Texas Hill Country

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.

Courtesy of John Arthur Martinez

Texas-based country and western musician John Arthur Martinez has written more than 700 songs, and produced 13 albums including his latest, "San Antonio Woman." One of Martinez’s songs went cosmic—accompanying the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Beverly Langford

The Highland Lakes region of the Texas Hill Country is less than an hour from Austin, but it’s a world apart.

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.

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. 

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. 

Quynh and David Rathkamp
Thomas Wilmer

Quynh and David Rathkamp made a dramatic transition in their lives. They both gave up successful medical practices to save the world one beer at a time. 

They started the Save the World Brewing Company in Marble Falls, Texas and their business became the first 100 percent philanthropic production brewery in America with all net profits earmarked for worthy causes such as Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels. 

View from Painted Sky Inn
Beverly Langford / Back Yard Photos

Burnet County’s Highlands Lakes Region is less than an hour’s drive from the urban buzz of Austin, Texas but it’s a world apart.

Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and camping are popular pastimes in Burnet County.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at the newly renovated Painted Sky Inn, situated on the shores of Lake Buchanan, for a visit with innkeeper Denise Lewis and her friend Craig Harris.