Details of our 24 hour winter get away to the Texas Hill Country
This year for my birthday I decided that all I really wanted was to leave town for 24 hours with my husband. We considered Dallas and Austin, as those are our normal quick trip destinations, but I was wanting something a bit different and honestly a bit slower.
One of my favorite things about living and traveling in Texas is driving on highways that pass through small towns and getting to observe the life in these places. I love to imagine what it would be like to live in a smaller and slower time and place. So I chose Fredericksburg, TX as our destination and reasoned we could meander our way down through Austin, Marble Falls, Johnson City, and the 290 Wine Road.
Here is our photo album from the trip with some of my thoughts noted along the way.
We stopped first in Austin at Elizabeth Street Cafe for some Vietenmeses French Breakfast. It was hard for me to imagine what this combination would mean, but it was the perfect mix of feeling like you were in a small french bistro and at the same time eating amazingly tastey Vietnamese inspired breakfast dishes. I had the Roasted Pork and Wood Ear Mushroom Omelette and it was so light and fresh and at the same time satisfying. I highly recommend stopping in the next time you're in Austin.
We headed west from Austin towards Fredericksburg and stopped at this great antique shop that also sells local art. It was full of mid century finds which made my heart go pitter patter. These were some of my favorite abstract art pieces at Echo I will defiantly be stopping in next time we drive through town.
I made a reservation for us to have a wine and cheese pairing at 4.0 Cellars just outside of Fredericksburg. All the wine and cheeses are made in Texas and they were amazing. Since it was a Monday in January, Jonathan were the only ones in our pairing and we had such a great time learning wine tasting tips and pairing tips from the friendly and knowledgable Sommelier.
My favorite find of our trip was our amazing Air BNB. I was on the search for a non-doily and lace inn, which is surprisingly hard to come by in Fredericksburg, and I came across The Roadrunner Inn. It is located on Main street above a wine tasting room and an adorable kids clothing shop. It was clean and filled with light and decorated in a wonderful mix of mid century finds. We loved are large room with seating area and can't wait to find a reason to go back.
This was a quaint little brick paved courtyard surrounded by stone buildings covered in ivy that I just didn't want to leave.
We spent some time walking the main street and looking in windows and browsing stores. That in and of it self was a great birthday present from my husband who would normally not be up for such an adventure, but he was totally in and tried to pretend he cared about all the pretty details like I did. We had dinner at Otto's, a farm to table German restaurant. It is located in an old house off main street and was delicious.
It was a lovely trip.
We ate good food and drank wonderful wine and had time to slow down and just be together. I'm already planning my girl friends version of this trip for the Spring!