Romantic Fredericksburg Bed and Breakfasts on a Budget

You may have heard of Fredericksburg in Virginia, but did you know Texas has its own city by that name that's also a great romantic getaway? Couples flock here for its rich German settlement heritage, which is evident in the architecture, restaurants and landmarks. If you're looking for an affordable vacation with plenty of cheap or free attractions Fredericksburg, TX may fit the bill. There are many quaint and budget-friendly bed and breakfasts to choose from in the area:

Barons Creekside

 Barons Creekside

Situated on 2 acres of lush land off Goehmann Lane, Barons CreekSide is full of historical charm. You can stay in a lodge or one of 15 log cabins reconstructed made from a farmhouse that dates back 250 years (and was shipped here from Switzerland.) Each cabin comes with a full kitchen or kitchenette as well as stunning views. Step outside to relax by the tranquil mountain creek, stroll through tree covered, and enjoy a glass of wine in a rocking chair on the porch. Then, when you're ready to explore the downtown attractions, it's only a short walk to Main Street.

Corner Cottage B&B

At Corner Cottage B&B you have your pick of one of three suites: the Blue Moon Hideaway, Garden Room, or Twiggley's Tree House. Each comes with luxurious amenities, such as a whirlpool tub, private entryway, and gas fireplace. Every morning, you'll wake up to a full gourmet breakfast, then you can enjoy a ride on one of the inn's old-fashioned bicycles, or nap outdoors on the hammock before hitting the town. Corner Cottage offers a special romance package Belgian chocolates, a picnic for two, and some sparkling cider.

Queen Anne B&B and Spa

For a stay in a beautiful Victorian home that's more than a century old, head to Queen Anne B&B and Spa located on historic Main Street. It boasts five guestrooms and has a separate private cottage, all with king-size beds and private baths. Patrons are served up a tasty gourmet breakfast in the morning in the an elegant chandelier lit dining. Then, you can kick back and relax on the huge backyard deck or take a pleasant stroll to the downtown area. While you're here, be sure to take advantage of the inn's hot tubs—many of the suites have private whirlpools, and there's also a huge, shared hot springs tub in a quiet corner of the backyard.

Cat's Meow Bed & Breakfast

Cat's Meow Bed & Breakfast

If you're on a budget and looking for a place with tons of privacy, check out Cat's Meow Bed & Breakfast. With one guest room and four detached cabins, the inn provides peace and quiet but is still in close proximity to downtown Fredericksburg. In the evening, you and your special someone can soak in a whirlpool tub, sit under the stars in a rocking chair on the front lawn, or snuggle up in front of the fireplace. The Cat's Meow also offer romantic packages, such as on-site spa massages for two, an anniversary celebration special, and several honeymoon deals.

Willow Ridge Retreat

Willow Ridge Retreat is hidden away from the bustle of the city (about 16 miles from the heart of Fredericksburg.) After you settle in to your room, you can drive the country roads to the Luckenbach, Enchanted Rock State Park, or the Bell Mountain Winery. After a day of exploration, head back to the inn and relax on the private patio and watch the sun set.

Most Romantic Things to Do on a Budget in Fredericksburg

With its array of quaint Fredericksburg bed and breakfasts and a wide selection of eateries, there are ample opportunities for romance! When you're ready to leave your lovely guest room you'll find plenty of natural (and man-made) attractions to make your vacation memorable. During your stay, take advantage of these affordable -or free- activities:

Visit the Pioneer Museum

Pioneer Museum

Start your tour of the city with a discovery of its Germanic heritage at the Pioneer Museum . Admission is $5 for adults, but it's well worth the fee. The museum a huge complex that sits on 3.5 acres and contains some of the oldest structures in the city. As you enter the grounds, you'll find majestic trees and native plants as well as 11 historic buildings. Peruse the galleries and exhibitions to see the massive artifact collection that looks back at Texas Hill Country history more than 150 years back. Expect to see a blacksmith shop, antique stagecoach wagons, old craftsman equipment, and traditional Germanic cookware. You can also learn about German-Texan culture through exciting interactive activities, such as sheep-shearing demonstrations and storytelling presentations.

Explore the Vereins Kirche Museum

The Vereins Kirche Museum offers free admission to all and, as the town's first public building, is one of the most iconic structures in Fredericksburg. It was one the original site of the Pioneer Museum, as well as a schoolhouse, fort, church, and town hall. Today, it's actually an extension of the Pioneer Museum and contains an extensive collection of artifacts that's well worth its own visit. Peruse the church to find photos, furniture, tools, archaeological finds, and other intriguing items.

