Now that we’re just about 5 weeks away from the (much anticipated) arrival of our baby girl, Jason and I thought that this past weekend was the perfect time to hop in the car for an impromptu road trip to the Hill Country of central Texas – and we had an awesome time!
We left Friday morning and expected to get to Fredericksburg around lunchtime, after stopping in West at the Czech Stop (a must!!!) for kolaches. However, that was a little ambitious and we didn’t actually roll into town until around 2:30 – luckily I had made some gnarly CDs to keep us entertained. :) We picked up the keys to our B&B from the property management company and hopped back in the car to head to the Alamo Springs Cafe, a little joint we learned about from my sister and her husband.
Apparently every biker within a thousand mile radius had also heard about the famous burgers at the Alamo Springs Cafe because that place was crawling with Harleys. We were lucky to find a table, where we chowed down on krusty fries (french fries deep fried in a chipotle batter – yum!!), homemade chips, and the best cheeseburgers ever. We may have overdone it a bit! The Cafe is run by some salty Hill Country folk, and the food is so good that I didn’t even mind ignoring the fact that the owner was chain-smoking in the kitchen. :)
Our next stop was Luckenbach, the coolest little “town” in Texas. Nowadays it’s a tiny country music paradise, where you can drink Lone Star beer under shade trees filled with chickens (it’s true!) while you listen to live country music played by anyone from up-and-comers to the truly famous.
The old post office and general store is pretty much the only original building still standing.
I was a little jealous of Jason’s frosty beverage. :)
We had such a great time, and I can’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon. Here are a few more snippets from our time in Luckenbach. (And you can see that I wasn’t kidding about the chickens in the trees!)
We left Luckenbach and finally got to scope out our B&B, which was right above a pizzeria. I was blown away!! Jason did all of the planning for the trip so I had no idea what to expect, and we were both in love with the high ceilings (at least 12 feet) and the gigantic living room. It felt like a house! We were totally spoiled.
I can’t lie – other than enjoying a tasty dinner, we did spend part of our evening trying to track down a gas station that sold lottery tickets. After many unsuccessful attempts we were able to buy a few tickets – only to be shocked that we didn’t win $640 million. So sad, ha!
We hopped up Saturday morning and strolled through all the shops in Fredericksburg – it’s such a cute town and we had a great time. Then we headed out to Wildseed Farms – it had caught my eye on the drive in to Fredericksburg the day before with its fields of gorgeous poppies. It was a fun stop and there were lots of beautiful flowers to admire, and we even bought a giant sack of cosmo seeds that we planted in the backyard last night – we’ll see how they turn out!
Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas are chock full of wineries – and even though only half of our duo can enjoy wine these days, stopping at a winery was a total must. Jason enjoyed a pinot noir from Becker Vineyards at dinner the night before, so that’s where we decided to stop. The grounds and buildings were totally charming, and I’m told that the wines were quite tasty. :)
Just ten bucks got Jason a tasting of 7 wines and a cool souvenir wine glass, so he was a happy camper. They also had live music – all of the musicians looked completely miserable, but they were actually pretty good.
Naturally, a few wines had to come home with us. :)
The main tasting room was really gorgeous, and we made sure to check out the lavender field before we left.
Our second night was spent in Austin – even though it’s known for it’s nightlife, music and outdoor adventures, we were there for the food. We hit up our favorite patio for dinner, then called it a night after enjoying a little room service dessert while we watched one of the Final Four games – such a ridiculous luxury that made this pregnant chick very happy.
After breakfast the next morning at the best hole in the wall for breakfast tacos, we hit the road to head back home!
Our last hurrah was so relaxing and we had the best time just hanging out with each other and wandering around the Hill Country with lots of good food and entertainment. We’re hoping to do it again next March, but with a baby in tow. :)
Did you have a last hurrah before baby?