Our Fredericksburg Favorites ;-)

Kathryn
Our Fredericksburg Favorites ;-)

Food scene

List of a few of our favorite spots in town in no particular order! Things get really busy so make plans in advance or put your name on a waitlist early! (We have a full kitchen so you can always eat in too!)
Cozy spot offering European food with a German twist - a bit more upscale than the other German spots in town. This is a nice place to include if you have a celebration the atmosphere is great they do take reservations BUT - you have to plan way in advance to get one. They have a nice wine bar next door serving charcuteries to check out too. https://ottosfbg.com/
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Otto's German Bistro
316 East Austin Street
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Cozy spot offering European food with a German twist - a bit more upscale than the other German spots in town. This is a nice place to include if you have a celebration the atmosphere is great they do take reservations BUT - you have to plan way in advance to get one. They have a nice wine bar next door serving charcuteries to check out too. https://ottosfbg.com/
We absolutely LOVE this little spot on Adams. You can walk from the house if the weather is nice (5.5 blocks). They shuck oysters onsite and we dream about their lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese... Not to mention the spicy cucumber martini! They do not take reservations and we suggest going early, especially on the weekend. Historic building with beautiful stone walls. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g55863-d23312611-Reviews-Martini_s_Seafood_House-Fredericksburg_Texas.html
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Martini's Seafood House
107 North Adams Street
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We absolutely LOVE this little spot on Adams. You can walk from the house if the weather is nice (5.5 blocks). They shuck oysters onsite and we dream about their lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese... Not to mention the spicy cucumber martini! They do not take reservations and we suggest going early, especially on the weekend. Historic building with beautiful stone walls. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g55863-d23312611-Reviews-Martini_s_Seafood_House-Fredericksburg_Texas.html
We love the atmosphere in this little cottage with a nice patio and the menu is wide ranging and pretty good. The hamburger is great! They do a waitlist and will text you when your table is ready but they do not take reservations. Like most places, it gets busy quickly on peak hours. https://www.granitehouselounge.com/
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Granite House Lounge
504 Granite Avenue
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We love the atmosphere in this little cottage with a nice patio and the menu is wide ranging and pretty good. The hamburger is great! They do a waitlist and will text you when your table is ready but they do not take reservations. Like most places, it gets busy quickly on peak hours. https://www.granitehouselounge.com/
AMAZING SPOT! Vaudeville on Main St is a MUST visit. The ground floor is the scene of amazing gifts and housewares carefully curated by a master! The Bistro is located on the bottom level and offer wonderful soups, salads, sandwiches and amazing daily specials. Sunday morning they typically have fried chicken which goes fast so run there for a piece! The bistro reminds me of a French cafe. They take reservations at the time of this writing for 5 and more online. Currently open for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days. See website. ** OH! And 3rd floor is a gallery highlighting a local artist AND - Ask them about their amazing supper club - offered seasonally as a special treat. https://vaudeville-living.com/dining/bistro/
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Vaudeville
230 East Main Street
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AMAZING SPOT! Vaudeville on Main St is a MUST visit. The ground floor is the scene of amazing gifts and housewares carefully curated by a master! The Bistro is located on the bottom level and offer wonderful soups, salads, sandwiches and amazing daily specials. Sunday morning they typically have fried chicken which goes fast so run there for a piece! The bistro reminds me of a French cafe. They take reservations at the time of this writing for 5 and more online. Currently open for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days. See website. ** OH! And 3rd floor is a gallery highlighting a local artist AND - Ask them about their amazing supper club - offered seasonally as a special treat. https://vaudeville-living.com/dining/bistro/
Currently open daily for lunch and dinner and brunch Sat and Sunday, this varied menu offers something for everyone in your group. We love the fun little VW bus used as a bar on the fun outdoor cocktail patio. You will love the architecture here - they did a nice job of creating a fun atmosphere to make their guests feel special. They don't take reservations but they do an online waitlist and text you 5-10 min before your table is ready. They do have some parking onsite. Hill and Vine opened in summer of 2022. Excellent fried pies for dessert and lovely breakfast among other things! https://www.hillandvinetx.com
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Hill & Vine
210 South Adams Street
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Currently open daily for lunch and dinner and brunch Sat and Sunday, this varied menu offers something for everyone in your group. We love the fun little VW bus used as a bar on the fun outdoor cocktail patio. You will love the architecture here - they did a nice job of creating a fun atmosphere to make their guests feel special. They don't take reservations but they do an online waitlist and text you 5-10 min before your table is ready. They do have some parking onsite. Hill and Vine opened in summer of 2022. Excellent fried pies for dessert and lovely breakfast among other things! https://www.hillandvinetx.com
