A Guide To Your Visit To Historic Fredericksburg
The Lodge Above Town Creek
Fredericksburg is a small town in the heart of Texas. It was founded in the mid-1800s by German settlers and you can still find signs of this heritage all around town. In fact, German was the predominantly spoken language in Fredericksburg up until World War I. Although modern-day Fredericksburg is still rich with history, it’s grown and flourished into a delightful town with world-class dining, top-rate wineries, and dozens of unique boutiques and shops.
If you’re planning a trip to Fredericksburg, or you’re looking for ideas for a fun and relaxing long-weekend, we encourage you to take advantage of all that Fredericksburg has to offer. In today’s blog, we want to give first-time visitors to the town an inside look at what to expect and ideas to help them plan the perfect escape. Need a hotel in Fredericksburg? Contact the Lodge Above Town Creek to experience a one-of-a-kind lodging experience!
If you consider yourself a foodie, or you just love a good meal, Fredericksburg has some great dining options. Primarily an agricultural town, you’ll find a large selection of farm-to-table restaurants that focus on incorporating local produce into their meals. Because Fredericksburg is so rich in German history, you’ll also find several places to enjoy authentic German cuisine. It’s probably some of the best you’ll find, this side of the Pacific.
Fredericksburg is a haven for those who love a good drink. Whether your drink of choice is made from grapes, barley and hops, or grain, there’s something here for everyone. Check out Altstadt Brewery — an authentic Bavarian brewery ranked 4th in America. Or visit the Elk Store Winery and Distillery for everything from small-batch whiskey and handmade liquors to wines from all over the world, including Texas.
Because there are so many wineries, breweries, distilleries here, we suggest finding booking a hotel in Fredericksburg within walking distance to downtown. The Lodge Above Spring Creek is just a block away so you can enjoy all that the town has to offer just a short stroll from your room.
Fredericksburg is noted as being one of the top places to visit for history lovers. Throughout its history, this little town has been home to several important figures who have shaped history. If you want to take a look at the past, first-hand, there’s no better place to visit than the Fredericksburg Pioneer Museum. Here, you’ll learn more about the story of the first German immigrants who settled here and the difficulties they had to endure.
Another must-visit is the National Museum of the Pacific War. This complex, formerly known as the Nimitz Museum, is the only one of it’s kind in the U.S. centered on the story of World War II in the Pacific. It houses over 55,000 square feet of exhibit space and includes interactive media presentations, collections, and memorials.
Main street is the center of action in downtown Fredericksburg. It’s where you’ll find over 100 quaint boutiques, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms. Don’t expect to see any big-name stores here — chain stores are not allowed in the Main street historic district. You’ll only find locally-owned and operated gems with special offerings you likely won’t find anywhere else.
Another popular shopping area is the warehouse district. Located just a block south of Main Street in downtown, the warehouse district is home to specialty and antique stores known for their unique home goods. This area is also known for its wonderful wine and dining options.
Speaking of antiques, Fredericksburg has some of the best antique shopping around. With nearly 20 antique shops and monthly “Fredericksburg Trade Days” where you can find wares from over 400 vendors, you’re sure to find that special piece of furniture or collectible that you’ve been looking for.
While many people choose to spend most of their time eating, drinking, and shopping their way through Fredericksburg, there are several other attractions you should know about that are worth the trip. For instance, if you’re looking to get out into nature, just a short drive north of Fredericksburg is Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. There you’ll find beautiful rock formations and plenty of areas to hike, rock climb, or picnic.
Besides its rich history and beautiful scenery, Fredericksburg is at the center of Texas Wine Country. In fact, there are more than 50 wineries and tasting rooms located within Gillespie County, which is home to Fredericksburg. The best way to experience a sampling of the best Texas wine is to book a wine tour. Tour companies typically offer full- and half-day trips and will be your best resource for planning the perfect wine excursion.
Book Your Trip To Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg is truly a gem of a town, right in the heart of Texas. If you’re planning a trip to the area, you’ll find plenty more resources on the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau website. For convenient lodging in a romantic hotel in Fredericksburg just a block from downtown, visit The Lodge Above Town Creek to book your stay.