Best Things About Living in Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg tops the list of great places to live in Texas. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, there is something distinctly special about this welcoming Hill Country town. As a resident myself, I enjoy sharing my favorite local spots and recommendations with those looking to make a trip here (or to move!), so here is a list of some of the best things about living in Fredericksburg.
SMALL TOWN CHARM
Despite its popularity and bustling tourism industry, Fredericksburg has managed to maintain its small town charm. The people are friendly, many historic buildings remain as protected landmarks, and the pace of life is unhurried and relaxed. However, that doesn’t mean the way of life is limited either! And even with its small town feel, Fredericksburg also has the amenities typical of larger cities, like shopping from popular retailers and extensive, excellent dining options.
There is always something to do here in Fredericksburg. From Oktoberfest, to the legendary Crawfish Festival on Memorial Day weekend, from live music spilling out of many an open restaurant door walking down Main Street, to the annual County Fair (the students throughout Gillespie County get a day off of school for the Fair every year-that’s how you know you’re living right), there’s always something fun to do as a family or with friends. The annual Gillespie County Fair parade is a hometown favorite, and the Fourth of July parade is not to be missed either! For more information about the attractions and activities in Fredericksburg, check out the city’s website.
It’s a great place to raise a family. The school systems in Fredericksburg, both private and public, offer strong options for your child’s education. The high school graduation rate here is one of the highest in the Hill Country, which speaks to the excellence of the school district and educational options in town. For contact information for Fredericksburg Independent School District and for private schools throughout town, see Fredericksburg’s profile on livability.com.
THE EPICENTER OF TEXAS WINE COUNTRY
It’s a lot of fun to live in a place that many people consider a destination, especially when it comes to living close to Fredericksburg’s many wineries. Fredericksburg is the epicenter of Texas Wine Country, and is home to over forty of the fifty wineries in the Hill Country. The grapes grown here have won both state and national recognition, and with tasting rooms all over town and many others within an hour’s driving distance, you are sure to find a favorite winery to enjoy.
Fredericksburg is a fantastic place to enjoy both traditional Texan and German food. Hondo’s on Main is a classic local choice serving traditional Texas fare, Vaudeville’s bistro offers a unique fine dining experience, and Rathskeller serves up German food in a beautiful two-story building built in the 1800’s. With other local favorites like Cabernet Grill and Woerner Warehouse Cafe, you don’t have to go far to find your new go-to eatery.