Thursday, February 7, 2019

5 Must-Visit Music Venues in Texas Hill Country



Each year, at least 5 million people are attracted to the magnificent wonders of Texas Hill Country. One visit to its tiny old towns with unique character and culture, combined with the cowboys and other limitless activities will leave you craving for another trip here.

To most, Texas Hill Country is home to some of the best jazz, country, rock, and rockabilly music of all time. Below is a list of the 5 must-visit music venues you should not miss on your next trip to Texas.


Continental Club - Austin

The Continental Club on South Congress Ave. has been a popular hub for country, rock, rockabilly, and swing music since the 1950s. It might be a small room (it has a capacity of around 300 people) but popular artists such as Joey Ely, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Kinky Friedman happen to have played on this stage.

When it was opened in the late 1950s, it started off as a BYOB private supper club which featured acts like those of Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey. The ’60s saw its transition to a burlesque club and by the 70s and 80s, it had begun booking acts like Butthole Surfers, Vaughan, and WC Clark.

In the present day, the club features local and national rock, rockabilly, and swing acts. So if you happen to be a fan of any of these genres, this might just be your perfect hub in Austin.

You can always pop in at night - regardless of the day of the week, and still, enjoy some of the best music from Texas natives such as Toni Price and James McMurtry.


11th Street Cowboy Bar – Bandera

If you are looking for the Cowboy Capital of Texas, the 11th Street Cowboy Bar should be your first choice. Branded as the ‘Biggest Little Bar in Texas’, 11th Street features some of the best country swing bands and country western in the state. 

This bar is quite popular and it often attracts visitors from around the world. Cowboys and bikers mingling with locals are a common sight in this venue –which further explains its popularity.

11th Street Cowboy Bar has also been featured in numerous shows and magazines including the Texas Highways, Texas Monthly, Life Magazine, The Oprah Show, the Houston Chronicle, USA Today, Southern Living, and the San Antonio Express-News, among others.

During the 2008 Texas Presidential Primary and Texas Elections, the bar hosted ‘Live on CNN.’
Being a music venue, the 11th Street features top-notch Texas talent every week. If you are lucky enough, you might stumble across their jam sessions which are open to everyone.


Gruene Hall – Gruene

Built in 1878, Gruene Hall is the oldest continually operating dance hall in Texas. It has a 6,000 square foot dance hall built by Heinrich D. Gruene. The original layout was maintained and it still has side flaps for open-air dancing, a bar in the front, a small lighted stage located in the back and an outdoor garden.

This venue regularly attracts some of the biggest acts in music, including George Strait, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Greg Allman, Hal Ketchum, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Loretta Lynn among other popular artists.

One interesting thing about this venue is that even when they don’t have any live music lined up, you can always stop for a cold drink and enjoy the view of signed portraits of country music legends –dating to more than 100 years ago.

Being a historic venue, the Gruene Hall has been featured in numerous books, including Pat Green’s Dancehalls & Dreamers. If you are a country music fan with a passion of history and its antiques, there’s no better spot in Texas than this.

It is advisable you check out with their official website to familiarize yourself with the upcoming events and shows. You might also consider purchasing your tickets in advance prior to your visit.


Luckenbach Dance Hall – Luckenbach

It is located and named after the tiny Hill Country town of Luckenbach. The history of its popularity dates way back in 1973 when Jerry Jeff Walker, alongside the Lost Gonzo Band recorded the live album Viva Terlingua in this very hall.

The hall no doubt still holds its own piece of fame from the popularity the album has generated over the years.

Since then, this venue has been a host to major acts including Jennings, Pat Green, Nelson, Earl Keen, and Lyle Lovett. 

In the present day, Luckenbach Dance Hall holds dances and concerts nearly every weekend. The concerts feature some of the best artists on the Texas music scene, so it’s definitely worth your time.

You might, however, consider booking your ticket early in advance to evade the hustle of the last minute rush. Their official website displays their lined up events and also guides you on how to access the venue – including tickets.



Broken Spoke – Austin

James White drew inspiration from the old Austin venues such as the Moosehead Tavern, the Barn on North Lamar, and Dessau Hall to build the Broken Spoke. He began building it in 1964 and by December of the same year, it had opened to 300 guests.

