Nestled in the hills of the Lone Star State, there is a town where German history and Texas culture mix to create a charming home-away-from-home: Fredericksburg. This special place has a little something for everyone whether you are looking to relax and take things easy, or discover the fun and adventure of the beautiful Texas hill country. Around four and a half hours from Addison, Fredericksburg is the perfect place to go if you are looking to getaway.
What to Do
One great place to start is a spa. This is a great option for a group of girlfriends looking to spend some time unwinding or for a couple looking to reconnect romantically. If spas aren’t your cup of tea, there is a fantastic golf course located just behind Main Street just waiting for you. 18-holes and 6,686 yards, Lady Bird Johnson Championship Golf Course is full of twists and turns to change even the most golf-shy individual into a loyal follower. You can also spend time out in the great outdoors, hiking, biking, swimming and fishing in lakes and rivers, riding on horseback, or climbing rock formations. You can also simply sit back and enjoy the hundreds of acres of wildlife, birds and beauty the hill country has to offer.
With over 20 art galleries and working studios, the art community in the town is a thriving one. Local, regional and national artists from all over have their works displayed in one of the galleries. You can take a step back in time by visiting one of the historic sites or museums. There, you will see how early German settlers lived, Old West cowboys worked, how heroic women and men fought for our country in the Pacific War, and where our 36th President lived. The live music scene in Fredericksburg is an up-and-coming one. Rapidly growing, music of all types is being played by musicians looking to entertain. Polka, jazz, classical, rock and roll, blues, big bands, and homegrown Texas music all have a home here. We recommend checking out Hondos on Main Street for great music.
What and Where to Eat
There are plenty of eateries to satisfy your cravings in Fredericksburg. Ranging from casual, but tasty BBQ to traditional bratwurst, there is no shortage of options available. There is also Tex-Mex, Italian, seafood, sushi, American, and food trucks in town as well. If you want to sample some of the tastiest and freshest fruit, go to one of the famous Fredericksburg peach farms. You can also go to an orchard and pick delicious peppers, seasonal berries, tomatoes, plums and other vegetables.
As the epicenter of Hill Country wine region, Fredericksburg is the place where many vineyards and wineries are located. With over 20 wineries locally and dozens more wineries located within an hour or two-hour drive of the town, there is no lack of places to go to satisfy your taste for quality merlots, zins, chards, cabs and Rieslings. Enjoy!
Where to Shop
One of the primary reasons that people visit Fredericksburg is to go shopping. With over 150 shops to choose from, you will never lack for a place to go. Numerous interior design studios, antique dealers and craftsmen who create custom décor pieces for your home are down in Fredericksburg. Each shop has a wealth of goods and furniture as well as antiques, home décor and pieces of art made out of watercolor, oil, glass and metal. There are also shops catering to women’s fashion and jewelry. The styles of these stores range from handmade and vintage to modern and contemporary. You can find an abundance of western gear and cool outdoor gear at quaint small businesses too.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking to enjoy some charming German heritage and good ole’ Texas hospitality, you’re in luck. Fredericksburg is home to many different accommodations for every type of style. With over 350 charming guesthouses, inns, B&Bs, and guest ranches, Fredericksburg is the unofficial of eclectic lodging in Texas. For those who want to enjoy the natural beauty of Texas Hill Country, there are plenty of camping grounds and RV parks. The amenities for all the options range from basic and living off the land to more modern facilities that include wireless Internet connection and cable tv. Popular with many winter-travelers, many of the RV parks and campgrounds are within minutes of Fredericksburg’s Main Street while others are located in state and municipal parks. Another option for families of all sizes is to stay in one of the numerous hotels or motels. There are large national chains and smaller locally owned properties and many of them come with complimentary breakfast and refreshing, cool pools that are perfect for the Texas summer heat. Happy travels!