The knowledgeable staff at First Class Bed & Breakfast Reservation Service pairs travelers with historical, romantic accommodations in the Fredericksburg and Texas Hill Country areas. The process begins online, where First Class provides guests with a virtual property list of more than 200 guesthouses and bed and breakfasts, each listing complete with a detailed description and online photos. Once travelers figure out which location they want, First Class gets to work booking rooms for their holiday. Lodging isn't the only specialty of First Class Bed & Breakfast. The company’s team of concierges stands ready to showcase a comprehensive knowledge of Texas towns and their local restaurants, live entertainment, and tourist attractions that don't involve giant balls of yarn knitted around the neck of manmade dinosaurs. The scheduling wizards can even set up spa days, including onsite massages, and have rooms decorated with gift baskets full of late-night snacks and bath-time treats upon guests’ arrival.
After being widowed in 1982, Ruby Lorraine Feagan, better known as Tootie, began supporting her family one pie at a time, building her reputation as she won a succession of baking contests throughout Texas hill country. Investor Don Merrill came into the fold after reading a flattering article in Southern Living magazine and subsequently tasting one of Tootie's crusty, buttery, 6-pound apple pies. Today, Tootie and her daughter continue to ensure the quality of Tootie Pie Co. Gourmet Caf?'s 13 signature pie flavors ? which also include lemon velvet, coconut supreme, and the Rachael Ray?praised pumpkin pie ? as they're carefully crafted and delivered to customers' homes nationwide. The bakery's burgeoning fame has extended to the Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, which featured Tootie's pie-on-a-stick, slices of signature desserts skewered and dipped in chocolate.
Inside Tootie's caf?, the menu of gourmet sandwiches includes sweet chicken salad with red grapes and pecans and italian grilled chicken panini with roasted red pepper and pesto or chipotle mayo. Sips of house coffee and espresso-based Milan mochas clear palates between bites better than vigorously shaking them Etch A Sketch?style.
Originally a TWA aircraft, the Southern Cross Douglas C-47 was adopted by the Army Air Corps to shuttle troops to the front. The twin-propeller plane survived World War II and in the ensuing years underwent a series of makeovers. Its career includes years spent as a reliable set of wings for Delta Air Lines, a troupe of skydiving enthusiasts, and at least one head of state. The C-47 is now meticulously restored to its original WWII-era condition and in the dutiful care of Greatest Generation Aircraft, a nonprofit organization that introduces 21st-century crowds to the C-47 during rides and aerial shows.
At For Those about to Rock School we offer guitar, bass, drums, piano and vocal lessons, but we don't teach the traditional way. We have our students tell us which songs that they would like to learn and we begin by teaching simplified parts of those songs.
At D'Vine Wine’s tasting bar, experienced vintners help to hone palates and fuel fun events by filling glasses with the winery’s own wines. They share helpful vocabulary words and pairing suggestions as customers sample different varietals, and they occasionally summon in a marching band when a guest has a tasting epiphany.
Though D'Vine’s team members are happy to simply couple a customer with a bottle from the cellar, they are also equipped and eager to ferment and bottle small batches of wine to order, replete with customized labels and yacht-christening instructions. The custom wines reflect D'Vine Wine’s mission to educate and empower budding oenophiles. In addition to the tasting room, D'Vine Wine also houses a winery store where customers can peruse bottles, cork cages, and other accessories.
The online pantry at Fredericksburg Farms abounds with all-natural preserves, chili mixes, and mustards and dozens of gluten-free options, all prepared with a firm commitment to Texan- and American-made products. The farm's fruit-filled preserves and jellies ($6.95 each) crown toast in classic and fiery flavors such as strawberry, peach, and jalapeño and double as tasty caulk when winterizing a gingerbread house. A drizzle of water transforms the Texas Campfire cornbread mix into thick, spicy batter ($5.95), and the preservative-free venison-chili mix ($4.95) will come in handy after hunting season. Home accents include an aromatic array of hand-poured soy-blend candles ($12–$16 each), which infuse dwellings with luscious fruit, herbal, and floral fragrances.