The Perfect Fredericksburg Weekend Itinerary
April 9, 2021
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The Texas Hill Country is the region between Austin and San Antonio. It is known for its beautiful nature, multitude of wineries and as a peaceful escape from the nearby larger cities. There are several small, charming towns in Hill Country, but Fredericksburg is one of my favorites. It has so much to do, but still has the feel of a small town. Fredericksburg is also a great central location between San Antonio and Austin. There are over 100 wineries in Hill Country, and a great number of them are located along highway 290, between Johnson City and Fredericksburg. This guide will be centered on staying in Fredericksburg while you explore Hill Country.
Nestled among beautiful rolling hills and clumps of cacti, Fredericksburg is full of small town charm, delicious wine and a little something for everyone. You can stay at a Bed and Breakfast in town, enjoy a wine tour and visit the mysterious Enchanted Rock in order to get a good taste of what the area has to offer.
The town of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in 1846 and still has a lot of German influence today. There is plenty of German food and a German Maypole in the town’s Marktplatz (Market Square) representing the history of the town. The main street in Fredericksburg has shops, restaurants and wine tasting rooms that are mostly tourist driven. Fredericksburg is known for Bed & Breakfasts, where you can get the best of small town hospitality.
I drove from Dallas, TX to Fredericksburg and it was a 4 and a half hour drive. If you are flying, look for flights to either San Antonio or Austin - it is about a hour and a half drive from each.
While I think anytime of year is good to visit Fredericksburg, you will experience the prettiest landscape during March or April because it is Bluebonnet season. Not only will you see the famous bluebonnets, the Texas state flower, but the fields and hills will be full of all kinds of lovely wildflowers. This is also a great time for the weather, because it will be warm without being extremely hot. However, this time of year is usually going to be more crowded and more expensive. I have visited Fredericksburg in mid February and early June, and the weather was nice both times. Overall, any time of year is nice as the winters are not too cold in Hill Country, but if you are able to go during bluebonnet season, it will make the trip extra special.
Blue Skies Retro Resort brings Palm Springs vibes to Texas Hill Country. It is located about 15 minutes north of Fredericksburg and 20 minutes from Enchanted Rock. It's a wonderful base for exploring the area but you might never want to leave!
The property has 5 trailers, each in a different pastel color. Inside each trailer, you'll find a record player, a cozy bed and everything you need for a comfortable stay. Each trailer has a small bathroom inside along with a very a very spacious detached private bathroom. The bath houses have outdoor showers, cozy robes and huge mirrors.
Outside, each trailer has it's own patio space with chairs. Shared between the trailers, there is a gorgeous pool and a hang out space next to a fireplace. This is a beautiful place for star gazing and enjoying a quiet Hill Country evening.
Unfortunately Magnolia House changed ownership again sometime in 2021 and I'm not clear on the future plans for this property. Other bed and breakfasts to look are Southern Charm Bed and Breakfast and Hoffman Haus.
Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast is a 5-room guesthouse where you’ll be served a delicious breakfast from scratch every morning in the dining room. At the house you will find a peaceful backyard oasis, great conversation with the hosts and the other guests, and delicious food.
The couple running the Magnolia House purchased it only shortly before our stay. They were originally from Britain and had made a huge lifestyle shift in moving to Texas Hill Country and running a bed & breakfast. The house was lovely and you could see the care and focus on the experience of their guests. The house had a serene backyard with a pond where you could sit outside and enjoy morning coffee, and in the evenings you could sit in the living room and enjoy complimentary wine and cookies. The made-from-scratch breakfast was served every morning at 9am sharp, and was a great time to get to know the other guests staying in the house. They also made a special vegetarian breakfast just for me. I loved my stay and cannot recommend it highly enough.
I absolutely loved the details in the Magnolia House, from the fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and the novelty coffee creamer pitcher, to the peaceful pond in the backyard where neighborhood cats enjoyed birdwatching in the morning sun.
The Monarc Ranch is located on a working ranch just outside of Fredericksburg and is a dreamy destination where you may see a cow roaming just beyond your window. There are three different size houses on the property, each offers a secluded location where you can relax, walk to the Pedernales River and enjoy the night sky. This place was recommended by a friend who enjoyed peaceful walks down to the river in the evenings and the tranquil atmosphere of being outside of the city and in the countryside.
I've packed my favorite things to do in Fredericksburg into the perfect 3 days, so you can enjoy everything the area has to offer while making the most of your time.
Take a self guided tour if you have a designated driver, or pay to be taken on a private or group winery tour. I have toured the wineries with and without a guide, and I recommend having a tour guide for safety and ease of planning. There are over 100 wineries in the area, so there is something for everyone depending on your taste, the kind of atmosphere you are looking for and how far you are willing to drive.
Many of the wine tastings at Hill Country wineries come with a free glass! This is a fun souvenir to remember your trip and it also made me feel like I was getting a great value. (something you don't see in Napa!)
Signor Vineyards is a beautiful winery that has peaceful outdoor seating, a fantastic cheese plate and is a short drive from Fredericksburg. Here, you will drive down a long, gravel road lined with trees and are greeted by a beautiful white building with both indoor and outdoor seating.
We spent more time talking to the bartender at Signor than anywhere else. It was great to have a conversation while we snacked on an amazing cheese plate and received recommendations for other wineries in the area.
