Where to Visit in the
Texas Hill Country
Nestled deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and just an hour and a half drive outside Austin, is Fredricksburg.
It is a true oasis of calm rich with German history, gorgeous sunsets and luscious vineyards that give Napa Valley a run for it’s money.
And I’m not kidding, Orbitz named the area the 2nd Fastest Growing Wine Destination in the Nation and Wine Enthusiast consistently ranks it among the Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations in the World.
There are currently over 50 wineries on the Texas Wine Trail that vary between small mom and pop’s to mega-producers that supply fine restaurants thorughout the state and country.
As much as I would love to give you glimpse at ALL of them, my liver would probably kill me. Who knows…maybe visiting them all can be my 5 year goal? Gotta have goals, right! 🍷
512Insider Tip: They have a fabulous Tempranillo I highly recommend and their charcuterie plate is phenomenal. By sure to say “Hi!” to Sammy when you stop by, he’s the host with the most!
This gem is always a favorite first stop when kicking off a weekend getaway to the area.
The tasting room is located inside the Vineyard estate house which was designed and built by the famed architect, Issac Maxwell. Maxwell is best known for his work you see along the Riverwalk in San Antonio.
This winery was founded by third generation Texans and its that same feeling of family that carries through when you visit. You’re not treated as simply a visitor passing by, but more so as a long lost cousin coming home for a spell.
When immigrants first settled the area from Europe they were eager to bring the comforts of home here. Homesick for the history and heritage of their ancestors, they loving built the new churches with a devotion to the past.
The immigrants painstakingly recreated the ancient Gothic structures of their homelands by painting the walls, altars, and arches of their simple wooden sanctuaries in colorful patterns and tromp l’oeil illusions.
When in Fredericksburg, be sure to stop by St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Since its founding in 1846 it has been not only a window to the past, but a beacon for love and worship.
512Insider Tip: A short guided tour is held after the 9:00 am and 11:15 am Mass every Sunday. Tours are also available by appointment, call (830) 997-9523.
512Insider Tip: Otto’s is a mainstay in Frederickburg for its consistent quality and dedication to the community. They regularly hold events that are a delight for foodies and wine conessiouers alike. Be sure to check their event calendar for special events.
This farm-to-table hot spot has been serving up fine cuisine to locals and tourists alike since 2013.
One glance at the menu and you realize there’s nothing “accidental” about it. It is carefully curated with treemendous detail. Far from a hint of snobbery you might expect, Otto’s serves up comfort with a side of sophistication.
In addition to the food menu, I am consistently impressed with the drink choices. Sure they feature a selection of wines from the surrounding area, however, they also offer natural, biodynamic wines that are sulfite-free.
While there, I enjoyed a perfectly balanced Old Fashioned featuring a small cask special edition of Four Roses Bourbon. To this day, I still count it as one of my favorites! 🥃
If you’re looking for savory German-fare without the kitsch, Otto’s is a standout in a sea of same-ness.
Where to Stay
Fredericksburg Herb Farm
These Sunday Haus Cottages are cozy and quaint with a nod to days of yesteryear.
German settlers would build these small “City Houses” to use on weekends when they came to town to buy provisions for the week and to also attend Sunday Church services. The Sunday Haus Cottages at the Farm are patterned after three of the most popular historical designs. Click here to book.