Absolute Charm Luxury Bed and Breakfast
Grape Creek Vineyard - Wine Tasting
First Class Bed and Breakfast
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Ira Kennedy Fine Art
San Antonio Museum of Art
ART Galleries and Studios in Fredericksburg, Texas
ART is Red Hot in Fredericksburg, Texas!  ART AFICIONADOS CELEBRATE! Fredericksburg, Texas, IS an American Art Destination!  We might be a SMALL town, but we have BIG CULTURE! Get your ART on! The First Friday of every month follow your bliss to the Texas Hill Country for an exciting self-guided tour of Fredericksburg's vibrant ART SCENE! Stroll through historic downtown galleries with friends and fellow art lovers, GET LOST and FIND YOURSELF in ART! INSPIRATION, IMAGINATION, TRANSFORMATION! ART is everywhere! Fall in LOVE with beauty! Gallery doors open at 10am, and you can enjoy a full day of events, with extended hours that allow ample time to explore all the participating venues! This is a fantastic ART EVENT brought to you by the Art Galleries of Fredericksburg, Texas!
Whether you're an Art Collector or a curious shopper... buying ART to indulge your personal fancy, or as a unique, one-of-a-kind gift for someone special, Fredericksburg's art scene offers a remarkable selection of Fine Art and Crafts, with the added inspiration of the wide open, scenic beauty of the central Texas Hill Country as a backdrop. You'll be amazed by the diversity of styles and forms that are represented in Fredericksburg's fine Art galleries; from engaging contemporary pieces ... abstract expressionism to exquisite traditional fine art... impressionism, plein art, oils and watercolor; Paintings, Glass Art, Sculpture, Drawing, Metal Art, Printmaking, Decorative Arts, Ceramics, and Photography. Illuminate your indoor spaces and your outside landscapes with the beauty of ART!  you will soon understand why Fredericksburg, Texas, IS "An American Art Destination"! 
First Friday Artwalk Fredericksburg - On the First Friday of every month, historic downtown Fredericksburg, Texas, is transformed into a vibrant Art and Culture destination. First Friday Artwalk combines Fine ART and Crafts, LOCAL WINE, creatively prepared and beautifully presented charcuterie, cheeses, fruit, chocolates, and other culinary delights, with a lively street festival atmosphere. Participating Fine Art Galleries are open late, many host "met the artist events" and new exhibit openings. Visitors and Locals walk from gallery to gallery and savor the dynamic energy of Fredericksburg's thriving Arts community! You can purchase original works of art and fine crafts and enjoy artist demonstrations while being serenaded by live music! Fredericksburg's First Friday ArtWalk is a fabulous way to spend an evening in the Texas Hill Country!  A MUST-SEE Event! And, when the galleries shut their doors at 9, wander down to the West Main Historic District for Live Music at Hondo's on Main and Crossroads. These two amazing music venues have upped the bar on live entertainment in the Texas Hill Country! Located directly across Main Street from each other, you'll find the BEST Live Music in TEXAS, right here in Fredericksburg! Add distinctive, award-winning Texas Wineries, Fine Dining Restaurants, and top-shelf, artful accommodations and you will soon discover why the Hill Country is Texas' premier DESTINATION for Art and Culture.
Complimenting the Hill Country's Art scene is a wonderful offering of distinctive Texas Wineries, Restaurants, Live Music Venues and ARTFUL accommodations! Discover why the Texas Hill Country is Texas' premier DESTINATION for Art and Culture.
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Fredericksburg Texas Online invites you to puruse our online Art Gallery Guide, then go out and EXPLORE the Texas Hill Country's eclectic Art Galleries and Artist Studios that represent nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and their exceptional art works! May your time in the Texas Hill Country rejuvenate and restore you... and, deliver you safely home renewed and ready for LIFE! I lift a glass of Texas Wine to my fellow travelers... A Toast! Go out and play! Enjoy your stay in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! and, ALWAYS! remember to Practice the ART of LIVING! Here's to more Soulful Adventures, with the people who matter most, in our lives! Salut!
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Luckenbach Acoustic Song Swap with Walt Wilkins, Josh Grider and Drew Kennedy
Luckenbach Texas
September 7, 2014
1:00pm - 5:00pm
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Luckenbach Texas
412 Luckenbach Town Loop  Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
888-311-8990 | 830-997-3224
Luckenbach Acoustic Song Swap with Walt Wilkins, Josh Grider and Drew Kennedy
Walt Wilkins, Josh Grider and Drew Kennedy
Americana/Country/Rock - Acoustic Song Swap
1-5pm - No Cover
at Luckenbach Texas
April 6, 2014 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

