Grape Creek Vineyards – Fredericksburg, Texas

A trip to Fredericksburg once involved two days’ travel time for us.  Now that we are Austinoverfifty-ers, a day trip to Fredericksburg is easy peasy.

We can go often…

and we do.

Do you like quaint shoppingGerman food,?  PEACHESHiking?  Then you are sure to love Fredericksburg.  You can stay for the weekend, or go for the day.  Go with girlfriends, or go with your spouse.  Go by yourself if you want to!  Fredericksburg is a true Texas gem, the epicenter of the Texas hill country wine region, and no visitor leaves without hesitation.

Back in the day, we didn’t just make a trip to Fredericksburg for vacation.  Or even through it.  It wasn’t on the way to anywhere we were going.   Most families were busy seeing landmarks and lagoons, not shopping and sampling.  I guess it was that way for a lot of other people, but word got out as the grapes began to grow, and it’s it’s no longer a place to grab a side trip lunch.  It has definitely become a destination, especially now that Texas wines are making a big splash in the market.

There are over 45 wineries in the hill country, but we are members at only one. Sigh.

Fredericksburg isn’t all about the wineries; however, it would be hard to recommend a day trip to this charming spot without recommending a stop at one of the local wineries.  And then if I’m going to recommend one of them, I might as well recommend the one I like best!  Grape Creek Vineyards produces consistently delicious wines, and the on-site Trattoria produces consistently delicious pizza.  You can’t beat that combination.  I can almost smell it now.  Just place your order at the window, then kick back and relax with your members’ perk half-glass of merlot (my choice) until the buzzer lets you know your order is up.

From the Trattoria – Delicious!

Wine club members enjoy a private dining patio, where the hill country breeze gently relaxes the most frustrated of individuals.  In fact, if you are frustrated or stressed, stop reading now, and get in the car.  After a glass of wine under the huge oak trees (or a free half glass if you’re smart enough to join the club), you will, trust me, feeeeeeeelllllll beeeeeetttttttteeeeeerrrrrrr.

Tuscan-Style Gift Shop

Beautiful View of the Vineyard

Private Patio – Members Only

My husband and I have enjoyed many good wines and have been to Napa twice, but still, we are novices at the whole description thing.  On the back of the tongue, it’s supposed to do something, while on the pallet, it does something else.  I get that.  Not understand it, just get it.  (I need to take a class.) What I do know for sure is what tastes good.  I have standards, you know.

Fredericksburg with Mark & Sally April 17 2016 - 14

A box of peaches in the back seat is always a good thing!

We have eaten our Fredericksburg peaches on yogurt and cereal in the morning, put them in smoothies, and baked them in muffins.  Next, I think I’ll try this recipe I found on Pinterest…with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, of course.

Sweet Peach Crisp with Toasted Pecans-- grab the recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

So, if you’re looking to spend a day away from the usual, take a little trip to enjoy the unique – one of the stars in our collective Texas crown.  Just be sure you stop in at Grape Creek Vineyards .  It’s my fave.

Happy Day-Tripping!

P.S.: Check out how to get your own complimentary half glass of wine every time you visit here.

Encouraging intentional adventure,

Brenda

 

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Hi, there! My name is Brenda McDearmon, and I love to encourage people! I created this blog to help overfiftyers to look beyond the transitions into a future of everyday adventure so they can focus on themselves a little, and on every other good thing in life a lot. I'm so glad you're here!

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