On the road again Fall for these small Texas towns with big charms, fine food and stylish lodgings. Story and photos by June Naylor
In the fall, we shake off
any lingering hot-weather
sluggishness and embrace
the new energy that comes with somewhat cooler
temps. It’s a great time to grab some girlfriends or
your sweetheart and plot an escape for a few days.
Here, we detail getaways
in four Texas towns, with
all the shopping, sipping, good food and comfy
Check out Fredericksburg
The most famous of Texas Hill Country towns, this one has deep German roots; far more art galleries, boutiques and B&Bs than other villages its size; and no end to the wine-tasting possibilities. Even if you’ve visited before, there’s always something new to see and do. There are plenty of guided winery tours, but seek out the special ones — not everyone wants to be in a crowd of partying bachelorettes.
digs you can handle.
(plenty of new discoveries to be made), Comfort
(a great little surprise), Salado (especially the
Stagecoach Inn reboot)
and Coleman (great food, wine and lodging, plus a
furniture store). Wave bye-
bye to summer and ease on down the road.
LODGING Just on the outskirts of town, Outlot 201 is a small collection of new guesthouses ideal for a cozy escape (rent just one of the structures) or family reunion (book all three). Each cottage offers separate bedroom and living areas and a stocked kitchenette, all with clean, modern design. Out the back door, there’s patio seating and a pasture beyond populated by friendly horses and goats. Kicking back inside or out with a bottle of wine is the epitome of a relaxed getaway (2015 W. Live Oak St., 830-456-6555, facebook.com/Outlot201GH).
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EATING AND DRINKING Among all the wineries, three stand out as special these days. Just east of town in the little community of Stonewall, Kuhlman Cellars offers tastings with food pairings in its new, contemporary buildings; you’ll need reservations (18421 E. U.S. 290, Stonewall, 512-920-2675, kuhlmancellars.com). At Grape Creek Vineyards, the motto is “Where wine is a pleasure, not a party,” and the property’s buildings evoke thoughts of Tuscany. Taking a tour is required if you want to eat at the winery’s lovely restaurant, Stout’s Trattoria (10587 E. U.S. 290, 830-644-2710, grapecreek.com). Right in the heart of downtown, Becker Vineyards has a new tasting room in a beautifully renovated former Buick showroom. You’ll find gifts galore for wine and lavender fans (307 E. Main St., 830-644-2681, ext. 501, beckervineyards.com). There’s a cooking class program inside Das Peach Haus, a culinary center sponsored by Fischer & Wieser, the longtime Fredericksburg maker of jams, sauces and other goodies (1406 S. U.S. 87, 866-997-89609, daspeachhaus.com). Chef and cookbook author John DeMers whips up a fabulous four-course dinner while you watch, and wine pairings match the dishes.
Chef John DeMers prepares exceptional dinners at Das Peach Haus, above left; Hill Top Cafe is a destination for comfort food and live music, top; and Blackchalk Home and Laundry brings gifts and decor from around the globe, above.
What’s new and notable in Southlake and surrounding areas in northeast Tarrant county.