Day 3 of our girlfriend getaway in the Texas Hill Country didn’t lack in activities… we dedicated Sunday to last minute shopping and a stroll down main street, peeking in windows and grabbing last minute homemade baked goods from a church bake sale stand. (And yes I ate the baked goods before even getting back to the car!)
We started the morning with the idea of just grabbing a quick cup of coffee and pastries at local bakery… but quickly changed our minds when we discovered the reviews on yelp for a local restaurant, Sunset Grill.
The parking was a challenge but our timing was better… the wait was organized because of their text messaging system which allowed you to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful morning and relax. We were seated almost immediately and our table was next to a Disney style porthole window creating a “magical” dining experience.
We could barely carry on a conversation, not because it was loud… but because we envied every table around us as their breakfast was brought to their tables. Although I opted for a traditional breakfast, with biscuits I could eat for days, my top picks that you should try are the French Toast and Eggs Benedict. I’m adding it to our list for the next trip!
With our stomachs full, we needed any excuse to get outside and walk off the calories. So we decided to hit up main street and visit a few of our favorite stores. Everyone knows that I go a little crazy decorating for Christmas and if I could get away with it, I would leave it up year round. So naturally we had to visit the Christmas Store.
I love looking at the new Christopher Radko Ornaments and I was on the hunt for one very special ornament for my tree this year… the Christmas Pickle. There are many stories that are told about hanging a pickle on your tree. I’ve heard it brings good luck to your family and I’ve also heard that the first person to find it on the tree gets to open an extra present. So I figured either way it would be a solid purchase.
If you’re looking to squeeze in a few more wineries on your trip to Fredericksburg, main street actually has a few wineries that you might have missed out on. Fat Ass Ranch and Winery has a tasting room conveniently located next to the Christmas Store and if nothing else you just need to experience it because of the name…and the frozen sangria.
I love cooking, it’s another creative space for me and actually a stress reliever believe it or not. So stopping at the Kitchen store, Der Kuchen Laden, was a must on our list before we left town. A fun fact about the Der Kuchen Laden, is it’s historical past as a hospital. Walking inside you wouldn’t have known it was a hospital because it is wall to wall kitchen gadget must haves. They had kitchen gadgets I didn’t even know existed… from Le Creuset cookware to every sugar cookie cutter on this planet, I was in heaven. And if you are craving java, here’s a little secret, they have a coffee house in the back of the store to grab a quick cup while you are shopping.
I found a few treasures that I couldn’t live with out, one in particular made my day. I have a small obsession with cocktail napkins and I found the cutest Cowboys and Indians napkins that I just couldn’t leave with out purchasing.
If you have a sweet tooth, like I do, then you don’t have to walk very far to find sweet treats of all kinds. The Lone Star Candy Bar had everything you could think of including a chocolate covered jalapeno, yikes! And don’t be afraid to be a kid and take your picture with the life size M&M candy out front while you enjoy your hand dipped ice cream.
Fredericksburg Fudge is also a must in the sweets department. They have everything under the sun when it comes to fudge and it will leave you on a sugar high for days.
Another great winery, who has a tasting room on main, is Grape Creek Vineyards. On our first day in Fredericksburg we actually went out to the vineyard on HWY 290, but we only stayed for a glass of wine. If we had done a little more research we could have just enjoyed a glass downtown and maybe avoided some of the crowds!
As we left Main Street in “Olaf”, our jazzy mini van, we were already planning our next vacation to the Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg, Texas. It was exactly what we needed, a mini girlfriend getaway. We can’t wait to plan another trip this Fall to enjoy the German heritage festivities and hopefully a little Christmas shopping too!