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Top 50 US Bed and Breakfasts for Food

July 6th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Top 50 US Bed and Breakfasts for FoodThe Blair House Inn restaurant was recently featured on thedailymeal.com. In an article titled, The Top 50 US Bed and Breakfasts for Food, Blair House Inn was ranked number 5. We take these awards seriously. Our goal is to provide the very best meals and accommodations to all of our guests. A few times a year Blair House is recognized for outstanding service and hospitality. We want everyone to experience the Texas Hill Country first hand. Join us for a Saturday evening dinner as a guests staying with us or make a reservation as an outside guest. Saturday evening dinners are open to everyone, depending on availability. Hopefully, thedailymeal.com article illustrates the quality of Blair House Inn. Take a look and book a stay with us today.

Don’t forget about our cooking schools. Nationally recognized courses designed to improve the cooking skills of everyone from first time cooks to seasoned chefs. Learn the tips and tricks to preparing your own award winning meals at home. Find a cooking school just right for you and give us a call to reserve your spot. Below are just a few of the upcoming classes we offer.

July 21st – 23rd : Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

September 8th – 10th : Country French Cuisine – Chef Chris will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking. In the process, learn how to make dishes like Steak Diane, Poulet Wellington, Raspberry Tarts, and Chocolate Crème Bruleé. Plus Sauces Francais 101! Never again feel like recipes are written in a foreign language!

September 22nd – 24th : Sauces 101 – This class has no shortage of flavor! Enjoy learning dishes with a common main ingredient and tasting the dramatic different flavors sauces will bring. Start by learning the Five French Mother sauces Béchamel, Veloute’, Tomato Sauce, Hollandaise, and Espanole. You will also make vinaigrettes, mayonnaises, and flavored oils. Don’t forget the dessert sauces, caramel, fruit Coulis, crème Anglaise, Chantilly cream, and syrups. Pack your friends and families taste buds with maximum flavor.

BBQ Camp

May 29th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

BBQ

Blair House Inn has a summer cooking school to bring out your inner chef. In Texas, BBQ is king. Reserve your spot in our BBQ Camp cooking school, as featured on the Food Network. This is a class designed specifically to elevate standard barbeque to an art! Learn the finest wood smoking with the Big Green Egg and outdoor grilling techniques. Slow cook a brisket till it melts in your mouth and ribs where the meat falls right off the bone. Beer can chicken and all the fixin’s. Our chef Chris Huffman will show you how to prepare some wonderful dishes to please even the pickiest eaters. Come to Blair House Inn summer cooking school and be the king of the neighborhood!

July 21st – 23rd : BBQ Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Blair House gift certificates can be customized to fit anyone’s needs. If you have an aspiring chef at home, a Cooking School would be a perfect opportunity to work alongside Executive Chef Chris Huffman who will teach them to create tasty dishes for family and friends. Or give someone special a trip to our day spa. By purchasing a Blair House gift certificate, you are giving a unique gift that will be truly enjoyed and appreciated. You can purchase gift certificates for accommodations, dinners, cooking schools, spa treatments or a specific dollar amount.

For more information or to make purchase, please call us directly at (512) 847-1111, or order online.

Fun in the Texas Hill Country

May 22nd, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

fun in the texas hill country

Come have some fun in the Texas Hill Country. With crystal clear streams, majestic giant oak trees, and wildflowers that blanket open fields, this is a country all it’s own. Wimberley is located in the beating heart of this enchanting land and offers new wonders and experiences for every traveler. Below are just a few of the things the hill country has to offer. From shopping to wine tasting, hiking to swimming, there is always fun in the Texas Hill Country.

Wimberley is full of unique shops that offer traditional and not-so-traditional art and wares. The main shopping areas are clustered around the Square and Olde Towne Plaza. Antiques and Art Galleries are mixed in and anyone is sure to find a diamond in the ruff. The first Saturday of each month, March through December, Market Days draw visitors from around the state. Always a fun weekend!

Texas wineries have a special allure. Each is unique in its setting and personality. A distinctiveness shared in their wines. Wineries throughout the Hill Country offer public tours of their facilities and tastings for individuals and groups. It‘s an enjoyable day trip, weekend escape or vacation destination. In ever-increasing numbers, consumers are visiting Texas wineries, attending community wine festivals and enjoying the delicious difference of a fine, Texas vintage.

