Mini-Mooning in the Lone Star State

Well, folks, I think I might as well just come right out and say it: Mr. A and I almost weren’t going to have a honeymoon of any kind after the wedding.

And to be honest, I was pretty OK with it. I mean, we’re both fresh out of college and trying to save up for a house in the next year, not to mention we’re both fairly new to the jobs we currently have and haven’t accrued much vacation time. I told Mr. A I’d be totally OK with just taking a fun trip on our first anniversary, especially after he told me he would most likely be called in for overtime the week after the wedding and there would be no way he could get out of it without using up most of his vacation time.

But then, as the weeks went by and we were both becoming increasingly more stressed about the wedding, there was nothing that sounded better than escaping for a few days after the reception to have some MUCH NEEDED R&R. So, what solution did we come up with? We’re mini-mooning for three days in the Lone Star State! Mr. A is using up about half of his vacation hours, and my boss has graciously given me a few days off after the wedding to go enjoy some time with my newly minted husband. I’m so excited! But where are we headed, you ask?

Well, after a couple of days of deliberation and compromise, Mr. A and I have decided to drive up to the quaint Hill Country town of Fredericksburg to bask in total relaxation at one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area. We’ve booked the Morning Star room at the Hoffman Haus B&B, and we’re totally psyched! I mean, look at the rustic elegance of this place:

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Image via The Hoffman Haus

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Image via The Hoffman Haus

The Morning Star room is set up in one half of a log cabin from the 1840s and includes a limestone fireplace, a California king bed, a jacuzzi bathtub, and our own covered front porch with glider chairs to sit in and take in the beautiful view. I think the coolest thing about the Hoffman Haus is how they serve breakfast to you each morning; instead of meeting with a bunch of strangers in a dining room every morning to get your vittles, the Hoffman Haus staff brings a “chef’s choice” breakfast spread to you door at 9:00 AM every day, packed in an adorable picnic basket. Breakfast in bed? Yes, please! Breakfast on our front porch while taking in the lush wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country? Don’t mind if I do! Seriously: BEST. IDEA. EVER.

Aside from the bountiful supply of bed and breakfasts in the area, Fredericksburg offers some of the most friggin’ delicious authentic German food in Texas, not to mention some of the most kick-ass barbecue. The town itself is full of historic charm, and I can’t wait to spend a few hours perusing all the shops at the downtown square! We’re also thinking of taking a day trip to Lukenbach, Texas to see what all the fuss is about over there. icon_smile To be honest, though, I don’t care what’s on our itinerary as long as I get three days of uninterrupted time with Mr. A. That’s the part I’m MOST looking forward to, especially with all the wedding-planning craziness that has more or less taken over our relationship at the moment. Between opposite work schedules (I’m working days and Mr. A is currently on the night shift, yuck!) and wedding stuff taking over most of my extra time, it feels like we never see each other anymore. Basically, I’m soooo looking forward to post-wedding living, it’s not even funny. And I can’t think of a better way to kick off that time in our lives than with a few days basking in rustic Texas Hill Country luxury with the man of my dreams.

So, hive, anyone else planning a “mini-moon” rather than a full-blown honeymoon after getting married? Any of you ever been to Fredericksburg and can recommend some to-dos in the area?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Armadillo

Location:
Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 1:24 pm

    Oh I love this! This is pretty much what we’re doing. As much as I’d love a huge honeymoon… it’s just not affordable or practical for us right now. So yeah, about the one-year anniversary ;)

    I think the bed & breakfast looks perfect for a relaxing mini-moon!

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    This Time Round 10219 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 1:32 pm

    A Country Inn / B&B sounds wonderful for a mini-moon… these are the types of accommodations that Mr TTR and I often choose if we are looking for a weekend getaway to “recharge our batteries” after weeks in the real world zapping our energy.

