Fredericksburg is an adorable town in Texas Hill Country north of San Antonio and a solid day trip from Austin. They are known for all of the wineries around the area but they have lots more to offer besides just wineries. Whether you are visiting with friends or family you will have a great time. Here’s where to eat, where to stay, and an assortment of things to do in Fredericksburg to help you plan your whole trip.
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Where to Eat in Fredericksburg
It will not matter what you are in the mood for while you are in town because they offer literally a bit of everything.
Indulge in the flavors of Texas food and wine at Hill & Vine, where our love and passion for local ingredients inspired this unique dining spot. Discover the best of Texas wine, handpicked with care by our knowledgeable owners who can’t wait to share their expertise with guests from all over. Our menu is a delightful fusion of southern classics and Hill Country flavors – try our irresistible black-eyed pea hummus, mouthwatering chicken schnitzel, and delicious sweet cornbread. Experience the true taste of Texas at Hill & Vine.
Experience the charm of Alla Campagna. Their exquisite patio fountain and timeless design elements were meticulously crafted by skilled local craftsmen and artisans. Indulge in a menu inspired by the bountiful Italian countryside. Beyond pasta and pizza, they offer a delightful assortment of fresh veggies and locally sourced ingredients, perfectly paired with decadent wines.
Discover the hidden gem in Fredericksburg – Vaudeville. This renovated three-story landmark offers everything you need in one place. Indulge in gourmet market offerings, browse through a beautiful home and giftware showroom, immerse yourself in stunning art at the gallery, and indulge in a delectable bistro experience. This unique establishment is the brainchild of Chef Jordan Muraglia and Artist Richard Boprae, who came together in 2006 to bring their dreams to life. Experience the fusion of art and culinary delights in the heart of downtown.
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Mamacita’s was recommended to us by a local and it did not disappoint. It was fun and lively and decorated great. They have a waterfall in the front that’s a great place for a photo. Their food was great and so was the service. We went for lunch and the place was completely packed, but we only had to wait five or so minutes for a table for four.
Mamacita’s seems like a great place to go at night when I would guess it’s even more festive and they have large margaritas. I had the tacos al carbon and they were good, next time I would go with something else like the enchiladas. Their steak meat was amazing. Meals come with complimentary chips, salsa, and green sauce all of which are bottomless. I liked everything about this place and would definitely go again and I highly recommend it.
We went here to celebrate my friend Lindsey and it was perfect. (If you’ve read my blog for a long time, you already know that Lindsey is my lifelong best friend. So, to say it’s important where we go when I want to celebrate her is an understatement.)
The atmosphere was quiet and private. The food was good, but a little expensive. Their patio area looked awesome and if it hadn’t been cold, we definitely would have sat out there. The staff was nice and even adjusted the lighting for us, so we could get a good picture.
What a fantastic place this turned out to be. It was a beautiful day, a little cold and they had their patio heaters on. We sat down for lunch on the patio and got to listen to live music. The food was German food and it was excellent. The portions are not large, but filling enough. I never saw the inside of the restaurant, but the outside was beautiful. They have a spacious patio and are able to seat large parties on it.
The Nest is a family-friendly restaurant that offers a variety of American-style dishes. The menu features items such as burgers, sandwiches, salads, and pizzas. The restaurant also has a kid’s menu with items such as chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese.
Pecan Street Brewing Company
Pecan Street Brewing Company is a microbrewery that offers a variety of handcrafted beers. The brewery also has a full-service kitchen that serves American-style pub fare. Menu items include burgers, wings, tacos, and pizzas.
Hilda’s Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant that specializes in Mexican cuisine. The menu features a variety of traditional Mexican dishes such as enchiladas and tamales. The restaurant also has a kid’s menu with items such as quesadillas and chicken nuggets.
Ingrid’s Kitchen is a German restaurant that offers a variety of authentic German dishes. The menu features items such as schnitzel, sauerkraut, and potato salad. The restaurant also has a selection of German beers available.
Clear River Ice Cream
Clear River Ice Cream is an ice cream shop that offers a variety of ice cream flavors as well as milkshakes and sundaes. The shop also has a selection of ice cream cakes available for purchase.
Alamo Springs Cafe
Alamo Springs Cafe is an old-fashioned diner that offers American comfort food at reasonable prices. The menu features items such as burgers, fries, shakes, and pie. The cafe also has an outdoor patio where guests can enjoy their meals.
Experience the tranquil beauty of Hill Country Herb Garden. Newly renovated in 2021, this stunning property boasts 14 charming cottages, lovely gardens, and a luxurious spa.
Indulge in garden-inspired craft cocktails, wine, and beer, along with delicious light bites from The Restaurant. Stroll through the abundant gardens and immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of 154 unique botanical species, including 60 native to Texas. Don’t miss the new culinary garden with 33 herb species just waiting to be explored.
Before you leave, be sure to visit the Marigold gift shop, filled with hand-selected apothecary items and exquisite jewelry. Come and discover a haven of relaxation and natural splendor at Hill Country Herb Garden.
Cocktail Bars Worth Visiting in Fredericksburg
Experience the finest fruit-based spirits at Dietz Distillery, situated right next to Das Peach Haus. Founded by passionate distiller Dietz Fischer, who honed his craft in Scotland, this distillery is a testament to his expertise. Indulge in the renowned Five Judges Gin, a unique London-style Gin with a Texas twist, paying homage to the property’s rich history.
Chase’s Place is a family-owned gem serving up one-of-a-kind craft cocktails and mouthwatering bites. Our dynamic cocktail menu evolves with the seasons, offering inventive pairings like hemp seed-infused vodka, Chipotle Tabasco, and baked apple rye. Join us for an unforgettable culinary adventure.