Designed to reflect a traditional Italian family farm, Bella Vista Ranch is home to over 1,200 producing olive trees, seasonal fruit and vegetables, olive press, winery, tasting room, and gift shop. Bella Vista offers tours of the frantoio (olive press), winery, orchards, and gardens for individuals as well as groups. Tours provide an opportunity to learn about the agriculture and cultivation of their olives, grapes, and other fruit before participating in a guided tasting of fresh-made products.

Just a taste of fun in the Texas Hill Country and the colorful culture that awaits the creative traveler. Make sure to mark this as a destination and join us at Blair House Inn for an amazing getaway.

Cooking School

May 4th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Cooking SchoolWe have many wonderful cooking schools coming up the next few months. If you are looking for a unique vacation opportunity, this is definitely for you. Chef Chris will give hands on instruction and inside information from years of culinary training. He is wonderful with guests; making everyone feel at home like one of the family. Our cooking schools are lots of fun and very informative. We offer two day weekend cooking classes as well. You will work with Chef Chris to prepare the Saturday Evening Dinner. This class is limited to two people allowing for a more focused learning experience. Find a cooking school perfect for you and book your spot today. Spaces go fast.

Cooking Schools

July 7th – 9th: Classic French – Learn the art of haute cuisine. Create exciting fare such as Shrimp Scampi, French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon. Learn the art of roasting canard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Crème Caramel. Chef Chris will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

July 21st – 23rd: Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

August 4th – 6th: Italian Cuisine – Come enjoy the taste of Italy as you prepare classic dishes such as Osso Buco Milanese, Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Pine Nuts, and Italian Espresso Tiramisu. You’ll learn traditional Italian sauces such as Fresh Basil Marinara, and Roasted Garlic Alfredo, and how to make the fresh pasta and potato gnocchi.

September 8th – 10th: Country French Cuisine – Chef Chris will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking. In the process, learn how to make dishes like Steak Diane, Poulet Wellington, Raspberry Tarts, and Chocolate Crème Bruleé. Plus Sauces Francais 101! Never again feel like recipes are written in a foreign language!

September 22nd – 24th: Sauces 101 –This class has no shortage of flavor!  Enjoy learning dishes with a common main ingredient and tasting the dramatic different flavors sauces will bring.  Start by learning the Five French Mother sauces Béchamel, Veloute’, Tomato Sauce, Hollandaise, and Espanole. You will also make vinaigrettes, mayonnaises, and flavored oils. Don’t forget the dessert sauces, caramel, fruit Coulis, crème Anglaise, Chantilly cream, and syrups. Pack your friends and families taste buds with maximum flavor.

Saturday Evening Dinner

April 15th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Saturday evening dinnerSaturday evening dinner at Blair House Inn is definitely an experience not to be missed. Every Saturday, Chef Chris Huffman prepares a world class, five course gourmet dinner for our lucky guests. Appetizer, soup, salad, entrée, and dessert. Plenty to fill even the hungriest of eaters. Mike, the owner, and Chef Chris work together to select the best ingredients and the best recipes to create a unique dining experience. Our guests’ enjoyment is our first priority. Whether the menu be lamb, duck, steak, seafood, or quail, quality is always the goal. Recipes are sampled from all over the world. Comfort food to high cuisine. The choices are endless. Chef Chris has worked in many kitchens over the years. Constantly learning and improving his technique. He has learned a few tricks to take his dishes to the next level.

Mike hand selects the wines every week to insure the meal is complimented completely. The Texas hill country produces many excellent wines from which to choose. And don’t forget about dessert. Leave room for one of our decadent offerings. We want to make our Saturday evening dinners as well rounded and memorable as possible. You will not go to bed hungry or disappointed. Take a look at some of our recent Saturday evening dinner menus. The menus change weekly, but you will see just some of what we prepare for hungry guests. Remember, the Saturday evening dinners are not only for guests staying at the Blair House Inn. We take reservation from outside guests wanting to sample our famous cuisine. Give us a call to reserve your table today. Availability is limited. Don’t miss out on this chance for a romantic getaway with someone special. Make a trip to the Texas hill country to enjoy a Saturday evening dinner at Blair House Inn.

