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Beyond Fredericksburg — A Retro Diner, Fruit Stand and a Really Big Rock

Located on the runway of the Gillespie County Airport, this retro billboard alerted us that the Hanger Hotel was something out of the ordinary. Built to resemble a WWII military airplane hangar, the hotel is designed to transport visitors back to the early days of aviation and the romance of travel in the ‘40’s.

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A spectacular mahogany spiral staircase dominates the two-story hotel lobby. A 1940’s ambiance is enhanced through the faint sounds of Big Band music, vintage travel posters and an antique switchboard  displayed behind the front desk. A look at the calendar showed that a costumed USO dance was scheduled for that evening.

The Airport Diner, located next to the Hanger Hotel continues the 1940’s theme … judging by the crowds this is a very popular spot.

Gleaming with stainless steel, this retro eatery serves great burgers, malts and not so retro blue plate specials such as a ginger shrimp salad.

This 1926 Chevy flatbed ... outfitted as a brewery truck ... made Danny's day.


Das Peach Haus, the oldest roadside peach stand in Texas, is situated on the site of the original Wieser family orchard. The quaint wooden building was a former brewery that was moved from downtown Fredericksburg.  Even though peaches were not in season, all the products from the local Fischer & Wieser Company were available for sampling. We are huge fans and loaded up on their award wining mustards and salad dressings.

A visit to Enchanted Rock, was high on our “must see” list. We knew that this massive pink granite dome was billions of years old. What we didn’t know was that this State Natural Area is so popular that the gates are routinely closed when the maximum number of visitors is reached. When we arrived, it was obvious that this magic number was soon approaching … there was such a crush of humanity that we decided to explore the park on another visit.

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