What pairs perfectly with a robust red or a fruity white? A place to stay where you can really unwind. On a recent trek through Fredericksburg, the heart of Texas wine country, we found the ideal private guesthouse for a friends’ trip or family getaway. The Craftsman epitomizes Texas Hill Country’s signature laid back elegance, kept us close to the action and injected some much needed Zen into our workation. If you’re looking for where to stay in Fredericksburg, look no further.
Located five minutes from Fredericksburg’s Main Street, The Craftsman nevertheless felt a world apart and afforded us plenty of privacy. Oozing Hill Country chic – think artfully weathered farm tables and expertly curated decorative plates on the wall – the brand new property offered as much substance as style, with comfy beds, robes and a fully equipped kitchen on top of the magazine-worthy decor.
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We were struck by the thoughtful touches sprinkled throughout the 2-bedroom, 2-bath home: There were ring bowls by the bathroom sinks, shampoo dispensers in the showers, and soft blankets left out for evening porch sitting. Even the large screen TV by the roomy hot tub swiveled just enough so we could relax with a few cans of beer and catch up on The Crown.
That’s right, we said HOT TUB TV! (We probably should have led with that 😉 )
For families or four adults wondering where to stay in Fredericksburg, the home had plenty of space with both indoor and outdoor common areas. And the kitchen and gas grill give more ambitious vacationers than us the option to easily dine in. The Craftsman is one of six private Fredericksburg homes operated by The Gathering, a family-run company. So, it’s no wonder they got so much right.
On a historical note, the Fredericksburg area is full of private guest homes, thanks to the German immigrants who put down roots in Central Texas in the mid 1800s. Along with ornate architecture, storybook Christmas traditions and the region’s iconic accordion sound, the German laborers brought the concept of Sunday houses.
Families spent weekdays on the farmstead and built small houses in town to spend weekends dancing, drinking and going to church. In fact, Fredericksburg is home to more guesthouses than hotel rooms, with more than 1,300 short term rentals and 1,170 hotel rooms at last count.
So, if The Craftsman happens to be booked on your next visit, you should be able to find something – we just can’t promise it will be as cute.