Nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country is the small city of Fredricksburg, a location that has a streak of German influence and importantly for us, a unique piece of contemporary aviation culture that makes it a ‘must see’ on the Wings Around the World flight.
Just minutes south of the Fredricksburg city centre, down Highway 16 is the Hangar Hotel, rated among the top 10 hotels in Texas and built from the ground up to have the exterior appearance of a World War II hangar, that paves the way for an intricate interior that features fine materials, memorable furnishings and of course airplane memorabilia.
What sets the hotel apart from others is that Highway 16 isn’t the only way to make your way there. For those arriving by air (perhaps even on a round the world solo flight!), you can pull up your aircraft at the front door and park it out for the duration of your stay – right outside your room!
Fredricksburg will be one of many locations that will present an array of anomalies and aviation quirks, but for now it is a standout for us in both it’s uniqueness and the way it has become entrenched in the local community.
While the hotel is of course a drawcard for avid and casual aviation fans alike, the city has plenty to offer its visitors from historic sites and museums, major events and festivals, live music, parks and outdoor adventures and of course plenty of shopping!
Learn a little more about Fredricksburg, TX!
For those looking to enjoy what the region has to offer, visit the wineries for a drop of the local vino, or perhaps the a tour of the Garrison Brothers Distillery is more your flavour to see a batch of bourbon made by hand.
Of course the German heritage ensures that Oktoberfest is celebrated, as are traditional dishes, although they are served with the world famous Texan hospitality!
This city was unquestioned when it was put forward for consideration as a stop along the way for WATW, and at this point in time it will be the seventh location for the trip, with two nights planned at this aviation masterpiece.
You can check out more about the Hangar Hotel HERE.
Stop #7 – The nuts and bolts
Country: United States of America
Landing at: Fredricksburg
Name of Airport: Gillespie County Airport
Airspace (controlled/non-controlled): Non Controlled
Number of nights: 2
Coming From: Durango, Colorado, USA
Going To: Destin, Florida, USA
Fuel used to get there (estimated): TBC
Fuel required for the next leg: TBC