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The Trois Estate at Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg, Texas

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Rebecca Trois - The Trois Estate

Rebecca Trois, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of The Trois Estate

©Elizabeth R. Rose (Mitchell)

The Trois Estate - Difficult to Describe:

I had the pleasure of visiting the Trois Estate at Enchanted Rock. It’s a bit difficult to categorize what I visited. Within the tuscan-style hillside estate was an Italian restaurant, rooftop wine bar, B&B accommodation, spa, boutique, art gallery, cap gun museum (that’s right!), theater, underground grotto, chapel… I have to stop here! This isn't working.

The Trois Estate - Let's Try Again:

Picture Charles Trois (rhymes with Joyce), formerly of the '60's band, Soul Survivors, and current Renaissance man who is married to Rebecca Trois an equally creative being with a knack for Italian cooking. Put these two fascinating people together on 57 acres in the gorgeous Hill Country, mix in money, Rebecca's mother, three sons and room to house their multitude of collectibles and you have an ever-evolving Trois Estate.

Getting to the Trois Estate:

We drove out Ranch Road 965 from Fredericksburg toward Enchanted Rock State Park. It was a beautiful drive past historic farm houses and over rolling hills. As we saw Enchanted Rock's pink granite dome rising in the distance, two lion statues marking the Trois Estate beckoned us. We turned in. After all, we had an invitation. Map

Troisi's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar:

A perfect first visit and a way to gain entre' to the Trois Estate is to make a reservation for dinner at Troisi's Italian Restaurant. The menu offers fresh Italian food creatively mixed with local specialties. The presentation is elegant.

After dinner you can have a nightcap in the restaurant's fascinating lounge (have a look at the skulls) or explore the grounds (my choice). Website.

Casa de Leon Bed and Breakfast:

In keeping with the European village theme, the 5 B&B rooms come under a different name. Private retreats run from $159 to $249 a night. The price includes a spectacular 7 course gourmet breakfast and the opportunity to swim in the underground grotto (priceless!). I didn't have the opportunity to see the rooms but the website has virtual tours. Website

European Day Spa:

By appointment, receive spa services in the luxurious, interestingly decorated on-site day spa. The spa can accommodate couples. Offerings can be seen on the European Spa website.

Weddings and Chapel:

The underground chapel, reminiscent of the Roman Catacombs, has wooden church pews and European religious art. Small weddings with up to 50 guests can be accommodated there. If you are inviting more people, you can have an outdoor wedding or celebrate indoors in the reception hall. My choice? The rooftop veranda (aka Wine Bar). The indoor venues are fascinating, magical, but a little dark for a wedding, in my opinion. Website with package prices and virtual tours.

Artisans' Village:

I love the concept of the European artisans' village. After meandering the little streets and peeking in the window of Dave Karp's La Galleria and then entering a fabulous boutique behind heavy antique wooden doors, I understand Rebecca's vision. It felt like Europe as soon as we entered the property through the adobe gates.

A Boy's Dream- Cap Gun Collection and Museum :

Charles Trois has loved cap guns ever since he was a little one. And, among other collections, he has amassed a most impressive cap gun collection. There are thousands of guns, holsters and Western gear dating back to the 1800's. I found my childhood Hopalong Cassidy holsters there! The museum also serves as a meeting hall that accommodates about 250 people. It's a major draw and available only to those with reservations at the restaurant or B&B.

Review and Recommendation:

The Trois Estate is a magical place albeit eclectic. If you love Italy, you will find the finest of Italian cuisine and buildings with an Italian hillside village look to them.

If you love Western Americana, you will certainly find that with the Cap Gun Museum, wooden Indians and the live oak shaded land. And, if you like something a bit mystical and dark, you will love the underground grotto and peeking inside some of the buildings draped in yards of luxurious fabric.

But mostly I like exploring the unknown and finding fascinating and beautiful sites... and that is why I recommend The Trois Estate to you. Whether it's a small detail such as the worn handle on a huge wooden door or large elements such as the Wine Bar deck, tables and chairs which are beautifully decorated in a grape motif mosaic, there are wonders to explore.

It isn't all that far from central Fredericksburg (about 20 minutes) but you will feel as though you have traveled to a different land.

Start with a leisurely dining experience at Troisi's Italian Restaurant, and return season after season for a relaxing stay at the Trois Estate B&B. The love that Charles and Rebecca have for this Hill Country land and the passion for collecting will certainly add special magic to your stay.

Website for more information and to make reservations.

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