And now a stark contrast to the “weirdness” we loved of Austin…
Fredericksburg with its rich German history and
love affair with the land, peaches, & wine.
The winding roads and gorgeous hills on the drive there
are enough in itself to make you wonder why you don’t live there.
Now add to that a bit of nostalgia and you’ll
understand why this trip was special to us.
In 2002, I was on Spring Break while still teaching.
The last vacation we’d have before we began our family.
We decided to stay a few days in Fredericksburg
in a quaint 150 year old cabin transplanted to there from Kentucky.
13 years later we opened that door once again.
A lot of things have changed.
Different sofa, decorations, tv…
some new decor
A couple things have stayed the same… copper sink and step-down galley kitchen I loved
and where we enjoyed some terrific coffee with a hint of cinnamon.
same bathroom with a dresser sink i loved.
oh then there’s this.
A whole new person to love it all with!
That and a darling puppy.
Being the sentimental boy he is — he loved coming to Baron’s Creekside as much as i did.
Lots of Big changes. Last time we were here – there was only 1 cabin.
Now there are 8 cabins! Talk about a shock!
Same perfect creek for a boy to skip rocks
a long winding creek and pond with ducks. very sweet
i don’t remember seeing this funny tree!
Meet Daniel, the owner who took over the property in 2006.
He’s from Switzerland and has an awesome story.
He was awesome enough to let us bring our very well-behaved puppy!
So after we got settled we went onto the Pioneer Museum on Main Street.
Got to see some cool living history in motion.
I’m happy to say that all of the guides were very friendly and knowledgable.
A couple of characters who you can swear stepped straight out of
the old west. Fun talking about John Wayne movies with him!
Cookie even made us some fresh biscuits!
They were FABULOUS!
They also served “cowboy coffee”.
Onto iron works at the blacksmith
even a performance! Sweet cowboys invited maceo to play. he did really well!
Onto the school house where we learned some common German phrases.
surely there’s a cub scout belt loop for this!?
Very good experience for all of us.
So after some more hiking at the cabin and another nap…we went out to dinner.
We chose Otto’s as we were looking for German food.
THANKFULLY I was REDEEMED!
After that fiasco in Austin, I was a little pessimistic about trying a new place.
But ohhhh was i glad I did
b/c Otto’s was AHHHMAZING!
These dudes know exactly what they’re doing.
Meet Chef Adam Yoho- or as my husband would call– the KING OF ALL STEAK COOKERY!
Pretty neat they’re doing it all right in front of you in the dining area.
Being the foodie family we are– of course i had to snap a couple pics.
To begin we had a Otto’s Salad
greens, pickled red onion, roasted beet, honey doe feta, candied pecans, caraway vinaigrette.
Flavors complimented each other perfectly.
We all cleaned our plates!
Not kidding when i say this was the BEST margarita I can remember having.
I NEVER have more than 1 margarita but i had 2 this evening.
For my main course I had the German version of pizza — flammkuchen —
flatbread with crème fraiche, cambozola, gruyère, caramelized onions, bacon.
Maceo – the adventurous world traveler – had the
house-made sausage, served with kartoffelnsalat, sauerkraut, senfgurken, mustard.
It was also very good.
We always share our dishes to try new things
And for the steak – you’ll have to use your imagination.
Hubby dug into it pretty quick and then it wasn’t so pretty.
Strube Ribeye — wagyu ribeye, confit potato, roasted vegetables.
But you must know– it was the absolute BEST STEAK of our LIVES!
And we’ve had steak in some snazzy places.
It was perfection. Like you want to cry perfection!
Serious. Ok no crying but we raved and raved for sure.
For dessert we had creme brûlée and cheese cake.
We were stuffed and so cheesecake went home with us but
we had no choice but to have the creme brûlée there b/c of the caramelization and all.
So Chef Adam- thank you so much for giving us a perfectly delicious and memorable
dinner in Fredericksburg.
He was sweet enough to even come over to our table.
Good people that one!
So after a quick trip to local Walmart for a couple essentials like popcorn,
and where I may or may not have bumped
the cart into a couple of things b/c of that wonderful 2nd margarita,
we landed back at our cozy cabin.
Even though i wasn’t thrilled about the early Spring Break and colder weather–
the cozy fire made it worth it.
We all agreed this was one of the highlights of our trip…
a million stars in the sky
fire, game, dessert, popcorn,
sweet puppy, and 2 parents thrilled to be with their boy.
Next morning we were up early to Enchanted Rock.
Another trip down memory lane.
This was 2002– note the 1 megabyte Sony Mavica that took FLOPPY DISKS
hanging around hubby’s neck!
Hey – we were very hip at the time– cutting edge technology in 2002.
I later realized that Maceo was standing in almost the exact spot I took the photo
of Hector in 2002 (look at the tree on the right of Hector’s right side)
AND it was 13 to the DAY!
What are the odds of that?
I didn’t look at the pics till we came back so it was completely coincidental.
Someone was too cold to climb so I stayed behind with that little SOMEONE.
She was very mad.
But it was fine…I climbed it before in 2002.
Plus, I loved that my guys could have a special moment together.
AND I got to have a special moment like THIS!
See those 2 tiny specks at the top of Enchanted Rock?
That is Hector and Maceo!
SO awesome to get a photo like this.
Maceo was to the moon about it!
I didn’t get to photo all i wanted to boooooo!!!!
In fact one of the best parts of Fredericksburg is Main Street.
SO SOO SOOO many amazing shops. notice i said SHOPS.
not stores — SHOPS. Very mom and pop.
I only had time to go to a couple shops and i chose wisely.
Der Kuchen Laden
or as i know it– every-cooks-dream.
Hubby was very sweet and told me to take my time
even though we were really on our way out of town.
Picked up a couple of cute things including an amazing brass pepper mill from Greece.
SO impressed with this store.
Think Williams-Sonoma/Sur La Table and then even better!
The prices were very reasonable as well- which i found surprising considering
it’s in a small town.
So after all that crazy climbing, we were pretty hungry.
Maceo gladly reminded us that his favorite BBQ spot
Salt Lick in Driftwood, TX
was on the way back home (or at least just a little bit out of the way).
But hey – it’s spring break and adventures we must take home!
tried sneaking this little girl in in her carrier but she wouldn’t pipe down.
thankfully our food came soon after so she didn’t have to wait long in the car for us.
that and it was nice and chilly out still.
VERY happy carnivore.
So that was it.
We packed as much adventure as we could into 3 days
revisiting old memories and making a lot of new ones too.
I’d say that’s living a great story!