San Antonio-born Walt Wilkins has been called a genius, more than once, and a writer the caliber of John Steinbeck and his voice as comfortable as a pair of old blue jeans, and he is, and has, all of that. His crafting of story-songs, hard-edged vocals to sing them and a plaintive guitar have made him a fixture of the Texas music scene (and Nashville before that). He’s put his magical touch on recordings by new and veteran artists, too many to count. Is he near done? Hasn’t he done it all? Double hell no.
With The Mystiqueros, Wilkins has created something of a “Texas Hill Country super-group” that features five great singers and four great songwriters from the heart of the Lone Star State, all of whom have made their own records and are flush with recording credits.
Onstage and in the studio, Wilkins is joined by Bill Small (bass, percussion, acoustic guitar), John M. Greenberg (electric guitars), Ramon Rodriguez (drums, percussion) and Marcus Eldridge (electric guitars). Live performances around Texas are being likened to both outlaw country and classic rock bands, and they’re captured on DIAMONDS IN THE SUN on Tex-centric label Palo Duro Records.
Wilkins says this is the most fun he’s ever had playing music in a band in 30 years. He describes the music of The Mystiqueros (nicknamed mq5) as highly reminiscent of ’70s country rock from Texas and the West Coast and blues and soul that members grew up listening to and features high-quality songwriting and musicianship, rhythm, and vocal arrangements.

Josh Grider is a country songwriter/recording artist. His latest and greatest is the 4/29/14 release entitled 'Luck and Desire'. Josh’s confidence is unflappable. His mix of traditional and modern influences has combined to make a living, breathing collection of songs that range from ethereal and pensive, to light-hearted and downright funny. He makes no more apologies for his electronic loops than he does for his thoughtful lyrics. He proudly says, “I'm not ashamed of one thing on this record. I love traditional country music, but I doubt anybody will call this a traditional country album. I’ve got all the respect in the world for what was done, but I also believe that you've got to keep moving the ball forward. New stuff has got to keep happening. I'm not going to do it better than Haggard did it, so I'm not going to try and do that. I need to sound like me. My goal is to be greater than the sum of my influences. Not better than, but distinguishable from. Hopefully that’s what you’ll hear in Luck & Desire.”

Drew Kennedy is a singer / songwriter from New Braunfels, Texas. He's been making a living writing songs since 2004. Americana

“Drew Kennedy released an album this week that got the whole town talking. well they should be listening. His album, "Wide Listener" is ridiculously good.”
– Red Dirt / Blue Collar

First Friday Artwalk Fredericksburg

First Friday Artwalk in Fredericksburg, Texas, is quickly becoming a delightful TRADITION! THIRTEEN fine art galleries have joined to bring art and art lovers together. Participating gallery doors are open late until 8:00 pm. Enjoy fine wines from local wineries and scrumptious culinary offerings, while viewing stunning collections of fine art and crafts -  Experience the Fredericksburg, TX ART scene up close and personal - all day long. First Friday of every month!

