IF YOU GO
“Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas/ With Waylon and Willie and the boys/This successful life we’re livin’/Got us feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys”: A visit to Luckenbach will chill you right out, and you might get to see a soon-tobe-country legend perform (www. luckenbachtexas.com).
Wildflower Ridge Alpaca Ranch: Worth the short drive from Fredericksburg to feed a baby alpaca or two (www.wr-alapaca-ranch.com).
National Museum of the Pacific War: The former home of Admiral Chester Nimitz has been made into a museum and an extremely impressive one at that. War museums are not my thing, but this is an extremely well laid-out, informative and enlightened example of how these things can be done right. The serene, attached Japanese Peace Garden is particularly thoughtful.
Access Texas Hill Country’s network of B&Bs and house rentals through Gästenhaus Schmidt (www.fbglodging.com).
Check out the tasty microbrews, convivial atmosphere and uberbacken schweineschnitzel at Fredericksburg Brewing Co. (www. yourbrewery.com).
In the mood for something more elegant? August E’s serves “nouveau Texas cuisine” with an emphasis on local ingredients. Chef Leu Savanh also highlights the cuisine of his native Thailand (www.august-es.com).
General information: www. fredericksburgtexas.info.