If You Go
Getting There: Driving from Valdosta to Fredericksburg involves 1,000 miles of mostly boring road. Thus, it’s preferable to fly. The Gillespie County Airport just outside town has a 5,000-foot lighted runway but does not offer commercial service. The nearest commercial airports are in San Antonio (70 miles) and Austin (75 miles). Flights from Valdosta to both cities run around $500 depending on the season and day of the week.
Accommodations: The Hanger Hotel (www.hangerhotel.com), located next to the Gillespie County Airport is the perfect place to stay if you arrive by private plane or you just love airplanes. Those who prefer more intimacy can choose from more than 300 local bed & breakfasts. The Sunday Haus Cottages at Fredericksburg Herb Farm (www.fredericksburgherbfarm.com/cottages) are quite nice. For a change of pace, consider the Fredericksburg Brewery’s Bed and Brew on Main Street (www.yourbrewery.com).
Food: As expected in a small Texas town, visitors will find restaurants specializing in Tex-Mex, and Bar-B-Que, in addition to several German eating establishments including The Auslander Restaurant and Biergarten. The Farm Haus Bistro at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm offers fine dining, while the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant prides itself on an expert pairing of Texas wine with good food. Fredericksburg Brewery on Main Street serves award-winning craft beer with great hamburgers and onion rings. Fischer & Wieser on Main and the Das Peach Haus offer samples of wonderful jams, jellies, and sauces (www.jelly.com).
Additional Information: Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau, 302 E. Austin St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624; (888) 997-3600;www.VisitFredericksburgTX.com
David and Kay Scott reside in Valdosta and are authors of “Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges” (Globe Pequot).