Pumpkin Season is Here!

b3430c1e-52e0-4dc8-bdd8-aa85a2a8d0b8After a good 2014 peach season, “pumpkin season” has begun at Vogel Orchard. They are currently open Fridays/Saturdays/Mondays from 9 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm. Ready-picked or pick-your-own pumpkins grown on site by the Vogel family are currently available. Varieties include Cinderella, Jarradale, Big Max, Casperita, and Pie Pumpkins. Jack O’Lanterns will soon be available as well.

Pumpkin season runs through the end of October at Vogel Orchard, 12862 E US Hwy 290.

The Horror! The Horror!

Frommage du Monde is now Closed signI went into the office on Wednesday an hour early to do some software updates.  I overslept, so I didn’t make coffee.  S’okay, I thought as I opened the front door.  I can get breakfast across the street.

Across the street is Frommage du Monde, home of the German Farmer Breakfast Taco.  Made with Opa’s sausage, eggs, cheese, and a choice of mango chutney or hot salsa, it is, in the words of my cousin, the best reason you take cholesterol medicine.

After a successful-ish update (There was no swearing, at least) I ventured out for breakfast.  Frommage du Monde was closed!  Forever!


If you were waiting to sample the Frommage du Monde paninis, or, like me, waiting for the perfect time to get some of that awesome looking cheese, it’s too late.  We should have done it sooner.

Vogel Orchard Pumpkin Season September 28 to October 31

For the second year, Vogel Orchard will open for the Fall with a real pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a Fall store, pumpkin and scarecrow decorating for the kids, antique tractors, pumpkin chunking, and more. You and your family will be able to pick your own pumpkin from 5 varieties in their expanded patch or buy them already picked.

They will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Sundays from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm, through October 31.

Vogel Orchards is 2 miles west of Stonewall and 12 miles east of Fredericksburg on US Hwy 290.

Willow City Live Quilt Auction – May 21

From kmel's Flickr stream

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!

New Check-In Time

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.

Happy Easter!

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Gästehaus Schmidt is closed today so we can celebrate Easter with our families.  We will reopen Monday morning at 9 am.

If you are checking out today, please drop your keys in the key drop in or office door.

If you are arriving today, please consult the map we sent you. Keys will be delivered where applicable by 2 pm.

If you have any problems or mechanical issues, please contact your property manager. Their phone number is on the map we sent you, and should also be in the welcome letter in your property.

Happy Easter!