Texas Hill Country Wine Road

March 25th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

The Texas Hill Country Wine Road is a beautiful stretch of highway 290 northwest of Blair House Inn. The heart of Texas wine making. Over a dozen wineries producing great wines. This group of wineries gets together to have events showcasing their best bottles. Music concerts, special tastings, and food and wine pairings. Enjoy a day trip sampling wines and return to Blair House Inn to relax. Lounge by the pool and hot tub. Or walk our nature trail to see the bluebonnets. Book a stay at Blair House Inn before it’s too late. Now is the time to see the best of the Texas Hill Country.

 

Texas Hill Country Bluebonnets

Texas Hill Country Wine Road

Bell Springs Winery Paint and Sip Event
April 12, 2014, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Paint your own “Vineyard Themed” picture while sipping Bell Springs’ vintage wine. This painting is bright, easy and lots of fun! What could be more entertaining than sipping, painting and enjoying music?

Vino al Pastor
June 21, 2014, all day
Each winery will team with a restaurant to prepare a recipe using pork shoulder meat, usually marinated with a blend of different spices and herbs, and some “summertime” presentation.  When you visit the winery during the trail day of the event you will enjoy a wine especially paired with the PORK recipe served using PORK shoulder meat.  A GREAT way to spend a Saturday in June enjoying Texas Hospitality at the wineries finding out why we are the number TWO wine destination in the US(after NAPA) and one of the top TEN wine destinations in the WORLD!

16th Annual Becker Vineyards 2014 Lavender Festival
May 4, 2014, all day
Join us for the 16th annual and best ever Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival. Sip and swirl with live music, artisans and lavender fields in bloom. There will be lavender products, plants, vendors, cooking demos, guest speakers, culinary delights, concessions, wine tasting & tours, vintner luncheons, music and much more. This event is complimentary but there is a $5.00 parking fee.

Blair House Gallery Christopher Mayes

March 24th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Texas Flag Christopher Mayes

Artist Christopher Mayes Texas flag is on display at Blair House Gallery.  The energy escaping Christopher Mayes art is profound. Our gallery features several pieces from this hill country artist.  The flag canvases have become a collectible series.  Blair House Inn has both a Texas and American flag within the gallery.  The flag project has a recognition all its own.  The flag series originated in 2005. Chris attempted a more traditional concept when approaching the flag project. This approach was a success.  The flag paintings reside in Texas Inns, very famous Texans’ homes, amongst regular folds, as well.  A jury room in Harris county adorns a flag from the series, after the judge decided to spread the inspiration past the piece he bought for his chambers.

Growing up in the Texas panhandle, and residing in Houston for years, Christopher Mayes has decided to call the Texas Hill Country his home.  His studio in Canyon Lake, near Wimberley, is home to a rock garden designed by Mayes himself.  In recent times, he’s taken on a desire of limestone mining.  The proposed outcome will be a massive piece of land filled with rocks, colored with natural substances, modeling the Texas flag.  Meanwhile, Mayes stays busy with  graphic design and illustration projects for corporate clients across the nation.  Christopher Mayes art is as diverse as the land in Texas.

The Texas Flag at the Blair House Gallery has made its home in our dining room.  It can be in yours in the future.  Feel free to drop by the Blair House Art Gallery when in the Wimberley area.  There’s a vast collection of art from other artists, many local to Texas!  Blair House Gallery is open seven days per week til 7 pm. We look forward to meeting you!

Upcoming Events: Blair House Inn

March 16th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Upcoming Events

Here are some upcoming events we thought everyone would like to know. Spring has arrived again and everyone is having a ball. Take a look at a few upcoming events to plan your next trip to Blair House Inn.

EmilyAnn Theatre

16th Annual Butterfly Festival

April 26th 10am-4pm

Come to the EmilyAnn Theatre for a day of fun. The festival features the live release of 3000 butterflies (cages released every 30 minutes throughout the day for a total of 3000 butterflies); opening ceremonies at the Veterans Memorial Plaza; a Commemorative Air Force flyover (weather permitting); displays of butterfly art; carnival games and crafts; concessions; guided nature walks by the Hays County Master Naturalists in celebration of Earth Day; and live music. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted and concession/game tickets may be purchased.