Today, Broken Spoke still stands out with its iconic red color and an Oak tree stationed at its front.
Two years after its launch, James White booked Bob Wills – who also happened to have been one of his childhood heroes. Later, he booked other big names including Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubbs, Hank Thompson, Kitty Wells, Tex Ritter, Ray Price, and George Strait, among others.

Despite the recent condo and retail developments growing around this legendary venue, Broken Spoke still retains the Austin tradition. This venue also stands out because of the great dishes it offers. Visitors get to enjoy great lunch specials of chicken fried steak, fried chicken, and grilled chicken every Friday and Saturday.

Visitors can enjoy free shows hosted every Tuesday-Saturday night from various popular bands. You can also take part in the two-step/swing lessons offered every Wednesday-Saturday in the evening.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The 7 Best Spots To Paddle Your Way Through the Texas Hill Country


The Texas Hill Country is dotted and crisscrossed with hundreds of miles of spring and river waterways. So whether it is kayaking, rowing, rafting, canoeing, or even stand up paddle surfing, there’s a spot for everyone to spend their quality time.

Either alone or with your loved ones, these 7 spots in the Texas Hill Country are totally worth your time.


South Llano River

Navigate through the quiet pools, smooth waters, and gentle rifles along the 6 miles of the South Llano River in the Texas Hill Country. The water levels are generally shallow (they reach waist level) and are almost perfect in all seasons.

This spot is great for fishing, overnight camping, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. You might, however, consider renting kayaks from established outfitters who will transport you to the spots, especially if it’s your first day in the area.

If you don’t want to spend your entire time in the water, you can enjoy spending some time birding and scouting for wildlife. Afterward, you can treat yourself with delicious chicken-fried steaks at Isaack’s Inn Junction.


San Saba River

The San Saba River is a scenic site located on the northern boundary of the Edwards Plateau, Texas. The sparkling clear waters and the beautiful surroundings make the area look like a little paradise. One visit there and you will definitely wish you had known the place earlier.

It is a great spot for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing among other fun activities. Enjoy the thrill of swishing your kayaks through the wide open spaces surrounded by cedar, oak, and pecan trees along the river banks.

The absence of nearby residential areas makes the place relatively calm and thus a great spot for daily escapades.

Water levels of the San Saba River fluctuate with weather conditions. You might, therefore, consider checking the status with an outfitter before your planned trip.


Guadalupe River

Guadalupe River is by far the most popular river in the region, mainly because of the spectacular view of limestone cliffs and avenues of bald cypresses that accompanies it along the 9.9-mile stretch.

The spot offers great tubing, rapids, canoeing and kayaking activities. Another feature contributing to its popularity is the kid-friendliness of the place. Therefore, if you are looking for a relatively inexpensive place for a family out, this is your perfect spot.

The upper part of the River passes through the Guadalupe River State Park, which is among the best places to hike and camp in the region. The lower section of the River, below the Canyon Lake, is wider, deeper and slower. Most recreation activities take place in this section.

Guadalupe River, being among top 100 trout fishing rivers in the USA, also has some best fishing activities in the region.


Pecan Bayou

With a trail length of 3.2 to 4 miles, Pecan Bayou offers a peaceful stretch with slow-moving water that can be paddled in either direction as a loop trail.

Pecan Bayou is an overflow from Lake Brownwood and is controlled by rainfall and dams. It is readily influenced by rainfall runoff that sometimes create temporary high flows and undesirable water quality conditions. You might, therefore, consider checking out with an outfitter before scheduling a visit.

Besides paddling activities, you can enjoy some fun fishing activities too. With simple lures such as spinner baits, plastic worms, and jigs, you can catch a variety of fish ranging from mouth bass, crappie, catfish, and brim.


Lady Bird Lake (Austin)

The Lady Bird Lake (originally known as Town Lake) is a 400-acre reservoir ideal for SUPing, rowing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking activities. The lake doesn’t allow most motorized boats, so the conditions are calm and safe.

Lady Bird is an ideal and a perfect place for individuals seeking to have a nice, long day on the water.

