Easter Sunday Office Hours

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.

Burn Ban includes Fireplaces

Fredericksburg and Gillespie County are experiencing a severe drought.  The grass and trees are very  dry and flammable. Please be aware that fires start with the slightest mistake.

Gästehaus Schmidt asks you to be especially careful during your stay. If you are a smoker, please throw your cigarettes in a place that will be safe for you, the property and the rest of the citizens of Gillespie County.

Gillespie County is under a Burn Ban. It is mandatory that there is NO grilling outside, NO wood fireplaces and NO outdoor firepits used.

As Winter approaches you may envision snuggling in front of a roaring fire. This year, unfortunately, that won’t be possible.

Main Street Trolley Service

Let Main Street Trolley do the driving while you’re shopping the 150+ stores, art galleries, wine tasting rooms and boutiques along Fredericksburg’s Main Street on Saturdays. Route runs from the Visitor Information Center at 302 E. Austin (where there’s plenty of public parking), to the Pioneer Museum at 325 W. Main St., with stops at every corner along the way. Hop on, hop off. Cost to ride is only $0.25 per hop-on (ride) or $1.00 for an all-day pass. Call 1-866-889-7433 for more information and the exact route.

European Antique Sale at The Kuckuck’s Nest – 3/11-12

Exceptional antiques and decorator items shipped in from a Swiss antique shop, including steins, clocks, puppets, cabinets, glassware, silverware, Hummel figurines, military collectables, and linens, and much more will be on sale at The Kuckuck’s Nest, 3168 North State Highway 16.  Hours will be from 8 am to 5 pm.  Call 830-889-9707 for details.

Der Küchen Laden In-Store Frequent Buyer Program!

Sign up for Der Küchen Laden‘s FREE Frequent Buyer Program Membership!

Every time you make an in-store purchase at Der Küchen Laden, 258 East Main Street, they will record the amount of your purchase on the back of your card. After the 6th purchase, you get a store credit for 10% of your total purchases! It’s that easy!

You don’t have to keep track of your card because they will have it at the front cash register for you to get every time you visit!

URBANherbal Cooking & Gardening Classes: “Appetizers with Terry Thompson Anderson” – November 28-29

URBANherbal_logo 1“Appetizers with Terry Thompson Anderson”.  Noon.  $25 per person.   Featuring recipes from Terry’s new cookbook.

Contact URBANherbal to custom design your private class/party for a couple’s retreat, for your group or organization, bridal or baby shower. Our preset classes are small and intimate maximum of 10 participants. Cancellations must be made 72 hours before class date in order to obtain a refund. See our website for more details.

Reserve you seat now!! wvarney@urbanherbal.com or 830-456-9667

“What’s it Worth?” Returns to Pioneer Museum April 15-16

The public is invited to have antiques appraised at the “What’$ It Worth” event returning to the Pioneer Museum on April 15 & 16, 2011.The Gillespie County Historical Society’s popular “What’$ It Worth?” event returns to the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on April 15 & 16, 2011.

This year’s event includes a new, juried photo contest, new, informative seminars, and added expert appraisers.

Eight independent antique appraisers will be available from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday to appraise treasures and collectibles, including furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, photographs, books, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, western and Fredericksburg memorabilia. The event will follow a format similar to the popular TV antiques appraisal show.

Individual appraisals will be offered at $10 per item. Large items can be appraised by bringing in a high-quality photograph with written detail if available.

Visitors can also purchase tickets for seminars on Saturday conducted by experts in Antique Guns and Firearms, Texas Art and Furniture, Antiques 101, and Incorporating Antiques in Today’s Homes. Seminars are $10 each, or guests can purchase VIP tickets for $50. A VIP ticket will admit the holder to up to four seminars by antique experts and includes two appraisals.

On Friday evening, April 15, guests are invited to a catered cocktail reception from 6:30 – 9:00 pm inside the historical Sanctuary and Social Hall of the Museum. The reception features Bruce Shackelford, frequent appraiser in the PBS series Antiques Roadshow, as the guest speaker. Shackelford is the former director of the Creek Indian Council House Museum and has served as curator for a number of exhibits for the Wittee Museum and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and will include one free appraisal on Saturday.

The public is invited to submit entries for the new, juried photo contest. The theme is black and white historical images from a creative point of view, and is to be the photographer’s original work.

The jury will award prizes of $100, $50, and $25 for top entries in each of two categories: the Youth category is for anyone in 12th grade or below; the Open category is for those aged 19 and above.

Entry fees are $10 per image or 3 images for $25 and contestants may enter as many images as they wish. This is to be a clothesline art show and no framing costs will be involved.

Contest entries are due with payment by April 12 at the Society office, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg TX 78624. Further details will be made available on the website.

Event appraisers are independent of the museum and society. Appraisals are for fair-market value, and not intended for insurance and tax purposes. No appraisals offered on jewelry or Oriental items. The Museum holds no liability for inaccuracies or damaged items.

For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-997-2835.  Tickets are also available online.

Willow City Live Quilt Auction – May 21

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Hand-stitched and lovingly designed, quilts are family heirlooms to be passed from generation to generation, and now you have the opportunity to bid on some gorgeous ones during the Willow City Wildflower Live Quilt Auction on Saturday, May 21 at the Marktplatz on W. Main St.. in Fredericksburg. The preview is from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with the live auction at 1 p.m. The auction is in support of the Willow City volunteer fire and rescue departments. The quilts will be available for viewing online two weeks prior to the actual auction date by logging on to www.Texasbid.com – so look online first to find the perfect one. Then, happy bidding!

Valentine Day Dinners

Treat your Valentine to a special meal Monday, February 14,  at any of the restaurants in the Fredericksburg area that are open for service – even at those that might normally be closed on Mondays.  As best as the staff at the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau can determine, the following restaurants that are normally closed on Mondays will be open for business next Monday:

  • August E’s – open at 5:00 p.m.
  • Austin’s at Rose Hill Manor – one-time seating at 7:00 p..m. for 5-course meal, reservations needed
  • Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant – 5:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Crossroads Saloon & Steakhouse – 5:00-9:00 p.m., two seatings
  • Rock House Bistro Restaurant at Fredericksburg Herb Farm – 6:00-9:00 p.m., reservations good idea
  • Hill Top Café – 5:00-9:00 p.m., call for reservations; will have music
  • Kelly’s Café – 5:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Max & Zelda’s Oasis Café – 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Sammy’s Mexican Restaurant – 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Sunset Grill – 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Troisi’s Italian Ristorante at Trois Estate – 6:00-8:00 p.m., 5-course meal, reservations needed
  • Wheeler’s Restaurant – 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m.