Fredericksburg Farmers Market 3

We spent Hub’s birthday weekend in Fredericksburg, Texas. We just adore the Texas hill country and feel very at home there since meeting so many wonderful friends. The weather in November is picture perfect, sunny and 80 degree temps. But, the highlight of this particular trip to Fredericksburg was the meeting of a very special new friend, Kelly S. and her husband Steve and their two lovely daughters. You see ~ once again the Airstream community linked Kelly and me together via the AirForums. We’ve been chatting for months and she told me the next time we’re in the hill country, we’ll be getting together. And together we got!!! Kelly not only advised us of the best “eats” in town, she gave us an incredible tour of town and RV parks, gave us a tour of her Airstream and T@DA and invited us to an incredible and super fun breakfast at Doss Country Store.  Our sincerest thanks again Kelly and Steve ~ we had an amazing time with you and your family.  Kelly also told us to join her at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market. Kelly started this fabulous market over 5 years ago and it’s been thriving ever since. We enjoyed a beautiful Thursday afternoon at the market!!

The farmers market mission statement: “I  believe it is important to think and act locally. By this I mean, whenever possible buy locally grown and produced foods for your table. When you support your independent, local farms, you not only help our environment, but the planet as a whole. Reducing transportation emissions and excess packaging makes a difference for the environment and our bodies. More importantly, nothing taste quite as good as something picked and prepared fresh the same day.”

You could feel the sense of “community” at the market. Friends and visitors gather each Thursday from 4 – 7 pm from May till mid-November. Meet new friends, have a taste of the dish of the week provided by local farmers, sip on local wine, eat the most amazing pizza from the chef of Navajo Grill and enjoy the music and scenery at the Pioneer Museum.

“The Fredericksburg Farmers Market (FFM) is a seven-month long, weekly event that brings locally grown food to the community. FFM is a producer/grower market consisting of farmers, ranches and wineries located within the geographic neighborhood of Gillespie and adjacent counties. FFM has been operating for four years in the Marktplatz, the center of Fredericksburg. In 2011, in partnership with the Pioneer Museum, we expanded to include a two-month fall market on Pioneer’s grounds to bring fall produce to the community and to emphasize the historical importance of agriculture to the local economy. We are growing and now have some 21 vendors that participate in the FFM. FFM is maintained by a group of volunteers whose goal is to bring good local food to the community, help our local farmers, ranchers and wineries sell product, and further promote Fredericksburg as a culinary arts center.”

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography

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Hub’s and I had about an hour to kill before heading to Austin-Bergstrom Airport after an amazing weekend in the Texas Hill Country (more on that in another post!). I was really craving a Hey Cupcake! I wrote this post on our first visit to Hey Cupcake back in April but, I failed to mention how absolutely tantalizing these cupcakes are. I know the cupcake craze has been going on for quite sometime and they have popped up all over towns across the great US of A. But, I’m here to tell you my cupcake of choice “The Standard” ~ Chocolate Buttercream Top, Vanilla Cake, was by far, the best cupcake that has touched these lips! Oh my goodness, that is one sensational cupcake. My opinion is such due to the light and airy cake that is tremendously moist and the frosting is killer good. Enough said, when you are in Austin next time, get yourself a Hey Cupcake!

Ok, so back to this one lonely hour we had to burn before catching our flight. We headed down South Congress in the hippest part of Austin, Texas where all the happenings are happening especially on a gorgeous, sunny, warm Sunday afternoon. Much to my surprise there were a slew of Airstream trailers all decked out as boutiques and eateries. I jumped out of the rental car and snapped away. The lighting was horrible, traffic even worse but, couldn’t resist to share with you all how fun that fifteen minutes was for me. Didn’t have time to tour each Airstream or to speak with the owners but, for sure on my next trip to Austin, I will spend some time on South Congress to enjoy the eats and wares not only in the Airstreams but, all over town!

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Little Big Mike’s ~ Hand-Crafted Pan Pizza

Nomad Dosa ~ Indian cuisine

Curb Service Adelante Boutique

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Airstream humor at Hey Cupcake!

