When you plan a trip to Fredericksburg and are seeking places to stay, eat, and shop, along with ideas for other activities, make a point to visit the website of the Fredericksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, which provides detailed information about lodging, food and wine, attractions and activities, and shopping. The town has more than 150 shops, mostly along Main Street (US 290) and cross streets, and offerings range from fine furniture and antiques to jewelry and novelty items. Here are some of our favorites:
Fredericksburg Coffee & Tea, 338 W. Main St. Come here for a quick and easy breakfast, or pop in to buy bulk tea and coffee from around the world. The shop’s exclusive “South Texas Pecan” flavored coffee enjoys fans far and wide; if you enjoy flavored coffee, give it a try. Call 830/997-8327.
House.wine., 327 E. Main St. Modern home décor mixed with carefully chosen, French-inspired antiques attract customers to this cozy spot on historic Main Street. Unlike most antiques stores, house.wine also features a wine bar, where you can purchase wine by the glass or bottle. Call 830/997-2665.
Red, 307 E. Main St. Housed in a former Buick dealership, Red carries an eclectic and inspiring mix of modern and vintage home goods, from pillows and furniture to baskets and bangles. Call 830/990-0700.
The Christmas Store, 155 E. Main. It’s Christmas 365 days a year in Fredericksburg; at least it is at The Christmas Store, which sells all manner of lights, decorations, figurines, ornaments, and other accouterments for the season. Check out the store’s 56 miniature Christmas villages. Calll 800/944-1882.
Dooley’s 5-10 & 25 c Store, 131 E. Main. Since 1923, Dooley’s has provided shoppers with everything from sewing notions and cast iron skillets to kitschy souvenirs and coveralls. The narrow aisles and wooden floors add an extra touch of nostalgia. Call 830/997-3458.
The Poet’s Haus, 405 Whitney. The gift shop of the Fredericksburg Herb Farm, The Poet’s Haus offers scented candles, essential oils, lotions, and other products made from the farm’s gardens. Call 830/997-8615.
Dogologie, 148 E. Main St. This is the shop for dog-owners who treat their pets like kings (or queens). Dog beds, dog coats, dog clothing, dog toys, dog hammocks, dog leashes, and gourmet dog treats fill this small shop. Call 830/997-5855.
Der Küchen Laden, 258 E. Main St. Dozens of different cookie cutters, specialty pans, tea towels, knives, garlic presses, and kitchen gadgets large and small make this shop a home chef’s dream. Call 830/997-4937.
LM Easterling Custom Boot Company, 107 N. Adams. Custom cowboy boots here range from classic designs in ostrich and cowhide to decorative boots inlaid with emblems such as guitars and Longhorns. But the Easterling craftsmen also offer an unexpected twist: They also make custom clown shoes. Yes, you read that right. Call 830/997-8980.