We checked the weather apps and radar about a dozen times this morning. We found a clear hour in San Angelo to break camp, and planned our trip so we might actually find a dry hour or two to set up camp. Fortunately our GPS took us by way of Routes 87 and 290. As we drove through Fredericksburg we recalled a friend recommending this small town for a two-day stop.
Larry, we are sure you are right that there are a lot of very interesting and historically important things in Fredericksburg, TX….but instead we found Wine Road 290. Now before anyone gets upset with me for drinking and driving, let me be clear. I drove from San Angelo to our first winery…over 3 hours. So while I enjoyed the wine tastings, Denise had the opportunity to drive the remaining 90 minutes to Austin. I didn’t really plan this….but had I, I couldn’t have planned it better.
We had a wonderful visit at Messina Hof Hill Country Winery. Not officially part of the Wine Road 290, but on Route 290 none the less. We stopped because we liked the castle like building. Perhaps because of the cold, dreary day we were the only folks in the place, so we got an opportunity to spend some time with Catelin, the winery’s general manager. In 2011, Messina opened in Fredericksburg the second fastest wine-tourism destination in the US, second only to Napa. The winery has won many awards, and it seems fitting that when you win an award in Texas you are given a saddle.
This location is one of three wineries in Texas owned by the same family. The first location in Bryan, TX also features a full restaurant and B&B. The Fredericksburg location also has a B&B, and both of these locations also participate in the Harvest Hosts program. (Harvest Host allows you to stay free, boondock, at participating sites for a small annual fee of $44.)
So you could enjoy some award-winning wine, perhaps have a bite and retire to your motor home with a bottle or two and not have to worry about driving to your next location for a day or two. Better than a Wal-Mart if you ask me.