Smokin' Red Chili Cook Off

Smokin’ Red Hot Chili Cook-Off

April 22nd 11am-3:30pm

Gather up your friends and have a whole lot of fun!  Sample dozens of chili entries, vote for your favorite chili and your favorite booth, enjoy live music all day long. Food, Drinks and Prizes. Home-baked goods, soft drinks, and beer will also be available. Award ceremony at 3:00pm. $5 admission.

Sponsored by Wimberley Community Civic Club     www.wimberleyccc.com

Blair House Inn Cooking Schools

All Summer Long

Blair House Inn has many upcoming events for our cooking schools. We offer a little something for everyone. Whether you are a professional cook wanting to learn some new recipes or someone who has never stepped foot in a kitchen. Chef Chris Huffman can help you be the best chef you can be. Take a look at all of our cooking schools to decide what is the best fit for you. Our March 31st Mediterranean Cuisine cooking school has plenty of room left. This class is sure to please.

March 31st – 2nd : Mediterranean Cuisine – If you can’t make it to the Mediterranean this summer, let Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from the Strait of Gibraltar to Cypress with plenty of tasty stops along the way! You will prepare Risotto, Hummus Pita Bread, Pasta, Fruits de Mer, Calamari, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

Blair House Inn on TripConnect

February 27th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Blair House Inn is now on TripConnect. TripAdvisor.com has launched this new feature for their website. TripConnect is a powerful and exciting new way for hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts to compete for bookings. While searching for bed and breakfasts or hotels, TripConnect ranks the top properties for any given region. Search for Texas Hill Country and see Blair House Inn consistently near the top of the list. This new feature allows businesses to be more competitive with their fellow inns and hotels. Blair House Inn is eager to see how TripConnect drives business. As with any new opportunity, there will be some growing pains. However, we are confident in our bed and breakfast and know that we will continue to rank highly on TripAdvisor. So now, with TripConnect, come stay with us a Blair House Inn.tripconnect

 

Spring and summer are fast approaching. Blair House Inn has plenty of room for everyone. A few days remain for Spring Break weeks. Come to the Hill Country for Easter weekend. Reserve a spot in one of our famous cooking schools. Enjoy a relaxing massage in our day spa. Let the hot tub soak your troubles away. Take that special someone on a romantic getaway into the heart of Texas. Or join us for our Saturday Evening dinners. We have so much to offer. Blair House Inn is proud to create the perfect experience for everyone who stays with us. We believe a good reputation come from hard work and good word of mouth. New online features like TripConnect makes us available to more viewers. Our superior bed and breakfast keeps guests coming back year after year. Go to TripAdvisor.com and see the TripConnect in action. Find the perfect combination of days and services to book your perfect getaway into the Texas Hill Country. Spend a memorable weekend at the Blair House Inn.

Upcoming Cooking Schools at Blair House Inn

February 20th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

cooking schools

March is a busy month for upcoming cooking schools here at Blair House Inn. Every week we host a different hands-on cooking school for our guests. Some are already sold out. Some only have a few spots remaining. There is even room left for the very popular Barbeque Camp in April. That will go fast! We love sharing our love of food and cooking with as many people as we can. We want to kick off the cooking school season with a bang. Bring your husband or wife to the Texas hill country. Bring your friends. Have a girls trip. Everyone is invited. Call, 512-847-1111, or book online for your spot in our upcoming cooking schools at Blair House Inn.

 

Cooking Schools

March 3rd – 5th : Taste of New Orleans– Spend 3 days & 2 nights in the beautiful Texas Hill Country while learning a variety of New Orleans cooking skills. This class will focus on the two main cuisines in and around New Orleans – Creole and Cajun – and will deliciously reflect their mix of Spanish, African, and French heritages. You will learn to prepare dishes such as award winning Gumbo, Blackened Snapper, Cajun Barbequed Shrimp, Louisiana Brined Roasted Loin of Pork, King Cake and the classic Beignet.

March 17th – 19th : Italian Cuisine – Come enjoy the taste of Italy as you prepare classic dishes such as Osso Buco Milanese, Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Pine Nuts, and Italian Espresso Tiramisu. You’ll learn traditional Italian sauces such as Fresh Basil Marinara, and Roasted Garlic Alfredo, and how to make the fresh pasta and potato gnocchi.

