The German town of Frederickburg, Texas is one of the state's most quaint and beautiful areas, with plenty to see, taste and experience all steeped in excellently preserved history. The town is notable as the home of Texas German, a dialect spoken by the first generations of German settlers who initially refused to learn English, and enjoys a strong mix of Southern and European architecture and hospitality. Of all the cities in Texas, there's no place quite as endearing as Fredericksburg, and campers to the area will certainly agree with this sentiment.
Popular Outdoor Attractions
Visitors to the area can look forward to sampling fresh, local produce from places like Herb Farms, where grapes, lavender, peaches and wildflower seeds are grown throughout the year. Many RVers make it a point to stop at the farms for a half-day before moving on to other outdoor adventures like pedal boating, canoeing and kayaking at Live Oak Creek. Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country are also home to a number of parks. From a kid-friendly playground at Marktplatz, to golfing at Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course, to hiking at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, the Texas Hill Country has something to offer outdoor lovers of every skill level. Enchanted Rock is especially popular among residents of neighboring cities like Austin and New Braunfels, with hundreds of people heading there each weekend to climb the steep rock and admire the breathtaking landscape scenery from atop the peak. Pedernales Falls is another great spot, perfect for fishing, wildlife watching, mountain biking, hiking and picnicking, and inks Lake is perfect for boating, water skiing and golfing. Overall, there's thousands of acres of pure, untouched natural terrain for campers to enjoy in and around Fredericksberg's main downtown area, so whether you enjoy braving tall hills to capture gorgeous views from great heights, or lazy days by the riverside, every outdoor enthusiast will be amazing at all the city has to offer.
Fredericksburg is also a hotspot for artists, with over a dozen excellent galleries calling the city home. Some of these studios are historic, standing within the town of several decades, while others are more modern, and holds a number of strong, contemporary pieces. Some galleries include: RS Hanna Gallery, the River Rustic Gallery, The Good Art Company and the Salt Branch Outpost. There's also the Fredericksburg Art Gallery, Larry Jackson Fine Art & Antiques, The Grasshopper and Eyfells and Eyfells. The city's art scene extends even into the musical realm with no shortage of live music events from week to week. Neighboring Austin, the Live Music Capital Of The World, Frederickburg is almost equally as impressive when it comes to live concerts and a wealth local talent.
Wineries and Breweries
Fredericksburg is home to a ton of world-class breweries and wineries, and the best part about it is that travelers can get a chance to participate in the magic by touring the various vineyards and even crushing a few grapes. The town enjoys plenty of wide, open space warmed by 300 days of sunshine, and is an ideal spot for growing various types of grapes, and fermenting different types of wine. Chisholm Trail Winery, Rancho Ponte Vineyard, Woodrose Winery, Armadillo’s Leap Winery and the Fiesta Winery 290. There's also the William Chris Vineyards, Wedding Oak Winery at Wildseed Farms, Compass Rose Cellars Tasting Room and the Zero 815 Winery. Breweries are slightly less common than wineries, but just as excellent; RVers can take advantage of samples of local brews at the Altstadt Brewery, Pedernales Brewing Company and the Fredericksburg Brewing Company.
Quaint and beautiful, the town is home to equally great local parades and events throughout the year. Some local favorites include: the 56th Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo, Fredericksburg Trade Days, 4th Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival and the Live Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing. There's also excellent happenings like the Annual Hill Country Auto Swap Meet, Texas Mesquite Arts Festival Fredericksburg, Hill Country Indian Artifact Show and the Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest 2017. There's dozens of other activities for campers to take advantage of, and they're all washed in the culture, rural experience and southern hospitality Texas is known for.
Popular Campgrounds and State Parks
Camping in Fredericksburg is an amazing treat, with a homey, small town feel and plenty of wide open spaces to enjoy. One of the most popular campgrounds is the Fredericksburg RV Park which is known for its excellent surroundings and close proximity to a number of great attractions. Among them, there's the Wildflower Ridge Alpaca Ranch, Wildseed Farms, Rockbox Theater and the Good Art Company Art Gallery for visitors to enjoy. There's also the Fredericksburg Theater Company, Warm Winds Trail Rides, Hill Country Helicopter Tours, Charles Beckendorf Gallery and Whistle Pik Galleries. There's also a ton of nearby golf courses, wineries and historic sites like the LBJ State Park & Historic Site, National Museum of the Pacific War, Pioneer Museum, Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site and Fort Martin Scott. Amenities at the park include: long, level pull-thrus, full hookups, 30/50 amp sites, concrete patios, free Cable TV, picnic tables, slide-outs, WIFI, laundry facilities, horseshoes, restrooms and showers.
The area has only a few public campgrounds; the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park is one of the best public parks because of its peaceful natural terrain filled with thriving wildflowers and foliage, gorgeous paths and walking trails and well laid-out infrastructure like fences filled with vines and bridges. Many head out to the park for tent camping, so if you like to sleep under the stars, don't hesitate to pause for a night or two at the lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.
Places to Eat
With its German roots and American influence, travelers can look forward to a diverse blend of local flavors, and an emphasis of fresh, organic ingredients. Some local favorites include the Auslander Restaurant, Old German Bakery & Restaurant, Mamacita's and Der Lindenbaum. There's also Otto's German Bistro, Vaudeville, Sozial Haus and Pasta Bella. With the area's proliferation of vineyards and breweries and the downtown area's height of culinary mastery, there's no doubt that visitors and locals alike are enamored with the area's food landscape.
History and Landmarks
With its rich and unique historical past, Fredericksburg is known for its wealth of landmarks, most of them are currently repurposed buildings. Some of these sites include: Fort Martin Scott, the Pioneer Memorial Library (Gillespie County Courthouse), Admiral Nimitz Museum and the White Elephant Saloon. There's also the Bank of Fredricksburg, St. Marys Catholic Church, Zion Lutheran Church and the Bronze statue "Lasting Friendship" in Fredericksburg park commemorating the peace treaty between local settlers and the Comanche.
Fredericksberg is a treasure for local Texans and visitors to the region and it's not difficult to see why. With a thriving cultural landscape, strong culinary palette, wineries, breweries and breathtaking outdoor spaces to explore, there's no wonder the city is a mainstay for southern travelers and honeymooners. Whether you're looking for an urban adventure, or an outdoor wonder with an authentic community feel, you certainly won't be disappointed at Fredericksberg.
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