playing tourist: Fredericksburg

By far, Fredericksburg is one of my favorite towns close to our city. The drive there alone is enough to make your jaw slack in wonder at the stunning views of the Hill Country. Photographs, at least mine, never quite do it justice.

My husband and I first visited this town about a month after we had moved to Texas, a little over two years ago. We immediately fell in love with the abundant wineries and charming architecture. There’s also an amazing 200-acre wildflower seed farm, which we visited last April, when I was hugely pregnant. Fun fact: the area in and around Fredericksburg has become known as the ‘Peach Capital of Texas’, so you can imagine we couldn’t pass up the chance to try the famous homemade peach ice cream when we visited.

See what I mean about the architecture? Sure, I don’t know a lot about architecture but I can certainly spot charm when I see it. You can tell by a lot of the older homes and buildings that the German influence was very strong in this town. In fact, when it was founded in 1846 its’ nickname was Fritztown and today, there are still references to this name.

This house looked different than most other historic homes, although there were others like it in the area. Plus, with a name like ‘Henfeathers,’ I’m pretty sure it doesn’t fall under the same category as the traditional Sunday Houses.

Here is one of my favorite Sunday Houses.

We ate at a German restaurant for lunch one day, but neither of us really cared to have a heavy lunch so we skipped the traditional German fare and opted for pita wraps instead. I’m guessing that’s probably a fail on our part but I’m sure we will eat German food some other time.

The restaurant was actually located in the basement of the old Keidel Memorial Hospital, pictured below. The hospital was built in 1909 by the son of Fredericksburg’s first physician and actually served the townspeople until 1971.

It was a quick 24 hour visit, but we packed in quite a bit of sightseeing. One thing we knew we wanted to see on this visit was the National Museum of the Pacific War, which he had never been to in our previous visits. Since this post is already long enough, I’ll save those photos for next time!

5 thoughts on “playing tourist: Fredericksburg

  1. Dina says:

    Lovely impressions! I have never been there, but it looks quite familiar. A friend of mine lives nearby and goes there often. Small world! πŸ™‚
    Have happy weekend, Dina

  2. thegrommom says:

    Oh it looks so pretty! I love seeing parts of the world with such different architecture and general ambiance from where I live or grew up.
    After all of my summer travels I am really just getting caught up on your posts, so I’m having fun looking at the pretty pics and catching up! πŸ™‚ Much aloha–

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