Weekend Getaway: San Antonio Is Pure Tex-Mex Charm

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This is important. Before you can get your day properly started in Texas, you'll need to grab a quick breakfast at Whataburger, a legendary establishment that is known throughout the state as the absolute best fast food, ever. The joint doesn’t disappoint -- offering up warm egg and bacon breakfast taquitos with sides of spicy ketchup and picante sauce. 

Take your warm taquito and coffee to-go and eat in the car on the drive to gorgeous Fredericksburg, Texas. It’s a quick hour and a half trip through the absolutely breathtaking Hill Country, a stunning region in central Texas that boasts tall rugged hills, lush greenery, and panoramic views.

Once you arrive in Fredericksburg, you'll be awestruck by the adorable, quaint town that looks straight out of a Hallmark movie. Don't be fooled by Frederickburg's country charm -- the town is home to countless high-end spas and weekend retreats for couples looking to abandon the hustle-and-bustle of the city. If you’re not staying the night, park your car off the main road, and take a leisurely stroll through the town’s city center. The main stretch of road -- adorably and appropriately named Main Street -- is home to dozens top-of-the-line restaurants, lavish boutiques, and timeless candy shops and book stores. A couple could easily spend a morning strolling through the establishments before settling in for lunch at one of the resort town’s many delectable restaurants. 

We recommend lunching at Vaudeville, a restaurant and furniture and accessory store, that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to light fare. The bistro offers up daily specials -- ranging from perfectly grilled wild salmon to refreshing lasagne primavera. Top off your meal with a glass of chardonnay and a bowl of their incredible pistachio tiramisu. 

Once you’re done touring the town of Fredericksburg, hop onto Highway 290, one of the premiere wine destinations in the United States. The stretch of highway features 13 wineries, each offering individual tastings and tours. If you only have time to stop off at one or two wineries, we recommend Four Point Cellars and Grape Creek Vineyards. Four Points is a collaboration between three Texas wineries -- Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars. While their vineyards are located throughout the state, the three wineries decided to launch a tasting point on Highway 290, and the luxurious space is filled with an incredible variety of exceptional wines. Next, head over to Grape Creek Vineyards and be sure to take a tour of the barrel room and cellar. The hospitable tour guides are more than ready to share with you the intricacies of wine productions -- providing an educational (and delicious!) experience that you and your amor won't soon forget. 

Once you’ve wrapped up the wine tour, take a gorgeous sunset drive back to San Antonio and grab a bite to eat at Fruteria, a botanero with the acclaimed Chef Johnny Hernandez at the helm. The restaurant is inspired by Mexico’s colorful fruit stalls -- and the menu reflects the culinary treasures of the pueblitos, mountains, and coastal villages of the country. 

Start off the night with one of Hernandez’s handcraft cocktails, inspired by traditional ingredients found in fruterias across Mexico. Cozy up to your loved one while sipping on a Mangosita, a combination of fresh mango, orange, and grapefruit juices shaken with Casa Noble Single Barrel Reposado and roasted chile ancho. Next up, share an order of Queso Panela - fresh cheese crusted in pumpkin seeds, honey, and tamarind sauce or Guacemole with avocado, mango, pineapple, and grapes mixed in. The added punch of fruit adds for a sweet burst of flavor that you won’t be expecting. For dinner, Chef Hernandez offers up a variety of delicious chiles rellenos, chilapitas, cazuelitas, gorditas, and more -- and all, of course, come with a signature kick of fruity flavor. 

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Cristina Arreola, Editorial Assistant

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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