Native American Seed - Native American Seed is committed to offering only those plants that are native to our bioregion. You won't find African daisies, bluebonnets that have been grown in China, or even California poppies in any of their mixes. They understand that every ecosystem is a delicate web of relationships that have evolved over centuries. Humans, with all their power of creativity and imagination, must respect the wisdom of those centuries before entering into the processes of nature as active participants. The simple truth is that native seeds belong in your landscape. Once they are established they'll work for you, not the other way around. They are at home here, and they know how to take care of themselves. They need no extra watering once they've established their roots. They are naturally disease and bug resistant. Fertilizing is not required, in fact, natives work to improve the land on which they live. As we come to know more about the interdependence of all life, we understand more and more how important it is to make intelligent choices about how we use the precious resources of nature. The quality of the water we drink and the air we breathe depends on it. You have a choice about what to plant on your land, whether it's an 80 x 100 urban lot, or hundreds of acres in the countryside. You have the power to make a difference! Become native to your place. Choose a path of stewardship and a lifetime of wonder and enjoyment.
Alamo Springs Cafe
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
The State Flower of Texas! The spectacular Bluebonnet!
Share the Beauty of Texas Wildflowers with your Best Friend!
Wildflowers! A Texas Roadside Attraction!
North Fork of the Guadalupe River
Autumn in the Texas Hill Country on the North Fork of the Guadalupe River.
Indian Paint Brush
Springtime Roadtrip from Fredericksburg to Llano, Texas.
Fredericksburg to Llano! Springtime in Texas!
Scenic Drives around Fredericksburg Texas
Fredericksburg Texas Online invites you to discover the unique beauty of the Texas Hill Country. Explore the diverse landscape of rolling limestone hills and crystal clear rivers and streams.
Included here, are several Scenic Drives that we recommend. Some are destinations where you can shop and enjoy a delicious meal in a quaint, historic town - Boerne, Comfort, Dripping Springs, Llano, Marble Falls, and Mason. Others, like Willow City Loop and Enchanted Rock, take you into remote areas, where you will want to pack a picnic lunch and bring plenty of water to bring along, especially if you plan to hike. Also, there are several scenic loops around Fredericksburg, Tx and destinations near by like Luckenbach, the Alamo Springs Cafe, the Old Tunnel Bat Cave, and Albert where you can spend the afternoon, surrounded by the incredible beauty, history and culture of the central Texas Hill Country.

4 scenic drives that will "take your breath away"

Below are four of my very favorite Scenic Drives around Fredericksburg, Texas! They are all BEAUTIFUL! Enjoy!

1. Take 965 (Milam Street) out of Fredericksburg, just past Enchanted Rock. 965 connects with 16. Take a left to Llano. Just before 71 turn left on 2323 and follow it back to 87. Take a left back to Fredericksburg.

2. Take 87 from Fredericksburg to Mason swing around the courthouse square and return to Fredericksburg! This is a beautiful drive... some of the BEST wildflowers anywhere!

3. Take 87 from Fredericksburg toward Mason, turn right on 152. In Castell veer right and follow 152 along the river back to !6. Turn right back to Fredericksburg.

4. Take 87 to 648 (Hilltop Cafe is on the corner), turn left and continue into Doss, Texas. In Doss take a right on to 783 and continue to 87 take a right back to Fredericksburg.

You are going to fall in love with the Texas Hill Country and all the natural beauty it has to offer. Make sure to include these destinations on your next Hill Country Travel itinerery: Boerne, Mason, Llano, Comfort, Luckenbach, Mo Ranch, Lost Maples, Willow City Loop, Enchanted Rock, Pedernales River Valley, Johnson City, Marble Falls, Canyon of the Eagles, Vanishing Texas River Cruise, The Pedernales River State Park, Old Tunnel Bat Cave, and Hamilton Pool.

Fredericksburg to Blanco - Scenic Drive

From Adams and Main (Marktplatz) in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas, head east on US HWY 290. Proceed 5.5 miles and turn right onto FM 1376 (between the KOA and the Stagecoach Stop). You will pass Rancho Ponte Winery on your left and then Luckenbach Texas on the right. Just past the Luckenbach Town Loop turn to the left onto RR 1888-east toward Blanco, proceed 27.6 miles and turn right onto 1623. The beautiful Blanco River follows along 1623 on the right. Continue to the courthouse square in the lovely town of Blanco, Texas.

Attractions in Blanco, Texas:

Old Historic Blanco Courthouse (Visitor Center)
Real Ale Brewing Company

Blanco State Park
The Red Bud Cafe and Brieger Pottery
Blanco Market Day
Blanco Lavender Festival and Lavender Farms
Onion Creek Kitchens at Juniper Hills Farm - Take the best from life & food! Create culinary experiences that will reward you with amazing kitchen techniques, wonderful recipes, and, hopefully, some new friendships. Cooking classes and Bed and Breakfast.