Open for lunch only - This open air little cafe has a ton of character both in the little shop, on the menu and in the fun dining room. We love the salads and sandwiches - ALSO great coffee and cookies! (Now I am hungry!). I believe they are closed Sunday and Monday but things change so please check their website. MAKE SURE TO swing into Carol Hicks Antiques and Black Chalk Home and Laundry across the road. https://www.woernerwarehouse.com/
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Woerner's Warehouse Cafe + Catering
305 South Lincoln Street
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Open for lunch only - This open air little cafe has a ton of character both in the little shop, on the menu and in the fun dining room. We love the salads and sandwiches - ALSO great coffee and cookies! (Now I am hungry!). I believe they are closed Sunday and Monday but things change so please check their website. MAKE SURE TO swing into Carol Hicks Antiques and Black Chalk Home and Laundry across the road. https://www.woernerwarehouse.com/
CUTEST TINY Bar/restaurant. Located across the street from HEB on the south side of Main off Adams, this little tiny cottage has a fun bar with great cocktails and they serve the lobster rolls and lobster mac like their sister restaurant Martinis (See above) with a more limited menu and a lot less space - So quaint though, look out over the creek while you dine. https://www.thestablefbg.com/
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The Stable Cocktail Bar
102 E Ufer St
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CUTEST TINY Bar/restaurant. Located across the street from HEB on the south side of Main off Adams, this little tiny cottage has a fun bar with great cocktails and they serve the lobster rolls and lobster mac like their sister restaurant Martinis (See above) with a more limited menu and a lot less space - So quaint though, look out over the creek while you dine. https://www.thestablefbg.com/
Fun little cafe with variety on the menu.
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Nury’s Breakfast & Lunch
714 S Washington St
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Fun little cafe with variety on the menu.
Bavarian food on Main Street in a historic building! The Austlander "The Outsider" serves beer wine brats and schnitzel. Open for over 20 years it is a great spot to enjoy German food with a Texas twist. https://theauslanderfredericksburg.com/
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The Auslander
323 East Main Street
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Bavarian food on Main Street in a historic building! The Austlander "The Outsider" serves beer wine brats and schnitzel. Open for over 20 years it is a great spot to enjoy German food with a Texas twist. https://theauslanderfredericksburg.com/
Try the schnitzel here! This spot has amazing German beer and the patio is a fun spot to enjoy right off Main Street. https://www.altdorfs.com/
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The All New Altdorf Biergarten
301 West Main Street
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Try the schnitzel here! This spot has amazing German beer and the patio is a fun spot to enjoy right off Main Street. https://www.altdorfs.com/
This is probably the most upscale restaurant in Fredericksburg. Make a reservation here for your group if you have a special celebration. Sushi bar, steaks and other specialties make this place a super special night out. https://www.august-es-fbg.com/
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August E's
203 East San Antonio Street
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This is probably the most upscale restaurant in Fredericksburg. Make a reservation here for your group if you have a special celebration. Sushi bar, steaks and other specialties make this place a super special night out. https://www.august-es-fbg.com/
We love a good plate of pasta from Pasta Bella! Scott loves the lasagna and ravioli and I enjoy the chicken Piccata or the seafood ravioli. My friends enjoyed their low-carb options and they have amazing fried catfish believe it or not. Open most days and for lunch and dinner - good for families. https://www.pastabellarestaurant.com/menu
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Pasta Bella Italian Restaurant
103 S Llano St
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We love a good plate of pasta from Pasta Bella! Scott loves the lasagna and ravioli and I enjoy the chicken Piccata or the seafood ravioli. My friends enjoyed their low-carb options and they have amazing fried catfish believe it or not. Open most days and for lunch and dinner - good for families. https://www.pastabellarestaurant.com/menu
A local hang out with good, reasonably priced food. Fun for all ages. They serve hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas, slices, beer, and wine! Off Llano, just a half-block south of Main Street. https://www.fredericksburgtexas-online.com/plan-your-trip/sozial-haus/
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Sozial Haus
107 S Llano St
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A local hang out with good, reasonably priced food. Fun for all ages. They serve hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas, slices, beer, and wine! Off Llano, just a half-block south of Main Street. https://www.fredericksburgtexas-online.com/plan-your-trip/sozial-haus/
Order early! This spot gets really busy but the pizza is good and the atmosphere is fun for all ages! They have a fun patio with TVs to watch sporting events. Order online or call 830-990-8646. https://www.westendpizzacompany.com/online-ordering--deliverypickup.html
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West End Pizza Co.
232 West Main Street
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Order early! This spot gets really busy but the pizza is good and the atmosphere is fun for all ages! They have a fun patio with TVs to watch sporting events. Order online or call 830-990-8646. https://www.westendpizzacompany.com/online-ordering--deliverypickup.html

