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!
Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival - Join us in Fredericksburg, Texas to CELEBRATE everything Lavender at the 17th Annual Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival. Sniff, Swirl and Sip award-winning Becker Vineyards wine, enjoy live music, guest artisans, vendors, speakers, lavender culinary creations and, of course the beautiful lavender fields in bloom. Shop for lavender products and plants, take in a cooking with lavender demo, wine tastings and tours. Make your reservations early for the very popular vintner luncheons.  The Lavender Fields at Becker Vineyards are occupy 3 estate acres just off the winery Verandah. The blooming season for the lavender is typically April through May, but this can vary at the discretion of the notorious Texas weather. The lavender fields can be viewed year round, and guests are encouraged to experience LAVENDER, up close and personal, on a relaxing stroll through the silvery fields The plants grown in these estate fields provide the core extract for all the Becker Vineyards Lavender products.
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
Gästehaus Schmidt Reservation Services - CALL 866-427-8374
Grape Creek Vineyard - Wine Tasting
Hondo's On Main _ the girls
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!
Wine Road 290
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

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... canyons carved by picturesque Coal Creek, and over hill tops where the views are absolutely stunning. During 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!

NOTE! The Willow City Loop IS an absolutely BEAUTIFUL drive, and 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 absolutely just awful, "bumper to bumper traffic"! So, just be aware and, if possible, plan to drive the "Loop" on a weekday when there is less traffic! I am including 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.

Apr 25
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What an intricate thing of BEAUTY! Red Columbine... it's a NATIVE TEXAN!


Apr 24
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AMAZING shot by Allan K Sanders! Beautiful detail of a bee dining on corn poppy nectar at Wildseed Farms! Poppy HONEY! Yummy!


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Wild Seed Farm, Fredericksburg TX.
Apr 24
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May 2, 2015, 3rd Kentucky Derby Party at Vaudeville! Classic Comfort Cookin' by Chef Jordan Muraglia, Muraglia Mint Julep Station, Bottomless Mimosas and Music! What better way to WELCOME MAY... in Fredericksburg, Texas!


Kentucky Derby Party at Vaudeville - 3rd Annual
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Bigger and better then ever! Get your ticket now! Saturday, May 2nd Starts at 2pm - Race at 5pm Classic Comfort Cookin' by Chef Jordan Muraglia Mint Julep Station and Bottomless Mimosas Musical Entertainment $95 / person Dietary Restriction options are available Wine, Beer and Beverages a la carte.?
Apr 24
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Antonelli's Cheese Shop IS DIVINE! Now you can get their exceptional artisanal cheeses and charcuterie at Compass Rose Cellars in downtown Hye, Texas! Thanks cheesemongers for bringing the World's BEST CHEESE to TEXAS!


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We have teamed up Antonelli's cheese shop to source our meats and cheeses, we serve in the tasting room. More great things to come from Compass Rose! ? at Antonelli's Cheese Shop.
Apr 24
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If you want to boot scoot ACROSS A TEXAS HISTORIC DANCEHALL, it just doesn't get any BETTER thank this! Gary P. Nunn and the Almost Patsy Cline Band at Luckenbach Texas! Now that's TEXAS!


Gary P. Nunn + Almost Patsy Cline Band Country Music Fredericksburg @ Luckenbach Texas - April...
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Apr 24
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LOOK! An heirloom Black Iris! History on the stem! I've heard about them, but I've never seen one... until now! Blooming in Fredericksburg, Texas!


Apr 24
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Spring is HERE! CELEBRATE! Festivals! Wine! Art! Music! A View from the Top of Enchanted Rock! Roses and Wildflowers BLOOMING! It's a A FEAST for your soul! Go out and play in Fredericksburg, Texas.... the Hill Country is a beautiful place to be!


Apr 24
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City of ROSES! Historic Fredericksburg, Texas is blooming for YOU!


Apr 24
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Make memories in the Texas Hill Country!


Apr 23
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Where flowers grow so does hope. - Lady Bird Johnson


Apr 23
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I don't divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.
- Luis Barragan


Apr 23
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The quintessential "LIVING HISTORY"... an heirloom garden with herbaceous borders in Fredericksburg's historic district!


Apr 23
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Fredericksburg, Texas, is rich in historical treasures! Take a walk through the Historic District and share our heritage!
(The Historic District is bounded by Elk, Schubert, Acorn and Creek Streets)


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April 24 - 26, in Historic Fredericksburg, Texas, Share NATURE with your children at the Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival! A CELEBRATION of FLIGHT! Saluting the unique winged wildlife of the Texas Hill Country! LOOK UP! There are AMAZING WINGS in the TEXAS skies... Birds, Bees, Butterflies, and Bats! Miracles that FLY! For the schedule of field trips, workshops, demonstrations, activities for children, and to register and purchase tickets online, visit: www.wingsoverthehills.org?


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Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival, Nature Photography Workshop with Ruth Hoyt
7:30 ? 11:30am at the Tatsch House at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.
Ruth Hoyt has been teaching wildlife photography for more than 20 years. Her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute, Missouri Botanical Garden, Powder Valley Nature Center, and the St. Louis Artists? Guild to name a few. She also has permanent displays in Illinois and Texas.
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Close to Nature ? Images by Ruth Hoyt » Flash & Color!
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20 Apr2015 Flash & Color! Written by Ruth Hoyt. Posted in Blog People who are familiar with the kind of photography I do know that I do mostly wildlife and nature photography. Occasionally I stray from the ?natural? way I photograph and do something different. I guided a group of photographers last?
Apr 22
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Give me a roadside covered with blooms where the hillside touches the TEXAS sky!


Apr 22
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Thanks for SPRING RAIN in the Hill Country surrounding Fredericksburg, Texas!
Thanks for gushing! rushing! RIVERS! Thanks for Wildlife and Livestock well fed!


Apr 21
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Good Morning, Fredericksburg, Texas! Our feral piggy has a NAME! Meet "Willow" the BLUEBONNET HOG! on the Willow City Loop! Thanks Barbara and friends! for side-splitting FUN! And, remember the BEST WILD PIGGY is on your plate! Bon Appetit, ya'll!


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One more photo of "Willow" the feral hog. Named after the Willow City Loop where he apparently loves to lounge around in the bluebonnets. Had a great time reading all the "pig, bacon, comments. You were all great! Thank you ..Fredericksburg Texas Online for sharing our visit to the loop, and our meeting with "Willow" the feral hog, We loved our visit! Barbara, Janet, Mary, Vera and Betty..ladies from Hideaway, Texas
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Gaillardia pulchella, Indian Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket, FireWheels, Pinwheels, Arizona Sun, Blanket Flowers and Sundance. Does anyone have another folk name for these orange and yellow beauties? A few more names.... Indian Paint Wheels! Mexican sombrero!


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
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"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