PARTICIPATING GALLERIES

Agave Gallery
208 E. San Antonio
830-990-1727
Exhibiting works of fine art by award-winning Texas artists, including two official Texas State Artists, and is housed in an 1880’s German limestone “Sunday House” in Fredericksburg, the heart of the Texas Hill Country.
Hours:
Monday -Saturday, 10am - 5pm
www.agavegallery.com

Artisans at Rocky Hill
234 West Main
830-990-8160  
The Texas Hill Country's finest collection of locally created fine craft, alongside fine art.
Hours:
Monday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:30pm
Some Sundays, 11am - 3pm
www.artisansatrockyhill.com

Charles Beckendorf Gallery
105 North Adams Street
800-369-9004 
The legacy of Charles Beckendorf lives on in his amazing art! Featuring prints, books, and sculpture by Charles Beckendorf. His subject matter is diverse... from wildlife and western to landscape and nostalgia.
Hours:
www.beckendorf.com

Cowboy Bronze

405 East Main
830-997-2822
Showcasing bronzes, pottery, and original paintings from Texas artists.
Hours:
Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Saturday, 10am - 6pm
Sundays, noon - 6pm
Closed Monday
www.cowboybronze.net
 
Fredericksburg Art Gallery

314 East Main
830-990-2707
Original Paintings and Bronzes by Renowned Artists from Texas and beyond.
Hours:
Mon. - Sat.
10am - 5:30pm
Most Sundays
noon - 5pm
and by appointment
www.fbgartgallery.com/

Fredericksburg Art Guild
308 East Austin Street
830-997-1111
Original Paintings and Artworks by Local Hill Country Artists
Hours:
Thursday - Monday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
www.fredericksburgartguild.org

Galeria 19

222 West Main Street
830-990-1403 or 830-990-1263
Featuring works of internationally acclaimed artists. The collection includes postimpressionistic oils, contemporary acrylic paintings and bronze sculpture created by artists who have embraced Mexico as a key source of inspiration.
Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
www.galeria19.com

InSight Gallery

214 West Main Street
830-997-9920 Toll Free: 888-997-9921
Fine Art Gallery: InSight Gallery represents a select group of the finest painters and sculptors living and working today in landscape, figurative, impressionistic, still life, wildlife, and Western art.
Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday,  10am - 5:30pm
Sunday, 10 am - 2pm
Closed Monday
Or call for appointment
www.insightgallery.com/

Larry Jackson Antiques & Estate Services

209 South Llano
830-997-0073
Specializing in 19th Century American Furnishings, Decorative Arts & Fine Art
Hours:
Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Weekends by Appointment

www.larryjacksonantiques.com

River Rustic Rock Art Gallery
215-A West Main Street
830-997-6585
Fine rock art by Carlos Moseley.
Hours:
Monday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Closed
Wednesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
www.riverrustic.com

RS Hanna Gallery
208 South Llano
830-307-3071
Come discover a jewel box of fine artists. Featuring original works of acclaimed "artist's artists" from the Northeast to the great Southwest working in representational form... working in color and emotion, beauty and light.
Hours:
www.RSHannaGallery.com

Whistle Pik Galleries
425 East Main
800.999.0820
Graceful Discoveries . . . Finding something special that satisfies your senses, speaks to your soul and fills your heart with joy. Exceptional Paintings - Magnificent Bronzes from the nation's finest artists!
Hours:
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
www.whistlepik.com

John Bennett named 2010 Texas State Artist, 3D

AUSTIN, Texas – May 26, 2009 – The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has announced its appointment of sculptor John Bennett of Fredericksburg, for Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist, 2010 . This position, as well as state poet laureate, state musician (Willie Nelson- 2009), and state two-dimensional artist, was created by SB 1043 of the 77th Legislature, and will be filled by one-year appointments. Bennett and the other appointees named for 2009 and 2010 were selected for the exceptional quality of their work and for their outstanding commitment to the arts in Texas.

“State artists demonstrate the essence of what art in Texas is all about,” Rep. Mark Homer, chair of the House of Representative's Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism said. “The work of these artists, and others like them, ensures that art and culture thrives in our great state, and we are pleased to honor these talented men and women with this recognition.”

