Bluebonnets might be a bust this spring, but we?re still going to pack our trusty weekend bag for a trip to the scenic Hill Country: Fredericksburg (think a mini, mini Austin) is calling. Here are our picks for where to eat, shop and stay.
Sweet Eats Back in the day, we loved the Pastry Queen (a.k.a. Rebecca Rather) for the whimsical concoctions she created at Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe. With that venture closed, she has opened The Pink Pig, and--good news--the key lime pie is just as delicious. This new spot offers a more expansive menu (lunch and dinner), and nearly all of the ingredients are sourced from local farms. We?re still swooning over Kevin?s Mac and Cheese Relleno ($18), a poblano pepper stuffed with chipotle mac and cheese. The Pink Pig, 6266 E. Highway 290, 830-990-8800 or pinkpigtexas.com
The Three R?s The home furnishings and gifts at Red are hard to resist. We can?t get enough of the store?s custom line of furniture, which includes quaint slipcovered sofas and leather tufted ottomans. And if Ella Moss and Michael Stars are on your fashion radar, Root, an Anthropologie-esque boutique, should be too. Its merch runs the gamut from Corey floral bomber jackets to chic Splendid separates. Looking to spend the night? Head right upstairs to the Roadrunner Inn ($169 to $189 per weekend night), an updated three-room bed-and-breakfast that features hardwood floors and flat-screen TVs. Red, 307 E. Main St., 830-990-0700 or redinfred.com; Root, 306 E. Main St., 830-997-1844 or rootfashionandaura.com; The Roadrunner Inn, 306 B E. Main St., 830-997-0153 or theroadrunnerinn.com