The Fat Ass Ranch & Winery has live music, a food truck and some of the most unique flavors of wine I've ever tried, like the “Prickly Pear JalaRaspberryPeno.” While flavors like that aren’t for everyone, it was fun to try and was a popular place for bachelorette parties.
The Fat Ass Ranch & Winery is the only place I have ever drank wine from a shot glass and it burned my throat on the way down.
Kuhlman Cellars has an outdoor patio deck that overlooks a vineyard. It is a lovely place to relax and eat a packed lunch while looking out over hill country. While here, you absolutely must try the herbed almonds; they are the perfect pairing to wine. We loved them so much that we bought jars to take home. Also say hello to Nico, the friendly porch cat.
Becker Vineyards is a beautiful winery to visit. There is a large field of flowers (poppies were in bloom when I visited in April), rows of vines and a large outdoor space to enjoy. Wine tastings are done at your own pace and delivered to your table, which I personally prefer to standing at a counter. The service is wonderful and I enjoyed every single wine. Keep in mind that reservations are required here.
These are some of the wineries that I have personally been to, but I don’t think you can go wrong. There are so many beautiful wineries in Hill Country to visit.
If you are doing a guided winery tour, I highly recommend Texas Grapes, Wine and Limousine Tours. During my tour with Texas Grapes, our group of four was paired with another group of four in a limo, and our guide was wonderful. The tour included a packed lunch and tastings at three wineries. It was so fun to be able to drink in the limo and not have to worry about the route, and our guide kept in mind our preferences in deciding where to go.
After a day of drinking, enjoy a well deserved dinner in Fredericksburg. There are several great restaurants in Fredericksburg, including multiple German restaurants and beer gardens. Try The All New Altdorf Biergarten or The Auslander for a great German-feeling beer garden experience, or Otto’s German Bistro for finer German fare.
For more romantic destinations near North Texas, check out my blog on the best couples trips from Dallas!
Kaffee Haus is a great spot in downtown Fredericksburg to have coffee and a pastry. They serve apple turnovers, croissants, kolaches and more. I love this place because they serve a vegetarian kolache! It is made with potato and egg filling and full of seasonings and flavor. The coffee shop is attached to a boutique with clothing and accessories so you can also do some shopping during your visit.
For a peaceful morning of greenery therapy, visit Wildseed Farms, the nation’s largest working wildflower farm. Depending on the time of year, there are multiple fields of beautiful wildflowers where you can take some beautiful photos and soak in the hill country scenery. Along with the fields of flowers, you will find a beautiful botanical garden area full of lily pads and cacti, seeds for sale in the gift shop to start your own garden and the option to do a wine tasting. In the springtime, they allow you to pick your own bouquet in their fields of flowers.
Main street Fredericksburg has several cute boutiques, tasting rooms and even antique malls to check out. Be sure to check out Rustin’ Rob's Texas Gourmet Foods for unique salsas, hot sauces and more, Hand Carved Candles & More for intricately carved candles and the Antique Mall of Fredericksburg for a large selection of antiques. When you have shopped as much as you are able, check out the Marktplatz Square or enjoy a tasting at any of the wineries that have locations on Main Street.
I bought an amazing wine candle at Hand Carved Candles and more, it smells like wine and is poured in a wine bottle.
I’m so glad we ventured off of Main Street to find this gem. Das Peach Haus began as a roadside stand selling peaches, and is a winery and specialty food store offering a variety of things from jams to salsas to delicious peach pie. The unassuming building opens up to a gorgeous backyard with a pond full of lily pads, where you can sit in lawn chairs and relax by the pond under the shade of the trees. I recommend buying a bottle of wine and a peach pie to share next to the pond as you relax under the shade.
There is a giant texas with a peach painting on it nailed to a tree out back, which makes for a great photo opportunity.
If you’re tired of wineries and want to enjoy an evening of live music with a cold beer, drive about 15 minutes out of town to visit Luckenbach. Luckenbach is a quirky unincorporated community with its claim to fame being a song by Waylon Jennings. Here you will find an old post office that is now a gift shop, a sign on the bar boasting a population of three, a kissing booth and plenty of Lone Star beer and live music. Spend your evening enjoying the live music and the Texas atmosphere. I am not a country music fan but it was still a great experience.
If you would like to have delicious food overlooking Hill Country, I highly recommend Southold Farm + Cellar. The restaurant is located 25 minutes outside of Fredericksburg and also serves as a winery. It is located up on a hill with swinging benches, indoor and outdoor seating and a view into the kitchen.
The menu is consistently rotating with a focus on food made with local and seasonal ingredients. Everything was amazing but the sweet potato and spinach savory churros were my favorite. I had never had anything like them and the flavors were incredible. Be sure to make a reservation in advance for your visit.
If you like hiking and exploring nature, don’t leave Fredericksburg without visiting Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The mysterious rock is located just a 20 minute drive north of Fredericksburg and reservations are required for entry. Enchanted Rock is a giant pink granite dome that earns the title of largest pink granite isolated rock in the United States. You can hike to the top of the Enchanted Rock, hike to the top of the smaller granite dome next to it and take the trails around the domes. Rock climbing and camping are also available. From the top of the rock, there are miles of gorgeous Hill Country views.
Find all of the details on Enchanted Rock in my blog post!
Enchanted Rock gets very hot in the summer months. Bring plenty of sunscreen and water!
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