You can either choose to paddle for hours on the 6-mile stretch of river or choose among the popular 3-to-5 mile loops. If you are looking forward to a calm yet eventful trip, this might just be the perfect place for you.

You can also indulge yourself in fishing activities which are also an option on the spot. Largemouth bass and sunfish are the most common in the area.


Canyon Lake

Located northwest of San Antonio, Canyon Lake was made by damming the Guadalupe River. It is one of the most scenic lakes and among the best-known water recreational spots in the whole of Texas.

Besides the many public parks surrounding it, Canyon Lake is also a great fishing spot for Guadalupe bass.

You can also choose to explore the rocky limestone on its shoreline by either boat or on foot. Being a good-sized lake, a trip to its shorelines can be a full-day endeavor. All the same, the experience has proved to be quite exhilarating.

The temperatures can be very high especially in the summer seasons. It is, therefore, advisable to bring along your own shade since there’s no shade at all on the shoreline.


Lake Bastrop

Lake Bastrop is a 900-acre lake in the Lost Pines, Central Texas. It has been perfect for all types of paddling, and SUPing is now becoming a popular activity in the area.

Because of its large size, the Lake offers plenty of room for families and groups planning to spend their day paddling or fishing.

Recently, sailing and water skiing activities have become very popular on Lake Bastrop. As a result, the South Shore Park now offers canoe rentals for those without their boats. Also on the south shore, are campsites and cabins available for any group size.

Surrounding the Lake are trails that are great for experiencing other activities such as hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. If you decide to stick with paddling, you will have plenty of room to stand up on a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard.

Lake Bastrop provides a good mix of recreational activities making it a perfect place for a family outing, event, or gathering.



During the high season, it can be difficult to get in any good paddling because of the tube traffic that accompanies these areas. It is, therefore, advisable to contact outfitters in the Hill Country to inquire about tube traffic before scheduling a trip.

It is also a good idea to talk to the ones in charge about any potentially dangerous conditions you might encounter. If any, discuss the proper precautions that need to be taken before you enter the water. Remember, safety first!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

10 Best Farmers Markets in Texas Hill Country


Farmers Markets are not only the best place to go when you need fresh affordable produce; they are sanctuaries of culture, colors, and local flavors. You can discover a huge number of things by walking through them while enjoying and tasting new ingredients or dishes. Here are the best 10 farmers markets located in Texas Hill Country.

Hill Country features many popular farmers markets in different towns. Saturdays and Sundays are the popular days; however, this can vary. The products go from fresh produce to collectibles, art, and home-made goods.


1. BLANCO MARKET DAY

Visit the beautiful county of Blanco and enjoy the taste of real honey, sweets, and fruits while you walk around the square and the courthouse grounds. The market is held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, from March through November. A special day was added in December as part of the Christmas Market Day.
Check out this amazing market and take the kids out for an amazing experience.

Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm



2. LONE STAR FARMERS’ MARKET AT BEE CAVE

Enjoy Austin’s best local vendors and produce at this farmers market. You will love dancing to the rhythm of live music while tasting the most delicious, homemade delicacies and drinks! The market is open to families and pets as well, so nobody stays behind.

Open every Sunday.
Hours: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


3. BOERNE MARKET DAYS

Make grocery shopping a great experience and visit Boerne’s farmers’ markets. Open Saturday and Sunday, this event has become the gathering place of many local artists and vendors. Spend your day buying delicious produce, food, collectibles, while dancing to amazing Texan music. 

Hours: Saturdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sundays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm



4. TEXAS FARMERS MARKET AT MUELLER

Hang out at the coolest farmers market, voted Austin’s favorite farmers market for four years and be charmed by the friendliness of the vendors, and the freshness of their produce. The market is the ideal place to eat, shop, and enjoy alongside family and friends.

Open Sunday and Wednesday.
Hours: Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Wednesday 5:00 – 8:00 pm.



5. BUDA DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The Downtown Buda Farmers Market is the greatest place to gather to find the best and most organic fruits and vegetables in the country. Vendors and shoppers will enjoy games, live music, crafts, fresh honey and much more. 
Visit Buda and fall in love with their amazing vibe.

