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Fredericksburg, TX: Always a Great Time To Visit!

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Fredericksburg, TX: Always a Great Time To Visit!

The Marktplatz, the central square of Fredericksburg, was decorated for the holiday season. It attracts throngs of locals and visitors. Credit: TRawls

Small town Texas? Forget your stereotypes. Fredericksburg, Texas has nary a ten-gallon hat in sight. Instead, this wonderful town on the edge of Texas Hill country is filled with wineries, art galleries, culture, fine dining and history. Simply put, it is a sophisticated and fascinating artsy town well worth a visit.

The Fourth of July parade in Fredericksburg has vintage cars passing vintage buildings. Credit:  Claire McCormack


The area was settled in the mid-19th century by German immigrants who were promised land in the new world. They arrived after a long and arduous journey and proceeded to negotiate and honor a peace treaty with the region’s Native Americans. This allowed them to build a town with wide streets, eclectic architecture and with a very 19th century German ambiance. Today, the area has maintained its character and reverence for its roots. Ancestors of the original settlers have preserved buildings, artifacts and the welcoming spirit that built the town. No wonder so many great shops, galleries, wine tasting rooms and restaurants are proud to call Fredericksburg home.

This unassuming home on the LBJ Ranch served as the Texas White House when Lyndon B. Johnson was President of the United States from 1963 to 1969. He died there in 1973.The site is now a National Historic Park. Credit: Jeff Orenstein



While there is enough to do in town to keep even the most ardent tourist busy for a few days, Fredericksburg is in the middle of a fascinating region. A mere 16 miles away, in the heart of Texas Hill Country, lies the LBJ Ranch, home of both a national and state park.




In and around town, there are several craft breweries including one (Aldstadt) that is producing authentic German style beer in a new brewery custom-built by German craftsmen and overseen by a native German Brew Master.

Known as “Tuscany in Texas”, Grape Creek Vineyards in the Texas Hill Country near Fredericksburg is one of about 60 wineries in the area. Its wines have won over 100 medals in competition recently. Credit: Jeff Orenstein

Fredericksburg is also the center of one of the nation’s emerging fine wine regions. Fine wine and Texas in the same sentence? Yes! The region’s approximately 60 wineries, some over 20 years old, have begun to produce some truly impressive Mediterranean style dry and impressively-vinified red, white and rose wines.

Peaches are also an important crop in the region, although much of the land devoted to them is transitioning to vineyards.


Before You Go

For a list of area attractions and tour suggestions, check


Getting There

Fredericksburg is reached by highway via Texas Route 87 which connects to I-10 about 50 miles northwest of San Antonio. The city can also reached via Texas 290, about 83 miles west from Austin.

The nearest major airport is San Antonio International Airport (SAT) which is 68 miles away. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is 84 miles distant.

The nearest Amtrak service is via the Texas Eagle from Chicago (which also serves San Antonio and Austin) is at San Marco, TX, 71 miles away.

Getting Around


A car is almost a must to see the region, although the central part of the town is very walkable. The Fredericksburg Trolley (www.fbgtours) offers trolley tours and excursions.

When You Are There

Chef John DeMers, author of 56 books and former food editor of United Press International and the Houston Chronicle. is the Director of Culinary Hospitality at the Fischer & Wieser Culinary Adventure Cooking School in Fredericksburg. Credit: Jeff Orenstein

Must-dos for a short trip are:

  • At least an hour at the Pioneer Museum. Be sure to see the 12-minute video for a sense of Fredericksburg’s history.
  • Walking around the Marktplatz (Fredericksburg’s central square)
  • A visit to the National Museum of the Pacific War, located in Fredericksburg because it is the home of WWII Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz.
  • Strolling Main Street shops, art galleries and wineries
  • Eating at a German restaurant on Main Street and/or August E’s restaurant
  • Visiting Das Peach Haus (far more than peaches.)


If You Have Several Days

In addition to the above:

  • Take a class at the Fischer & Wieser Culinary Adventure Cooking School
  • Explore the LBJ Ranch state and national parks, 17 miles away.
  • Visit Enchanted Rock State Park.
  • Check out “country Texas” at Luckenbach.
  • Enjoy a good meal and wine at the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant
  • Visit San Antonio (especially the Riverwalk and the Alamo), explore hill country, experience the hip vibrancy of Austin

Exploring Fredericksburg and The Texas Hill Country At A Glance

Mobility Level:  Easy mobility with some walking in town and around the LBJ Ranch.

Senior Travel Advantages:
Great shopping, museums, laid back ambiance, theatre, galleries, good wine, good food.

When To Go: Any time. Fredericksburg is a good place to explore year-round. Summers can be hot but winters are usually mild. The nearby Texas Hill Country, west of Austin in south central Texas, is ablaze with wildflowers each spring, when Texas bluebonnets, primroses, Indian paintbrush, and many more charming varieties turn the landscape into ribbons of color. The blossoms usually start blooming around March. Peak season is March and April. Christmas has a Home Tour, ice skating and the Market.

Where To Stay: Fredericksburg Herb Farm, Fredericksburg Inn, or at the many national chains with properties in and around town.

Ginny O’s Tips for Dressing The Simply Smart Way for a Fredericksburg Visit: Dressy casual is appropriate. Forget the cowboy boots. Dress seasonally and a little upscale.

Special Travel Interests: Wine, wildflowers, Texas history


Jeffrey Orenstein, Ph.D. and Virginia Orenstein are husband and wife travel writers from Sarasota, Florida. Their Simply Smart Travel column appears in newspapers and magazines in eight states. Reach them at They publish travel ideas, article, photos and blog at and please like them at


Jeffrey Orenstein, Ph.D. and Virginia Orenstein are husband and wife travel writers from Sarasota, Florida. Their Simply Smart Travel column appears in newspapers and magazines in nine states and online.

Reach them at They publish travel ideas, articles, photos and blog at and at

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