9 Unique and Interesting Places to Stay in Fredericksburg

9 Unique and Interesting Places to Stay in Fredericksburg

It is known for its wineries, its peaches and berries, and the National Museum of the War of the Pacific, which occupies 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 equally love about Fredericksburg, a much-loved small-town destination in the Texas Hill Country, is how original its accommodations can be.

Choose from adults-only settings in and around the city: a herb farm, an airport hangar, a Pullman train car, a vineyard cabin, a tree house, a retro Shasta trailer, a dome or reused shipping containers.

Note: I received some sponsorship for my visits to Fredericksburg, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Fredericksburg Peaches.
Fredericksburg Peaches (Photo Credit: Chelle Koster Walton)

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 stalls, markets, orchards, and restaurants overflow with juicy, fluffy, blushing fruit. Others may be more interested in their seasonal wildflowers, grapes, tomatoes, or berries, but my ears perked up with the news (for me) that Texas peaches are right up there with Georgia and South Carolina. (But never say that out loud in those other southern states.)

Preserved peaches.
Peach Preserves (Photo Credit: Chelle Koster Walton)

You will find the best fresh peaches and blackberries at the Studebaker Farm stand. Don’t miss the ice cream with peach sauce at Burgs’ Corner or the peach cobbler at Vogel Orchard. In the last two, you can taste products ranging from blackberry jam to pecan amaretto peach preserves.

Das Peach Haus, Fredericksburg’s oldest retail operation, is ground zero for all things peach. And now I have learned, since my most recent visit in 2021, that it has added unique accommodations to its lakeside repertoire of a gigantic general store, restaurant, teaching kitchen, and full complement of tasting events.

Add history and romance to that list of reasons people visit Fredericksburg. At the latest, you can sleep in the past in an 1894 Private Palace Pullman Car that Teddy Roosevelt once rode, smoothing out his rough driving days. Original antiques furnish your bedroom and living room spaces. But you’ll also find modern conveniences like a flat-screen TV, microwave, and Wi-Fi.

Exterior of Hoffman Haus.
The Hoffman Haus is an upscale bed and breakfast and is one block from Main St. and a 10-minute walk from downtown.
(Photo Credit: Chelle Koster Walton)

2. Hoffman House

What about all the “hauses” or “Hauser”, as they would say in Germany? German immigrants settled here in the 1840s and are responsible for the city’s strong agricultural roots. The Hoffman Haus bed and breakfast honors those roots with vacation homes, suites and rooms decorated in the Hill Country style: a little bit of the German vernacular, a lot of Texas ranch.

On my first visit to Fredericksburg, I stayed in the Bluebonnet Suite, named for the region’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 the Hill Country with its rustic barn architectural elements. Every morning, breakfast arrived in a picnic basket on my doorstep.

What I also loved about Hoffman Haus was that when it was time to walk away, it was just steps away from the main drag in Fredericksburg. During the summer peach season, downtown was relatively quiet, and nothing could have been better than touring the historic buildings with their boutiques, western clothing markets, antique and furniture meccas, silver and turquoise jewelry stores, bars, restaurants, historical sites, Marktplatz central park and wine shops.

Pro tip: It is worth eating a second breakfast; Old German Bakery & Restaurant on Main Street serves up gigantic German pancakes and irresistible pastries for a sweet taste of Fredericksburg heritage.

Exterior of the Hotel Hangar
Hangar Hotel is a one minute walk from the Gillespie County Airport and 3 miles from downtown Fredericksburg.
(Photo credit: Hotel Hangar)

3. Hotel Hangar

On my next visit, over spring break, I watched downtown transform into a crowded and bustling day-trip destination that’s still lovely to wander around in the early morning or evening. But when I was ready to escape the crowds, I was happy to share a room with my husband at the Hotel Hangar, just a 10-minute drive from downtown.

Reflecting Fredericksburg’s rich military and aeronautical history, the hotel recreates a World War II military hangar at the county airport, where you can watch private planes land and take off from a rocking chair on the second-floor observation deck or from dining room. Air activity is especially active on weekends. Rooms are fairly standard but decorated, as is the lobby, Officer’s Club bar and dining room, with aircraft and vintage memorabilia such as antique suitcases, padded leather chairs, sleigh beds and white-and-white tiled bathrooms. black. .

