Anytime that Freddy and I have the same days off in a given week, we like to take advantage of it by doing something fun and out of the ordinary. This past weekend we drove an hour and a half outside Austin to the quaint town of Fredericksburg. Founded in 1846, this town is rich in German history, where pioneers settled over 160 years ago. There are numerous historic buildings right in the heart of downtown, and after walking around for a little while, it made me wonder what it must have looked like back in the day.
Mom-and-pop shops and restaurants line Main Street, offering one-of-a-kind treasures and meals for the locals and tourists walking by. We stumbled upon a luxe, contemporary boutique called Vaudeville, that stood out among the rest, and stepped into interior design heaven! The main level is a home and giftware shop featuring books, bath soaps and lotions, and home decor items. I could have spent hours looking around at everything! But, one of the best things about this place, is that they have an underground bistro! We got there right around lunchtime, so it was the perfect place to stop and grab a bite to eat. Their Sunday special was Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and I obviously couldn’t pass that up! Every bite was melt-in-your-mouth perfection. We also ordered some homemade cookies for dessert which were so warm and gooey.
Inside the bistro, they also have a small marketplace offering a variety of food, and a fairly large selection of wine.
After we fueled up, we were ready to continue on our adventures around town, with our next stop being the Pacific War Museum. We were both amazed at how large the museum was inside, compared to its unassuming exterior. We never would have guessed that such an interactive and in-depth museum was in such a small town in the middle of nowhere. Since Freddy is a history major, he felt right at home and could have stayed all day!
After spending some time on Main Street exploring the various shops, we decided to drive about 15 minutes outside of town to check out Wildseed Farms. It's a beautiful plot of land on the side of the highway, with gorgeous wildflowers in bloom from March-October. Bluebonnets and red poppies were in abundance when we stopped by, I couldn't help but go camera crazy and take hundreds of pictures!
Since I knew we were going to be on our feet and walking around all day, I opted for a comfy casual outfit and layered with a lightweight jacket for the cooler morning and evening.
Driving into and out of Fredericksburg is very scenic, with all of the wineries lined up along the highway. It almost feels like you're in Napa with all the green hills! We had a wonderful day exploring the town, and I hope that we are able to go back again soon.
Where are some of your favorite places you like to visit?
Until next time!