Starts May 6th Sundays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm



6. BANDERA SAGE GARDENS FARMERS MARKET

This awesome market offers an open-air experience for the whole family. Local vendors and farmers offer fresh eggs, organic produce, honey products, unique Asian vegetables, herbs, spices, and many other things. Held April to October.
You can find it in front of Sid's Main Street BBQ at 702 Main Street in Bandera, Texas.

Open Thursdays, 8:00 am – 11:00 am and Saturdays, 8:00 am – 11:00 am.



7. FREDERICKSBURG FARMERS MARKET

The Fredericksburg Farmers Market is a seven-month long, weekly, open-air market that brings locally grown, organic food to the Texan community. The Fredericksburg Farmers Market is located at Kinder Halle Pavilion in Marktplatz, which is one of the best locations in Fredericksburg. The market’s objective is to support the local economy while delivering an amazing event for the whole family. This farmers market focuses on seasonal veggies and delicious fruit!
Come visit with the family and taste the best produce this beautiful city has to offer.

Open every Thursday, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
May - August and October - November.



8. LLANO FARMERS MARKET

You will never find a more inclusive place than Llano’s Farmers Market. Here, you will be able to find carved wood items, fresh produce, and even doggie biscuits. Located at the Llano River at Grenwelge Park, this great event will fill with joy your day.

Open most Saturdays from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.




9. WIMBERLEY LIONS MARKET DAYS

Wimberley hosts the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state. It is an amazing place where to go with your pooch for a stroll or with your family. Open 1st Saturdays, from March to December, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm at Lions Field, Wimberley. Over 400 booths will be open for you to check out and purchase fresh produce, clothing, furniture, tools antiques and much more; and do not worry, there is plenty of place for parking!




10. KERR COUNTY MARKET DAYS & HILL COUNTRY SWAP MEET

This event is planned by a non-profit organization of farmers, artists, and food producers who got together to give kids and families the best experience in the Texas Hill Country. Open every 1st Saturday of the month, from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, no matter the weather. From March to June and from September to December.
This event showcases local artist working along each other to sell beautiful, unique pieces like jewelry, toys, collectibles, and more.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

10 Great Holiday Events in Texas Hill Country


The lights are on and the gingerbread smell is taking over. This holiday season is the perfect occasion to celebrate with the ones we love and cherish. In this blog post, we will share with you some of the most exciting events that are taking place in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, where the fun never stops, and the smiles are everywhere. Enjoy the winter with what Texas has to offer.


The enchanting trail of lights in Santa’s Ranch

November 2nd, 2018 – December 30th, 2018
Time to gather the kids and turn on the camera, Santa’s Ranch is here to bring some of the beauty of the north right to your car. This display will dazzle your eyes while you greet Santa’s reindeer and friends. This attraction will also display a beautiful nativity full of lights and vibrant colors.


49th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting

December 16th, 2018
Nothing’s better than the fresh smell of pines while enjoying the company of friends and family, and so, the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site is celebrating the holidays with refreshments, games, and a spectacular tree lighting (oh, and Santa will be there too!). Strike a pose and be ready to take your best selfie surrounded by stunning lights and beautiful Christmas trees.


Hill Country New Year's Festival

December 28th, 2018 - December 31st, 2018
Enjoy delicious food, drinks, and games in the valley. The perfect getaway for a romantic weekend or a family vacation full of fireworks, golf, activities and lots of s’mores. Visitors will enjoy beautiful sunsets and dance parties while singing the most amazing holiday music hits. Believe us, there is no such thing as too much fun. The event offers a variety of options for lodging, so you don’t miss anything. For times and info about lodging and the activities, check their website.


Marble Falls Walkway of Lights

November 16th, 2018 - December 26th, 2018
What if we told you there is a place where you could be surrounded by 2 million lights — yes, it’s true! The Marble Falls Walkway of Lights is one of the biggest and most amazing places to visit over holidays in Texas Hill Country. Over two million lights and 100 sculptures are going to be illuminating Lakeside Park until December 26th. It’s more than a Christmas event, it is a carnival of lights! Enjoy the trail and walk through the lights while you meet Santa and drink some delicious hot cocoa.


