Willow Ridge Retreat

5828 Ranch Road 1323, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Innkeeper(s): Ross & Betty Murphy
  • Summary

    Private and Refreshing Hill Country Guest Suite

    Discover the best value in Texas Hill Country bed and breakfasts along with a relaxing night under the stars or a refreshing early morning sunrise from the patio.

    Willow Ridge Retreat Bed and Breakfast near Willow City, Texas and just a sixteen-mile scenic drive from the city of Fredericksburg rests comfortably in the heart of Texas Hill Country where you can still see the Milky Way light up the dark skies.

    Several walking paths surround Willow Ridge Retreat and there are also plenty of biking trails close by as well. Continue to enjoy the tranquil scenery along the back roads to many of the other nearby attractions such as the eighteen miles to the hiking and rock climbing at Enchanted Rock State Park or the seven miles to the tours and tastings at Fredericksburg's oldest Bell Mountain Winery.

    The single guest suite at Willow Ridge Retreat is the ideal secluded getaway spot for two to stay and enjoy the refreshing peace and quiet. The private entrance to the suite reveals the beautiful ranch decor and well appointed guestroom.

    The guest suite is equipped with a small refrigerator stocked with complimentary water and sodas and a microwave. Outside, relax in the oversized Jacuzzi, lounge on the patio, or prepare a romantic dinner for two with the grill and charcoal provided.


  • Introduction

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    We're the best value in Hill Country accommodations!

    Willow Ridge Retreat Bed & Breakfast near Willow City, TX is nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, some 16 scenic miles from Fredericksburg, TX. One near by road, the Willow City Loop, has received the Best Country Road Award. After enjoying the drive, relax on the chaise lounges in your private patio and view the dark night sky as every star in our hemisphere seems to descend on Willow Ridge. Slip into the warm, over-sized Jacuzzi and relax to the soothing music on the Bose sound system. Finally turn in for a night of restful sleep on the queen-size bed.

    Watch the sunrise from your patio. Slowly sip your fragrant coffee and savor the smells of homemade baked goodies on the Continental breakfast that comes with your room. Dog lovers will especially enjoy meeting our pets, Rudy and Pablo who, although friendly, feel compelled to watch over our place. Meander along our walking paths.

    Hill Country Getaway! 2-night stay for $178 plus tax or 3-night stay for $258 plus tax.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Betty Murphy for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most people stay here at Willow Ridge Retreat because we are out in the country and have fantastic dark skies. We can still see the Milky Way.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We have delicious, homemade breakfast breads, entertaining goats, and nice walking trails. WE love the country setting and enjoy getting to know our guests if they so desire. Many are repeat visitors.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    We have a first class museum dedicated to the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Fredericksburg was the home of Admiral Nimitz who commanded the Pacific Fleet.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    People tell us how much they have enjoyed their stay and that they will recommend it to their friends.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Our best kept secret is our famous cat named Harry Potter. He usually greets all guests and enjoys walking them around the trails. I get letters offering to drive over and adopt him anytime we are willing to let him go.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    We have a local Visitor's guide with lots of things to see and do. Each guest is given one which includes an area map. I ask what kind of things people want to do, then make recommendations accordingly.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Only our trails are within walking distance, but, if guests bring bikes, I map out scenic roads for them to bike on.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    My personal favorite restaurant is Rathskellers where I always order the "Lois" which is a grilled salmon served over fresh veggies including spinach with a vinagar-peppercorn dressing.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    We have several guides available for guest information.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have only 1 large suite complete with a coffee bar and a private patio equipped with chase lounges for star gazing.

    Do you accept pets?

    There are several pet kennels including Paws and Claws Pet Resort nearby in Fredericksburg.

  • Activities

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    Do bring your camera to photograph the wide variety of native birds that inhabit this area of the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy the hummingbirds who feast on our feeders. Our cat, Harry Potter, will make you feel welcome as he often escorts guests around the trails. Our Boar goats are entertaining and friendly, especially the kids. Don't forget to walk down to Sunset Point and sit on the bench to watch the spectacular sunset. The skies in the Willow City area are magical at sunset. Be sure to bring binoculars to see the both the wildlife and the stars. And, if you're into biking, don't forget to bring your bikes because we've got plenty of not frequently traveled roads so you may safely pedal about.

    Drive the back roads (often covered with wildflowers including Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paint Brushes) to Luckenbach (25 miles), Johnson City (22 miles), the LBJ Ranch (19 miles), Enchanted Rock State Park (18 miles, the Bat Tunnel (28 miles), Bell Mountain Winery (7 miles), or the Wildseed Farms (24 miles). You're in the middle of it all and there's lots to do and see.

  • Guest Amenities

    Willow Ridge Retreat Amenities

    Our guest suite, for two persons, features beautiful ranch decor and a private entrance. We provide a small refrigerator filled with complimentary water and sodas. There is a microwave in the room. We also provide an outdoor grill and charcoal so that, if you are inclined, you may prepare your own romantic dinner for two. In addition to the Jacuzzi, there is a spacious bathroom with a large, marble shower.

    We invite you to enjoy both the amenities and the tranquility of Willow Ridge Retreat and savor the memories that will call you to return to Willow Ridge Retreat Bed & Breakfast.