continued from Texas Road Trip, Part 1
Next up on our road trip around the Texas Hill Country was a quick stop in Luckenbach, a night in Fredericksburg, and an afternoon in Gruene on the drive back to Houston.
If you’ve ever heard the Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings song “Luckenbach, Texas” this little town is a definite must see. When I say Luckenbach Texas is small, I mean REALLY small, like a stop sign on a map dot small. Population 3. That said, its a really really neat place. What used to be an actual Post Office, now stands a General Store, that leads to a beer joint, that leads to an outdoor country music venue. Next door is a dance hall that screams authentic Texas. Creaky wooden floors, no a/c, front and center stage, and weekly local country music artists.
About 20 minutes from Luckenbach is Fredericksburg, Texas. Fredericksburg is known for its German heritage, peach orchards, wineries, and Oktoberfest. Once you drive into Fredericksburg you hit a three mile long main street full of specialty shops, beer gardens (drinking in the street is legal here), and bed-and-breakfasts. We did a lot of shopping and peach eating. That afternoon, we squeezed in a wine tasting and found out that we are huge fans of peach sangria. So, now we know. On our one nights stay we stayed at the All Seasons Luxury Collection in a room called Eden’s Gate. Let me just say- our room was heavenly. It was right in the heart of town, with a private entrance and so so lovely. This room is normally booked for a couples’ romantic getaway, but this time is was just mom and me, ha!
The next morning we set out on our drive home. But first, we made a pit stop at Das Peach Haus. This place is so cute. You can find peach everything. Peach wine, peach hot sauce, peach preserves, peach cider, peach mustard. The list goes on. And check out the backyard. Their B&B sits next to a gorgeous pond and peach orchard. We had such a nice time just wondering around.
The last stop on our trip through the hill country was Gruene, Texas (pronounced ‘green’). Visiting Gruene is like taking a trip back in time to old Texas. The buildings date back to 1840s and everything seems very authentic- no modern designs here. If you are a country music fan, specifically a George Strait fan, then you’ll want to see Gruene Hall. Texas’ old dance hall. This dance hall was once home to several resident country singers that later went on to become household names, a la George Strait. Guests have scratched their names into every inch of wall space and table tops. Behind the dance hall is a old cotton gin turned amazing restaurant- The Gristmill. The back of the restaurant sits right on the bank of the Guadalupe River. We asked our hostess for a table with a view and she delivered. Our table was on the second floor and shaded by huge oak trees with an amazing view of the river. This is the only restaurant I need to go to in Gruene. The atmosphere and the food are unbeatable.
I cannot wait to plan our next trip. I’m thinking Arizona > Utah > New Mexico.