Nominees must be native Texans or have resided in the state for at least five years. They must have attained the highest levels of excellence and success in their respective disciplines and have received critical reviews in state, regional or national publications. Visual artist nominees must work in two- or three-dimensional art mediums, must have participated in at least one one-person show, and must have an extensive history of exhibiting in recognized museums and galleries.

TCA reviewed all nominations and developed a list of finalists for submission to the Texas Poet Laureate, State Musician and State Artist Committee. The committee, composed of members appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, made the final selections.

“Texas is home to so many talented artists, and this diverse group exemplifies the best of the best,” said Texas Commission on the Arts Executive Director Dr. Gary Gibbs. “This honor rewards these talented Texans for their outstanding artistic achievements, and we are proud to have them represent the state.”

Bennett and the other State Artists went to the Capitol in Austin on May 28th to be presented to the Texas Legislature and hear the reading of the joint resolutions honoring them in the Chambers of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives. They were then introduced and greeted by the legislators.

John Bennett, a fourth generation Texan, creates figures inspired by the men and women of the Golden West. Bronco busters, wild west show performers, and Hollywood heroes stir up vivid images for him to portray in bronze sculpture. Bennett’s exhibits include the Chisholm Trail Museum- Duncan, OK; Sculpture in the Park- Loveland, CO; Phippen Museum Western Art Show- Prescott, AZ, DeLand Museum of Fine Art- DeLand, FL- Bosque Conservatory in Clifton, Museum of Western Art in Kerrville; and the Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth.

In 1999 his sculpture was selected to represent the Women’s Museum in Dallas for display in the White House . In 2001 he won Best of Show for Professionals at the State Fair of Texas, and in 2006 was awarded the Key to the City in Leesburg, Florida for a lifesize bronze of Annie Oakley and her dog Dave.

Aug 30
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Fredericksburg Texas Online

"It's practical, common sense, and you don't have to be a millionaire to be a conservationist. Love the natural world and do right by your neighbors! It doesn't take tons of money, it just takes commitment." J. David Bamberger at Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve in Johnson City, Texas!


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Aug 30
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Let Mark Harman Real Estate be your guide to a "REAL" INVESTMENT! Texas Land... Rock Solid!


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Aug 30
10:23

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Summer COLOR on the Courthouse Square in Historic Blanco, Texas! Just a scenic drive away!


Aug 30
10:22

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On the Courthouse Square in historic Blanco, Texas! Just a scenic drive away!


Aug 28
08:27

Fredericksburg Texas Online

August 29 - 30th, Messina Hof Hill Country Winery 2nd Annual Harvest Festival!
Harvest! Stomp! Dine... Together! Help put Texas Wine in the Barrel!


Aug 28
08:18

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Saturday, September 6, 2014
Harvest Dinner
William Chris Vineyards
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


2014 Anniversary Dinner
At William Chris Vineyards.
Such a great evening, thank you for celebrating Year 4 with us. Let's do it again! #TxWine
Aug 28
08:05

Fredericksburg Texas Online

2014 Grape Harvest in the Texas Hill Country! Let's CRUSH! at William Chris Vineyards!


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Aug 28
08:03

Fredericksburg Texas Online

Now that's a NICE BUNCH of Texas Trebbiano! at William Chris Vineyards!


Timeline Photos
Texas sized Trebbiano!
Aug 28
07:50

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HARVEST the HEAT! It's TEXAS SALSA TIME!


Aug 23
04:10

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It's HARVEST TIME! Savor the Spirit of the Texas Hill Country!


Aug 23
02:26

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"Ain't Nobody Here but us Chickens!" at Luckenbach Texas!


Aug 23
02:18

Fredericksburg Texas Online

The Bourbon VS Tequila Throwdown Featuring Garrison Brothers Distillery made the amNewYork's Hot List! TEXAS meets NEW YORK!


