Texas may not be the ideal spot for a relaxing vacation, but there are some hidden gems that many people don’t know about. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or considering moving or even a long-time resident, here are a couple of vacation gems in Texas that will make your time in the lone star state all the more enjoyable.
There are many beautiful aspects to the state of Texas, one of which is that it is steeped in a collection of cultures. Fun fact: did you know Fredericksburg has German roots? It’s true! Due to the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants, this city was founded by John O. Meusebach on May 8, 1846, after some negotiation with the native tribes. You can learn more about the history of Fredericksburg, Texas if you like, but let’s highlight some of the fun things to do when you visit.
Fredericksburg has a little something for everyone, even the wine lovers! This city is part of the Texas Hill Country and is home to over 50 wineries. You can take your time to visit as many as you wish as well as join in the festivals that take place. There are two major festivals that take place in October: BestFest and the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest. There’s live music, cooking demonstrations, booths, all you can eat food, and even an entire celebration dedicated to peaches! Fredericksburg is famous for its’ peaches.
With the beautiful hill country landscape, Fredericksburg has always had an appreciation for art. There are many galleries and studios to visit and admire (while you sip on a glass of wine, I might add). Even Christmas in Fredericksburg is magical. You can go shopping along Main Street, admire the 30-foot Christmas tree, go ice-skating, and enjoy their signature event: 55 Nights of Fredericksburg Lights, which runs from November 12th to January 6th.
Of course, while you enjoy your visit, the hill country offers amazing places to stay from bed & breakfasts to dedicated spots for camping/RV trucks. Let’s take a look at another, more familiar, gem in Texas.
San Antonio has a lot of famous history: The Alamo, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, and many others. It also has a Japanese Tea Garden often referred to as the Sunken Gardens located in Brackenridge Park. It boasts a sixty-foot waterfall and ponds filled with Koi fish. The year-round garden offers shaded walkways and stone bridges. There’s even the Jingu House Café on site that serves bubble tea (it’s so delicious!). You can even rent out certain areas for small weddings and corporate gatherings.
A more well-known destination in San Antonio is the River Walk. The downtown area offers plenty of hotels where you can view the water after a long day of exploring. With the Christmas holiday right around the corner, the lights decorated all over the River Walk is an enchanting sight to see. Also, now through Christmas Eve, you can enjoy a showing of Snow White at The Magik Theatre. They’re also having a Wishing Lantern event coming up on January 16, 2021. A few more events taking place around the Christmas holiday are Ford Holiday Boat Caroling, Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias, and the Holiday Artisan Show.
These are just a few of the awesome things to do in these cities and there’s more to enjoy once you visit. There are also more beautiful cities to see in Texas, so stay tuned! To get more details about events at the River Walk and in Fredericksburg, check out these links: San Antonio River Walk Events and Fredericksburg, Texas Events.