Fredericksburg, TX 7/23 to 7/26, 2013
We wanted a place that we could drive to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. I searched on-line and found the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Fredericksburg, TX. The photos of the pool were amazing and it was only a 4 hour drive, so we decided to stay there.
We got a late start so arrived around 6pm. I had booked a king room on Holiday Inn’s web-site as all the online booking sites showed the hotel as “unavailable”. Be aware, that their site does not give a good description of the room categories or room locations. When we checked in they gave us a 1st floor room that has a picture window with a view of the pool. Room 120. I asked if we could get a room with a balcony over looking the pool instead and they stated we could for the price difference of the two room categories. In other words, no free upgrades. We decided to stick with the original room. We went to room 120. It was nicely updated with a king bed, small kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and sink. The room had a large picture window with a view of the pool. I have to say the design of the bottom floor pool rooms are a major flaw. Instead of a picture window, they really should have installed a door that opens directly to the pool and a patio. After looking at this room, we decided we really wanted the outside space of a balcony room and returned to the front desk. We paid the $200 difference to get a balcony room. In hindsight this was a HUGE mistake. They gave us room 228 on the second floor. The balcony to this room is directly next to all the mechanical equipment that operates the pool, which is very LOUD. So loud that the balcony was completely unusable. No way could anyone sit on that balcony and relax or hold a conversation. I returned to the front desk to request another room, but was advised there was nothing else available. I asked if the mechanics to the pool stayed on all the time and was told they were turned off at 11:30pm and turned back on at 6:00am. I was quite miffed we paid an extra $200 for an amenity we were not going to get to use and the front desk staff could care less. We were staying a Tuesday through Friday and during our time there, we saw a handful of people, so I doubt very seriously that the hotel didn’t have another room available. Since DH was very tired after the long drive, we decided to chalk it up to experience and I sent a complaint letter to the main office. Room 120 and Room 228 were exactly the same in configuration except the picture window and the balcony.
Since the hotel was newly refurbished, the overwhelming smell of paint and new carpeting was very strong, which we never got used to. On Thursday, we lost the Wi-Fi connection and it didn’t come back on before we checked out Friday. Also, the Direct TV went out Friday morning and we were told that Time Warner Cable was in the process of fixing it. It did not come back on before we had to check out.
The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast in the lobby. All the typical breakfast items as well as biscuits, sausage gravy, bacon and ham. It was decent for complimentary, but I wouldn’t make a huge effort to eat there every morning.
The best feature of the hotel is definitely the pool. We spent Thursday afternoon at the pool. We actually had the entire pool to ourselves for about 2 hours. At 3:00pm, then other guests started showing up. If this pool had a swim up bar, it would be very comparable to resorts we have been to in Mexico and the Caribbean. Really, the pool is the only reason to stay there. I definitely would avoid staying on a Friday or Saturday since I’m sure that’s when they get most of their customers and the pool will probably be too crowded to enjoy. I would probably stay here again, but only for the use of the pool. I would first look around for anything comparable before booking here again.
Cabernet Grill - We chose the Cabernet Grill to celebrate our anniversary. This restaurant was really nice and the food very good. They also have attached cabins that can be rented on the property. We took several pictures with their waterfalls and ponds before going in. We both had the jalapeno stuffed quail and a salad and then we shared the chicken fried pecan pie with Jack Daniel’s chocolate ice cream. Yum! We also had a bottle of The Fall Creek White Zinfandel, which was very good. We really enjoyed our meal and would definitely return on a future visit. This restaurant is located on Hwy 16 and is pretty far from the Main Street in town.
Andy’s Grill – This restaurant is located just down the way from the Holiday Inn Express and Suites. We went for breakfast. DH had the chicken fried steak and eggs. Some of the best chicken fried coating we have ever had. The meat very tender. The “hash browns” were fried potatoes wedges with green and red peppers, which we did not care for. We would have rather had real hash browns. The side of toast was the huge Texas toast and very good. I asked for salsa for my eggs and it was fresh and tasty. While we were eating, they were setting up for lunch. The homemade pies and dinner rolls looked fresh and delicious. Their menu written on the wall chalk board looked extensive. I definitely would have liked to try this restaurant for lunch or dinner.
Silver Creek Restaurant – We went on a Wednesday night. During the summer months they have a live band on Wednesdays on the patio. We had the Pork Medallions and the German Sausage plate. The pork medallions were very good. We really enjoyed the raspberry chipotle sauce they were covered in. The German sausage with sauerkraut was very good also. 3 different kinds of sausage and they were huge. We shared the crème brulee for dessert. I rate the crème brulee as one of the best we have had. The band was quite good and entertaining. It was quite hot that night, so we didn’t stay long.
Mamacitas Mexican Restaurant – Very nice restaurant. At the front entrance is a small Starbuck’s coffee station with several varieties of desserts/cheesecakes. DH had a combination plate, which he was said was good. I had the chili relleno, which was OK. The meat inside tasted more like Cuban picadillo than hamburger. The stuffed jalapenos tasted like they were frozen from a box. Not worth it. We are pretty snobby when it comes to Mexican food. It was better than some other places we have been.
Fredericksburg Limo and Wine Tour – We really enjoyed this tour. We were picked up at our hotel in a white limo. There were just us and one other couple on this tour. We were taken to the following wineries: Four Point, Becker Vineyards, Messina Hof, William and Chris, Texas Hills Vineyard and Hye Market. Since there was just the 4 of us, the driver asked what type of wines we enjoyed and/or interested in tasting and he chose the vineyards that he thought would best fit. Becker Vineyards provided us with complimentary wine glasses. I would definitely do this tour again. There are so many wineries in this area it would be easy to visit different ones on a future tour.
Rock Box Theater – Very nice entertainment. It’s like a celebrity impersonator singing group with a bit of comedy. Kind of reminded me of a cruise ship type show. They encourage audience participation with some of the songs. The guy that played Barney Fife was excellent. During the summer months they have shows on Thursday nights. It’s family friendly, and there was one group with 3 kids and a baby, who were very distracting. Since it wasn’t crowded, we moved seats to the other side of the theater at intermission. We noticed that the people sitting around us did also. I would definitely go back.
Luckenbach, TX – We drove the 15 minutes over to Luckenbach, TX. I have never been here and DH was there once about 30 years ago. There is a Post Office/Country Store/ Bar. We bought a few souvenirs, a beer and took some photos. Neat to say we’ve been there.
DH took the scenic route going home on Friday. We went through Austin and several small towns 3 hours out of our way to get home. We saw some areas of Texas we didn’t even know existed and we’ve live here our entire lives. We had a very nice stay in Fredericksburg and will definitely return for another long weekend in the future.
I have our pictures posted at: https://kvrlvnphotogallery.shutterfly.com/pictures/7907
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Fredericksburg, TX 7/23 to 7/26, 2013