Alamo Springs Cafe
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Gästehaus Schmidt Reservation Services - Free Reservation Services for Hill Country Lodging, including Bed and Breakfasts, Country Inns, and Guest Cottages. Choose from a wide variety of Lodging options located in several historic Texas Hill Country towns; including, Fredericksburg, Mason, Comfort, Kerrville, and Hunt, TX. Our properties are hand-picked and screened in order to ensure that your accommodations are the BEST and meet your expectations in every way. Visit our website and browse through our listings. There is some place SPECIAL just for you. Our bed and breakfasts typically have an on-site host who provides a full, sit-down breakfast, usually served family style around the dining table, or delivered fresh to your room. Our Guest Houses and Hill Country Rentals tend to be more private. You'll have the place to yourselves and be on your own for meals and clean-up. Whether you prefer a Romantic Country Inn with exceptional service, or your own Home away from Home, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at Gästehaus Schmidt Reservation Services! For our guests traveling with their four-legged companions, we also represent several pet friendly lodging options. Our goal is to make your Vacation a relaxing and enjoyable EXPERIENCE! The variety and quality of our properties, plus, exceptional service make us the PERFECT Choice for accommodations in the Texas Hill Country! We’re confident that you’ll return again and again! And we’ll be here  Providing everything you want and need to make your Stay a memorable one!
Grape Creek Vineyards - The Premier Texas Wine Country Destination, "Refresh your heart and replenish your spirit!" Taste award winning wines, over 150 medals in the last two years. Tour the beautiful 100-acre estate. TASTE the wine in the romantic Tuscan Villa-style tasting room.  Surround yourself with beauty on one of the expansive patios, a canopy of oaks above you and grape vines spreading out in all directions. You will want to BELONG!  Join the wine club and discover all that Grape Creek Vineyards has to offer. Club Members receive complimentary tastings for 2 and enjoy exclusive seating where open bottle sales are available. At Grape Creek "It's about the wine!" From the wines they create, to the events they throw... inspiration is yours the moment you walk through the doors at Grape Creek Vineyards. An exceptional old world adventure is waiting for you in the heart of Texas Wine Country! Step into the Tasting Rooms at Grape Creek Vineyards where your wine ambassador will present a flight of six Grape Creek wines of your choice. On Saturdays, long weekends and Holiday weeks the private tasting rooms are open to provide more space for guests to enjoy their selections. Enjoy beauty all around you, as you sip a glass of award winning wine on one of the Italian-style patios overlooking the expansive vineyards. The fabulous landscapes and amazing ambiance will fill your soul with delight. "Tuscany in Texas"! The picnic market offers a wonderful assortment of salamis, cheeses, crackers and other wine snacks. You can also savor a fabulous meal from the onsite restaurant,  Stout's at Grape Creek Trattoria. The Trattoria is an outdoor patio cafe serving unique Italian fare created to compliment Grape Creek Wine. Menu items include stone-baked pizzas, pasta creations, creative salads, paninis and cheese boards. We say "Belong!" because Grape Creek Vineyards is primarily a Wine Club winery. We only distribute through a few great restaurants and specialty retailers. Our club is the only way to get our wine, other than on-site. The Tasting Room at Grape Creek Vineyards on is located on US Highway 290 in historic Fredericksburg, Texas. 
Monday - Friday, 11am - 6pm 
Saturday, 10am - 6pm 
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Visit the Grape Creek Vineyards tasting room at 
10587 E. US Hwy 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

Grape Creek on Main Street - Fredericksburg
223 E. Main Street (at the corner of Lincoln and Main Street)
Sunday thru Thursday, 11am - 6pm
Friday and Saturday, 11am - 7:00pm

Grape Creek Vineyards - Georgetown
101 W. 7th Street (at the corner of 7th Street and Main)  
Georgetown, TX   78626 
Located in a beautifully renovated historic building on the town square across the street from the courthouse.
Exclusive Wine Club member lounge upstairs with views of the square! Large outdoor patio with seating and mister system for hot summer days. All your favorite Grape Creek wines!
Monday - Thursday 12pm - 7pm
Friday 12pm - 8pm
Saturday 11am - 8pm
Sunday12pm - 5pm