Holiday Lights on The River Walk

November 23rd, 2018 - January 6th, 2019
Explore the River Walk on a boat this year! The strings of light will be on until January 6th for you to admire a rainbow of beautiful colors and a warm ambiance. Play, dine and enjoy the nightlife this beautiful park has to offer while in the company of your friends and the ones you love. The River Walk is a public park; therefore, the holiday lights are meant to be enjoyed at no cost, which makes this destination even more awesome. Spend your day here and create beautiful memories!


Old West Christmas Light Fest

November 22nd, 2018 - December 30th, 2018
Enjoy traditional food, a wonderful, shiny walk-thru and the smile of Santa. This amazing place offers multiple activities for everybody including mazes, scavenger hunts, and a mouth dropping light tunnel. The event will feature over thirty buildings covered in amazing lights and jolly decorations as well as photo booths where you will travel to the past while taking a zillion selfies. Do not miss it!


Midnight Ball Drop

Join the countdown and welcome 2019 during the Midnight Ball Drop. The occasion will have a Fredericksburg touch so be ready to party at this amazing family-friendly event. There will be multiple food trucks and places where you can enjoy great food, games, music and of course…Christmas lights! So, put a pin on this magical festival and let’s get this party started. The Ball Drop will take place in downtown Fredericksburg.


Liberty Hill Christmas Festival

Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Enjoy a little bit of everything at the Liberty Hill Christmas Festival on December 15th in Lions Foundation Park. The event would be filled with amazing parades, vendors and yummy food for you to share with family, friends, and neighbors. Take lots of pictures of wonderful shows, and go visit Santa´s village, where you will be greeted by the elves and other friends who will share their jolly songs and tales!


Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park

November 23rd, 2018 - December 31st, 2018
Get the family, buy some hot chocolate, and go for a stroll in this marvelous location this December. The Llano River and its surroundings will present beautiful Christmas lights and other displays during this holiday season. Santa will be present (as usual) along with great places where to dine and drink.



Winter Wonderland at Circuit of The Americas

November 23rd, 2018 - December 30th, 2018
This is it! One of the biggest light events in Texas is here to give you the time of your life. The Circuit of The Americas will be offering amazing activities for all family members; from food trucks to mazes, train raids, and carousels. It is going to take more than a day to enjoy all these amazing events, oh and don’t forget to go ice skating.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

7 Best Camping Spots In Texas Hill Country


The Lonestar State of Texas has many diverse areas but nestled in the southwest corner is the rugged terrain of Hill Country. Here, you can camp out under the stars and be at one with nature. To help you plan your next adventure, here are the seven best camping spots in Texas Hill Country.


Davis Mountains State Park

In one of the more western regions of Texas, you can find Davis Mountains State Park. While it is unusual to find mountains in Texas, it is still a possibility, and this scenic camping area takes great advantage of the natural beauty. There are miles of trails to discover, which you can do so by foot or by horse. Trail lengths vary so whether you want just a pleasant morning stroll or a full day adventure, there is something for everyone.

In addition to the plentiful areas made for tent camping, there is also a historic motel, named Indian Lodge. It includes a restaurant and a swimming pool, so if you have smaller children, or need a break from the elements, you can sleep under a roof but still be in the middle of nature


Guadalupe River State Park

The Guadalupe River winds its way through this namesake park, enriching almost 2000 acres of pristine wilderness. The river is great for fishing and while many areas of water can be a bit tumultuous, there are enough calmer areas for swimming. It is great for canoe trips. On land, there are numerous trails for hiking, biking, and even horseback riding. 

As a special treat, many of the campsites have both water and electricity. So if you want to camp, but don’t want to completely rough it, then this is the place for you.


Garner State Park

At the heart of Garner State Park, you will find the Frio River which is large enough to accommodate swimming, paddle boats, and inner tubes. If you find yourself on dry land, explore the 10 miles of hiking trails that wind their way around the river. For sleeping, there are campsites, screened shelters, and even cabins, so no matter if you want a bit of convenience or simply want to fall asleep counting the stars, there’s an option for you. 

