Our fabulous Texas Hill Country Bike Tour is bursting with color this month. It’s wildflower season and winter rains have conspired with spring sunlight to produce the most prolific bloom in years. Bluebonnets, Paintbrush, Blanketflower, Wine Cup, Primrose, Greenthread…the wildflowers are even prolific along the Mission Trail in San Antonio, a Texas landmark that includes the Alamo and is usually noted for its arid beauty.

But flowers are not the only bounty in the Texas Hill Country. The cuisine here is as varied as the picturesque landscape. Because Texas was part of six different countries at different times, “Authentic Texas Cuisine” has many different definitions and flavors. Food traditions here reflect Mexican, Spanish, French, African, Cajun, German, Czech, and cowboy influences.

Get a wonderful taste of the German influence in Fredericksburg, a historic town that serves as the base for three nights of the eight-day Hill Country Tour. Home to Texas-German, a dialect spoken by the first German settlers here in the 1840’s, Fredericksburg was named after Prince Frederick of Prussia.  The town is also the hometown of Admiral Nimitz which explains why the impressive Museum of the Pacific War is also located here.

The Emily Morgan Room at Hoffman Haus

The indescribably tasteful Hoffman Haus is our home for three nights in Fredericksburg. The decor at the Hoffman Haus is a breathtaking blend of old country Texas and upscale comfort. With buildings on the Hoffman Haus compound dating back to the mid 1800’s and the comfort of modern amenities, this B&B exemplifies the epitome of casual elegance.  Gracious owner, Leslie Hoffman, provides warm Texas hospitality, and is a wealth of historical and local information.

The first evening in Fredericksburg, you will enjoy a gourmet dinner in the Great Hall, catered by one of the region’s finest chefs.  Local Texas wine and beer will also be served.  Mmm…close your eyes and you can almost taste the local Bandera Quail.  The Gulf Shrimp Etoufee’s not bad either, nor is the Vanilla Pots de Crème garnished with melba sauce and roasted hazelnuts.  And, the breakfasts are to die for!

Due to a last-minute cancellation, there’s one room available for the April 15  bike tour of the Texas Hill Country.  Don’t be scared away by the “hill country” designation – what would you call rolling hills in a huge, mostly pancake-flat state? Grab your bag, your sunscreen, and c’mon down!