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Austin Street Retreat Hotel Review: This wonderful property provides historic charm without the typical creaky, antiquey staleness many such places endure. It’s immediate upon seeing Austin Street Retreat (one of the most photographed homes in Fredericksburg) that “delightful” will be a commonly used word. The original home was first built in 1867, but painstakingly restored in 1976 and consistently maintained to retain its historic sensibility alongside present-day building standards. Additional buildings were added for a total of five suites. The fachwerk construction --- thick, timbered framing with stone used by the German settlers of this region --- is instantly distinct and alluring. The earth-tone colors on interiors soften the bright ample light provided by large windows. Each suite has its own personality within the historic charm, though Kristin’s room may be the pinnacle: part of the original home, this large suite boasts twenty-foot ceilings at the peak. Some suites have private terraces, others share a delightful stone courtyard. The appropriately named two-story standalone El Jefe boasts an entirely private experience. Stays include premium quality linens and amenities. In fact, Austin Street Retreat is such a wonderful escape, one could easily forget the reason for being here is to experience the charm of Fredericksubrg. The little burg is a highlight of the Texas Hill Country, with proximity to renowned wineries, German heritage sites and destination shopping. The property’s location, a block and a half off Main Street, is perfect: walking distance to the main thoroughfare but quiet despite the surprisingly heavy traffic.