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Exploring the Texas Hill Country

Program Number: 20988RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/14/2013 - 4/19/2013; 11/15/2015 - 11/20/2015; 4/17/2016 - 4/22/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Fredricksburg, Texas
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; None; None; None    

The Texas Hill Country is a land of arresting panoramic beauty and rich human history, an expanse of rolling limestone hills and crystal-clear rivers that provide fertile ground for endless arrays of wildflowers and the vineyards of the nation’s fastest growing wine-producing region. President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Hill Country native son, born in in Gillespie County in the very heart of the region, and it’s in the county’s seat, Fredericksburg, where you’ll make your home while exploring the natural and human heritage of this beloved American setting. From the Fredericksburg Historic District to winery cellars to the world's largest working wildflower farm, join local experts and Hill Country natives who introduce you to the region they love to call home.


• Explore the exhibits, arboretum and gardens of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center, and the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
• With a Park Ranger, discover the beauty and legend of the 425-foot pink granite batholith, Enchanted Rock.
• Field trips to selected Hill Country vineyards include meeting the vintners, exploring the first underground wine cellar in the Pedernales River Valley and tasting selected vintages.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile over uneven terrain; standing up to one hour.

Date Specific Information


Participants for the November program may want to extend their stay to take in some local events November 15 - 23rd Annual Fredericksburg Fall Antiques Show. November 20/22 - Fredericksburg Trade Days. For more information call Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center, 1 (888) 997-3600, or

Coordinated by University of Texas Marine Science Institute.


Founded in 1846 by German immigrants and named for Prince Frederick of Prussia, Fredericksburg is the home of Texas German, the unique dialect spoken by many of these early new Americans. The town’s historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas in 1970. In addition to its German culture, Fredericksburg is notable for its proximity to the natural wonders of Enchanted Rock and Cross Mountain.

Comfortable inn with heated salt-water Texas pool and spa.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Linda Fuiman

A native of Scotland, Linda Fuiman has maintained her Scottish brogue while living on the Texas Gulf Coast for more than 20 years. Through her work at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Linda shares the wonders of nature and the ocean with students of all ages. Most recently, she has led Birding 101 courses for kids, and serves as the education chair with the Coastal Bend Audubon Society. Linda also produces “South Texas Birding,” a monthly segment featured on a local television channel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Inn on Barons Creek
  Fredericksburg 5 nights
 Inn on Barons Creek
Type: Hotel
  Description: Our ideal location allows you to experience the many activities nearby: restaurants, live music, shopping, wine tasting, museums, galleries, cafe's and much more. Or we invite you to enjoy a peaceful retreat while relaxing in your room gazing at the beautiful landscape this hotel has to offer, or take advantage of the full-service Spa offered at the hotel.
  Contact info: 308 South Washington Street
Fredericksburg, TX 78624 USA
phone: 830-990-9202
  Room amenities: Rooms offer a choice of either a king bed or two queen beds, some offer views of the creek for a serene feel. They also offer a sitting area complete with elegant furnishings. Room includes a pocket door separating suite from sleeping area, sleeper sofa, oversized desk, two telephones, two televisions, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron, ironing board, wired and wireless internet.
  Facility amenities: •Heated salt-water Texas pool •Complimentary full breakfast bar served daily •Modern fitness center •Secured wireless & wired internet throughout the hotel •Business center •Creek-side seating and lounge areas •Full size desks •Fire Pit Available •Events and meetings facilities •Guest laundry available on-site •Gift shop selling sundries and local wines •Walking distance to Fredericksburg's historic Main Street •Suites include two televisions •Full-service spa
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel Additional nights may be arranged by calling the hotel. Cost to be determined. You will be responsible for any extra nights.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel Additional nights may be arranged by calling the hotel. Cost to be determined. You will be responsible for any extra nights.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30 pm You will be staying at Inn on Barons Creek that night.
  End of Program:
10:00 am You will be staying at Inn on Barons Creek the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. University of Texas Release form
  Parking availability:
Self parking.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Fredericksburg
  Nearest city or town:  San Antonio, Texas or Austin, Texas
  Nearest highway: NW I-410-LOOP to I-10 North (SAT), I-290 West (AUS)
  Nearest airport:  San Antonio (SAT) or Austin (AUS)
  From End of Program
  Location: Fredericksburg
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Airport




Blue Bonnet Taxi & Shuttle
phone: 183-099-8288 x6
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$100 - $125 (up to 2 people)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1 hour 15 minutes 




Approximately 62 miles


San Antonio Airport to Fredericksburg Reservations should be made well in advance but no later than 24 hours prior to arrival. Call 1-830-998-2886 or email Supply the following information: Arrival time and date, Flight number, How many people, your name. Payments accepted: Cash and most major credit cards.




