anniversary texas travel

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shirt: thrifted // shorts: Gap via Poshmark // shoes: Keds // bandana: thrifted

I’m already marking items off my 25 before 25 list, and it feels awesome! The first thing on my list was to take an anniversary trip. I think some people envisioned Dago and I taking a grand trip to Hawaii or even Portland, but a day trip in the Texas Hill Country is more our style (and budget). We woke up bright and early (I’m so not a morning person) on Saturday morning and hit the road to Fredricksburg, Texas. Well, first we stopped at our favorite panaderia for danishes and donuts, and then we hit the road.

Dago recently learned that he can record pretty good sound on his phone, so we decided to do a little road trip podcasting for fun. If you have any interest in that, you can hear our car thoughts and feel like you took the ride with us here.

An hour and a half later, we had arrived. We parked just outside of the historic downtown and walked to the visitor center. We had intended on spending some time at the famous Admiral Nimitz Museum to learn us some Pacific War history, but decided that was a little heavy for our anniversary day trip. With a map in hand, we set out to find the best antiques Fredricksburg has to offer.

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I’ve been antiquing since I was a kid, and my parents and aunt have taken me to Fredricksburg several times, mostly recently around 2005. It’s become an interest Dago and I share–admiring “old stuff” and picking out pieces we love to bring home with us. I hoped to find a little something for each of my parents while we were out, and actually fell in love with a little Scrabble tile rack with letters spelling OLD STUFF. I thought it would make the perfect kitschy Father’s Day gift for my dad’s office, so I held onto it with a few other items as I walked around the first shop. I was so disappointed when the owner told me it wasn’t for sale, and was actually just a display piece one of the vendors had created for their corner of the store.

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I picked up a couple of bandanas with pretty prints, Dago took photos of just about everything we saw, and we stopped at a restaurant that boasted “Best Burger in Town” for a Ruben and a grilled cheese sandwich. The coolest place we went into was what the owner of the first store called a “high end” antique shop filled with French artifacts and furniture. It was a big warehouse called Carol Hicks Bolton | Laboratoire de Design. Y’all, this is literally what Anthropologie is mimicking. They carried everything from vintage ribbon to taxidermied ducks, worn brass bed frames to intricate light fixtures, and from yellowed lace curtains to trunks full of treasures. I could have spent all day in there, preferably with a bottle of wine and a wheel of brie. I couldn’t, however, even afford to bring home a candle, but I did ask Dago to take this photo of me, just like a French girl.

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The weather started to heat up, and our feet started to slow down, so we called it a day and loaded our goodies into the car to return to Austin. It was the perfect anniversary trip with my perfect guy.
Auf wiedersehen, Fredricksburg! Until next time!

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