THE NAPA VALLEY OF TEXAS

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I’ve been to Napa, its heavenly. But sometimes you just don’t want to make the schlep all the way to Northern California. If you live in Texas.and are looking for a nice wine and food weekend that’s just a road trip away, Fredericksburg is the place. And if wine isn’t your thing, check out the new book Spectacular Weekend Getaways of Texas, which highlights the hidden gems from every pocket of the state. There’s something for all tastes in this beautiful book, from secluded country inn’s, chic city hotels, fun family resorts, dog friendly cottages, romantic B & B’s and more. Here are a few places to add to your travel bucket list.

Cotton Gin Village and Cabernet Grill in Fredericksburg with rustically romantic cabin lodging for foodies Romantic. Historic. Memorable.

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For a Texas getaway unlike any other, head to Cotton Gin Village in Fredericksburg and see why people love this bed & breakfast. Not quite your ordinary lodgings, the accommodations are made up of seven rustic cabins that take you back to a simpler time. Guests get to experience the authenticity of Texas Hill Country-style housing with tin roofs, wood-burning fireplaces, and timber walls. You’d never know the inn is located less than three miles from Fredericksburg’s Main Street: The lush greenery, koi pond, and soothing waterfalls allow you to immerse yourself in a peaceful atmosphere. Thinking about dinner? You don’t have to go far for an amazing meal. Cabernet Grill delivers exactly what a Texas Wine Country restaurant should: a service-oriented, chef-driven restaurant with fresh, seasonal offerings, and an impressive all-local wine list—the largest in the state, in fact. Thanks to author, owner and executive chef, Ross Burtwell, the menu offers unique Hill Country cuisine that brings guests back year after year. Think green chile and crab-stuffed shrimp, oak-smoked pork tenderloin, and grilled Texas quail. For dessert? How about Fredericksburg peach crisp with lavender ice cream or chicken fried pecan pie? Ultra-fresh seafood, Angus beef, and wild game plus a memorable dessert menu- keep guests happy. Photos below by Steve Rawles.

Hoffman Haus, luxury boutique hotel meets bed & breakfast in the heart of Texas wine country

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If you’re looking for a Hill Country getaway that has it all, Hoffman Haus located in Fredericksburg is your ideal destination. Tucked just one block away from the hustle and bustle of historic Main Street, Hoffman Haus is situated in a calm residential neighborhood and strikes the perfect balance between a boutique hotel and a traditional bed & breakfast. With upscale service and serious attention to detail, the Hoffman team creates a memorable Hill Country experience for every visitor. Modern amenities meld gracefully with local traditions. For example, guests can expect a warm gourmet breakfast delivered directly to their rooms in a timeless picnic basket. Vegetarian? Gluten free? Low carb? No problem. The culinary team happily prepares meals to fit any special diet. Hoffman Haus sits on three beautiful acres and has 23 accommodating spaces rooms, suites, and cottages—in a variety of styles, all distinct and individually designed by owner Leslie Washburne. While fine linens, soothing colors, and modern bathrooms welcome guests to every room, each space has its own story to tell. The property is a mix of old and new, from the Basse House, constructed in 1871, to the modern details of Ada’s Cottage. Hoffman Haus even has an ideal space for events, in its elegant Great Hall—a beautifully restored Kentucky tobacco barn from the 1800s. Photos below by Claire McCormick.

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