Rediscover America as the Germans did in the 1800s but with all modern day conveniences in Fredericksburg, Texas. This is the whole vacation package of rich heritage, historical charm, outdoor adventure, shops, wineries, brewery, spas, scenic views and of course golf.
The Boot Ranch Golf Club is where “Seven Days of Utopia” was filmed and it aptly represents the way of life. Since it is private you might hope for a future public opportunity as often happens these days. Don’t hold your breath. Meanwhile, Alan Wooley is in charge of an incredible municipal course, Lady Bird Johnson with plenty of Hill Country views and the best doggone burgers in Texas. Over 20 million dollars have gone into the renovation of this course. Once nine holes, now 18 challenge golfers with plenty of views transitioning from Cattle pasture to Hill country that marry the Serengeti with Southwest Spain. You might expect a wildebeest but you are almost certain to see the mule deer and maybe the sika that resemble a small moose body with elk antlers. The short par 3 number 16 has a lake right side that comes into play even when you land on the right edge of the green. Alan says, “This one has a pucker factor.”
For tennis or swimming, The Lady Bird Johnson Park is right around the corner from the airstrip and the Hanger Hotel. It was retro fitted to the nostalgic era of World War II, with motif details such as airplane props that serve as ceiling fans and bomber jacket leather upholstered chairs. Current military eat free and the conference center holds USO dances. It is a romantic notion with funds benevolently donated to Ft. Hood. Many fly in here with their single or twin prop engines, for the $100 burger. The burger is $5 but the flight fuel costs $95. Owners Dick and Rosemary Estenson have been a team for 40 years. They obviously bring out the best of one another’s passions converting them into entrepreneurial successes that are community oriented and visitor endearing.
The downtown strip is a glimpse of the old west with 360 unique shops, 20 wineries and museums including the remarkable World War II Museum. German settlers originally purchased land grants that included many acres of farmland plus a couple acres in town to build their “Sunday Houses.” We had the honor of staying in one of the replica Sunday Houses, a comfy cottage with rockers and porch swings at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm where the spa is a real treat. This is another success from the mastermind team of Estonson’s just like The Fredericksburg Brewery – the oldest in the state of Texas. Owner Dick’s favorite brew? – “It depends on which is in my hand.”
You can’t go to Fredericksburg without going to Luckenbach, made famous by Waylon Jennings’s song. Live music 7 days a week with big names coming into play on the weekends for a maximum of 2500 in the audience makes this tiny spot an intimate ho down under the stars with chickens perched in trees and antlers hung on walls. The saying goes, “Everybody’s somebody in Luckenbach.” Drive in from the San Antonio or Austin airport to visit – www.VisitFredericksburgTexas.com