Sightseeing

These parks, museums and activities are 15-40 minutes from Fredericksburg and offer a variety of family-friendly activities.
We love getting out in the countryside and the beauty and uniqueness of Enchanted Rock is a treat for sure! The view from the top of the rock is awesome and makes for some great photos! With over 11 miles of hiking trails, caves and rock climbing you can spend just a few hours or a whole day. Secure a day pass online at https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/park-reservation-information/reservations. The drive takes about 25 minutes - about 18 miles from Fredericksburg. Combine this with a drive through scenic Willow City Loop - (Especially stunning during the spring wildflower season!) https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/enchanted-rock CLICK ON THE 'Reservations" tab at the top to reserve your spot, by car load as of this writing.
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Road 965
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We love getting out in the countryside and the beauty and uniqueness of Enchanted Rock is a treat for sure! The view from the top of the rock is awesome and makes for some great photos! With over 11 miles of hiking trails, caves and rock climbing you can spend just a few hours or a whole day. Secure a day pass online at https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/park-reservation-information/reservations. The drive takes about 25 minutes - about 18 miles from Fredericksburg. Combine this with a drive through scenic Willow City Loop - (Especially stunning during the spring wildflower season!) https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/enchanted-rock CLICK ON THE 'Reservations" tab at the top to reserve your spot, by car load as of this writing.
History buffs - Hang on to your hat! You could spend 3 days here and still not cover it all! *Check the website for a suggested two hour itinerary and to purchase tickets: https://www.pacificwarmuseum.org/visit Fredericksburg is the boyhood home of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Nimitz served as commander in chief, United States Pacific Fleet, and was named commander in chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, during World War II
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National Museum of the Pacific War
340 East Main Street
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History buffs - Hang on to your hat! You could spend 3 days here and still not cover it all! *Check the website for a suggested two hour itinerary and to purchase tickets: https://www.pacificwarmuseum.org/visit Fredericksburg is the boyhood home of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Nimitz served as commander in chief, United States Pacific Fleet, and was named commander in chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, during World War II
SPRING MUST! No Instagram filters needed for this one! Imagine 200 acres filled with poppies, bluebonnets and all types of wildflowers! This farm is the largest wildflower seed farm in the country. Complete with a plant nursery, buy some wildflower seeds to take home or enjoy a glass of beer or wine in their cafe and winery. https://www.wildseedfarms.com/
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Wildseed Farms
100 Legacy Dr
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SPRING MUST! No Instagram filters needed for this one! Imagine 200 acres filled with poppies, bluebonnets and all types of wildflowers! This farm is the largest wildflower seed farm in the country. Complete with a plant nursery, buy some wildflower seeds to take home or enjoy a glass of beer or wine in their cafe and winery. https://www.wildseedfarms.com/
Enjoy this 13 mile meandering drive through the countryside where the terrain changes from rolling hills to rugged dramatic terrain. From late March - May the wildflowers make this drive absolutely beautiful. The weekends during wildflower season can be very busy - weekdays are safer. https://txhillcountrytrail.com/plan-your-adventure/historic-sites-and-cities/sites/willow-city-loop
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Willow City Loop
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Enjoy this 13 mile meandering drive through the countryside where the terrain changes from rolling hills to rugged dramatic terrain. From late March - May the wildflowers make this drive absolutely beautiful. The weekends during wildflower season can be very busy - weekdays are safer. https://txhillcountrytrail.com/plan-your-adventure/historic-sites-and-cities/sites/willow-city-loop
This scenic park in the city of Kerrville (30 minutes from Fredericksburg) is located on a beautiful stretch of the Guadalupe River. Bring a picnic and swim in the river. Seasonally, there are kayaks to rent. There are walking trails and a playground too. It has a dog park. Port-a-Potties are onsite.
Flat Rock Park
3840 Riverside Dr
This scenic park in the city of Kerrville (30 minutes from Fredericksburg) is located on a beautiful stretch of the Guadalupe River. Bring a picnic and swim in the river. Seasonally, there are kayaks to rent. There are walking trails and a playground too. It has a dog park. Port-a-Potties are onsite.
A beautiful Swimming hole in Kerrville (30 minute drive) along the Guadalupe River. I have yet to go here but I will check it out the next hot day. This might be fun for kids on a hot day. Pair it with Flat Rock Park in Kerrville for a day of fun on the water. Here is a link to a news report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2uaZZ3tmU4
CenterPoint River Road Swim Hole
5 Center Point River Road
A beautiful Swimming hole in Kerrville (30 minute drive) along the Guadalupe River. I have yet to go here but I will check it out the next hot day. This might be fun for kids on a hot day. Pair it with Flat Rock Park in Kerrville for a day of fun on the water. Here is a link to a news report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2uaZZ3tmU4
I drive by this spot monthly but have not personally visited just yet. It comes highly recommended by my animal-loving friends and would be fun with children! https://www.zooexotics.com/
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The Exotic Resort Zoo
235 Zoo Trail
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I drive by this spot monthly but have not personally visited just yet. It comes highly recommended by my animal-loving friends and would be fun with children! https://www.zooexotics.com/