Wineries You Should Visit in Fredericksburg
There are a ton of wineries in Fredericksburg to choose from. These are just a few.
Das Peachhaus Winery is not a stand-alone winery like many of the others. Instead, they’ve got an assortment of local wines on hand to try. It makes it easy to try a bunch of local wines without having to drive around a lot. Plus, it’s worth a stop just for the photos. They’ve got this vintage truck out front and a gorgeous pond outback.
William Chris Vineyards
William Chris Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery located in the Texas Hill Country. The vineyard was founded in 2007 by Bill and Chris Pfeiffer, and they produce a variety of red, white, and rose wines. The vineyard is open for tastings and tours seven days a week, and they also have a picnic area where you can enjoy a bottle of wine with some cheese and crackers.
Texas Wine Collective
Texas Wine Collective is a collaborative winery that features wines from four different wineries: Lost Oak Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, and Pedernales Cellars. The tasting room is open seven days a week, and they offer a variety of tasting options as well as wine by the glass and bottle. Texas Wine Collective also has a gift shop where you can purchase wine-related items such as glasses, corkscrews, and books.
Becker Vineyards is one of the largest vineyards in the Texas Hill Country with over 90 acres of vines planted. The vineyard was founded in 1992 by Dr. Richard Becker, and they produce a variety of red, white, rose, and sparkling wines. Becker Vineyards is open for tastings seven days a week, and they offer both standard and reserve tastings as well as private group tastings by appointment only. In addition to wine tastings, they also offer tours of the vineyard and winery seven days a week.
Where to Stay in Fredericksburg
There are lots of places to stay in Fredericksburg including lots of VRBOs.
The Inn on Barons Creek
The Inn on Barons Creek is a beautiful, upscale hotel located in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg. The hotel features elegant accommodations, a full-service spa, and a fine-dining restaurant. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning and free parking.
The Fredericksburg Herb Farm
The Fredericksburg Herb Farm is a charming bed and breakfast located on a working herb farm. The bed and breakfast offers several different room types, including suites and cottages. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning, free parking, and access to the hotel’s fitness center. Check current rates.
The Stonewall Jackson Hotel
The Stonewall Jackson Hotel is a historic hotel located in downtown Fredericksburg. The hotel features updated accommodations, an on-site restaurant, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. Guests can also enjoy free parking and access to the hotel’s fitness center. Check current rates.
Things to do in Fredericksburg
Despite what people may assume, there are many things to do in Fredericksburg that are not wineries.
The Admiral Nimitz Museum
The Admiral Nimitz Museum is an interactive museum located in downtown Fredericksburg that tells the story of WWII through the eyes of Admiral Chester Nimitz. The museum features exhibits on the Pacific Theater of Operations, as well as the Battle of Midway. Admission to the museum is free for all guests.
The National Museum of the Pacific War
The National Museum of the Pacific War is an interactive museum located in downtown Fredericksburg that tells the story of WWII through the eyes of those who served in the Pacific Theater of Operations. The museum features exhibits on major battles, as well as life in the military during wartime. Admission to the museum is free for all guests.
Go hiking at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located just outside of Fredericksburg, Texas and offers over 10 miles of hiking trails through beautiful scenery. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, and bobcats.
Take a tour of the LBJ Ranch
The LBJ Ranch is located just outside of Fredericksburg and was the home of former President Lyndon B. Johnson. Visitors can take tours of the ranch house and grounds, which include Johnson’s birthplace, his boyhood home, and his gravesite.
Visit Wildseed Farms
Wildseed Farms is located in Fredericksburg and is known for being one of the largest wildflower farms in the country. The farm features over 200 acres of fields planted with a variety of annual and perennial wildflowers. Visitors can take self-guided tours or participate in workshops on flower gardening.
Go shopping on Main Street
Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas is lined with a variety of boutiques selling everything from clothing to art to souvenirs. There are also several restaurants and cafes located on Main Street, making it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after a day of shopping.
When I lived in Oregon I bought a packet of bluebonnets here so I could grow some in Oregon. I wasn’t sure if they would grow but they did and they came back every single year. However, they were pink, not purple!
Participate in Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is an annual event that takes place in Fredericksburg, Texas in October. It celebrates German culture with food, music, dancing, and beer-drinking contests. The festival typically takes place during the first two weekends in October and attracts over 100,000 visitors each year.
Take a scenic drive on the William Chris Vineyards Tour
The William Chris Vineyards Tour is a scenic drive through the Texas Hill Country that takes you past some of the best vineyards in the state. The tour includes stops at four different wineries, where you can sample wines made from a variety of grape varieties. If you are worried about drinking and driving this is a fabulous option. There are lots of tours you can take to avoid driving.
Visit the Pioneer Museum
The Pioneer Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the city and its German settlers. The museum is home to a variety of exhibits, including an early settler’s cabin, a blacksmith shop, and a log church.
There you have it – all the best sights and attractions to see in Fredericksburg, Texas. This soft corner of the Lone Star state is an excellent destination for any traveler who wants to experience true, down-home Country charm. Whether it be a weekend getaway or a full week’s vacation, you won’t regret making the stop on your Texas travels. Entranced by its romantic hill country flair, visitors can time travel through numerous antique boutiques and heritage parks, indulge their palates with some outstanding local eats and wines, or simply relax in the comfortable Texan hospitality that makes this town unique from other adventurous attractions. Start packing your bags now and get ready for all the cowboy wanderlust Fredericksburg has to offer! What’s your favorite thing about this southern city? Weigh in below!
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