We picked Fredericksburg as our host city...and spent a few nights at a wonderful bed and breakfast...Hill Country Guesthouse and Gardens with hosts Peter and Corinne. We stayed in the Sunroom Suite of the house that was built by Corinne's parents in 1920...the house where she grew up.
They purchased the home some time ago...complete with all furnishings and have opened it to guests for the past fourteen years.
...which featured 10 foot ceilings throughout and all original woodwork.
The bathrooms had claw foot tubs...
...and in the hallway hung the very hats that were once worn by our hostess's parents and aunt.
The red Formica countertop in the kitchen was the original one her mother had installed around 1950...the first Formica countertop in Fredericksburg!
We so enjoyed our stay...it was rather like visiting Grandma's house. From our home base at the B&B we explored the area.
Fredericksburg is in the heart of the hill country...was founded in 1846 by German settlers and is a charming heritage destination today. The population is somewhere around 8,000 people...but the tourists flock here in droves. The roots of the city are in agriculture...but tourism is now a big part of the economy. Every second shop seems to be selling antiques...and I would have found many treasures to bring home...were it not for the baggage restrictions on Air Canada!
The shops had interesting German names...and I was glad that I still recalled a little of the German I once knew. (Der Kleider Schrank means The Clothes Closet.)
How well I remember our local 'five and dime' store from my childhood...and when I stepped through the door of Dooley's...it was like stepping back in time. I didn't know any stores like this had survived the changing times (what some would call progress). Our hostess at the B&B informed me that she bought all her supplies at Dooley's...she would rather support a local family than the new Walmart on the outskirts of town.