Fredericksburg, Texas: A Perfect Weekend Getaway

 Alright, so Fredericksburg, Texas is a DREEEEEAAAAMMM. Who knew such a spot existed in the middle of the Lonestar State?! Nestled in 'Hill Country' Fredericksburg boasts rich German history, fantastic wines and beautiful scenery. 

We made the mistake our first go-round by not leaving until Saturday. I highly recommend leaving Friday after work and getting a full day in on Saturday! 

Accommodations 

There are dozens of bed and breakfasts, Air BnB, and VRBO options in Fredericksburg. The first time we went down we stayed at the Best Western Plus about half a mile off the main drag. It was nice, but it is your typical hotel. A normal room will cost about $150 per night. 

For our second trip we stayed at the Sunday House Inn & Suites. This is right on Main Street and in the middle of the fun! I would much prefer to stay here versus the Best Western. The room was absolutely perfect! Our suite had two queen beds, a living room with pull out couch and plenty of counter/bathroom space for all of us to get ready at once. For only $150 per night, I think it is certainly a better deal and you can easily walk to all the attractions. 

Outdoor Activities

If you enjoy nature and exploring the beauty of Texas, then Fredericksburg has plenty for you to see. There are several state parks and other areas around the town, so you could easily spend your entire day or multiple days just exploring those. 

Enchanted Rock is probably the most well known. Entrance fees are only $8/day (or use your Texas State Park Pass) and there are plenty of trails at all levels of difficulty. 

Longhorn at LBJ

LBJ...Evie approved.

Historical Cabin at LBJ

A favorite is the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. Here you will find walking trails, bison, longhorns, and historical cabins. Not to mention this park is pet-friendly. (Just ask our sweet Evie for a review!) In case you weren't aware, President Johnson grew up in Stonewall, TX which is just outside of Fredericksburg. Adjacent to the LBJ State Park is the 'Little White House'. This is where President Johnson lived. You can tour the grounds and the smaller cabins. Unfortunately, the main house is not open for tours due to structural issues. It is a beautiful place and worth a quick drive- thru at least!

Cabin at LBJ

Drive to LBJ

Little White House

Probably my top spot in all of Fredericksburg is Old Tunnel State Park. It was beautiful! This park is best known for the bats it houses. In the old tunnel, you'll find 3 million bats. Yes, you read that correctly, 3 MILLION. At night you can make reservations to see them emerge from the tunnel to begin feeding. However, it can be pretty hard to get a spot. My suggestion: go just before sunrise and see the bats returning for the day. It's just as awesome and doesn't require any prior reservation. We were the only people in the park! After the sun comes up a little, enjoy a short hike around the trails for a morning warm up!

Old Tunnel Park

"I love a good tree tunnel" -Gabie Dalton

Old Tunnel Park

Wine Tastings

'Hill country' is considered the Napa Valley of the south. You can't throw a rock without hitting a winery or vineyard. Which is great for those of us who love wine! You can visit the actual wineries or visit the downtown locations for tastings.

We went during a weird time, so tastings were much different and a lot of the wineries were closed all together, but during a non-pandemic scenario most all of the wineries offer some sort of tasting or tour. All together we ended up visiting 5 different wineries in a single day. 

For the sparkling wine enthusiast, I suggest Heath Sparkling Wines. It is absolutely beautiful and the wines are delicious! They pair each tasting with a small bite to bring out the best flavors of the wines. They can also accommodate special diets, we had a vegan with us and they were able to make her bites special. 

My favorite wines were from Heath's parent winery, Grape Creek Vineyards. They had a really good selection of wines in general, but being a fan of reds, I really enjoyed the variety of dry and sweet which is hard to find in my experience. 

The most Instagrammable location for tasting wines is going to be at Pontotoc Weingarten on the Main Street in Fredericksburg. It was seriously dreamy! They have a smaller selection of wines, but they sure don't lack in flavor. We tried several here to, include their sangria, and everything I had was delicious. We even ended up buying a bottle to drink around the hotel pool later that night. All of their seating is outside, so make sure to visit on a good day. 

Ponotoc Weingarten

Other Activities

If the outdoors or wine doesn't fancy you, don't worry because there is still plenty to do. 

You can visit the National Museum of the Pacific War, which outlines (in much detail) WWII and the battles that took place in the Pacific theater. Admiral Nimitz actually grew up in a German community in Fredericksburg, TX. You can learn more about him and his accomplishments in the museum as well. 

The main drag of Fredericksburg is FILLED with little shops. So, spend your day shopping and walking around town to take in all the German history and admire the sights.

Eats

The food in Fredericksburg won't disappoint either! If you like German food at all then you'll be in heaven. There are tons of restaurants and coffee shops.

For breakfast I recommend the Old German Bakery. They have full breakfasts, but I recommend getting there early since it is a popular spot. If you don't want to wait, no problem! Grab something from the bakery side and sit on one of the benches outside. 

If you're not a huge breakfast person and just prefer a cup of coffee, visit Kaffee Haus. A cute little coffee shop on the strip and they have the BEST coffee. Also, try one of their chocolate oatmeal cookies! They are vegan and delicious. They have a pretty extensive collection of flavors and milk options, so there is something for everyone. I usually get the vanilla latte! 

Alstadt Brewery

For German food, visit The Auslander. They serve German Bavarian cuisine and from someone who has been to Germany before, its pretty darn good! Of course, there are other food options for those who like to stick to what you know. Also a popular spot, so call ahead or get there early so you won't have such a wait. However, you can drink on the streets in Fredericksburg, so if you do have to wait, grab a beverage and sit outside to enjoy the evening. 

For a quick bite, visit Alstadt Brewery. They have a full service restaurant, but it was a 2-hour wait when we went. They offer bar snacks, to include German pretzels. So, if you just want a snack and to hang out, this is the perfect place. Try the Alstadt Lager, it is my favorite beer! 

Sozial Haus is also a good choice! Its located just around the corner from the Christmas Store. They offer soups, sandwiches, and pizzas. There is a patio for you can sit outside and listen to live music while you're eating. 

There is a reason I've been to Fredericksburg numerous times. It is certainly worth a weekend trip at a minimum! If not more than one! There is something for everyone in this German-influenced town. 

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