Two-Day Getaway to Fredericksburg, Texas
Bluebonnets blanket the land around the Texas Hill Country town of Fredericksburg (78 miles from Austin).
Becker Vineyards' lavender fields enhance wine tastings, and Wildseed Farms' meadows of seasonal wildflowers inspire shoppers to purchase seed packets.
Southwest flavors taste even better in a lovely patio setting at Bejas Grill, and down the street, fresh veggies top pizzas out of a brick oven at West End Pizza Company.
More than 150 shops and art galleries fill buildings along Main Street. Gallery offerings include $50 rock art in River Rustic Gallery and $25,000 oil paintings at InSight Gallery. Classy shops showcase furniture, handmade quilts, home accessories, jewelry and more.
Ask to sit by the waterfall at Cabernet Grill, which pairs wine with entrees of local bison and quail.
Sumptuous beds cradle guests in the Austin Street Retreat's Sunday Houses and log cabin.
Grab an egg, cheese and chorizo breakfast burrito at Mahaley's Cafe or apple-stuffed bear claws at Hill Country Donuts and Kolaches.
Plan to spend two hours at the National Museum of the Pacific War, where exhibits explore WWII Pacific-theater battles.
The chef at Fredericksburg Herb Farm works wonders with chicken potpie, and 14 overnight cottages each have a front porch with a rocking chair (from $199).
North of town, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area's 425-foot climb rewards hikers with Hill Country vistas.
At Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, learn how LBJ sometimes ran the country from his home beneath a 450-year-old oak tree.
More information: (888) 997-3600; visitfredericksburgtx.com
Stay to remember
The decor at Hangar Hotel celebrates the romance of 1940s air travel; 50 posh adults-only rooms ensure a quiet, comfortable stay in Fredericksburg. The observation deck lets guests watch modern planes take off and land at the Gillespie County Airport. (830) 997-9990; hangarhotel.com