River Road Ranch Resort

160 Glad Heart Trail , Fredericksburg, TX 78624 USA (Show map)


The original ranch structure was built by German settlers in 1876 and the new structures were all constructed to replicate buildings from the past, including a general store, a Feed Mill,a blacksmith shop and a Bunkhouse. The Silo, a two story loft style bed and breakfast, is one of the most unique bed and breakfast experiences in the state of Texas. Minna's Haus, built in 1876, is a cozy two story rock house. Each unique b&b cabin captures the rustic elegance of the past, updated with modern conveniences. Located only four minutes from the quaint shops of downtown Fredericksburg, the ranch features beautiful Pedernales River frontage great for fishing and kayaking. The ranch is also home to a variety of farm animals that love to interact with guests. It is our desire that all who stay at the ranch will relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings in harmony with nature. Our philosophy is "Come as guests, leave as friends."



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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Awesome get-away for ANYONE, ANYTIME!!!!

5 on May 06, 2011

We had an awesome time at the ranch! We were only able to stay one night, but it feels like we've stepped away from our lives for much longer. Boots the wonder dog was our first sight when we unloaded....and she was our guide the whole time! We got to feed Daisy & Duke (donkeys), horses,baby goats, & Boots got some goodies also. Smitty & Natalie are awesome hosts and even had stuff ready for s'mores for the huge firepit. This place is awesome...all attention to details were thought of and beyond. They went out of their way to make our trip soooo fun in unexpected ways for everyone! We all (ages 23-60, men & women) loved all of it! Super relaxing also. About 5 minutes from Main Street, but worlds away from anywhere. We are already wanting to go back and the great thing is....less than 2 hours from austin (where we live)!

Great Girl Getaway

4.8 on December 03, 2009

I had so much fun here with 4 friends that I returned 5 months later with 6 different friends. Smitty and Natalie are wonderful hosts. The bunkhouse is perfect for a "girl trip" with friends. Smitty told us all the fun things to do in the area, and there are plenty. We enjoyed Boots, the cats, and all of the other animals. It's fun to take carrots to feed the horses and donkeys. The ranch has so many interesting thing to look at, and the rooms are clean and decorated in a fun rustic style. I hope to return for a third visit soon.

Best birthday ever!

4.8 on August 22, 2009

Their website says that you will arrive as a guest, but leave as a friend. That's not some catchy slogan -- it's the truth. The lodging was wonderful, clean, homey, comfortable and peaceful, We loved the artistry and historical detail combined with modern luxury and convenience. You can rest comfortably, or if you have an urge to exercise, River Road is great for running and cycling. The canoes and kayaks provided can give you a workout while allowing you to simply sit back and enjoy trhe river. We will definitely return, not only for the rest and relaxation away from home, but to visit with our new friends -- Smitty, Natalie, and Boots the wonder dog!

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Location Type



San Antonio, TX (SAT) 65 miles

Directions to property:

From town, go south on Highway 87. Turn right on River Road. Turn left into the big rock entrance of the River Ranch Road resort.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, River, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type


Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Kayaking, arrowhead hunting

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: two night minimum on weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard
  • Cancellations: We charge your credit card two weeks prior to your arrival. If you cancel 14 days or more before your arrival, there is no charge. If you cancel within 14 days of your arrival, you will be responsible for the amount of the reservation unless we can rebook your cabin, in which case we will refund the amount of your stay minus a $45 cancellation fee.



Bill and Natalie Bowman

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Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , sheep, goats, horses, donkeys

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  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area