Friday, December 17, 2010

Seasonal Day Trips - Fredericksburg at Christmas

Fredericksburg at Christmas

We decided to take a quick family trip to unwind in Fredericksburg before the holidays. This charming (and bustling I might add) town is just a short hour and a half drive from Austin and is one of our favorite places to visit. Clay enjoyed riding his scooter along Main Street, looking at the lights and trying out his skills on the ice. Visit during the week and miss the crowds!

Lucky enough to live in the area? Check out The Bountiful Sprout to have the farmers' market delivered to you. 

Here are some of our favorites around the holidays. 

1. Ice skating at the MarktPlatz - $10 per person includes ice skate rental and a wristband that allows you to come back all day (assuming you haven't broken your arm on the first try)

2. Sip Fredericksburg Brewery's holiday beer, Hoppy Holidaze, at the brewery or in a plastic cup while you do a little window shopping. (Take note that this is listed AFTER the ice skating for a reason!)

Be sure to stop by the little shop next door and pick up all kinds of yummy pickled goods. 
3. Christmas lights all along Main Street, MarktPlatz and the little gazebo and wooden cutouts behind the library and courthouse.

4. Dinner at August E's or Crossroads Steakhouse (be sure to stay for the music in the ballroom on Fridays and Saturdays)

5. Curl up by the fire with a glass of your favorite Becker Vineyards wine in your little cozy cottage.

6. Coffee at Fredericksburg Coffee (pick up a bag of the freshly roasted South Texas Pecan) or smoothies and juice at Juicerie (open in the afternoon). 
7. Gluten (and dairy) free goodies like morning glory muffins, Texas Trash, cookies, bread, brownies and lemon bars as wells as soups, salads and wraps at Kick the Wheat Bakery located inside of The Peach Basket on Main. The Peach Basket is a small version of Wheatsville, without produce, but they have a huge selection of natural and gluten-free snacks and products and a well-stocked fridge and freezer. No need to tote your almond milk in your suitcase. 

8. Chocolates at Chocolat on Main Street (Clay went for the one with the gingerbread man on top and I tried the salted caramel), treats at Rather Sweet BakeryLone Star Candy Bar or pie at Tootie Pie Company

9. Soup and salad at Kelly's Cafe on Main. This San Francisco chef sources his produce locally whenever possible. Clay liked their coloring page and the fact that he got a whole box of crayons to create his masterpiece. 
10. Cross a few gifts off your Christmas list at Spunky Monkey Toys!

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