The community of Vineyard Ridge is situated just minutes from the lovely city of Fredericksburg, Texas, the #1 Hill Country destination. First settled in the 1800’s, this city has a rich history of people working together to create a good life. The neighborly spirit remains a strong community value today, making it easy to see why Fredericksburg is beloved by residents and visitors alike. Situated just over an hour from Austin and San Antonio, Fredericksburg is located in the heart of the Texas Wine Country and has numerous amenities for all to enjoy. From renowned restaurants and exciting nightlife, to numerous country fairs and other special events, there really is something for everyone to get excited about in Fredericksburg. Like many other Hill Country locales, Fredericksburg is rooted-deep in German heritage; so don’t be surprised if you’re greeted with a warm “Willkomenn!” while visiting the city’s many specialty shops and boutiques.
As one of the many Texas establishments secured by the German Emigration Company, Fredericksburg first got its name from the city’s official founder, Baron Otfried Hans von Meusebach, as an ode to the then King of Prussia, Fredrick. Expecting a large influx of German immigrants to arrive shortly, Muesebach first surveyed the Fredericksburg area in 1845 as a potential settlement. Impressed with the area’s abundance of natural resources and close proximity to New Braunfels, Meusebach hurriedly purchased the 60-mile tract of land with a $10,000 credit. In 1846 the first 120 settlers arrived to their new home and within two years the small settlement had flourished into a bustling town of over 1,000 people. Fredericksburg’s founding citizens strived to create a town built on strong community values, where with the help of friends and neighbors everyone had the opportunity to live a good life. The city’s German heritage remains a huge component of the community today. From the German street signs & Fachwerk houses, to the many specialty shops and restaurants that line the Haupstrasse (Main Street in German), strolling through Fredericksburg can almost feel like being transported to another land. If you’re lucky, you may even bump into someone who speaks Texas-German, and yes you really can buy lederhosen!
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Fredericksburg offers a huge host of fine dining establishments that keep locals and visitors coming back for more. Keeping with the city’s German theme, The Auslander Restaurant & Biergarten is a must visit eatery in Fredericksburg. Offering authentic cuisine and a huge selection of beer, all in a traditional German atmosphere, The Auslander is always a hit! Nothing beats authentic Texas BBQ, and Fredericksburg’s Backwoods BBQ serves the best around. Specializing in mesquite-cooked pit BBQ and steak, Backwoods has countless mouth-watering entre items just waiting to be devoured.
TexMex food is a southern staple and there is no shortage of it in Fredericksburg. For excellent service, great food and even better margaritas, try the always-popular Mamacita’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina. Or if you’re just looking for a quick bite stop by the City Café and try their delicious breakfast burritos.
The Texas Hill Country is home to over 45 vineyards and wineries and located at the heart of it all is Fredericksburg. Production in Fredericksburg dates back to the city’s founders who used the mustang grape to make their wines. Today there are a total of 12 wineries in the Fredericksburg/Gillespie area that produce a variety of great quality wines, and many are open to the public for touring and tastings. The Potonoc Vineyard Weingarten is a must visit in the area. Offering handmade vintage wines made from Texas grown grapes, and a selection of local gourmet foods in a serene setting, Potonoc Vineyards makes for the perfect picnic location. For an educational and exciting experience, there is also Alexander Vineyards tasting room where you can sample their collection of over 45 wines from around the world. And don’t forget Fredericksburg’s many wine tour options, such as Off The Vine Wine Tours. Sit back and relax as the experienced and knowledgeable tour guides take you to the area’s top vineyards and wineries without the hassle of driving.
Fredericksburg is rich in history and considered a National Historic District. The city’s eighty plus historic sites and museums offer visitors a glimpse into the past.
To experience the rich German heritage of Gillespie County, be sure to visit the 3.5 acre Pioneer Museum Complex, containing prime examples of early German structures and artifacts. Another must visit museum is The National Museum of the Pacific War, home to seven different exhibits that display some of the most notable aspects and events of WWII in the Pacific Ocean. The Museum was originally constructed in remembrance of American hero and Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, a native son of Fredericksburg.
With over 150 different shops, Fredericksburg is often referred to as “Shopping Heaven” and is one of the primary reasons people love to visit. From home décor, to handmade jewelry, you’ll find a staggering selection of retailors filled with all sorts of treasures waiting to be discovered.
For those looking for a unique experience, be sure to check out TJ’s Dinner Show. The venues owner and operator, TJ Smith, also entertains guests with his vocal impressions, musical tributes, zany song parodies, and comedy every weekend.
Fredericksburg Trade Days occurs the third weekend of every month. Come out and explore the over 350 different vendors and artisans offering antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, clothing, jewelry and so much more!
Fredericksburg and Gillespie County produce almost 40% of the Hill Country’s peach crop, making them a staple in the community. The area offers a number of ‘pick your own’ orchards that provide visitors with wholesome family fun amongst the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.
With year round moderate temperatures and big, beautiful Hill Country views filled with rolling hills, wildflowers, winding country roads it’s hard not to spend your time outdoors in Fredericksburg. The city and the surrounding area are the perfect setting whether you prefer to just soak in the scenery, or partake in a number of fun, outdoor activities offered. From swimming & biking, to horseback riding and hunting, there is something to get everyone moving.
For those interested in hiking or rock climbing be sure to check out Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, just 18 miles north of Fredericksburg. The park offers over 8 miles of hiking trails, some of the best rock climbing around, camping, bird watching and even interpretive nature exhibits.
For little ones that like to fish, the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park is the closest place around to drop a line and be sure to contact Hill Country Outfitters to plan some fly-fishing lessons and expeditions for larger groups. The park is also home to one of Fredericksburg’s two public swimming pools, Town Pool that is open seasonably for visitors to enjoy.
The beautiful, rolling landscape of Fredericksburg has long been a source of inspiration for local artists. The city offers a large, and very diverse arts scene and was even named one of Southwest Art Magazine’s “Top Five Western Art Towns”. The city is home to a large selection of galleries and shops that are perfect for those looking to add to their collection.