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Recommended area for Blue bonnet viewing?

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Recommended area for Blue bonnet viewing?

My husband and I will be Be visiting Texas March 23-28. We will be flying into Dallas on the 23rd, visiting my sister and then driving into the Hill country on the 24 or 25th.

I've been researching the many towns that lay claim to great blue bonnet viewing and am somewhat overwhelmed. Ennis is close to Dallas, Fredricksburg looks charming, and several other towns also look nice. As we have no control over how "in bloom" the flowers will be when we get there, I would like there to be other things to do and see in case blooms are later this year. For that reason I'm leaning towards Fredricksburg as it looks interesting and isn't terribly far from Austin.

As our time is short I want to concentrate on one or two towns. Do have have any other recommendations for great blue bonnet viewing (assuming our timing is good?) Thanks.

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1. Re: Recommended area for Blue bonnet viewing?

Fredericksburg is an excellent choice for two reasons. You get to spend hours on Main Street visiting shops and restaurants and you get to visit the Wildseed Farm down the highway a few miles away. I have posted links below. On your drive to Fr. you will see bluebonnets on any route you take. Bear in mind we are in a drought and that means they will not be thriving as they would if we had had rain. They will be visible, but not as plentiful. If you spend the night there are some wonderful B&B's in town or nearby. Do a Google search. Lot's of great places to eat. My favorite is the Peachtree Tea Room just off Main St.

Now here is why the Wildseed Farms will benefit your seeing a huge field of Wildflowers. When you look at the links below and the web page for WFarms you will notice that they plant huge fields of a certain flower all year round to bring in visitors. They also have a huge beautiful building housing a gift shop and eatery. Also, the grounds surrounding the building are totally landscaped and there is a butterfly garden (fee). I have no clue what they will have planted in the field on March 23. I also have no idea how soon the bluebonnets will pop up. Here in Austin my calendar says I had a sighting in my area 3/31/12. Either way, Fredericksburg is a great Texas town to visit.

Also, if you have Facebook there are two pages of interest:

Texas Bluebonnet Sightings (they also have webpage)

Wildseed Farms (excellent photos)

http://www.wildseedfarms.com

http://www.fbgtx.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doGePdjhvUs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi-ZsvA3aPA

http://peach-tree.com

Lastly, if you go to Google Images and in the search box put:

Wildseed Farms you will see awesome photos

and search Fredericksburg, Texas

Edited: 31 December 2012, 18:53
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2. Re: Recommended area for Blue bonnet viewing?

Thank you for the excellent information. I had not come across Wildseed farm yet and this is exactly the type of place I'm interested in! I'll study the other links (they look helpful too) and I'm sure find many ideas.

I found some info on the many wineries in the area. Do you have a recommendation? We'd actually be most interested in one that had a good tour. None of us are big into wine, but find the process interesting and would like to walk around a vineyard.

Thanks again!

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3. Re: Recommended area for Blue bonnet viewing?

Sorry, can't advise on wineries. Perhaps someone else can jump in and help. I travel alone. Have always wanted to stop at one or two, but getting to the shops was my priority. Good luck!

http://texaswinetrail.com

http://www.wineroad290.com

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4. Re: Recommended area for Blue bonnet viewing?

Try: wildflowerhaven.com

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