A resident donkey and old-fashioned lodgings make this property one of the country's most unique wine country retreats.
Peaches, pecans, beer gardens and vineyards: Welcome to eclectic Fredericksburg. An hour from Austin, this hospitable town was settled by German immigrants in the 1840s, and proves to be an anomaly in the land of longhorns. With more than 70 wineries spread across the surrounding Texas Hill Country, this area has been instrumental in the evolution of the Texas wine industry, which came to a halt with Prohibition and was not resurrected until the 1970s. Our lodging of choice here is Settlers Crossing, a 35-acre property that is home to just seven historic guest cottages. The two-story Bohl Log Cabin is ideal for groups, while the charming 1865 Pioneer Log Cabin features its own restored wine cellar and 40-foot-long stone porch. A resident donkey named Brighty adds to the down-home appeal.