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October 22nd, 2014 by Jeff

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!

Grapetown Road Bridge Closed Until May 2015

October 20th, 2014 by Jeff

detourIf you want to visit Alamo Springs General Store and Cafe the Old Railroad Tunnel Wildlife Management Area Bat Cave, you will have to take an alternate route. If you are staying at Hill Country Bungalow, Grape Creek Bungalow, Alamo Springs Country Cabin or Barn, or Hill Country Vista Ranch, you need to take that route as well. The bridge over the Pedernales River is being rebuilt.

From the Nimitz Museum, go east on US 290 for about 5 miles to the Cain City Road. Turn right. and drive about two miles. At the Yield sign, turn right and take the next left (Broadway Street). Drive Broadway until it intersects with Grapetown Road. Take a left to go to Grape Creek Bungalow, Hill Country Bungalow, Alamo Springs Country Cabin or Barn, Alamo Springs Cafe, and the Bat Cave. Turn right to reach Hill country Vista Ranch.

If you would like a new map for your reservation, please call us toll free at 866-427-8374.

(Click here for a Google Map.)

 

 

Old Railroad Tunnel Bat Cave

October 18th, 2014 by Jeff

detourNightly May through October – every evening at dusk, up to 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge! Thursday through Sunday watch from the lower viewing area and enjoy the educational presentation by a park interpreter. For current emergence time, please call the Bat Hotline. Bat emergence is unpredictable and is not guaranteed.

Upper viewing area is free. Fee for the lower viewing area is $5 per person regardless of age and is limited to the first 70 people, first come first served.

From the Nimitz Museum, go east on US 290 for about 5 miles to the Cain City Road. Turn right. and drive about two miles. At the Yield sign, turn right and take the next left (Broadway Street). Drive Broadway until it intersects with Grapetown Road. Continue left to go to Alamo Springs Cafe, and the Bat Cave.

(Click here for a Google Map.)

 

The Gastehaus Schmidt App Has GPS Directions to Fredericksburg Events

October 17th, 2014 by Jeff

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!

Indian Artifact Show – October 18

October 14th, 2014 by Jeff

Fine pre-1900 Native American artifacts from Texas & other parts of the U.S. will be on display during this event at the Lady Bird Johnson Park’s Pioneer Pavillion – including arrowheads, pottery, trade-era beads, and Indian jewelry.

Food and beverages will be for sale. Admission is $6 per person, and kids under 14 are free. Hours are from 8 am until 4 pm. The Pioneer Pavillion is a 432 Lady Bird Drive in Fredericksburg’s Lady Bird Johnson Park.

Pumpkin Season is Here!

September 26th, 2014 by Jeff

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.

St. John Lutheran Annual Homecoming – September 25

September 24th, 2014 by Jeff

The St. John Lutheran Annual Homecoming event to honor the ancestors who founded this community and the church (which was built in 1897) will be held this Sunday, September 25 at the church at 14689 Lower Crabapple Road, in Fredericksburg. This event begins with a worship service at 10:30 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch at noon. Cost for lunch is by donation. For details, call 830-685-3385.

Fredericksburg Food and Wine Festival Tickets on Sale in our Virtual Store

August 29th, 2014 by Jeff

The annual Food and Wine Festival is one of Fredericksburg’s most popular festivals. The festival benefits the city of Fredericksburg’s continuing improvements to Marktplatz. This year the festival falls on October 25.

You will be able to purchase your tickets when you make your reservation online, or over the phone.

There are three types of tickets: Patron, General Admission Adult, and General Admission Child.

Patron tickets cost $100 and give you access to the gourmet brunch on Saturday and admission onto the grounds after brunch, 12 tickets for wine tasting, and souvenir glass, a name badge and pin.

General Admission Adult tickets cost $20 dollars and give you access to the festival, a souvenir wine glass, 6 tickets for wine tasting.

General Admission Child tickets cost $5 and give your minor child (over 5) to the grounds. You do not get a souvenir glass nor wine tasting tickets. Please don’t purchase them for your non-drinking friends.  These tickets are for minors only. Children under five are free.  So don’t enter numbers for children under 5.

When you make a reservation online, we will only charge your room rates.  Ticket charges are due upon arrival. The deadline for Patron tickets is October 19.

Ticket sales are final and there are no refunds from the festival organizers. Therefore, Gästehaus Schmidt cannot refund any money from the tickets in the event of a cancellation. There are a limited number of Patron tickets. As soon as we hear they are sold out, we will not honor any Patron ticket purchases. We will notify you by email if that should occur.

We will not sell tickets the day of the festival, but tickets will be available at the gate.

Labor Day Office Hours

August 26th, 2014 by Jeff

In order to celebrate Labor Day, Gastehaus Schmidt will only be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday, September 1. If you are arriving on Monday, please check your information sheet for your holiday key arrangements.

Enjoy your holiday!

Gillespie County Fair Parade – August 22

August 18th, 2014 by Jeff

P1010240The parade down Main Street is the official opening of the 126th Gillespie County Fair.  One of the Hill Country’s biggest parades has over 100 units, marches down Main Street and includes floats, marching bands, riding clubs, community groups and more!  All are welcome to participate!

The parade begins at 10 am and usually ends around noon.

The police will block Main Street this morning beginning about 9:30 am. Check out is still at 11 am, but you may not be able to get to our office until after the parade.  As long as you leave your accommodation by 11 am, you can return the key at any time.

The best place to view the Fair Parade is from Marketplatz.

The parade should not disrupt check-ins, since check-in is at 3 pm.