It’s one of the many blessings of living in Texas, an enjoyable and relaxing weekend is always just a short drive away! During a period when pockets are tight and many are trying to avoid large crowds, lightly populated but tourist-friendly towns have become an ideal vacation destination.

Fredericksburg, one of the many establishments in the Texas Hill Country and set about an hour east of Austin, has become one of my personal favorites. While big city dwellers — like Houstonians and Dallasites — flock to southeast Texas town for the impressive selection of wineries, I find myself increasingly excited for the homestyle cooking.

Sunset Grill in Fredericksburg is a hidden country-gem in the hamlet of German Cuisine and Texas-Mexican cuisine, and easily one of my all-time favorite brunch spots. The restaurant has a limited but full-proof menu of Eggs Benedict, omelets and a mean French Toast! If you’re in the moody for a savory brunch with Latin flavors, I recommend the Santa Fe Omelets. It’s loaded with delicious chorizo, various cheeses and topped with guacamole and sour cream. There’s also the Senorita Omelet if you’re looking for a tasty vegetarian option.

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Caramelized French Toast topped with powdered sugar, warm syrup and fresh banana slices are an absolute dream! It’s perfect with a mimosa, which the restaurant has several varieties, including a Texas Grapefruit and Champagne cocktail.

A great place to stay is Barons CreekSide Hotel Resort. The Swiss log cabins and family houses overlook a vast vineyard that’s connected to its own bistro and wine bar.

Happy travels — and cheers to good sleeps and eats!