Pet Friendly

Fredericksburg Pet Friendly Lodging

What is a family vacation without your four-legged family members?  We’re proud to offer a variety of Texas Hill Country accommodations that are pet friendly.  Choose your favorite from the list below and start planning your vacation today!

Planning and preparation are key factors in successful travel with pets.  Some of our tips for hassle free pet-friendly travel:

  • Make sure your pet has proper identification with contact information
  • Find a local vet, and have their contact information handy
  • If possible, bring your pet’s bed or a favorite blanket from home
  • Have plenty of toys, food, and water on hand
  • Be aware of area wildlife, avoid contact if possible
  • Pack a simple pet first-aid kit that includes assorted bandages, antiseptic cream, any necessary medications (ask your veterinarian to suggest products and dosages for your pet), gauze squares, and the phone numbers of your veterinarian, a national poison control hotline, and a 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital

By making a reservation with a pet, I agree to the Gästehaus Schmidt pet policy.

Austin Street Retreat – Maria’s Suite

The Austin Street Retreat is an authentic historic home built by European settlers well over a century ago. Restored and embellished through the decades with modern amenities, there are now five unique suites. Located one block off Main Street in Fredericksburg’s National Historic District, this premier property is an authentic Texas treasure built of stone, […]

Clear Springs Log Cabin

Marketplatz Manor

The wonderful house is conveniently located just one block from Main and an easy walk to Marktplatz, shopping and restaurants. Being in the historic district guests will find this Tudor style home full of memories in it’s architect and the many period built features found inside the house. Two bedrooms are found in this elegant […]

Bats in Alamo Springs

Bats are amazing creatures!  If you have never experienced the departure  of bats at dusk, I invite you to drive out Old San Antonio Road to the Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area just east of Fredericksburg at dusk!  Viewing is May – October and you can get up-to-date bat emergence by calling 1-866-978-2287.

Mike Leggett’s Journey Across Texas is featured in the Austin American-Statesman each Sunday.  He has compiled “A Texas To-Do List: 24 Things Every Texas Should Do Before he Dies.”   On Sunday, June 25th Mike featured BATS!!!  According to the article, In Texas, we have 32 of the 45 bat species known to inhabit North America.  Our most numerous is the Mexican free-tailed bat, and we have good reason to love him.  We would be, almost literally, standing knee-deep in bugs if it weren’t for bats.    A typical bat may consume as many as 40 corn ear worm moths in a single night.  That’s in addition to the mosquitoes, scorpions, moths and flies the bat might devour.

Bats make their home in the Bat Tunnel on Old San Antonio Road residing in a 920 foot long railroad tunnel dug with pick and shovel out of a limestone mountain.  Trains ran through this tunnel for nearly 29 years beginning in August 1913.  “Since the early ’50s, there have been bats reported at Old Tunnel every year, though the numbers do fluctuate,” says Nyla Brown who  oversees this Wildlife area.  They say that free-tailed bats can fly up to 40 miles each night as they forage for insects.

It is truly a sight to behold watching the bats leave the tunnel at dusk.  First there are just a handful and then bursts of a few dozen at a time.  Soon the sky is covered with these awesome creatures.  Watch where you are standing or you may get some “bat guano” in your hair or on your clothes, BUT it is well worth this marvelous viewing of nature at work.

While you are there take time to eat at the Alamo Spring Cafe.  It has been written up as serving the third best hamburger in the state of Texas (voted on by Texas Monthly readers.  Enjoy the laid back atmosphere and enjoy the music on the patio usually on weekends.  I have never heard of anyone being disappointed by their visit to the Cafe. “http://www.alamospringscafe.com”

Waylon’s Birthday Bash

Annual Father’s Day event filled with music, fun and celebration for Waylon Jennings, one of the original “Waylon, Willie and the Boys”. Live music host is Thomas Michael Riley. $10 donation benefits the Good Samaritan Clinic to buy diabetes test kits in honor of Waylon, who died of complications from the disease.

Noon to 6 pm. By donation.

Nature & Wildlife

Birding and Wingshooting in Texas

The wildlife of the Texas Hill Country is diverse. Regardless if you are a hunter, photographer or just a lover of wildlife and nature, the Hill Country offers ample opportunity to get in tough with nature’s creatures. You’ll find the following mammals in the region: badger, bats, ferret, jackrabbit, prairie dog, bobcat, coyote, cottontail feral hog, fox squirrel, Mexican ground squirrel, Mountain lion, Mountain sheep, armadillo, opossum, raccoon, skunk, lots of white tailed deer and there are also numerous bird species that frequent or are native to the Texas Hill Country.


