Eaker Barbecue Is Redefining the Smoked Meat Plate

May 22, 2024 | By

Where to Stay Among the Texas Wildflowers

March 15, 2024 | By June Naylor

The only downside to wildflower wandering is leaving the blooms behind. Why not build some overnights into your springtime jaunt and hunker down into cozy digs amid seas of bluebonnets, Indian blankets, and Mexican hats?

Texas Treehouse Retreats Bring Guests Closer to Nature

February 21, 2024 | By Sarah Thurmond

Where to Stay in 2024: Central Texas and the Hill Country

January 2, 2024 | By

2023 in Photos: A Year of Exploring Texas

November 21, 2023 | By

New and Notable Wineries to Visit on Wine Road 290

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.

Where to Picnic This Summer in the Hill Country

June 1, 2023 | By Carol Milberger

I recently introduced the term “sack lunch” to my young grandchildren for a park outing. They were so impressed, you’d think I told them I’d invented fire. 

Old Meets New at Re-imagined Fredericksburg Sunday House

February 8, 2023 | By Sallie Lewis

Every year, the Texas Hill Country shows its true colors when the roadsides erupt with spring wildflowers.

The Lone Star Gourd Festival Shows the Versatility of the Fruit

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.

Amid Drought, the Texas Peach Crop Is Arriving Later—and Sweeter—Than Usual

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.

The Hill Country Legacy of Old Tunnel State Park

April 28, 2022 | By John Davidson

Onera Offers an Opulent Twist on Glamping in Fredericksburg

March 31, 2022 | By Pam LeBlanc

A barrel-shaped building called the Spyglass stands on stilts at the end of a leafy path.

Remembering Pearl Harbor at Fredericksburg’s National Museum of the Pacific War

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.

New Community Cookbook Celebrates Fredericksburg’s Food Heritage

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.

Meet Fredericksburg’s Ultimate German Souvenir Shop: Kuckuck’s Nest

July 29, 2021 | By Sallie Lewis

5 Breakfast & Brunch Spots in Fredericksburg

July 1, 2021 | By Morgan O'Neal

Brunch isn’t just the term for a meal between breakfast and lunch anymore—it’s a hobby—one that sounds even more appealing when you’ve spent the day prior at one of Fredericksburg’s 11 wineries.

Fredericksburg’s First Legal Distillery Slings Award-Winning Rum

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.

Family Is the Key Ingredient at Fredericksburg’s Hill Top Cafe

June 24, 2021 | By Sallie Lewis

Texas Peach Growers See a Bountiful Crop Despite the February Freeze

June 7, 2021 | By John Lumpkin

The Dive Bar Bringing Heavy Metal to Fredericksburg

June 2, 2021 | By Monica Hand

Sprechen Sie Texas Deutsch? How a Variation of German Once Ruled In Fredericksburg

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.

Wineries Are the Rage, but Breweries Tie Fredericksburg to the Town’s German Roots

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.

11 Wineries to Visit in Fredericksburg Now

May 27, 2021 | By Jill Coody Smits

With nearly a dozen wineries inside its city limits, Fredericksburg offers plenty of locales for imbibing during a weekend getaway.

Fredericksburg Peach Growers Persevere Through Changing Times

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.

Beyond Oktoberfest: Meet Fredericksburg’s Lesser-Known Traditions

May 7, 2021 | By Sallie Lewis

This month, the city of Fredericksburg kicks off its 175th anniversary with a yearlong celebration culminating next May.

Fredericksburg: A History

May 6, 2021 | By James L. Haley

Fredericksburg’s 175th Anniversary: 4 Things to Check Out This Weekend

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.

175 Years of Fredericksburg in Photos

May 6, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

German Immigrants Bucked Texas Conventions to Create Their Own Communities

February 25, 2021 | By James L. Haley

Five New Wineries to Visit During Texas Wine Month

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.

