July 4th Hours

Our office will have shorter hours on July 4th. We will be open from 10 am until 4 pm. Also, the annual 4th of July Parade begins at 10 am, and the city closes Main Street about 9:30 am. If you are checking out of July 4, you may return your keys after the parade. (You still have to leave the property you are staying in at 11 am, unfortunately.)

We hope you enjoy your holiday in Fredericksburg, Texas, and the Texas Hill Country.

3 of The Texas Hill Country’s Best Driving Roads

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You’re probably already aware that Fredericksburg, Texas and the surrounding Texas Hill Country is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes anywhere in the world. What you might not know, is that some truly amazing driving roads reside here as well. Continue reading to discover 3 of our favorites.

Route #1- Ranch Road 965

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965

Link to map

Estimated travel time- 31 minutes

Route length- 25.5 miles

A route that anyone who is interested in hiking or climbing in Fredericksburg has undoubtedly traveled at one point or another, this well-maintained road is 25 miles of intoxicating turns that any driving enthusiast will absolutely love. For those that are interested in scenery, you won’t be disappointed either, as large hills and picturesque valleys frame a route bordered by wildflowers of the most vibrant colors.

 

A few of our properties near this route:

Austin Street Retreat

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/austin-street-retreat-el-jefes-casa/
http://www.fbglodging.com/property/austin-street-retreat-elis-suite/
http://www.fbglodging.com/property/austin-street-retreat-marias-suite/
http://www.fbglodging.com/property/austin-street-retreat-annies-suite/
http://www.fbglodging.com/property/austin-street-retreat-kristins/

Your Hiding Place

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/your-hiding-place/

The Grove

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/the-grove/

The Stone Well Haus

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/stone-well-haus/

Breeh Haus

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/breeh-haus/

 

Attractions along this route:

Cross Mountain Park

http://www.fbgtx.org/415/Cross-Mountain-Park

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55863-d3673270-Reviews-Cross_Mountain_Park-Fredericksburg_Texas.html

Enchanted Rock State Park

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/enchanted-rock

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55863-d106302-Reviews-Enchanted_Rock_State_Natural_Area-Fredericksburg_Texas.html

Pioneer Museum

http://pioneermuseum.net/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55863-d145881-Reviews-Pioneer_Museum_Complex-Fredericksburg_Texas.html

 

Route #2 (Willow City Loop)

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Link to map

Estimated travel time- 54 minutes

Route length- 29 miles

A beautiful drive that is world-renowned for its wildflowers, Willow City Loop is a must for anyone spending a day in Fredericksburg, especially during the spring and summer months. Drive at a relaxed pace and just take in the wildlife, vegetation, and sights.

 

A few of our properties near this route:

Happy Trails Log Cabin

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/happy-trails/

Double Deer Ranch

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/double-deer-ranch-coyote/
http://www.fbglodging.com/property/double-deer-ranch-paloma/
http://www.fbglodging.com/property/double-deer-ranch-twig/

Diamond Belle at Palo Alto Crossing

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/diamond-belle-at-palo-alto-crossing/

Palo Alto Creek Farm

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/palo-alto-creek-farm-itz-house/
http://www.fbglodging.com/property/palo-alto-creek-farm-the-barn/
http://www.fbglodging.com/property/palo-alto-creek-farm-the-hideaway/
http://www.fbglodging.com/property/palo-alto-creek-farm-the-log-cabin/

 

Attractions along this route:

Marktplatz

http://www.fbgtx.org/237/Marktplatz-Market-Square

Rockbox Theater

http://www.rockboxtheater.com/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55863-d1062141-Reviews-Rockbox_Theater-Fredericksburg_Texas.html

Rustlin’ Rob’s Texas Gourmet Foods

http://www.rustlinrobs.com/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55863-d4482229-Reviews-Rustlin_Rob_s_Texas_Gourmet_Foods-Fredericksburg_Texas.html

https://www.yelp.com/biz/rustlin-robs-texas-gourmet-foods-fredericksburg

 

Suggested Route (Ranch Road 965 and Willow City Loop- combined)

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Link to map

Estimated travel time- 1 hour and 29 minutes

Route length- 58.6 miles

We suggest that you do both the Ranch Road 965 and Willow City Loop driving routes one after the other, as the beginning and ends of each route are very close by each other.

