Jonathan and Crystal Bedford honor their daughter at Sweet Marley's Frozen Yogurt and Sandwich Bar, lending her name to their sanctuary of healthful treats and youth play space. Behind a green awning, cooks stuff fillings such as black forest ham, bosc pears, and dill havarti into six types of bread and flour tortillas, which they spice with inventive condiments such as cranberry or pesto mayo. The lunch menu is fresh and flexible, as all 13 sandwiches may be tossed into their three salads drizzled with homemade dressing or sliced in half and paired with the daily soup.
In the afternoon, a self-serve bar of more than 100 frozen-yogurt toppings such as chocolate and nuts spreads out to add sweet finales to meals. Sweet Marley's has partnered with Dublin Bottling Works to offer soda-flavored yogurt including Triple XXX Rootbeer and Orange Cream, as well as Ranch Road Roasters to offer mocha and Mexican vanilla latte flavored yogurts. They also have a mobile yogurt trailer that appears at various events in Texas, including Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg.
Above Sweet Marley's white bungalow, the leaves of tall pecan trees block the sun's rays and penchant for taking satisfaction surveys from the yard's sandbox and nearby alfresco tables. The Bedfords created their eatery as a haven for happy toddlers, and also donate a percentage of their catering and café revenue to Rhizo Kids International, which conducts research for their daughter's rare genetic condition. The second-annual Miles for Marley 5k is scheduled for April 20.
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.
Fresh fare can be found at Catfish Haven, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit.
Catfish Haven's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Catfish Haven is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Catfish Haven easily accommodates large groups — there's even a reserved room available for extra special occasions.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Catfish Haven.
Casual dining at its best, Catfish Haven customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Catfish Haven.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Catfish Haven running under $30 per person.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Catfish Haven, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
When students sign on for a Rock About climbing class, they don't just learn to rope their way up mountainsides and trade banter with goats. The company's certified guides also educate clients about the cultural history and complex geology of the climbing sites. On climbing treks to Reimers Ranch Park, owner Adam Mitchell and his team teach top-roping and belaying techniques while exploring the notion that climbing allows humankind to commune safely with the earth's natural wonders. For those uneasy about vertical exploration, the guides offer non-climbing adventures such as interpretive hikes.
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.
Centered around a wide range of meats slow-cooked over mesquite wood coals, the menu at Cranky Frank's Barbeque Company bursts at the creases with flavor and smoky goodness. Stultify a bout of hunger or furnish uncomfortable silence with a pork, sausage, or specialty chopped-beef plate ($8.29), accompanied by all-you-can-ingest sides such as pinto beans, potato salad, chocolate pudding, coleslaw, green beans, and whole-kernel corn. Or, send an adventurous brisket sandwich ($5.75) down a cold, sugary flume of sweet tea ($2.50). Cranky Frank's also whips up an imaginative stuffed baked potato, its steamy insides suffused with butter, sour cream, barbecue sauce, and cheese ($6.49).