As a native California girl, I have to admit that I’m partial to California wines. Up until a couple of years ago, it never even occurred to me to try wines (let alone wine tasting) in other states. And then my daughter moved to Austin and we discovered Texas Hill Country.
Who knew that Texas had an awesome wine country? Not me. But we now make a point to travel to this region whenever visiting our daughter and I always find something fun and new on each trip. My last vacation here was the perfect mother/daughter trip – good food and wine, along with a 2-day stay in Fredericksburg.
If you’re not familiar with Texas Hill Country (and I sure wasn’t until a few short years ago), The Hill Country begins just north of Austin, traverses south to San Antonio, and continues west about 200 miles. Cities in this region include Austin, Fredericksburg, San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Bandera (just to name a few). The Hill Country contains well-known sites such as the Guadalupe River, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park Visitor Center.
This picturesque, small town in the heart of wine country feels like you’ve traveled all the way to Germany. You can spend hours shopping in the antique stores, sample German food, and of course, wine. My favorite store was Rustlin Rob’s Tasting Place, where you can try jams, jerky, nut butters, dips, and so much more! The best part was the hot sauce and salsa room where the sauces are categorized by degree of hotness.
You can also find a big variety of restaurants spread throughout the area. We had dinner at Otto’s, a farm-to-table upscale German bistro with a great cocktail list and locally sourced produce and meats.
Texas Hill Country Wine Tasting
Did you know there are 52 wineries throughout the Hill Country? There are also a number of breweries and distilleries. You can easily spend a long weekend driving from Austin to Fredericksburg and then from Lampasas to New Braunfels, visiting numerous wineries along the way. I love the rustic, true Texas style feeling I got during my visits. Very different from California!
Wineries we visited were:
While in Fredericksburg, we stayed at the Hoffman Haus. This upscale bed-and-breakfast is situated only a block from Main Street and a 5 to 10 minute walk from the rest of Downtown’s restaurants and shops.
The hotel features a number of different style of cottages – resembling farmhouses, cottages, and log cabins. While rustic looking on the outside, they feature all the modern amenities you need, including coffeemakers, microwaves, minifridges, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. And in true bed-n-breakfast style, a hot breakfast is delivered to your door each morning, placed in an adorable picnic basket!
You can check out their website here: Hoffman Haus
If you’re looking for a casual, stress-free mother/daughter getaway for a few days, I highly recommend checking out Texas Hill Country. Fly into Austin, spend a couple days seeing the city and then rent a car and drive to Fredericksburg.