One of the biggest draws of those visiting Garner State Park is the social aspect. Since the 1940s there has been a jukebox dance on summer evenings, a tradition that continues to this day. Be sure to arrive early for the dance as parking for the area is limited


Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

If you’ve ever felt that nature is a bit magical, then you’ll want to head to Enchanted Rock, which is just north of Fredericksburg. There is plenty of hiking to be had, along with the popular activity of geocaching. But the main attraction is the giant mound of pink granite that creates a domelike natural structure. The trails wind around this rock but you are also able to rock climb to the top. Be aware that if you plan on rock climbing, you need to check in ahead of time at headquarters. It may not be a large rock, but the surface is fairly smooth, and you will need to have some experience to make it to the top.


Dinosaur Valley State Park

Children and adults alike will love the thrill of seeing ancient dinosaur tracks embedded in the rock. Just 90 minutes southwest of Fort Worth, you can easily check out this state park for the day or plan on camping for a few nights. The Paluxy River runs through Dinosaur Valley State Park, and hiking trails meander nearby it. You can set off and explore, but don’t spend too much time gazing at the natural beauty around you. Instead, be sure to pay attention to where you step as millions of years ago, dinosaurs tread the same area. Thankfully, while it can be easy to miss the dinosaur tracks, there is a handy GPS map that you can download straight to your smartphone. With it, you will be sure to find all the amazing prints.


Colorado Bend State Park

For those that want to really escape from it all, then be sure to check out Colorado Bend State Park. It is two hours northwest of Austin and is a marked change from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Instead, you will find the babbling Spicewood Springs and the awe-inspiring Gorman Falls. There are 35 miles of trails to explore, so it is perfect for the true outdoors enthusiast. In addition to all this, there are natural caves that you can enter. Reservations are required, but each tour comes with an experienced guide. 

For those staying a few nights, there are plenty of options to choose from. You can opt for a drive-in site with neighbors relatively close up, or you can go all out and choose a hike-in only site


Krause Springs

Camping and swimming go hand in hand, and this is most evident if you visit Krause Springs. It is less than an hour west of Austin and is truly a place of wonder. The property is privately owned, and the Krause Family has taken great pains to highlight the natural beauty of the area. There are 32 springs on the property, many of which flow together into a man-made pool. They also run into nearby Lake Travis. All of the pools and springs can be swum in. Next to the flowing water, you will find centuries-old trees that are magnificent. There are multiple camping sites for both tents and RVs, so no matter how you plan to camp, there is something here for you.


Texas has nights filled with giant swaths of stars. It has lazy rivers and ancient rock formations. There is no shortage of flora and fauna. Experience a return to nature by camping in Texas Hill Country, a place that will truly inspire you.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Best Art Galleries in Fredericksburg - 2018


Choosing the best art gallery is very difficult because we cannot deny the relativity in preference. To find your favorite, we suggest visiting a few from this list of our favorites. Whether you love sculptures or oil paintings, there is something for everyone, in Fredericksburg. Here are some great places to visit while you're in Fredericksburg:


1. AW Studio Gallery

If you find yourself in Fredericksburg's Historic District, you need to check out the AW Studio Gallery. This is the working studio of Alan Wilcox, who is a painter and artist. The building is like a 1941 cottage and gives you the chance to walk through history. You'll find the works of Alan Wilcox displayed alongside other estate pieces. If you stop by at the right time, you can see AW at work.


2. Urban Herbal

Much more than just a gift shop, Urban Herbal is a greenhouse, garden, and art gallery. Family owned and operated, Urban Herbal has been a staple in the Fredericksburg herb industry since 1985. You need to check out Urban Herbal not only for cooking herbs, medicinal herbs, and organic personal care but also for the art gallery and gardens.


3. Gallery 330

You'll find the work of both regional and national artists at Gallery 330. The displays are done using lots of different styles and mediums so you're bound to enjoy the variety. Located in the Agust Itz Building, which provides lots of history in and of itself, Gallery 330 specializes in contemporary realism and impressionism.


4. Yellow Door Studio

There's nothing sweeter than visiting Fredericksburg's first community arts education center, also known as Jill Holland's Yellow Door Studio. The center offers lots of training for artists of all skill levels. Come with a friend and bring a bottle of wine with you! You can enjoy a class or a professional workshop and the Studio is family-friendly for kids, as well.


