Pumpkin Season 2017 is Here!

Friday, September 29, is the beginning of Pumpkin Season at Vogel Orchard, 12862 E. US Hwy 290. A real pick-your-own pumpkin patch includes 9 varieties of pumpkins: Jack, Atlantic Giant, Jarrahdale, Cinderella, Fairy Tale, Baby Boo, Pie, Warty Goblin, and Porcelain Doll. Our roadside market also will have ready-picked pumpkins, pumpkin pie, blackberry and peach butter ice cream, peach cobbler, preserves, candy, and other local goodies.

9 am – 5 pm Friday, Saturday, and Monday
11:30 am – 5:30 pm Sunday

Labor Day Office Hours

In order to celebrate Labor Day, Gastehaus Schmidt will only be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday, September 4. If you are arriving on Monday, please check your information sheet for your holiday key arrangements.

Enjoy your holiday!

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


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



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


Your Hiding Place


The Grove


The Stone Well Haus


Breeh Haus



Attractions along this route:

Cross Mountain Park



Enchanted Rock State Park



Pioneer Museum




Route #2 (Willow City Loop)



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


Double Deer Ranch


Diamond Belle at Palo Alto Crossing


Palo Alto Creek Farm



Attractions along this route:



Rockbox Theater



Rustlin’ Rob’s Texas Gourmet Foods





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



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)



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


Inspiration Hill


Alamo Springs- The Country Cabin


Alamo Springs- The Barn


Meusebach Creek Farm


Oma Ella’s


Hill Country Bungalow



Attractions near this route:

Old Tunnel State Park



Fort Martin Scott



National Museum of the Pacific War




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.

Must-Attend Events in June


With a car show, music festival, and food truck festival, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this June in The Texas Hill Country

June Event List

Gastehaus Schmidt Memorial Day Weekend Office Hours

Friday 9 am to 6 pm

Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

Monday 10 am to 4 pm

Tuesday 9 am to 6 pm

Have a wonderful Memorial Day.

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!

Girls’ Getaway Weekend

We recently hosted Amanda Tatom and the Studio 512 team at The Grove and had such a great time discussing why Fredericksburg is the perfect destination for a weekend away with friends. Check out the full interview below.


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)

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

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

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

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

1429 Sidney Baker St. – (830) 792-4940
Open 24 hours

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