Hike Up Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock

Take an afternoon to explore the vast landscape of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area , which spans more than 1,600 acres. It's known for the massive 500-foot-high pink granite geological formation that gives the park its name. Enchanted Rock is estimated to be more than 1 billion years old and is the second largest of its kind in the country. It's also the site of many Native American legends, proof of which can be found in archaeological sites throughout the grounds. During your visit, you can hike your way through the lush greenery along the trails, but there are also opportunities for birdwatching, nature education, and picnicking.

Stroll through the Art Galleries

Fredericksburg has a thriving art community, which you can familiarize yourself with at the many art galleries located throughout the city. You can tour them any day of the week, but for a free peek into these cultural establishments, join in on the First Friday Artwalk . Take a self-guided excursion to see works by local and international artists at Benini Galleries, Fredericksburg Art Guild, and Rustic River Rock Art. Be sure to stop by InSight Gallery, which focuses on landscape paintings, Impressionism, and Western art. Another highlight is Agave Gallery—it showcases works by renowned Texas artists and is housed in a historic German building.

Picnic at Pedernales Falls

 Pedernales Falls

Before your Fredericksburg vacation comes to an end, take a little time to discover the stunning Pedernales Falls State Park. More than 5,000 acres of rolling green hills, dense forestry, and a limestone gorge that's brimming with small rapids, pools, waterfalls, and pristine beaches. Hike your way through the quarter-mile nature trail that takes you past a tranquil duck pond and leads up to a breathtaking view looking out at the Twin Falls. If you feel like splurging, lease a couple of horses and ride up the hillsides. Bring a picnic lunch and bottle of wine and don't forget your camera!

Best Romantic Restaurants on a Budget in Fredericksburg

When German immigrants came to Fredericksburg in the mid-1800s, they brought their cuisine. The city is known for its pastries, breads, and other regional treats that can be found at events like Oktoberfest, Schutzenfest, and Night in Old Fredericksburg. While breakfasts are generally included in a stay at a Fredericksburg inn you and your sweetheart can hit the town and explore the local flavors with lunch and dinner at these affordable yet romantic restaurants:

Bejas Grill

For a casual eating experience that's easy on the wallet, take a seat in one of the lively indoor dining rooms at Bejas Grill . You can also request a table out on the courtyard. Either way, start off with an order of the establishment's signature margaritas or martinis, then peruse the extensive Southwestern menu. Try an appetizer such as the macaroni and cheese fritters before moving on to an entree. House favorites include the 8-ounce Bejas burger, pan-roasted poblano chicken, and Cuban roasted pork-loin sandwich.

Altdorf Restaurant & Biergarten

Every Fredericksburg visit should include a stop at an authentic German eatery. The Altdorf Restaurant & Biergarten , located on Main Street, has been serving up traditional Eastern European food for more than three decades. Step into the limestone building, which was erected in 1847, to take a seat in one of four dining areas, or sit outside in the renowned biergarten. Guests can simply enjoy a few beers and mingle with other patrons, or sit down for a full meal featuring specialties like bratwurst, knockwurst, smoked pork chops, or zwiebelschnitzel.

Crossroads Saloon and Steakhouse

Ask the locals for the best food and music spot in Texas Hill Country, and many will point you to Crossroads Saloon and Steakhouse . The showroom hosts live performances by local and international artists, and guests are encouraged to let loose and cut a rug. When you've worked up an appetite, order from the meat and fish-heavy menu, which features locally grown government-certified beef and seafood. Specials change often and may include crab-topped Alaskan halibut or bone-in prime fillet. Couple it with a craft beer or glass of wine off the lengthy drink menu, and be sure to try one of the homemade desserts before you go.

Luckenbach Feed Lot

The Luckenbach Feed Lot may be a humble little joint—it's a rustic wood shack with no indoor seating—but it's got some of the best barbecue in town. It's especially known for its curly fries and pulled pork. Their offerings are simple but delicious: cheese burgers, chicken baskets, grilled cheese sandwiches, and chili dogs. You can enjoy your meal with other friendly patrons in the outdoor eating space, where there's often live music to keep you entertained as you're chowing down. Past performers have included Bo Porter, Sol Patch, Possum Posse, and Mike and the Moonpies.

Der Lindenbaum

Der Lindenbaum specializes in authentic German cuisine that makes you feel like you've taken a trip to Munich. It's situated in a historic limestone building that was built by the European settlers who founded the city more than 100 years ago. There's a traditional biergarten outside, where you can enjoy a refreshing German beer from a drink list with more than 30 options or a glass of local wine. When it comes to cuisine, owner and head chef Ingrid Hohmann crafts Old World specialties such as pfeffersteak, spicy beef goulash, sauerbraten, and wienerschnitzel. For dessert, try the homemade apple strudel or a slice of black forest cake.