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography

Willkommen bei Fredericksburg 3

So, here ends our Easter weekend journey where we actually started our trip, Fredericksburg, Texas. We have traveled to Fredericksburg many times and we always discover new fun places each time we visit. We really adore this little German town in the Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. In 1970, Fredericksburg was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas. With its humble beginnings as farm and ranch communities of German heritage, you will still find many German beer pubs, bakeries and authentic German cuisine to satisfy your cravings for Kartoffelsuppe, Schweinebraten or Dampfnudel.

The architecture in Fredericksburg always peaks my interest. “Sunday Houses” are unique to the German culture of the Texas Hill Country. Rural farmers would build Sunday Houses to use on weekends when they would come into town to provision and attend church services. They are small dwellings usually made of limestone coated with a whitewash. Many of these historic houses have been restored and some are being used as B&B’s.

From fine art galleries to wineries, pie shops to museums, live music to scenic drives, Fredericksburg is the perfect getaway to please all discerning tastes. Some of our favorites include:

Favorite Fine Art Galleries: InSight Gallery, Artisans at Rocky Hill, Whistle Pik Gallery, and RS Hanna Gallery. First Friday Art Walk is always a fun way to experience the art scene in F’burg!

Favorite Scenic Drive: Willow City Loop. We rose early one morning to beat the bumper to bumper traffic you might experience during Bluebonnet season. We were not disappointed. The Bluebonnets (Texas State Flower) and other wild flowers like the Indian Blanket, Green Thread Winecup and the Square-Bud Primrose were in full bloom and were breathtaking. Folks drive for 100’s of miles to witness this once a year, spring extravaganza.

We photographed my favorite Texas Longhorns who’s gentle disposition and intelligence along with their distinct horns (that can extend tip to tip up to 7′ wide) make them one of my cherished moments. 

The drive wouldn’t be complete without viewing the Burro’s (small donkeys). The “Loop” is a long winding road through private ranch lands. The ranchers kindly ask all spectators to respect their lands and stay in their cars!

Favorite Live Music: Hondo’s and Crossroads Saloon and Steakhouse (they serve up some fine Shrimp and Grits).

Favorite Food: Alamo Springs Cafe (best burger!), Fredericksburg Herb Farm (peaceful and delish!), Bejas Grill (fun to sit on the outside patio and enjoy a margarita and exceptional shrimp soft tacos), Mahaley’s Cafe (sensational burritos), August E’s (Nouveau Texas Cuisine) and the Fredericksburg Pie Company (simply divine pie!).

The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, TX is a local favorite (we usually stop here on our way to Fredericksburg from the Austin airport).

Favorite Things to Do: Browse the National Museum of the Pacific War, Shop at Fredericksburg Farmer’s Market, Taste at Becker Vineyards, Hike the Enchanted Rock, and shop all up and down Main Street till your heart’s content.

And stay at one of many private cottages, guest houses and B&B’s, reserve at: Absolute Charm or 1st Class B&B. Or book the stunning cottages of Settlers Crossing.

 

Photos: Anna Sullivan Photography

Fredericksburg Herb Farm 1

I couldn’t imagine a more peaceful and lovely spot to spend Easter Sunday. I have visited Fredericksburg, Texas many times but, wanted an extra special restaurant for Easter brunch. I called the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce and they highly recommended the Fredericksburg Herb Farm. What an incredibly special compound only four blocks off Main Street. Upon entering the Herb Farm you will be immersed with luscious gardens abound. You can stroll through herb gardens, flower gardens, browse the Poet’s Haus Gift Shop, relax in the Nature’s Spa, dine in the Farm Haus Bistro and even stay in one of the fourteen Sunday Haus Cottage’s. Sunday house cottages are unique to Fredericksburg.  German settlers would build these small “City Houses” to use on weekends when they came to town to buy provisions for the week and to also attend Sunday Church services. 

Now you can see the Herb Farm close up and personal with this new 360 degree adventure of the property, watch here!

Our lunch was spectacular and the weather was spring perfection. We sat in the “glass room” next to a huge picture window overlooking the front garden. Our Easter lunch was superb and the atmosphere was tranquil. I highly recommend a visit and a stay at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm.

Photos: Anna Sullivan Photography