Recommendations

These are just a few of the places that we recommend.  Fredericksburg has so many places to offer it is impossible to list them all, so just because its not on the list, doesnt mean its not good.  These are just spots we feel are good places.  If you find a place that you want us to add, let us know.

Wineries-

vineyard

 Fredericksburg is home to many wineries and tasting rooms.  The Texas Wine industry is growing and maturing every year.  The list of wineries in the area can be quite intimidating.  These are just a few of the wineries we have had good experiences at and recommend.  Remember that the industry in Texas is young, learning, and growing.  Napa Valley was in a very similar position just a few decades ago.  You are a part of the learning and growth for wine here in the Texas Hill Country.  Have fun with it!  Talk to your pourer and make the experience a personal experience where you learn about the winery, the wine, the grapes, and the industry.  No question is a dumb question and the industry welcomes everyone!

On Highway 16- (close enough to do some tasting and still do some shopping)

  • 1851 Vineyards– this is my wife’s family winery on 70 acres off the Live Oak Creek.  Great wine by John Rivenburgh with 10 acre vineyard on historic property where Pioneer Flour Mills started in 1851.
  • Lost Draw–  another great Tempranillo.  The people make this place fun with a nice outdoor area not far from town.  They own the biggest vineyard in Texas with over 500 acres that sells to many wineries while they use 5 acres for to make their own.

On 290-

  • Pedernales–  great Tempranillo with a beautiful tasting room with great views!
  • Becker–  The largest and most well known winery in the hill country.  Highly recommend the tour if you are interested in the wine making process.
  • Vintage Cellars– originally a school house, this tasting room sells local beers as well as wine from Bending Branch, Perissos, and Val Verde (the oldest winery in Texas).  In the same parking lot, there is Fiesta Winery and Six Shooter Cellars as well.
  • Fat Ass Ranch–  a fun atmosphere that sells sweet wines for the beginner wine drinker.
  • Rancho Ponte–  great family winery with great wine and a good personal experience.
  • Kuhlman’s– great place for pairing tastings of food and wine.  Just do not get the “dirt and rocks” center pieces confused as a food pairing as our sister in law did.  Not the best pairing!  (She had had a few).

Shuttles-  good option if you do not have a designated driver.  Most will pick you up and drop you off at the guesthouse.

Eating

otto's

  • Breakfast
    • Sunset Grill– great place for breakfast/brunch/dinner.  Not much to look at on the outside, but the food is great.  Farm fed and fresh with good options for the glutton or the healthy.
    • Old German Bakery–  the name is simple and the quality is superior.  Go there hungry!  Great for a post hangover carb and protein filled breakfast.
    • Ranch Road Roasters– Just a cool place.  You have to go there to understand.  But don’t try to go on Sunday as we go to church in this town!
  • Casual Lunch/Dinner
    • Hondo’s–  great little bbq texmex food place that has live music and an outdoor patio with local craft beer choices.
    • Brewery– great place for local beers and a great meatloaf…yes I said meatloaf.  Good German and American cuisine.
    • Silver Creek– good outdoor beer garden with live music.
    • Woerner’s Feed Store–  all food is from local farms and is excellent.
    • Sozial Haus– best pizza in town, even by the slice.  Good outdoor sitting with music and tv’s for sports viewing indoors.
    • Buffalo Nickel–  Best and only Tuna steak in town as well grass fed buffalo and beef steaks and burgers.
  • Upscale Dinner
    • Hill Top Cafe– our favorite place.  A little out of town but an old fillup station that is now a 5 star restaurant started by a member of the Asleep at the Wheel that plays the piano at night.
    • Otto’s–  best place to eat in town.  Call ahead.
    • Crossroads–  great steaks and a great atmosphere.
    • Cabernet Grill– good steak and wine selection.
    • Navajo Grill–   great outdoor area with great food, especially the pork chop.

Breweries/Distilleries

brew

Bars/Nightlife

crossroads

  • Crossroads Saloon– live music usually from Austin with a dance floor.  Stays open late and gets crazy.
  • Lincoln Street Wine Bar– more laid back acoustic style music with outdoor patio.  Wine, beer, and cigars available.
  • Cultures– great sports bar with patio and live music.
  • Der Daiwel– open late all week.  Great little change of pace with some 80’s and 90’s rock.

Taxi- in case you are walking sideways by the end of the night.

Parks

Enchanted-Rock

Bike Routesif you bring your road bike, plenty of options.

Museums

nimitz

  • Nimitz Museum– A real deep experience of the the Pacific War
  • Pioneer Museum– A great way to immerse yourself in Fredericksburg history.