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Warm-Weather Getaway to Texas’ Hill Country

It’s a reasonable drive to a mild winter escape in the Texas Hill Country, where the beloved bluebonnets start blooming in March near German-settled towns full of historic sites, galleries and wineries.

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More than 200 acres of colorful wildflower fields greet visitors at Wildseed Farms. Photo Courtesy of Wildseed Farms.
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Becker Vineyards. Photo courtesy of Trish McCabe Rawls.
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Shops and galleries line historic Main Street. Photo courtesy of Marc Bennett.
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Two-day getaway

Day 1

Wine aficionados love the tastings and lavender fields at Becker Vineyards (wineroad290.com). Seasonal wildflower meadows draw travelers to Wildseed Farms for seed shopping (wildseedfarms.com). Southwest flavors taste even better in a lovely patio setting at Bejas Grill on Main Street (bejasgrill.com). Down the street, fresh veggies top wood-fired pizzas at West End Pizza Company (westendpizzacompany.com).

More than 150 shops and art galleries fill historic buildings along Main Street. The galleries’ offerings include $25 whimsical rock art in River Rustic Gallery (riverrustic.com) and striking $25,000 paintings at InSight Gallery (insightgallery.com). Classy shops showcase furniture, handmade quilts, home accessories, jewelry and more.

Ask to sit by the waterfall at Cabernet Grill (cabernetgrill.com).

The Hangar Hotel celebrates the romance of 1940s air travel; 50 posh adults-only rooms ensure a quiet, comfortable stay. From $179 (hangarhotel.com). Sumptuous beds star at the Austin Street Retreat’s historic home, Sunday Houses and log cabin. From $160 (austinstreetretreat.com).

Day 2

Grab an egg, cheese and chorizo breakfast burrito at Mahaley’s Cafe (facebook.com/mahaleys) or sinful apple-stuffed bear claws at Hill Country Donuts and Kolaches (830) 990-2424. German pancakes, egg dishes and pastries satisfy guests at Old German Bakery and Restaurant (oldgermanbakeryandrestaurant.com).

You could easily spend two hours at the National Museum of the Pacific War (pacificwarmuseum.org). Refuel on slices of fruit- and cream-filled faves at the cute-as-a-button Fredericksburg Pie Company (830/990-6992; fredericksburgtexasshopping.com).

Across town, sunlight pours into the dining room at Fredericksburg Herb Farm, where the chef does wonders with chicken potpie and overnight guests find tranquility on porch rockers. From $239 (fredericksburgherbfarm.com).

North of town, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area’s 425-foot climb rewards adventurers with Hill Country vistas (tpwd.state.tx.us). History buffs touring Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park learn how LBJ sometimes ran the country from his home beneath a 450-year-old oak tree (nps.gov/lyjo).

For more information:  Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (888) 997-3600; visitfredericksburgtx.com

(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® January/February 2013.  Prices, dates, and other details are subject to change, so please check specifics before making travel plans.)

 

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