From Airport




Car Rentals


Per Person/One Way:


Contact rental company
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes 




Approximately 62 miles north west


SAN ANTIONIO AIRPORT CAR RENTALS (SAN) Advantage Rent-A-Car 1-800-777-5500 Alamo Rent-A-Car 1-800-GOALAMO Avis Rent-A-Car 1-800-331-1212 Budget Rent-A-Car 1-800-527-0700 Dollar Rent-A-Car 1-800-800-3665 Enterprise Rent-A-Car 1-800-736-8222 Hertz Rent-A-Car 1-800-654-3131 National Car Rental 1-800-CARRENT Thrifty Car Rental 1-800-THRIFTY

Driving Directions
  Austin-Bergstrom International Airport To Inn at Baron's Creek Summary: TX-71 E to Merge TX-71 W, to 290, W to US 87 1. Start out going west on Presidential Blvd. 0.6 mile 2.Take Presidential Blvd toward Ticketing/Curb side Check-in.0.9mile 3.Keep right at the fork to continue on Presidential Blvd 0.4 mi 4.Stay straight to go onto Cardinal Loop. 0.04 mile 5.Turn left onto TX-71 E/Bastrop Hwy.CIRCLE K is on the corner If you reach Crozier Ln you've gone about 0.1 miles too far. 0.2 mile 6. Merge onto TX-71 W. 13.4 mile 7. Stay straight to go onto US-290 W. 32.4 mile 8. Take the US-290 N/US-281 N ramp toward Johnson City. 0.1 mile 9. Turn slight right onto US-290 W/US-281 N. Continue to follow US-281 N. 5.4 mile 10.Turn left onto US-290 W.US-290 W is 0.1 miles past Scofield Ave. If you reach E Crestview Dr you've gone about 0.1 miles too far 30.3 mile 11.Turn left onto S Washington St/US-87.S Washington St is 0.1 miles past S Elk St SUBWAY is on the corner If you reach N Lincoln St you've gone about 0.1 miles too far 0.2 mile 12. 308 S WASHINGTON ST is on the right.
  San Antonio Airport To Inn at Baron's Creek Summary: NE I-410-LOOP to I-410 W to I-10W/US-87N to EXIT 523 1. Start out going east on Airport Blvd.0.03 mile 2. Airport Blvd becomes unnamed road.0.4 mile 3. Turn slight left onto Airport Blvd.0.4 mile 4. Turn right onto NE I-410-LOOP.NE I-410-LOOP is just past Northern Blvd 0.3 mile 5. Merge onto I-410 W/I-410-LOOP W via the ramp on the left.4.0 mile 6. Merge onto I-10 W/US-87 N via EXIT 16 toward El Paso.40.7 mile 7. Merge onto US-87 N via EXIT 523 toward Fredericksburg/San Angelo.21.3 mile 8. 308 S WASHINGTON ST is on the left.
Equipment Requirements: Binoculars may be useful but not required.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals and Welcome
(Sunday, April 14)
 Arrive To: Meet and Greet reception in hotel meeting room at 4:30 pm
 Dinner: Catered dinner at hotel
 Evening: Presentation by local geologist and local master naturalist: An introduction to the Hill Country
Accommodations: Inn on Barons Creek
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Wildflowers, Vineyards,and Geology of the Texas Hill Country
(Monday, April 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Typically a selection of eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, waffles, cereal, fruit, toast, juice, and coffee.
 Morning: Presentation on wildflowers with master naturalist followed by a drive through the scenic countryside to see some spectacular wildflowers in bloom. Photographic opportunities abound with fields of vibrant color. See the Texas Bluebonnet, Indian Paintbrush, White Prickly Poppy and much more.
 Lunch: A chance to taste the flavor of the Hill Country at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Guided tour of Grape Creek Vineyard; meet the vintners and gain an understanding of the production process. Tour the first underground wine cellar in the Pedernales River Valley. Enjoy a wine tasting while taking in spectacular views of the the rolling hills and natural landscape of the area.
 Dinner: Sample some traditional German food.
 Evening: Meet with local historian and hear about the early settlers of Fredericksburg, Texas
Accommodations: Inn on Barons Creek
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Nature trails, Wildseed Farm, Vineyard tour & tasting
(Tuesday, April 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Typically a selection of eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, waffles, cereal, fruit, toast, juice, and coffee.
 Morning: Riverside Nature Center is located in the heart of Kerrville on the Guadalupe River This former small farm has been transformed into an urban wildlife and native plant sanctuary with a unique arboretum hosting over 140 species of trees as well as cacti, glorious wildflowers, shrubs, native grasses, birds, insects and other animals. Meandering walking trails lead you through the Nature Center and down to the banks of the beautiful Guadalupe River.
 Lunch: Enjoy a Mexican Fiesta lunch
 Afternoon: A photographic experience awaits at the Wildseed Farm. The largest working wildflower farm in the U.S with over 200 acres of stunning seasonal wildflowers. Meander along the trails of Texas blue bonnets, red corn poppies and phlox and more. Award winning Becker Vineyards offer a selection of tantalizing wines to savor and experts will explain their wine processing. Fields of lavender surround the vineyard.
 Dinner: Restaurant in Fredericksburg
 Evening: Dreams do come true as you indulge in a guided tour of a chocolate factory. The confections are all handmade in the traditional centuries-old way. European Quintessential Chocolates specializes in the centuries old art form of casting “Liqueur Praliné” or the European style Liquid Center Chocolates.
Accommodations: Inn on Barons Creek
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lecture: Legends of the Hill Country, Free Time, Chocolate Factory
(Wednesday, April 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Typically a selection of eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, waffles, cereal, fruit, toast, juice, and coffee.
 Morning: Presentation by local historian on Legends of the Hill Country; From Cowboys and Indians to historical museums and amazing underground caverns all deep in the heart of Texas.
 Lunch: Sandwich style lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: Free time.
 Dinner: Experience a genuine Biergarten-Restaurant
 Evening: Low sulphate wines with European style is the forte of this small winery. Guests are encouraged to get involved in the wine experience and learn the different processes involved. Plus design your own wine label for that special batch you will always remember.
Accommodations: Inn on Barons Creek
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Enchanted Rock, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Fun Self-Judge Food & Wine Pairing
(Thursday, April 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Typically a selection of eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, waffles, cereal, fruit, toast, juice, and coffee.
 Morning: Discover the legend of the 425-foot pink granite batholith, Enchanted Rock from Park Ranger. Meander along the trails as you discover the amazing plants and animals. Shrubs you might see are the Texas persimmon, agarita, whitebrush and prickly pear. Animals along the trails might include rock and fox squirrels and armadillos.
 Lunch: Lunch at area restaurant
 Afternoon: A pioneer in native plant conservation and education the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center will not disappoint. Explore exhibits, gardens and Arboretum.
 Dinner: Dine in Austin
 Evening: Participants have fun in a Road Scholar food & wine pairing "team-off" challenge.
Accommodations: Inn on Barons Creek
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Particpants Presentations
(Friday, April 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Typically a selection of eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, waffles, cereal, fruit, toast, juice, and coffee.
 Morning: Participants oral presentations
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Wildflowers of Texas Field Guide