ROAM Ranch Aims to Heal a Battered Parcel of Hill Country

September 24, 2020 | By Susan L. Ebert

Late Summer Grape Stomping Has Become a Texas Tradition

July 30, 2020 | By Julia Jones

Slate Mill Wine Collective is On a Mission to Help Small Wineries

April 30, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Small-Town Dispatches: Fredericksburg Wineries Give Back to Frontline Workers

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

Cabernet Grill’s Smoked Trout and Goat Cheese Rillettes Recipe

October 23, 2019 | By John Lumpkin

This appetizer from the Fredericksburg restaurant is perfect for a fall fête

This Fredericksburg Restaurant Features a Rare All-Texas Wine List

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.

Elk Store in Fredericksburg Models Itself After a Prohibition-Era Speakeasy

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.

How to Make the Most of Texas Peach Season

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.

Escape the Urban Freeway with a Motorcycle Jaunt Through the Hill Country

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.

Fredericksburg Was a Tiny House Haven Long Before HGTV

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.

Where to Stay in Fredericksburg

October 2, 2018 | By

Opa’s Smokehouse in Fredericksburg Has Kept Generations of Customers Coming Back for More

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.

Where to Observe Memorial Day In Texas in 2018

May 23, 2018 | By

This Memorial Day weekend, there are lots of options across the state for celebrating the unofficial start of summer.

Sure, You Know the Wine in Fredericksburg, but There’s More to This Place Than Just Great Vino

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.

The Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg Is an Indie Film-Lover’s Nirvana

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.

5 Romantic Places in Texas to Spend Valentine’s Day

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?

Bicycle the Texas Hill Country with Texas Bike Tours

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.

From Peach Stand to Food Company to Cooking School: Inside Das Peach Haus

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.

Fest of Texas’ Best

October 21, 2016 | By Lois M. Rodriguez

Fredericksburg can claim its delectable peaches and celebrate its status as the epicenter of Texas’ wine tourism.

A Key to Understanding

April 15, 2016 | By Clayton Maxwell

I know a museum has triumphed when I leave a bit stunned, new realizations having just taken hold.

35 Years of Oktoberfest

September 24, 2015 | By

Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg and Marktplatz. Those three words synch up so nicely for a perfect celebration of German culture.

State of Great

September 16, 2015 | By Lois M. Rodriguez

Fredericksburg can claim its delectable peaches and celebrate its status as the epicenter of Texas’ wine tourism.

Web Extra: National Museum of the Pacific War

July 24, 2015 | By

The National Museum of the Pacific War complex sprawls across six acres today, but it began as the Admiral Nimitz Museum, housed in the historic Nimitz Hotel building with its distinctive steamboat shape.

War and Remembrance

July 16, 2015 | By Kathryn Jones

In a darkened room, veterans wearing World War II caps embroidered with command insignia peer down at a tabletop video screen.

National Museum of the Pacific War: Pacific Combat Living History Program

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.

The Accidental Ornament

November 17, 2014 | By Sofia Sokolove

This December, when I string my lights and trim my tree and light my menorah, I have four new friends to help me ring in the holiday cheer.

Sowing Seeds

September 11, 2014 | By Sofia Sokolove

Nestled between the lush farmland and booming wineries along US 290 east of Fredericksburg, Wildseed Farms might have caught your eye as you breezed past; it’s that splash of brightness visible through the low brown wooden fencing.

Texas Top 40, No. 7, Fredericksburg

August 1, 2014 | By

If only the German immigrants who first settled Fredericksburg in 1846 could see what they started.

Taste 290

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.

Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations

December 3, 2013 | By


Last fall, we asked Texas Highways readers to share their favorite places in the state for our Texas Top-40 Travel Destinations.

New Finds, Old Faves

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.

The National Museum of the Pacific War

June 22, 2010 | By Joe Sherfy

Most weekends of the year, crowds flock to Fredericksburg to enjoy the Hill Country ambiance, shop along historic Main Street, or savor impromptu wine tastings.

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