Joyce, Toni and Dee

It’s been a bumpy couple of weeks here.

On February 27, Dolores “Dee” Newman passed away at her daughter’s home in Durant, Oklahoma, after a five year battle with cancer.  Dee was born on November 18, 1947 in Durant.  She came to Fredericksburg in 1992 and started working at Gästehaus Schmidt in 1995 as administrative assistant and bookkeeper.

Antonette “Toni” Keating passed away on March 8 at her home in Fredericksburg after a long battle with cancer.  She was born January 15, 1941 in Fredericksburg.  After living in Austin for many years with her husband, Pat  (who passed away a few years ago), retired to Fredericksburg and operated Antonette Marie’s Wedding Chapel and Social Manor, and Das Kleine Nest Gastehaus.  She joined Gästehaus Schmidt in 1991, working part time in our office.

Long time homeowner Jack Glinkmann passed away on March 5 after a short battle with cancer.  He was a retired geo-physicist and worked in the oil industry for 35 years.  Jack and his wife Mary retired to Fredericksburg and opened Texas Star Guesthouse, Wandering Star Guesthouse and Evening Star Guesthouse.

Those who desire to do so may make memorial contributions in Dee and Toni’s  names to the American Cancer Society, and in Jack’s name to the Hill Country SPCA.

Real Ale Beer Dinner at Navajo Grill September 21

Navajo Grill & Real Ale Brewing Company will team up on Friday, September 21st for the ultimate beer lover’s dream, a beer tasting dinner at 803 East Main Street.

Meet & hear from the owner of Real Ale, Brad Farbstein!

Join the party & get to know your community! Dinner will promptly start from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, outside under our covered patio.

$50 per person, tax & gratuity not included

Being featured are…

5 locally-inspired courses &

5 locally-crafted beers

paired by Executive Chef Josh Raymer

Here’s the Sneak peek ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Citrus & Rucola Salad polenta croutons, blueberries, preserved lime vinaigrette paired with Fireman’s 4 Blonde Ale

Josh’s Famous Wood-fired Pizza confit of chicken, pecan-roasted mushrooms, melted leeks paired with Brewhouse Brown Ale

Pan-roasted Mussels with spicy citrus – tomato soffrito broth paired with Oktoberfest

Niman Ranch Beef Short Ribs braised with sweet onions, wilted market greens, olive oil whipped potatoes paired with Devil’s Backbone Tripel

Chocolate Chipotle Truffle
El Rey chocolate truffle, cocoa nibs, coffee caramel tuile paired with Imperial Stout

Some dishes are subject to change due to freshness of the season.


Call to make your reservations soon, seating is very limited & is already starting to fill up.

Call (830) 990- 8289

Sustainability Home Tour – September 14

fbgshineslogosmall_zps8a35e1e5Fredericksburg SHINES, a local organization dedicated to educating the public about sustainable living, will host a Fredericksburg fall tour of homes to spotlight local examples of sustainable living practices.  Nine homes are on the tour and will feature such practices as solar power generation, water heating, clothes drying, well pumps and solar tubes for interior light sources.  There will also be examples of drip irrigation, xeriscaping and rainwater collection systems.  Tickets include a map and a description of what is available for viewing at each home.

9 am to 3 pm.  $25 per person.

Phone: (830) 997-3543 ext. 27

Email Problems

For the last couple of weeks, it seems as if none of our confirmation emails has been delivered. This coincides with a mail server problem with our Internet Service Provider which is still unresolved. They assure us that the matter is being addressed, but they do not have any idea when it will be fixed.

If you have made a reservation with us and still have not received your email confirmation, please contact us at our toll free number 866-427-8374. We have a workaround that seems to be working.

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!

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.

“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.

Get the Gastehaus Schmidt Visitors App

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!