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Lodging Deals & Specials in Fredericksburg, TX

Looking to escape to the Texas Hill Country without breaking the bank?  Let Gastehaus Schmidt help you find the perfect Fredericksburg vacation rental special, and you’ll be kicking back and relaxing in no time!  The Fredericksburg area is sure to please your whole group, with its variety of fun activities, delectable cuisine, and scenic attractions.

Gastehaus Schmidt is pleased to offer discounts on various Hill Country Lodging properties in conjunction with Fredericksburg Artists School. Please note that specials must be mentioned when booking in order to be applied to reservations.

Unless otherwise noted, all specials are restricted to Sunday through Thursday only, and do not include Holidays and Events. In addition, specials cannot be combined.

To see which properties are eligible for each special, click on the image to the left of the corresponding description.  Please note, not all properties have special offers available.

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House of the Week; Blue Sky Ranch

I know that most of the time I get phone calls looking for a property located in town, as in close enough to walk. I personally have seen mostly all the in town properties, but have yet to experience all of the great places we have outside of downtown. I decided to finally go and see one of our properties west of town called Blue Sky Ranch. This property is only a short drive about 3 1/2 miles on the highway and then another 3 miles from there. In reality it took me about 10 minutes to get there from the center of town.

Blue Sky Ranch is really a unique property. When I first pulled up to the property I was already aware that the owner is an artist, but I was not aware of all of his work. Entering through the blue gate and then driving along side many iron sculptures you immediately feel like you have driven to a modern art museum.  Aside from all the amazing art work you see three walking trails the owner has created. I almost felt like reliving my old camping days and stop my trip there. I didn’t really care much about getting to the house anymore. I was at ease and ready to go walking. On each trail the owner has put his own creations simultaneously throughout making the names of the trail a reality.

Even though I could keep going on and on about these walking trails I had to keep going to get to the reason why I went out to Blue Sky in the first place, to see the house. Although the house is green, it really is a cute little house. You are angled in a way where you can only see a small, very small, portion of the homeowner’s house, and that small section is the side of his house too. So if someone asks if it is private, I would consider it very private. Entering from the front porch you have an amazing feel of “I’m home” come over you. It is not set up like most guesthouses, with your standard layout of glamour, but this house actually feels like you are home. The owner has certainly put some thought into his place and for that it is really appreciated. With a fully loaded kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths, and of course the lovely whirlpool tub in the master suite, you really get a love for this home away from home property.

I think of all the things I could rave about for this property was certainly the serenity of the walking trails and the creative homemade scenery in admirable places. I could go on and on about this, but I think by now I have painted some imagery of this property, but don’t worry I have taken a few photos of my experience out there if you can’t picture what I saw. I know that some look a little gloomy and for that I am sorry we finally had rain and I wasn’t about to get frustrated due to it. I hope you too will enjoy Blue Sky Ranch on one of your next ventures to the Hill Country. I can promise you this, if you are looking for a getaway from all the hustle and bustle or a place to get your creativity to spark this really is a great place to help you do that. 

Sshh. This’ll Be Our Little Secret

Nick's Tacos Hall of FameDon’t tell anyone.  I found a great new restaurant for breakfast!  Nick’s Tacos at 1585 West Main, next to Sutherland’s Lumber.

The other day, I stopped by for breakfast on my way to Stonewall.  I ordered a Chorizo and Egg breakfast taco.  The chorizo was homemade, you can tell, and the eggs were cooked while I stood at the counter.  Nick put the chorizo, eggs, and a little cheese in a hand made tortilla.  It was delicious.  It was so good, that the next morning, I stopped by for a sit down meal.  I ordered Migas, and my friend ordered Huevos Ranchero.  Another one knocked out of the park!

The best Mexican places tend to be tiny little family run joints, and this one is one of the best in town.  They are open for breakfast and lunch.  Seating is limited, so let’s keep this between us.  We don’t want too many people to find out about this place.  We’ll never be able to find a seat if word gets out.

Ssh!

New Year’s at Rockbox Theater

So Long 2013 – come keep the holidays going as long as possible! Our New Years weekend extravaganza!  Tickets available online.

Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 4:30 and 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm, Monday and Tuesday at 8 pm.

