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 Café'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 café, 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.
Fredericksburg Gourmet Coffee & Tea’s culinary construction crew assembles a menu of made-from-scratch brunch dishes alongside coffees and teas certified organic by the USDA. Baristas brew caffeinated concoctions from Class 1 specialty-grade Arabica coffee beans grown on high-elevation plantations, which advance the aromas with near-ideal weather conditions and spritzes of Chanel No. 5. After they're harvested, the beans simmer through a northern-German slow-roasting process before air-cooling and shipping the same day. Glasses of tangy orange juice and more than 85 loose teas complete the beverage selection, all served in biodegradable plastic or paper cups. Diners lounge in wicker chairs around granite-topped round café tables as they sip brews, devour huevos rancheros, or quiz blueberry-drizzled french toast on the latest Parisian slang. Classically styled menus and colorful artwork pop off yellow and red-orange walls, creating a bright, cheerful ambiance for savoring gourmet morsels.
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.
Held shortly after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, "Strategic Surprise" sees keynote speakers evaluating the military successes and failures encountered while handling the Twin Towers tragedy. Distinguished lecturers include General Michael Hayden — former director of both the CIA and NSA — and Ambassador Henry Crumpton, a former CIA agent and counterterrorism coordinator at the U.S. Department of State. Both speakers will discuss wartime strategies and how the evolution of espionage will affect American citizens and the plots of Hollywood blockbusters. Attendees can also attend special events, such as a screening of The Day The Towers Fell at the Stagecoach Theater and several Q&A panels that address historical wartime topics, including Pearl Harbor, the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, and the Battle of Hogwarts.
Firefly Farm and Day Spa deploys its squadron of trained massage therapists and skilled aestheticians directly to clients' homes for high-quality pampering performed with an arsenal of organic products. After the staff offers fresh bottled water and imported lemonade, clients can exchange their expired skin cells for more fashionable epidermal layer during a high-frequency microdermabrasion facial treatment. The spa's fully vegan and organic body-scrub mask uses marine algae to help balance and moisturize the skin while working to expel toxins, free radicals, and freeloading hippie jewelry. For a more complete escape from a home's unfolded laundry, unfinished dishes, and stubbornly uncommunicative ghosts, clients can transform their abode into a day spa with the full retreat package. Lay back as a caring staff member pampers your visage with an indulgent facial, eases aching muscles with a professional therapeutic massage, and coddles tuckered-out paws or puckered-out mouths with a soothing hand or lip treatment.