We just spent a week and a half in Fredericksburg, TX. We love this part of Hill Country. We really enjoy Fredericksburg, as we’ve been there before, and we already know that we’ll be back. We just like this area.
Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is an old German settlement that has a wonderful Old Town Historical District. Located right on Main Street it’s full of shops and restaurants. It’s an easy town to just wander around while eating some homemade ice cream and take in the old architecture.
And yes, we found the best homemade ice cream shop right on Main Street. The Fredericksburg Ice Cream Shop. Not an original name but the ice cream is divine! Hint: One scoop is plenty as they pack it in.
Last time we were here we toured the National Museum of the Pacific War. You may think this is an odd place to find a pacific war museum. However what you learn is that Admiral Nimitz from that war, grew up in Fredericksburg. So the museum is quite fitting. It’s also quite well done. If you find yourself in this area and it’s a rainy day, this museum would be a wonderful way to spend your time.
There was a small farmer’s market that we visited while there. When I say small, the picture you see, is everything that was there. I’m sure in the summer months it has more vendors but this time of the year it was quite small. They did have entertainment though. A jazz group that came in from the Austin area. They were quite good.
One good thing that came out of the farmer’s market was this one vendor. He actually had a portable brick pizza oven. It was really cool. He just hooks it up to the back of his truck and away he goes. How cool is that.
And the pizza…Oh My! It was really good. Fresh, home made and all natural ingredients. Made to order right there in front of you. Sad that they do not have a little shop in town to sell this great pizza.
One very interesting thing that was right up the road about 20 minutes is the Old Tunnel State Park. This is a free park that is best visited right before sundown. I say this because the big attraction at this park is the millions and millions of Brazilian Free-tailed Bats and Cave myotis Bats that make the old train tunnel there home in the summertime. October is the tail end of bat season.
Right before sunset they all funnel out of the tunnel to feed for the night. It’s really hard to get a good picture of this but the fuzzy dark grey area right in front of the benches, out in the opening of the trees, those are the bats. And yes, they do spiral out in a funnel and fly off following the leader. Remember, you can click on the picture to make it bigger.
This is a nightly occurrence through October. They return every morning to rest for the next evenings feeding. Except, one morning they may decide not to return and to continue there trip south to Mexico for the winter. You never know when they may decide to travel so they could be there one day and gone the next.
According to the park rangers, the bats can make it to Mexico in one trip. That is amazing!
It was amazing to see these bats and we recommend going to see them if you are in the area at the right time of year.
David also celebrated his Birthday while in Fredericksburg. I made his favorite, Blueberry Buckle and we went out to dinner to Pasta Bella.
Pasta Bella is a good Italian restaurant right off the Main Street in Fredericksburg. We try to get there every time we visit.
So even though we were there for a week and a half, we really didn’t hit all the highlights of Fredericksburg. There’s just so much to see and do in this area.
As I said earlier, we will be back.
We failed to plan for this trip when we went and didn’t get to see the Pacific War Museum – and visited on a Monday when everything was closed. Still on my list to stop again if we’re passing through. Sounds like we’ll have to make a few days of it.
Definitely make a few days of it. There’s Enchanted Rock Park which looks nice but the day we planned on going it was pouring rain. There’s also a ton of wineries and some local breweries (seeing they are a German town it’s only fitting). They actually tout Fredericksburg as a Little Napa Valley. I think they said there were like 70 wineries in the area. Crazy. Walking the town itself and the Pacific War Museum is easily one day alone. Hope you guys can get there.
This great little town in the hill country of Texas and is one of my favorites. I hope you got a chance to go to the wild flower farm and the LBJ Ranch and park.
Unfortunately we did not get to either of those. They are on our list though, as is Enchanted Rock. It had rained the day that planned our Enchanted Rock outing, so alas, it’ll have to wait til next time along with the others.