The Texas Hill Country

One of the many areas of our adopted home state of Texas that’s been on the bucket list is the wine growing region of the Texas Hill Country. We chose the German settlement of Fredericksburg as home base for our visit.

Jimmy chose a “unique” motor court hotel for our stay. It was quite an experience, and a throw back to the 1950’s. After a long five-hour drive, we were really ready to check-in before heading out to explore the town. However, we arrived about 2:00 p.m. and check-in wasn’t until 3:00 p.m. Therefore the office was closed! So we headed downtown, got a bite to eat at a German pub and returned promptly at 3:00 p.m. to receive the room key.

Dinner that evening was at a steakhouse not far from the hotel. I had my first “Cowgirl Cosmo” – a cosmopolitan made with vodka AND tequila…yum!

The next day, we were up bright and early. We headed downtown to a coffee house for breakfast and then visited the National Museum of the Pacific War. We could have spent days there making our way through all the exhibits. As it was, we spent the better part of our morning there.

This is a definite must do for anyone planning a visit to Fredericksburg. Pacific War Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz was born and raised there. The Museum houses a great deal of information about the man, as well as the War in the Pacific. The Nimitz Foundation operates the museum. For more information, visit

The Fredericksburg Visitor’s Center is a model for other towns across America. The building itself is really nice, very modern and contains the Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce in addition to the Visitor’s Center. We were invited into a small theater located just off the main room to watch a 10 minute video of all the Fredericksburg has to offer. We were both very impressed.

We then headed back downtown for some shopping and wine tasting. There are something like fifteen “urban” wine rooms in town.

We tried our best to hit them all, but in reality only visited three or four. Some were better than others…the most memorable by far though was the “Fat Ass Winery” 🙂 I copied this story from their website…

It all started several years ago when we got married and found that perfect Texas hill country ranch. Those three square meals a day sure were good. It wasn’t long before we noticed our britches were fitting tighter. Even our ol’ranch dog was gaining weight and having a heck of a time jumping into the back of the pickup. One day when we were out feeding horses, we noticed our donkey Jackson, was as big as some of the horses! That’s when we looked at each other and decided that we lived on the Fat Ass Ranch.

What a great sense of humor!! I’m sorry we didn’t have time to visit the ranch just outside of town.

Dinner was a delicious German meal – the best cabbage ever! All in all, we had a great time wandering around the town, shopping, sipping and exploring.

We head off to our “Slice of Heaven” in Las Tablas, Panama in a few days, so stay tuned for our next adventure!

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