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Exploring the Texas Hill Country

Program Number: 20988RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/13/2014 - 4/18/2014; 11/15/2015 - 11/20/2015; 4/17/2016 - 4/22/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Fredricksburg, Texas
Price starting at: $1,125.00 - 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    

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


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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



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Car Rentals


Per Person/One Way:


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Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes 




Approximately 62 miles north west


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Driving Directions
  San Antonio Airport I-410 west (4 miles) to I-10 west/US 87 north to US 290
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. Introductions and discuss weekly schedule.
(Sunday, April 13)
 Arrive To: Meet and Greet reception in hotel meeting room at 4:30 pm
 Dinner: Catered dinner at hotel
 Evening: Presentation
Accommodations: Inn on Barons Creek
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Nature Centre Trail, Wildflowers, Enchanted Rock
(Monday, April 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Selection of hot and cold items. Typically includes 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: 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. Plus, see/hear how one of the oldest European methods of making chocolate will just make you drool, plus a tasting, yum
 Dinner: Sample some traditional German food.
 Evening: Discover why the geology of the Texas Hill Country is so good for growing crapes.
Accommodations: Inn on Barons Creek
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Presidential Day: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and LBJ White House
(Tuesday, April 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Selection of hot and cold items. Typically includes eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, waffles, cereal, fruit, toast, juice, and coffee.
 Morning: Travel to Austin, approximately 1.1/4 hour drive. A pioneer in native plant conservation and education the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center located in Austin will not disappoint. Explore exhibits, gardens and Arboretum.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds of the LBJ Ranch
 Afternoon: Guided tour of the LBJ Ranch House, known as the Texas White House in Stonewall. President Johnson's office (the west room) was opened to the public on the 100th anniversary of his birth, August 27, 2008. The living room and dining room were opened in June 2009. By December 2011 the entire first floor was opened to the public.
 Dinner: Restaurant in Fredericksburg
 Evening: Free evening
Accommodations: Inn on Barons Creek
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lecture: Legends of the Texas Hill Country and the Nimitz Museum
(Wednesday, April 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Selection of hot and cold items. Typically includes eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, waffles, cereal, fruit, toast, juice, and coffee.
 Morning: Lectures: Learn about the early German settlements and the Nimitz Museum
 Lunch: Sandwich style lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: Free afternoon with optional tickets to self-guide the Nimitz Museum
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant
 Evening: Presentation
Accommodations: Inn on Barons Creek
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Wild Seed Farm and Grape Creek Winery
(Thursday, April 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Selection of hot and cold items. Typically includes eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, waffles, cereal, fruit, toast, juice, and coffee.
 Morning: Breathtaking arrays of wildflowers await you at the Wild Seed Farm on the outskirts of Fredericksburg. Fields of wildflowers bloom from March through October, Explore the short walking trails and take stunning pictures. You can purchase their award winning wildflower seeds from the gift shop and a Brewbonnet Biergarten.
 Lunch: Lunch at area 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: Farewell dinner at local restaurant
 Evening: Participants have fun in a Road Scholar wine and food pairing 'team-off' challenge
Accommodations: Inn on Barons Creek
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Particpants Presentations
(Friday, April 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Selection of hot and cold items. Typically includes eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, waffles, cereal, fruit, toast, juice, and coffee.
 Morning: Presentation
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List

Wildflowers of Texas

Author: Geyata Ajilvsqui

Description: Easy to follow color coded pages. This is my favorite guide. Can be found in most book stores for $20 which is less than I have seen online.

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.

Admiral Nimitz: The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater

Author: Brayton Harris

Description: Chester Nimitz was an admiral’s Admiral, considered by many to be the greatest naval leader of the last century. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Nimitz assembled the forces, selected the leaders, and - as commander of all U.S. and Allied air, land, and sea forces in the Pacific Ocean - led the charge one island at a time, one battle at a time, toward victory. A brilliant strategist, he astounded contemporaries by achieving military victories against fantastic odds, outpacing more flamboyant luminaries like General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral "Bull" Halsey. And he was there to accept, on behalf of the United States, the surrender of the Japanese aboard the battleship USS Missouri in August 1945. In this first biography in over three decades, Brayton Harris uses long-overlooked files and recently declassified documents to bring to life one of America’s greatest wartime heroes.

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.

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

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:

Great Tales From the History of South Texas

Author: Murphy Givens

Description: The history of the Old West has deep roots in South Texas where the Wild Horse Desert was a lawless land controlled by no authority. The western region of South Texas, from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, stretching west and south to the Rio Grande, was the birthplace of the big cattle ranches, the cattle barons, rustlers, hide thieves, outlaws, and bad men operating on both sides of the border. Murphy Givens brings the stories of the Old West to life in "Great Tales From the History of South Texas" Available at

Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire

Author: Don Graham

Description: This book is about the King Ranch, but it is about much more than that. A compelling chronicle of war, peace, love, betrayal, birth and death in the region where the Texas-Mexico border blurs in the haze of the Wild Horse Desert, it is also an intriguing detective story with links to the present--and a first-rate read.

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.

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 Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America

Author: Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer

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

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.

The German Settlement of the Texas Hill Country

Author: Jefferson Morgenthaler

Description: This is the story of the founding of New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, Boerne, Comfort, and the other German settlements of the Texas Hill Country. Refugees from economic and social strife in Germany, followed by idealistic communalists and liberal political refugees, came to the Hill County looking for freedom and opportunity. Landing on the windswept shores of Matagorda Bay, they traced a path across the plains, seeking a future in the hills beyond. There they found a raw, untamed realm where few but Comanches dared go. Reaching for a promised land beyond the Llano River, the earliest immigrants soon realized that their dream was beyond their grasp, and had no choice but to adapt to the realities of the Texas frontier. Some fared well. Others succumbed to disease, injury, hunger and violence. Most stayed, but some retreated to less challenging locales. A remarkable few established outposts of intellectual fervor in pioneer settlements, debating the great ideas of the day in drafty log cabins. Bringing with them traditions and perspectives rooted in the feudal and despotic European past, the Germans learned to adjust to Texan and American notions, only to find themselves divided by the great controversy over slavery and secession. This is a story of hardy, industrious people transplanted into the most challenging of circumstances. It is a story of Texan pioneers.

The Sibley Guide to Birds

Author: David Allen Sibley

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.

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