Happy New Year!

Our office will close at 5 pm on December 31, and reopen January 2 at 10 am.  Please make sure you have the map we sent you.  That will have the key arrangements on it.  Keys will be delivered to the appropriate locations by 2 pm, check-in time.

Have a Happy New Year!

The Gastehaus Schmidt App Has GPS Directions to Fredericksburg Events

GHSscreenshotThe Gastehaus Schmidt app has built in GPS directions to many events and locations. Need GPS directions to a winery or the Pedernales Brewing Company tasting room? Before you arrive in Fredericksburg, download our iPhone or Android app.

  • There is an “What’s Happening” tab with GPS directions to the events around town.
  • You can find GPS directions to select wineries, restaurants and shops as well.
  • Send a “Wish You Were Here” e-Post Card directly from the app to one of your friends!
  • You can also preview some of our lodging.

The app is free. Comment here, or on our Facebook page, and let us know what you think!

Forget Someone’s Birthday? Get Them a Gastehaus Schmidt Gift Certificate!

It’s never too late to give someone a belated birthday gift. Gästehaus Schmidt has the perfect gift for the people in your life: a Gift Certificate to their favorite guesthouse or bed and breakfast in Fredericksburg, Texas or the Texas Hill Country!

Our Gift Certificates are valid for two years, giving your friends plenty of time to find the perfect occasion to visit.

It’s not too late! Call us at 866-427-8374 and get your Gift Certificate now!

Tannenbaum Ball – December 4

groove daddy will perform december 4

Guests at the Gillespie County Historical Society’s annual Tannenbaum Ball will enjoy a top Austin show band, catered meal, silent auction and prize drawing on Saturday, December 4, at the Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Park beginning at 7 p.m.

The theme for this year’s ball is the Diamond Anniversary, celebrating the Society’s forming in 1934 to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage.

The public can purchase prize tickets for a .75-carat oval diamond valued at $2,200 donated by Segner’s Jewelers. Prize tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased from Segner’s Jewelers at 236 W. Main St, Fredericksburg TX; Janie Trantham at 830-990-9675; or Pam Spruiell at 830-997-5809.

Austin’s top show band – Groove Daddy – will liven up the event with popular tunes from the 1950s to today. The 10-piece group features a full horn section to help recreate the original sound of everyone’s favorite songs. They play high-energy dance hits by such artists as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Kool and the Gang, The B-52s, Tina Turner, and more.

Carte Wheels will cater a full meal, beginning with hors d’oeuvres of Tiny Yorkshire Puddings with Shaved Roast Beef and Cranberry Horseradish, Seared Tuna Bite with Pickled Ginger and Wasabi Aioli, and Crisp French Carrot Salad Presented in a Petite Cone. Salad is Mixed Baby Greens, Dried Cranberries, Spiced Pecans, and Gorgonzola presented with Blush Vinaigrette in a shot glass on the side. Dinner is Roasted Beef Tenderloins Tournedos with Roasted Shallot and Port Demi Glace, Smoked Gouda Mashers, and Fine French Beans with Pancetta. Dessert is Carte Wheels’ Famous Apricot Bread Pudding with Butter Rum Sauce.

Attendees can also bid on select auction items which so far include a house for 12 in Santa Fe, murder mystery dinner, a condominium in Colorado, an antique gun, crawfish/shrimp boil for 40, a Houston Grand Opera package, plus fly fishing, a day hunt, gourmet dinner and helicopter ride.

Tickets for the ball are $100 per person and may be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net, or by calling 830-997-2835. For the first time, guests can reserve seating at the ball for $125 per person. Seats can be reserved only by calling 830-997-2835.

The annual Home Tour takes place on the following Saturday, December 11, 2010, from noon until 6 p.m. Tickets for the Home Tour are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to seven homes decorated for the holiday season, all open to the public for the first time. Home Tour details and tickets are also available online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

The Home Tour and Ball are the largest fundraisers for the Gillespie County Historical Society. Details and tickets may be purchased by contacting the Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, 830-997-2835.

Gästehaus Schmidt Christmas Hours

Just a reminder, our office will be open from 9 am to noon of Christmas Eve.  Our office will be closed on Christmas Day.

When you made your reservation, we sent you a confirmation and a map to your accommodation.  We just mailed reminder letters with maps a week ago.  Please bring your map with you. The map has the key arrangements, and who to contact should you have any problems while we are closed.  Follow the Holiday and After Hours key arrangements on the map.  Where applicable, we will deliver the keys to your property at 2 pm on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Unfortunately, your are responsible for your reservation even if you leave the map at home, or do not print the email we sent you.

Please be aware that GPS is not reliable with some new 911 addresses in the county, or with new streets in town.  The maps we sent have directions to get you to the property.

We will reopen on December 26 at 10 am.

St. Nikolausmarkt – Dec 3-4

Fredericksburg Christmas Pyramid

Friday, December 3rd, 2-9pm, Free Admission
Saturday, December 4th, 10am-7pm, $5 Admission, 12 & under, Free. $1 off for seniors
65 & older & military with ID.

Don’t miss St. Nikolausmarkt, the fun-filled market highlighting the German heritage with plenty of Gemutlichkeit, German treats, music, and beer! Enjoy the array of new holiday decorations, including the 26 foot Christmas Pyramid, and the beautiful new tree while shopping for the season at juried craft booths showcasing wares ranging from Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, mugs, to traditional German clothing and accesories, German jellies and jams, candles, and jewelry. Get a taste of Fredericksburg with traditional German foods including sausage, schnitzel, warm pumpernickel rolls, sauerkraut, cakes, cookies, candies, and more! A variety of German beers will be served  along with soft drinks,local wines, and the warm, spiced Gluhwein. For more information, visit www.stnikolausmarkt.com, call the Chamber at 830-997-6523, or email christie@fbgtxchamber.org.

Cooking With Paula Deen (No not THAT one, the one at Gilbriar Farms)

When you stay at Gilbriar Guesthouse, you can get a cooking lesson from the owner, Paula Deen Stone!

Get to know your host and fellow guests at Gilbriar Bed and Breakfast as you learn to cook up some fun in the main kitchen. We will start with wine, dinner and dessert on Friday evening. After a quick and easy breakfast on Saturday morning, you are free to enjoy our delightful little town and try one of our many wonderful eateries for lunch. But be back in time to learn to cook dinner with your new friends. The menu will vary with the seasons so that fresh local produce may be used. Emphasis will be placed on organic fruits, vegetables, eggs and grains cooked in a tasty and healthy manner. Dinners may feature fish or cheese as the protein. Meals may include an unusual ingredient that you are not familiar with but everything will be easily obtainable, so that all dishes can be duplicated at home.

1. Please advise of all food allergies at east one week ahead of reservation.
2. We provide one glass of wine per person at each dinner but feel free to BYOB if you want more.
3. Any person not cooking may join the day’s meals for $45

Friday or Saturday dinner = 1 day. $65/person

Typical Dinner menu may include:
Lemon baked fish,
Cheesy quinoa casserole
Cajun rice and beans
Poached salmon
Shrimp gumbo
Eggplant Parmesan
Ratatouille
Chipotle sweet potatoes