Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast
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A Private and Relaxing Experience of Texan Hospitality
Discover true Texan hospitality in the peaceful surroundings of a quaint bed and breakfast for a Texas Hill Country getaway.
This traditional, hosted Fredericksburg bed and breakfast is best known for its gourmet two-course breakfasts where all of the food is home made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients served every morning at nine in the dining room. For early risers, a selection of hot teas and freshly brewed coffee are available with the newspaper at seven thirty.
Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast of Fredericksburg, Texas offers the serenity and personal attention to detail that only a small five-room inn can offer. What’s more, owners and innkeepers Claude and Lisa live on the property to better meet your needs and share their local knowledge of the area.
The tradition of Magnolia House began in 1923, when the stately home was designed and built for the Stein family. Edward Stein was the architect, head of the household and designer of the Gillespie County Courthouse, located in downtown Fredericksburg. Each piece of lumber was personally selected by Mr. Stein, making Magnolia House one of the most carefully constructed houses in this historic area. Today, Magnolia House has been designated by the Texas Historical Commission for The Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.
Restored in 1991, every element of Magnolia House is in keeping with the grand interior and comfortable family lifestyle of the original living quarters.
Every morning, guests meet in the dining room to enjoy a two course gourmet breakfast, starting with fresh fruit, homemade baked goodies, and juice. The breakfast changes every day, including a combination of pancakes, waffles, French toast or crepes, bacon, sausage, and an egg entree. Everything is prepared from scratch and served on fine china and silver.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Claude & Lisa Saunders for sharing their secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Our delicious two course gourmet breakfasts and our warm southern hospitality have helped us earn the number 1 ranking on Trip Advisor for B&B's in our town.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are best known for our gourmet breakfasts. Always made from scratch and we make sure not to repeat the same items during a guest's visit. In our area very few properties have spacious indoor and outdoor common areas with the owners living on site. Because we live on site we are able to respond to our guest's needs and requests with inside information about the area. The inn is in a historic Craftsman home built in 1923 by an architect as his home. It is filled with fun surprises like the built in Ice Box that we now use as the guest refrigerator. It has beautiful workmanship and sits on a half acre with a large Koi pond complete with waterfall.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Fredericksburg is a unique town with something for everyone including great shopping, art galleries, museums, spas, live music, hiking, cycling, golf, wineries, great restaurants and many special events and festivals throughout the year.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We just received this one via email today: "Gary and I had a lovely time staying at Magnolia House. We were so impressed with the house and of course with the services you provided. We were very impressed with how spotless every room was and it was so festive with all the wonderful Christmas decorations throughout the house. We loved everything about the Magnolia Suite and we hope when we return in the future to have the same suite.
Breakfast was amazing. I especially loved the table set with all the beautiful Christmas dishes and linens. It was a pure joy to start our day in such a lovely dining room enjoying such a delicious breakfast. The baked eggs and waffle were simply wonderful.
Thank you too for all the amenities you provided. We enjoyed the carafe of wine you offered and the availability of cold or hot drinks throughout the day. The bed linens were so comfortable and so soft and all the tourist information you provided was so helpful to us.
We have already told many friends here in Spring about how wonderful the Magnolia House is and suggested that when they go to Fredericksburg they must stay with you. Thanks again for making our stay in Fredericksburg such a nice one. And it was so thoughtful of you to acknowledge my birthday with the chocolate bar."
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Most people on their first visit are surprised by how much there is to do in the area.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
For travelers staying more than just a weekend we suggest the following itinerary:
Day 1: Explore Main Street and the many shops and art galleries. Enjoy a German lunch in one of our beer gardens. Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War which includes three museums with 45,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Day 2: Wine Tasting, we have dozens of wineries located within 30 minutes from downtown. Many of the wineries feature live music on their patios on weekends. End the day with a relaxing massage at one of our spas.
Day 3: Take a scenic drive out to Enchanted Rock and hike to the top for a spectacular 360 degree view of the unspoiled hill country. Return to town for a visit to the Pioneer museum to learn how the original German settlers lived.
Day 4: Head east of town to tour the LBJ Ranch and Texas White House. On the way back stop at Luckenbach where you can sit back and relax to music under the 500 year old oak tree just like Willie used to do. May through October you can head on out to the Old Tunnel State Park that is home to millions of Mexican Freetail bats. There is a viewing area where you can watch them emerge at dusk.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
We are located a few blocks away from the downtown/historic district of Fredericksburg so we have shopping, museums, restaurants art galleries and more within walking distance.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
We are fortunate to have some great dining experiences. Our personal favorites are Cabernet Grill, Hilltop Cafe, Otto's and Vaudeville.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Our Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) has a great website: visitfredericksburgtx.com/. There is also another site that has a lot of information about the surrounding area: hill-country-visitor.com/ and for info on all the local wineries and their events: wineroad290.com/.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 5 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets.
"We know that little things make the difference when you choose a bed and breakfast, so we pay attention to the details at Magnolia House."
Thoughtful amenities such as fresh flowers, home-brewed coffee, and complimentary beverages make Magnolia House a luxurious retreat. Each room has a clock radio with USB port, a TV with DVD player and premium cable channels. We also have a library of books, board games and DVDs available for our guests. Gilchrist and Soames toilettries, hair dryers, iron, ironing board and luxurious spa robes are thoughtfully provided. Free parking and WiFi is also provided.
Tour the Grounds
Enjoy a cool beverage on the patio, which surrounds the Koi pond and waterfall or just curl up with a good book on the wicker furnished porches.
Tour the House
Enjoy breakfast in the dining room served on fine china, relax in the afternoon in one of the elegant and comfortable sitting rooms.
Children over 12 are welcome at the Magnolia House.
Scenic Highlights Of Fredericksburg
Owners Claude & Lisa will be happy to suggest restaurants, wineries, special shopping areas, and local events to make your Fredericksburg stay extra special.
Admiral Nimitz Museum
On Main Street and features exhibits on World War II Pacific battles and restored rooms of the historic Nimitz Hotel.
LBJ State & National Park
16 miles east of Fredericksburg. Guided bus tours of the LBJ Ranchlands include LBJ's birthplace and the Johnson Family cemetery.
The second largest granite structure in North America. The nearby park includes miles of scenic hiking trails and many lovely picnic areas.
Wonderful excursion, offering wine tasting, cellar tours and a chance to buy fine Hill Country wines.
Magnolia House Recipe Book
Our easy-to-use, spiral bound book of favorite Magnolia House recipes. $25 plus shipping and handling.