Texas is naturally big on fun, history and flavor, too. Head to the Hill Country to see fields of bluebonnets and explore small towns like Fredericksburg.

April 07, 2016
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Photo courtesy of Steve Rawls.


Becker Vineyards Fields of lavender perfume the air while you sip wines from a vineyard that once supplied the White House. Bring a picnic lunch if you'd like to linger. beckervineyards.com

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area North of town, a 425-foot climb rewards hikers with Hill Country vistas. tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/enchanted-rock

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park LBJ's roots are in Stonewall, 19 miles east of Fredericksburg, so visits give deep insight to our 36th president's life and legacy. nps.gov/lyjo

Main Street More than 150 shops and art galleries line the street. Gallery offerings include $50 rock art in River Rustic Gallery and $25,000 oil paintings at InSight Gallery. visitfredericksburgtx.com/shopping

National Museum of the Pacific War With the sounds of explosions, the story of World War II's Pacific theater unfolds with heartbreaking realism. pacificwarmuseum.org

Wildseed Farms Meadows of seasonal wildflowers inspire shoppers to purchase seed packets. wildseedfarms.com


Cabernet Grill Savor entrees like Texas quail in a timber-framed dining area or under string lights on the patio. cottonginlodging.com

Mahaley's Cafe Grab an egg, cheese and chorizo breakfast burrito in this casual joint. Mahaley's Cafe on Facebook

West End Pizza Company Fresh veggies top pizzas cooked in a brick oven. Multiple TV screens inside and outside let you catch a game while you're eating. westendpizzacompany.com


Austin Street Retreat The fachwerk (exposed timbers in limestone walls) illustrates Fredericksburg settlers' building style. Inside, beds cradle guests in what were built as Sunday Houses-second homes built near churches in the late 1800s. austinstreetretreat.com

Fredericksburg Herb Farm The 14 cottages each have a front porch with rockers or a porch swing, and the chef works wonders with chicken potpie. fredericksburgherbfarm.com

Hangar Hotel Celebrate the romance of 1940s air travel in 50 posh adults-only rooms that ensure a quiet, comfortable stay. hangarhotel.com

Hangar Hotel.
Hangar Hotel. Photo courtesy of hotel.

More information: visitfredericksburgtx.com