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Easter Sunday Office Hours

April 15th, 2014 by Jeff

Gästehaus Schmidt will be closed on Easter Sunday. If you are departing on Easter Sunday, simply drop your keys through the slot in our front door.  If you have a reservation beginning on Easter Sunday, follow the key arrangements on the map we sent you. The keys will be delivered, where applicable, by 3 pm.

If you experience a problem at your property, call the manager on the map we sent you.

Thank you. Have a wonderful Easter.

Bluebonnet Tractor Ride – April 14

April 11th, 2014 by Jeff

9th Annual Bluebonnet Tractor Ride.  Sponsored by the Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club.  This year’s route will take the members of the club and other interested parties on a 16-mile loop beginning at the Rheingold Schoolhouse on North Grape Creek Road, with lunch at the Cave Creek Schoolhouse before heading back to Rheingold.  Drivers are asked to be at the Rheingold School by 8 am with a drivers’ meeting at 8:30 am  before the 9 am ride.  Please visit the website for additional information.

Pre-registration fee of $30 includes lunch and a cap.  Registration on the day of the event will be $35.

Phone: (830) 889-9348

Gästehaus Schmidt Gift Certificates On Sale

February 22nd, 2014 by Jeff

Are you wondering what to buy your loved one, friend, boss or business associate for a birthday or anniversary?  A Gift Certificate to a Bed & Breakfast or Guest House is the perfect solution.  Just call 866-427-8374 toll free and purchase a gift certificate .  The recipient can check on-line and choose the home that is perfect for them!

Our gift certificates are good for two years, so they will have plenty of time to decide on a perfect time to visit!

Pedernales Brewing Company Tasting Room Hours

February 6th, 2014 by Jeff

The tasting room at Pedernales Brewing company, 97 Hitchin Post Lane, will be open from 3 pm to 5 pm Friday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday every weekend. Take a tour, taste the beer.

Cancelled in the event of heavy rain. The brewery is not heated. Bring your coat.

New Check-In Time

January 30th, 2014 by Jeff

Our homeowners are having more difficulties getting home ready for 2 pm check-ins, and have been asking us for several months to move the check in time to 3 pm. Since we do not own or manage the properties, we have changed our check-in time servicewide.

Beginning January 1, 2014, the check-in time at all of our properties will be 3 pm.

If a house is marked clean it may be possible to get an earlier check-in. But we cannot guarantee any early check-ins for any property. We will not be able to release keys to properties until 3 pm.

Thank you for you understanding.

Indian Artifact Show – January 24

January 21st, 2014 by Jeff

Fine pre-1900 Native American artifacts from Texas & other parts of the U.S. will be on display during this event at the Lady Bird Johnson Park’s Pioneer Pavillion – including arrowheads, pottery, trade-era beads, and Indian jewelry.

Food and beverages will be for sale. Admission is $6 per person, and kids under 14 are free. Hours are from 8 am until 4 pm. The Pioneer Pavillion is a 432 Lady Bird Drive in Fredericksburg’s Lady Bird Johnson Park.

Holiday Office Hours

December 24th, 2013 by Jeff

Just a reminder: Our office will close around noon today, Christmas Eve, and will reopen on Thursday, December 26 at 9 am.

If you have a problem at the property you are staying at, you can find the manager/homeowner’s phone number on the information sheet we sent you.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Office Hours

December 20th, 2013 by Jeff

Our office will close early on Christmas Eve. We will close at noon. The keys will be delivered to their specified locations by 2 pm. We will be closed on Christmas Day. Please make sure you have the map we sent you. It has the manager’s contact information in the event of a problem with the property.  We will reopen at 9 am on December 26.

Merry Christmas!

Dance at Turner Hall – December 7

December 6th, 2013 by Jeff

Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein established in 1871Join the Fredericksburg Dance Club at the Turner Hall (Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein), at 103 E. Travis Street, Saturday from 8 pm to Midnight.  $10 at the door. Beer & Set-Ups available. Great dance floor and great music!

Turn Verein (that’s the Texas spelling of Turnverein) was orginally a gymnastic and social club begun in 1811 in Germany by Friedrich Ludwig Jahn.  Turn Veriens were established all over the country promoting gymnastics and calisthenics, and Turners contributed to the standardization and popularization of bowling nationwide.

Since 1854 there have been twenty-eight turnvereins in twenty-one Texas communities, some with over 600 members. As soon as possible after formation, all acquired halls spacious enough to accommodate gymnastics. Whether simple frame structures or elaborate masonry complexes housing bowling alleys, ballrooms, theatres, and saloons, nineteenth-century Texas Turner halls were often centers of community life. Financing came primarily from dues and rental and sale of property, although tax incentives and rent-free buildings for community service projects were sometimes provided. In 1984 six Texas turnvereins remained active: Boerne, Comfort, Fredericksburg, Houston, La Bahía, and San Antonio. Turners, however, have contributed much more than buildings. Though begun as gymnastic societies, most vereins also had social, intellectual, and benevolent goals. Houston’s Turners cared for the sick and needy, established schools, and provided dramatic and musical entertainment for the public. Turners organized elaborate Fourth of July celebrations for their towns or counties and made turnverein parks, gymnasiums, and bowling alleys available for general use. Most significant, Turners founded several of the first volunteer fire departments and provided fire protection for years. The Houston and Fredericksburg clubs received citations for this work. The 1870s were the heyday of turnvereins in Texas, with fifteen new clubs organized, both by second-generation German Texans and by Turners from other states. -

Mary Lou LeCompte, “TURNVEREIN MOVEMENT,” Handbook of Texas Online(http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/vnt02), accessed February 15, 2011.

TxDOT Road Conditions Web Site

December 5th, 2013 by Jeff

With the winter storm now arriving in the Hill Country, we want to remind everyone to stay safe. Check the road conditions on the TxDOT site. If the Department of Transportation closes roads in your area, stay safe and stay home! You can cancel with only the $30 cancellation fee (we won’t hold you responsible for the full amount).

The current Fredericksburg forecast predicts “a bit” of ice tomorrow morning, and a winter mix on Saturday morning, then a high in the 50s on Sunday.