One night in Fredericksburg, TX (visit #3)–Tucson for Christmas trip

We visited Fredericksburg in January 2024 as part of our Tucson for Christmas trip. Read about our second visit in 2018 here, and our first in 2016 here.

main street Fredericksburg
a gloomy day on Fredericksburg’s otherwise cheerful Main Street

As we drove east from Las Cruces, we considered options for our next stop along I-10 on the way to Austin. Fort Stockton is just under five hours’ drive (plus losing an hour moving to Central Time) and Ozona is another hour farther along… or we could have a crap day of driving to make the following day pleasant and go all the way to Fredericksburg, eight hours east of Las Cruces. Guess what we chose!


Bugsy and the Airstream at Fredericksburg RV Park

Our first two times camping in Fredericksburg, we stayed at Hill Country RV Park and enjoyed it, but last time we noticed another park we thought we should check out. So this time, we tried Fredericksburg RV Park.

The campground was spacious and quiet (and pretty empty) at the beginning of January. It’s a nice park and we’ll stay there again… especially because there’s a food park next door! Münch Food Park is really neat looking, despite nothing being open when we were in town. The big dog-friendly space has a kids’ playground, a stage for live music, and a bar, in addition to several trucks serving various types of cuisine. We’re pretty excited to patronize it next visit.

What we did

Bugsy shopping in Fredericksburg
Bugsy should shop for a new jacket while she’s at it

Fredericksburg has an adorable Main Street, and strolling the shops was especially enjoyable as downtown was still all decked out for Christmas in early January. You’re also allowed to grab an adult beverage along the way and carry it with you to spice up your shopping experience, if that’s your thing.

Bugsy strolling Main St in Fredericksburg

It is, in fact, our thing. Happily, most of the downtown shops seem to be dog-friendly, and we three had a lovely walk (despite the very un-Texassy weather) before taking Bugsy home for dinner, tucking her into bed, and heading back downtown for dinner.

cocktails at Elk Store in Fredericksburg
Cocktails before dinner

We had a pre-dinner drink at Elk Store, a winery/distillery serving craft cocktails made with their own whiskey, gin, or moonshine. It’s a neat spot with an upscale-saloon kind of feel.

live music on stage at Hondo's
Live music after dinner

Hondo’s is a past favorite of ours, and it didn’t disappoint. They don’t have bar seats anymore, but since we’re earlybirds we got a table without waiting (it got crowded!) and enjoyed fish taco salads and fantastic live music.

the exterior of Caliche Coffee
Caliche Coffee

Our morning was leisurely; we were so close to our next destination, Austin, that we could take our time getting on the road. That meant breakfast at home, followed by coffee at Caliche, a bright and busy coffee bar serving their own roast plus breakfast burritos, muesli, and pastries. Next visit I want to eat breakfast there!

Bugsy and christmas decor in Fredericksburg
Bugsy enjoying Fredericksburg’s Christmas display

More for the next visit list: on the way to Austin, we noted that Johnson City and Dripping Springs look like super cute towns, and the area is dotted with so many wineries and breweries!

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