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48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas – Part 2

After tastings at 4 different wineries, Scott and I were in need of a bit of a reset. We took a quick power nap back at the hotel and downed a couple Dirty Chai’s from Java Ranch before setting off to explore the main drag in Fredericksburg. Side note: Some of the nicest people on the planet work at Java Ranch. Seriously! We went back the next morning and had so much fun chatting at the register that we almost forgot to order. Ha! Meanwhile on Main Street, we stopped into Hondo’s (a must), before meeting a lovely Longhorn named Bingo. Hey girl!

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48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.comAs I mentioned in part 1 of our Fredericksburg trip, Scott and I met John Washburne and Chef Adam Yoho of Otto’s German Bistro earlier that day. They were so friendly and invited us to stop in for dinner that night. I’m so glad we did. I fell in love with Otto’s at first sight. My eyeballs bulged with delight as we walked up to the front patio filled with happy patrons dining under the glow of dim light bulbs strewn from above. I was giddy. Atmosphere is one of my favorite things when dining out, and Otto’s knows what I like. Wood beam ceilings, an open kitchen and a relaxed vibe with super friendly employees who make you feel at home? Sign me up.

48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.comAnd the food. Oh, the glorious food. We started with the Flammkuchen, a flatbread with creme fraiche, Cambozola, Gruyere, caramelized onions and green garlic pesto. My eyes are rolling back into my head just thinking about it. For his main entree, Scott ordered the Beeman Family Ranch Ribeye with an Akaushi ribeye, confit potatoes, roasted broccolini and red wine butter. Thanks (so much!) to the recommendation from Chef, I had the Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut with roasted potatoes, fiddleheads and a beet puree. My photos sadly didn’t turn out too well—just know that everything was so wonderful. For dessert, we were treated to the Foie Gras Creme Brûlée served with pomme frites. We paired all of this with an amazing Texas red, the Pedernales Tempranillo, which is served on tap. I still can’t get over how good this meal was.

48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.comBut we’re not done yet, folks! When we finished dinner, Chef gave us a tour of the back of the restaurant and their new soon-to-be-open restaurant next door, Tubby’s Icehouse. Amazing, right? Can you handle how vibrant that tile is? Love it.

48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.comWe ended our trip to Otto’s with an education in sour beers and good convo at the bar. I just love these guys. Otto’s (and now Tubby’s!) is one of the many reasons I am so excited to move back to Texas. It’s a short trip from Austin, and I can’t wait to pull up a stool at the bar and hang with the other locals. It’s seems a bit like family inside, and I want to be a part of it. Texas wines on tap, local beer, fancy cocktails and incredibly delicious locally sourced produce and meats? How can I not lurve this place?

48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.comOur last stop for the night was not a planned one. On the way back to our hotel, we wandered into Der Daiwel, a heavy metal bar owned by two sisters from Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. All I can say is yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.comThe next morning on our way out of town, we had a butter-licious brunch at Silver Creek. We were lucky enough to meet some incredible people on our trip to Fredericksburg, but I was not prepared for how awesome it would be to meet this last one, a Harley-riding dog. Life. Made. Good boy.

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48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas – Part 1

I wanted to show Scott a bit more of Texas, so instead of going straight up I-35 and getting to Austin in less than 2 hours, we took a detour and drove to Fredericksburg, the home of Texas German. Crowds of people are lured to Fredericksburg each weekend for its charming strip of restaurants, bars and shops… and wine. The Texas Hill Country is the second largest wine region in the nation, and Fredericksburg is a popular place to make your home base before setting out on a tour of the many surrounding wineries. So popular, that I almost wasn’t able to book a wine tour. Spring Break + Bluebonnets in full bloom + gorgeous weather = no wine tours left! Lesson of the day: Book months ago. I first called Clint from Cellar Rat Wine Tours who apologized for not being able to fit us in, but gave us a ton of recommendations for who to call next. (Thank you so much!!) One of his suggestions was George from George’s 290 Wine Tours. He too was booked, but was more than happy to connect me with Leanne from Texas Two Step Wine Tours. Guess what? She was booked too! But just like the others, she was incredibly nice and helpful. Leanne told me to call Brandon at Moon’s Vineyard Voyages. He was booked (gah!), but was able to squeeze us into another tour led by his pal Eric. Success! Thanks everybody!! Eric from Moon Vineyard was a star tour guide. He was fun, friendly and gave us plenty of time at each stop to ensure we never felt rushed. Our fellow wine tourists were 3 nurses and their 3 fire-fighting husbands. They were such a fun bunch and I’m so happy we got to spend the day with them! Our first stop was Hye Meadow Winery, where a gang of Shelby Cobras attempted to steal our attention from the wine. Nice try, guys.

48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.comOur next stop on the tour was my absolute favorite. Question: How can you beat the scenery and outdoor space at William Chris Wines? Answer: Ya can’t! Their dry Rosé is hard to beat too. I could have spent the whole day sipping it out in the sun. On the way out, we met two of the main guys behind Otto’s German Bistro, Chef Adam Yoho and John Washburne. They were serving delicious treats from their soon-to-be-open-can’t-freaking-wait restaurant called Tubby’s Icehouse. The two were super friendly and invited us to stop into Otto’s for dinner that night. (Stay tuned for that insanely awesome part of the trip.) #NOM

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48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.comThe last stop on our wine adventure was Six Shooter Cellars. After tasting a few wines from Fort Worth, Kemah, Baytown and Grapevine, we wandered around the property taking in the scenery of the countryside and listening to live music next door at the Fiesta Winery. I’m still a little emotional over not buying the perfect cowgirl apron I spotted at The Faux Show Collection.

