20988
Fredricksburg
Exploring the Texas Hill Country: The Cowboy Capital of the World
Get to know Texas Hill Country, home to the world’s largest wildflower farm, one of the oldest Dude Ranches, Spanish Missions, the LBJ Ranch, nature trails and Fredericksburg.
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Program No. 20988RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
Getting There
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Fredericksburg
D
Inn on Barons Creek

Dinner: Catered dinner in the hotel meeting room

Evening: Free evening after a days travel

DAY
2
Enchanted Rock and Texas Dude Ranch
Fredericksburg
B,L,D
Inn on Barons Creek

Activity note: Walking a trail around the lower perimeter of the Rock for a mile or so. A variety of terrain includes concrete, grass, dirt path, cobble stones so good support shoes are recommended

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room our daily breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices, such as an egg dish, waffles, breakfast meat, hot/cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, muffins, bagels, toast, milk, juices, coffee (regular and decaf), hot tea, water.

Morning: Discover the legend of the 425-foot pink granite batholith, Enchanted Rock from Park Ranger. Meander along the trails as you discover some 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 local restaurant

Afternoon: Downtown Bandera is known as the 'Cowboy Capital of the World' and is home to a number of world champion rodeo stars. Just a few miles from Bandera we will visit a Dude Ranch and learn about life in the wild, wild-west. Did cowboys and Indians really fight here? Listen as stories from cowboys tell ya’ll about the rustlin’ and bustlin’ of the good ‘ol days as you sit around a campfire toasting s’mores. Get in cowboy-mode with a roping demonstration and hands-on activity.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Discover why the geology of the Texas Hill Country is so good for growing crapes.

DAY
3
S.A. Missions, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflowers, LBJ Ranch
Fredericksburg
B,L,D
Inn on Barons Creek

Activity note: Walking and standing at intervals of approximately one hour on each tour. A variety of terrain includes, concrete and dirt paths.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room our daily breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices, such as an egg dish, waffles, breakfast meat, hot/cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, muffins, bagels, toast, milk, juices, coffee (regular and decaf), hot tea, water.

Morning: Depart for a 68 mile drive to San Antonio and visit one of the historic San Antonio Missions. Followed by a leisurely 85 mile drive to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin . A pioneer in native plant conservation and education the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center will not disappoint. Explore exhibits, gardens and Arboretum with a guide.

Lunch: Enjoy a sandwich style lunch at the Wildflower Center.

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: At leisure. Continue to enjoy the company of new Road Scholar friends with informal activities such as card games, or sharing some of your favorite experiences of the day over a cup of coffee at the hotel

DAY
4
Legends of the Texas Hill Country & Nimitz Museum
Fredericksburg
B,L,D
Inn on Barons Creek

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room our daily breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices, such as an egg dish, waffles, breakfast meat, hot/cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, muffins, bagels, toast, milk, juices, coffee (regular and decaf), hot tea, water.

Morning: Lecture: The first Pioneer Museum site was the Vereins Kirche. Learn about the early German settlements. Lecture: Admiral Nimitz, the most decorated hero and the Nimitz Museum/War of the Pacific

Lunch: Sandwich style lunch available to-go after the morning lecture

Afternoon: Free afternoon for self exploration. Places of interest in Fredericksburg include the Nimitz Museum or the Pioneer Museum

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: At leisure for self exploration. Your group leader will be glad to recommend places to visit.

DAY
5
Chocolates, Flowers and Wine
Fredericksburg
B,L,D
Inn on Barons Creek

Activity note: Walking and standing at intervals of approximately one hour on each tour

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room our daily breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices, such as an egg dish, waffles, breakfast meat, hot/cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, muffins, bagels, toast, milk, juices, coffee (regular and decaf), hot tea, water.

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 at the Brewbonnet Biergarten. Plus, visit a unique Chocolate Factory and learn how one of the oldest European methods of making chocolate will just make you drool, especially after sampling, yummy!

Lunch: Lunch at area restaurant

Afternoon: Guided tour of local 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 catered dinner in hotel meeting room

Evening: Participants have fun in a Road Scholar wine tasting of our own with a wine and food pairing 'team-off' challenge

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Fredericksburg
B

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room our daily breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices, such as an egg dish, waffles, breakfast meat, hot/cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, muffins, bagels, toast, milk, juices, coffee (regular and decaf), hot tea, water.

Morning: Presentation. The Fascinating Texas Hill Country. Program ends at 10 am






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