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,
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!
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.
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
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.?
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!
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.
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...
- Luis Barragan
(The Historic District is bounded by Elk, Schubert, Acorn and Creek Streets)
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?
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.
Close to Nature ? Images by Ruth Hoyt » Flash & Color!
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?
Thanks for gushing! rushing! RIVERS! Thanks for Wildlife and Livestock well fed!
Photos of Fredericksburg Texas Online
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
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.
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"!
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.
"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
Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations
Texas Highways Magazine
The Texas Highways readers' choice Texas Top 40 countdown! Last fall, Texas Highways readers were asked
FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK
Bringing Art and Art Lovers together!
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
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.
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