Bottles at the new Kuhlman Cellars winery near Fredericksburg, TX

(map) New wineries are sprouting up along the Wine Road 290, giving us lucky wine-lovers more opportunities to try new grape varietals, along with new methods of making wine. The winemaker here is originally from France, which makes two French See More »

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(map) One of the newer wineries on the Wine Road 290, Lost Draw opened a few months ago right in the middle of Fredericksburg. One of the partners owned an old warehouse that had been in his family for years. Just a few blocks off Main Street, it’s been turned into See More »

Pizza from the West End Pizza Co. in Fredericksburg, Texas

(map) Mamma mia! It’s not all about German food in Fredericksburg. Next time you find yourself on Main Street, check out the brick oven pizzas and Italian specialties here. Above, a custom-made Canadian bacon-spinach-garlic pie, loaded with toppings. There are signature pies, too, like See More »

(map) Railroad’s latest location is in Drippin’. But the family isn’t new to the barbecue biz. They’ve been mesquite-smoking meats for 30 years, and it shows. Their beef brisket is some of the most tender and See More »

(map) Lake Travis may be low at times, but this old-school Texas swimming hole is always full of cool, clear water. The perfect way to cool off on a hot weekend! Drive through an old-fashioned gate and then down a meandering dirt road that winds through huge oak trees. The Krause (pronounced Krow-see) family has See More »

(map) Everyone knows about stopping at Cooper’s Bar-B-Que when driving through Llano. But where do the locals (Llanoans? Llanites?) like to get their ‘cue? Right across the street, where Inman’s has been “smoking the good stuff” for over forty years. They’re famous for See More »

(map) They say they have the biggest happy hour in Texas, and it is definitely a big deal. House wine and all beers are just $3, and all 12 appetizers are $3 off. Save $3 off every tequila drink also. There are the usual nachos and queso, as well as some more exotic choices, like See More »

(map) It’s pretty cool to visit a zoo where the animals aren’t the ones in cages, people are! This is actually more like a ranch. Hundreds of animals roam freely over 137 rolling acres dotted with lakes. There are no lions or tigers or bears (in fact, no predatory beasts), but 80 other species See More »

scenes from the Gillespie county fair near Fredericksburg, texas

(map) The old-fashioned, small-town county fair is alive and well in Gillespie County. This year’s 127th anniversary marks the longest-running fair in Texas and there is a lot to appreciate. From kids showing off their animals to home cooks showing off their jellies and jams, from carnival rides to horse races (with betting!), See More »

(map) Housed in a former hardware store across from Blanco’s historic courthouse, the Redbud serves up a little bit of everything. There are great sandwiches, like the Classic Reuben, above: a warm, cheesy combo of grilled rye, pastrami, swiss and sauerkraut. There are also See More »

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