Fredericksburg, TX is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country in Gillespie County. It is the perfect location for a relaxing getaway, ladies shopping spree or a romantic weekend. Fredericksburg is surrounded by wineries, state parks , peach orchards, lavender farms, golf courses, museums, art galleries, antique stores, spas and over fifty restaurants. There are over 100 quaint shops featuring clothing, jewelry, gifts, home furnishings, antiques, arts and crafts, iron works and much, much more. For the sports enthusiasts there is golf, tennis, horseback riding, fishing, and hiking. You can also take a scenic drive and experience the spectacular panoramic views on the Willow City Loop or take the back roads to Luckenbach for some authentic Texas music and atmosphere. Cyclists will enjoy the varied terrain on many untraveled and scenic routes throughout the Texas Hill Country.
Fredericksburg, TX has a rich history. It was settled in 1840 by a group of German immigrants looking for a better way of life. They were a strong and courageous group, led by John Meusebach a successful treaty was forged with the Comanche and they were able to exist together peacefully. Today Fredericksburg's German heritage is reflected in its architecture, food and rich traditions. You can learn more about Fredericksburg's early history by visiting the Pioneer Museum and Fort Martin Scott.
There are many day trips you can make while staying in Fredericksburg. Take the short and scenic drive to Llano and enjoy Cooper's "World Famous" barbecue. You can also view the Llano eagles nest just east of town on Highway 29. Continue on to Burnet and visit the historic town square. You can also enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking at Inks Lake State Park. Don't miss the Vanishing Texas River Cruise where you can tour the Fall Creek Waterfall and watch the American Bald Eagles soar above the canyons.
To the south of Fredericksburg is the Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area where you can view 1.2 million Mexican free-tailed bats taking flight for the evening from underneath the old railroad tunnel. Visit Comfort, TX which has 100 historic buildings built before 1910. Continue on to Kerrville, TX located on the banks of the Guadalupe River and visit the Cowboy Artists of American Museum or the James Avery Craftsman Visitors Center and watch some of the jewelry being made.
Every season is special in Gillespie County. In springtime there is the majestic beauty of the Texas wildflowers with massive displays at Wildseed Farms. Summer brings peaches and the intoxicating fragrance and beauty of the lavender in bloom. Fall kicks off with loads of fun at Oktoberfest and the Fall Wine Trail. Winter is ushered in with the traditional German Christmas Market, twinkling Christmas lights and ice skating at the Marktplatz.
Fredericksburg is an easy drive from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Ft Worth, Houston, Abilene or just about any other Texas town. There are always special events every month including Fredericksburg Trade Days, Antique Shows, Arts & Crafts Shows, Cycling Events, Classic Car Rallies, Food and Wine Events, Pari-mutuel Horse Racing, Music Festivals, the Christmas Home Tour and much more.
Come and enjoy the variety of things to do in and around Fredericksburg, TX. Your Magnolia House hosts, Phil & Tamora, are happy to assist you in planning a fun and relaxing getaway.
Experience German heritage and Texan hospitality in Fredericksburg, the heart of the Texas Hill Country.