Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, Downtown Fredericksburg is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Herbs, wine, lavender and wildflowers are all big businesses in Fredericksburg. Visitors come from all over the country to tour vineyards and sit on porches overlooking Fredericksburg’s beautiful scenery. We’re glad you’ve put Fredericksburg on your to-do list! Read on for our tips on where to stay, eat, shop and more!
Where to Stay
Our top pick is Outlot 201 Guest Houses. With three delightful guesthouses, you will feel the cozy privacy everyone raves about. Don’t worry about being too far away from shopping — a quick 5-minute drive will land you in downtown Fredericksburg. Just a block from downtown, is Hoffman Haus. The accommodations include a compound of old and new buildings, each with their own cozy style. The best part is the complementary gourmet breakfast that is delivered to your door each morning at 9:00 sharp!
Where to Shop
Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquities
Inside a 14,000 square foot warehouse lies Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquities. This one-of-a-kind store will inspire you to design your dream home. This shop carries everything you need to make your home rustic and trendy. Within one year of being open, they earned a spot on our “Best Store List”. Check it out and you’ll quickly see why we awarded them. They now have an extension of their shop called Gus’s Antiques. The new addition features many selections of handmade and local items. Just when you think that’s it, you’ll find something wonderful from Room No. 5. This addition to Carol Hick Bolton Family is dedicated to crisp, clean and white. All three of the shops will inspire your next home makeover.
Step into Vaudeville and feel like you are stepping into a movie. This classic western style building is now home to a beautiful urban home décor shop. Vaudeville offers a showroom, dining at a gourmet restaurant, a wine club, and events for every season.
Behind its wooden door are treasures just waiting to be taken home at FarmHaus Antiques. This eclectic store houses French antiques as well as eye-catching textiles, wall décor and seasonal decorations. We know you’ll be one step closer to your dream home after shopping here.
Located in an abandoned laundromat is Blackchalk Home and Laundry. From handpainted Turkish dishes and vintage rugs, to a golden crushed velvet bohemian couch, this is the place to find that statement piece that none of your friends have.
Haberdashery Boutique is a vintage find that helps you express your creativity in fashion with designs from all over the world. The 1940s newspaper on the walls helps give this historic limestone building a charming feel. It’s really a beautiful store and the obscure design is worth seeing while you are in Fredericksburg. The pieces are artsy, interesting and different than your average vintage boutique.
Be transported to another age. Magnolia Pearl is more than a shop; it’s an experience inside a renovated barn. The shabby chic interior and detailed handcrafted clothing will astound you. We were inspired by the store’s originality and theatric presentation. We highly suggest you pay this shop a visit before heading out of Fredericksburg.
Where to Eat
Cocktails on a patio is always a great way to spend the afternoon. Otto’s German Bistro is our favorite German eatery in Fredericksburg. They offer locally sourced ingredients and are a farm-to-table restaurant. We highly recommend asking your waiter what cocktail or wine would pair best with your meal.
Sunset Grill is a great place to get a “big ass sandwich.” Literally, that’s their signature special. They have great guacamole, burgers, omelets and amazing French toast. We suggest ordering their huevos rancheros or country biscuit and sausage gravy. We can’t wait to go back!
What To Do
The Museum of the Pacific War
The National Museum of the Pacific War honors those who served our country with humility and integrity in WW2. It has a wonderful collection curated in a modern style building in the hometown of Admiral Nimitz. There is a lot to see, read, watch and experience, so give yourself some time to get through it all.
Enrich your visit by going to The Rockbox Theater. Every weekend, live musical acts snatch away their audiences’ breath. From professionally cast shows with rock ‘n roll of the 1950s and 60s to bands like The World Famous Platters and The Diamonds, you can expect a new act almost every weekend.
George H.W. Bush Gallery
Explore the President George H.W. Bush Gallery, which includes 40 media installations and more than 900 artifacts within a 6-acre museum complex. This gallery tells the story of the Pacific War through media-rich presentation and testimonials of the brave individuals who helped fight for our freedom.
Experience the Texas Hill Country and its beautiful wildflowers with a glass of wine in hand. With 45 vineyards and wineries in the area, you’ll be sure to find a wine you can’t get enough of. Pack a picnic and enjoy your own self-guided tour or enjoy the view from one of the wineries’ sprawling patios.