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October 16, 2023 | By Sallie Lewis
Like fine wine, the Texas wine country is nuanced and ever-changing—and always revealing new depth and character.
February 8, 2023 | By Sallie Lewis
Every year, the Texas Hill Country shows its true colors when the roadsides erupt with spring wildflowers.
September 29, 2022 | By Sallie Lewis
For thousands of years, civilizations across the globe have used gourds in their daily lives. The plant is not only a popular food source, but throughout human history its versatile shell has been transformed into a multitude of goods, including musical instruments, containers, and drinking vessels.
August 2, 2022 | By John Lumpkin
Better late than never. That sums up the Texas peach crop in 2022. After a slow start this summer, succulent freestones are hitting the shelves of family-owned fruit stands throughout the state in ample supplies that may last through September.
March 31, 2022 | By Pam LeBlanc
A barrel-shaped building called the Spyglass stands on stilts at the end of a leafy path.
December 6, 2021 | By Sallie Lewis
Inside the Pearl Harbor Exhibit at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, the sound of a submarine pings in the darkness.
The Albert Hotel Aims to Bring Contemporary Style, Rooted in Historical Structures, to Fredericksburg’s Main Street
October 4, 2021 | By Sallie Lewis
Up and down Fredericksburg’s historic Main Street, 19th-century stone buildings stand like old trees, deeply rooted in the city’s German history.
August 17, 2021 | By June Naylor
Dozens upon dozens of local families and individuals contributed recipes handed down through generations, and a team of 15 Gillespie Country Historical Society volunteers compiled the works—including numerous family stories, anecdotes, and nuggets of history—to round out a 200-page book.
July 29, 2021 | By Sallie Lewis
June 29, 2021 | By Monica Hand
Run by the Williams family, Iron Goat opened in 2016, and is already racking up awards for its rums (silver, aged, and cinnamon), tequila-like agave spirits (silver and aged), and unique honey-based liquor.
June 24, 2021 | By Sallie Lewis
June 7, 2021 | By John Lumpkin
June 2, 2021 | By Monica Hand
June 1, 2021 | By John Nova Lomax
Of all the towns where German is still spoken in the state, aka the Texas “German Belt,” that fading ember burns the brightest in Fredericksburg.
May 29, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc
Vineyards line US 290 around Fredericksburg, but wine’s not the only thing on tap in the Texas Hill Country.
From One Hometown Hero to Another: the Legacy of Fredericksburg’s National Museum of the Pacific War
May 27, 2021 | By Sallie Lewis
On a warm afternoon in early May, Gen. Michael Hagee, CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, sits in his office in a historic house across the street from the National Museum of the Pacific War on Austin Street.
May 22, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc
Long before Fredericksburg became the wine capital of Texas, people knew the Hill Country town with German roots for its peaches.
May 7, 2021 | By Sallie Lewis
This month, the city of Fredericksburg kicks off its 175th anniversary with a yearlong celebration culminating next May.
May 6, 2021 | By Amanda Ogle
Fredericksburg has a long history of attracting enterprising people looking for land and new opportunities. During the 1840s, thousands of Germans immigrated to Texas and, under an effort led by the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas, the town was founded on May 8, 1846, by Baron Otfried Hans von Meusebach.
February 25, 2021 | By James L. Haley
October 23, 2020 | By Veronica Meewes
October is Texas Wine Month, and after several months of closed doors due to the pandemic, wineries are opening up to celebrate the art and science of winemaking in the Lone Star State.
September 24, 2020 | By Susan L. Ebert
July 30, 2020 | By Julia Jones
April 30, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar
April 29, 2020 | By June Naylor
Fredericksburg, one of the most tourist-heavy small towns in Texas, has understandably been affected by lack of travel and commerce during COVID-19. One of the area’s biggest industries, wine, has been hit hard as it’s a significant attraction in these parts—more than 50 of the 100-plus Hill Country wineries are in town or the surrounding Gillespie County. Thankfully, wineries are coming up with creative solutions to connect with customers and boost morale.
National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg Recalls WW2 Internment of Japanese Americans With Day of Remembrance
February 19, 2020 | By Matt Joyce
The National Museum of the Pacific War will shed light on a troubling time in American history this Saturday with a Day of Remembrance to commemorate the stateside internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
A Renovation of the Admiral Nimitz Gallery Expands its Interpretation of Fredericksburg’s Hometown World War II Hero
February 18, 2020 | By Matt Joyce
The Nimitz Hotel building has occupied a prominent corner on Fredericksburg’s Main Street since its construction in 1852, first as a waystation for frontier travelers and then as a museum honoring a hometown hero of World War II.