• Open everyday (including July 4th and New Years Day) except:
• Closed on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and Easter Sunday
• We close early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (usually about 3:30 or 4pm and you can call that day at (830) 644-2710 to confirm time)
Hondo's On Main Restaurant - Hondo Crouch bought the tiny town of Luckenbach Texas back in the early 70's. Today Hondo’s daughter and her husband, are carrying on the spirit of “Hondo” on Main Street. Offering the very best in TEXAS MUSIC, TEXAS FOOD, and TEXAS FUN! Fantastic toe-tapping, hand clapping, live music, Wednesday through Sunday - including "Hondo's Texas Songwriters Showcase" every Wednesday night, and "Hondo's Gospel Sunday", 12:30pm - 3:30pm, on Sunday afternoons!  Discover why Fredericksburg, Texas is THE MUSIC DESTINATION in the Texas Hill Country!  Hours: Wednesday - Thursday: 11am - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 11am - midnight, Sunday: 11am - 10:30. Conveniently located in the West Main Art and Music District, at 312 W. Main! For information and to view our music calendar visit our website!
Majesty Wine Tours - "Tours for people passionate about having fun!" Majesty Tours is the perfect solution for a great wine tasting day in the Texas Hill Country. We pledge to make your experience personable and unforgettable. Our 14 passenger shuttle bus is the ideal way to see and EXPERIENCE the BEST of the Texas Hill Country. In addition, to our outstanding Hill Country Wine tours, we also offer shuttle services. We can provide the transportation you need for a special evening, dinner, party or event. At Majesty Tours WE ARE passionate about having FUN! We look forward to sharing the hill country with you! Specializing in: Texas Hill Country Wineries, Craft Breweries and Spirits, Weddings, Bridal Showers, Girls Weekend Out and other Special Occasions! Enjoy your PARTY and leave the driving to us!
Torre di Pietra Vineyards and Winery - Romance of Tuscany! Wines of Texas!
Torre di Pietra produces award winning wine from award-winning Texas grapes! They grow 10 grape varietals in their Texas Hill Country Vineyards. The Maxwell family’s tradition of farming and wine making dates back to the late 1800’s. The vineyards are located in the Texas Hill Country’s American Viticultural Area. Here the vines thrive in the calcareous soils where seasonal rains and plenty of sunshine combine to produce a rich complexity of flavors.
Come on out for a Rockin’ Saturday Afternoon Wine Party on the spacious piazza and patios. Explore the beautiful gardens and vineyards! Taste the wine, shop for unique wine gifts, relax and listen to music from the very best Texas Hill Country bands! Expect GREAT Photos! Wine by the glass/bottle available for sale along with delicious offerings from the Torre di Pietra picnic market, including a wonderful selection of cheeses, including CKC Farm Fresh Goat Cheese, Artisan breads, crackers, pestos, Torre Di Pietra wine infused chocolates and other delectables to accompany your wine. Visit the Winery Events Calendar for Live Music and special events schedule.
Open Daily
Monday - Thursday, 11am - 5pm
Friday - Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Torre di Pietra offers 30 minute tours on Saturdays at: noon, 1pm,  2pm and 3pm (there is no charge for the tours).
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  Early closing at 3pm on Christmas Eve.
Tasting Fee: $15.00 for 6 samples includes souvenir crystal stem.
Complimentary Tasting for active military.  Thank you!
Friendly, furry friends are allowed on the grounds but must be on a lease at all times.
Picnics are welcome; however, outside alcohol is not allowed.
Groups are welcome for tastings / tours on any day of the week, however, reservations are required in order to provide a memorable experience for your group.  We ask that groups of 10 or more contact the Tasting Room at 830.644.2829 to make a reservation.
The Torre di Pietra winery is located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country just 10 miles east of Fredericksburg, Texas, on US Highway 290. 
10915 East US Hwy 290
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Phone: 830.644.2829
Wine Road 290 - Wine Road 290! is an association of 15 Texas Hill Country Wineries in the Fredericksburg AVA, on either side of Fredericksburg, Texas! Enjoy the panoramic beauty and diverse landscape of rolling limestone hills and crystal clear rivers and streams, while exploring our world class wineries, just minutes apart, along US Highway 290! Discover picturesque vineyards, charming tasting rooms, and barrel cellars filled with aging, premium wines that showcase our distinctive Texas terroir. The wine, ambiance and experiences at each winery are unique! In addition to the regular Tastings and Weekend Events, members of Wine Road 290 team up with the "Star Chefs of Texas Hill Country Cuisine" from local restaurants to bring you special Wine and Food Pairing Events.
EVENTS, EVENTS! Favorites include:
Port and Pairings - January
Vino and Pasta - March
Vino al Pastor - June
Chili and Chilin' - July
Kiolbassa and Kabernet - September
Visit our website for dates, times and details!
Fredericksburg, Tx in the Heart of Texas Wine Country is THE Perfect Wine Getaway!
Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 Member Wineries:
Becker Vineyards, Chisholm Trail Winery, Fiesta Winery, Fredericksburg Winery, Grape Creek Vineyards, Hilmy Cellars, Hye Meadow Winery, Lost Draw Cellars, Pedernales Cellars, Rancho Ponte Vineyard, Texas Hills Vineyard, Torre di Pietra Vineyards, William Chris Vineyards, Woodrose Winery, and 4.0 Cellars. For maps, directions, and details visit:

Take a libation vacation in Fredericksburg, Texas, THE PERFECT WINE GETAWAY!  See you on Wine Road 290! Salud!
Visit the Wine Road 290 website for Member Wineries, Events, and Driving Maps:
Old Tunnel State Park

From May through October, the abandoned railroad tunnel at Old Tunnel State Park is home to more than 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasilienses mexicana) and 3,000 cave myotis (Myotis velifer) bats. During this time visitors can watch the amazing sight as the bats emerge nightly from the tunnel in a huge fluttering upward spiral just as the sun begins to set. Visitors can choose from three options for viewing the Spectacular emergence:
1. from the upper viewing area
2. by participating in a lower viewing area tour
3. Make Reservations for a Special Group Tour (a GREAT Homeschool Experience!)
The park offers nightly educational programs Thursday through Sunday that provide guests with a better understanding of the life, history and ecology of the bats. Be sure to take a pair of binoculars for the best viewing of the bats in flight. To get the latest emergence time information call, 866-978-2287.

Visitors to the Old Tunnel State Park can participate in a variety of recreational and wildlife-viewing opportunities on the Old Tunnel nature trail which is open year round. The trail is less than half a mile long and visitors can enjoy it from sunrise until it closes (closing times vary throughout the year based on bat emergence time). Monday through Wednesday evenings, May through October, the trail and lower viewing area are not open to the public. On Thursday through Sunday evenings, the trail is open to those visitors who pay admission to view the bats at the lower viewing area. The Old Tunnel Trail is primitive and steep in some places. Be sure to take your own drinking water and snacks. Pets are NOT allowed.

