Regional guide | FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS
By Rhiannon Taylor, December 2017
Just over an hour's drive from Austin, in to Texas Hill Country, lies the once-sleepy, now very hip town of Fredericksburg. Perfect for a weekend escape and known for it's settlement of Texas Germans, Fredericksburg (or Fritztown as it is often referred to) is full of boutique stores, chic accommodation and German-inspired cuisine. It's also in the heart of Texas Wine Country and a great spot to base yourself for exploring the region. Here's how we did Fredericksburg in less than 48 hours on a road trip through Texas.
Otto's German Bistro - Otto's serves up a modern take on traditional German favourites. Schintzel could be duck breast with crackling and the gravlax is beet cured. The space is incredibly pretty, with patio dining under twinkling lights and the wine list is expertly curated, featuring some of the region's finest boutique picks. Reservations recommended. https://ottosfbg.com
Vaudeville Bistro - Located downstairs beneath homewares store Vaudeville, the bistro is a opening dining hall with lots of healthy options on the menu. There's a kale, bean and avocado filled power bowl, quinoa salad and extensive tea collection. There's also gourmet pizzas and classics such as herb roasted chicken and cookies if you're feeling like something heavier. Make sure you check out their dish of the day, as they're a hit with the locals. https://vaudeville-living.com/gourmet/bistro/
Cabernet Grill - Cabernet Grill is a relaxed grill house that is skilled in cooking cuts of meat to perfection. Think plates of quail, pork loin and Angus beef, seasoned with their in-house rub and served to your liking. Save room for the deep fried pecan pie - it's incredible. http://www.cabernetgrill.com
Urban Wine Trail - One of the best things about visiting Fredericksburg is their Urban Wine Trail which features more than a dozen different wine tasting rooms along the main shopping strip. It's a great way to sample a range of Texan wine with the convenience of being able to stroll back to your accommodation afterwards. http://www.visitfredericksburgtx.com/food-wine-categories/urban-wineries-trail/
Perdernales Cellars - As one of Texas's premier wineries, Perdernales is a must do when visiting Fredericksburg. A family business since 1990, this winery is known for it's Tempranillo's and red varieties. The wine tasting room is set overlooking rolling hills clad with vines and there are no appointments needed for groups less than eight people. https://www.pedernalescellars.com
4.0 Cellars - This is one of our favourite wine experiences in Fredericksburg. Representing a collective of Texas winemakers, 4.0 has a great range from various regions of the state. Book in for their cheese and wine tasting, which features artisan Texas-made cheese matched with wine. http://www.fourpointwine.com
visit & STAY
Hoffman Haus - a boutique bed and breakfast within minutes walk of the main strip. https://www.hoffmanhaus.com
Art Galleries - There's a gallery on nearly every block in Fredericksburg with some displaying really unique artists from Texas. http://www.visitfredericksburgtx.com/attractions-categories/arts/
Boutique Shops - With more than 150 stores in Downtown Fredericksburg you're not short on places to shop. We loved the Yee Haw Ranch Outfitters, a store that can kit your inner cowboy out from head to toe. http://www.visitfredericksburgtx.com/shopping/
The writer travelled courtesy of Texas Tourism and Fredericksburg Tourism.