Birding

Approximately 300 species of birds occur in the Texas Hill Country where birding is great all year. The area is an overlap zone of ranges of eastern and western bird species, as well as some north and south species. An excellent place to view birds in Fredericksburg proper is the Live Oak Wilderness Nature Trail in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.


Wildseed Farm and Butterfly Haus

located just 7 miles east of Fredericksburg. One of the nation’s large working wildflower farms. Flowers bloom from spring through the first frost. Shop in the Market Center, have a drink in the Brew-Bonnet Biergarten. Don’t miss the 3,000 square foot butterfly haus, featuring Texas native butterflies.


Wildflower Trail of the Texas Hill Country

Includes 10 counties in the Texas Hill Country – beautiful wildflowers including the Texas Bluebonnet. For a nice break from all of the nature that the Texas Hill Country offers don’t forget to check out some of the local Fredericksburg wineries.


Hunting

The Fredericksburg area of the Texas Hill Country is home to many native and exotic species of animals, which allow sportsmen almost year round hunting opportunities. White tail deer are the most popular and plentiful, but there are also turkey, doves and quail. A brochure is available through the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce 830 997-6523.


Old Tunnel Wildlife Management

Located 10.5 miles south of Highway 290 on the Old San Antonio Road. Millions of Mexican free tail bats make their summer home in Central Texas. The season to view the evening emergence of bats is generally from mid-May to mid-October. 830 – 990-2860

Specials

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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The Plainsmen at Pat’s Hall – July 21

Come on out to Pat’s Hall, 406 Post Oak Road, Sunday afternoon, July 21 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. to hear The Plainsmen. This is a classic country and western swing band playing dance favorites from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The band is led by Homer Whisenant of Dripping Springs, rhythm guitar and vocals; Donnie Mauldin of Johnson City, bass guitar and vocals (Donnie played Pat’s Hall in the ’70’s with Lynn Cryder and the Crosscountrymen); Bert Rivera of Burnet, steel guitar (Bert has played Pat’s Hall numerous times in the past — he was Hank Thompson’s steel guitar player for many years); Tim Campbell of Austin is on drums (Tim has been a professional drummer for over 20 years and has played Texas dance halls extensively during that time); and Lamar Pecorino of Austin, keyboard and vocals (Lamar has played in country dance bands for over 30 years in Central Texas). Tickets $8.

Dining

Fredericksburg Texas Dining

Fredericksburg, Texas has many excellent dining choices for you to enjoy while visiting the area, no matter your tastes or budget.  Try some of our favorite area restaurants below and let us know which places you like best!  Start your day with a cup of coffee at Fredericksburg Gourmet Coffee & Tea, grab a sandwich for lunch to enjoy during a day of Texas hiking, and sit down for some of the area’s traditional German fare that the area is famous for at dinner time.  Stop by Chocolat and Rather Sweet for some sweet treats to keep at your vacation rental and don’t forget a few gifts for your friends back home!  We’re sure that you’ll adore whichever local eateries you choose while visiting the Texas Hill Country.

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day

AIRPORT DINER
155 Airport Rd. 997-4999 Open Wed—Sun. For lunch

ALAMO SPRINGS CAFÉ
830-990-8004
Wed-Mon 11am-9pm

ALTDORF
301 W. Main 997-7865
Lunch, Dinner; Weds.-Mon. Family dining

ANDY’S
413 S. Washington 997-3744 –
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner; 7 Days Family Dining

AUGUST E’s
203 E. San Antonio Street – 997-1585
Lunch (Mon-Sat 11—2) & Dinner (Tues—Sun—5 to close)
Fine Dining Reservations Recommended

AUSLANDER
323 E. Main 997-7714
11—9 Thurs – Tues Closed Wed
Variety – Biergarten –midnight

AZADERO GRILL & BAR
803 S Adams St. (830) 997-3161
Mon-Sat 7am- 9pm, Sun 7am—3 pm

BECKY’S JUICERIE
507 W Main 992-3098
Tues-Fri 8-5    Sat 10-5, Closed Sun & Mon

BEJAS GRILL & CANTINA
209 E. Main 997-5226 Mon-Thurs 7-9,
Fri & Sat 7am-10pm Sunday 7am-3pm