 

Route #3 (Alamo Springs)

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alamo-springs

Link to map

Estimated travel time- 24 minutes

Route length- 13.9 miles

Bats, scenic roads, and wonderful food. What do these words all have in common? Our Alamo Springs driving route! After turning off of Highway 290, you will find yourself on Old San Antonio Road, a winding ribbon of tarmac that will have you traveling through expansive valleys one minute and hugging the natural stone walls of majestic hills the next. After this thrilling drive, you will arrive at Alamo Road. Once here, you can watch the bats at Old Tunnel State Park leave their abode in search of that evening’s meal and then proceed a short distance further down the road to Alamo Springs Café for your own evening’s sustenance.

 

A few of our properties near this route:

Deer Ridge

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/deer-ridge-cottage/

Inspiration Hill

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/inspiration-hill/

Alamo Springs- The Country Cabin

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/alamo-springs-the-country-cabin/

Alamo Springs- The Barn

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/alamo-springsthe-barn/

Meusebach Creek Farm

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/meusebach-creek-farm/

Oma Ella’s

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/oma-ellas/

Hill Country Bungalow

http://www.fbglodging.com/property/hill-country-bungalow/

 

Attractions near this route:

Old Tunnel State Park

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/old-tunnel

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55863-d106253-Reviews-Old_Tunnel_State_Park-Fredericksburg_Texas.html

Fort Martin Scott

http://www.ftmartinscott.org/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55863-d270447-Reviews-Fort_Martin_Scott-Fredericksburg_Texas.html

National Museum of the Pacific War

http://www.pacificwarmuseum.org/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55863-d106301-Reviews-National_Museum_of_the_Pacific_War-Fredericksburg_Texas.html

 

Note #1– To get the full experience, we suggest that you travel these routes during the spring and summer months, as this is when the native wildflowers will be blooming.

Note #2– Always follow all applicable laws, especially speed limits, when traveling along these routes. In addition, these routes are meant to be enjoyable for everyone, so please be respectful of other motorists, bicyclist, walkers, hikers, etc. On top of this, while the scenery is quite enticing, please do not climb over fences or venture onto private property. Finally, these routes do cut through the countryside, so please be vigilant of the wildlife that might attempt to cross in front of your vehicle, especially at night.

Happy Easter!

As the holiday weekend approaches, we want to remind everyone that our office will be closed Sunday, April 16 so that we can celebrate Easter with our families.

On Easter Sunday, when you check out you can drop your keys through the slot at the bottom of our front door.  If you are checking in on Easter Sunday, the keys will be delivered to the specified location by 3 pm. Please make sure to check the information sheet we sent you for the key arrangements at your property. If you encounter any problems while our office is closed, please contact the manager of your property. Their phone number is also on the information sheet we sent you.

Our office will reopen Monday April 17 at 9 am.

The staff of Gästehaus Schmidt would like to wish you and yours a Happy Easter!

Gästehaus Schmidt Christmas and New Years Eve Hours

Merry Christmas, everyone!

In order for our employees to have time to celebrate the upcoming holidays with their families, the Gästehaus Schmidt offices will have the following hours:

Saturday December 24 – 10 am to Noon 
(Keys will be delivered as described in your information sheet by 3 pm)

Sunday December 25 – Closed
(Keys will be delivered as described in your information sheet by 3 pm)

Monday – Friday December 26-30 – 9 am to 6 pm

Saturday December 31 – 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday January 1 – Closed
(Keys will be delivered as described in your information sheet by 3 pm)

Since our office will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day, please make sure to bring the map to the house that we sent you. The map has the emergency contact information for the manager of the property in the event of problems. Their phone number is also posted in the room itself. If you leave a message on our voice mail system, it could be 24 hours before we can assist you.

