Fredericksburg: Art, History & Wine: Deep in the Heart of Texas

  • Tuscany in Texas

    Wine is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the great state of Texas, but don't be fooled. Texas is one of the oldest wine-growing states in the U.S. with vines planted in the 1650s by Franciscan priests. It's no surprise, then, that the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail, which begins on Highway 290 in Fredericksburg, has been named one of the top 10 wine destinations in the nation.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Grape Creek Vineyards

  • History Unfolds at Every Corner

    Founded in 1846 by German immigrants looking for a better life, Fredericksburg's colorful history is very much a part of its charm and attraction. You won't get tired of exploring the town's main street and the neighborhoods that surround it. Soak in the ambiance provided by the ornate 19th century architecture that embellishes every street in this historic community. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Discover the World of Lyndon B. Johnson, the Nation's 36th President

    See where President Lyndon B. Johnson lived and conducted national business at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, located a short drive from Fredericksburg. A tour of his ranch and home, designated a National Park in 2008, gives you an intimate and personal look at his life, family and career. He was the first vice president to have an aircraft assigned to him and visitors can still admire the original Lockheed JetStar C-140B on display in the hangar.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Enchanted Rock

    You'll find the Enchanted Rock State Park just a short ride outside of Fredericksburg. The massive pink granite dome has drawn people here for thousands of years, and once at the top, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Hill Country. There are two routes to the top: one over the massive dome, which takes some hiking skills, and another that skirts the dome on a loop trail–but still reaches the top for the magnificent vistas.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Raise a Glass Along the Trail

    With more than 40 wineries and vineyards within one hour of Fredericksburg, wine tasting opportunities abound. At Becker Vineyards just outside of town, you can taste a wide variety of exceptional varietals, either in the winery's tasting room (which boasts an authentic 19th century bar salvaged from an old local saloon) or in their more intimate underground library wine cellar.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Becker Vineyards

  • An American Art Destination

    To say Fredericksburg has art galleries is an understatement. The town has a population of 10,531 residents and boasts 15 galleries, a ratio that is pretty much unheard of in the U.S. Furthermore, the town is home to one of the top five galleries in the country, in addition to several nationally-ranked galleries. Needless to say, when in Fredericksburg, visit the galleries. The historical structures themselves are worth a visit, not to speak of the masterful art contained within their walls.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Insight Gallery

  • Spend a Night or Two in a "Sunday House"

    German immigrants in the late 1800s often constructed their own "Sunday Houses" in Fredericksburg and other towns throughout Texas. These dwellings were popular among farmers and ranchers who lived in areas too remote to permit commuting to Sunday church services, so they overnighted on Saturday in their second homes. You can enjoy reliving this bit of history in several Fredericksburg accommodations that offer either original, or reproductions, of the cozy and quaint Sunday House experience.  

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Fredericksburg Herb Farm

  • Soothe Away Your Stress

    It makes sense that Fredericksburg, with its relaxing, small-town ambiance, would also offer its visitors a wide array of spa experiences to soothe the mind and soul. Spa offerings include massage, body wraps and scrubs, soaks, stone massage, facials, salon services and romantic treatments for couples. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Nature's Spa at Fredericksburg Herb Farm

  • Lady Bird Johnson's Legacy

    Lady Bird Johnson (wife of the 36th president of the U.S., Lyndon B.) leaves a legacy that lives on in the millions of wildflowers that burst into bloom each year in her beloved state of Texas. Fredericksburg honors her lifelong commitment to preserving the natural beauty of Texas at the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, where you can stroll through wilderness trails, or visit her Nature Center to view a visiting Monarch butterfly enjoying its wildflower perch.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • An Intimate Look at WWII History

    The National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg is the only institution in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theatre in WWII. Fueled by respect for Fredericksburg's native son, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces in the Pacific, the museum is designed to engage a new generation of visitors with its thought-provoking displays.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona/The National Museum of the Pacific War

  • Das Peach Haus

    Don't miss a visit to Das Peach Haus, the Fischer & Weiser flagship retail store, founded in 1928, that sells an amazing variety of preserves and cooking sauces (which are organic and GMO free). After packing your bags with items that will transform you from an ordinary cook to a Chef de Cuisine, take a stroll behind the store and soak in the peaceful view of the pond and its resident birds.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Das Peach Haus

  • Live and Dream in History

    For a visitor experience unlike any other, you might want to spend a night (or more) in Fredericksburg's oldest cabin. Built in 1846, the Loeffler-Weber cabin is one of the most unique structures in the Hill Country. It is now part of 13 original and recreated historic cottages available to guests at the Wine Country Cottages on Main. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Wine Country Cottages on Main

  • Pedal through the Hill Country

    There is no better way to enjoy the countryside surrounding Fredericksburg than on an early morning bike tour through the surrounding hills. Rent a bike and experience the joy of pedaling through Fredericksburg's scenic back roads.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Jack and Adam's Bicycle Tour

  • From Bratwurst to Haute Cuisine

    If you're looking for an authentic German meal, you've come to the right place. But your foodie adventure doesn't stop there. You'll find a dining establishment to satisfy every craving, from Southwestern, Tex-Mex and Bar B-Que to fresh seafood and farm-to-table continental cuisine. The culinary choices are endless, and despite its small town size, Fredericksburg's culinary offerings compete with those found in any major metropolis.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/August E's

  • Rustic Charm On Every Street

    The charm of Fredericksburg lies in great part to the town's commitment to preserving centuries-old homes and buildings, retrofitting them to serve modern needs. You'll find restaurants, inns, retail stores and a variety of businesses housed in these charming rustic exteriors.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Hoffman Haus

  • A Shopper's Delight

    With more than 150 shops and boutiques, it is no wonder that Fredericksburg is known far and wide as a shopper's paradise. Many of the shops are concentrated on and around Main Street, but shopping opportunities can be discovered around every corner in town. Several antique dealers and interior design studios call Fredericksburg home, and the numerous art galleries also offer handmade, one-of-a-kind items and jewelry.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Vaudeville Center

  • A Chocoholic's Dream

    Wine is not the only sensory pleasure you can enjoy in Fredericksburg. Sample an amazing variety of designer, home-made chocolates at the Chocolat retail store on Fredericksburg's Main Street. As the only American producer of the European confectionary process specializing in liquid-center fillings, you can indulge in an endless variety of unique and tantalizing flavors, some of which you may have never imagined. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Chocolat

  • Old and New on Fredericksburg's Main Street

    Fredericksburg is a such a historic, enchanting town with roots that take you back to yesteryear. As a result, you sometimes have to remind yourself you are in the 21st Century. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Explore the Past in the Town "Friedhof"

    Savvy travelers know that cemeteries reveal the personal history of a town or city. The Fredericksburg Friedhof (cemetery) is located a half block away from the the National Museum of the Pacific War. For a poignant look at the stories of immigrant families who helped build what Fredericksburg is today, take a moment to view the grave sites and epitaphs during your visit.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Blue Moon

    The night skies over Fredericksburg are spectacular, as bright city lights do not compete with the glow of the stars and moon above.  Watch the sun go down and the moon go up as you savor the end of a perfect day of discovery in this Texas Hill Country jewel.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona