Camping, Music, & Wine In Fredericksburg
As part of a fun Spring Break Vacation, before heading back home we spent three days in Fredericksburg sipping some excellent wine, enjoying a variety of music, over sampling some excellent food - and trying to sleep all that off each night in a new campsite. Best of all - I got to avoid the shops! Fredericksburg is one of our favorite Texas cities to visit because:
there is always something going on and lots of fun stuff to do - for example, some of the events and activities during our three day visit included Fredericksburg Trade Days; the "Texas Hell Week" eight day cycling event; and Texas History Days featuring living history re-enactors portraying soldiers and civilians going about their daily activities
within a few minutes of downtown there are over 25 wineries for you to visit, tour, and enjoy some excellent award winning wines - Fredericksburg is listed as a "Top 10 Wine Destination in the World" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine plus there are a couple breweries and even a bourbon distillery if you get tired of, or don't like wine
the town is alive with music of all types from folk to country at the wineries, on the patios of a majority of the restaurants, at the bars, or at the outdoor stage and dance hall at Luckenbach
there are lots of choices for good food from German to Asian to Mexican to American and lots of the restaurants have outstanding outdoor patios
downtown is a shoppers paradise with wall to wall shops lining both sides of Main Street
you can enjoy a wide variety of special events and activities or visit a museum, play golf, or climb Enchanted Rock
there is a wide range of choices for lodging ranging from RV parks within a few blocks of downtown to excellent B&Bs to standard hotel rooms to some romantic getaways
Our stop in Fredericksburg was a last minute decision and all of the RV parks we called didn't have any sites for all three nights. We got lucky when Fredericksburg RV Park said that they had a site for that night only. We pulled into the Park, which is in the center of town and just a few blocks from the historic Main Street, and immediately unhooked the Jeep and headed to Bejas Grill & Cantina for a late lunch on the patio. We had a fun filled three days at Mo Ranch, but after eating their bland camp food for 3 days, the big juicy burger and tasty sweet potato fries and a Bloody Mary hit the spot. From there the ladies went shopping and my granddaughter and I snuck down to the candy and ice cream shop for a triple dip of ice cream on a sugar cone - most of which ended up on my shirt and my granddaughters dress! Now I need not only a nap but also a bath and some clean clothes.
On the way back to the Jeep for a nap for the granddaughter and me, we walked by Lincoln Street Wine Market and the music on the cool patio grabbed us and drug us in. And for the next two hours we sampled some good wine, snacked on some cheese and crackers, kept warm from the heat of the Chiminea, and enjoyed the music from two singing guitar players with excellent voices who were later joined by Daniel on harmonica - Daniel is the owner of one of the best B&Bs and lodging in Fredericksburg, Baron's Creekside. What a fun way to spend the afternoon and early evening.
Before we knew it, the tummy is telling me it's time for dinner and after some research and recommendations from some locals, we walked a half a block to el Milargo for a very pleasant surprise. We were expecting some Mexican food and found a very short menu that included a couple Mexican dishes and a variety of other stuff including Lamb Chops (excellent!), Meatloaf, and Chicken Pot Pie (one of the best we have every had). Of course we had to have some queso and a couple margaritas. The Koncrete Kings were playing on the patio and they were very entertaining and fun playing both original as well as some great cover songs. Fun time and after all that food and drink and dancing we were ready for a good nights sleep.
Saturday we spent the afternoon at Grape Creek Winery enjoying some of their award winning wine (over 100 medals in the last two years), cheese and crackers, and music from one of our favorite singer songwriters, Jeff Wood - what a voice and some very good original songs. The patio was perfect for a sunny day and it just doesn't get much better then good wine with Jeff singing in the background! Our sample wine tasting ending up costing us three bottles of wine to take home!
One of the main reasons we came to Fredericksburg is because Thomas Michael Riley was playing Saturday night at the Luckenbach Dance Hall. So we moved the motor home to the open field within walking distance of the Luckenbach Dance Hall and walked down to the outdoor stage to listen to some good singer songwriters. Thomas Michael Riley lit up the dance floor from 8 to midnight - what a good time. Thomas Michael Riley is one of our favorites - great personality, hundreds of outstanding original songs, outstanding voice and band, and lots of fun to watch, listen and dance to. In April Thomas Michael Riley has a 3 day music festival in Luckenbach that's a blast and if you like country music it is a must attend - here is a link to our review of last year's Thomas Michael Riley Music Festival.
After a night of good music, some cold beer, and two-stepping, we moved the motorhome on down the road to Texas Wine Country Jellystone Park Camp-Resort - a long name for an RV park with cottages, tent camping, and full hook-up RV sites about 10 minutes east of downtown. They were the only RV park in town that had an open RV site and I quickly found out why - $86 a night!!!! They raised the price during spring break. The sites aren't that great - crushed gravel, close together, and a spattering of grass and weeds plus a picnic table and fire pit. But the kids will love this place because it's loaded with things to do some of which include: a jumping pillow, heated pool and hot tub, hay rides with Yogi Bear, ping pong, pool and fooseball table, outdoor theater, horseshoes, volleyball, and more. After parking the RV, a quick game of pool, and some bouncing on the jumping pillow, we were off to our next winery.
Becker Vineyards was one of our favorites but the live music ended just as we arrived. Another good wine sampling - Mrs Texas Outside became the proud owner of 2 more bottles to take home - (this is starting to get expensive and I'm not that much of a wine drinker!). As we were heading into town for dinner, we spotted the Torre di Pietra Vineyards sign which said "Samplings & Live Music" and the jeep immediately turned left into the vineyard. More wine and some crackers and music from a 4 piece very good band called the Drug Store Cowboys. They played a good mix of blues as well as country. Hard to beat sampling wine and listening to Pat Green's "Wave-on-Wave." One more bottle of wine joined it's friends in the motorhome!
After a pretty good Thai dinner at Ginger & Spice, we rushed over to the infamous Hondos where there was good music and dancing on the patio with John Arthur Martinez and his lively band. The granddaughter loved it (sat on the stage, danced, and clapped to the music) but her eyes were only half open. As we were heading to the car across the street from Hondos, we heard some good ole 50’s music blasting out the door of Crossroads Saloon & Steakhouse and had to stop in for the last set. Red Carpet Chaos was playing everything form 50's to current rock, country, pop, and dance hits – these guys have a song list that blew us away.
After a set the ears were ringing, the tummy was about to bust, the granddaughter was sound asleep, and the eyes were half closed - time to head home. Thanks again Fredericksburg, we had a blast in your city and can't wait to get back!