Fredricksburg is one of favorite places.
History. Wine Country. Cultural Cuisine. Small Town Hospitality.
Close to all the conveniences of the city, but almost like a world away, just veering out to see where the sky meets the hills is one of those magical moments where time seems to stand still and you can just appreciate mother nature and the current moment of today.
It’s one of those places that you can take a deep breath and just appreciate the handiwork that makes every Texan proud to call this home.
Several months ago I was invited to spend my birthday to “take a break” from everything to stop and smell the peaches (Fredricksburg is world famous for peaches and they smell heavenly.)
As I rolled up the drive way in the blue Cadillac leading up to Boot Ranch, I was taken by the idyllic views of the pink billowy clouds and rolling hills, I was already enraptured, and I hadn’t even driven up to the lobby.
The Boot Ranch community is a 2,052-acre private master-planned community designed to ensure timeless appeal and responsible land stewardship. Featuring Audubon Sanctuary certification, the property is designed to peacefully coexist with the beautiful surrounding landscape and gentle wildlife. Naturally, it also affords our Members spectacular Hill Country views, a premier golf course set within the area’s natural ridges, spring-fed lakes populated with native fish and homesites cradled by nature.
From the estate homesites to overlook cabins and Sunday houses, every aspect of Boot Ranch is designed to embrace the natural terrain while adhering to the highest standards of construction, detail, and design.
While we unloaded our things into the beautifully furnished family cabins (available for when family members come to visit you when you live in the community), I couldn’t wait to see what else was waiting. With picturesque paved pathways through the 18-hole Hal Sutton designed championship golf course and a 34-acre golf practice park, even this non-golf-paying fan was ready to pick up a club. But if the views weren’t enough to make you plan the color of your drapes already, the 55,000 sq. ft. members-only clubhouse and village complex, and the 4.5-acre pool and premiere spa will (see slideshow.)
After picking up my chin, the next move on my itinerary included a multicourse wine dinner featuring my favorite friends from Messina Hof with a few new friends. After devouring a venison meal that still gets my mouth watering months later by the gifted Boot Ranch Executive Chef Aaron J. Staudenmaier (previously of Dallas’ own Mansion at Turtle Creek, Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen), we were able to watch the sun go down with a movie in the family room and a hands-down AMAZING bacon popcorn I’m still trying to figure out how to make.
While I could have spent days never leaving the property, we were also able to visit all the fun that Fredricksburg was able to deliver with innovative wineries, historical museums my husband can’t wait to come back to, and super shopping at small boutiques/gift shops. And you can’t miss the dining especially with the German heritage that Fredricksburg is known for.
So while one can only wish that staying at Boot Ranch was as easy as making a hotel reservation, the only way you make this dream stay is a “long-term vacation,” by purchasing one of the available properties to build a home at the Boot Ranch or at one of the furnished Sunday houses. Living at Boot Ranch isn’t just your next house it’s a destination for you to call home.