Rest in Texas Hill Country
We had big plans for Texas Hill Country including wine, hiking and exploring, but six days into our adventure I’m relishing in the rest.
For the first time since our trip began, we spent an entire day cooped up in our hotel room watching Netflix and lounging. I wanted to be annoyed at myself for wasting the day being lazy when my time in Fredericksburg is limited, but I couldn’t. All I felt was relaxation. The rain might have been our excuse, but I think we really just needed a day off and it was lovely.
Despite cold, rainy weather, we spent only one day hunkered down in our hotel.
We’ve been exploring area wineries throughout the week drinking wine, making friends and ogling hilltop views of the vineyards. So far, Innwood Estates has my favorites wines, Sister Creek‘s historic mill has been my favorite tasting room, Pedernales had the prettiest property and Lost Draw Cellars had the friendliest staff.
A short detour to Luckenbach provided some fantastic music, authentic folks and rustic scenery.
What a cool town. I understand why Waylon and Willie sing about this place.
Downtown Fredericksburg has also exceeded our expectations. Several blocks of cute, local shops and restaurants are dripping with Christmas decorations, which always provides an unfair advantage in my book.
The rain finally subsided today and we headed to Enchanted Rock where we hiked to the top of the summit at the dome rock (1,800 feet elevation) for a panoramic view and wind gustier than Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountain peaks. We hiked about three miles from the summit around the west side of the state park and back to the trailhead.
It was a little chillier than expected but it felt great to get outside and soak up some fresh air after nearly a week of rain. Plus, we had the best Mexican food of our trip so far at a dive-y local joint on our way back to town.
OK, so maybe I’m not that great at resting but I had fun and that’s what counts.
Overall, Fredericksburg has been a big success and a great place to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We’ll be back.
Now, on to Houston to visit some friends before heading to Austin. Thanks to everyone who has sent recommendations our way so far.
In the spirit of the Lone Star state, which is your favorite Texas town and why?