Monday, February 11, 2013

A Texas Wine-Country Escape

My last newspaper travel article was about a small town and pastoral valley in California's Sonoma wine country.  Beautiful scenery, great wine, makes me thirsty to think about it.  

And reminds me of a Texas wine region a lot closer to home. Yes, there are Texas vintners making wine well worth drinking. Wine-lovers cruising Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 find multiple wineries and tasting rooms pouring Texas-made wines that make a person glad to lift a glass.

But a wine region isn't complete without lodging and dining.  And Fredericksburg offers unique dining and hundreds of B&B's.  Among my favorites is Rose Hill Manor, a sophisticated country lodging.

The rooms are large, appealing and quiet; the porch rockers face a miles-long view of the Hill Country; and a boardwalk leads next-door to Pedernales Cellars, a seriously-good winery making award-winning varietals.

If I time it right, I can watch a glowing sunset from my table at Austin's, the restaurant at Rose Hill Manor, while I savor a seasonally-inspired dish like  Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Pistachio, Truffle and Pancetta.  

Hedonism in the Hill Country.

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  1. Good to read some insight on Texas wine country. The last time we visited Texas, a friend of ours told us "to stay away from that Texas wine." But we found wine tasting in Texas to be a lot of fun!

  2. The house at Inspiration Hill is my favorite Fred'burg roost when visiting that area. Bottom line is the same however - it is a lovely area with amenities fit for every sensibility.

  3. Thanks, Deb for sharing your favorite. I'm putting Inspiration Hill on my list.

  4. This is a pretty place. We drove around it a couple years ago, on our wine tour.
    And, Pedernales Cellars has some good wine.
    A great area to visit.

  5. I believe when I die I'd like to have a rocking chair with my name on it (and an engraved wine glass would be nice) at Rose Hill Manor.

  6. Hi Kathleen,
    Checking in here after a couple of busy months, I was surprised to see you had recently visited Healdsburg, my home town! Sorry I missed your visit (I've been in France for a couple of months) and news of it before hand, as I could have given you a few "tips from the natives" (I've lived there since 1985). Looks like you had a good time enjoying the magic weather we often get in the middle of winter and wrote another great travel article. Sorry I missed you. It is, indeed, a small world. x0 N2

  7. Beautiful! Such a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing!!


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