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