Fredericksburg, Texas is a haven for wine lovers, foodies, and outdoor adventurers—but it’s also an incredibly dog-friendly town! If you’re planning a weekend getaway to Fredericksburg, don’t leave your four-legged family members at home: we’ve got the perfect Fredericksburg itinerary for you AND your dog.
Dog-Friendly Wineries in Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg is famous for its wineries, and there are a few purveyors who will welcome you and your pup with open arms—and plenty of places to enjoy a glass of wine (or bowl of water!) in the shade.
Chisholm Trail Winery
Take a quick nine-mile drive to the outskirts of Fredericksburg to wander through the grounds of Chisholm Trail Winery. Touting an exuberant “Old West Saloon” style environment, not only will you be able to gunsling with some entertaining wine drinkers, but your dog can kick back on the covered patio while you sip away. Dig into one of their acclaimed wood-fired pizza and make sure your leashed friend gets a bite or two of the delicious crust!
Becker Vineyards’ 46 acres of stunning vines, meandering trails, and shade-casting oak trees offer the chance to indulge in a bevy of award-winning wines in the shadow of the 19th century German stone barn. If you keep your pup on a leash, you’re welcome to peruse the expansive site as you take in the history and romantic ambiance that Becker Vineyards have to offer.
Dog-Friendly Hikes Near Fredericksburg
After you’ve joined a wine club or two and bought a bottle for dinner, take your furry companion for a hike!
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque beauty at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Leashed dogs are allowed to enjoy the Loop Trail that is reserved for day use. Learn about the Enchanted Rock’s mystical past and historical significance before you pick up a frozen treat for you and your four-legged buddy at the gift shop, Sweet Marley’s.
Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park
Just about three miles southeast from the heart of Fredericksburg, you’ll find the expansive Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. Boasting 150 acres of nature trails, open spaces for picnicking, and plenty of spots to get all of your friends together, you can enjoy an early morning run with your buddy or simply stroll down one of the wandering trails side by side.
Dog-Friendly Restaurants Near Fredericksburg
Getting hungry after a big day out on the town (or the wine trail!)? Known for their hearty dishes and rich German heritage, Fredericksburg, not surprisingly, has several traditional Biergartens and gourmet eateries open to you and your dog.
Nestled in the heart of Fredericksburg, the Altdorf Biergarten serves traditional German cuisine as well as innovative dishes inspired by bold Texas flavors. Sit outside on the shaded patio as your dog curls up underneath your table, and enjoy a frosted pint before your food arrives. Sink your teeth into a plate of Opa’s Link Sausage, made from locally sourced beef and pork. If you want to try a Fredericksburg favorite, order the 12-ounce charbroiled ribeye with their famous German-style sweet and sour potatoes.
Another highly acclaimed Biergarten is the Ausländer. Touted as one of the favorite spots for locals to enjoy palate-pleasing meals, ice-cold brews, and rocking live music, the Ausländer also has a large covered patio perfect for your pal to nap in the shade. For a uniquely Fredericksburg dish, sample the unique ranchero sauce-covered Texaschnitzel with a side of beer-battered mushrooms.
Hondo’s on Main
Showcasing singers, songwriters, and contemporary fresh fare, Hondo’s on Main is a must for music lovers and dog lovers alike. Grab a table by the classic Southern-style gazebo, so you and Fido can bask in the lively tunes that will fill up the Texas night. Named after the endearing local hero Hondo Crouch, the bar and grill epitomizes his storied sense of celebration and a contagious love of life. Try the Hondo’s Grilled Tamales and wash it down with a local microbrew, as the musicians play just a few feet away.
Things to Do With Your Dog in Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg isn’t just about wining, dining, and hiking. There are many other dog-friendly businesses and activities to while away your vacation days!
Starting in 2014, the Fredericksburg festival of DogVember is a fun-filled celebration of our furry best friends! Usually kicking off in November, DogVember showcases a wide range of pet-friendly local businesses, dog-centered sponsors, and dog-inspired activities. Designed to highlight a pet-friendly environment (and hopeful future site of the first Fredericksburg dog park), it’s a fun-filled day for you and your pal. Grab a free sample of nutrient-rich food for Fido while you watch the canine stars perform in the agility course.
During your stay in Fredericksburg, you’ll be able to stock up on anything you might need for your canine companion at Dogologie. Within walking distance from many of our pet-friendly homes, Dogologie proudly promotes their motto: “All Things Dog.” Featuring top-tier treats, innovative toys, and of course an expansive array of souvenir choices to remember your trip by, you might want to save a little room in your bag to bring everything back!
Looking for pet-friendly lodging in Fredericksburg? Dogs are welcome in many of our vacation homes and bed and breakfasts! Check out our detailed listings to find the perfect getaway for your whole family.
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