Fredericksburg, Texas was founded in 1846 by German immigrants. The town boasts a population of 10,530 residents and has spectacular views of Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg has retained much of its German history, with many of the older buildings keeping their original German styles. In fact, the town's original inhabitants refused to speak English and founded a new dialect called Texas German. The history of Fredericksburg is rich and the town has many exciting places to stay and things to do.
Visitors to the town can spend an evening at one of the spectacular bed and breakfasts. Many of these B&Bs are actually historic houses and buildings that have been converted into a place for visitors to stay. If a bed and breakfast is not your cup of tea, there are many hotels, motels, guesthouses, campgrounds or RV parks. This allows visitors to enjoy all of what Fredericksburg has to offer in comfort.
Whether you are a town resident or just a visitor, there many things to do. History buffs will enjoy a day at one of the town's historical sites, including Fort Martin Scott, Pioneer Museum Complex or they can visit nearby the Lyndon B. Johnson State and National Historical Parks. Shopping is one of the town's main attractions, with over 150 stores that sell a range of items from handmade jewelry, home decor, artwork and so much more. In addition to shopping, folks can enjoy a relaxing time at a spa or enjoy a round of golf.
Fredericksburg is home to many wineries that are nestled on Wine Road 290. These wineries include dozens of different wines that will make any wine connoisseur's day. Each separate vineyard offers different events such as tours, wine tastings or picnics. These events will allow visitors to mingle with the locals and see where some of the best wine in Texas is made.
Throughout the year, Fredericksburg has many festivities that virtually anyone can enjoy. The Gillespie County Fair has been a town treasure for the last 124 years and starts at the end of August. The fair has a slew of events including: live music, livestock exhibits, food, antique tractor shows and so much more. Among the many events to enjoy is the annual Fredericksburg Food and Wine Festival that is held in October every year. The festival will include 100 different wines from 25 wineries. Guest chefs will cook up some amazing Texas cuisines and attendees will enjoy live music all night long.
There's truly has something that everyone can enjoy. The beautiful views and rich history make it a popular destination for a romantic getaway or a family outing. German roots have stayed within Fredericksburg and still have a big influence on the city. The beautiful architecture and friendly locals make everyone feel at home. Shopping can leave a person in awe, with amazing handmade jewelry from the local artisans. The town's many restaurants and beautiful views complete the ambiance of an old German founded town.
Touch the Past at Settlers Crossing Bed and Breakfast
Just minutes east of Fredericksburg is a grand country estate featuring eight antique filled historic homes from the 18th and 19th century, including the oldest home built by the Germans outside of Fredericksburg. Crossing an old stone bridge and seeing 19th century structures, dotting woods and pastures with wooly sheep and native deer grazing on the lawns, is to enter a bygone era when life moved at a slower pace. To see a virtual tour, click here.
Guests Can Step Back in Time With a Visit to the Cabernet Grill and Cotton Gin Village Bed & Breakfast
Just outside of Fredericksburg is a secluded little corner of the Hill Country that is a haven known as the Cotton Gin Village. Surrounded by a rustic style wooden fence, the complex may have the appearance of a turn-of-the-century village, but, housed within it is actually an upscale restaurant, seven authentic log cabins serving as bed and breakfast rooms and several outer buildings completing the ambiance. For the complete story, click here.