DRIVE TIME FROM LARGER CITY:
-San Antonio: 1 hour, 11 minutes
Key in hand, I approached the tiny house with pale yellow siding, white trim and a tin roof - my private home through the next four days of our press trip. The door beckoned below a small overhang,
This is a Fredericksburg ‘Sunday House,’ amid Texas Hill Country. This local tradition began when German farm families maintained the tiny properties for short stays in town. From the late 1800's into the 1920's, these miniature homes provided easy access to Saturday markets and Sunday worship. They also made it far easier for hard-working families to participate in Fredericksburg's special events, and to accomplish other business.
But as automobiles became increasingly popular, day trips replaced long 'layovers' in town. And having a Sunday House (haus, in German) became less of a necessity for many families. Simultaneously, some retiring farmers moved into their previous weekend homes, full-time.
Today, many remaining Sunday Houses have become homey accommodations for tourists. They’re often located within an easy walk from local restaurants, shops, and churches. There’s a Sunday House for any taste, whether you prefer space for two, or a family of four. Surround yourself in antique flagstone and pecan trees, enjoy a rocker on your private front porch, or book one of 14 Sunday House cottages, at Fredericksburg Herb Farm.
My Sunday House opened onto a compact living room, with mustard-colored walls and antique wood furnishings. A small couch and coffee table occupied much of the cozy space. German beer steins and figurines filled a massive hutch.
Beyond a wide archway a pastel quilt accentuated the white, wrought iron bed. It sat snugly, between two side tables. The compact bathroom felt bright and cheerful. Country-inspired décor filled the small kitchen, where a well-wrapped plate of pastries awaited me on the table, each morning. It was the perfect accompaniment to my freshly brewed pot of coffee.
If the weather had been warmer, I might have enjoyed breakfasts at the picnic table on the expansive deck,,or watched the river, from a bright Adirondack chair. To choose your perfect Sunday House for a stay in this vibrant small city, check out Visit Fredericksburg.
Please note: As a writer associated with the travel industry, I received complimentary meals, lodging, and admissions during my Fredericksburg visit. While it has not influenced this post, I wish to disclose all potential conflicts of interest.
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