Merry Weihnachten, y’all!
It may be a small town with a rich German history but it’s very big on my list for a unique travel and holiday experience like no other. My children and I stopped in Fredericksburg the weekend prior to Thanksgiving to pick up our Thanksgiving pies and spent the day here. So many wonderful picture perfect moments, food and memories. This is a town that gives you a reason to keep going back – and it’s more than just wine tours.
Fredericksburg Pie Company
In the summertime Fredericksburg can get very packed. Along Main Street, it can be difficult to walk down the crowded sidewalks. We traveled there in the morning of November 20, the Monday prior to Thanksgiving, and it was a lot less busy. We were actually headed to the Fredericksburg Pie Company to pick up our Thanksgiving pies on a whim. I had read in Travel and Leisure that this pie shop was one of the best in the country so I had to try it out myself. Located on a street parallel to Main street, I could tell we were close when we walked a few blocks from the Fredericksburg Visitor Center parking lot on Austin Street to our destination.
Travel Tip: Park at the Visitor Center – tons of parking and public restrooms are available
As we got closer to the pie shop, I could smell the hint of cinnamon and baking. It was such a glorious smell that led us to a quaint little house adorned with books, antiques and a variety of knick knacks that it was like going to Grandma’s house.
We picked up an Orange Bourbon Pecan Pie and a Pumpkin Pie. The crusts were flaky and buttery melt in your mouth kind of crusts. The pecan pie was amazing and I don’t even like pecan pie. The Pumpkin pie was scrumptious.
Japanese Garden of Peace
After we got our pies we were hungry so we decided to head to Main Street. The Visitor Center is located right behind The National Museum of the Pacific War, I have not been to this attraction yet but I have heard this is a definite must visit. It takes half a day or more to visit the museum and the entire complex. The complex includes: The Admiral Nimitz Museum, George Bush Gallery of the Pacific War, the Plaza of the Presidents, Japanese Garden of Peace, Memorial Walk, and the Pacific Combat Zone. The museum itself has an admission fee but we walked through the FREE Japanese Garden of Peace. For a November the weather was beautiful and this garden was a gift to the people the United States from the people of Japan.
Travel Tip – The Japanese Garden of Peace and the Memorial Walk are FREE admission. Lots to learn at these attractions as well.
See a few more photos in my Flickr album:
Shops and Restaurants
There is not a shortage of shops and restaurants to choose from. It can get pretty crowded and pricey to eat along Main Street. You can try authentic German food or opt for something much more familiar. Consult Yelp on the best places to eat in Fredericksburg. We opted to take a rest at a frozen yogurt shop called Kelani Yogurt.
With kids this was the best place to head to for inexpensive eats. Along with serve yourself frozen yogurt they had all kinds of awesome eats from crepes, sandwiches, wraps and fresh juices. I had this awesome bratwurst on a bun that I ever had. Check them out on Facebook. The shops that line Main Street have an array of Texas trinkets, art, jewelry, boutique items and more. There are over 150 shops and galleries. Head to The Christmas Store offering up Christmas decorations all year round. They have a lot of brands and unique holiday decorations.
Markplatz (Market Square)
If you are looking for a quick place to relax with the kids and learn about the history of Fredericksburg this is a great place to head to. The wide open space makes it ideal to see the 26 foot tall, hand carved wooden Christmas Pyramid as well as the 30 foot Christmas Tree. The Vereins Kirche is located here. It is an octagonal shaped building that was the site of the first church and the first school in Fredericksburg. The Markplatz also has a playground, benches and picnic tables. There is a garden behind the Vereins Kirche with statues and plaques commemorating John O. Meusbach, founder of Fredericksburg and peacemaker with the Comanche Indians. History states that in 1846, Meusbach founded the settlement where resources were abundant and in 1847 brokered a peace treaty with the Comanche Native Americans that they would not disrupt the settlement. The treaty still exists today and has never been broken. The Marktplatz also hosts festivals, concerts and an ice skating rink in the holiday season. This is a great place for photos so bring your cameras as holiday decorations dot the entire area.
Check out the holiday photos of the Markplatz in my Flickr album:
You can find out all the holiday events and festivities in the Fredericksburg Holiday Guide.
There are so many other great attractions for those visiting Fredericksburg. I highly recommend taking one of the many wine tours they have all along Highway 290 headed to Stonewall. The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park (Lyndon B. Johnson’s boyhood home and home of the Texas White House) is a short drive north from here and a very educational experience (we loved it). If you love stargazing Enchanted Rock State Park is also a short drive from Fredericksburg.
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