Fredericksburg TX

Thomas Wilmer

Luckenbach, Texas is hunkered between South Grape Creek and Snail Creek on the south side of Ranch to Market Road 1376, and a mere 13 miles from Fredericksburg.

It was Waylon Jennings’ tune "Back to the Basics of Love" that put Luckenbach on the map. In the early days of the 20th century, Luckenbach was a thriving little town with close to 500 residents, but by the 1960s it claimed just three residents. That’s when the legendary Hondo Crouch and his partner bought the ghost town and started a dance hall and pub.

Thomas Wilmer

Fredericksburg has been the go-to travel destination in the Texas Hill Country for close to a century. Peaches are distinctive in Fredericksburg, as the growers produce all of their tasty treats for the local roadside fruit-stand market.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a conversation with the patriarch of Fredericksburg’s peach empire, Mark Wieser at Fischer & Weiser Specialty Foods. His family started growing peaches for the roadside market back in the 1930s. 

Visit Fredericksburg

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Brewmaster, Rick Green and his assistant Riley Smith at Fredericksburg Brewing Company in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas. The Brewing Company (the oldest brewpub in Texas) specializes in old-world German-style beers that celebrate Fredericksburg’s German heritage. Their style is predicated on the 500 year-old German purity laws Reinheitsgebot limiting ingredients to hops, barley, yeast and water. Although the brewmasters do diverge and come up with some zesty, super popular seasonal specials.

Thomas Wilmer

It all started with a peach orchard planted in 1928 with an adjacent roadside fruit stand in Fredericksburg, Texas. Today, in addition to fresh peaches available at the fruitstand, Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods cooking sauces are distributed nationwide. 

Fredericksburg Brewing Company in Downtown Fredericksburg, Texas
Fredericksburg Tourism

A visit with the brewmaster and assistant brewmaster at Fredericksburg Brewing Company in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas. Brewmaster Rick Green specializes in old-world German style beers, in celebration of Fredericksburg’s German heritage.

William Scripps Jr., pulls a fresh draft of his Altstadt Beer at his Fredericksburg, Texas brewery
Tom Wilmer

What happens when you have ample funding to realize your dreams, combined with a tenacious quest to recreate classic German-style beer in the heart of Texas?

In the case of William Scripps, Jr., it was the creation of Altstadt Brewery in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Quintessential Chocolates logo banner
Tom Wilmer

Lecia Duke traded a career as an architect to become a Swiss Master Chocolatier based in Fredericksburg, Texas at Quintessential Chocolates.

Along the way Duke became America’s sole producer of a centuries old European confectionary process known as Liquid Pralina (liquid center) chocolates. 

Fischer & Wieser Culinary Adventure dinner Fredericksburg, Texas
Thomas Wilmer

It all started with a peach orchard planted in 1928 and a roadside fruit stand in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Today, in addition to fresh peaches, Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods cooking sauces are sold nationwide. 

President Lyndon Baines Johnson's home in the Texas Hill Country that also served as the Texas White House
Thomas Wilmer

Join Mike Ryan, National Park Ranger at LBJ’s Texas White House, located 14 miles west of Johnson City in the fabled Texas Hill Country.

Ryan shares insights about President Lyndon Baines Johnson's accomplishments, and life on his ranch. 

Luckenbach, Texas General Store and Saloon
Tom Wilmer

A mid winter night’s visit at Luckenbach, Texas—where we chat with Dan who tends the store and saloon, and Bo Porter who’s spent more than 40 years as a traveling troubadour. 

Olan Tisdale, owner of Fredericksburg Pecan Company shares his passion for the Texas pecan
Thomas Wilmer

Olan Tisdale’s passion for producing pecans dates from his childhood on Barnett Ranch near San Saba, Texas. Today in addition to growing pecans he and his wife Nanette operate the Fredericksburg Pecan Company retail store with online sales as well. 

Doug Lewis of Lewis Wines pours his vino at Fischer & Wieser Culinary Adventure in Fredericksburg, Texas
Thomas Wilmer

Thirty year-old Doug Lewis owner of Lewis Wines along with his partner Duncan McNabb, operate their winery in the heart of the Texas Hill Country near Johnson City.