Author: Nora Bowers

Description: A field guide to hundreds of Texas's beautiful wildflowers! Full-page photos and descriptions make this a great guide for beginners and a terrific gift. The material is easily understood by those with no botanical background but also includes important, accurate information useful to those more familiar with plants. This user-friendly field guide is organized by color and size.

Backroads of the Texas Hill Country: Your Guide to the Most Scenic Adventures (Kindle Edition)

Author: Gary Clark

Description: Texas has hill country? Who knew? Well, the Lonely Planet guide to Texas, which calls the Hill Country rightfully one of the states biggest tourist draws . . . an area of gently rolling hills and valleys freckled with cacti and cattle ranches, lined with rivers and dotted with peaceful, picturesque little towns. And any self-respecting Texan might know as much. Forty miles west of Austin and fifty north of San Antonio, the Hill Country is within an easy drive of two of the states biggest cities, putting back-country quiet and beauty within reach of countless urban dwellers seeking respite. This book brings the remarkable Hill Country of Texas home to the back roads traveler. Whether its wildflowers youre drawn to, or dude ranches, natural areas, historic sites, or quaint Texas towns redolent of history, this is your passport to an experience like no other. Backroads of the Texas Hill Country introduces travelers and armchair tourists alike to the emerging wine country of the Lone Star State, the meticulously preserved culture of East European immigrants, the cowboy capital of the world (Bandera), and the childhood home of LBJ at Johnson City. Follow this irresistible guide into the Hill Country, and find yourself deep in the heart of Texas.

