Absolute Charm Luxury Bed and Breakfast - At Absolute Charm Luxury Bed and Breakfast, we know how difficult it is to choose a Bed and Breakfast in Fredericksburg, Texas, when there are so many great choices, but only ONE PERFECT Choice for you1 We strive to make the process easier for our guests and a lot more fun! We represent the finest collection of luxurious B & B's in Fredericksburg, and the surrounding Texas Hill Country. Offering properties which feature the very BEST Architecture, Location, Amenities and Charm! Simply the BEST accommodations available!
Grape Creek Vineyard - Wine Tasting
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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.
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Chocolat - When visiting Fredericksburg, Texas, be sure to come by our Chocolat Shoppe in the West Main Street Historic Shopping District. Open the door to the intoxicating aroma of chocolate. Your eyes will be amazed at the colors and shapes... truffles, colettes, creams, silk fudges, nut clusters, barks and caramels. ready to satisfy your sweet tooth! Stop by and sample our delicious treats and see how our Liqueur Pralines are made. Hours, Monday - Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm | Sunday, noon to 4:00pm
Mark Harman, Licensed Realtor ® Anders Realty - (Johnson City and Fredericksburg, Texas in the heart of the Hill Country). Specializing in Texas Hill Country Ranch, River and Recreational Property! Whether you’re dreaming about relocating to the beautiful Texas Hill Country, you want to make an investment in the Wide Open Spaces of the Lonestar State, or you're searching for the perfect retirement property, you need an agent who will listen and deliver EXACTLY what you want! I AM Passionate about Texas and the GREAT OUTDOORS! I take pride in connecting the Texas Hill Country's most exceptional properties with buyers who truly value them! My absolute priority as your agent, is gaining your TRUST! I am dedicated to representing you with integrity, authenticity, fairness and discretion. I offer personalized service with an emphasis on good ole' southern hospitality. Because every decision we make affects the future of our family and the future of the land, I strongly advocate for land stewardship, and sustainability. Conserving, protecting and enhancing ranch and farmland, as well as, wildlife habitat through a strong conservation ethic and prudent sustainable land use insures a place in our great state for future generations of Texans. I look forward to showing you around Fredericksburg, the most wonderful SMALL town in Texas, as you embark on an amazing new adventure.... Ranch Ownership!
Wine Road 290 - February 21, 2015
Plan to STAY awhile! Follow US Hwy 290 and get a TASTE of Texas Wine Country! Wine Road 290 Presents Ragin Cajun Wine and Food Pairing Trail! Booyah! Mardi Gras! Texas Winery Style!
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Willow City Loop

Forget about "Chicken Soup for Your Soul"! How about some Willow City Loop for Your Soul! 

The TEXAS Bluebonnet is the "Official Flower of the Lone Star State"! When the Hill Country in and around Fredericksburg, Texas, is blessed with abundant, soaking rains in the Autumn and Winter months, the WILDFLOWERS come out in force for a #1 TEXAS ROADSIDE ATTRACTION!

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 narrow two-lane Ranch Road winds for 13 miles through some of the oldest and most unique geology in central Texas. Deep Canyons carved by Coal Creek are picturesque and the meadows at the bottom offer up splashes of blue, yellow, orange, and white depending on the seaon and which wildflowers are blooming down below. The views from the highest hill tops are absolutely stunning. During a good spring wildflower season the hills and low lying creek bottoms 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!

NOTE! The Willow City Loop IS an absolutely BEAUTIFUL drive! Word of this amazingly diverse and gorgeous landscape has spread, and the "Loop" has become very popular with visitors. Although, I personally have not driven the Loop on the weekends, several visitors to this site have complained that the weekends are just absolutely awful... "bumper to bumper traffic" cancels out picture perfect! So, just be aware and, if possible, plan to drive the "Loop" on a weekday when there is less traffic! I am including a few alternate drives that aren't so crowded for weekend Wildflower viewing!

Life Is Not Measured By the Number of Breaths We Take
But
By the Moments that take our breath away!

Scenic Drive - The Willow City Loop near Fredericksburg, Texas!

Take 16N (Llano Street) out of Fredericksburg. Proceed 13.3 miles, turn right on RR1323 - continue 2.79 miles to Willow City, turn left onto Willow City Loop. This is a PRIVATE ranch road that winds for 13 miles through rugged, awe inspiring Texas Hill Country and reconnects with 16. Turn right back to Fredericksburg.

Although Willow City Loop is maintained by the county, ALL land along the Loop is privately owned. Please, be respectful of landowners along the Loop and do not block their driveways, or drive, walk or sit in their meadows or on the WILDFLOWERS, as this can damage, even kill the plants.

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.

May 22
14:45

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Heads Up all you Crawfish Lovers... we have real SWAMP weather in Fredericksburg, Texas! Creek crossings on backroads can rise quickly! Drive Safely! Grab your umbrellas and rain gear, stay on the main roads to avoid high water and join us for a Tex-cajun, foot stomping good time at the Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival! AHH-YEE! Jean-Pierre and the Zydeco Angels kick off the Festival tonight from 6-9 pm.


