Just over an hour west of Austin, Fredericksburg sits at the heart of the scenic Texas Hill Country. This has always been one of our favorite escapes for a weekend or even just a quick trip for a day. The small town’s award-winning culinary scene, distinct places to stay, and numerous outdoor adventures are the reason it is consistently named one of America’s Most Romantic Small Towns.
If you are looking for a way to make a celebration extra special, Fredericksburg is an ideal spot to spend birthdays, anniversaries, or a much-needed romantic getaway. Here’s a rundown of the many reasons we keep going back.
Wine and special occasions pair very well, and Fredericksburg is the epicenter of Texas Wine Country. With over 50 wineries in the area, visitors can sample the wide variety of vino that is produced in the Lone Star State, while enjoying picturesque vineyards or boutique tasting rooms. Utilize a private transportation service or a wine tour company to explore Texas Wine Country responsibly.
The town’s historic Main Street also has multiple tasting rooms to try wine.
With so much to see and do in Fredericksburg, stay a while and find a romantic retreat among the town’s nearly 1,500 vacation rentals. From peaceful country cabins to upscale downtown lofts, the options are nearly endless. Other lodging options in Fredericksburg, include 23 hotels and motels with over 1,100 rooms as well as 10 RV parks and camping sites.
Fredericksburg features several outdoor activities for all ages. Take a hike up or around Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Check out other local favorites like nature trails at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Cross Mountain, or Wildseed Farms, the largest working wildflower farm in the U.S. For the kids, don’t miss the playground and green space at Marktplatz, or Market Square located in downtown Fredericksburg.
And if it is the biggest special occasion of all, Fredericksburg has over 60 venues that can host a splendid Texas Hill Country wedding.
Finally, our biggest pro tip is to visit Fredericksburg during the week for more room at local shops and restaurants, and a more personalized experience at wineries. Most restaurants, shops, and attractions are open all week long. Plan for a Sunday–Thursday visit to experience the area at a slower pace and to have even more lodging options, as weekends are a popular time to visit.