Freeway-Free in Texas: Fredericksburg a bit lacking in “authentic German soul”
Fredericksburg, founded in 1846 by German settlers, is said to have perpetuated not only the authentic German cuisine of the founders but also some of their “authentic German soul.” (per VisitFredericksburgTX.com). I have to say we pretty much struck out. We got recommendations from the friendly host at our motel and headed hungrily into town after our drive from San Antonio. The Old German Bakery and Restaurant, our first choice, is closed on Tuesday, at Friedhelm’s Bavarian Inn we were greeted so rudely that we left, and we finally had a delightful meal with excellent service at the Auslander.
After dinner we meandered down the wooden sidewalks to check out the stores and crafts shops, but found most of the stores closed well before 9PM, except for the biergartens and souvenir shops. There were some traces of Germanic architecture around, but they had a kind of faux-Hansel-and-Gretel look about them which felt more Disneyland than Bavaria.
With some relief we returned to our hotel, the Peach Tree Inn. The contrast between La Contessa where we spent out two nights in San Antonio and the Peach Tree Inn in Fredericksburg, is dramatic. Instead of a two room suite with bar area and marble countered bathroom, we have one room with two double beds, a microwave on top of the mini-fridge, and the TV on the wall. But everything is clean and fresh, the amenities in the top drawer of the bureau are as needed. The “light continental breakfast is included, with hard boiled eggs, lots of different pastries, bread and bagels, apples and orange juice, good coffee, And the $98/night charge included a very decent bottle of Australian pinot noir on our dresser as a welcome from the host.
So we were not as charmed by Fredericksburg in general as we had hoped to be, but were beautifully rested from our evening at the Peach Tree Inn, and ready to explore the beautiful Texas Hill Country the next day.
Coming up next: A secret gem – Enchanted Rock State Park