Frieden’s “Farm Haus” lot renderings pictured throughout.

This is BIG! Southern Living just announced that it is bringing the world to Texas. Friedën, Texas, that is! The charming Hill Country town is the newest Southern Living Inspired Community and the very first in Texas to be included in the prestigious program.

Friedën joins an elite group of only 14 communities – ranging from the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas – to be hand-selected by Southern Living as emblematic of the aesthetics, lifestyle, and values of the magazine.

“We were interested in Friedën from the start,” said Meredith’s Vice President of Licensing Kristen Payne. “They’re determined to build something that reflects the lifestyle Fredericksburg is famous for, from the preservation of the landscape to the design of the homes. We loved their idea of a community of modern farmhouses that were custom-made but part of a design theme.”


Texas Wine Revolution| candysdirt.comHankering for an excuse for a bluebonnet-studded road trip to the Hill Country? Horseshoe Bay Resort will be the setting of the third annual Texas Wine Revolution, a festival showcasing the beauty of Texas-grown wines and this year, specifically 100 percent Texas grown rosé wines.

Winemakers from William Chris, Becker Vineyards, Brennan Vineyards, Kierpersol, McPherson Cellars, and more than 20 other Texas wineries will be on hand from 1 to 5 p.m. April 22 offering rosé tastings, live music, local foods, educational seminars, interactive activities, and a silent auction at Horseshoe Bay Resort. Just three and half hours from Dallas, the AAA four star-rated lake and golf resort and residential community on Lake LBJ offers stellar tennis and spa facilities as well as three Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf courses.

Through the Texas Wine Revolution website, you can buy tickets to the wine festival and make reservations for an overnight stay at the Horseshoe Bay Resort. (Needless to say, a wise choice after an afternoon of imbibing unless you have a designated driver.)

Horseshoe Bay Resort |

Horseshoe Bay Resort

While you’re in the area, it might be a good time to check out a potential vacation home in Horseshoe Bay. The luxury resort was built in the early 1970s, which is not to say that current building styles are not available there. Jump for a look at a current Horseshoe Bay listing — an up-to-date contemporary Hill Country home with an open floor plan and outdoor kitchen perfect for chic, relaxed entertaining and weekend getaways …


Historical shelterThe bones of the Baer Barn B&B in Fredericksburg are steeped in history — the original structure was built in 1860. But this historical shelter has seen a little bit of new construction and a great deal of upgrading, making it a seamless combination of old and new.

The home sits on 4.81 acres of Hill Country land, just outside of the main part of Fredericksburg proper. Built of log, timber, and rock, the home and guest house would be a great income generator and also a great place to plan a day of wine tours and fine dining. (more…)

LBJJust a week after becoming president, Lyndon Baines Johnson picked up a ranch in Blanco County — Johnson City, to be exact — as a hideaway where he could relax a bit.

And when he announced he wouldn’t be running for re-election in 1968, it was his 800-acre spread that he retreated to, giving staffers strict instructions to keep the press at bay for a while. (more…)

It’s no secret that we at Second Shelters have a soft spot for the Texas Hill Country — with its wide open spaces, the beautiful scenery, and the plethora of wineries that dot the landscape, it’s hard to find something you don’t like about Fredericksburg.

This week’s historical shelter is a perfect second home for someone who wants to be able to walk to the shops and dining in downtown Fredericksburg, but also wants to be close enough to drive to wine tastings or lunch at Hye Market, for instance. (more…)

Don't Miss these Hill Country Destinations Near Boot Ranch |

Buying and building in Boot Ranch is a no-brainer if you’re looking for luxury Hill Country living with resort-like amenities and an award-winning Hal Sutton-designed golf course.

Boot Ranch provides fabulous service amid the rustic beauty of ranch life and there’s something for everyone, from the 55,000-square-foot members-only clubhouse and village complex and 4.5-acre pool and sports campus, to a 34-acre golf practice park for pre-course warmup.

They recently hosted the staff for a three-day retreat and part of the appeal of this incredible destination is its Hill Country location. Boot Ranch is close to so many recreation options, from fine dining and wineries, to state parks and historic sites and museums. Here’s a roundup of some nearby options for Boot Ranch residents looking to take a drive and have some fun.


Boot Ranch

Boot Ranch is everything I love about Texas all rolled up into one big beautiful package.

It’s easy to get caught up in big city living and lose sight of the innate beauty of Texas until you hit the backroads. The minute you take that right turn at Evant, and head towards Fredericksburg, the Texas Hill Country rolls out before your eyes. Suddenly nothing matters but the view. You turn a corner, and Enchanted Rock looms up like a stone spaceship. As you wind around the road to Boot Ranch, the clubhouse rises out of the stone cropping’s like a cowboy’s version of a castle and simply takes your breath away.


hill country cuisine

The Hye Market Restaurant offers local wares, in addition to some mighty fine cooking by chef Matt Church (Photo: Bethany Erickson)

While mentions of the Texas Hill Country are often coupled with discussions of all things wine, two chefs in the Fredericksburg area are making sure that food also enters the conversation.

From our first night at Boot Ranch, who graciously hosted our editorial retreat Sept. 15-17, we were immediately put on notice — some remarkable food is coming out of Hill Country kitchens. (more…)