Dec 12, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Austin Chronicle
This is my itinerary for a three day trip to Fredericksburg. If any locals could give me advice an what to see and do. This is what i have so far.
3-6:00pm Paradise Loft
7-9:00pm Bejas Grill & Cantina
9-Midnight Rockbox Theater
9-9:30am Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe
9:45-10:30am Der Kuchen Laden
11:00-12:30 National Museum of the Pacific War
12:30pm-1:15pm Fredericksburg Brewing Company
1:15 - 2:00pm The Grasshopper and Wild Honey
2:15 - 3:00pm Fredericksburg Winery
3:15-4:00pm Insight Gallery
4:15-5:15pm Gish's Old West Museum
5:30-7:00pm Herb Farm
7:30-9:00pm August E's
Check out Paradise Loft
10:00am-1:00pm Visit the wineries along the Hwy 290 on your way to the airport to fly home.
Annie, I think you're confused on your geography. De Leon, Texas is nowhere near Fredericksburg.
You don't understand how Topix works - she's commenting on a newspaper article, and newspaper articles get thrown into all kinds of area forums depending on the place names in the article itself.
In this case, the article was about a wine-tasting room near Fredericksburg which serves (among others) wine from a winery near Comanche, which isn't that far from De Leon, so the article appeared both in the Fredericksburg and De Leon forums (and in god knows how many others). The poor woman no doubt saw the article in the Fredericksburg forum and commented on it there - which is where I saw it as well. For this you call her a moron? You owe her an apology.
Annie, comments on your itinerary:
Bejas isn't bad, but for a similar (and nicer) experience you might try the Navajo Grill or the Cabernet Grill. Or you might do the Herb Farm and August E's on different nights, since they're both primarily restaurants and you can't eat dinner twice in a night.
You might also want to consider Hilltop Cafe, on the road between Fredericksburg and Mason, which is an excellent place with a touch of cajun. Better than all of the above in my opinion.
I do raise a bit of an eyebrow at August E's. Some people really like it, but I think it's overpriced for what you get. The food is priced like a Michelin-starred restaurant in NYC but the quality and service, while decent for Fredericksburg, aren't exactly at the level of a Michelin-starred restaurant in NYC.
Another place to consider eating at: Alamo Springs Cafe, about a dozen miles outside of Fredericksburg. Not at all 'upscale' like your other choices but the best burgers anywhere, and live music Saturday nights.
You can't really see the National Museum of the Pacific War in an hour and a half, unless you run through it. It's a great museum, but it's three to four hours to do it right. My advice? Given only a weekend, go if you're actually interested in the period and its history. If not, skip it.
Three hours is a little short for the wineries and starting at 10 am is a little early. If you skip the museum you could do wineries on Saturday afternoon. Maybe book a minibus wine tour, so everyone in your party can thoroughly enjoy the wine tastings? If you're self-driving, the two wineries you should definitely hit are Grape Creek (my favorite) and Becker. After that, well, the 4.0 Wineries has a pretty tasting room.
There's lots of little touristy stores on Fredericksburg's main drag, so instead of carving out time for Der Kuchen Laden, Insight Gallery, etc. I might just devote a block of time to wandering Main Street and popping into whatever looks good.
Note that Rebecca Rather, the chef who originally made Rather Sweet great, no longer has anything to do with it. I might skip that and instead check out Rebecca's new restaurant, the Pink Pig, which is on 290 in the direction of the wineries. You could do it while self-driving a wine tour or when you're on your way back to the airport on Sunday.
Aside from Pink Pig, Fredericksburg's not so great at brunch. If you're looking for breakfast, just get some breakfast tacos (a Texas staple, if you're not familiar with here.) Mahaley's is cute has good breakfast tacos if you're walking around downtown.
Finally, if you have a chance to cram it in - maybe after dinner, maybe at the end of shopping - go grab a drink at Hondo's. You could do that instead of Fredericksburg Brewing Company, maybe. Yeah, FBC makes their own beer, but it's not world-changing, while Hondo's is a fun little bar with a lot more character. Even better if you can go while some music's playing.
Of course, you don't have enough time to do half this stuff, so don't even try - just book a longer trip or come twice.
The only day trips the people in De Leon make are to the beer store.
Thanks for the great tips on Fredricksburg.
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