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Walk in Guests

When you have your house clean and ready for walk in guests (those who do not have advance reservations, they “walk-in” to our office looking for a place to stay), please call our office to let us know. One of our reservationists will mark your house clean in our RDP computer system and also mark your house’s photos on our board. This is very important, because we direct walk in guests to look at our picture boards to decide where they’d like to stay. Each day we tag our picture boards to make it easy to identify those home which are clean.

Walk-in’s are a good percentage of our total reservations. If your ready for them, let us know! You are also welcome to e-mail us info@gastehaus.com.

As a note: if you have guests checking out (or if you have marked our house off for any reason)*, your house is automatically marked dirty in our computer, it will not be marked clean until you call us.

  • if you mark your house off for any reason, even spring cleaning, the computer will automatically mark your house dirty.

Planning to be Out of Town?

We all need a break and traveling is a wonderful opportunity to see where Fredericksburg stacks up for travel destinations.

  • Please let our office know of your plans.
  • Either mark off your house or find a reliable person to fill in for you and let us know who they are and how to reach them.
  • Ask yourself “is this person able to handle emergency situations or problems?”
  • Make sure your fill-in knows who to contact for air-conditioning/heating, plumbing, or electrical problems, and even pest control if you are planning an extended vacation.

Prevent Complaints

Complaints are a part of the business. You can be proactive and head off potential complaints!

  • Clean! Clean! Clean!We can’t stress it enough…. at the very minimum, a guest should have a clean place to stay.
  • Bug Patrol!Ants, spiders, and roaches are NOT a part of country charm! Schedule regular pest control.
  • Comfortable beds!Mattresses should be comfortable, no exceptions!
  • Treat your guest as you would want to be treatedKindness goes a long way, especially if your are solving a problem. Be friendly and helpful when guests ask questions, they are looking for the “local scoop.”

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Outdoor Adventure Showcase at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park – February 22

Join Texas Parks and Wildlife Region 3 State Parks and friends in a day of outdoor adventure for families to enjoy in the Texas Hill Country. Archery, fishing, geocaching, atlatl throwing, flintknapping, TPWD fire truck, TPWD game warden Operation Game Thief trailer, guided hikes, demonstrations and tours at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm and many games and activities led by Park Rangers from your central area Texas State Parks!

10 am to 4 pm. Free! Call (830) 644-2252 ext 226 for details.

TxDOT widening US 290

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and contractors began work on Monday, October 29, on a $2.8 million highway widening project. Improvements will include a left turn lane and shoulders along the one-half mile stretch of US Highway 290 E from Mariposa Drive to just east of Old San Antonio Road in Fredericksburg. Construction is anticipated to take approximately nine months to complete. Drivers are urged to use caution while in the area.

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.


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.


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

Thank You

Thank You

Thank you for your interest in Gastehaus Schmidt.  Someone will get back to you soon!

PCAA Concert in the Park – Oktoberfest Warm-up – September 11

Join the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance for the June Concert in the Park! Bring your own lawn chairs, picnic meal and friends! This is an encore concert this season and a pre-Oktoberfest warm-up polka dance, featuring Texas Dutchman, David Czarnek. Because the 30th Anniversary of Oktoberfest was such a huge success, the PCAA is presenting this concert as a sincere “thank you” to the community of Fredericksburg for the continued support they give toward the success of the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. Oktoberfest is September 30, October 1 and 2.

House of the Week; The FISHerman’s Paradise

I know many people call during the spring and summer months specifically looking for something on the river. While we have a few great properties to offer with river access, it is not usual for us to have a property that is literally ON the river. At the beginning of this month we took a new property in our service and while I was thinking “on the river” meant in reality only river access, I was proven wrong when I ventured out to The FISHerman’sParadise.

This property is located about 12 miles south of town. I remember pulling into the driveway and was shocked only to find this retreat that made me feel as if I just stepped into a well manicured “lake house”. This stunning property literally sits right there looking onto thePedernalesRiver. With an awesome playground for children and plenty of running space, I can see  why any family would enjoy bringing their kids here to enjoy the property with them.

I told you it was on the river!

As I walked into the Pedernales Retreat, I felt like I was on vacation. With a nice and spacious set up this suite can sleep up to 6 people. I loved how clean it was and how beautiful your view was from the long open window. If you have 8 people you can add the River’s Treehouse suite to make it a whole house for a group to enjoy especially on those beautiful summer days. I think the intimate large 2 person suite was my favorite part because from your bed you look right onto the river. Not only that but the amazing bathroom. I think the bathtub with the windows surrounding it making it feel so open and yet so private was what really made me love this bathroom so much. For those of you who just want a private getaway for 2, don’t worry the River Treehouse is so quaint and private you probably won’t even know if there are other guests in the other suite. I loved this property and I am excited that it is in our service.  This house seems to me like a perfect getaway for those family outings or even just a romantic escape.

Beautiful River views!!!

Can't you see yourself lounging in this tub?

I know my kids would love this playground!


Texas Wineries near Fredericksburg

Texas is becoming more and more well known for their wine production and local wineries helping Texas become fifth on the nation’s list of top wine producers include Becker Vineyards, Comfort Cellars Winery, Fredericksburg Winery and Grape Creek Vineyards with their lists of many awards. The Texas wineries in the Hill Country have a large choice of wines to offer. Other popular wineries in the area include Bell Mountain Vineyards, Oberhof Winery, Woodrose Winery and Torre Di Pietra Winery. These Texas Wineries host tasting of newly released wines during the year along with wine and food pairings, seminars, demonstrations and tours. Come and meet the vintners as you tour and taste. Dates of Trail Events may include February – Wine Lover’s Trails, April – Wine & Wildflower Trail, August – Harvest Wine Trail, October – Texas Wine Month Passport Trail and December – Holiday Wine Trail. For more information about these events call 1-866-621-9463 or check the website www.texaswinetrail.com. After sampling some wonderful wine from the local vineyards check out some of our Fredericksburg Texas shops to find a keepsake to take home. While making your plans to visit a local winery, choose from our variety of Hill Country lodging options including Fredericksburg, Comfort, Kerrville, and Hunt.

You can also book a Majesty Wine Tour through us.

Click the links below to learn more about the local wineries.

4.0 Cellars

Becker Vineyards

Bell Mountain/Oberhellmann Vineyards

Chisholm Trail Winery

Compass Rose Winery

Fiesta Winery 290

Fredericksburg Winery – 830-990-8747; 247 W. Main Street

Grape Creek Vineyards – 830-644-2710; 10 miles E on US 290

Hye Meadow Winery – 855-HYE-WINE – 10257 US HWY 290 West, Hye TX

Inwood Estates Winery & Bistro – 830-997-2304 – 10303 East US HWY 290

Kerrville Hills Winery – 830-895-4233 – 3600 Fredericksburg Rd – Kerrville, TX

Messina Hof Hill Country Winery – 830-990-GOLD – 9996 US HWY 290 East

Pedernales Cellars – 830-644-2037 – 2916 Upper Albert Rd

Rancho Ponte Vineyard – 830-990-8555 – 315 RR 1378

Santa Maria Cellars – 830-990-8555 – 12044 South State Hwy 16

Singing Water Vineyard – 830-995-8846 – 316 Mill Dam, Comfort, TX

Sister Creek Vineyards – 1142 Sisterdale Rd, Sisterdale, TX

Torre di Pietra Vineyards – 830-844-2829 – 10915 E. US Hwy 290

William Chris Vineyard – 830-998-7654 – 10352 US HWY 290, Hye, TX

Woodrose Winery – 830-644-2539 – 662 Wood Rose Lane, Stonewall, TX