What to do when visiting Fredericksburg

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In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is a city of beauty and charm. With its unique German influence in its boutiques, restaurants, bakeries and old peach orchards, weekenders from nearby cities are sure to be taken with this Texas city gem. There's so much to do and see in historic Fredericksburg. Activities include shopping, art, spas, music, museums and festivals. The city is home to over 45 vineyards and wineries, making this quaint little town one of the country's largest vinicultural areas.

Below are a few of the most noteworthy places to eat, sleep and visit while experiencing this charming city.

Where to stay

Fredericksburg Inn & Suites

The hotel boasts an open-air stone gazebo with a cozy fireplace and television, a scenic picnic area, a family-sized in-ground hot tub and two luxurious pools, including a heated pool for year-round swimming. The resort is also just a five-minute walk from historic downtown Fredericksburg, TX. The inn's 94 guestrooms and 9 suites were designed for simplicity and comfort - a combination that guarantees a relaxing stay. All accommodations include free wireless Internet, mini-refrigerators and microwaves, and a complimentary breakfast.

Hangar Hotel

The Hangar Hotel is not just for pilots, it's for anyone who wants more unique experience than just a bed and shower. The hotel was designed with an exterior appearance of a WWII hangar of the romantic 1940's. It features airplane memorabilia, model planes, USO history and the romance of a time bygone area.

Cotton Gin Village

The moment you step inside the ivy-covered walls of the Cotton Gin Village in historic Fredericksburg, you'll be transported to another world. Koi ponds with waterfalls, lush landscaping and romantically outfitted rustic cabins will steal your heart and relax your mind instantaneously. Nestled in the middle of the Texas wine country, this is not your ordinary bed and breakfast.

Fairfield Inn and Suites Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg's newest hotel, located in the heart of the Hill Country, is located just one mile from the 290 Wine Road. You can sip and savor a wine tour through one of the most visited wine regions in the nation, or enjoy the ambiance of historic Main Street with its unique boutiques and restaurants. The hotel offers a complimentary hot breakfast each morning and free WiFi throughout the hotel.

First Class Lodging Reservation Service

If you want the convenience of one-stop shopping for your accommodations, this service provides luxury lodging from over 250 units in Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country. Bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, inns, guest ranches and private vacation rentals are all provided through this reservation service.

Where you eat

The Cabernet Grill

The Cabernet Grill is located at Cotton Gin Village. Executive Chef Ross Burtwell has perfected the taste and art of Hill Country cuisine. From the freshest seafood to certified Angus Beef and wild game and ranch fare, he uses only the finest ingredients. The Cabernet Grill even has its own herb garden!

The Ausländer

The Ausländer Restaurant and Biergarten is located in the heart of historic Fredericksburg

and offers the finest in authentic German cuisine, specializing in dishes from the state of Bavaria, which lies in the south-eastern region of Germany. This spot does not take reservations (unless it's a party of 15 or more), so plan accordingly.

Otto's German Bistro

Otto's German Bistro is a farm-to-table German experience in the Texas Hill Country. This gem is dedicated to local, organic produce. The culinary team crafts a seasonally focused menu that highlights not only what you can find in Germany and Austria, but explores the Germanic cuisine of Alsace, Northern Italy and even Texas!

What to do

Altstadt Brewery

Altstadt is an old world European brewing experience in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. This brewing company utilizes top-notch German Brewing equipment, applying the latest brewing technology to traditional brewing practices. The Brewery, fine dining restaurant and wedding & event venue will be opening in the summer of 2018!

Fredericksburg Theater Company

This Theatre Company has been producing outstanding musicals, dramas and comedies in Fredericksburg, Texas for over 20 years! The theatre also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, including guest artists, musicians, comedy acts and classic cinema. All performances take place on the weekends - typically Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. They take place at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 Highway 87 South, about 1.5 miles from Main Street. Season schedule and tickets online.

National Museum of the Pacific War

On the battlefield and on the home front, ordinary Americans took up the challenge to turn back the greatest threat to freedom and democracy of the 20th century. Their achievement is the story of the National Museum of the Pacific War told through artifacts, advanced media, custom animations and stunning film and photography of the day. The complex, located in downtown Fredericksburg, includes three museums with 45,000 square feet of exhibit space and lessons that will last a lifetime. Tickets are good for two days to give visitors time to explore, peruse the interactive exhibits and take in the galleries.

1851 Vineyards

1851 Vineyards is the closest estate winery to Main Street in Fredericksburg. This family-owned winery has history, beautiful views, great wine, and Hill Country hospitality. They do tastings, tours, and host events. Upcoming events include a wine club BBQ release at the end of March, and the annual Havana Nights on the Saturday of Father's Day weekend. Different tour options include a production tour, an estate tour and barrel tastings. Five new wines will be released at the end of March 2018: a Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc, Trebbiano, Orange Muscat and Tannat.

Amish Market

The Amish Market carries a large selection of beautiful, quality-crafted, Amish-made furniture for the home and office. In addition, food products from dairy to home-preserved fruits and vegetables can be found here. All items in this store are made in the USA by the Amish and Mennonites. An Amish Deli is now open at the E. Main location.

Other city activities

Spring Break Special Events

  • Week-long "Spring Break Celebration" at the Pioneer Museum
  • Reenactments at the National Museum of the Pacific War's Combat Zone
  • "Celebrate Texas" at the Former Texas Ranger Heritage Center
  • Great shows at the Rockbox Theater
  • Week of activities at the LBJ State & National Parks
  • Dances at Luckenbach Texas
  • Shopping along historic Main Street
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