The Texas Hill Country has been a mecca for travelers for centuries. Before Germans settled in Fredericksburg in the mid-1800s, its scenic vistas, an abundance of fertile soil, and temperate climate were a favorite of the Native Americans. These days, Fredericksburg is a modern convergence of German, Spanish, and Mexican cultures, culminating in a unique experience.
Lured by its small-town atmosphere coupled with all the amenities of a larger city, guests seeking relaxation, beautiful views, and plenty of outdoor fun have a great deal to enjoy. Its location in the center of Texas makes it a prime weekend destination for travelers, as well.
This year, Fredericksburg will celebrate its 175th anniversary, making it a perfect time to plan a getaway. You’re never more than a few miles away from great food and wine, exciting history, or a beautiful outdoor setting to explore.
Fredericksburg is famous for its charming Sunday Houses. The small cottage-like houses are available to rent throughout the city and were built in the 19th century as second houses for German families who lived in remote areas. The drive to church each week was too long to make in one day, so the families popularized the second dwelling for weekend use. The modernized houses are available on Airbnb or VRBO, but you’ve got to be quick because they rent out very quickly – visitors love their history and Texas charm.
Centrally located just two blocks from the heart of Fredericksburg “Downtown Studio” by Heavenly Hosts is artfully appointed with everything you need including a private hot tub. The recently remodeled studio is walkable or just minutes away from everything you will want to see and do in Fredericksburg.
Anyone visiting Fredericksburg will have an abundance of activities at their fingertips. One of the most popular outdoor attractions is Enchanted Rock. Located 18 miles north of the city, the pink granite rock dates back more than one billion years and offers visitors hiking, camping, and picnicking opportunities. If you’re searching for beautiful Texas views, LBJ State Park & Historic Site provides them and so much more. The working ranch is a throwback to ranches of the 1960s and 70s during President Johnson’s era. Visitors can catch a glimpse of cattle, longhorn, and even bison on the property, as well as take in the President’s home nicknamed “The Texas Whitehouse” and his private plane nicknamed “Airforce One Half” because of its small size. Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, adjacent to LBJ Ranch, is also worth a visit. It is a unique historical experience with park rangers wearing period clothing and working on the farm using methods from the 1800s.
As much as Fredericksburg is known for its Texas charm and history, it is also known for its shopping. Main Street is bustling with specialized boutiques, art galleries, and home décor. Visit Flying Cow Tallow for a distinctive take on skincare, as well as ultra-chic San Saba Soap Company for decadent smelling sundries. If you are on the hunt for art, Artisans, A Texas Gallery offers a wealth of Texas-made art with everything from sculptures, pottery, paintings, and jewelry.
With more than 50 wineries and tasting rooms in the city, Fredericksburg is at the heart of Texas wine country. Texas ranks 5th on the list of most wine-making facilities per state, and wine lovers will enjoy every type and variety of Texas-made vino. Kick off your tour with a visit to Narrow Path Winery, a family-owned boutique winery offering small-batch wines. Be sure to pick up a bottle of their flavorful rosé and viognier before they sell out. If you are planning a meal with your wine tasting, Signor Winery offers gourmet bites to pair perfectly with their wine. The fourth-generation Texas family takes pride in their beautifully modern setting and upscale atmosphere.
Husband and wife team John and Evelyn Washburn might be the king and queen of Fredericksburg foodies. Together they own four restaurants ranging from upscale German cuisine at Otto’s German Bistro to family-friendly Tubby’s Ice House, La Bergerie, a wine and cheese shop, as well as Caliche Coffee Bar. Any one of their four establishments is worth a stop – the couple’s attention to not only atmosphere but flavors make each dining experience commendable.
Altstadt Brewery, ranked 4th top brewery in America, is an expansive brewery, restaurant, and Biergarten. There is no need to get out your passport for a traditional German experience with live German music on weekends and a Bavarian-inspired menu. You’ll also want to save room for the many snacks and treats Fredericksburg has to offer. Fuel up for your days of exploring at Twisted Sisters Bake Shop and stop in for a giant pretzel at Pritzer Sweet Shop.