A weekend in Fredericksburg unfurls like one of its many vineyards. There is a surprising amount to take in with activity of every varietal. As the locals can attest, it is a place to be experienced again and again. We’ll dine on family fare, pop into the odd shop, and maybe even open a bottle or two of fine local vino. Willkommen, Fredericksburg awaits.

We begin with a collection of great places for food and drinks. Fredericksburg thrives on its overarching locality that seems to run through every business in town. So when you venture out for some sustenance and libations, they’re sure to be locally run—often for decades. And there’s no shortage of great spots. Start with a hearty breakfast served with a side of heritage at Old German Bakery. Visit Bistro at Vaudeville, where refined delections are served next to a retail showroom and art gallery. We recommend the charcuterie. For fine German dining try Otto’s. Their Wurst Plate is frankly the best. They’re also open late. Treaty House Piano Bar is another local favorite. This fine piano bar and restaurant in a elegant but casual setting captures quintessential Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg’s Main St shows off its dynamic array of talents. InSight Gallery put the magnificence of the west on full display in a gallery space as old as the scenes it depicts. Carol Hicks Bolton, a purveyor of fine antiques, is a popular destination both to window shop and curate fine pieces for home. For a more chic sensibility, visit Blackchalk Home and Laundry’s home decor.

The wine culture and appreciation for its dozens of vineyards is one of Fredericksburg’s more prominent distinctions to outsiders. And it is with reason. 1851 Vineyards is a landmark stop on the TX290 wine trail and is family run. Downtown, Lincoln St Wine Market is a favorite place to spend an afternoon with friends. Centrally located just steps away from Main Street, patrons can try many local varietals alongside an ever-rotating set of live music.

Fredericksburg would be nothing without what surrounds it. And in this case, we mean the Texas Hill Country. Beyond the vineyards, vistas and rolling landscapes there are also specific attractions where locals from the area and all of Texas enjoy this state’s diverse natural beauty. Particularly Enchanted Rock, a rugged rock scape where people go to take in nature, explore caves, and camp and keep company.

There’s beauty to see and even more to experience here in Fredericksburg. Visit friedentx.com; you may just find your peace of home.