After several months at home, it was finally time for a little getaway. Because we are still trying to stay smart & keep our distance, we decided a road trip would be best! Myself & a few girlfriends drove down to Fredericksburg for a quick weekend getaway & a change of scenery. This was actually my first time to Texas Wine Country! It’s a popular destination & now I can see why! While there & after checking out I got SO many questions from you all about where we were staying & everything we did, so I figured it’d be easiest to share my Fredericksburg travel guide on the blog so that you all can easily reference for whenever you plan your trip!
Fredericksburg Travel Guide
I’ll be honest, Fredericksburg had not really been on my radar. I’ll openly admit that I can be a wine snob. I almost always drink foreign wines because they have less sulfites & just leave me feeling better in general than a lot of domestic wines. Therefore, I didn’t have a strong desire to visit Fredericksburg. One of my girlfriends suggested we get out of town for a few days & since our only option is driving right now, Texas Wine Country seemed like the best bet. I wasn’t super excited about the destination as much as I was to just get out of town. I will say, that I was very, very pleasantly surprised. I really loved it & had the best time. Plus, so many wineries have more than just Texas wine. All the wine I did have from Texas was great! I will definitely be going back again & would recommend it to anyone!
Below I am sharing my full Fredericksburg travel guide including where to stay, where to wine taste, where to eat, & what to do. I’m including all of the places we went & some other places that are on my list for next time.
Where to Stay
We stayed at A Frame Ranch & I absolutely loved it. They have about 17 acres with a few cabins you can rent depending on your needs. It would even be a great place for a group because you could rent all the cabins out & all hang together. The cabins had everything we needed! They have a hot tub (in true ranch style it is a water trough hot tub), baggo or corn hole to play, & a fire pit so you can roast s’mores. They also had a few games, books, & more inside for entertainment. The cabins are pretty close to the main part of town in Fredericksburg (about a 10 minute drive) so they are really convenient. It feels like you’re out in the middle of no where, so you get that great vibe without having to be too far away from everything in town.
We didn’t see too many hotel options in Fredericksburg, so I think the way to go when visiting is to rent a house or a cabin depending on how many people you are going with! Ololo is another adorable spot with multiple guest houses that you can look in to & this website has quite a few cute ones as well.
Where to Wine Taste
This is what Texas Wine Country is all about. No Fredericksburg travel guide would be complete without some recommendations on where to wine taste! Mine are below.
Signor Vineyards: This is the first winery we visited & oh my goodness it is adorable. I loved the set up & they even had live music playing. We pre ordered a charcuterie & cheese board to enjoy while we had some wine & it was delicious. I definitely recommend going here! The ‘Wine Barn’ alone makes it worth a stop.
Barons Creek: This is an absolutely beautiful spot. They have rooms you can rent on site & the most beautiful tasting area. They have tons of outdoor seating & it looks like a great place for events. I loved all of the vines right in front of their main tasting area right when you drive up.
Augusta Vineyards: This is a really new spot that is a must visit. There are SO many vines & it’s just beautiful. We sat outside so we could enjoy the view! I loved the red tasting we did here & everyone working was so nice & helpful.
Grape Creek Vineyards: This vineyard has Tuscany vibes that I of course, love. It’s actually been referred to as ‘Tuscany in Texas.’ Too cute! They have a restaurant on site if you want to dine with them before/after a tasting, too.
Becker Vineyards: This is a great classic style vineyard with two houses on site. It’s over 56 acres & is a great spot for a tasting, tour, & so much more.
Where to Eat
Fredericksburg is a German town so there are a lot of German inspired restaurants around town. You’ll also find a lot of good ole’ Southern food. You can find just about anything you’re craving though!
- Vaudeville: this is a fine dining bistro that is in an old Victorian looking home. They serve New American food & they also have a retail showroom & an art gallery. I LOVED this spot. We shared burrata & I had the most delicious plant based bowl. We ate downstairs in the coolest little wine cave. This was prob my fav meal! We went for lunch.
- Hill Top Cafe: we ate here our first night in town & it is such a cool spot. It’s been open for YEARS & is family owned. They have live music & classic Texas style food that is so good. The portions are really big so we were all able to share. Don’t skip dessert, it was delicious!
- Sozial Haus: we ate here for lunch one day after a day/night of wine tasting & the pizza hit the spot. They have a cute little patio & a menu with something for everyone.
- Crossroads Steakhouse: this is a classic Texas steakhouse where you can enjoy a great steak (or other items for those of us who skip the meat) & then hang out in the saloon to hear live music after.
- Otto’s: this is a classic German bistro. It has a good menu & is highly recommended! I wasn’t totally blown away by the food I got, but it’s good & the atmosphere is nice. They have an adorable outdoor area. Several others loved their food, so it’s still worth a visit!
- Hondo’s on Main: this is a casual spot that serves burgers & Tex Mex. It was recommended to us several times. They have both indoor & outdoor seating. Plus, they often have live music.
- Emma + Ollie: they have a rotating menu based on what is in season, but they have classic comfort food & baked goods. It’s a cute little spot that is great for breakfast or lunch.
- Cabernet Grill: this is a top rated restaurant with a casual atmosphere that is known for it’s creative upscale Texas country cuisine.
- The Stable: this is a laid back, lobster house that serves craft cocktails. They are supposed to serve up one amazing lobster roll which is a perfect lunch for warm Texas days!
- Lincoln Street Wine Bar: this wine & cigar bar has gourmet bites & a laid back vibe.
- Caliche Coffee: this is an adorable little spot to grab your morning latte & a snack.
- Java Ranch Espresso Bar: this little coffee stop has light bites & a western theme that really gives off the Texas vibes.
What to Do
Obviously the main thing to do in Fredericksburg is go to wineries, but there are a few other fun things I’m rounding up below.
- Das Peach Haus: this is a must visit. The grounds are absolutely stunning & they have a store with so many amazing sauces, jams, salsa, & more. They have fresh peaches & other fruits just down the road at their peach stand, too. Make sure you go around to the back to see the lily pond. It’s insane! They also offer cooking classes here.
- Luckenbach: this general store, bar, & dancehall has been open since 1894. It’s a must visit!
- Wine Shuttle: a hop on, hop off wine shuttle to help you get around from winery to winery if you are making a day of tastings.
My Fredericksburg travel guide would not be complete without a few travel tips for you all! Mine are below.
- Make appointments at the wineries you want to visit. They fill up fast & you’ll want to be sure you can get a spot. This was particularly needed when we went because of all the distancing guidelines in place, but I recommend doing it any time you visit to ensure you get in where you want to go.
- Everything is pretty casual, so no need to dress up! I wore sneakers with dresses or flat sandals all day & night.
- Make restaurant reservations whenever possible! A lot of the restaurants are closed on different days of the week, so depending on when you visit you want to be sure that anywhere you plan to go is actually open. Most take reservations so it’s easy to make them & will ensure you 1) that they are open & 2) you get a table.
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I hope my Fredericksburg travel guide is helpful for you all when planning your next trip to Fredericksburg & Texas Wine Country. I really enjoyed going & can’t wait to go back again soon. It’s such an easy trip from Dallas & is perfect for a weekend getaway with girlfriends, family, or your significant other. If you have any other recs for me to add to the list, please let me know! XO