Hot List - am New York
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Events and parties in NYC this week.
Aug 23
02:01

Fredericksburg Texas Online

August 21 - 24, 2014 The Gillespie County Fair, Grandaddy of them ALL... oldest county fair in TEXAS! Parimutuel Horseracing! Midway Rides! Cotton Candy and Dancin' under the Stars!


Aug 23
01:47

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HARVEST in the Texas Hill Country! CELEBRATE the SEASON! Prost!


Aug 23
01:43

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Follow the Wine... vine to glass! Montepulciano


Aug 23
01:40

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Wine Making in the Vineyard!


Aug 19
11:42

Fredericksburg Texas Online

For many years, at great cost, I traveled through many countries, saw the high mountains, the oceans. The only things I did not see were the sparkling dewdrops in the grass just outside my door.
- R. Tagore


Aug 19
11:39

Fredericksburg Texas Online

No matter where I travel in this world, the greatest unexplored territory continues to be my very own mind, heart and spirit. I?m excitedly staking a claim with each new discovery I make along the journey! - LaTonya Tarell


Texas Fine Wine

Welcome Texas Fine Wine! Four Premier Texas Wineries launch Texas Fine Wine. Bending Branch Winery (Comfort), Brennan Vineyards (Comanche and Four Point Cellars in Fredericksburg), Duchman Family Winery (Driftwood) and Pedernales Cellars (Stonewall), four distinctive, highly respected wineries recognized for making quality Texas appellation wines, delivering excellent customer experiences and setting the highest standards in the Texas wine industry, have come together to promote TEXAS WINE!

Visit their website for Events and Opportunities to taste wines from this prestigious group.

texasfinewine.com

10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2014
Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Wine Enthusiast named the Texas Hill Country, USA, NUMBER THREE on their list of the "10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2014"!
"It’s still a sea of cowboy hats and pickup trucks, a place where you can sip award-winning wines in a landscape dotted with as many cacti as vines. Visitors may flock to Hill Country to sip wine, but they end up drinking in the romance of the Old West, too. - Alexis Korman

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Smithsonian Magazine's "The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013"
"What makes a small town big on culture?"

Smithsonian Magazine searched for "small towns and cities...  with populations of less than 15,000, that have exceptional concentrations of museums, art galleries, orchestras, theaters, historic sites and other cultural blessings". Fredericksburg, Texas, MADE the LIST! Read More at: www.smithsonianmag.com

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK
GALLERIES
Bringing Art and Art Lovers together!
Enjoy fine wine from local wineries and the Fredericksburg ART scene!

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Texas Hill Country #1
on The New York Times
31 Places to Go This Summer

"Who needs Europe? The Texas Hill Country, west of Austin and north of San Antonio, might be the next best thing to crossing the Atlantic. The region is lush, colorful and, unlike much of the pancake-flat state, dotted with beautiful green hills that are evocative of Tuscany or the south of France. Moreover, the region is speckled with 22 wineries that buzz with food and music festivals year round. And towns like Fredericksburg offer a taste of the Old World, with German-style biergartens and schnitzelhauser. "

The New York Times
Sunday, June 1, 2008

#1 on Away.com's Top 10
"Hidden-Gem"

Wine Regions in the United States Hill Country, TX: Texas Hill Country, north of San Antonio and west of Austin, is one of the nation's fastest growing wine destinations. Boasting 24 wineries  along the Texas Wine Trail, this area is a must-see for its unparalleled wine diversity. Away.com's Top 10 Hidden-Gem Wine Regions In Your Backyard Sep 23, 2010

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Uncertain about which TEXAS HILL COUNTRY wines to try?
Go for the GOLD!
2013 Houston Rodeo International Wine Competition

Whose bringing the
GOLD

home to the
Texas Hill Country?