March 31st – 2nd : Mediterranean Cuisine – If you can’t make it to the Mediterranean this summer, let Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from the Strait of Gibraltar to Cypress with plenty of tasty stops along the way! You will prepare Risotto, Hummus Pita Bread, Pasta, Fruits de Mer, Calamari, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

April 21st – 23rd: Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Wellness Vacation at Blair House Inn

February 12th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

The pursuit of a wellness vacation is something we take seriously here at Blair House Inn. Recently, this article came across my desk from traveltowellness.com. I think it expresses the same ideas we hope for our guests. Life in the Texas hill country is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Something we want to share with as many guests as possible. Whether it be a romantic getaway, spa day with the girls, or preparing healthy meals at our cooking schools. Your time here can be as exciting or relaxing as you wish. Find the goal and direction you want to travel and let us help you get there. Come to the Texas hill country for your wellness vacation at Blair House Inn.
 
Wellness Vacation

What to ask yourself before booking a wellness vacation.

 
1. What is the intent or goal of my wellness vacation?
Perhaps it’s to lose weight? Learn how to make healthier food choices? Enjoy a bit of “Me Time” to reconnect with Self? Learn how to manage stress? Give it some thought. What do you really need to maintain, promote or kick-start a healthy lifestyle?

2. How much do I want to spend on this time away?
The last thing you want to do is stress over money. Remember you don’t necessarily need to travel far from home for a wellness vacation. Depending on where you live and your goal, you may find a suitable wellness vacation destination in your own town or within an easy drive.

3. Who might be my best wellness vacation companion?
Think about someone you simply love to enjoy time with. Significant other? Sister? Girl friends? Perhaps you’d love to meet new like-minded people. Try to avoid travelling with people who may be a trigger for stress. Instead, look for travel companions who calm you and make you feel good about yourself.

4. What kind of food do I want?
Since food is the foundation of a wellness lifestyle, and what we eat is something that we have absolute control over – think about what type of food you want on your wellness vacation. Healthy gourmet? Buffet with lots of healthy food options? Calorie controlled? Fresh, local, seasonal? You decide.

5. How do I want to spend my daytime hours?
Getting physical in the great outdoors? Participating in yoga classes and educational sessions? Hanging out at the spa? Enjoying local foodie tours and cultural activities? All of the above? Or, something else? Your answers will help you trim the list of possible destinations.

Today Show

January 27th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Today ShowBlair House Inn was featured on the Today Show. Stephanie Orma, from Travel and Leisure magazine, recently wrote an article showcasing  America’s Most Romantic Winter Destinations. Blair House Inn was ranked number 4 among some outstanding properties. From the impact of her article, the Today Show wanted to do a story featuring inns for Valentine’s Day and romantic getaways. Travel and Leisure’s international editor, Mark Orwoll, picked Blair House Inn as one of the top five romantic destinations in the country.

We are thrilled to be highlighted on a national television show. The goal of Blair House Inn is to provide world class romantic getaways and retreats for couples. Mike and Vickie work tirelessly to make those trips as memorable as possible for all their guests. We appreciate every news article, television story, or mention we receive. To be featured on the Today Show makes us very proud. Travel and Leisure and the Today Show are very well respected sources and we will continue to provide absolutely wonderful memories for everyone. Visit or website to check out our rooms and amenities or give us a call to book your stay today.

2014 Vintner Dinner Series

January 6th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Gourmet Cuisine. Award Winning Wines.

2014 Vintner Dinner SeriesThis is our 13th annual Vintner Dinner Series. Owners Mike and Vickie Schneider, who have a strong interest in wines and vintners, created this series to showcase Texas Wineries alongside our notable cuisine. A popular event among guests of the Inn and local residents alike, the Vintner Dinner Series provides the opportunity to learn about the winemaking process, to taste and explore local wines and how they are paired to enhance the flavors of the foods.

Saturday evenings from January 18 until March 1, excluding Valentine’s Day, vintners and/or their representatives will be on hand to explain their winemaking process and the unique character of the wines they create. Our innovative Chef, Chris Huffman, is committed to preparing a truly memorable dinner. Choosing fresh, high quality and seasonal ingredients his masterful creations are specifically designed to highlight the unique character of the various wines being offered. This year the Vintner Dinner Series schedule is as follows:

January 18 – Flat Creek Estate
Set amidst the beautiful rolling hills of Central Texas is a most pristine piece of land, perfect for growing grapes and making wine. Flat Creek Estate is nestled on this 80 acres, happily proving for a decade that quality Texas grapes produce quality Texas wines.