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

Restaurants Open Christmas Day

As of December 9, the Visitors’ Center is reporting no restaurants in Fredericksburg will be open on Christmas Day. The Kerrville CVB has listed the following restaurants open in Kerrville.

KERRVILLE (25 minutes from Fredericksburg)

ALPINE LODGE RESTAURANT
1001 Junction Hwy – (830) 895-5000
11 AM – 6 PM
Reservations required

BRANDING IRON RESTAURANT
2033 Sidney Baker St. – (830) 257-4440
Breakfast 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Brunch 11 AM – 2:30 PM
Reservations recommended

BAMBOO ASIAN BUFFET
1303 Sidney Baker St. – (830) 895-2878
11 AM – 9 PM

DENNY’S
209 Sidney Baker St. – (830) 257-7115
Open 24 hours

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES
1429 Sidney Baker St. – (830) 792-4940
Open 24 hours

Note: Hours/days of service may change without notice. Please confirm before making plans.

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day

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Fredericksburg Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day 2016

ANDY’S STEAK & SEAFOOD GRILL
413 S. Washington St (830) 997-3744
Open 11 AM – 2 PM Traditional Meal

AUGUST E’S
203 E. San Antonio (830) 997-1585
Seatings: 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM
Traditional Meal – Reservations highly recommended

AUSLANDER
323 E. Main 830-997-7714
Regular Menu Open 5 PM – 9 PM

BECKY’S JUICERIE
507 W. Main (830) 992-3098
Open 8 AM – 2 PM

CAMPO AZUL
803 S. Adams (830) 997-3161
Open 6 AM – 2 PM

CITY CAFÉ
505 W. Main, 830-307-3346
Open 11 AM – 3 PM Traditional Meal Only

CULTURES GRILL & BAR
318 E. Main; 830-997-8100
Open 11 AM – 4 PM Regular Menu

DAVID’S OLD FASHION PIT BBQ
342 W. Main (830) 997-7753
Open 11 AM – 3 PM
Traditional Meal & Regular Menu

H E B GROCERY & DELI
407 S. Adams, 803-997-9950
Open 6 AM – 2 PM

HILL COUNTRY DONUTS & KOLACHES
605 E. Main (830) 990-2424
Open 5 AM –1 PM

HILL TOP CAFÉ
10661 US Hwy 87 North (830) 997-8922
Open 11 AM – 3 PM
Traditional Meal-Reservations Highly Recommended

MAHALEY’S PATIO
341 E Main St. (830) 997-4400
Open 7 AM – 12 PM

OTTO’S GERMAN BISTRO
316 E. Austin, (830) 307-3336
Seatings: 1 PM and 5 PM
By Reservation Only

SOME KIND/ OF BBQ! (RUDY’S TACOS)
911 E Main St (830) 992-9983
Serving Breakfast Tacos 7 AM – 11 AM

TAQUERIA JALISCO
1410 E. Main St., 830-990-8554
Open 6 AM – 3 PM
Regular Menu

TOP DONUTS
915 E. Main (830) 997-9976
Open 5 AM to 1 PM

SUBWAY at WAL MART SUPER CENTER
1435 E. Main St., 830-997-2633
Open 24 Hours

WHATABURGER
1301 E. Main St., 830-990-8428
Open 6 AM – 11 PM
Drive-Thru Open 24 Hours

Note: Information provided by above restaurants.
Please call to confirm hours.

Thank You, Veterans!

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who had been killed in the Korean War.

World War I ended at 11 am on November 11, 1918.  A year later, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 of every year as Armistice Day, he said:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

In 1953,  Alfred King, who owned a shoe store in Emporia, Kansas, had the idea to extend Armistice Day to include all veterans.  The Emporia Chamber of Commerce got behind the idea, and, a year later,  got a bill through Congress changing Armistice Day to Veterans day, to honor all of America’s veterans.

While some calendars list it as Veteran’s Day, or Veterans’ Day (both are grammatically correct), the official spelling is Veterans Day.  Source

Gästehaus Schmidt would like to thank the Veterans of all our wars for the service and sacrifice.