Steve Rawls/Fredricksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau/MCT
What: There's just something about the Texas Hill Country that draws you to its soul. Maybe it's the wineries or the fields of wildflowers or even the historic Main Street of Fredericksburg with its myriad shops and restaurants. Perhaps it's because of its intersection of Texas and German cultures. In any case, there's plenty to do. A must-see is the National Museum of the Pacific War, then drop by Luckenbach for a beer and the twang of Waylon, Willie, and the boys. Hike to the top of Enchanted Rock, the second largest granite dome in the U.S. And come for the unique German- and Texas-style food that has no equal. Try the Airport Diner, the Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe, Cabernet Grill, the Peach Tree Gift Gallery and Tea Room, Altdorf Restaurant and Biergarten, and Der Lindenbaum.
When to go: Late summer and early fall to tromp lavender fields and for wine harvests and tastings at local vintners like Becker Vineyards, GrapeCreek Vineyard, and Torre di Pietra Winery. Visit during the holidays for spectacular Christmas shopping in more than 100 specialty stores. In spring, come for the glorious wildflowers.
Why it's great for girlfriends: Everything about Fredericksburg is just too cute, and ladies love cute.
Who to contact and where to stay: Visit www.fredericksburg-texas.com or call (888) 997-3600. Stay at the Hangar Hotel, a former airplane hangar that one of the coolest hotels ever, or in town at a "Sunday house" bed-and-breakfast.
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