January 25 – Sunset Winery
Winemakers Birgit and Bruce Anderson make their wine in the “little house on the prairie” where they raised their three daughters. To date, every Sunset wine entered into competition has earned one or more medals, including a Gold in the Lone Star International Competition for the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon.

February 1 - Hye Meadow Winery
Located on gorgeous property under towering oak trees, Hye Meadow Winery will make you feel right at home. Both the covered patio and the tasting room are the perfect spots to kick back, relax and enjoy a glass of well-crafted wine.

February 8 - Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
From a fledgling winery in 1998, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards now produces 8,000 cases a year, with expansion plans to produce 12,000. Dry Comal Creek has developed a series of award-winning specialty wines including French Colombard (Demi-Sweet and Bone Dry), White Black Spanish, Comal Red, Black Spanish and 1096 Port.

February 22 - Bell Springs Winery
Bell Springs Winery offers a selection of wines crafted from various regions across Texas and the United States. Their philosophy is great tasting wines with a little bit of something for everyone.

March 1 - Llano Estacado Winery
The simple mission of Llano Estacado, from its beginning in 1976, to its role as industry leader today, has been to embody the fabulous potential of Texas wine. Today, Llano Estacado is the largest, best-selling Premium Winery in Texas, producing wines of World Class Quality, and has been an ongoing pioneer in introducing not just Texans, but also the entire world to the great wines made in the Lone Star State.

Gift Certificates: Blair House Inn

December 10th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

gift certificatesGift Certificates for Everyone

No need to worry about gifts this Holiday Shopping Season. Blair House Inn gift certificates can be customized to fit anyone’s needs. There is still time to give a memorable gift to the loved ones in your life.

If you have an aspiring chef at home, a Cooking School would be a perfect opportunity to work alongside Executive Chef Chris Huffman who will teach them to create tasty dishes for family and friends. Do you know a wonderful couple that always thinks of everyone else before themselves? Spice things up with a romantic weekend that is sure to please. Romance Packages can be included in any gift certificate for that unique “something extra”. Know someone who lives close to Wimberley? Try a five course gourmet dinner on Saturday evenings or a couple’s massage in our beautiful and relaxing spa.

By purchasing a Blair House gift certificate, you are giving a unique gift that will be truly enjoyed and appreciated. You can purchase gift certificates for accommodations, dinners, cooking schools, spa treatments or a specific dollar amount. For more information or to make purchase, please call us directly at (512) 847-1111, or order online at blairhouseinn.com/gc.html

Our Sincere Gratitude: Blair House Inn

December 2nd, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

To Our Guests,

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, It could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”

A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

This wonderful time of the year is certainly a time for reflection. Here at the Blair House we have so many things for which to be thankful. We are blessed to reside in the beautiful hills of Wimberley and enjoy the quiet that brings peace and wellbeing.

We are grateful for the many guests who visit us and appreciate the serenity of the surroundings and enjoy the experience we have worked hard to provide – a chance to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect. Our four favorite words are “I will be back.”

We are also thankful for the employees who have worked here over the years. Those that looked at their position as being meaningful by providing for others.  We have had great chefs who create magic in the kitchen and housekeepers who care as much as we do about the quality and cleanliness of the Inn. We observe with joy the Assistant Innkeepers who radiate warm smiles of welcome and our Office Manager who has worked hard to enhance our marketing efforts and keep us on track with special requests.

“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.”Mike and Vickie

Warm regards,

Mike & Vickie

 

 

 

 

Holiday Season: Blair House Inn

November 11th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Holiday SeasonBlair House Inn is the best place to experience the sights and sounds this Holiday Season. Wimberley is a quintessential Hill Country town full of exciting winter activities and a wonderful Texas romantic getaway. The Blair House Inn is the perfect couples retreat, we can help make any occasion special.

