Marine Corps Birthday at Hondo’s on Main – October 10

Local Marines, friends and family of Marines are invited to the 237 birthday celebration of the United States Marine Corps at Hondo’s in Fredericksburg on November 10, 2012 beginning at 4:30 with the cake cutting at 5:30. The Marines have been celebrating their birthday at Hondo’s for the past 18 years, and look forward to seeing everyone there. Dress for the celebration is casual, and Marine apparel is encouraged. Hondo’s is located at 312 West Main Street in Fredericksburg.

Gastehaus Schmidt New Years Hours

We will have the following office hours over New Years:

Monday, Dec 31 – 9 am to 5 pm
Tuesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
Wednesday, Jan 2 – 9 am to 6 pm

 If you have any concerns or problems while we are closed, please call the manager or owner of the property you are staying in.  Their phone number will be in the house, and on the map we sent you.

If you are checking in on New Years Eve and New Years Day, we will deliver the keys, where applicable, by 2 pm.

If you are checking out on New Years Day, and you are returning keys, drop them in drop slot in our front door after 11 am.

Happy New Year!

Make Plans Now! Rockets 2011 – May 5-8

Rockets 2011 coming May 5-8Students from 50 participating High Schools across Texas will gather at Hillview ranch on the Willow City Loop on May 5 thorough 8, to launch 80 rockets they have designed and built as part of SystemsGo Aeroscience studies.

First-year rockets will launch one-pound payloads one mile high. Advanced students will launch rockets that exceed the speed of sound.

The goal of the program is to promote engineering studies and research, develop work force skills, and encourage students to enter academic and career paths in STEM fields that lead to careers in the engineering industries.

Their innovative Aeroscience Studies science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum uses inquisitive learning based on a problem- and project-based model to invoke and stimulate skills in design, development, testing, analysis, and innovation. Students experience hands-on research through design and development projects within the engineering industries. Endorsed by NASA and certified by The Space Foundation.

For details, visit or call 830-997-3567.

The Gastehaus Schmidt App

Visiting Fredericksburg and need directions to Navajo Grill or Grape Creek Vineyards? If you have an iPhone, now there is an app for that. Gastehaus Schmidt is partnering with select Fredericksburg businesses to make your visit more enjoyable.

You can view some of our properties in the app, without the Internet. You can find out about the Parks, Museums, Shops and other businesses, and get GPS directions directly to the front door!

Touch the “Happening Now” button and view the events going on around town, and get directions to them. There is also a list of events coming up in the next few weeks.

To get your own app, search for “Fredericksburg Texas” in the iTunes App Store. (Coming soon to the Android Market.)

We hope to see you soon!

Community Blood Drive – April 29

Did you know that one blood donation can save up to three lives?

Patients count on volunteer blood donors, just like you, to take a few minutes of their time to make a life saving donation and contribute to the 600 units a day needed to meet the needs of hospital patients in South Texas.

Blood donors can now redeem points for the Wellness Rewards Program. Anyone who has donated blood since January of this year can call 800-292-5534 ext. 1375 to check how many points they’ve earned. When you have enough points, you can make an appointment to have a small vial of blood drawn at a donor room that’s closest to you. If you know someone who is in need of a diabetes, cholesterol or PSA screening, you can transfer points to them, as well. The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) has partnered with the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association for our Wellness Rewards Program, allowing blood donors to donate their earned points to these organizations so other community members can benefit, too. For more information on Wellness Rewards, visit

Anyone 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with a parental consent form), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds, and in good general health can donate blood. It is recommended to eat iron rich foods before donating and to drink plenty of fluids to keep the body hydrated. Donors must present identification. Visit for more information.  Donate at Fredericksburg Nursing Home, 1117 South Adams.

Willie Nelson May NOT be Going to Luckenbach, Texas

Willie NelsonA few weeks ago, during a radio interview, Willie Nelson said he was going to have another July 4th Picnic in Luckenbach, where it was held for four years, from 1996-1999. Unfortunately, Willie may have been too eager.

Austin 360 Blog has reported that Luckenbach has decided not to put on the picnic, saying it was too much of a financial risk for them.

Luckenbach events manager Abbey Road said Tuesday, “We’re hoping that we could maybe do something more scaled back with Willie on the Fourth, but I’m waiting to hear back from his manager.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving painting

Gästehaus Schmidt is closed today.  You can still make reservations online.  We will not be able to process your confirmations and maps until Friday.  We will not be answering our phones.  We will not be answering our On Call phone.

If you are arriving today, please check your “Holiday and Late Arrival Key Arrangements” on the map we sent you.  Your key will be at its pickup location at 3 pm.

If you are having problems with your accommodation, please contact the manager or owner of the property.  Their number is on the map that we sent you.

If you are departing today, and you need to return keys to our office, please drop them in the mail slot in our front door.  Please drive carefully.  We’d like to see you again next year.

Have a wonderful holiday.

We will re-open tomorrow at 9 am.

Lenten Fish Fry – March 30

The Parish Societies of St Mary’s Parish (Knights of Columbus #9765, St Mary’s School PTC, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Catholic Daughters, St Ann’s Society, & St Joseph’s Society) will be hosting a Lenten Fish Fry Dinner beginning on Feb 24th Every Friday evening throughout Lent, from 5-7:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Halle, as an opportunity for the entire community of Fredericksburg to join in a constructive community outreach.  The event is not viewed as a fundraiser but as an effort to bring together those of ALL faiths to meet for dialogue, discussion, and dining during the Lenten Season. For those who wish to attend, Stations of the Cross Devotion will occur on Friday’s at 6pm in the Marien Kirche with plenty of opportunity to attend the meal following the devotion.  This is our 3rd year for this event and the support and attendance has been outstanding from the community over the past 2 years.   Meals to go will be available, but there is no drive thru as we are hoping that people will wish to stay, meet new people, visit with old friends, and socialize during the event. Call Darin Holmes 456-1999 or Carlos Juenke 456-9645 for more information.