Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekending + Fredricksburg Trip Recap

Happy Monday! It's an extra great day because I'm off work and home with Walker after a great weekend away for our anniversary. {I'm linking up with Biana and Meghan today.} 

Brandon and I decided this summer to spend our fourth wedding anniversary in Fredricksburg - a cute, quaint little town outside of Austin in the Texas Hill Country. Thankfully, my mother-in-law and aunt watched Walker at our house while we were gone for the weekend. 

-FRIDAY-
We both took off work, took Walker to school and drove the beautiful four-hour trip to Fredricksburg. 

Our first stop was Becker Vineyards, which was absolutely gorgeous! 


The trick is going early in the afternoon on a weekday, because we got there around 2:30 p.m. and didn't have to wait at all to do a tasting. In fact, we were able to visit with the staff - who were so friendly - and gave us a few more samples than they probably should have. 




One of the sweet ladies even gave us a tour of The Library, which was such a neat experience! 




We ended the event at Becker with a glass of wine on the porch enjoying this gorgeous view. I absolutely love living in Texas! 



Brandon surprised me with an hour-long massage at The Spa at the Inn on Barons Creek. It was wonderful! The spa is set up in an old house, which has been updated into a quaint little spa that smelled of lavender the second you walked in the door. 

After our massage, we checked into our bed and breakfast, Cameron Inn. While the inn was cute and comfy, I would not stay there again. It was very loud, since it was right off Main Street, and there was a bright streetlight that shone into our bedroom. {The second night, we rigged beach towels over the windows so that we could sleep better.} The breakfast wasn't served until 9 a.m., and after a few glasses of wine - and being used to waking up at 5 a.m. every day! - we were ready to eat by about 8 a.m. 

We had dinner at Otto's, a German bistro whose menu changes weekly. This restaurant was also a converted house and was teeny tiny. The wait was an hour and a half, and we actually ended up sitting at the bar after a while...which actually was a great choice because we were by locals who gave us great ordering tips. We each had a glass of wine and started with the Flammkuchen, then I had the pan-roasted grouper and Brandon ordered the duck schnitzel. It was a good restaurant, but I actually liked our appetizer better than our entrees. The atmosphere, however, was spectacular. 

-SATURDAY-
Brandon walked right across the street to Mahaley's Café and brought breakfast {breakfast tacos, cinnamon rolls and coffee} back to our room. The breakfast tacos were awesome, but I felt like the cinnamon rolls were commercialized. 

We had scheduled a wine tour with George's 290 Wine Tours, and I cannot say enough great things about George or the tour! If you are in Fredricksburg, you have to use George! He was so personable, knowledgeable and nice. You definitely get what you pay for. 


Our tour started at William Chris Vineyards. The atmosphere was soothing, calm and the wine was wonderful. I personally liked their reds and their port, and the man serving us our tasting was about 65 and the cutest man I have ever seen. 


It was overcast and chilly, but the vineyard was still beautiful. I can only imagine what it looks like on a gorgeous, sunny day! 


We then went to Lewis Wines - our absolute favorite of the day. This was a very new vineyard started by two guys who are my age! The entire set-up: production, tasting, bottling, etc. was all in one, 1,500-ish-square-foot tin roof building...and we loved it. 

I'm almost hesitant to put the little hidden gem of Lewis Wines out there! Ha! 


We actually became wine club members at this place. Their Viognier was by far my favorite wine I have ever tasted. One of the two owners, Doug Lewis, did our tasting. He talked to us as long as we wanted, gave us extra samples, and even climbed up on a few barrels and brought us down an actual barrel sample...that won't be ready for bottling for another two or so years! 


From there, we went to Texas Hills Vineyard for a tasting and lunch on their covered portico. I liked two of their wines, but the tasting felt very rushed. {Granted, it was Saturday and busy.} 

Our last stop of the day was Grape Creek Vineyards. This place was gorgeous, but it was insanely commercialized. The lady doing our tasting was not very nice and didn't have many answers to questions we had. This place would be nice to come on a Saturday with a group of friends to have a drink, snack on some cheese and crackers and enjoy the weather on their patio. 


After our tour, we came back to the B&B and watched the amazing Baylor vs. TCU game! I still can't get over it. Sic 'Em, Bears! 

We had dinner at The Nest, and I can't say enough good things about that place. Again, it was a converted old house and the service was great. We ordered the fried oysters on sautéed spinach with roasted bell pepper Hollandaise to start; then I had the filet {served with a Bordelaise sauce and turnip mashed potatoes}; and Brandon had the shrimp-stuffed salmon special. We finished with coffee and the chocolate walnut tart. 

-SUNDAY-
We "slept in" until 8:30 a.m. and then had brunch at Rathskeller Restaurant, located in the basement of the old Keidel Hospital. It was a neat atmosphere, but the food was so-so. I ordered the Texas French Toast and Brandon had the Eggs Benedict. 

After brunch, we walked around Main Street and got Walker a few souvenirs from the local toy store and then left for the four-hour drive home. 

Of course, it was absolutely wonderful to see my sweet baby and love all over him! I spent the evening doing laundry, going to the grocery store and picking up around the house. 

Overall, it was a wonderful trip and was so nice to get away and spend one-on-one time with Brandon. If we had more time this trip, I definitely would have spent more time on Main Street itself. You can walk around with a glass of wine or a beer on the street, and the shops there were absolutely precious. It is seriously the most charming little town! We have already decided that we're going back next summer and talking Walker with us. 

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like an awesome anniversary trip! So glad you guys were able to have a weekend just the two of you. Enjoy your extra day off!

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  2. Sounds like an awesome weekend!! Another reason I need to move to TX -- we have no good wineries here LOL

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  3. I really need to get over to visit my brother in his wife in Texas....so many fun places and wineries to check out!!

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  4. What a fun trip! We've been meaning to go! We live in Dallas...so not too far!

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