Old Dance Halls and Bars

The tiny towns of Albert and Lukenbach feature old German dance halls and a fun vibe. They are definitely worth visiting for all ages. The others are bars for adults although Crossroads Saloon serves a good steak and is family-oriented in their restaurant.
WE LOVE THE OLD DANCE HALLS! Albert is a GEM! The massive oak tree is a draw in itself. Check out the historic dance hall and post office now serving as a bar! Live music most afternoons/evenings. A food trailer serving burgers and casual food are currently on-site - (3/2022). Check the website for more information. **** THIS IS A FAVORITE OF MOST OF MY PERSONAL FRIENDS! https://www.alberttexas.com/
Albert Dance Hall
WE LOVE THE OLD DANCE HALLS! Albert is a GEM! The massive oak tree is a draw in itself. Check out the historic dance hall and post office now serving as a bar! Live music most afternoons/evenings. A food trailer serving burgers and casual food are currently on-site - (3/2022). Check the website for more information. **** THIS IS A FAVORITE OF MOST OF MY PERSONAL FRIENDS! https://www.alberttexas.com/
Luckenbach Texas is a MUST! (Located 13 miles from Fredericksburg) This tiny town was originally settled by German immigrants in the 1840s, Luckenbach is known for its "ghost town" feel with a working saloon in the old post office, dance hall, and cool old general store. Check the website for concert schedules and enjoy a slice of an iconic Texas experience. https://www.luckenbachtexas.com/
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Luckenbach
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Luckenbach Texas is a MUST! (Located 13 miles from Fredericksburg) This tiny town was originally settled by German immigrants in the 1840s, Luckenbach is known for its "ghost town" feel with a working saloon in the old post office, dance hall, and cool old general store. Check the website for concert schedules and enjoy a slice of an iconic Texas experience. https://www.luckenbachtexas.com/
This is a fun spot to visit after dinner! The outdoor patio is nice with a fireplace. They have an extensive wine list and usually feature live music. https://www.lincolnst.com/
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Lincoln Street Wine and Cigar Bar
111 South Lincoln Street
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This is a fun spot to visit after dinner! The outdoor patio is nice with a fireplace. They have an extensive wine list and usually feature live music. https://www.lincolnst.com/
Crossroads is located right on Main Street. Here, you can enjoy a steak dinner if you'd like but we enjoy going here on the weekend evenings to dance the night away to a fun live band - usually a dance band. Check their website for details.
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Crossroads Saloon and Steakhouse
305 W Main St
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Crossroads is located right on Main Street. Here, you can enjoy a steak dinner if you'd like but we enjoy going here on the weekend evenings to dance the night away to a fun live band - usually a dance band. Check their website for details.

Sporting

Enjoy a round of golf on the newly renovated (2022) Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course! Reservations required, check the website for current prices and availability.
Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course
341 Golfers Loop
Enjoy a round of golf on the newly renovated (2022) Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course! Reservations required, check the website for current prices and availability.