May 22
06:48

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Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of summer in most people's minds. Across the state of Texas, there will be Memorial Day Events and festivals to get your summer off to a GREAT start! Make plans now to spend your Memorial Day Weekend in historic Fredericksburg, TX. For more information on Memorial Day Events and Activities visit our BLOG... it's NEW! Please, leave comments and let me what you think! Thanks for ALL of YOU!


Fredericksburg Texas Online: Welcome SUMMER! Memorial Day Weekend in Historic Fredericksburg, Tx!
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Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Fredericksburg, Tx.
May 22
06:43

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Bring your umbrellas and let's dance in the RAIN! After an extended drought God Blessed TEXAS... Water is LIFE! Let's CELEBRATE everyday!


May 22
06:16

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In 1915, Moina Michael had the idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day to honor those who lost their lives in military service to our nation. She wrote the following poem which started a tradition that spread around the world.

"Cherish too, the Poppy red
that grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies..."


May 22
06:13

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Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring those who have died in service to our GREAT Nation. It is about Americans coming together to CELEBRATE the brave men and women who gave EVERYTHING to defend our freedom. Take some time this weekend to reflect on the solemn meaning of Memorial Day... Because FREEdom isn't FREE!


May 18
23:10

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Here come the SUMMER FLOWERS!


May 18
23:09

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Another Yellow Rose of Texas...


May 18
21:37

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Spring Rains in May! Creeks and Rivers are FLOWING! God Bless Texas!


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SPRING RAINS in MAY! The CREEK is ROLLING! God Bless Texas!
May 18
06:04

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Windmills collecting at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, Tx? "the City of Windmills". Imagine a whole neighborhood of windmills creaking and sighing on a windy night? that could be really loud!


May 18
05:58

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One of my elderly neighbors told me when she was a little girl growing up in Fredericksburg, Tx almost every house had a windmill? and, so all the neighboring communities called Fredericksburg... "the City of Windmills"!


May 15
23:43

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Sister Cities! Schwester Städte!? Montabaur, Germany and Fredericksburg, Tx USA. Here's to SISTERS! Prost!


May 15
23:42

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Sister Cities! Schwester Städte!? Fredericksburg, Tx USA and Montabaur, Germany. Here's to SISTERS! Prost!


May 15
23:06

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A NATIVE TEXAN
Purple Coneflower, Echinacea Purpurea, Echinacea, Eastern Purple Coneflower, Hedge Coneflower, Black Sampson


May 14
05:31

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"Texas is one of the oldest wine-growing states in the U.S. with vines planted in the 1650s by Franciscan priests. It's no surprise, then, that the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail, which begins on Highway 290 in Fredericksburg, has been named one of the top 10 wine destinations in the nation." Read the full article at: www.10best.com/interests/trip-pics/fredericksburg-art-history-wine-deep-in-the-heart-of-texas


Fredericksburg: Art, History & Wine: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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The charming, historical town of Fredericksburg, nestled in the picturesque Texas Hill County, is located a little more than an hour by car from both San Antonio and Austin, Texas. Founded in 1846 by German immigrants, this town of little more than 10,000 residents offers an unparalleled visitor exp?
May 13
17:13

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May 22-24, 2015, Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez", Let The Good Times Roll! Join us for a Cajun good time Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-24, 2015, at Marketplatz in historic Fredericksburg Tx. Enjoy Country, Zydeco, and Cajun Music, Crawfish and all the fixin's, Cajun Food, and activities for the whole family. This years headliners include, Aaron Tippin, Rick Trevino, Johnny Dee and The Rocket 88's, Zydeco Blanco, Bayou Roux, The Almost Patsy Cline Band and Jean Pierre and The Zydeco Angels. For a complete schedule of Festival Events visit: www.fbgcrawfish.com


May 10
17:14

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To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
- Audrey Hepburn
Thanks to Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center for the BEAUTIFUL "Pollinator Garden" at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park!


May 10
16:34

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"Morning is the best of all times in the garden. The sun is not yet hot. Sweet vapors rise from the earth. Night dew clings to the soil and makes plants glisten. Birds call to one another. Bees are already at work." - William Longgood
The peaceful and inspirational "Pollinator Garden" at the Fredericksburg Nature Center, in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.


May 10
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Come sit for awhile in the "Pollinator Garden" at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. This lovely garden was created for our pollinator friends by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center! This peaceful place, alive with the buzzing of bees and the fluttering of butterfly wings, GIVES beauty for the eye and quiet inspiration for the soul! (This series of photos is dedicated to my friend, Jane Crone who contributes so much to this "FB Page" and to the Fredericksburg, Tx Community! Thanks Jane!)


May 10
14:56

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A Yellow Rose of Texas Mother's Day Bouquet from the Heart of the Lone Star State!


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)
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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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