There is an abundant amount of lodging choices in Fredericksburg, Texas. From your basic motel to bed/breakfast to cabins, Fredericksburg’s lodging selections are as unique as the town itself. When looking through TripAdvisor’s recommendations, one place that really grabbed our attention was the River Road Ranch Resort. I think you’ll agree, we chose wisely!
When we pulled up for our two-night stay, we were warmly greeted by the owners, Smitty and Natalie. The dog and cat that call the property home also gave us a friendly, “Hello”. The ranch is also home to a variety of animals including sheep, goats, llamas, cattle, and donkeys. Immediately, it felt like we had stepped right into the old west. The 30-acre ranch is just minutes from downtown Fredericksburg, but it felt like we were in another world.
The ranch was first settled by the Metzger family back in 1876. Famous World War II Admiral Chester Nimitz once played on the original stone house’s front porch. (more about Admiral Nimitz in a future post)
River Road Ranch also has access to the Pedernales River. The owners encouraged us to fish and take advantage of the kayaks and canoes. Unfortunately, our love of shopping and history trumped our river time. Next visit!
All of the accommodations at the River Road Ranch Resort require a minimum two-night stay which is a perfect length for visiting Fredericksburg. Our lodging choice of the Feed Mill was just right for us. The jacuzzi bath was a welcome nightly treat for our tired, touring feet. The kitchenette was stocked with breakfast fixings and all the ingredients needed for nightly smores on the outside fire pit. We had a downpour our last night at the ranch, and the rain on the tin roof put us right to sleep!
Click play for Panoramic view of the River Road Ranch Resort Feed store accommodations.
Other accommodations to choose from at the River Road Ranch Resort include Minna’s Haus. Minna’s Haus is the original limestone Sunday house for the Metzler family. Trivia note– A Sunday house was common among German settlers in the late 1800s built by farmers and ranchers who lived in areas too remote to permit commuting to church services. They were primarily built near a church or city as summer homes when the whole family would travel into the city for shopping and church attendance. Minna’s Haus accommodates 2-8 people which makes it an idea choice for families.
The bunkhouse provides plenty of room for up to twelve people. It is an ideal setting for family reunions, small church groups, or girls’ shopping weekends. The kitchen is fully equipped or you can use the outside grill. The fire pit next to the bunk house has a big circle of logs for sitting on while roasting smores or telling ghost stories.
Our pick of accommodations for our next stay is the Silo. How unique is that! Built in 1921, it was originally a 10,000 bushel peanut silo located in downtown Fredericksburg. Not to worry, the inside has been totally renovated into a two-story romantic bungalow. It can sleep up to four. But with a skylight illuminating the bedroom in a starry glow, do you really want others downstairs?
Joe and I tend to mix up our types of accommodations, from basic hotels to cabins and bed and breakfasts. Our stay in the Feed Mill at the River Road Ranch ranks up at the top as one of the most unique places we have ever stayed. Where do you normally stay when you’re on the road? Please comment below. If you know of someone who loves or wants to travel to Texas, please share this post (it helps us out, too). Want to hear more about Fredericksburg? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and/or follow us on social media and you’ll never miss a post!
Natalie BowmanApril 16, 2016 11:15 am
I love all your pictures and comments!! Thank you so much for s!haring your blog post with us! Can’t wait for you to come back and try out the Silo.