It is known for its vineyards, peaches and berries, and the National Museum of the Pacific War, which spans several blocks. It’s known for its shops and restaurants in a charming, brick-fronted town center and for Luckenbach, just down the street. But what I also love about Fredericksburg, a popular small town in the Texas Hill Country, is how out of the hotel box its accommodations can be.
Take your pick of adult-only settings in and around the city: a weed farm, an airport hangar, a Pullman train car, a winery cottage, a treehouse, a retro Shasta trailer, a dome or reused shipping containers.
Note: I have received some sponsorship for my visits to Fredericksburg, but the opinions expressed are my own.
1. Pullman Train Car at Das Peach Haus
He had me at peaches. I timed my first visit to Fredericksburg with its summer peach harvest, when roadside stands, markets, orchards and restaurants teem with red, fuzzy, juicy fruit. Others may be more interested in its wildflower, grape, tomato, or berry seasons, but my ears perked at the news (to me) that Texas peaches rank up there with Georgia and South Carolina. (But never say it out loud in those other Southern states.)
You will find the best fresh peaches and blackberries at Studebaker Farm support. Don’t miss the ice cream with peach sauce at The corner of the Burgs or the peach cobbler at Vogel orchard. In the latter two, you can taste products ranging from blackberry jam to canned peaches with amaretto pecans.
The Peach Haus, Fredericksburg’s oldest retail operation, is ground zero for all things fishing. And now I have learned – since my last visit in 2021 – that it has added unique accommodations to its lakeside repertoire of a gigantic general store, restaurant, teaching kitchen and a full range of tasting events.
Add history and romance to this list of reasons people visit Fredericksburg. At the latest, you can sleep in the past on an 1894 Private Palace Pullman car that Teddy Roosevelt once drove, smoothing out his rough driving days. Original antiques furnish its bedroom and living areas. But you’ll also find modern conveniences like a flat-screen TV, microwave, and Wi-Fi.
2. Hoffmann House
What are all the “hauses” or “Hauser”, as they would say in Germany? German immigrants settled here in the 1840s and are responsible for the town’s strong agricultural roots. Hoffmann House bed and breakfast pays homage to those roots with vacation homes, suites, and rooms decorated in Hill Country style — a little German vernacular, a lot of Texas ranch.
On my first visit to Fredericksburg, I stayed in the Bluebonnet Suite, named after the area’s iconic wildflower that blooms from late March to mid-May. It transported me, every minute I spent there, to the heart and soul of Hill Country with its rustic barn architectural elements. Every morning, breakfast arrived in a picnic basket at my doorstep.
What I also loved about Hoffman Haus was that when it came time to step away, it was only a short walk to the main street of Fredericksburg. During the summer fishing season, downtown was relatively quiet, and nothing could have been better than browsing the historic buildings with their shops, western clothing markets, antique and home furnishings meccas, silver and turquoise jewelry stores, bars, restaurants, historical sites, the central Marktplatz park, and wine shops.
Pro tip: It is worth having a second breakfast; Former German bakery and restaurant on Main Street serves gigantic German pancakes and irresistible pastries for a sweet taste of Fredericksburg heritage.
3. Hangar Hotel
My next visit, during spring break, saw the downtown area transform into a crowded and bustling day trip destination – always lovely for early morning or evening wanderings. But when I was ready to escape the crowds, I was happy to share a room with my husband at the Hangar Hotel, just a 10 minute drive from the city center.
Reflecting Fredericksburg’s rich military and aviation history, the hotel recreates a World War II military hangar at the county airport, where you can watch private jets land and take off from a rocking chair on the hotel’s observation deck. second floor or from the dining room. Aviation activity is particularly intense on weekends. Rooms are fairly standard but are decorated — as is the lobby, Officer’s Club bar, and dining room — with vintage airplanes and memorabilia such as vintage luggage, upholstered leather chairs, sleigh beds, and black and white tiled bathrooms.
