Unlike last year when many Texas peach orchards struggled to survive the unusual, late-season freeze, recent rains have proven that this year’s Texas Hill Country peaches are going full throttle.
Driving to Fredericksburg from the east on US 290, it’s easy to notice that spring adores the Hill Country: This oak-studded landscape is a hot spot for wildflowers—bluebonnets, firewheels, black-eyed Susans, and others color the vistas like a painting come to life, while roadside stands open in anticipation of peaches, tomatoes, blackberries, and other seasonal bounty coming to market.
Every Texas town has its distinctive qualities and attractions—just ask the locals. Given the more than 2,000 small towns that populate this vast state, that makes for a lifetime of worthwhile country drives, courthouse square cafés, and quirky local history museums. That’s why we turned to Texas Highways readers to help identify our state’s “coolest small towns.” We had a blast fielding the nominations, which came in from all across the state. Considering the “small” stipulation, we set a population limit of about 10,000, although that meant some popular nominees weren’t included. We believe these small towns reflect the essence of Texas—from peaceful porch swings to sprawling oak trees, chicken-fried steak, and six-man football—and we invite you to join us as we explore their charms.
The National Museum of the Pacific War in this vibrant and historic town claims to be “the only one of its kind in America” –– quite possibly the world –– “telling the entire story of the war in the Pacific.”
While working on Jennifer Babisak’s story on agritourism for the June issue, Senior Editor Lori Moffatt learned more about the challenges and rewards of small-scale ranching and farming—and of opening your land to the public—from Sid Greer of Greer Farm near Daingerfield from Tom Carnes at Agarita Creek Farms in Fredericksburg.
In April’s TH Traveler, we spotlighted the Hill Country Film Festival, April 26-29 at Fredericksburg’s Stagecoach Theater. Here are several other springtime events in Fredericksburg, courtesy of the quarterly Texas Events Calendar.
Sweeping hills, giant platters of sausage and kraut, overflowing beer steins, and hefty men clad in lederhosen playing polka till their fingers turn blue—all in Fredericksburg, a town that is both remarkably German and completely Texan.
Most weekends of the year, crowds flock to Fredericksburg to enjoy the Hill Country ambiance, shop along historic Main Street, or savor impromptu wine tastings. As they wander among the shops and galleries, many visitors may inadvertently miss one of the town’s jewels: The National Museum of the Pacific War.