Thursday, November 15, 2018

Best Art Galleries in Fredericksburg - 2018

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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:


paintings and sculptures displayed in the AW Studio Gallery

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.


paintings and sculptures of horses displayed at Gallery 330

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.


street view of the InSight Gallery

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.


external view of the RS Hanna Gallery

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

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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.


front patio at Otto's restaurant

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.


front entrance to Fredericksburg Pie Company

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.


friends enjoying wine and food in a busy restaurant

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.

plates of nachos, fries, and salads

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.


various appetizers being served on logs

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.


naan bread and various curry dishes

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.