Imagine a place that has chic shopping with Hill Country quirk, delicious farm-to-table cuisine, adorable abodes that feel miles from civilization (but are just a quick walk from Main Street) and wildlife galore. That place is Fredericksburg, and here’s exactly what you should do when you get there.
Where to Eat
Breakfast: Things are pinch-me-country-cute at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm, where a quiche and cappuccino in a garden setting is how we wish every morning would start.
Lunch: Sit pretty at Vaudeville and nosh on chicken confit salad and a glass of rosé after shopping upstairs (more on that later).
Dinner: To fully immerse yourself in the German culture that permeates the city, dinner at Otto’s is essential. Start by sharing the flammkuchen and then make your way to the duck schnitzel.
Where to Shop
If you love Forty Five Ten in Dallas, then you will adore Vaudeville. Peruse furniture, decor, accessories, jewellery and more in a super-chic setting that you wouldn’t have expected to find in Fredericksburg. New moms and those searching for the perfect baby gift should definitely make time to pop into Fredericksburg Natural Baby for beloved brands like Kyte Baby, which uses bamboo to create ultra-soft lounge wear for the little ones in your life.
Where to Stay
This is easy. Luxury bed-and-breakfast Hoffman Haus is the place for any busy Dallasite to feel instantly relaxed. Whether you’re rocking away on the front porch or enjoying an aromatherapy facial, the distant sound of wildlife will transport you back to the good old days. And just when you thought this place couldn’t get any cuter, breakfast is delivered via picnic basket to your doorstep each morning. If Hoffman Haus is booked, we suggest looking into a cottage at the Sugarberry Inn.
What to See
Flowers, flowers and more flowers. Expect your scenic drives to include views of Texas bluebonnets, paintbrushes, brown-eyed Susans, poppies and more. We love getting off the busy roads and hitting up the Willow City Loop. Still haven’t gotten your fix after driving through the Hill Country? Stop at Wildseed Farms to check out the 290 varieties of blooms as you explore the walking trails. Plus, it’s actually acceptable to stop and take a picture here versus along a busy highway or scenic drive.