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Summer 2017 Horse Racing in Fredericksburg

Horseracing at the Gillespie Country Fairgrounds – right here in Fredericksburg Texas – is a favorite Hill Country summer activity. Horse racing has been taking place in Gillespie County for more than a century. And for the past two decades, the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association has been offering pari-mutuel betting. The track is […]

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Dance Under the Summer Stars

Historic dance halls are a big part of Texas history and culture. Many a Texan took their first dance steps on wooden floors, polished by generations of scooting boots. The Fredericksburg area is home to two legendary dance halls where you can still pull on your boots and jeans and be carefree, dancing the night away—sometimes […]

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Golf in the Texas Hills

Recognized as one of the state’s top municipal golf courses, Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course in Fredericksburg, Texas, provides a challenge for golfers of all skill levels with scenic views of the Texas Hill Country landscape. Following a nine-month, $2 million renovation that was completed in 2012, the course has industry-leading tees, fairways and greens, reworked […]

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Picture Yourself in Fredericksburg: Top 10 Romantic Photo Ops

The Texas Hill Country is often touted as one of the most romantic and scenic regions in Texas, and Fredericksburg has a collection of some of the most romantic spots to snap a photo you’ll both never forget: Atop Enchanted Rock or Cross Mountain at sunset. Among vineyard vines (please pre-arrange photo opportunities with the winery). […]

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Local BBQ Joint Makes Top 50 List

When Dan and Kayla Martin opened Cranky Frank’s Barbecue Company in 2003, it became an instant favorite with the locals who had been hankering for some great “que” in Fredericksburg.  And folks, let me guarantee you, this is serious barbecue. Over the years the word spread about Cranky Frank’s delicious, mouth-watering meats and sides, resulting […]

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The Fredericksburg Maibaum

Maibaums (Maypoles) are erected in Bavarian villages for festivals and are later used as frameworks for symbols of the villages’ histories or points of interest. The Fredericksburg Maibaum was erected in 1991 to symbolize the history of Fredericksburg, which was founded in May 1846. The bottom symbols portray the March 2, 1847 peace negotiations between […]

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The History (and Mystery) of Cross Mountain

In 1847, during the settling of Fredericksburg, a wooden cross was found on the hilltop, thought to be left by earlier Spanish explorers who passed through the Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg pioneers soon gave this hill the name Kreuzberg or Cross Mountain. Although the original cross has been lost to history, today a large metal cross […]

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