4. Hill Country Herb Garden
One of Fredericksburg’s most charming remnants of ancient history lingers in a vernacular architectural style unique to the city known as the “Sunday Haus.” You can see quirky Sunday houses – small town-built cottages for their weekend shopping and church visits – around the town center. You can visit one in its original condition at the Fredericksburg Pioneer Museum. Even better, you can stay in a recreated Sunday house at Hill Country Herb Garden. Featuring a swing and rocking chairs, the cottages step back in time, but with contemporary comfort and decor.
Built within herb and flower gardens, the resort is within walking distance of downtown, but feels much more remote and self-contained with a full-service spa, restaurant (to reopen this summer), and amenities. healthy inclinations.
Pro tip: To stay in a real Sunday house of yesteryear, book Das Soheid Sunday House vacation location.
5. HoneyTree Farm Treehouses
In modern times, treehouses have become more iconic for weekend (or longer) stays around Fredericksburg. the HoneyTree Farm Treehouses are about 10 minutes north of town. In a wooded setting, five elevated cottages with names like The Acorn and The Sapling add luxury to the treehouse experience. Architecturally innovative, they each have their own personality and exclusive amenities such as outdoor baths, bird-watching decks, and multi-window views.
Nature lovers, stargazers, and loners will love the luxury retreat 10 miles from Fredericksburg and light years from subway vibes. from ONERA The architecturally stunning collection of accommodation ranges from a glamping-style “cocoon” to a domed house and a fashion-forward stilt house. Cedar soaking tubs, efficient kitchens, fire pits and viewing decks round out the amenities of the eight custom vacation rentals.
7. The Vine on Middle Creek
The modern side of German farming tradition has created more than 50 wineries and tasting rooms along the Gillespie County Wine Trail in Fredericksburg. Within walking distance of downtown, the Urban Wine Trail alone lists 11 wine bars. The best news is that the county has made it legal to take your wine (or any other adult beverage) on your walk around town.
A number of operations offer wine tours across the vast wine region so guests can avoid drunk driving. There is however a vineyard with its own accommodation. The Vine on Middle Creek retreat completed six new luxury cottages in 2020, rentable through Airbnb. Suitable for couples to large groups, the cottages live in the middle of an 8.5 acre working vineyard which offers tours to guests on request. The property’s lodge serves a hot breakfast and offers gathering spaces for wine tasting and nature soaking on the porch about 10 minutes from downtown Fredericksburg.
Pro tip: For a very informative wine tasting with wine pairing tips, visit Kuhlman Cellars.
8. Odonata Escape
Flexible as a group or family reunion retreat or adult getaway, Odonata Escape transformed shipping containers into eight unique rental units in four assembled buildings with five containers each. Located 5 miles east of Fredericksburg, Odonata boasts a hill that separates it from the urban vibe and night lights for stargazing around the firepit and s’more makings provided by the resort.
Each rustic, modern, and slightly funky unit exudes its own personality with names like Groovy, Happy Boho, Tranquility, and Shangri-La. Sleek and bold inside and out, units are all equipped with mini-kitchen essentials such as refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffee maker, coffee, and dinnerware.
For groups who rent the whole place (children are welcome), the Porch House, a renovated 1880s stone farmhouse, serves as a meeting and dining space. The Retreat staff can organize meals, wine tastings and all kinds of entertainment.
9. Blue Skies Retro Resort
Bringing glamping to a whole new level of fun, funky and glamorous, blue skies takes the work and uncertainty out of the travel experience with its five fixed Shasta units.
In 2015, Shasta reissued a limited edition of its classic 1961 trailer. Casey and Atticus Rowe bought one to travel with their then 2-year-old son. After experimenting with set-up work at sometimes disappointing RV parks, they came up with the idea for Blue Skies, where all five trailers are parked under a retro awning with a private courtyard. Each trailer contains a full bed with luxury linens, cooking facilities and a half bath. It has a spa-like bathroom with hotel amenities, including bathrobes and a private outdoor shower.
The private baths reside in the resort pavilion, with a communal fireplace, sitting area, and gas grill. It overlooks the year-round pool at the 42-acre property about 12 miles south of downtown Fredericksburg. After opening in 2019, the spacious and expansive qualities of the resort have enabled The Rowes to weather the pandemic, with social distancing built in through door and room codes assigned to all guests.