Fredericksburg is the second-most charming southern small town, according to a travel website

Fredericksburg once again charmed its way into another hidden gem report, this time for Big 7 Travel.

The travel website listed the Texas Hill Country city as the second-most charming southern small town in its 2020 report on Thursday. Beaufort, South Carolina claimed the top spot, while Gatlinburg, Tennessee followed Fredericksburg in third place.

The report ranked the towns — classified by populations under 50,000 — based on their “charm factor,” which includes natural scenery, general friendliness of the community, the food and drink scene, history and culture.

READ ALSO: Reader’s Digest says Fredericksburg is one of America’s hidden gems

Big 7 Travel praised Fredericksburg, calling it “the most adorable small town in the Lone Star State.” The site also wrote the town is famous for its “incredible” craft beer and wine scene, as well as its shopping area.

“No chain stores are allowed in the city center, and the town boasts a whopping 150 boutiques alone,” it report said. “Whether you’re going for wine, shopping or just to soak up the atmosphere, you’ll leave with a smile.”

In September, Reader’s Digest also raved about Fredericksburg and its charm, calling it one of America’s hidden gems. The Hill Country city was the only Texas city mentioned in the article, which highlighted 25 small towns.

Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 by German immigrants, leaving it filled with rich German history, culture, architecture, breweries and restaurants.

Priscilla Aguirre is a general assignment reporter for | [email protected] | @CillaAguirre

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