FREDERICKSBURG IS FOR LOVERS!








Looking for a romantic getaway for Valentines Day?
Look no further than Fredericksburg. Here are my top five favorite romantic places to stay in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

#1. Most Romantic
The Austin Street Retreat
Annie's Cabin and El Jefe are my favorite cabins on the property for a honeymoon or romantic overnight stay.
El Jefe's is a two-story structure, and the entire top floor has the most amazing bathtub you've ever seen! Who needs a hot tub when you practically have a pool to soak in with your sweetie? The rooms were decorated by The Homestead's own interior designers. Annie's is perhaps the prettiest of the cabins at the Austin Street Retreat, but El Jefe is a close second and is sure to please both women and men alike. Both have big roaring fireplaces. Austin Street is right in town, too, so you can walk to dinner or to the wine and cigar bars or to Chocolat, the store with the amazing homemade chocolate candies filled with liqueur.

#2. Spacious and Secluded
Settlers Crossing. www.settlerscrossing.com

I love the Heinrich House, Pioneer Cabin, and (if it is a cozy time for two) the Indiana Cabin (it's tiny but it has a double fireplace that is so romantic!) . This beautiful place is on about 22 acres outside of town (just up the road from Luckenbach--so be sure to check out the music there!). You'll have an entire house to yourselves. I could live here forever! Sheep graze nearby, a donkey wanders down the path, birds sing. Life is good!

You've got to see this amazing place!

#3. The Trois Estate at Enchanted Rock. www.troisestate.net

This is an entire Santa Fe-style village with an enchanting mystique all its own. Men love this place. Everyone does. And their restaurant, called Troisi's, is great, too.
But don't leave without getting a massage at the spa--their masseuse is the best. Your guy will get a bang out of the cap gun museum, too, and you'll both love the underground grotto swimming pool. Want to get "hitched"? There's even a wedding chapel, and one of the owners is not only a great chef who can make the wedding supper, she's also a licensed minister who can perform the marriage ceremony!

#4. This one will start your man's engines.
The Hangar Hotel. www.hangarhotel.com

With 1940s charm and sleek interiors, this airport-side hotel is always a favorite with the guys but classy enough that you'll love it too. And what a great piano bar! With its retro good looks and bright shiny new everything, this place has a classic cinema-style look that will make you swoon. The diner is darling, as well. The interiors are very "Restoration Hardware" with 1940s Film Noir touches to it all. It's not far from downtown. Catch the last flight out this weekend and land in the lap of luxury at the Hangar Hotel.

#5. Best-kept tiny special secret place near town.
Allen's Cabin.
This little hideaway for two is near town but you feel as though you're out in the country--even though the owners live next door. Charming, sweet, private, perfect for two, this place is for you this Valentines Day. Rustic looking with modern touches, the three room cabin has everything you need for a romantic stay. The owners bring freshly baked breakfast goodies to your doorfrom downtown bakeries for a really special treat. The tub in this place is divine. And did I mention the stillness and the starlight?

MOST HONORABLE MENTION:

Heart of Texas B&B www.fredericksburg-lodging.com/deep-in/

If you need a much larger place to stay (because Granny and the kids insist on coming along) this is the best and biggest B&B and is a great value for your travel dollar. Seven miles outside of town, you'll get away from it all together and be glad you found this delightful inn. It's a 2,000-square foot house in the country. If you don't want to bring the whole clan, you can have the house to yourselves and sit on the porch and watch the sunsets with your sweetheart deep in the heart of Texas. What a great place to spend Valentine's Day!

Where to eat? Enjoy great German fare at Der Lindenbaum!

This old stone building on the main street in town has a warm, glowy feel at night. If you can manage to eat their fabulous schnitzels and and that great cucumber salad and still have room for dessert, try their carrot cake. It's der Lindenbaum-delicious.

What's coming up? The Lavendar Trail! Check out the lavendar stores in town, too.

Sweets for the Sweet! Go to the shop called Chocolat and taste their tempting, hand-made chocolate creations. What could be sweeter?

And don't forget to take your guy to Lincoln Street for olives, cheeses, wine and cigars. Sit by a roaring fire outside or get a cozy corner table and pretend its your first date.


Janis Turk, Travel Writer
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