    The pictures and description sound lovely… I could soooo get into this

    * Breakfast in Bed — CHECK
    * Coffee on the front porch — ABSOLUTELY
    * Glass of wine while soaking in the Jacuzzi — FOR SURE

    Enjoy…

    The real world will creep back into your lives soon enough… and stick around for the next several decades (which is WHY I am a big proponent of folks taking some sort of Honeymoon whatever the length after saying “I Do” )

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    bridesmomma 451 posts, Helper bee @ 1:40 pm

    It sounds great! :-)

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    ghiagirl893 347 posts, Helper bee @ 1:51 pm

    Were planning on doing the same thing. I’ll have barely been employed for 2 months by our wedding date, so I am getting special permission to take time early (supposed to wait 6 months). Hoping to go to a cousins wedding at 5 months of employment, hopefully it all works out

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    shortbread 290 posts, Helper bee @ 1:52 pm

    We love to day trip to Fredericksburg as often as we can. If you’re a wine drinker you shouldn’t miss out on all the fabulous wineries in the area. We like to pack a picnic and do wine tastings at a few wineries. Most of them have great patios and amazing views.

    You’re going to have a great time.
    We love these:

    http://www.flatcreekestate.com/

    http://www.pedernalescellars.com/

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/rancho-ponte-vineyard-fredericksburg

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    Ms_Maple 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:13 pm

    We were planning on a mini-moon but my fiance is starting a new job and won’t be able to get the time off for even that now. My new plan – couples massage the day after the wedding – I’ll take what I can get!

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    coral99 2101 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:15 pm

    I live in Texas. Of course it’s wonderful! ;)

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    debeachgirl 742 posts, Busy bee @ 2:49 pm

    We did a mini-moon. We went to a nearby city for a pro basketball game. Not typical I know, but its the misters favorite sport and its the one pro sport we have never been to together. We spent two days just getting away from life. It was perfect. I love your location looks perfect. I am jealous. Real honeymoon is in June.

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    Mrs. Mouse 4921 posts, Honey bee @ 3:57 pm

    We’ve been to F-burg a few times. It’s so cute! We love the Auslander pub/restaurant. And there are a few wineries in the area that are worth checking out. You’re going to have so much fun!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:27 pm

    This sounds like the perfect minimoon!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 6:26 pm

    This looks WONDERFUL!!! I love the idea of a mini-moon….We are doing the exact same thing! Going to Kennebunkport, Maine and staying in these little adorable cottages for 3 days :)

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    schmittykitty 6 posts, Newbee @ 6:54 pm

    What an amazing idea! LOVE that place. Super romantic. Y’all are gonna have such a wonderful time!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 7:10 pm

    Love Fredricksburg, and I’m so glad you’re going to get even a short time to regroup from your wedding! If you’re the outdoorsy type, check out Enchanted Rock- one of the best natural wonders of Texas with a great deal of history. It’s a short drive north on the highway to Llano. It looks like a deceptively easy climb to the top, but it’s harder than it looks. Totally worth it though – the view from the top is incredible. If you decide to explore the small caves on the back side, watch out for snakes – I hear they have been bad this year since there wasn’t much cold weather. Hope you’ll do a honeymoon post – can’t wait to see more of that gorgeous B&B. (Although I much prefer a Bed & Lunch myself!)

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:41 pm

    My SIL got married in Fredericksburg, and as part of the wedding festivities we all went to a wine tasting at Grape Creek vineyard. I don’t know much about wine, but it tasted good to me!

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 7:48 pm

    one word —- PEACHES!

    yummmmmm :)

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:05 pm

    I love the B&B idea – it’s one of those things I’ve always wanted to do. I’m so glad you both decided to take a mini-moon: you totally deserve it and it will be so nice to just relax and enjoy the company of one another, for the first time as Mr. and Mrs.! :)

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    MsSteelTea 54 posts, Worker bee @ 8:12 pm

    A lovely idea! We’re doing a minimoon too. We’re going to Newport RI for a few days. Hopefully we’ll go on a trip for our one year anniversary.

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 8:43 pm

    Holy cow do they have great food! Its been a decade and a half, but one of the best meals ever was in this town! Really, a blondie with ice cream to die for. My FI and I both love german food. My family is Texas german stock and his family is polish and he’s a 5th generation texan. German food is in our blood.

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    mylittleviolett 2124 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:33 pm

    We are going on a 3 day mini-moon too :) It will be to the B&B we stayed at in Cape May, NJ when we got engaged. I can’t wait for life after the wedding!