Roadside Geology of Texas

Author: Darwin Spearing

Description: The geologic panorama of Texas is as wide as the state is big, sweeping from volcanic mesas and thrusting mountains in the west to the red canyons of the Panhandle, along tropical sand barriers of the Gulf Coast, and across central limestone plateaus to the hard granitic terrain of central Texas. Learn about the rocks as you come to them--what they are, when they formed, what they mean, and how they fit into the big picture of the geology of Texas.

Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures

Author: Elaine Galit

Description: Combining fascinating stories of Texas history with travel adventures around the state, Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures suggests where to go and what to see by tracking historical characters and events. The travel destinations echo the settlement of Texas, the battle for independence, the Alamo, cowboys, vacqueros, Buffalo Soldiers, shipwrecks, and cattle drives. Each chapter includes history, travel routes, best sights, best times to visit, lodging, dining, and sources for additional information. Families, visitors, travelers with a love of history, and teachers and students studying the required curriculum of the fourth grade in Texas schools will find this guide practical and user friendly

A Day at the LBJ Ranch [Hardcover]

Author: Sam Savitt

Description: A Day At The LBJ Ranch recounts the exciting adventures of a Boy Scout and Girl Scout during one unforgettable day at the Texas home of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Jackie and Dennis come to the ranch as a personal guest of President Johnson. During their memorable visit they take part in a roundup with the LBJ cowboys, go horseback riding through the countryside, learn about the strange legends of the area, find relics of Comanche Indians, attend a typical Texas barbecue and - best of all - meet and get to know the President himself. A unique, absorbing story, this is an adventure that American boys and girls will want to share.

Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America

Author: Kathi Appelt

Description: Bluebonnets and lady's slippers, larkspurs and blazing stars, black-eyed Susans and Granny's nightcaps. From a lonely childhood in the Piney Woods of East Texas to an exciting life in the White House, Lady Bird Johnson loved these wildflowers with all her heart. They were her companions in her youth, greeting her everywhere as she explored wild forests, bayous, and hills. Later, as First Lady, she sought to bring the beauty of wildflowers to America's cities and highways. She wanted to make sure every child could enjoy the splendor of wildflowers. In this warm, engaging look at the life of a great First Lady, Kathi Appelt tells the story behind Lady Bird Johnson's environmental vision. Joy Fisher Hein's colorful wildflowers burst from every page, inviting us to share in Lady Bird's love for natural beauty.

National Museum of the Pacific War

Author: Museum

Description: Dedicated to all those who served in the Pacific War. The Admiral Nimitz Museum, George Bush Gallery of the Pacific War, the Plaza of the Presidents, Japanese Garden of Peace, Memorial Walk, and the Pacific Combat Zone are all part of the complex. Hours: 9AM to 5PM - 311 E. Austin St, Fredericksburg

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site

Author: Historic Site

Description: A historically significant park in the heart of former President LBJs country home, the Texas Whitehouse, and influenced by three major cultures: Native Americans, Spanish and German.

Fredericksburg Chorale Dialogues & Dances

Author: Event

Description: Apr 13, 2013

Friedrichsburg: Colony of the German Furstenverein

Author: Friedrich Armand Strubber

Description: Founded in 1846, Fredericksburg, Texas, was established by German noblemen who enticed thousands of their compatriots to flee their overcrowded homeland with the prospect of free land in a place that was portrayed as a new Garden of Eden. Few of the settlers, however, were prepared for the harsh realities of the Texas frontier or for confrontation with the Comanche Indians. In his 1867 novel Friedrichsburg, Friedrich Armand Strubberg, a.k.a. Dr. Schubbert, interwove his personal story with a fictional romance to capture the flavor of Fredericksburg, Texas, during its founding years when he served as the first colonial director. Now available in a contemporary translation, Friedrichsburg brings to life the little-known aspects of life among these determined but often ill-equipped settlers who sought to make the transition to a new home and community on the Texas frontier. Opening just as a peace treaty is being negotiated between the German newcomers and the Comanches, the novel describes the unlikely survival of these fledgling homesteads and provides evidence that support from the Delaware Indians, as well as the nearby Mormon community of Zodiac, was key to the Germans success. Along the way, Strubberg also depicts the laying of the cornerstone to the Vereinskirche, the blazing of an important new road to Austin, exciting hunting scenes, and an admirable spirit of cultural cohesion and determined resilience. In so doing, he resurrects a fascinating lost world. - See more at:

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