Carley and Jonny's Local Favorites!

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Carley and Jonny's Local Favorites!

Drinks & Nightlife

Incredible historic Texas dance hall that used to be a ghost town. Close to the house, and the drive there down the Grapetown road is beautiful! There is music out here most days and nights, and it's often free. They occasionally have ticketed shows on Saturday nights. The Friday night dances are a particular favorite of ours. Lots of outdoor space. A post office that's ALSO a bar! Wonderful!
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Luckenbach Texas
412 Luckenbach Town Loop
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Incredible historic Texas dance hall that used to be a ghost town. Close to the house, and the drive there down the Grapetown road is beautiful! There is music out here most days and nights, and it's often free. They occasionally have ticketed shows on Saturday nights. The Friday night dances are a particular favorite of ours. Lots of outdoor space. A post office that's ALSO a bar! Wonderful!
Neat old Ghost Town that holds festivals on the weekends, serves food and has live music. Really interesting old venue that was once a stop on the train line through here. Good for families, has a small petting zoo. Does usually have a ticket needed purchased to attend on the weekends, so check ahead on their website. We usually go here on weekdays.
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Bankersmith, Texas
7905 Old San Antonio Rd
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Neat old Ghost Town that holds festivals on the weekends, serves food and has live music. Really interesting old venue that was once a stop on the train line through here. Good for families, has a small petting zoo. Does usually have a ticket needed purchased to attend on the weekends, so check ahead on their website. We usually go here on weekdays.
One of our favorite local wineries! A gorgeous patio and tasting room.
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Becker Vineyards
464 Becker Farms Rd
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One of our favorite local wineries! A gorgeous patio and tasting room.
Excellent local winery. Not as large or popular, so you won't see as many bridal parties/shuttle busses here. Very serious about their wine making and it shows. Relaxing place to sit and good views.
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Kuhlman Cellars
U.S. 290
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Excellent local winery. Not as large or popular, so you won't see as many bridal parties/shuttle busses here. Very serious about their wine making and it shows. Relaxing place to sit and good views.

Parks & Nature

This state park is just a few miles from our house and is situated on top of a mountain with a old train tunnel beneath it. After the train line went bust in the early 1900's, millions of bats moved into the tunnel. There is a viewing deck from the top of the mountain where you can watch them come out during the warm months in the evening. You may need to make a reservation due to the COVID restrictions via their website. Worth a visit any time just to see the beautiful view and stop by Alamo Springs Cafe for a burger!
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Old Tunnel State Park
10619 Old San Antonio Rd
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This state park is just a few miles from our house and is situated on top of a mountain with a old train tunnel beneath it. After the train line went bust in the early 1900's, millions of bats moved into the tunnel. There is a viewing deck from the top of the mountain where you can watch them come out during the warm months in the evening. You may need to make a reservation due to the COVID restrictions via their website. Worth a visit any time just to see the beautiful view and stop by Alamo Springs Cafe for a burger!
A free, easy, 15-20 minute hike that gives excellent views of the whole town and surrounding areas. Wonderful for any time of day, but great at sunset!
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Cross Mountain Park
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A free, easy, 15-20 minute hike that gives excellent views of the whole town and surrounding areas. Wonderful for any time of day, but great at sunset!
Incredible State park with exposed granite dome you can climb up for massive views. An intermediate hike - best not done during the hot part of the day. Make reservations ahead of time via their website during the weekends to avoid delays.
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Road 965
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Incredible State park with exposed granite dome you can climb up for massive views. An intermediate hike - best not done during the hot part of the day. Make reservations ahead of time via their website during the weekends to avoid delays.

Sightseeing

Incredible flower / seed farm with gorgeous views and often has whole fields full of blooming flowers. A local staple. A must do! Free to visit. On the wine trail.
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Wildseed Farms
100 Legacy Dr
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Incredible flower / seed farm with gorgeous views and often has whole fields full of blooming flowers. A local staple. A must do! Free to visit. On the wine trail.
Huge local flea market / vintage market on the 3rd weekend of every month. $5 to park, but well worth it. Tons of vendors, huge barns full of antiques and interesting goods. One of our favorite things to do on the weekend. They also have live music, food and an outdoor bar with cheap drinks!
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Fredericksburg Trade Days
355 Sunday Farms Rd
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Huge local flea market / vintage market on the 3rd weekend of every month. $5 to park, but well worth it. Tons of vendors, huge barns full of antiques and interesting goods. One of our favorite things to do on the weekend. They also have live music, food and an outdoor bar with cheap drinks!
The center of our village! Old school German Marktplatz. A very pleasant setting for a walk around. Great playground for the kids!
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Marktplatz (Market Square)
126 W Main St
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The center of our village! Old school German Marktplatz. A very pleasant setting for a walk around. Great playground for the kids!
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. Deep Canyons carved by Coal Creek are picturesque and the meadows at the bottom offer up splashes of blue, yellow, orange, and white depending on the seaon and which wildflowers are blooming down below. The views from the highest hill tops are absolutely stunning. During a good spring wildflower season the hills and low lying creek bottoms 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! 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.
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Willow City Loop
Willow City Loop
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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. Deep Canyons carved by Coal Creek are picturesque and the meadows at the bottom offer up splashes of blue, yellow, orange, and white depending on the seaon and which wildflowers are blooming down below. The views from the highest hill tops are absolutely stunning. During a good spring wildflower season the hills and low lying creek bottoms 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! 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.

