My book club, The Literary Divas, went on our annual weekend retreat; this time to Fredericksburg, by way of the Texas Hill Country Wineries.
Of course the Divas had a great time tasting the wine. But our final goal was actually a Bed and Breakfast we'd rented together for the weekend in Fredericksburg, Texas. If you've never been to Fredericksburg you might want to treat yourself sometime. It's a charming town 77 miles west of Austin, founded by German Immigrants in 1846. In the photo below you can see the Vereins-Kirche Museum. In German "Vereins-Kirche" means "Society Church".
Originally built in 1847, it served as a town hall, a school, fort, and a multi-denominational church. Today it can be found in the center of the Marktplatz. Most weekend visitors come to Fredericksburg to shop, eat or just enjoy the history of the place.
But before we traveled to Fredericksburg the ladies wanted to visit a few vineyards along the way. Our first stop was the Texas Hills Vineyard in Johnson City, Texas.
It is set in a pleasant rural location. I admired their fields just across the road from the main building.
We also visited Lost Creek Vineyard, but by far my favorite was Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. The buildings and grounds are simply beautiful.
I imagine their gardens will look better in a few weeks...
Becker Homestead B&B and Reception Hall is available for guests to rent for weddings and other events.
Inside, the main building was large, but still managed to feel cozy.
The Tasting Room is huge. For those who do not drink there are many other items to choose from, including cooking oils and lavender products made from flowers picked on the property's very own lavender fields.
I loved the tree mural...
Before we left for our B&B in Fredericksburg we all sat on the side porch and listened to live music for a while. As I relaxed with happy friends, savoring the perfect day I felt grateful indeed. What a wonderful thing it is to have kind companions one can laugh with and to feel well enough to enjoy life, if only for a weekend.
I hope I can go back and see Becker's three acre lavender field in full bloom this summer. Sounds like it's going to be gorgeous.
Update for friends and family: My GP has referred me to an Hematologist/Oncologist for a biopsy and more testing. Hopefully I'll have a lot more answers once I get the results. ~Dawn
"Our road will be smooth and untroubled, no matter what care life may send, if we travel the pathway together and walk side by side with a friend." ~Henry Van Dyke
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