Of course, I could not drive to Texas without stopping in Gibsland, Louisiana to visit the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum. A must see if you get anywhere near the Texas-Louisiana border, this building (which was historically the last café where Bonnie and Clyde dined before their departure) is filled with memorabilia from the famous duo’s past. For a small admission fee you are free to spend as long as you like viewing newspaper articles, photographs, clothing, and a bullet-riddled V8 Ford replica of the actual car they were driving. The owner says this vehicle was thought to be the real McCoy for several years, until the actual one surfaced. Unfortunately, the actual car was restored—removing all traces of its significant historical value.
We started our Lonestar trip in Galveston Island. Once the capitol of Texas, Galveston suffered a horrific hurricane in 1900 which nearly destroyed the town of 40,000. Fortunately for us, many citizens chose to stay and rebuild the great city, which provides many miles of beaches, shops, restaurants, and tours to its guests.
I recommend a beachfront hotel for a great view and easy short walk to sun and sand!
We enjoyed breakfast every morning at Miller’s Seawall Grill https://millersseawallgrillgalveston.com/ Serving up some great food—and breakfast all day—since 1976. I alternated between omelet and chicken & waffle. Both were equally delicious, and the prices were reasonable.
If you are looking to splurge on a romantic Italian dinner, look no further than Grotto Italian Ristorante at the San Luis Resort. https://www.sanluisresort.com/restaurants/grotto/ Service is top notch and food is perfection!
The historic Strand District on the island boasts of gift shops, antiques, tours, and lots of restaurants. Much ado about seafood along the harbor as well as a wonderful little 30-minute film about the Great Storm. https://www.galvestonhistory.org/sites/pier-21-theater
The service was hit-or-miss. Ambience is casual and fun. Great place to bring a group.
My favorite wineries in Fredericksburg…
Pontotoc Winery https://pontotocvineyard.com/ —All Texas grape wines. Beautiful courtyard with shade trees. Owner is delightfully charming. They offer “picnic basket” trays for a wonderful way to nibble while you sip! Lodging available as well.
Becker Vineyards https://www.beckervineyards.com/Visit/Estate-Winery-and-Tasting-Room -- okay this one was special due to the name. Needless to say, we purchased quite a lot of items with “Becker Vineyards” printed on them for gifts and keepsakes with the family name. We also did very much enjoy the Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the Muscat Chenin. They also own a lavender farm, so there are several home décor items offered with my favorite scent. Note: we did not visit the winery estate, only the Main Street location, which is in an old car dealership building, which adds another layer of distinction to the visit.
My favorite (and only visited) restaurant in Fredericksburg…
The Fredericksburg Brewing Company https://www.yourbrewery.com/ -- lively, casual, awesome food, wine, and beer.
My opinion is that every American should see it in person. The city of Dallas has made a nice effort to memorialize the area and honor our fallen President.
And on that somber note, we headed the Jeep back toward Missouri. Thank you for coming along with me on my adventure! I hope that I have enticed you to make your own trip to Texas and enjoy what this beautiful state has to offer.