BUC’S BAR & GRILL
304 N Llano, 990-1283, Bar is open
Daily 4pm-2am = Grill Mon-Thurs 5-11 pm, Fri/Sat 5pm-2am

BUFFALO NICKEL
105 S. Llano 997-3700 Mon—Thurs11-9
Fri & Sat 11-10

CABERNET GRILL
Texas Hill Country Restaurant
2805 Hwy 16 South 990-5734 Tues-Sat 5pm til close

CATFISH HAVEN
816 West Main 997-9009
Lunch & Dinner Tues.—Sat.

CHARLIE’S GOLF & GRILL
714 S. Washington 997-3533
Mon—11-2 Thurs & Fri 6-9

CHOCOLAT Retail Store
251 West Main 990-9382
Mon-Sat 10 am—6 pm; Sun 12-4 pm

CHURCH’S CHICKEN
614 E. Main 997-7333 Daily

CLEAR RIVER PECAN
Bakery, Sandwiches, & Ice Cream
138 E. Main 997-8490 7 days 7:30 a.m.—7 p.m.

CROSSROADS
305 W Main, 830 992-3288 Wed-Thurs 11-9,
Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun Brunch 10-2:30

CRANKY FRANKS BARBECUE
Hwy. 87 S. 997-2353
Lunch: Tues.—Sat.. 11 a.m.—3 p.m. Barbecue

CULTURES GRILL & BAR
318 E Main 997-8100 11am – 9pm

DAIRY QUEEN
902 E. Main 997-4648

DAS PEACH HAUS
1406 S. US Hwy 87, 10-6 daily

DAVID’S PIT BBQ
342 W Main St
Sun-Thurs 11-4, Fri & Sat 11am—9pm

DENNY’S
1035 S. Hwy. 16 990-2806 24 hrs. daily

DER LINDENBAUM
312 E. Main 997-9126
Lunch, Dinner; 11 a.m.—10 p.m. daily German Cuisine

DOMINO’S PIZZA
1425 E. Main # 400
997-4600 Daily

EL GALLO
11807 Hwy 290 W. 669-2406
Lunch, Dinner – Wed. – Sat. Mexican

EL MILAGRO
249 E Main 830-307-3051
Mon—Thurs8 am—2:30 pm, Fri & Sat 8 am-10 pm, Closed Sunday

ENCHANTED INN RESTAURANT
3045 RR 965
997-5206 Tues—Sat Lunch & Dinner

FREDERICKSBURG BREWING CO.

245 E. Main 7 days
997-1646 Lunch/dinner; Micro Brewery

FREDERICKSBURG HERB FARM
405 Whitney St 997-8615 Tues—Thurs 11-3 Fri-Sat 11-2:30 & 6-9 Sun 10-2

FREDERICKSBURG PIE COMPANY
108 E Austin 990-6992
Open Mon-Sat 10-6 Sun 11-4 Closed Wed

FREDERICKSBURG PIZZA KITCHEN
326 E Main, 990-4044—Mon-Sat 11am—9pm, Sun 12-8 pm

FREDERICKSBURG ICE CREAM
321 E. Main 997-3131 Open Daily—hours vary

FRIEDHELM’S BAVARIAN INN
905 W. Main 997-6300
Lunch, dinner; Tues.-Sun. German, steaks

GATTIS PIZZA
1408 E. Main 997-9797 Daily

GINGER & SPICE
116 N Crockett 997-9919
Lunch: M-F 11-2:30 Sat/Sun 12-3 Dinner: M-Thurs 5-9:30 Fri/Sat 5-10 Sun 5-9

HILDA’S TORTILLA FACTORY
149 FM 2093 997-6105 Open Mon—Sat at 6:00 am—9 pm

HILL COUNTRY DONUTS & KOLACHES
605 E. Main 990-2424 Open Daily 5 am—2 pm

HILL TOP CAFE
10661 N. US 87 997-8922
Lunch, Dinner: Wed.-Sun. Greek, Cajun & Steaks

HONDO’S ON MAIN
312 West Main Street 997-1633
Open Weds.—Sun. Live Entertainment

HOTWURST
301 E Main 830-307-3184

INWOOD BISTRO
10303 E US Hwy 290, 997-2304

JAVA RANCH ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ
141 E. Main Street (830) 990-4517 Open 7 days Open daily.

