The warm sunny days have been beckoning you to the call of adventure lately, but what about your canine sidekick? Austin is a dog-friendly city yet it seems everywhere else it’s, “No dogs allowed.” What if we told you that a fun day trip in Fredericksburg with your dog awaits you? We’re talking refreshing hikes and fun sightseeing – with your dog! And if you find yourself having too much fun for just one trip (like we know you will), plan more than one or make it a tradition.
Rich in heritage since 1846, Fredericksburg is a dog-friendly small town that boasts wineries and endless landscapes to hike, plenty of opportunities for memorable pictures and to feast on delectable eats. Best of all, it’s only an hour and half away!
If you love flowers – A LOT OF FLOWERS – Wildseed Farms is the place to go! You will find a rainbow of colorful fields raveled in flourishing wildflowers for stunning pictures. Stop for an ice cold beer or perhaps, an ice cream and enjoy a walk around with your pup. In the ‘Meadows’ you will find acres of trails and Butterfly gardens to enjoy meandering through. But before you leave to find your next adventure, be sure to pick up some wildflower seeds and a keepsake or two. For more information check out their calendar here.
For the wine lover that enjoys a welcoming outside patio and music on the weekends, there is Becker Vineyards on the outskirts of town. This 46 acre winery estate is as exquisite as the 19th century German stone barn that greets you, yet as refined as the award-winning wine they craft. Lofty oak trees, rows of peach orchards and dancing wild flowers invite your presence while you stroll the grounds. Once you have taken in the beautiful landscape, you can tease your taste buds with a little wine tasting and upbeat music. Best of all, well-behaved leashed pets are always welcome throughout the expansive estate.
Once your excursions have left you – and your pup – famished, you can continue your Fredericksburg adventure into uptown at Hondos On Main for Lunch/Dinner. Named after the ‘self proclaimed’ mayor of Luckenbach and a famed writer and humorist known as John Russell (Hondo) Crouch, you will find dog lovers and music lovers abound. You see, Crouch’s’ motto was that ‘Everybody was somebody in Luckenbach’ and that essence still resounds today in this laid back self-help bar and grill restaurant. Featuring the down home menu fare of the southern and Tex Mex food you’ve been craving, you and your canine friend will inevitably find yourself as satisfied and elated as Bob Hope did the day he met ‘Hondo’.
Are you worried your dog may have forgotten his/her etiquette or smell a bit ‘doggy’. The Bed and Biscuit Training will freshen up their manners and you can take advantage of the bathing services to look good for a photo spot on the trip! What you waiting for?