Fredericksburg is one of the Hill Country’s gems. It beautifully represents theTexan hospitality, cultural mélange, fun, and free-spirit of the Hill Country. It’s also the head of the winery-and-vineyard dense Highway 290, making it one of the best cities to choose as your Hill Country Wine Trail hub.
Founded in 1846 by the Baron Otfried Hans von Meusebach, Fredericksburg soon became a bustling settlement of German pioneers, and it retains its rich German heritage to this day. Whether or not you take part in one of the many heritage events held throughout the year, you can still sample Deutschland’s influence in its abundance of German restaurants and shops. The Auslander Biergarten and Restaurant is in the heart of Fredericksburg’s historic district. It serves hand cut steaks, incredible authentic German fare like Saurbraten and Kasewurst, and has an impressive beer and wine list featuring both imported and local favorites.
Fredericksburg also has lodging for every budget, from wallet friendly inns to quaint and unusual B&Bs to resort style spas and chain hotels. Fredericksburg prides itself on its collection of eclectic lodging options, with over 350 bed and breakfasts, guest ranches, and inns. Many of these, like the delightful Quinta Mariposa (“Butterfly House”) can be explored in depth at AbsoluteCharm.com. If a cottage, hotel, or motel isn’t for you, and you’d rather just park your RV, there are plenty of RV parks nearby. If you want to get even closer to nature, you can primitive camp at the beautiful Enchanted Rock State Natural Area or one of the region’s many other campsites.
If you can manage to tear yourself away from the delights of Fredericksburg itself, you’ll find yourself at the head of “Wine Road 290.” Over a dozen of the Hill Country’s celebrated vineyards and wineries line Highway 290, stretching east from Fredericksburg to Johnson City in the west. You can experience the country-western spirit of Chisholm Trail winery just to Fredericksburg’s east, the grace and elegance of Becker Vineyards, and the downhome, laidback attitude of Hye Meadow Winery, and many others. Each winery and vineyard offers its own unique flavors and personalities to spice up your trip.
For more information about Fredericksburg, visit http://www.visitfredericksburgtx.com.
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