A Fredericksburg Native Reckons With His Hometown’s Evolution From a German Enclave to a Tourist Destination
November 27, 2019 | By John Davidson
October 23, 2019 | By John Lumpkin
This appetizer from the Fredericksburg restaurant is perfect for a fall fête
September 30, 2019 | By John Lumpkin
Asign above the door to Cabernet Grill in Fredericksburg tells patrons what they need to know about the restaurant: “Texas Wine Spoken Here.” Fluently, in fact. Cabernet Grill has landed on Wine Enthusiast’s “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants” two years in a row with an all-Texas wine list—a feat even the most Texas-centric restaurants haven’t achieved.
July 1, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar
The Elk Store Winery & Distillery traces its lineage to a Prohibition-era Central Texas moonshiner. Owner Todd Smajstrla named his spot on Fredericksburg’s Main Street after the old general store in Elk, just northeast of Waco, where his great-grandfather, John Cyril Smajstrla, made clandestine moonshine.
May 15, 2019 | By
As summer begins, so will annual pilgrimages to roadside stands and farmers markets where popular varieties of Texas’ succulent freestone peaches arrive in successive waves through Labor Day. Those peaches set a national standard for sweet-ness, and—here’s the really good news—they are mostly reserved for Texans.
February 19, 2019 | By Dale Weisman
After a rainy spell, a sunny Sunday morning window opens up: a perfect day for a Hill Country ride. My motorcycle, a silver BMW sport-touring machine, is ready to roll. Jacket, gloves, and helmet on, I hit the ignition. The engine rumbles to life and warms up. I shift into first gear and ease through Austin’s Zilker Park.
October 4, 2018 | By Heather Brand
Spanning 3.5 acres along West Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg, the Pioneer Museum chronicles the history of Sunday houses (among other vernacular architecture) and serves as an ideal launching point for a self-guided walking tour of the tiny historic homes, most of them within a few blocks of one another. For a broader overview, the museum offers a guided historical and architectural walking tour of the town on select Wednesday evenings.
August 25, 2018 | By Sallie Lewis Longoria
The Opa’s story began in 1947 when Arno Schwethelm, a merchant and rancher from Comfort, gave a small meat market to his daughter Ruby and son-in-law Milton Edwards as a wedding present. The young couple renovated the building and established their meat market as Fredericksburg Lockers’ Inc.
April 25, 2018 | By
Just as I enter the city limits, I note the beautiful Hill Country University Center, where Texas Tech University offers viticulture and winemaking education. Soon I’m marveling at the proliferation of new and old buildings housing bistros, coffee bars, art galleries, and herb apothecaries. I spy the occasional shop offering T-shirts, fudge, and German beer steins, but altogether I find a more sophisticated Fredericksburg. What really matters, though, is this: While the town is most famous for its rich German heritage, it has grown into an invigorating destination for all of the pleasures found in the heart of the Hill Country, whether I’m visiting with my mom and sisters, closest pals, or my husband.
March 20, 2018 | By Clayton Maxwell
Remember: You do it because you love it,” said Tom Provost, sitting on a stage flanked by three other screenwriters, all surprisingly chipper for 9:30 on a Saturday morning during Fredericksburg’s Hill Country Film Festival.
February 6, 2018 | By
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, the Texas Highways editors wanted to know: What are the most romantic places in the state?
December 13, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill
The narrow Hill Country road drops toward a low bridge over a small creek. I coast on my bicycle, faster than I ever have before, scanning the pavement in front of me for potholes, tires humming, the wind blowing in my face.
December 16, 2016 | By Cynthia J. Drake
Inside Das Peach Haus’ weathered wooden storefront off US 87 in Fredericksburg, the shelves lining the store’s perimeter overflow with dozens of brightly colored jars of salsas, jams, and jellies.
February 6, 2015 | By
With machine guns, tanks, explosives, and a flamethrower, Fredericksburg’s National Museum of the Pacific War extends its portrayal of World War II to the battlefield with the Pacific Combat Living History Program.
March 21, 2014 | By Anthony Head
Driving to Fredericksburg from the east on US 290, it’s easy to notice that spring adores the Hill Country: This oak-studded landscape is a hot spot for wildflowers—bluebonnets, firewheels, black-eyed Susans, and others color the vistas like a painting come to life, while roadside stands open in anticipation of peaches, tomatoes, blackberries, and other seasonal bounty coming to market.
April 9, 2013 | By
It’s getting tough to spend the day in Fredericksburg. After enjoying numerous day-trips to this Central Texas town, I realized during my most recent visit that Fredericksburg’s attractions—both the new and the venerable—have become so numerous that one day just doesn’t cut it anymore.