Hikers can view of the tunnel from the trail, but entrance into the tunnel is strictly prohibited to prevent disturbance of the bat colony, and for the safety and well-being of visitors.
Dates Open: Open year-round from sunrise to sunset for general use. Bat viewing nightly May-October. The trail to the lower viewing area is closed each evening.
Monday through Wednesday evenings the trail and lower viewing area are not open to the public.
On Thursday through Sunday evenings, the trail will only be open to those visitors who pay admission to view the bats at the lower viewing area. For the most up-to-date emergence information, call the toll-free information line at
Leave Fredericksburg on Hwy. 290 heading east. Half a mile east of the Fredericksburg city limits, look for the brown TxDOT highway sign that says "Old Tunnel State Park". Turn right (south) on the Old San Antonio Road. Proceed 10.5 miles. The Old Tunnel WMA will be on the left at the top of the hill.
For more information visit,
Map and directions to the Old Tunnel State Park and Alamo Springs Cafe
Map and directions to the Old Tunnel State Park and Alamo Springs Cafe
Freetail Bats of Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area
Local residents report that shortly after the removal of the railroad tracks in 1942, bats moved into the tunnel. In July and August there are over three million Mexican Free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) and 1,000-3,000 Cave Myotis (Myotis velifer) in Old Tunnel. The Mexican Free-tailed bat is a medium-sized bat, weighing about 12-15 grams (12 paperclips). They are named for the tail that hangs free from the uropatagium (skin between hind legs and tail). The title "Mexican" is added to their name because they migrate to Mexico in the winter months. Old Tunnel bats usually leave the tunnel in late October, and fly to Mexico. During this migration, they can fly at altitudes of 10,000 feet and speeds of 60 mph.
A Year in the Life of The Old Tunnel Bats: While in Mexico, these bats mate during February and March when the females are most fertile. Bats returning to Texas in late March or early April include pregnant females who give birth to one single pup (baby bat) during June. The pups are not born in the tunnel, but in other nearby caves or under bridges where the temperature and humidity levels are more stable. The tunnel is only 920 feet long and is open at both ends, and therefore, the temperature and humidity very greatly. The Old Tunnel is considered a pseudo-maternal colony because there are both pregnant and lactating females in the tunnel, but there are no pups. Pups usually fly within four to six weeks after birth and are considered juveniles when they travel to the tunnel with their mothers. Bat populations in the Old Tunnel increase substantially when the females return from maternity colonies along with the juveniles in late July and early August. Joining the Old Tunnel population in September and October, are bat migrating south from further north in the United States. This process of "staging" occurs when bats group together before flying to Mexico for the winter. Bats swarming from the tunnel entrance at the Old Tunnel WMA.
What Happens When the Sun Goes Down: On summer nights, the Old Tunnel bats usually emerge within an hour before or after sunset. Most bats exit through the south end of the tunnel, spiraling in a counter- clockwise direction in order to gain altitude over nearby trees (click here to view video images of bat emergences). Red-tailed hawks are sometimes seen feeding on the bats as they emerge, however these and other predators do not impact the bat population. The large serpentine column travels southeast towards the Guadalupe River. Bats also exit from the north end of the tunnel, and fly either north towards the Pedernales River, or south over the Old Tunnels' observation deck. After getting water from local water supplies, the colony disperses to feed in smaller groups. Eighty percent of the Free-tail's diet includes agricultural pests such as the cutworm, cornborer and webworm moths. Each can eat its weight in insects nightly, and the whole colony may devour over 25 tons of moths per night. The bats return to the tunnel between midnight and daybreak, having traveled an average 25 to 30 miles to forage. Good Ole' Bat Guano
Huge deposits of droppings in the roosts of Mexican Free-tails have earned them the common name, "Guano bat". Bat guano (droppings) from insectivorous bats was an important source of fertilizer, and is still sold as an expensive, organic fertilizer. Before the oil boom, guano was Texas' number one mineral export. Many have tried to harvest guano from Old Tunnel. However, natural springs within the tunnel made the operation too difficult. Many Free-tailed colonies consist of at least one-million bats, and the resulting concentration of ammonia is extremely high. In fact, many people can identify these bats by the distinctive odor. Hiking is an enjoyable activity that is available in many of the Wildlife Management Areas of Texas. Since potable water is not available on many of the Wildlife Management Areas, it is a good idea to bring plenty of drinking water.
The Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area's nature trail is less than one half mile in length, and is open to the public 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. During the months that the bats are in residence at Old Tunnel, the trail will be closed each evening. Monday through Wednesday evenings the trail and lower viewing area are not open to the public. On Thursday through Sunday evenings, the trail will only be open to those visitors who pay admission to view the bats at the lower viewing area. The trail is primitive and can be steep. No drinking water, food, or man-made shelter is available on the trail. No water fountains or other water is available on site, and carrying drinking water is recommended. Trail guides are available for the public at the iron ranger located at the lower viewing area. Numbered markers designate stops along the trail, and corresponding information regarding each stop is explained within the guide.
Although entrance into the tunnel is prohibited, visitors are encouraged to enjoy the view of the tunnel from the trail. Throughout the day, from April to October, bats can be seen flying within the tunnel. In order to minimize disturbance to the bat colony and for the safety of our visitors, all guests must stay on the designated trail. Under no conditions are visitors allowed to approach the tunnel.
Guided nature walks are also offered at Old Tunnel WMA. The walks are usually informal and cover a variety of topics, such as bird watching, plant identification, and astronomy.
Special Group Tours are conducted at the lower viewing area Monday through Wednesday evenings, May through October, for organized groups of up to 70 people. Reservations are required. Passports or permits, including the Texas State Parks Pass, are not accepted. Special Group Tour fees are as follows: Youth Groups: $40.00; Non-Youth Groups: $75.00. To schedule a Special Group Tour, please call (830) 990-2659.
Dates Open: Open year-round from sunrise to sunset for general use. Bat viewing nightly May-October. The trail to the lower viewing area is closed each evening. Monday through Wednesday evenings the trail and lower viewing area are not open to the public. On Thursday through Sunday evenings, the trail will only be open to those visitors who pay admission to view the bats at the lower viewing area. For the most up- to-date emergence information, call the toll-free information line at 1-866-978-2287.
  • No overnight camping allowed
  • No pets are allowed
  • No public consumption or display of alcohol
  • No smoking is allowed at the upper and lower viewing areas
  • No firearms or hunting allowed
  • No fires of any type are allowed
  • Bicycles, motorized vehicles, or horses are not permitted
  • Removal of plants, rocks, animals, or cultural items strictly prohibited
  • Please stay on designated trails; entering the tunnel is strictly prohibited
  • Handicapped access is available when TPWD staff or volunteers are present or upon special request
  • For the protection of the bats and for your own safety, please do not handle or otherwise disturb bats
The "Best Texas Wines of 2014"
Jessica Dupuy, Texas Monthly