$32 – $42 per person.

Address: 109 N. Llano
Phone: (830) 997-7625

House of the Week; Ravenwood Cottage

  With the holidays over I decided to take a drive about 10 miles west of town to view another one of our homes known as “Ravenwood Cottage”.  I could only imagine what this place was going to look like because my mom always says “pictures only tell half of the story.” Although I called the homeowner with only a moments notice, she still managed to make a welcoming so warm that I almost pulled out my credit card and book it for myself.

As I stood there on the front porch I could just fancy myself waking up first thing in the morning and drinking my cup of coffee on the front porch. You see nothing but beautiful trails in front of you and the deer just standing in front of the porch relaxed with you. After about 10 minutes of admiring the front porch I realized I hadn’t even made it past the porch, and I had to get inside the house.

As I lean in to turn the door handle I smell the aroma of lavender. As the door swung open my shoulders just fell, my heart felt full and my eyes started watering. I am not one to cry over a house, but this house automatically made me melt. Maybe it was the beautiful soothing music, or just the shock of what I started to feel as I closed the door behind me. I don’t honestly know what actually came over me at that moment, but it was something wonderful. It was as if the house literally was saying to me “Leave your worries at the door and I will take it from here”. 

One can honestly not envision the beauty of this place through pictures, let alone what you see with your own eyes. To really see the true beauty of this little cottage you have to feel its warmth and the feeling that comes over you. I have been hearing from customers and a few coworkers how amazing this house is, but trust me not even the slightest bit of imagery can be painted for this special place.

I remember the first customer I booked Ravenwood for and the story she shared with me. She told me how her and her husband had to get away because they had just been through a horrific event.She happened to be one of the first customers to stay there too. She was so hesitant to book this property because it didn’t have all the amenities she wanted, but she eventually caved and booked. She came in on check out day and all I can remember was her saying to  me “Thank you, it was more than perfect.” I knew at that moment this had to be a special place and of course as I have seen today, it really is truly more than perfect. 

In today’s world everyone is looking for the high end perfect amenities for their getaway such as a Jacuzzi tub, a hot tub, a king size bed, or even something with a fireplace, but this house does not need it. It has so much character that adding something like that may actually take away from the experience.

This homeowner put so much into this house that I really don’t want to ruin all the amazing surprises she offers. I think that is what amazed me so much more about this property because it is a rare gem. With the warmest hospitality, seclusion, and great overall feeling you get, I don’t think you can find a home like this anywhere else.

Gastehaus Schmidt Easter Office Hours

Gastehaus Schmidt will be closed Easter Sunday so that we may celebrate with our families. We will be open regular hours on Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Friday 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Easter Sunday- Closed

Monday – 9 am to 6 pm

If you have a reservation with us and you are checking out on Sunday, just drop the keys through the key drop on our front door. If you are arriving on Sunday, we will deliver your key, where applicable, by 3 pm, our new check-in time.

If you encounter a problem on Sunday, please contact the manager or owner on the map we emailed you.

Area Information

Things To Do In Fredericksburg, TX and Texas Hill Country

Things To Do In Fredericksburg, TXFredericksburg was settled by families emigrating from Germany in 1846, led by John O. Meusebach. Many of the buildings in town retain traditional German styles with most of Main Street along with the parallel streets comprising the National Register Historic District. You can still hear German spoken and the old customs are still observed. A few of the customs still observed include Easter Fires, Schuetzenfests, Oktoberfest, Weihnachten, and Kinderfest. Why do visitors choose Fredericksburg for their Texas family vacation? We hear lots of reasons, including the beauty of the countryside and European atmosphere, along with hunting, some great Texas hiking, bakeries, wineries and the wonderful museums plus the state and national parks and the ongoing events and festivals. Fredericksburg is the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet during World War II. The Nimitz museum and Museum of the Pacific War are fascinating reminders of the importance of this war and the people who fought in it.

About 40% of all Texas peaches are grown in Fredericksburg and surrounding Gillespie County with more than 60 orchards located in the county. Peach season generally runs from late May through early August.