Food scene

Excellent Steakhouse with live entertainment.
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Crossroads Saloon and Steakhouse
305 W Main St
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Excellent Steakhouse with live entertainment.
Really cool old school burger joint right next to the Bat Cave state park. Delicious burgers and American food in an indoor/outdoor setting.
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Alamo Springs Cafe
107 Alamo Rd
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Really cool old school burger joint right next to the Bat Cave state park. Delicious burgers and American food in an indoor/outdoor setting.
Local cafe owned by Johnny Nicholas, famed blues musician. Excellent food and vibes. A little bit of a drive from our house but worth the visit.
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Hilltop Café
10661 US-87
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Local cafe owned by Johnny Nicholas, famed blues musician. Excellent food and vibes. A little bit of a drive from our house but worth the visit.
Our favorite German spot in town for casual German themed meals. 1800's era building recently renovated. A really beautiful spot. Make sure to look at their old well in the lobby! Often has live music in the Biergarten.
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The All New Altdorf Biergarten
301 W Main St
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Our favorite German spot in town for casual German themed meals. 1800's era building recently renovated. A really beautiful spot. Make sure to look at their old well in the lobby! Often has live music in the Biergarten.
Delicious ice house style place in town. Great Nachos, tacos, burgers, and excellent drinks. Casual. Good for lunch. Has veg / vegan options
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Tubby's Ice House
318 E Austin St
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Delicious ice house style place in town. Great Nachos, tacos, burgers, and excellent drinks. Casual. Good for lunch. Has veg / vegan options
This is an all-vegan food trailer that just opened in FBG! Healthy and hearty!
Beans & Greens
303 East Highway Street
This is an all-vegan food trailer that just opened in FBG! Healthy and hearty!
Excellent food and a super cool old-school Fredericksburg vibe. Often has live music. Great for a beer, margarita or for lunch / dinner.
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Hondo's On Main
312 W Main St
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Excellent food and a super cool old-school Fredericksburg vibe. Often has live music. Great for a beer, margarita or for lunch / dinner.
Delicious German food with some inventive twists.
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Otto's German Bistro
316 E Austin St
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Delicious German food with some inventive twists.
Monster burgers and a self serve beer cooler in a remote setting - only 5 miles from the house and a very pretty drive. Perfect spot for lunch with outdoor seating.
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Alamo Springs Cafe
107 Alamo Rd
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Monster burgers and a self serve beer cooler in a remote setting - only 5 miles from the house and a very pretty drive. Perfect spot for lunch with outdoor seating.

Antiques

Our favorite local Antique mall! Just on the west end of main street.
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Red Baron Antique Mall
502 W Main St
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Our favorite local Antique mall! Just on the west end of main street.
Huge, wonderful, highly stylized antique store in town. Really neat collection of European goods. Worth a walk through for sure. Very very interesting. If it's open, the attached cafe is very good.
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Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquities
301 S Lincoln St
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Huge, wonderful, highly stylized antique store in town. Really neat collection of European goods. Worth a walk through for sure. Very very interesting. If it's open, the attached cafe is very good.

Shopping

This shabby-chic clothing brand built this incredible flagship store a few years ago here. The building is worth seeing alone if you're into architecture or interior design. The clothes are very interesting too. They also have music events from time to time here in their grain silo.
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Magnolia Pearl
53 Split Rail Crossing
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This shabby-chic clothing brand built this incredible flagship store a few years ago here. The building is worth seeing alone if you're into architecture or interior design. The clothes are very interesting too. They also have music events from time to time here in their grain silo.
Super cool local Western goods shop. Chock full of hats, boots, cowboy and cowgirl clothes, jewelry, holsters, knives and an awesome western-style gun counter. Really beautiful stuff. Worth a visit just to gawk at the beautiful firearms and handmade goods. Home to Cimarron Firearms Company.
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Texas Jack Wild West Outfitter
117 N Adams St
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Super cool local Western goods shop. Chock full of hats, boots, cowboy and cowgirl clothes, jewelry, holsters, knives and an awesome western-style gun counter. Really beautiful stuff. Worth a visit just to gawk at the beautiful firearms and handmade goods. Home to Cimarron Firearms Company.