Fredericksburg, TX: an old German town in the Hill Country

About an hour outside of San Antonio is the old German town of Fredericksburg, a pet-friendly town with shopping, wineries, wildflowers, and much more. Fredericksburg is well known for the peaches grown there. This weekend we took a drive out there, something we should have done before now. First, the drive is another relaxing, scenic drive. Wildflowers bloom along the roadside and the median of I10. If we could have stopped in the middle of the highway to take pictures, we definitely would have. But alas, that is not safe to do.

Once we arrived in Fredericksburg we headed straight to Wildseed Farms. I was looking forward to seeing more flowers. For some reason I have been all about taking pictures of flowers lately. Wildseed Farms is much more than just a farm full of wildflowers, but to find out more about this place, you will have to read the future blog post about Wildseed Farms. For now, enjoy the teasers below.

In front of a field of poppies, Indian Paintbrushes, and more.
Poppies are in full bloom at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, TX.

After spending some time enjoying the flowers, we headed to eat. Chuck wanted to try out West End Pizza Co. A brick oven pizza place that we found to be super delicious (very much reminds me of our favorite brick oven pizza restaurant in Crested Butte, CO.). Even Grace, who is not a pizza fan, loved their pizza. This place makes their own pizza dough and bread dough. As we pulled apart the garlic knots, you could easily see that the dough was not from something frozen. Chuck decided to try their meatball parmesan sandwich. The bread was flaky and soft. Chuck loved his meal! Besides pizza, they offer calzones, Stromboli, baked ziti, lasagna, ravioli, salads, soups, and more. The prices are very reasonable and portion sizes are great.

Patio outside West End Pizza Co.

Since the weather was perfect, we decided to eat on the patio. Here in South Texas, we have learned to take advantage of any day that we can eat outside without being eaten up by mosquitos or getting drenched due to the humidity. The patio has a relaxing atmosphere and the service was great. There is live music in the evenings on the weekends, so we didn’t get to enjoy that. Hopefully Chuck will get the chance to play there soon. The menu advertises a game room for kids. However, when Chuck an Matthew investigated, they found that the room does not quite live up to what was advertised. Despite that one let down, the overall experience was great. Definitely a place we will eat at again. Check out their website for hours and the menu http://www.westendpizzacompany.com/

After getting some food, we spent the next couple of hours wandering the streets of Fredericksburg. Something we have found that we enjoy doing is the window shopping that takes places on our travels. We don’t often find something that we really want to buy, so that helps us keep to our budget. On this trip we found some magnets that say “I love my border collie” and “I love my pitt mix” that the kids wanted from Dogologie, a large pet store. They do have website if you wanted to check out some of their merchandise. We really like that they have lots of breed specific items. https://dogologie.com/

Streets of Fredericksburg
Streets of Fredericksburg

Other than the magnets and some chocolate bars from a local chocolate shop, we just wandered. It was quite busy in Fredericksburg. I’m not sure if it is always like this, or if it was because of the holiday weekend. Regardless, we did enjoy the visit.

One of the things I didn’t expect was the LARGE number of wineries/wine bars. I knew that Fredericksburg was a producer of wine, but I didn’t expect that just about every other shop would be full of wine/wine tasting. I was also surprised to see the number of people walking around the streets with their glasses of wine. I would like to stay at one of the local bed and breakfasts and experience some of the wine bars.

We stumbled across part of the National Museum of the Pacific War. The part we visited was the outdoor memorial courtyard and the Japanese Garden of Peace. It was a quiet area that didn’t have many visitors. The wall plaques in the memorial have the names of individuals, ships, and units that fought in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The Japanese Garden of Peace was a gift from the people of Japan to symbolize peace and friendship.

On the way home we stopped at Das Peach Haus. I had no clue what to expect from this place, but we thought it was worth the stop. They are a big jam and jelly store. But they also have a small culinary school, a wine tasting room, and a wedding venue. The lake outside is a peaceful area to just sit and relax. It would be neat to take a picnic lunch out there and enjoy the view.

Fredericksburg is definitely a place we will visit again. There are multiple restaurants that looked appealing to us. My hope is that next time we can stay at a bed and breakfast. There is a lot of Fredericksburg we did not get to see (Enchanted Rock, Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Fort Martin Scott Historic Site, and more). You would definitely need more than one day to explore Fredericksburg fully.

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