Fredericksburg, TX BikingBeyond Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country which is just a little over an hour drive from Austin and San Antonio lies the towns of Kerrville, Comfort, Hunt, and Ingram. They are also well known for their wonderful bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and inns. Visitors also find wonderful shopping in and along our wide Main Street filled with antiques, gifts, fashion, books, food, vineyards, wineries, day spas, golf and even lavender farms! The Fredericksburg area has quickly become known for bicycling and bird watching in the hills. The choices in restaurants is diverse and ample – everything from German, Mexican, seafood and sandwiches.

Fredericksburg has been named in Guideposts Magazine as one of the top 10 small towns in America and named as one of five “art towns” in the Southwest by Southwest Art Magazine. Special attractions in and around Fredericksburg are: The National Museum of the Pacific War, LBJ State and National Historic Parks, the Pioneer Museum, Enchanted Rock State National Historic Park Natural area, the Old Tunnel Wildlife Management area, Marktplatz, Luckenbach, Wildseed Farms, Fredericksburg Herb Farm, Butterfly Ranch, and art galleries.


Texas Hill Country Wineries

Gillespie County and the Texas Hill Country are the second largest wine destination in the United States. There are over two dozen wineries and tasting rooms in the Fredericksburg, Texas area. Dozens more are within an hour’s drive of Fredericksburg.


Breweries and Distilleries

Craft Beer in Texas is booming! Nationally, an average of 1.5 new breweries opens every day. Fredericksburg is home to two breweries, and a third is on the way. There are another dozen or so breweries within an hour’s drive in Dripping Springs, Johnson City, Blanco, and Marble Falls. Hye, Texas is home to Garrison Brothers Distillery, and there are a few more in nearby towns.


LBJ State Historical Park

Fredericksburg also has Presidential history! President Lyndon Baines Johnson played along the banks of the Pedernales River and, during his presidency; his ranch became the Texas White House. At the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park on Hwy. 290 in Stonewall you can tour the ranch, Texas White House, LBJ birthplace, Johnson family cemetery, old Junction School, LBJ’s grandparents’ house and ranch show barn.


Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm

Also located on the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park Grounds is the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Visit a living history farmstead of the pioneers. See how the farm families of a century ago lived. Learn about seasonal activities such as sausage making, sheep shearing, canning, etc.


Rockbox

Funtabulous family-friendly entertainment at the Rockbox. A totally new experience for Fredericksburg – professional resident cast presents costumed and choreographed live variety music productions from the golden era of rock n roll. Every weekend in a state-of-the-art, 392-seat indoor theater.

Weekly performances Friday-Sunday. 109 N. Llano, one block of Main Street. Ticket office opens daily at 10am. 1-866-349-6688 or (830) 997-ROCK


Historic Schools of Gillespie County

The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools are former students and members of the community, interested in preserving the traditions of the rural schools of Gillespie County. These schools were places for learning and centers of communities which no longer exist, but today continue the traditions of schools in rural areas serving as community centers for the surrounding residents. Today, several properties are in need of preservation and the Friends have taken on the responsibility to preserve and ensure that these former schools will be the future parks for the residents of the county. There are a number of fundraisers throughout the year, including the annual Open House in April, when several of the schools are open to the public.


Fredericksburg Theater Company

While the city of Fredericksburg is the star of the Texas Hill Country, it is also home to the many talented stars that make up the Fredericksburg Theater Company. See exciting re-creations of popular Broadway shows, Shakespearean plays and even homegrown productions destined to become classics themselves at this greatly acclaimed regional theater. Tickets can be purchased online or from the box office (888)669-7114. The Steve W. Shepherd Theater is located at 1668 Hwy 87 South, 1.5 miles south of Main Street.


Luckenbach, Texas

Luckenbach Texas is a Texas state of mind, where you can kick back, relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life—like a step back in time. This tiny hill country hamlet where “Everybody’s Somebody” was established as a Trading Post in 1849 making it one of the oldest settlements in Gillespie County. In 1970. Luckenbach was purchased by a collection of only-in-Texas characters—Hondo Crouch and his cohorts, Guich Koock and Kathy Morgan. Today, Luckenbach reflects an eclectic mix of its early history, the larger than life persona of Hondo and an unrivaled legacy of great music that makes us feel that everybody is indeed somebody in Luckenbach.

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