5. InSight Gallery

At the InSight Gallery, you'll find the finest works of painters and sculptors focusing on still life, impressionism, landscape, figurative work, wildlife, and Western art. The InSight features the best originals of regional and national artists.


6. Gallery at Vaudeville

The Gallery at Vaudeville is a unique place where you can find contemporary art in the heart of Texas Hill Country. The primary goal of the Gallery is to serve and enrich the community by sharing contemporary art. Who knows, you may leave with a piece of artwork to take home.


7. RS Hanna Gallery

This gallery is known as Fredericksburg's "jewel box of fine art." Featuring many works by fine artists, you'll find watercolors, bronze and woodwork, oil works, and lots of emotion. The RS Hanna Gallery is meant to feature the fine local talent in Fredericksburg.


8. Larry Jackson Fine Art & Antiques

Nothing beats the feeling of the old school. Larry Jackson galleries specialize in 18th- and 19th-century art and antiques from America to Europe. With new arrivals daily, you'll be fascinated with antiques bargains and deals on furnishings and decor in the consignment area.


9. The Grasshopper

The Grasshopper is a gallery of fine gifts from all over the world, especially local-made woodwork. Discover their extensive selection of German nutcrackers and beer steins as part of their wide array of collectibles. Find the fine art of works from people like Jack Terry, the pottery from Ron Hollister, and the sculptures from Mark Hopkins.


10. Eyfells and Eyfells

Johann and Kristin Eyfells put together this art gallery of oversized geometric paintings of celebrity faces and bold, organic sculptures. This gallery is a wonderfully interesting stop to include in any visit to Fredericksburg.


There's lots of fun to be had in the many art galleries of Fredericksburg. Relax and enjoy the unique qualities of each gallery.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

10 Best Restaurants in Fredericksburg - 2018

In this age of searching for the most Instagram-worthy dining spots, restaurants are hard-pressed to continually step up their game. Whether it’s for a rustic feel or a chic new look, foodies are flocking from far and wide to get the perfect snapshot of delicious food in a stellar atmosphere. In the cozy, historic town of Fredericksburg, Texas, you’ll find everything you need for a memorable dining experience, foodie or not. The local cuisine uniquely reflects the town’s German heritage mixed with Texas Hill Country flavor, all while sticking to locally-sourced ingredients handled by world-class chefs. Below is a list of 2018’s ten of the best restaurants to experience in Fredericksburg, Texas.


Vaudeville

230 E Main St, Fredericksburg TX 78624

This three-story destination is more of a full experience than your usual eatery. A restaurant, wine cellar, event venue, art gallery, and gourmet market, all rolled into one, Vaudeville is the collaborative vision between chef Jordan Muraglia and artist Richard Boprae. With food inspired by both French and Southern fare, their daily specials range from crawfish etouffee to duck confit. Dine here to enjoy upscale dishes inside a trendy backdrop, with a special “supper club” tasting menu crafted by the chefs every Friday and Saturday night.


Otto’s

316 E Austin St, Fredericksburg TX 78624

Listed as one of the “5 Best Restaurant Scenes for 2017” in Celebrated Living, Otto’s German Bistro provides an intimate atmosphere with a seasonally crafted menu focused on authentic European and German cuisine. Enjoy duck schnitzel or a ribeye steak out on their heated patio, all locally-sourced. On Sundays, make sure to check out their brunch-only menu. Try their lemon ricotta pancakes with a Maria Felix, their tomatillo-inspired take on the classic Bloody Mary.


August E’s

203 E San Antonio St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Combining international flavor with classic Texas fare, August E’s has a unique take on Nouveau Texas Cuisine. The owners, Dawn and Leu Savanh, have traveled the world to gather unique dining experiences to add to their own restaurant. Their menu utilizes ingredients from locally-sourced meats including venison, boar, antelope, elk, and steaks, to sashimi-grade fish, shipped internationally overnight, for sushi. Try the grilled filet mignon with sautéed wild mushrooms and bone marrow bordelaise sauce or a sushi sampler with a Japanese beer. On Tuesdays, Chef Leu pays homage to his heritage with Thai Tuesdays, which feature delicious Thai-inspired dishes.


