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A Weekend Wine Country Getaway: The Menagerie

Khani Zulu | MCNE, CLHMS

LICENSE NUMBER #668914 Khani Zulu’s passion for real estate is as unique as her approach, offering clients a curated experience fueled by integrity,...

LICENSE NUMBER #668914 Khani Zulu’s passion for real estate is as unique as her approach, offering clients a curated experience fueled by integrity,...

Feb 22 4 minutes read

Temptress suite (photo by Avery Nicole)

Nestled just minutes away from Fredericksburg's vibrant Main Street, known for its delightful wine festivals and authentic German cuisine, lies a hidden gem that redefines the boutique hotel experience - The Menagerie. This Queen Anne Victorian-style mansion, painted in a serene blush tone, is the centerpiece of Nicole and Ramzi al Rashid’s extraordinary creation. However, don't let its calm exterior fool you. Inside, a world of maximalist design awaits, brimming with bold textures, patterns, and a riot of colors that promise an unforgettable stay.

Rapture Mansion (photo by Avery Nicole)

Fredericksburg, just a short drive from Austin, is the perfect weekend escape from the city. This charming town is not only home to The Menagerie but also a hub of rich cultural and historical experiences. From strolling through its famous Main Street, brimming with quaint shops and cozy eateries, to exploring the National Museum of the Pacific War, there's no shortage of activities to enrich your getaway. Nature enthusiasts will be drawn to the scenic beauty of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, ideal for hiking and picnicking. The local vineyards and wineries offer a delightful experience for wine aficionados, making Fredericksburg a haven for all tastes. At the heart of this vibrant town, The Menagerie stands as a luxurious, eclectic retreat, making it the perfect base to explore the wonders of Fredericksburg and unwind in style. 

Aurora Suite (photo by Avery Nicole)

Upon entering The Menagerie, guests are immediately immersed in what Sarah Stacey, the lead designer, aptly terms "dopamine interiors." Lovers of maximalist decor, we immediately fell in love with the attention to detail and love poured into designing this space. Each room in the mansion, as well as the adjoining carriage house, converted garage, and bungalows, tells its own story through a blend of antiques and vintage styles. From wallpapers adorned with serpentine and floral motifs to rooms that glow like indoor sunsets, the hotel ensures a visually sumptuous experience. Stacey's commitment to uniqueness means no two rooms share the same rug, wallpaper, sofa, or dresser, offering a fresh and exciting experience with each visit.

Poolside at The Menagerie (photo by Brittany Dawn Short)

The Menagerie isn't just about its stunning interiors; its location makes it an ideal base for exploring the charms of Fredericksburg and its surrounding wine country. Spend your days meandering through vineyards, enjoying tastings of local wines, and exploring the rich cultural heritage of the area. After a day of indulgence, retreat to the hotel where each room offers a luxurious, fairy-tale-like escape. Whether it's relaxing in a claw-foot bathtub under a stained-glass window or unwinding in a room that feels like a coral paradise, The Menagerie ensures a magical end to your day. 

To learn more about the lovely town of Fredericksburg, visit here. 

With Love from ATX,

Khani Zulu Group

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