Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fredricksburg, TX

Fredricksburg, TX
Situated in Texas Hill country is an enchanting little German town home to unique shopping, tons of romantic Bed and Breakfasts, several award winning wineries and intimate gourmet dinning experiences. Recently named on CNN's list of "6 most romantic small towns in America" Fredricksburg, TX is more than deserving of the title. Take a weekend to visit and discover the charm of the Texas Hill Country for yourself.

Stay
  • Absolute Charm 
  • Inn on the Creek Dinning Room
    • Absolute charm is a convenient B&B reservation service that has compiled the most luxurious inns and cottages in the area. Their easy to navigate website highlights the amenities, locations and close-by attractions to each unique B&B. Check-in and check-out is extremely simple and their communication prior to your arrival is very thorough without being overbearing. They also offer customizable services to make your stay even more special, such as wine or champaign upon arrival, massages, and much more.
  • Inn on the Creek 
    • This five room B&B just off of Main St. offers unique experiences in each suite, some with in-room Jacuzzis, elegant four poster beds, soaking tub and richly appointed decor. 
    • Breakfast is an event not to be missed at this property, the chefs prepare a three course feast every morning for the guests, making sure everyone is fully satisfied and ready for a full day of exploring the surrounding town and vineyards.  
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  • Texas Wine Country 
    • Route 290 ambles through the beautiful rolling hills that serve as the back drop for one of the hottest destinations for wine enthusiasts. Don't miss the opportunity to visit and immerse yourself in the gorgeous vineyards and unique tasting rooms at each of the thirteen different wineries along this stretch of highway. 
    • Check out the event schedule at WineRoad290.com for upcoming events and festivals to make the most of your visit. There are special events nearly every weekend of the year, as well as tour busses and shuttle services available.  
  • Main Street
  • View down Main Street
    • Strolling down Historic Main Street is a great way to work up an appetite before dinner, while satisfying your appetite for unique boutiques. Enjoy the distinct art galleries and fine jewelry stores along side German preserve shops and western leather and spice stores. There is something for everyone, from the chef to the quilter to the fashionista and the kids. 
    • Multiple wine bars bring the vineyard tasting good to Main Street, check out House.Wine.http://www.yelp.com/biz/house-wine-fredericksburg for a cool atmosphere and a wide selection of local and international wines. Just off of Main street, on Lincoln you will find the larger and more rustic feeling Lincoln Street Wine Bar, complete with outdoor fireplace and wicker seating. 
  • Enchanted Rock
    • Located a short drive out side of Fredricksburg, Enchanted Rock is a must see destination for a fun day in the great outdoors as well as a good way to work off some of the fine meals you're sure to enjoy during your visit.
    • Enchanted Rock rises 425 feet above the elevation of the park, climbing the Summit Trail is similar to climbing up the stairs of a 40 story building. The highest point offers beautiful views of the surrounding Hill Country at 1,825 feet above sea level. The three visible peaks (Little Dome, Enchanted Rock and Turkey Point) are just the visible portions of the entire granite deposit, which covers over 640 acres. 
    • Make sure to check the Park Website to ensure the park is open, as they hold private hunts in January and close the park on occasion. Enchanted Rock is one of the most popular destinations of the Texas State Park system. 
View headed up the Summit Trail
Eat
  • Otto's
  • Seared King Salmon over potatoes augrauten 
    • A converted house makes for an intimate setting perfectly fitting the fine cuisine you will encounter at Otto's. They have left the rafters bare to create as open of a space as possible in this tiny establishment where you are in the same room with the chefs and full service bar. With only a handful of tables you will be treated like friends by the waitstaff, and the head chef makes rounds to check on every table and gather insight about your experience. 
    • A must for dinner, they are open late all year round. Unique cocktails for reasonable prices include an Absinth Old Fashioned and Black Forest Sparklers. Call ahead and make a reservation! 

  • Rathskeller
    • Located in the basement of the Historic Keidel Hospital Building Rathskeller's is a rough little gem serving breakfast, lunch and dinner: gourmet food at diner prices served up in a funky little basement.
    • Texas Hill Country Hash
    • Recommend trying his spot for breakfast, the Texas Hills Hash with Duck and Poached Eggs is fantastic! Fried breakfast potatoes with onions and peppers support two poached eggs and a healthy scattering of roasted duck meat all tenderly brought together with hollandaise sauce. For the non-egg-eaters: the German Style Pancakes are reminiscent of thick crepes served with banana pieces on top, be sure to add the maple syrup!

  • Java Ranch
    • The only actual coffee bar in Fredricksburg. They make a great latte and cappachino with a  wide choice of flavors and prices similar to Starbucks. Stop in for a little pick-me-up.