Fredericksburg is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Whether you’re looking to explore nature, indulge in local cuisine, or simply relax and unwind, there is something for everyone here in the heart of Hill Country. Here are some of the top things to do in Fredericksburg over a long weekend.
Start your weekend off by getting acquainted with the Fredericksburg area. Stretch your legs with a walk along Main Street downtown, where you can check out the shops and get the lay of the land. The Fredericksburg Visitor Center is a good place to find out more about any activities you might have in mind.
Spend the afternoon exploring the shops and galleries along Main Street, which is lined with charming historic buildings. Hunt for antique treasures at Red Baron Antique Mall or step into one of the many unique souvenir and gift shops like Luckenbach on Main to pick up local art, crafts or clothing.
Stop for dinner at one of the traditional German restaurants along Main Street like Der Lindenbaum where you can find schnitzel and German beers. After dinner, head to Becker Vineyards Tasting Room for a sampling of the area’s fine wines or grab a beer at Fredericksburg Brewing Company, the oldest brewery in the state of Texas.
Take a stroll with your morning coffee and wander through Marktplatz, where the farmers market is open in spring and summer, and holiday events take over the square later in the year. Stop into the Pioneer Museum to learn more about the homesteading history of Fredericksburg, or head to the National Museum of Pacific War, which honors the legacy of Admiral Nimitz and the soldiers who fought in the Pacific theater of World War II (and be sure to visit the lovely Japanese Peace Garden on the museum grounds).
Stop for lunch at Cultures Grill and Bar for a casual fusion of the local German and Mexican food heritage before spending the afternoon enjoying the wineries of Hill Country. There are over 50 local vineyards offering wine tastings in the Fredericksburg area and many have beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy fine Texas wines. For a unique experience, head to Das Peach Haus, which offers local produce and wine tastings as well as gourmet cooking classes. There are also a number of breweries and distilleries in the area for those who want something different.
In the evening, stop by Otto’s German Bistro for a farm-to-table dinner, then head out to do some two-stepping at the Luckenbach dance hall or enjoy live music at one of the local venues.
Start the day with a visit to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.This massive pink granite dome rises 425 feet above the surrounding hills, offering breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country that are worth the hike. This is a very popular spot and reservations are recommended.
Make an afternoon stop at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park, where you can learn about the life and presidency of LBJ, as well as visit Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm for a glimpse into the area’s pioneer past. Before heading back to town, pay a visit to Wildseed Farms, a working farm and vineyard with gorgeous walking trails and wildflower gardens.
Cap off your weekend with an upscale dining experience on Main Street. Stop for happy hour cocktails and charcuterie at 78624 The Bar, then head over to Vaudeville for elegant American cuisine. After dinner, make the short trip to Cross Mountain Park to enjoy the sunset over Fredericksburg.
Texas Hill Country Accommodations
Vacation rentals in Fredericksburg offer so much variety for every taste and budget. Quaint cottages and large country homes offer a peaceful retreat to soak up the beauty of the gorgeous rolling hills. Visitors who want to be close to the action will enjoy comfortable lodging options right in the heart of town. A number of our vacation rentals are also pet-friendly or have amenities for families, so you are sure to find a place you love.
With natural beauty, rich history, and unique local experiences, Fredericksburg is sure to leave a lasting impression. So book your Fredericksburg vacation rental and head to the Texas Hill Country for a weekend you’ll never forget!