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    skellener 14 posts, Newbee @ 12:29 am

    It sounds great!

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    MaggieL 494 posts, Helper bee @ 4:05 am

    I was in Fredricksburg for my cousins wedding a few years ago. Honestly- our favorite part was just walking up and down the main street going in and out of shops. Also- the brewery (I can’t remember what it’s called…) had great beer and food!

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    jmarvellous 550 posts, Busy bee @ 6:32 am

    Top 3 Fredericksburg area faves:

    Becker vineyards (seriously, their wine is head and shoulders above the rest, and their tasting room is beautiful)

    Enchanted Rock (a bit of a drive and a hike, but totally cool views and definitely not overly challenging)

    The main street, particularly the courthouse grounds (mainly for the weird triple-eagle statue I can’t help but love)

    It’s funny — we’re from Central Texas and considering the coast or Dallas/Ft. Worth for a mini-moon. Guess every part of the state has its appeal.

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    Angie, Guest @ 7:07 am

    I wouldn’t plan on using up a whole day in Luckenbach, it’s really just a dot on the map, unless they’ve got something goin’ on. But it is cool to see, have a beer, walk around, look at the big oak trees, and then go back. Also, it’s not far from F’burg.

    Also in the area- if you’re at all into WWII, the Nimitz museum in Fburg is pretty cool. The building itself is awesome, and you’re sure to walk by it if you’re there. For a bit of calm in the busy F’burg, they have a nice rock garden out back.

    If you’re a Dem, LBJ Ranch is just down the road. Don’t know what time of year you’ll be there, but if it’s spring (very soon), then just drive around and look at the flowers. Supposedly a good place for this is the Willow City Loop (up Hwy 16 towards Llano), but the only year i’ve been there in spring was a terrible for the flowers. Harry’s on the Loop is good stop for a beer, and of course there’s Knot on the Loop also. Watch out for motorcycles- the loop is well known in that circle.

    If you’re a hiker or naturalist, you might try to get in Enchanted Rock- it’s also north on hwy 16, about maybe 45 min. (just barely into llano county) It is really awesome. Check out TX parks & wildlife website for that. I wouldn’t attempt it if it’s too hot, (like anytime in summer), and at minimum it’s a half day hike. If you dont’ like heights don’t do it.

    In f’burg, i’d defintely do the auslander. Not only good food, but they usually have live music going on sometime. Especially in the evenings. I’d look up their schedule.

    Fburg is a very cute, very touristy town. My folks live in Kerrville, about 20 miles from f’burg, and it’s got some cute stores and stuff too, but not near as many as f’burg. However, i get sick of the crowds in f’burg- it probly wont’ be bad on weekdays tho.

    If you can, tune into 107.9 on the radio while you’re there. It’s KFAN, a local f’burg radio station that plays Tex-Americana music. Mostly all texas artists, in country-ish type of music, w/ some bluegrass and other stuff thrown in.

    Message me for more if you’re interested! I could go on forever! I love this part of Texas.

    Angie

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    KBCPurdue 24 posts, Newbee @ 12:16 pm

    We are also doing a mini-moon….we live in San Antonio, but our wedding is in Austin, where FH is from. We are staying in Austin the weekend of the wedding. I’m not sure which hotel, since that part is a surprise (!), but I’ve been told it overlooks the lake. Also, our favorite band announced that they are playing a show that Tuesday, so we are staying for that, as well. Perfectly us and I can’t wait!

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    Red Poppy 21 posts, Newbee @ 1:18 pm

    We did a New England minimoon (B&B in New Hamphire, hotel in Boston) right after our wedding, and went to Antigua a little later!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 2:09 pm

    You guys are seriously the bee’s knees! Thank you so much for all your awesome advice on things to do in the F-burg area; we have so many options on ways to spend our time now!

    And it’s so nice to hear so many of you are taking a similar option instead of a full-blown honeymoon…we’re really looking forward to spending the few days together we WILL have on our trip, so I hope the mini-moon works out for all of us! :)

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:43 am

    you’ll be SO glad you did this…just being able to hang out will be great!

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