K-BOB’s STEAKHOUSE
518 E. Main Street, open daily

KUHL YOGURT
301 E Main St, 830-337-7838 Daily

LLANO STREET BAKERY & DELI
107 S. Llano St. 830-307-3208
Open 7am-7pm lunch 11-5 Closed Sun & Wed

LINCOLN STREET
Wine & Cheese Bar 997-8463
111 South Lincoln Daily

LINDIG’S CAFÉ
14887 Hwy. 290 E. Stonewall
644-2749 Open Daily

MAHALEY’S CAFÉ & BAKERY
341 E. Main 997-4400 Open Mon—Sat..

MAMACITA’S
506 E. Main 997-9546
Lunch, dinner 7 days a week Mexican cuisine

MCDONALD’S
611 E. Main 997-7600

NAVAJO GRILL
803 E Main 990-8289 Dinner/7 days

THE NEST
607 S. Washington 990-8383
Lunch Tu-Fri 11:30-2:30, dinner Thurs-Sat 5:30-Close

OLD GERMAN BAKERY
225 W. Main 997-9084
Breakfast, lunch – 7 am—3 pm daily.

OPA’S SMOKED MEATS
310 S Washington,
997-3358 Mon-Fri take-out – Mon-Fri 8-5, Sat 8-4

OTTO’S GERMAN BISTRO
316 E Austin St 830-307-3336
Daily  4-11pm

PANDA CHINESE & SUSHI
504 E Main 990-8888
Sun-Thurs 11am-9:30 pm, Fri & Sat 11am—10pm

PASTA BELLA
103 S. Llano 990-9778
Tues—Sat. – Lunch, Dinner Italian

PEACH TREE TEA ROOM
210 S. Adams 997-9527
Lunch; Daily www/peach-tree.com

PIZZA HUT
1104 E. Main 997-7222 Open Daily

PORKY’S HAMBURGER & ONION RINGS
904 W Main 830-997-6882
Mon-Thurs & Sat 11 am – 4 pm, Fri 11 am-8 pm, Closed Sunday

RACE BARN
(at Fairgrounds) Hwy 16 S 997-4058 Thurs—Sat.

RANCH ROAD ROASTERS
218 E Main St.

RATHSKELLER – HILL COUNTRY BISTRO
260 E. Main 990-5858 Bfkt, Lunch & Dinner Weds .—Mon.Breakfast, lunch, Tuesday thru Sunday 7am-2 pm Bar Open Daily

REDBIRD GRILL @ LADY BIRD JOHNSON GOLF COURSE
341 Golfers Loop Hwy16 So. 997-

ROSEHILL MANOR
644-2247 2614 Upper Albert Rd
Weds—Sun evenings (Reservations Recommended)

RUSTLIN’ ROB’S
121 E. Main 990-4750 Open Mon—Sat. Gourmet Foods

SILVER CREEK BEER GARDEN & GRILL
310 E. Main 990-4949 Open 7 days Sun-Thur 11am—9pm
Fri & Sat 11am—midnight

SOME KINDA BBQ & BFKT TACOS
913 E Main Mon-Thurs 6-2, Fri & Sat 6a-7p 830-998-4566

SONIC DRIVE-IN
1106 E. Main 997-7303 Open Daily

SUBWAY
401 E. Main, 997-0345 & in Wal-Mart Daily

SUNSET GRILL
900 S. Adams St. 997-5904 open 7 days
7-3 Mon-Sat, 8-2 Sun Brunch

TAQUERIA ALTOS DE JALISCO #6
990-8554 1410 E. Main Street
Daily , Fri Sat Sun noon—6 pm

TOP DONUTS
915 E. Main 997-9976 Open Daily

VAUDEVILLE
230 E Main. 10am-6pm Wed-Mon 992-3234

WEST END PIZZA
232 West Main Street, 990-8646
11am-10 pm Fri & Sat., 11 am-8 pm Sun.-Thurs.

WHAT-A-BURGER
Main & Highway Streets

WOERNER’S  BAKERY
305 S Lincoln, 997-2246

CATERING

DELICIOUS DETAILS – Catering & Event Planning for Special Occassions – Call (830) 997-7879

MY OWN CHEF CATERING – 830-997-5458 vickie@myownchef.com Can deliver dinner to B&B