We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Townsend and Lezli Alley of Vintage Car Service in Fredericksburg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh and Lezli, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Like so many things, it started with an idea. Something we were looking for that didn’t exist in the area. We always complained about not having anyone to drive us around to the wineries whenever we would visit Fredericksburg. There are lots of great services and tour companies, but nothing that focused on smaller groups and customized itineraries. We wanted to go where we wanted, when we wanted, with just us and our friends. That service didn’t really exist. After a life change and a long road trip that included a stop to visit wineries on the way home, Vintage Car Service was born.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Our service is more personalized then the other car services. We take the time to talk to our clients after booking, to get a feel for what wines they like, the experiences they are wanting to have while in Fredericksburg. We are happy to make recommendations and reservations that may be needed. We can’t say it was an easy road, but we love being a part of the wine industry, so for us, the job is fun. We get to meet and get to know new people every week, or we have our repeats that have become friends. Our biggest challenge now is that we are getting so busy, we don’t get to go and do market research like we use to. We definitely miss going to the wineries and tasting the newest wines they have out.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So many options! How about the perfect day? Have to get up early and head to Enchanted Rock to start the day with a nice morning hike to the top and take in the beautiful Hill Country scenery. After working up an appetite, go for brunch at Emma and Ollie. Definitely finish the meal with one of their pastries. You can’t beat it! Then it’s on to the wine. First stop at Crowson Wines. Henry is the absolute best way to start a day of wine tasting. He’s so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He produces unique, all natural wines. For more wine education and really good wine, you have to include the Winemakers Tasting in the Cave at Calais Wines. French Wine with Texas grapes. We would include a stop at Ab Astris Winery, Adega Vinho, or French Connection before finishing the afternoon on top of the hill at Southold Farm and Cellar. Such a lovely view to take in with great wine. By now we’d be pretty hungry, so it would be off to Otto’s for dinner, for their unique twist on German favorites. To end the night, stop in to Chase’s Place for a night cap and talk about how perfect the day was.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Josh-A very long list! Certainly, and most importantly to me is, Lezli. She’s the the one who pushed me to take the chance. It’s been a crazy couple of years and without her help and hard work we wouldn’t be where we are. Our parents who have supported us from day one. Even when they thought we were crazy! Lezli-We owe so much to Josh who built our reputation as we got started, when he did most of the driving and racking in our amazing reviews, giving us our 5 star rating. Not to mention all the number crunching! Finally, Dena and Jerome who also drive for us and take such awesome care of our guests.
Josh Townsend and Lezli Alley