Last Updated on July 24, 2023
Fredericksburg, TX is known for its abundance of wineries and tasting rooms. Over 50 dot the area in the center Texas Wine Country between Austin and San Antonio. With a small-town atmosphere, plenty of restaurants, museums, art galleries and attractions, Fredericksburg has seen an influx of tourism.
A unique lodging welcomes visitors.
“Where Five Star Luxury Meets Hill Country Flair” is the mantra of The Vine on Middle Creek, a getaway just eight minutes from downtown Fredericksburg with luxurious private cottages set within a working vineyard.
Upon entering the gated property, I wound through the verdant vineyards before arriving at a collection of six spacious farmhouse-style cottages located side by side. The property also includes an on-site lodge with a kitchen, dining room, and porch where guests are served a delightful homemade breakfast to start each day by owner Craig Fovel.
Craig had a vision of opening a bed and breakfast in partnership with the family vineyard that was established in 2012. That dream eventually became a reality.
The Vine Accommodations
My 580-square-foot cottage #5 with keyless digital entry was spacious, comfortable, and beautifully appointed. The suite featured a king size bed, luxury Egyptian cotton linens, an electric fireplace, jacuzzi style tub, walk-in porcelain tile shower and plenty of bathroom counter space. I immediately felt at home, kicking off my shoes and dropping into the giant recliner under a breezy ceiling fan.
Each cottage has a porch swing for relaxing, and toward evening guests enjoy gathering around a large outdoor firepit to review their day’s adventures while making S’mores and sipping their favorite beverages. Guests are treated like family here, with many unique personal touches thrown in.
Take advantage of the suite’s full coffee bar and mini fridge. Outdoors, have fun with corn hole, horseshoes and bocce ball. There’s also a secluded cigar-smoking area. Yes, this is Texas.
Oak trees surround the property and an open courtyard strung with lights adds to a warm and inviting ambience.
A special note: the beds are adjustable and a ten-minute setting on massage sent me quickly to dreamland!
Breakfast is served every morning at 8:30. Craig happily takes special requests and accommodates specific times for an earlier breakfast if needed.
Not only is the Vine on Middle Creek a relaxing retreat, but it’s also a working vineyard. Make sure to reserve time for a behind-the-scenes tour to see almost a half dozen varietals that supply grapes to the local William Chris Winery.
Things to do in Fredericksburg
Craig and his staff also help with restaurant reservations and special tours, including a local Main Street winery tour, a historic trolley tour through town, and museum tours.
Visit Hill Country Herb Garden for lunch, the Pioneer Museum Complex, the fascinating National Museum of the Pacific War for history, and Lost Draw Cellars for a wine tasting. I love Wildseed Farms for its nature gifts, wine tasting, and delightful peach ice cream cones.
Places to Eat in Fredericksburg
Award-winning owner and Executive Chef Ross Burtwell’s Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant offers highly curated food, aged, certified Angus steaks, fresh wild-caught seafood, house-made desserts, and an extensive wine menu by wine director Elizabeth Rodriguez.
If you’re hankering for a contemporary German culinary treat, Otto’s German Bistro is a great choice. The menu changes seasonally, but keeps Duck Schnitzel and Flammkuchen, a house-made flatbread, on the menu year-round.
Have lunch at Alstadt Brewery, an authentic Bavarian brewery dedicated to creating the purest, smooth beers guided by the historic German purity law of 1516. Take a brewery tour, enjoy their happy hour or have a beer in the taproom. Guests can order beer and snacks at the outdoor biergarten on Saturdays and listen to live music in the grand hall on the weekends.
Hilda’s Tortillas Restaurant & Bar serves the finest Mexican food and handmade tortillas, and the margaritas are superb! I like to stop by for their breakfast migas, and the fajitas, enchiladas, and a margarita for dinner.
A Texas Welcome
Craig and the entire team welcomed me like family, providing concierge services and extra down-home comfort. Zoe the dog invited me to toss a ball, and of course, I made a new friend.
I watched deer graze on the lawn in the early morning and lightning bugs blink across the yard at night – memories from my childhood that I won’t soon forget.
I felt a bit envious of my new friends, “livin’ the dream” in the Texas Hill Country. But I was happy to have had the chance to visit this amazing place and meet Craig and his wonderful staff.luxury