Hill Country Herb Farm.
Hill Country Herb Farm Cabins (Photo credit: Hill Country Herb Farm)

4. Hill Country Herb Garden

One of the most charming remnants of Fredericksburg’s early history persists in a vernacular architectural style peculiar to the city known as “Sunday Haus.” You can see original Sunday houses, small cottages that suburban German farmers built in the city for their weekend shopping and going to church, around the center of town. You can tour one in its original condition at the Fredericksburg Pioneer Museum. Even better, you can stay in a recreated Sunday home at the Hill Country Herb Garden. With a front porch swing and rocking chairs, the cabins take a step back in time, but with contemporary comfort and decor.

Built into herb and flower gardens, the resort is within walking distance of the city center but feels much more remote and self-contained with a full-service spa, restaurant (to reopen this summer), and healthy inclines.

Pro tip: To stay in a true Sunday house from the old life, book the Das Soheid Sunday House vacation rental.

5. The Treehouses at HoneyTree Farm

In modern times, treehouses have become more emblematic of weekend (or longer) stays in Fredericksburg. The HoneyTree Farm Treehouses are located about 10 minutes north of town. In a wooded setting, five elevated cabins with names like The Acorn and The Sapling add luxury to the treehouse experience. Architecturally innovative, each has its own personality and signature amenities, like open-air bathrooms, bird-watching decks, and views from multiple windows.

6. Onera

Nature lovers, star gazers, and recluses will love the luxury retreat 10 miles from Fredericksburg and light years from metro vibes. Onera’s collection of architecturally stunning accommodations range from a glamping-style “Cocoon” to a cutting-edge design dome house and stilt house. Cedar tubs, efficient kitchens, fire pits, and observation decks round out the amenities of the eight custom vacation rentals.

Hill Country Vineyard.
Hill Country Vineyard (Photo Credit: Chelle Koster Walton)

7. The Vine at Middle Creek

The modern side of the German agricultural tradition has created more than 50 wineries and tasting rooms along Fredericksburg’s Gillespie County Wine Trail. Within walking distance of downtown, the Urban Wine Trail only lists 11 wine bars. The even better news is that the county has made it legal to bring your wine (or other adult beverage) on your walk around town.

Several operations offer wine tours through the sprawling winery region so guests can avoid drinking and driving. However, there is a vineyard with its own accommodation. Vine on Middle Creek Retreat completed six new luxury cabins in 2020, rentable through Airbnb. Suitable for couples and large groups, the cabins live among an 8.5-acre working vineyard that offers tours to guests upon request. The property’s lodge serves 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 super informative cellar tasting with wine pairing suggestions, visit Kuhlman Cellars.

Odonata Duplex Escape.
Odonata Escape Duplex (Photo Credit: Odonata Escape)

8. The Flight of the Odonates

Flexible as a family or group reunion retreat or adult getaway, Odonata Escape converted shipping containers into eight unique rental units in four buildings assembled with five containers each. Located 5 miles east of Fredericksburg, Odonata benefits from a hill that separates it from urban vibes and nighttime lights for stellar stargazing around the resort-provided bonfire and s’more toppings.

Each rustic, modern, and slightly funky unit exudes its own personality with names like Groovy, Happy Boho, Tranquility, and Shangri-La. Stylish and bold inside and out, all units come equipped with kitchenette essentials including a refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffee maker, coffee, and dinnerware.

For groups renting the entire square (children are welcome), Porch House, a renovated 1880s stone farmhouse, serves as meeting and dining space. The retreat staff can arrange meals, wine tastings, and all kinds of entertainment.

9. Retro Resort Blue Skies

Taking glamping to a whole new level of fun, originality and glamour, Blue Skies takes the work and uncertainty out of the travel trailer experience with its five stationary Shasta units.

In 2015, Shasta reissued a limited edition of his classic 1961 trailer. Casey and Atticus Rowe bought one to travel with their 2-year-old son. After experiencing the labor that goes into setting it up in sometimes underwhelming trailer parks, they came up with the idea for Blue Skies, where all five trailers come parked under a retro canopy with a private patio. Each trailer contains a full bed with luxury bedding, kitchen facilities, and a half bath. It comes with a designated spa-like bathroom with hotel amenities, including robes and a private outdoor shower.

Private baths reside in the community pavilion, complete with a communal fireplace, sitting area, and gas grill. It overlooks the year-round pool on the 42-acre property about 12 miles south of downtown Fredericksburg. After opening in 2019, the resort’s spacious and sprawling qualities helped the Rowes weather the pandemic, with social distancing built in thanks to door and room codes assigned to all guests.

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