A list of the best Texas wines released this year, including the top reds, whites, and rosés you should be tasting right now.
Jessica's recommendations include, Texas Hill Country Favorites:
Brennan Vineyards
(“W” Winemaker’s Choice, NV, Located in 4.0 Cellars),
Duchman Family Winery
(Nero D’Avola, 2010),
Fall Creek Vineyards and Winery (GSM, 2012),
Mcpherson Cellars
(Les Copains Red, 2012),
Messina Hof Hill Country
(GSM, Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre),
Perissos Vineyard and Winery (Petite Sirah, 2012),
Pedernales Cellars
(Texas Tempranillo, 2012), Spicewood Vineyards
(Estate Tempranillo, 2012)

William Chris Vineyards

(Syrah, 2013)

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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Top 5 Texas Tempranillos
Jessica Dupuy, Texas Monthly

Drink one (or all five, though maybe not on the same day) to celebrate International Tempranillo Day.
Alamosa Wine Cellars El Guapo Tempranillo 2011
Spicewood Vineyards Estate
Tempranillo 2012
Ground Up Tempranillo 2012
Pedernales Cellars Reserve
Tempranillo 2012
Pedernales Cellars Texas
Tempranillo 2012

"Cowboy Bourbon" by Garrison Brothers Distillery
"American Micro Whiskey of the Year!"

Make us TEXAS PROUD Garrison Brothers Distillery! In the 2014 Edition of Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible, the world's leading whiskey guide,"Cowboy Bourbon" from Garrison Brothers was named
"The American Micro Whiskey
of the year!"

Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations
Texas Highways Magazine

The Texas Highways readers' choice Texas Top 40 countdown! Last fall, Texas Highways readers were asked
to share their favorite places in the state for the "Texas Top-40 Travel Destinations”.
San Antonio came in #1,
The Texas Hill Country #5, and Fredericksburg #7!

Fredericksburg, Tx

Bringing Art and Art Lovers together!
Enjoy fine wine from local wineries and the Fredericksburg ART scene!
Find out more >

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."

Sherman's 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
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Wineries at

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