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Santa Barbara Through an iPhone

Last February, Scott and I celebrated our one-year anniversary of dating by taking a trip to Santa Barbara. Y’ALL, SANTA BARBARA IS THE JAM. We stayed at the Autocamp, which is a group of wonderfully refurbished airstreams that I now want to move into and live in forever. Ahem… Each airstream comes with two cruisers, which we used to ride around State Street and the wine section of town called the Funk Zone. P.S. I didn’t have a camera at the time, so you’ll have to experience the trip through my trusty iPhone. Guys, don’t you think this means Scott & I need to take a trip back to recapture the moments? AHEM-COUGH-HINT-HINT-WINK-WINK!

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This man was in Heaven with the complimentary local coffee in our cute little front lawn.

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Just before panicking about not being on a bike in years. HOW DOES THIS WORK?!!

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We had lunch at the most amazing sandwich spot off State Street—Pickles & Swiss. They have Key Lime yogurt pretzels and dill pickle flavored popcorn. I REPEAT. They have Key Lime yogurt pretzels and dill pickle flavored popcorn!

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We then scooted over to the gorgeous Santa Barbara Courthouse. This place is unbelievable. Who knew a courthouse could be so special?

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Scott doing his best impression.

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Scott getting busted by the kid in the back for doing his best impression.

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The most glorious grass in the world.

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We popped into the Stabiles Mobile Boutique (so cute!) before visiting my new favorite vintage store—Punch.

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Our next stop was The Funk Zone, a cute section of town with lively tasting rooms, art galleries & restaurants.

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(He’s so cute.)

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The Valley Project was our favorite wine stop. The interior was super casual & loungy, plus the wine wizards were incredibly nice.

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We met some friends on the way to the next winery. Still a little upset we didn’t take these Husky-Corgi rescues home! Mer!

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On our last day, we woke up early to grab some pour over coffee from French Press. We needed some fuel before our hike through Jesusita Trail to Inspiration Point.

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He will boulder anything.

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This guy really wanted to come hike with us.

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Did I mention it rained and turned the second half of the hike into a mudslide all the way down? I don’t think I’ve ever laugh-cried so much. Terrifying, yet so fun.

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We cleaned up then watched the skaters at the local skatepark near the beach. Possibly one of my favorite sounds.

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Before we headed home, we treated ourselves to our first lobster dinner, complete with a heaping cup of Clam Chowder. I think it’s safe to say this was one of my favorite weekends ever. So far…

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1950’s Themed Bachelorette Party

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Photo from Distractify

Over the weekend, I hosted a vintage inspired bachelorette party in Temecula with six other spectacular women for one of our best friends. I acted as the historian of the weekend, documenting our shenanigans along the way. I’m currently in the middle of a photo editing frenzy, so enjoy these quick snaps or follow along on Instagram while you wait for the full post. Don’t worry, ladies… I won’t be including all the photos.

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So gorgeous, isn’t she?! Stay tuned for more!

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Where to drink, dine & sleep in Solvang

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I first discovered Solvang, California during a camping trip at Pismo Beach. My friends insisted we stop through this adorable Danish paradise on the way back to LA. I was completely enamored with the quiet streets shaded by beautiful trees, small town charm & hospitality from local shop & restaurant owners and of course the wines from the Santa Ynez Valley. I made a mental note to return, and unlike a million other mental notes that never come to fruition, this one did. Scott and I took the 2-ish hour drive up the coast a few months back. Scroll down to view photos of our trip & a few places and people you must visit when you take yours.

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We stayed at the Hamlet Inn, a cute hotel that’s part of the Shelter Social Club family. Its location couldn’t be better. You can walk to any restaurant, tasting room and shop in town, and it’s right across the street from Paula’s Pancake House and the Solvang Brewing Company. How cute is the room and those bikes?!

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After dropping our bags, we were anxious to explore. We didn’t get very far because our lunch destination was also right across the street. (See? Perfect location!) The Succulent Café offers a relaxing setting to enjoy savory sandwiches, salads filled with ingredients from local farms, a charcuterie bar and fresh lemonade. The cheese plate and spicy fried chicken sandwich made with Point Reyes blue cheese & Sriracha ranch were both ridiculously good. Stop by for lunch (closed on Tuesdays) for a casual grab & go type of experience, or for dinner for full-service fanciness. Breakfast is also offered on weekends.

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After lunch, we strolled through town, admiring the Danish culture and meeting friendly local horses and dogs along the way.

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Royal Oaks was our first wine stop thanks to the recommendation and free tasting vouchers from the Hamlet Inn. After wine, we skipped over to the Solvang Restaurant walk-up window for a taste of the town’s famous treat: Aebleskivers. Delish!

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In need of a pick-us-up, we sipped on espresso outside of Cafe Dolce. This lil’ shop also offers fresh juices and other sweet treats.

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Now for the best part of the trip! I met Amanda, one of the owners of Cali Love Wine and lead singer of Spun Honey, on that first trip to Solvang. When I told her we were coming back for a more legit visit, she was kind enough to give me so many amazing recommendations on what to do in her sweet town. We had so much fun hanging with her and Jill. Thanks again for showing us around, new friends!

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You must stop into Cali Love on your trip to Solvang. I mean, their tasting room is a guitar museum! And their wines? Yum. I think it was the Pink Moon Syrah Rosé that sealed the deal on me joining my very first wine club. I can’t wait to get my fall shipment! Stop by to enjoy a few sips during the day (closed on Tuesdays) or on Saturday nights for live music! Yahhoo, can’t wait to get back to see these sweet faces!