Known as one of the country’s most romantic small towns, Fredericksburg, TX, has a lot to offer, including one-of-a-kind restaurants and museums, as well as more than 100 wineries and vineyards. These are some of our favorite places to eat, stay, and play for a long weekend in Fredericksburg!
Where to Stay
First things first — book your accommodations. Fredericksburg has numerous adorable boutique hotels to choose from, and they’re great for everything from a weekend getaway to extended vacations. We love HoneyTree Farm, which offers bespoke hideaways (read: treehouses!) on 10 oak-filled acres. Think the nostalgia of your childhood, plus the luxurious amenities of a grownup getaway.
If you’re debating when to visit, keep in mind that Fredericksburg goes big for Oktoberfest! For that busy season, try to plan early, as rooms in the area are limited. If HoneyTree Farm is fully booked, try one of our other favorite spaces:
- Emma Haus, a 100-year-old farmhouse on the same property as the owner’s primary residence.
- Hoffman Haus, a luxury bed and breakfast and event venue located in the heart of Fredericksburg.
- Splendid Inn, originally built in 1850 and nestled in a historical neighborhood.
- Treu Haus, a chic, farmhouse-style cottage that can accommodate up to 10 guests.
- The Truehart Hotel boasts private porches, an outdoor fireplace, and an acre of lush landscaping.
Where to Eat & Drink
You might not think of small towns as hubs for diverse culinary options, but don’t sleep on the food in Fredericksburg! With its heavy German influence and roster of creative restaurateurs, there are good eats to be had for every meal of the day.
For breakfast, we suggest Sunday Supply, where you can choose from a plethora of pastries, including everything from maple pecan scones and fruit and cheese kolaches to cinnamon rolls and sausage cheddar scones. Their java offerings are vast, too, and boast seasonal specials like peppermint mocha and pumpkin spice.
Sunday Supply also serves lunch, but stop at Tubby’s Ice House if you can. The neighborhood burger and taco joint boasts unexpected menu offerings. If tacos are your thing, try the goat vindaloo or green curry shrimp. When it comes to burgers, we vote for the Tubby’s Burger: six ounces of ground Texas Akaushi beef with crispy bacon, cheddar, onion jam, Tubby’s sauce, and pickled jalapeño.
Our favorite place to end the night is Sage Restaurant & Lounge. Opened in 2022, Sage boasts speakeasy vibes and decadent dishes. Founded by a group of friends from all over the world (including England, South Africa, Spain, and the U.S.), everything on the menu is full of flavor and artfully plated. The crew likes to keep it fresh, so the menu is regularly updated. Enjoy a cocktail or two, and don’t skip dessert!
If you have more time in the area, check out a few of these other great local spots for food and drinks:e
- Alstadt Brewery, a restaurant and pub that boasts old-world vibes and serves German-style beers brewed on-site. The Bavarian pretzel is not to be missed!
- Das Peach Haus is the country store where Fischer & Wieser’s Specialty Foods began. Bring Fredericksburg back to your own kitchen with various jellies, jams, sauces, and more.
- Dietz Distillery is conveniently located next to Das Peach Haus. Try the peach brandy (made with Fredericksburg peaches!) and the Five Judges Gin — a juniper-forward, dry-London style gin with hints of Rio Grande Valley citrus.
- Hill & Vine serves up classic burgers, small plates, desserts, draft beer, and wine. We like to start with the cornbread and biscuit box. The honey butter and seasonal jam pair perfectly with the sweet cornbread and jalapeño-cheddar-bacon biscuits.
- Leroy’s Tex Mex BBQ blends — you guessed it — Tex Mex and BBQ. Wash it all down with a margarita flight.
- Lost Draw Cellars, where you can enjoy a wine pairing with your meal or schedule a signature tasting. Like what you drank? They also have a monthly club, so you can get all your favorites delivered straight to your door.
- Salvation Spirits is the only authentic speakeasy in Fredericksburg. It looks like a house from the outside, but inside, it’s a moody cocktail lounge with drinks handcrafted by master mixologists. The cocktails even utilize fruit from the orchard that’s just outside.
- Southold Farm + Cellar offers a communal tasting of four wines in a space that boasts sweeping views of the Texas countryside.
- Texas Wine Collective, where you can enjoy cheese and wine pairings with live music on Saturdays. There’s also an expansive patio area, perfect for soaking up a little Texas sun.
Where to Visit
There are several fun in-town spots we suggest you visit, but hands-down, you shouldn’t miss the National Museum of the Pacific War. Fredericksburg is the boyhood home of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who served as commander in chief of the United States Pacific Fleet.
The museum offers excellent insight into how World War II impacted our world. The information is easy to digest, and the exhibits are tastefully displayed. Allow lots of time (we suggest a few hours) to get the most out of your visit … and pack some tissues.
You should also add a stop at the Pioneer Museum to your itinerary. The tours are highly informative; you’ll leave with a solid understanding of how Fredericksburg was founded and find yourself making connections to other people and places as you traverse through the town. Tour reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance; each lasts for about 90 minutes, so plan accordingly.
Fredericksburg farms, particularly in the springtime, are worth visiting. Schedule a tour at Windmill Meadow Farm, which includes a 90-minute walk through the garden with a detailed discussion of what’s growing. Whether you schedule a tour or participate in a floral workshop, be ready to pet Stella, the farm poodle. She watches over the property and will likely greet you on your way in.
We also suggest stopping at Fredericksburg Farms, which offers natural gourmet Texas food goods, as well as premium candles, soaps, and lotions. We love the lavender products, but the abundance of scents guarantees something for everyone. And it’s all made in the Lonestar State!
For more on all that Fredericksburg has to offer, go to visitfredericksburgtx.com.
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