Written by SoloShell
Willkommen to Deutschland. I mean Fredericksburg. . . Fredericksburg, Texas to be exact. Check your GPS. You might not realize that you’re only 75 miles West of the capital of Texas. At times, Tuscany seeps into your awareness as wineries abound in this land of fertile grapevines. The rich German-Texas town vibrates with old world goodness in shoppes and restaurants featuring schnitzel and biergartens that rival many authentic German towns. Fear not; however, this slice of European heaven won’t break the budget!
Many options await in the second most visited wine destination in the nation. After Napa Valley in California, this Texas gem flaunts over 45 wineries and vineyards right in the center of Hill Country, Texas. Whether you book a wine tour, take a wine-tasting room walk on the historic square, or drive to wineries peppered throughout the town, the amazing amount of taste-tingling sensations will surely astound even the most proficient of palates.
If you’re thinking this is a new trend in Texas? Whoa, Partner! Hold up the there just one little giddy-up! German settlers started making wine in Fredricksburg as soon as they could gather the wild mustang grapes. Perhaps this is a reflection of the town’s friendly claim to fame as it is known for being one of the only treaties between the local Comanches and the townsfolk that has never been breached. Maybe foisting a glass of wine of wine or two while passing around the peace pipe made this a match made in Texas heaven!
My journey to Fredricksburg started during standardized testing. I’m serious, when you are in a high-stakes environment where little makes sense, you need a bit of good old, Texas distraction. Being a teacher means that every single dollar counts on any trip. I’ll outline tips and tricks to make sure that Texas Wine on a Dime is not only achievable, but doable for any tight budget.
Planning your stay!
First and foremost, any trip I take starts the same: homeaway.com. You can access it though an app on your smart phone or go straight to the website using your computer. I’ve tried other travel sites, and what makes this one the best is the fact that most places on homeaway.com let you pay out your trip in monthly installments. Additionally, you can place your preferences for amenities in your search.
Above you can see the different parameters you can place on your search. You can specify everything from hot tub availability, wifi, to preferred location, to ability to book instantly. I find that most hosts prefer a small note with a request to book. I have not had to wait any longer than a few hours to be approved.
Top Attractions on a Dime!
- Das Peach Haus: Call ahead to make a reservation for a wine tasting! or just pop in to enjoy the scenery. This place has it all. You will absolutely outdo your expectations with a trip to what looks like a barn on first inspection. Travel inside to find the warmth and tenderness of your grandmother’s kitchen with taste tests of jellies, as well as the home of the original roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce. You can grab a glass of wine and stroll the grounds or sit beside the pond and swing with your sweetie. I highly recommend a wine tasting in the historic site next door to the shop. This experience costs a mere $40.00, and includes a wide variety of wine with a delectable charcuterie board.
2. Chisholm Trail Winery: Whoa, doggie! Go ahead and tie up your horses for this one! Situated on a lovely country drive, this oasis is dog and kid friendly. You can wet your whistle with a $12.00 tasting of five wines made by the owner or pay a mere $10.00 for three unique choices. One of the sommeliers has paired a frozen margarita with one of the fabulous in-house wines to produce a tasty concoction that may or may not be thrown in to your tasting free of charge. If this winery seems too far off the wine trail, it’s because it predates most of the wineries. Unique and award wining, you can kick off your shoes to a game of pool or delight your senses with fresh, artisan pizza made in house. Want to make a day of it, but don’t want to drive? Never fear! There’s a mess of cabins down the hill that you can book on homeaway.com. Just follow this link for one of my favorites: City on a Hill.
3. Majesty Wine Tours: Need a designated driver, but no one in the group wants to forgo the wine experience? Don’t fret! Leave the driving to the tour guide, and get the possy together for this fun-filled day of wine and gorgeous scenery. Your driver will pick you up at your door to enjoy one of the available wine packages starting at $65.00. I took the Crystal Tour and enjoyed the afternoon at three different wineries. Tasting fees are included in the package.
4. Downtown Fredericksburg: Gather the gang and have your own wine walk. There’s a plethora of wine tastings ranging from $10.00 to $15.00 with an average of six tastings a piece. This is a great way to exercise, shop, eat, and drink in one central location. There’s plenty of fun to be found in this historic romp around the downtown area. You’ll find interesting attractions like Fat Ass Winery, Grape Creek, Fiesta Winery, Armadillo’s Leap, Fredericksburg Winery, and more.
5. Pedal Tour: Yes, you read that right! Tours start at $24.95 and include meeting up at a central location to experience the best Fredericksburg has to offer in a friendly group pedal setting. Several stops with drink specials are along the way as you pedal to the music and stop to see the sights. Buyer beware that the wine tastings are not included in the price, and could potentially bust the budget without blinking.
Now you have a solid plan for riding that horse off into the Texas wine sunset. Solo travelers, couples, families, pet lovers and friends alike can bask in the glory of Texas wine on a dime! SoloShell signing off. Happy trails, folks. Until we meet again: Auf Wiedersehen! Prost! and Cheers! Just remember life moves fast. Don’t wait for the perfect time to stop and sip the wine!
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