Fredericksburg Pie Company

108 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

At Fredericksburg Pie Company, they challenge themselves to serve you a pie as good as your grandmother’s. This family-owned company completes the experience of going on a visit to grandma’s house by even offering handmade quilts and vintage treasures for sale. With every pie from Key Lime to German Chocolate, they can even whip up a sugar-free fruit pie within 24 hours’ notice for you. Fredericksburg Pie Company pies last until they’re sold out, so make sure to arrive early and enjoy a slice with a fresh cup of coffee.


Lincoln Street Wine Market

111 S Lincoln St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

At Lincoln Street Wine Market, they have a bottle of wine for everyone. Over the years, this wine and cigar bar has evolved into a restaurant that features a patio, fireplace, and a beautiful indoor venue for live music. They offer delectable sandwiches, pizza, gourmet meats and cheeses, all with suggested wine pairings. From sommelier to casual wine drinker, all guests will appreciate the casual elegance of Lincoln Street Wine Market.


Cabernet Grill

2805 S State Highway 16, Fredericksburg TX 78624

As its namesake suggests, Cabernet Grill is a place dedicated to fine wines and delectable steaks. Located at the Cotton Gin Village Bed & Breakfast, this restaurant boasts over 75 different wines from across the state of Texas and food with meticulously selected local ingredients. All their quail, wild game, seafood, gourmet meats, cheeses, and more, are locally-sourced. They even have their own herb garden. At Cabernet Grill, you can enjoy true Texas Hill Country cuisine, from grilled quail stuffed with bacon-wrapped jalapenos to crab-stuffed shrimp with mango slaw and lemon cream.


Nest Restaurant

607 S Washington St, Fredericksburg TX 78624

Renovated from a Fredericksburg cottage built in the early 1900’s, Nest Restaurant offers a quaint, cozy atmosphere for a night of true fine dining. Nest Restaurant has received glowing reviews from publications such as the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express and has been frequently described as truly “sophisticated.” The décor is warm and simple, even as the menu offers entrees such as pan-seared sea scallops with chipotle lime hollandaise and roasted New Zealand rack of lamb with a pecan pesto. Frequent diners suggest leaving room for dessert.

Hondo’s on Main

312 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

This live music venue, restaurant, and bar, is a friendly place to dine and have fun. Hondo’s on Main is named after local legend ‘Hondo’ Crouch, who was a humorist and writer known for being the self-proclaimed mayor of Luckenbach, Texas, where he garnered quite the following. True to its namesake, Hondo’s on Main is highly favored among locals. At Hondo’s, guests can enjoy live music every night while serving themselves freshly grilled tamales or Texas fried chicken from the kitchen pickup window.


Farm Haus Bistro

405 Whitney St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Located in the Fredericksburg Herb Gardens, Farm Haus Bistro is set in a historic rock house among stunning gardens, charming cottages, and relaxing spa facilities. With locally-sourced ingredients, their menu is always evolving with items like eggplant lasagna with sautéed kale and roasted sweet potatoes, and chicken duxelle served with lemon thyme pilaf. Farm Haus Bistro is a getaway eating experience, a place to enjoy a fine meal nestled within a quaint, natural setting.


Auslander

323 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

This restaurant and Biergarten is unique among the German eateries in town with its festive atmosphere and wide selection of beers. Specializing in Bavarian cuisine, this spacious restaurant is an excellent place to bring a group of friends to enjoy entrees like the Texaschnitzel, an Auslander exclusive schnitzel covered in ranchero sauce, sour cream, and guacamole, or a classic Rueben sandwich. The Auslander has been a favorite among locals for over twenty years and frequently features live music shows.



In Fredericksburg, you can find international and local flavors all in one place, without having to compromise on quality or authenticity. From spending a boisterous night out at the Auslander to an intimate one at the Nest Restaurant, visitors are sure to have a memorable dining experience here. No matter the occasion, make sure to check out each of these eclectic restaurants in Fredericksburg, but just make sure to remember, camera eats first.