Brendan and I took our first child-free weekend since Willa was born to celebrate our anniversary, and we had a wonderful weekend in Fredericksburg. I originally picked the destination because it wasn't too far from my parents' house (I knew I'd feel a bit nervous, and I didn't want to be too far from Willa for our first trip away) and because it's a winery and brewery haven (yep, I booked this trip before I was pregnant). Despite wine being a no-go, the hill country still had lots to offer, so I wanted to share a few of our recommendations.
I got my hair done Friday, and then we drove to Stonewall, TX (about 20 minutes from Fredericksburg) and checked into our gorgeous B&B (Rose Hill Manor). We loved this place. We stayed in one of the herb cottages and couldn't get enough of the view. Though it was hot during the day, we savored reading on our porch in the mornings, and if I were to go back, I'd time dinner reservations so we could be back for sunset because I'm sure they'd be spectacular. Hummingbirds flocked to the plants near our door, the main house has ice tea and snacks available all day, the breakfast was delicious and filling (think smoothies, yogurt, french toast, omelets), and everything was so comfortable. We also liked being "away from it all" outside of Fredericksburg.
We had dinner reservations at Otto's German Bistro, and it was the best meal of the trip. I had to make a few calls to get reservations, but I'm glad I did because the waitlist was long long when we arrived. The watermelon salad, foie gras, and cheesecake were amazing, and they did a great job making a mocktail for me too. The mains are HUGE just FYI, but everything we ate was good.
Saturday morning, we ate on the porch at our beautiful B&B, read on our own porch, and then headed into town to do some shopping. On our way there, we stopped at Wildseed Farms and enjoyed the butterflies and the wildflowers and even bought some seeds to take home.
I'm not really a "shopping person," and I found the shopping in Fredericksburg to be pricey and not really my style, but I still had fun walking main street, sipping my frozen lemonade from Tubby's ice house, and finding a swaddle for baby boy and a Christmas ornament for our tree. Brendan stopped for beer at one of the beer gardens on main st., and I enjoyed a pretzel. On the way home, we stopped at Grape Creek Vineyards, so Brendan could do a wine tasting. He says that the wine was fantastic, and there's a sparkling wine vineyard next door (which would've been right up my alley), but I'd encourage readers to pick a day other than Saturday to visit. It was crazy, and you couldn't sit for your tasting, so it wasn't the most relaxing experience.
Sunday, we did a driving tour of the LBJ State Ranch and National Park. We stopped to see bison with their baby calves and the longhorns, and it was a pretty drive. I wish we'd had time to do a tour of the "Texas White House" but maybe next time.
On the way back into Austin, we stopped at the Jester King Brewery, and I'm pretty sure Brendan was in heaven. He bought some of their fancy "Spon" beer to take home, and I made him promise to save one bottle for when I'm not pregnant.
We had a fabulous weekend, and Willa did great with Lelie and Pops (reportedly sleeping 12 hours both nights for them). We were so happy to reunite with her, and we all made it back to Midland a little after 9PM Sunday and reunited with Lola and Zoe (we have a great petsitter...man it DOES take a village!). It was a quick trip to Austin, but we're so glad we could see friends and family and take Willa to the neighborhood 4th of July parade I grew up going to.
I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend and these Fredericksburg recommendations. We'll definitely go back one day (though we would probably try for the fall when it's a bit cooler and go when I can have all. the. wine!)