Wineries

I see new wineries popping up in the area literally every time I come out which is usually about every other week! It can be hard to keep up with but these are my top picks so far! My friends have enjoyed as well and some of them are pretty selective so we hope you like them too!
We absolutely love the atmosphere at Signor - and theirTempranillo! This is really one of the most picturesque spots to enjoy a good glass of wine, a charcuterie, or tasting! Located on 290 East of Fredericksburg.
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Signor Vineyards
362 Livesay Ln
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We absolutely love the atmosphere at Signor - and theirTempranillo! This is really one of the most picturesque spots to enjoy a good glass of wine, a charcuterie, or tasting! Located on 290 East of Fredericksburg.
Heath Sparkling is part of Grape Creek Vineyards. We really enjoy their tasting. It is light and fun and they pair the bubbles with little nibbles to give you a good idea of what to serve with their sparkling wines. We like the new video they added to the tasting too. I like it so much - I am a member there and love taking bottles to my friends as gifts. Their tasting tables seat 6 people and reservations are required.
Heath Sparkling Wines
Heath Sparkling is part of Grape Creek Vineyards. We really enjoy their tasting. It is light and fun and they pair the bubbles with little nibbles to give you a good idea of what to serve with their sparkling wines. We like the new video they added to the tasting too. I like it so much - I am a member there and love taking bottles to my friends as gifts. Their tasting tables seat 6 people and reservations are required.
Reservations are required although they have a lot of rules, their wine is pretty good. I would do a tasting here and if you join their club, you can enjoy their restaurant which serves one of the best wood-fired pizzas around!
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Grape Creek Vineyards
U.S. 290
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Reservations are required although they have a lot of rules, their wine is pretty good. I would do a tasting here and if you join their club, you can enjoy their restaurant which serves one of the best wood-fired pizzas around!
Fantastic wine cave tour! Slate Theory is a new FAVORITE! They are really making a statement with their creative and delicious wines. We are so proud that they are using 100% Texas-grown grapes! Reserve the wine cave tour and be whisked away to an underground bunker to taste some great wines. The guide we had was fantastic - a sommelier with a passion for his product. We joined this club because we like the wine so much and they have good member parties too! (Convenient to Signor which is across the street and Heath which is next door - all off 290, then call an Uber home!)
Slate Theory Winery
10915 U.S. 290
Fantastic wine cave tour! Slate Theory is a new FAVORITE! They are really making a statement with their creative and delicious wines. We are so proud that they are using 100% Texas-grown grapes! Reserve the wine cave tour and be whisked away to an underground bunker to taste some great wines. The guide we had was fantastic - a sommelier with a passion for his product. We joined this club because we like the wine so much and they have good member parties too! (Convenient to Signor which is across the street and Heath which is next door - all off 290, then call an Uber home!)
This little family-operated winery is unique and reflects the hill country vibe. The setting is lovely overlooking the hill country. They offer tastings for groups of up to 6 people, reservations are required. Southold Farm + Celler is famous for their 8 course Sunset Supper which is absolutely fabulous ($220 per person as of this writing).
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Southold Farm + Cellar
10474 Ranch Rd 2721
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This little family-operated winery is unique and reflects the hill country vibe. The setting is lovely overlooking the hill country. They offer tastings for groups of up to 6 people, reservations are required. Southold Farm + Celler is famous for their 8 course Sunset Supper which is absolutely fabulous ($220 per person as of this writing).

A few of our favorite shops in Fredericksburg.

Most of these are antique shops which can be like going to a museum and I love to do this on rainy days.
Browse the expansive collection of antiques from around the globe! We love their bedding and creative use of unexpected materials. (Closed Sundays). Have lunch at Woerner Warehouse next door and make it an outing!
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Carol Hicks Bolton Antiques
301 S Lincoln St
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Browse the expansive collection of antiques from around the globe! We love their bedding and creative use of unexpected materials. (Closed Sundays). Have lunch at Woerner Warehouse next door and make it an outing!
Great collection of home goods. They offer decorating services too! Right across the street from Woerner Warehouse cafe and Carol Hicks Bolton Antiques
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Blackchalk Home and Laundry
306 S Lincoln St
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Great collection of home goods. They offer decorating services too! Right across the street from Woerner Warehouse cafe and Carol Hicks Bolton Antiques
This place is fun for a treasure hunt of antiques and the prices are really great. It is easy to get to from the house. (Crockett St North of Main Street). https://antiquemallfredericksburg.com/
Antique Mall of Fredericksburg
116 B North Crockett
This place is fun for a treasure hunt of antiques and the prices are really great. It is easy to get to from the house. (Crockett St North of Main Street). https://antiquemallfredericksburg.com/
Red Baron on Main is fun for antique enthusiasts. A large selection of about everything! This can be a fun way to spend a rainy day!
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Red Baron Antique Mall
502 W Main St
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Red Baron on Main is fun for antique enthusiasts. A large selection of about everything! This can be a fun way to spend a rainy day!