Lone Star Lovin’: Panoramic Views, German Food and Oz “I Spy”

Day two of our Fredericksburg adventure began like this:

Belgian waffles with warm peaches in between them  topped with fresh whipped cream and pecans, scrambled eggs, sausage links and strawberries.  Pretty much perfection.

Belgian waffles with warm, syrupy peaches in between them topped with fresh whipped cream and pecans, scrambled eggs, sausage links and strawberries. Pretty much perfection.

We got out to Main Street earlier on day two, because the plan was to get our souvenir shopping done, get our fill of German food, and still have time to drive out to Enchanted Rock to see what it was all about.  What really happened, however, was that majority of our time on Main Street turned into a bizarre, Wizard of Oz themed game of “I Spy.”  I don’t know what the connection between Fredericksburg and The Wizard of Oz is, but I swear, every other store we went into had some kind of Oz merchandise for sale.  Don’t believe me?

Beautiful Oz-themed Steinbeck nutcrackers.  Mr. A kept threatening to go back into the store to buy the entire set for me, but they were literally like $300 a PIECE.  He was obviously blinded by his helpless love for me.

Beautiful Oz-themed Steinbach nutcrackers. Mr. A kept threatening to go back into the store to buy the entire set for me, but they were literally like $300 a PIECE. He was obviously blinded by his helpless love for me.  His reasoning was pretty cute, though:  “But we can pass them down to each of our kids…they can be like family heirlooms!”

Weird, cheesy Oz souvenirs we saw in a different store.  Why, Fredericksburg, WHY???

Weird, cheesy Oz souvenirs we saw in a different store. Why, Fredericksburg, WHY???

The Oz gang, "Mr. Potato Head" style at yet ANOTHER shop.  By this point I was starting to get a bit weirded out.

The Oz gang, “Mr. Potato Head” style at yet ANOTHER shop. By this point I was starting to get a bit weirded out.

Day two wasn’t ONLY filled with looking for Oz stuff, however.  We also did some souvenir shopping.  One of our favorite stores was Rustlin’ Rob’s Texas Trail Supplies.  They sold all kinds of specialty Texas foods and you could literally sample everything they sold in the store before you bought it.  We ended up buying some yummy snacks to bring back to my parents, plus some stuff to enjoy ourselves.

Cute wooden sign hanging out front!

Cute wooden sign hanging out front!

Mr. A sampling some of the vittles.

Mr. A sampling some of the vittles.

Our big dilemma was deciding whether we should eat German food for lunch or dinner.  But when we walked by the Auslander, we decided to just go for it and do German for lunch.  Our theory was we’d be able to walk our lunch off the rest of the afternoon so we’d be able to do something else fun for dinner.  We were seated immediately in the dining room, and our table sat underneath a wall covered with cuckoo clocks. The atmosphere was just the right balance of kitschy German tourist restaurant and rustic Texas goodness.

Yay!

Yay!

We were even able to hear them all go off at the top of the hour.  Fun!

We were even able to hear them all go off at the top of the hour. Fun!

Mr. A and I both ordered versions of the Schnitzel.  I had the Schnitzel a La Suisse, and Mr. A had the Texaschnitzel.  Mine was basically a schnitzel version of chicken cordon bleu, and Mr. A’s was very Tex-Mex inspired with ranchero sauce and guacamole on top.  Perfection!

The Schnitzel a la Suisse, with green beans, potato pancakes, and a Michael Jackson roll. (They didn't really call it that, but it cracked me up that it was half pumpernickel and half white!)

The Schnitzel a La Suisse, with green beans, potato pancakes, and a Michael Jackson roll. (They didn’t really call it that, but it cracked me up that it was half pumpernickel and half white!)

Mr. A's "Texasschnitzel," with potato pancakes and sauerkraut.

Mr. A’s “Texaschnitzel,” with potato pancakes and sauerkraut.

The interior of our section of the dining room.  So fun!

The interior of our section of the dining room. So fun!

Eating German food for lunch, however, was….a bad idea.  We felt so lethargic and stuffed, the LAST thing we wanted to do was walk around.  So, we took the opportunity to head back in the car and drive out to Enchanted Rock.  It was about a 20 minute trip, and we had no intention to CLIMB it, but O.M.G.  The drive was absolutely BREATHTAKING.  Seriously, any of you planning a trip to Fredericksburg, drive out to Enchanted Rock.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

The weather was absolutely perfect.  Blue skies, a slight breeze, and around 70 degrees.

The weather was absolutely perfect. Blue skies, a slight breeze, and around 70 degrees.

They don't call it the Hill Country for nuthin'!

They don’t call it the Hill Country for nuthin’!

I want to live here.

I want to live here.

And there it is...Enchanted Rock!  It looks much cooler in real life, I promise.

And there it is…Enchanted Rock! It looks much cooler in real life, I promise.

After our joy ride, we stopped at the Fredericksburg Winery for some free tastings and walked away with two bottles to enjoy for ourselves.  Photos weren’t allowed inside, but it was a really cool place!  And the guy gave us a free corkscrew since we were on our honeymoon. Yay for free stuff!  Afterwards, we headed next door to Chocolat, a gourmet chocolate shop.  We bought a bunch of yummy chocolates before heading back to our hotel.

Fun store front of Chocolat!

Fun store front of Chocolat!

They had soooo many yummy chocolates to pick from!

They had soooo many yummy chocolates to pick from!

We picked an assortment, headed back to our room with our bottles of wine, and ended up spending the evening taking advantage of the Hoffman Haus’s DVD library.  We watched the movie “Sideways,” shared one of our bottles from the Fredericksburg Winery, and made the chocolates we’d picked out our dinner for the night.  It was deliciously perfect.  I couldn’t have imagined a more amazing way to spend our last evening in town.

Clearly, I was in heaven.

Clearly, I was in heaven.

Up next, we say auf wiedersehen to Fredericksburg and head back to the real world!

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