A few weeks ago a dear friend and I took a weekend road trip through Texas Hill Country to Fredericksburg. This little town had been on my bucket list for a long time, and since I'm moving in a few weeks (cue the tears), we made it happen! One of the best ways I get refreshed is by exploring new places - especially when time is free and there's no agenda or to-do list.
We jumped in the car without much direction and hit the jackpot in local gems! Below are some of our favorite spots and maybe by the end of this post, you'll be convinced to give Fredericksburg a try. :) It's the perfect little girls' weekend vacay.
There are so many wineries along the highway heading into Fredericksburg - wish we could have stopped at all of them! From the road, this one looked classy and the parking lot was full, so we knew it'd be a win.
The grounds are beautiful - you could spend hours walking around and enjoying wine on the patio. There was a sweet little shop inside and both Laura and I tried a glass of wine and purchased some cheese, sausage and crackers to snack on, too. I tried the Cabernet/Syrah and was definitely pleased.
This place was magical! The poppies and wildflowers on the property are beautiful and there's lots of pathways you can take to walk the grounds. The selection of plants is also impressive and there's even a biergarten and winery on site, as well!
If you make one stop on your way into town, this needs to be it. This hidden gem contains a beautiful, light-filled showroom and shop with high-end clothing made with vintage fabric. The prices were definitely steep, but the space was unreal. The shop girl told us the owner constructed the barn from the ground up and told us a little bit of history about the brand. I could have stayed for hours just looking around and taking it all in - even the bathrooms were gorgeous!
We knew we wanted to try something German on our first night in town and Otto's did not disappoint. We both ordered cocktails and split the rest of our meal. There's a full service bar and the cocktail and First we ordered Brot und Butter, which sounds simple, but the beet jam was amazing. We also split the Flammkuchen off the appetizer menu, which is a really yummy flatbread with gorgonzola cheese, caramelized onions and lots of veggies. Lastly, our waiter gave such a great rec for the Ricotta Gnocchi that we had to try it as well; it was delicious. Highly recommend this quaint little dinner spot, especially if you can snag a table outside!
This spot was recommended to us by Magnolia Pearl and it was another highlight! I'm not much of an antique shopper, to be honest, but this space is stunning and there are so many pieces to see. It's pretty big, so you could spend a few hours here. There's also an added room to the right when you walk in full of nuetral shades and natural light - it's amazing. Allow yourself plenty of time to peruse and shop.
Hop on over next door to the Woerner Warehouse to see more beautiful antiques and sit down for lunch! We were so pleased to find this little cafe next door - not only is it beautiful inside, but the food was very good as well. I ordered a salad / sandwich combo with the BLAT sandwich and the house special salad with sun dried pears and candied pecans - you can't go wrong with that kind of combo. The service was a bit slow, but the environment made up for it, to be sure.
Das Peach Haus was such a happy little stop! We had no expectations going in, but it was one of my favorite spots we found! When you walk inside they have little tasty treats to try and sample - we nearly consumed a second lunch. :) The jams and jellies were incredible and we even tried a complementary sample of their peach wine. There's a little patio outside with a pond out back and there's a kitchen space behind where you can take cooking classes. If I come back to Fredericksburg, this will definitely be on my list!
They are also opening a tasting room next month and you can sign up online for live cooking demonstrations. The staff was also incredibly kind and friendly - all around win!
We stopped here on our way out of town to get our caffeine fix. I tried the vanilla tea and the sweet barista made me an almond milk vanilla tea latte. The macarons were also a sweet treat to take on the road. I'd recommend the Earl Grey flavor.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was our little cottage rental home. I found the listing on AirBnB and the host was so helpful and accommodating. Upon walking in, it felt like we were entering a storybook. It's beautiful and clean and the space was perfect for two guests. Warm, peaceful, lots of light - can't go wrong, here. There's even a little private patio out back and little kitchenette inside. Next time, though, I'd like to try the little cabin on the property - it looked beautiful and had a hot tub in the back!
Overall, we enjoyed our stay so much and loved hunting for the best little local spots. Other things worth mentioning include walking down Main Street, Vaudeville (shopping and bistro) downtown, and I wish we had had the chance to take advantage of the hiking trails in the area and explore Enchanted Rock! I suppose there's always a next time.