iTinerary: Fredericksburg in Texas Hill Country

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iTinerary: Fredericksburg in Texas Hill Country

Looking for a weekender, road trip or place to adventure? Don’t miss the beautiful town of Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country. A little over an hour’s drive from San Antonio and Austin, Texas, there are wineries, Sunday houses, art galleries, fine dining, b&b’s, hiking, biking, all which can be found in this historical Germanic town. Our four-day itinerary can be extended or cut down. Either way, it’s a perfect getaway for romance, getting the girl’s out of town, or for exploring with the family!

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Day 1

You must be hungry?

Dinner at Navajo Grill

Navajo Grill serves up southern cuisine, Executive Chef Bryce Baker has perfected the menu with an authentic and fresh Mexican influence and a touch of New Orleans and Caribbean flavors. Don’t miss: the smoked Gouda and brisket flatbread or crab cakes with jalapeno tarter sauce to start. House specialty, Navajo Parpadelle, features hand rolled red chili pasta, roasted squash, caramelized shallot and romesco sauce and double cut pork chop with garlic lime kale, chipotle sweet potatoes, and seasonal chutney.

Check in to:

  • Blacksmith Quarters,
  • Sugarberry Inn,
  • Fredericksburg Herb Farm

They’re all great!

Day 2

You must be hungry?

Breakfast Mahaley’s Cafe

Pretty straight forward. Great breakfast tacos, hues rancheros, cinnamon rolls and delectable pastries.

Lunch at Tubby’s Icehouse

Tubby’s Icehouse is known for its Caribbean style street food and a kicked back atmosphere, as if on the islands. The jerk chicken and pan con leche are outstanding, while the extensive wine and beer list makes for great lunch pairings.

Dinner at Hill Top Café

In September of 1980, in an old Texas roadhouse and gas station just 10 miles north of Fredericksburg, Johnny Nicholas and his new bride, Brenda, packed all of their belongings in Johnny’s 1950 Buick and left their home in South Austin for the Texas Hills. Johnny brought a successful music career and Brenda brought her recipes and culinary wizardry. With lots of hard work, love and intense dedication to excellence (and help of their carpenter friend Leroy ‘Pretty Billy’ Petrie), they created a restaurant and gathering spot of iconic, almost mythical proportions! The Hill Top Café continues to be a place where food and music-lovers gather to enjoy the sumptuous fare, the unique Hill Country ambiance and great Texas music. (The organic produce and herbs come from their two gardens).

It’s said: come for the atmosphere and stay for the food, Hill Top Café is “inconveniently located in the middle of nowhere.”

Do it!

Do a self-guided walking tour of  tour through the Fredericksburg’s National Historic District

learn about the German pioneer history, folklore and architecture of how this Hill Country community got its start. The Pioneer Museum Complex—a collection of authentic structures preserved from the 19th century German Pioneer days, includes the Weber Sunday House, which served as a place to rest and eat when the family made the seven-mile trip to Fredericksburg on weekends to attend church or to trade with other settlers.

What’s a Sunday House? A typical Sunday House had only one room with a lean-to kitchen downstairs plus a half-story above, usually reachable only by an outside stairway.

Visit the George H. W. Bush Gallery at The National Museum of the Pacific War 

History buffs will love this museum, because it’s the only institution in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the story of the Pacific Theater in World War II. Fueled by respect for Fredericksburg’s native son– Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces, Pacific Ocean Area– the recently-expanded museum is designed to engage a new generation of visitors.

Not into history?

Explore Main Street Fredericksburg Shops!

Day 3

You must be hungry?

Breakfast at Old German Bakery

Omelets? Danishes? Pancakes? Great coffee! Need I say more, except don’t miss: their apricot danish.

Snack at Stout’s (at Grape Creek Vineyards)

Stout’s is a trattoria with a patio cafe. The Italian themed menu, features stone-baked pizzas, pasta creations, creative salads, paninis and cheese boards.  Of course, all paired with the perfect paired Grape Creek wine!

Lunch at Vaudeville Bistro

Daily lunch specials are determined by the season and designed by the chef’s inspiration, and all prepared in-house with plenty of healthy options and fresh ingredients. The Bistro utilizes local farms, farmer’s market finds and local ranches. Don’t miss: the Vaudeville Club featuring Benton’s bacon and home-made pickles. There’s also freshly prepared pastries, desserts, cheese boards and charcuterie available all day.

Dinner at Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant

Chef/Owner Ross Burtwell specializes in preparing only the freshest seafood, Certified Angus Beef, wild game and ranch fare. The Cabernet Grill boasts the largest Texas Wine list you’ll find anywhere featuring over 75 selections from around the State of Texas.

Do it!

Lyndon B Johnson State Park & Historic Site

Burn off some of those breakfast calories with a visit to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farmstead, a working farm that recreates Texas pioneer life in the 1800s. Park interpreters wear period clothing, and carry out the day-to-day activities as that of a turn-of-the-century Texas-German farm family.

Just across the Pedernales River is the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park—visit “The Texas White House”. See where the 36th U.S. President conducted much of his business. The house was first opened for public tours on August 27, 2008, the 100th birthday of LBJ.

