Small towns are becoming a thing of the past. Metropolitan communities are becoming the normal. Suburbs and hipster downtown areas are the fad of the millennials. And as much as I act like a city girl millennial, I am small town girl with dust on her feet and the wind in her hair.
With the longing of that in mind, I hit the highway to visit the quaint small town of Fredericksburg, Texas in June. I was able to tour the city and enjoy the German 19th century architecture along with relishing in great food adventures. I acquired a taste of the “hill country” that the San Antonio city people are always talking about.
First off I made way to a charming breakfast in an home-turned-diner off the main drag. The City Cafe hit the spot with eggs and coffee with an all american backdrop.
Rummaging around into the gardens at the main square and stealing a trip down this antique alley were just the tip of the charm-iceberg that Fredericksburg holds.
This main street is full of life and bustling with tourists and locals who practice window shopping along with the gathering of local souvenirs. I loved this little general store with all their ephemera and classic toys. I made sure to pick up some taffy and a whoopie cushion for my kids.
After a nice morning stroll around main street, I moseyed off to Lost Draw Cellars where I met a dear wine enthusiast who brought me a tasting from five different varieties and a bonus treat to top it. CJ is the tastings main wine enthusiast and she really knows her stuff. She was a plethora of information on the vineyards near Lubbock to the original site of the tasting building (an old lot held off by the train depot) to suggestions of other local wineries. I watched as she interacted with the tours that came through and she is gem. Lost Draw better hold on to this girl. To have someone so passionate about the product and knowledgable in an engaging way is an art that is now days forgotten.
CJ I can’t wait to come back to Fredericksburg and try more wine with you, girl!
Next I was off to 1851 Vineyard a little way out of town. This vineyard is quite new to the area of Fredericksburg and has its distillery and tasting room all in one. With tables facing the vineyard themselves it was easy to settle into conversation of how the place got started and how ol’Hollimon planned to be a grape farmer. He didn’t but what better way to spend your retirement.
After a quick nap and pick me up from the tasty local coffee house, Java Ranch, dinner was in order.
The Sozial Haus delivered a great meal with delightful patio seating. The delicious
reuben sandwich was stacked high with corned beef and kraut. I gladly had a cheat day and devoured it all with the fries to boot! They had a great beer selection and yummy in-house sangria. Even a great place I could take the kids.
And even on a Thursday night in the middle of summer there was live music in the El Milagro courtyard and jazz in the Lincoln Street cigar room along with a full band at Crossroads Steakhouse while they served up eccentric steak dinners in the back.
There was so much more to see and do in this little town. Twenty-four hours was barely enough time to get my feet wet on all there is to do in Fredericksburg.
When I had visited for a field trip with my kids the prior year we fully enjoyed the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. And the Pioneer Museum Complex is intriguing with all the soap and rope making.
Next time I would love to try the german foods at Otto’s or Der Lindenbaum and possibly a massage at Absolute Charm Tranquility Cottage or Willow Room Spa.
Ciao for now.