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Pedal, drink, and dance in Fredericksburg, Texas

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Long known for a small-town atmosphere and good shopping, Fredericksburg, Texas, attracts city dwellers from nearby San Antonio and Austin. But there’s so much more here than quilts and collectibles.

The town and surrounding Hill Country is a bicyclist’s dream, with good roads, rolling hills, and inspiring views. Rent some wheels from the Hill Country Bicycle Works for $25 a day or $125 a week. For hikers, there’s Enchanted Rock, a granite dome that affords great views of the region.

Visitors in search of unique experiences will really hit the jackpot in Fredericksburg. For about $80 a night, you can stay in a historic Sunday House—one-room cottages that 19th century farmers used for weekend trips to town. Or, try a B&B where the second ‘B’ stands for beer. Situated over a brewpub, the Fredericksburg Bed and Brew offers comfortable rooms and beer every night of your stay starting at $99 on weeknights and $129 on weekends.

Taste a local vintage with a recommendation from one of the friendly experts at a wine bar like the Lincoln Street Wine Market. Memorable experiences aren’t confined to city limits, either. Pick your own flowers at Wildseed Farms, the nation’s largest wildflower seed producer. Or have a beer, listen to the band, and kick up your heels at the beer joint and dance hall in Luckenbach, Texas, population: three.

For more information, go to the Fredericksburg visitor information website.

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