Pennsylvania and Ohio. However the excellent news is that all the things there may be genuinely Amish. There have been Amish cookbooks, noodles, wood cooking utensils, syrups and molasses, candies, and knickknacks. We left with some tasty Amish cheese.

Amish market in Fredericksburg
Amish furnishings and buggy

Amish market in Fredericksburg

Amish market in Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Brewery

Mary Ann mentioned visiting this brewpub is a should, so we had lunch right here on our ultimate day. Texas alcohol legal guidelines are very unusual; if you happen to make beer, you possibly can promote it domestically by way of a distributor, however you possibly can’t promote it from your individual brewery. So what Fredericksburg Brewery does is promote the beer solely on-site; this implies they don’t have a distributor so you possibly can’t purchase it wherever else, however you possibly can benefit from the heck out of it when you’re there.

My husband ordered the beer flight, which provides you 4 ounces of every of their freshly-brewed beers. It’s served so as from gentle to darkish, and whereas I’m probably not a beer drinker, I loved watching him style and critique them. He fell in love with the Enchanted Rock purple ale. In the event you like one, you should buy a giant jug of it for $18 to take house (I can’t bear in mind precisely how a lot it holds). The pleasant waitress mentioned if you happen to come again and produce the jug with you, a refill is simply $12. Superb! The meals was your common American fare–not spectacular, however definitely good. It was actually neat to eat with the brewery tanks out in full view.

Fredericksburg Brewery

Beer flight at Fredericksberg Brewery
Beer flight at Fredericksberg Brewery
Philly sandwich at Fredericksburg Brewery
Bryan’s philly sandwich with candy potato fries at Fredericksburg Brewery
Fajita salad at Fredericksburg Brewery
My beef fajita salad at Fredericksburg Brewery
Fredericksberg brewery
Me with a jug of beer at Fredericksberg Brewery

Phew! We undoubtedly plan to return so we are able to go to a number of the different wineries and check out a number of the different eating places that had been extremely really useful. Have you ever ever been to Fredericksburg?