Texas Hill Country Gold
32nd Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition 2015

Becker Vineyards
Double Gold
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012

Becker Vineyards
Double Gold
Raven 2012
75% Malbec; 25% Petite Verdot

Chisholm Trail Winery
Double Gold
Bad Ass Blush 2013
70% Blanc du Bois, 25% Merlot,
5% Lenoir

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
Double Gold
Petit Verdot 2011

Perissos Vineyards
Double Gold
Petite Sirah Estate Grown 2013

Becker Vineyards
Gold Grand Star
Culinaria 2013
35% Zinfandel, 24% Malbec,
20% Merlot,
16% Cabernet Sauvignon,
5% Syrah
 
Bending Branch Winery
Gold
Tempranillo Newsom
Vineyards 2012
 

Frio Canyon Vineyard
Gold
Syrah 2011
76% Syrah,
24% Cabernet Sauvignon

Georgetown Winery
Gold Best In Varietal
Thirsty Mule Sweet Red
100% Merlot

Georgetown Winery
Gold
Peach
90% Peach, 10% Blanc

Lost Oak Winery
Gold
Shiraz

McPherson Cellars
Gold Grand Star
Albarino 2014

Pedernales Cellars
Gold Best in Varietal
Texas Tempranillo 2013

Perissos Vineyards
Gold
Serendipity 2014
50% Orange Muscat,
50% Roussanne

Perissos Vineyards
Gold Grand Star
Rose 2014 Estate Grown
Texas Hill Country
49% Mourvedre, 38% Grenache,
13% Cabernet Sauvignon

Singing Water Vineyards
Gold Grand Star
Freedom 2012
38% Syrah, 33% Cabernet
Sauvignon, 26% Merlot,
3% Montepulciano

Wedding Oak Winery
Gold Best In Varietal
Sangiovese Texas Hill Country 2013
75% Sangiovese, 24% Tannat,
1% Petite Verdot

 

2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards
Texas Hill Country Gold Medal Wines

Becker Vineyards
Tempranillo Reserve 2013
Gold
Texas

Bending Branch Winery
Tannat Bending Branch Estate
Vineyards 2012
Gold
Texas Hill Country

Super Nero, Nero d'Avola 2012 
Gold
Texas, Comanche County

Duchman Family Winery
Vermentino Bingham Family Vineyard 2012
Gold
Montepulciano Oswald Vineyard 2012 
Gold
Touriga Nacional Reserve Round Mountain Vineyard 2011
Gold
Aglianico Estate Grown 2013
Gold
Tempranillo Estate Grown 2013
Gold
Syrah Estate Grown 2013
Gold
Texas Hill Country

Pedernales Cellars
Viognier  2014
Gold
Vermentino 2014
Gold
Tempranillo 2012
Gold
Cabernet Franc 2012 Barrel Reserve
Gold
Papa Paulo Port Messina Hof Vineyards, Double Barrel 2010
Gold
Private Reserve
Barrel Cuvee, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Gold
La Herencia 2013
Gold
Claros, Norton Reserve 2013
Gold
Texas Hill Country

Wedding Oak Winery
Tempranillo Reserve 2012
Gold
Texas High Plains

 

The "Best Texas Wines of 2015", Jessica Dupuy, Texas Monthly
Texas Hill Country Favorites

The best Texas wines released this year... the top reds, whites, and rosés you should be tasting right now.
Jessica's recommendations include the following Texas Hill Country Favorites:

2013 Mourvèdre
Available at 4.0 Cellars
2013 Tempranillo Reserve
Available at 4.0 Cellars
2013 Rendezvous
2013 Sangiovese
Texas Mourvèdre 
2014 Cuvée de Gaston Dry Rosé
2014 Arroyo Rosé

Spicewood Vineyards
Mourvèdre Rosé
2014 White Wine Blend
Roussanne, Blanc du Bois, and Viognier

Perissos Vineyards
2014 Viognier

Wedding Oak Winery
2014 TreV


www.texasmonthly.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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10 BEST Wine Destinations
USA TODAY

The Texas Hill Country Wine Region was included on USA Today's
"10 BEST Wine Destinations"!
www.usatoday.com

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
www.texasmonthly.com

"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!"
www.garrisonbros.com

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!
www.texashighways.com

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK
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." www.utexas.edu

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
Read about other Eco-Friendly
Wineries at blog.shermanstravel.com

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

EV (Electric Vehicle) Charging Stations at Torre di Pietra
Two Tesla Destination Charging Stations and a Universal Charging Station

Torre di Pietra announces that it has installed three EV (Electric Vehicle) Charging Stations for patrons use. There are two Tesla Destination Charging Stations (Tesla Wall Connectors / up to 100 amps) that charges the Tesla S in 4 hours and a Universal Charging Station (up to 60 amps) that is compatible with all electric vehicles. Stations are available for use during business hours. Torre di Pietra Vineyards and Winery is located ten miles east of Fredericksburg, Texas on US Hwy 290. Torre di Pietra Vineyards and Winery is located ten miles east of Fredericksburg, Texas on
US Hwy 290.
torredipietra.com