Gosh...WHAT a fun weekend!!!! I literally had so much fun! We all did! I went to Fredericksburg, TX with my two bestfriends from HS. They are the type of friends that can go months without talking (sometimes we do) and pick up exactly where we left off. No judging. No negativity. Just fun and laughs. Such a healthy friendship.
I drove down to Austin on Friday morning, and we headed out that afternoon. It's about an hour and a half from Austin (just SW on 290). It's a gorgeous and easy drive. Everyone living in Austin should go out there. Like all the time. If we still lived there, we'd go every weekend. No joke.
We started out the weekend with a delicious dinner at Cabernet Grill. If y'all make it to Fredericksburg, you HAVE to eat dinner at CG. It's soo amazing! From the menu to the wine list to the desserts. Amaze.
I had the filet, Lauren (middle) had the seabass and Maggie (left) had the chicken fried ribeye. Everything looked (and was) so delicious! We had a phenomenal apple crisp with (get this) homemade salted caramel ice cream. OMG. I could've lived in that bowl.
After dinner we had one beer at this local dive (totally not our scene) and headed back to our B&B. Speaking of, we stayed at the Main Street Retreat Carriage House. It was perfect for the three of us! Two queen beds, full kitchen, nice bathroom, etc. Every night we all cuddled in one of the beds and giggled and talked about stuff. Here's a cute pic from the first night...
Saturday was the bomb. We had soooo much FUN! I just can't get over it!!! We started the morning with some crumb cake and coffee provided by the B&B. And headed out around 11am.
Our first stop was at Grape Creek Vineyard. We had an awesome tasting room lady who was so friendly and generous (if you get what I mean). Grape Creek is getting good. Josh and I went there in 2010 and we weren't that impressed. Totally different this year. All the reds were delish! Full bodied and smooth. And Maggie even found a few sweet wines that she loved! We all decided to join the Wine Club because they don't sell any of their wines commercially (i.e. nowhere else but in their tasting rooms). I actually really like this business model. It makes the wines more exclusive, and allows the management to focus on their wine production instead of commercializing it. Anyways, we had a blast here (and ended up coming back the same day- more on that later). We left sufficiently buzzing. Haha!
Our second stop was Becker Vineyards. If you know anything about Texas wines, then you know Becker and you've probably snagged a few bottles from your local grocer. Becker doesn't disappoint. I love that I can buy a bottle at my local Kroger for $10-$15 and know that I will enjoy a little piece of the Texas Hill Country all the way up in Dallas. The Becker tasting room is BEAUTIFUL! They had it all decorated for Fall with pumpkins everywhere. Gorgeous!!
By the time we were done at Becker, it was like 2 and we were fungry and drunk-ish. So we went back to Grape Creek and grubbed on some street tacos from their food truck. I love that some of the wineries are doing this now. It's so perfect while spending the day drinking wine.
Since we joined the Grape Creek Wine Club earlier that day, we were able to sit on their "VIP Patio", have another FREE wine tasting and eat our food and listen to the live music. Perfect! This is a picture of us from the "VIP Patio."
And of course we had to get a picture in front of the vineyard...
After GC, we headed over to Pedernales Cellars. When Josh and I were in Fredericksburg in 2010, we fell in love with Pedernales Cellars. And THANKFULLY, it didn't disappoint. I say thankfully because I was hyping it up ALL DAY to the girls. Just click on this link and you'll see half the reason why we love this place. That view...sigh...
Anyways, back to our visit at Pedernales Cellars. We got lucky and did our tasting with the Tasting Room Manager. He was knowledgeable, friendly and a good salesman. I decided to join their Wine Club as well, because they only sell a few wines at grocery stores and liquor stores (some up in DFW) and let me tell you- PC is KICKING ASS in the Texas Red Department. Literally every single one was incredible. I bought 7 bottles of wine! All red! And all seriously good. I can't wait to crack open one and share with Josh.
After our tasting, we each got a (complimentary) glass of wine and sat on their gorgeous patio. We chatted, enjoyed the view, and most of all enjoyed each other's company. It was sooo much fun! LOOK at that VIEW! Total panorama of the Texas Hill Country. I can't say enough good things about this place.
On the way out we took a few more pictures. We were really happy by now.
On Saturday night we got pizza from Fredericksburg Pizza Kitchen. We sat on their patio and ate and drank (its BYOB) and were probably way too loud. Conveniently, I don't have any pictures from this stop. That's probably a good thing.
After dinner, we dropped by Hondo's on Main and rocked their socks off. Three 6-footers dancing like fools! Everyone loved us!
We only stayed there for a little bit. Got in a few line dances, a few couple dances with ourselves, and a few spilled beers. And headed home.
Gah...we wound up passing out pretty early and actually got to sleep in Sunday morning. Score.
Sunday we had breakfast tacos and coffee at Mahaley's Café and walked around Main St for a little shopping. We headed back to Austin early and made my long drive back to Dallas. I was so sad to leave the girls, but ready for be back home with my boys.
Overall it was such a fantastic weekend. I'm running out of words to describe it, so I'll just leave you with these awesome napkins I found. I think they sum up the weekend perfectly.
Until next time, my sweet sweet friends...
I miss you already.