PEDERNALES CELLARS

2012 Viognier
TOP TEXAS WINE

MESSINA HOF WINERY
TOP ALL AROUND WINERY


BRENNAN VINEYARDS
4.0 Cellars
2011 New World Rhone-style
White Varietals and Blends
Texas Class Champion
GOLD


BRENNAN VINEYARDS
4.0 Cellars
2011 Viognier
Texas Class Champion
GOLD

DRIFTWOOD ESTATE WINERY
2010 Alamo Red
New World Bordeaux Blend
Class Champion
DOUBLE GOLD

FLAT CREEK ESTATES
2011 Flat Creek Rose
White Zin and Dry Rose
Class Champion
Texas Class Champion
GOLD

GRAPE CREEK VINEYARDS
2011 Cabernet Blanc
White Zin and Sweet Rose
Reserve Class Champion
GOLD

MCPHERSON CELLARS
4.0 Cellars
Tre Colore
New World Sangiovese
and Blends
Reserve Class Champion
Texas Class Champion
DOUBLE GOLD

MCPHERSON CELLARS
4.0 Cellars
2011 Viognier
GOLD

MESSINA HOF
Barrel Reserve Port
Red Port & Port-style wines
Texas Class Champion
GOLD

MESSINA HOF
2010 Private Reserve Merlot
Texas Class Champion
GOLD

PEDERNALES CELLARS
2010 Tempranillo
New World Tempranillo
and Blends
GOLD

PEDERNALES CELLARS
2012 Viognier
Top Texas Wine
Class Champion
Texas Class Champion
DOUBLE GOLD

PERISSOS VINEYARDS
2010 Petite Sirah
Estate Grown - Reserve
Class Champion
Texas Class Champion
GOLD

PERISSOS VINEYARDS
2010 Petite Sirah
Estate Grown
TX Reserve Class Champion
GOLD

WILLIAM CHRIS VINEYARDS
2010 Cabernet Franc
Class Champion
Texas Class Champion
DOUBLE GOLD

WOODROSE WINERY
2009 Tempranillo
New World Tempranillo
and Blends
GOLD

Texas Hill Country
By John Graves and
Wyman Meinzer

Two of Texas' most respected artists join their talents to create an unsurpassed portrait of the Texas Hill Country. "Together, John Graves and Wyman Meinzer once again demonstrate that they  are the foremost artists of the Texas landscape. The portrait they create in images and words is as close as you can come to the heart of the Hill Country without being there."

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Stardust Carriage Service
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides for All Occasions!

Create romantic memories with horse-drawn carriage rides through historic Fredericksburg, Texas. Carriage rides are the perfect way to celebrate special occasions!

Call Margaret Creamer for reservations!
830.992.0700

Hill Country Trail Riding
Enjoy the AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL Texas Hill Country on horseback!

Come explore 800 gorgeous acres of Texas Hill Country on horseback. Beautiful valleys, hills and views, creek crossings, wildlife and so much more! Adventure awaits you! Call Jen Bursaw to reserve your ride today!
612.961.9441

Hill Country Bicycle Works

You can rent a bike at Hill Country Bicycle Works! Their rental fleets feature road and fitness hybrid bikes. It is recommended that you reserve your rental bike in advance, especially during holidays and weekends. They also have maps and recommendations for rides in and around Fredericksburg, Texas, and the surrounding Texas Hill Country! Located at 702 East Main. Closed Sundays and Wednesdays! 830-990-2609

www.hillcountrybicycle.com

Shermans Travel
5 Eco-Friendly Wineries

Pedernales Cellars, Texas

Composting, recycling, and natural pest management is just the starting point for Pedernales Cellars. By building underground, this Texas Hill Country winery takes advantage of the area’s natural limestone to provide a cool and steady environment for case storage, slashing the facility’s energy consumption in half. Removal of invasive plant species and cedar overgrowth from the property has also led to the reemergence of previously lost seeps and springs. An added bonus? The tasting room features local and sustainable products like Bella Vista Ranch’s olive oils and t-shirts made from renewable bamboo fibers.
- April 22, 2013 by Teresa Bitler
Read about other Eco-Friendly
Wineries at blog.shermanstravel.com