During his administration, Lyndon Johnson signed more education bills into law than any other president. He signed the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 at his first school.

Wine Tasting on the Wine Road 290
Grape Creek Vineyards 

The beautiful 100-acre estate (dubbed the “Tuscany in Texas”) and romantic Tuscan Villa tasting rooms nestled among the oaks and vines. Don’t miss: the Petite Sirah or Cuvee Blanc. Grape Creek has won over 100 medals in the last two years, including 90+ point wines, double golds and best in class honors from the two most prestigious San Francisco Wine Competitions.

4.0 Cellars

Started as a collaboration between three separate wineries (Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak and McPherson Cellars), they came together to form a fourth winery! Ask about their cheese and wine pairings. Don’t miss: joining their wine club!

Take a bike tour with Jack & Adam’s Bicycles

Stop for (more) wine tastings, nibbles and a little Texas Hill Country history with in-town cycling tours starting at Jack and Adam’s Bicycles on Lincoln Street. Cover about five miles of Fredericksburg. The tours include stops at downtown tasting rooms, like Fiesta Winery, as well as for sweet treats like chocolates filled with Texas Wine or liquor at Chocolat Quintessential Chocolates. In addition to the tasty breaks, the tour includes historic stops at the Vereins Kirche, historic homes and Sunday houses.

Not into biking, but into Beer? Check out Pedernales Brewing Company. Visit their new tasting room where they’re serving up classic and German-style beers, featuring the Lobo “Leader of the Pack” label with Lobo Texas Lager, Lobo Lito and Lobo Negro.

Not into biking, but into Beer? Check out Pedernales Brewing Company. Visit their new tasting room where they’re serving up classic and German-style beers, featuring the Lobo “Leader of the Pack” label with Lobo Texas Lager, Lobo Lito and Lobo Negro.

Day 4

You must be hungry?

Breakfast at Sunset Grill

Two words. Eggs. Benedict.

 Lunch at West End Pizza Company

Janet Degenhardt and her family run downtown Fredericksburg’s favorite pizza pie joint! Meat lovers will want to try a slice of the “West End Special” topped with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, crumbled bacon, mozzarella cheese, purple onions, black olives & fresh mushrooms. Classics include the Margarita or go wild with BBQ chicken pizza! There’s also calzones, pasta and salads!

 Dinner at the Farm Haus Bistro

The Farm Haus Bistro is located at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm featuring an American menu with French and Italian influences using locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Don’t miss: strolling through the herb garden and gift shop. Also on property are b&b guest cottages based upon the design of the early historic Fredericksburg “Sunday Houses” and their Nature’s Spa.

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Do it!

 Shop at Das Peach Haus then stop at Vogel Orchard then Wine Tasting!

This is every foodie lovers haven, and home to one of Fredericksburg’s culinary treasures, Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods—maker of The Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce®, the number one specialty condiment sold in Texas. Marmalades, BBQ sauces, marinades, you name it. Sample every delicious Fischer & Wieser product in the store. Grab a bottle of wine and head out to their outdoor deck overlooking a pond and the beautiful hill country. Also, say hi to Peaches the cat, sort of the “manager” of the place.

Vogel Orchard is famous for peaches, and have been selling their produce since 1953. Visitors have the opportunity to visit the orchard and pick their own peaches or they can stop at the historic Vogel’s roadside market located on Hwy 290. A stop to visit the Vogel family can includes all sorts of goodies such as Grandma Nelda’s preserves and jellies, peach butter, blackberry ice cream, cobblers, and of course the seasons freshest pickings! If it’s pumpkin season in Fredericksburg, check out their pumpkin patch!

Wine tasting at Becker Vineyards, celebrating 20 years of viticulture and winemaking in the Texas Hill Country. (Becker pours award winning wines in a beautiful estate setting), and Pedernales Cellars, a family owned and operated boutique winery specializing in fine, hand-crafted Texas wines including award-winning Tempranillos and Voigniers.

Art, Shopping and Gallery Hopping

Take a Gallery Stroll through the streets of Fredericksburg– “The Little Jewel of Art in Central Texas” (Fine Art Connoisseur):

Whistle Pik Galleries exhibits some of the finest in traditional painting and sculpture, featuring nationally acclaimed and regional artists from the Texas Hill Country and around the world including G. Harvey. Insight Gallery represents a select group of the finest painters and sculptors living and working today in landscape, figurative, impressionistic, still life, wildlife and Western art. Artisans is an American art destination, Artisans Gallery offers the best selection of Fredericksburg’s local art and craftsmanship. RS Hanna boasts fine arts featuring original works of acclaimed artists working in oil, watercolor, bronze and wood, working in color and emotion, beauty and light. Fredericksburg Art Gallery hosts a large collection of original paintings and bronzes by renowned, award-winning Texas and beyond artists

More into the outdoors?

Take a hike to the top of Enchanted Rock, the second largest granite dome in the US. Bring your camera for a stunning shot of the Texas Hill Country (Note: this is a fairly strenuous climb), OR take an easier hike on “E Rock’s” Loop Trail, and still enjoy majestic views of this rock formation.

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