Phenomenal Panoramic Views!
Miles and Miles of Texas! Bluebonnets on the Willow City Loop!
Low lying meadows painted pink with phlox!
Drive the LOOP any time of year! Wildflower Season is a special treat!
Meandering Hill Country Streams!
Experience the BEAUTY of TEXAS!
The official Flower of the Lone Star State coming in April to a roadside near you!
Indian Paintbrush Blaze in a field of Blue!
The Iconic Texas Hill Country Scenic Drive!
Be Amazed at the Spectacular Countryside!
Yellow and Blue for a Slow Country Drive!
Thirteen Miles of Heaven!
Willow City Loop
Just outside of Fredericksburg heading toward Llano, Texas, the terrain changes from pastoral, gently rolling hills to a dramatic, rugged landscape of deep canyons, sky reaching jagged cliffs, meandering streams and phenomenal panoramic views. All year round you'll be amazed by this spectacular countryside, BUT during a good Wildflower Season (March - May), you'll discover "take-your-breath-away" inspirational natural beauty. A favorite location for a slow, lingering country drive is the "famous" Willow City Loop! This is THE iconic Texas Hill Country scenic drive! The private two-lane Ranch Road winds for 13 miles through some of the oldest and most unique geology in central Texas... through canyons carved by picturesque Coal Creek, and over hill tops where the views are stunning. In wildflower season the hillsides and low lying meadows are ablaze with the colors of a multitude of wildflower varieties... Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush, Phlox, Coreopsis, Mexican Poppies, Sunflowers, Firewheels, yellow and white Daisies, Winecups, Horsemint, and Verbena! Mesquite, pecan, and live oak trees thrive, and there is an abundance of wildlife... the most beautiful Texas Hill Country you will ever experience!
All land along the Loop is privately owned. Residents of Willow City ask only that you keep moving along the narrow roadway, so they can access their driveways, and PLEASE, do not park your car on, or walk through the wildflower fields.
Take SR 16 (Llano Street), 13.3 miles NE, to RR 1323, and turn right. Continue East for 2.79 miles to Willow City. Turn left on Willow City Loop. The road loops back to SR 16 where you can turn left and return to Fredericksburg, or for a head-turning view of Enchanted Rock, turn right and continue to 965. Turn left on to 965... you can't miss the BIG pink rock! Wow! Wonders of the world! You just never know what might crop up on the backroads of Texas! Enjoy!
The Knot in the Loop Saloon is a good bar for a cold brew near Willow City, Texas, and the INCREDIBLE Willow City Loop!
Located in Eckert, Texas, Knot in the Loop is not on the Famous Willow City Loop, but if you're coming from Fredericksburg you'll drive right by it. They've been serving up cold beer, wine, burgers, great music and fun in the Heart of the Texas Hill Country since August 2, 2002.
It's part Saloon and part Wild West Museum with a BIG TEXAS WELCOME from the friendly staff who will make you feel right at home. Wander around, check out the walls, the rafters, toss a dollar on the ceiling...
Open Wednesday - Sunday, noon til midnight (sometimes earlier) Call before you drive! 830.685.3591
In the dark of December,
A magical thing,
And sweet to remember:
"We are nearer to spring
Than we were in September."
- Oliver Herford
Wine Road 290 Wineries and Tasting Rooms have new vintages to share. Many have music, and holiday fare! WINE + MUSIC = MERRY MAKING! So, get on the line to your favorite traveling companions, and join us! Welcome WINTER! SWIRL! SNIFF! SIP! SAVOR! Drink in the HOLIDAY SEASON... find inspiration on the back-roads of Texas! and, don't forget to Raise your glass and "Toast a Rising Star", TEXAS WINE! Salut!
That love weighs more than gold!
- Josephine Bacon
The Lodge at Country Inn Cottages in Fredericksburg, Texas, is featured in the Wedding issue of DestinationsTravelMagazine.com! If you're dreaming about a Texas Hill Country Destination Wedding... Say, "I Do!" at The Lodge at Country Inn Cottages! AMBIENCE + HOSPITALITY + SERVICE! The PERFECT VENUE for your "picture perfect" wedding... where all your dreams really DO come true!
Our Congrats to the Lodge at Country Inn Cottages, for being our beautiful Cover Story in the Wedding issue of Destinations Travel Magazine! (p.34 - http://ow.ly/Gbz9j)
Jessica Dupuy, wine writer at Texas Monthly
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) and William Chris Vineyards, (Syrah, 2013)!
Best Texas Wines of 2014
A list of the best Texas wines released this year, including the top reds, whites, and rosés you should be tasting right now.
Chocolat - Fredericksburg, Texas and Garrison Brothers Distillery ...Two Texas Hill Country Favorites in one DELICIOUS HOLIDAY TREAT! "Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Filled Chocolates - 12 Piece Box" at http://www.liquidchocolates.com/
Sunshine The Clown
Better watch out, Ms claus is in town and could be at a party for you. Call Old Thyme Fun Shop to book for your Christmas party with Holiday face painting, Balloons or Magic! Merry Christmas everyone
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
- Ada V. Hendricks
- Calvin Coolidge
For information on Johnson City's Lights Spectacular visit:
FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK
Bringing Art and Art Lovers together!
Enjoy fine wine from local wineries and the Fredericksburg ART scene!
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. "
#1 on Away.com's Top 10
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
Uncertain about which TEXAS HILL COUNTRY wines to try?
Go for the GOLD!
2013 Houston Rodeo International Wine Competition
Whose bringing the
Texas Hill Country
By John Graves and
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."
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!
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!
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
Stagecoach Shuttle Service
Taxi & Transportation Service
Fredericksburg First Friday Food Ministry
A movable feast that welcomes everyone to the table.
Fredericksburg Food Ministry is an all-volunteer community-based food and hospitality ministry that provides residents of Fredericksburg and the surrounding communities, a "cloth napkin" dining experience on the first Friday of each month.
You have fed my tummy and my soul with food and blessings! Thank you for sharing your love with me.