Holiday Season

Don’t miss the Winter’s Eve Festival this Saturday, December 14th. Stroll through Wimberley’s many shops listening to music and munching on holiday favorites. Enjoy the enchanting lights and music of the holiday season as you make your way around the Wimberley Square. Pick up those last minute gifts at one of the many eclectic shops. There are many festive activities to keep you busy while visiting the charming town of Wimberley. Explore the Artistic Heart of the Hill Country. Home to more than 200 working artist, Wimberley is home to musicians, authors, painters, sculptors, and glass blowers. Enjoy the Second Saturday Gallery Trail. View the rich tradition of Wimberley artists at one of the many participating galleries. Enrich your holiday with the spirit of the hill country.

Olde English Christmas Dinner

The Blair House Inn hosts an annual Olde English Christmas Dinner every Saturday during December. Enjoy traditional favorites like Prime Rib and Yorkshire Pudding. Its like going home for the holidays. Treat yourself and the one you love to a five-course gourmet dinner to celebrate the holidays. Make this holiday season something to remember for years to come at the Blair House inn.

Holidays just too busy for a getaway. You can still give the gift of romance to that special person in your life. The Blair House offers gift certificates for accommodations, spa services, gourmet dinners and picnic baskets, plus more! Call to purchase or for more information on how to plan your next romantic getaway to the Hill Country. 512-847-1111.

2013 Grand Prix: Blair House Inn

October 31st, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

2013 Grand PrixBlair House Inn is ready for the 2013 Grand Prix in Austin. Spend some time in peaceful and relaxing Wimberley, TX. Then head into Austin for the most exciting motorsport event you could hope to see. 2012 was a great year and the 2013 Grand Prix should attract even more attention this year. If you have never been to the brand new Circuit of The Americas track, please make a trip to see why central Texas is the newest and best stop of the F1 race season. Built to world class standards and with plenty of excellent viewing available, the 2013 Grand Prix will turn anyone into a die hard F1 fan. Tickets are still available. Get your passes and give us a call to book a room after a long day of excitement. We will help make your stay as enjoyable as the race here at the Blair House Inn.

Experience world class entertainment, free concerts and food worthy of Austin’s reputation all weekend long at Circuit of The Americas. Witness first-hand 147 screaming decibels from the most impressive racing machines in the world. After the races, stick around for concerts at Austin360 Amphitheater and Sunday’s Fan Track Invasion.

Described as “one of the best, if not the best Grand Prix” of last season by race winner Lewis Hamilton, Circuit of The Americas hosted F1’s successful return to the United States last November. The 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX attracted 117,429 fans on race day and 265,499 over the three-day event. Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be an even better event in 2013!Blair House Inn

The fun doesn’t end at the track! Every night, downtown hosts Austin Fan Fest–a 12 block, four day, Grand Prix after-party with live music on 6 stages…all for FREE!!

Blair House Inn welcomes back Grand Prix guests from last years race.  We only have a few rooms left for the 2013 Grand Prix, so call today to reserve a spot at the Blair House Inn.

Blair House Inn: 2014 Cooking School

October 8th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

 

2014 Cooking SchoolBlair House Inn is ready to present the 2014 cooking school schedule. Next year will be full of great eats in the Texas hill country. Chef Chris will work hands on with cooking school guests to teach the very best techniques and recipes. Do you want to learn how to prepare a classic Italian or French meal for friends and relatives? We have got you covered. Want to blow away everyone with mouthwatering BBQ? Summer BBQ camp will turn you into a grill master. The 2014 cooking school schedule also features an old favorite: Taste of New Orleans. Cajun and Creole cooking to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Maybe the Sauces 101 class is what you’re looking for. A selection of recipes designed to teach the 5 mother sauces of French cuisine. Master this class and always have a trick up your sleeve to send meals over the top. Take a look at the 2014 cooking school schedule. Find a class that is just right for you. We hope to see full classes and full bellies at Blair House Inn.

 Blair House Inn 2014 Cooking School Schedule

January 20th-22nd ~ Sauces 101

February 3rd-5th ~ Italian Cuisine

February 17th-19th ~ Mediterranean Cuisine

March 3rd-5th ~ Taste of New Orleans

March 10th-12th ~ Italian Cuisine

March 17th-19th ~ Italian Cuisine

March 31st-2nd ~ Mediterranean Cuisine

April 21st-23rd ~ BBQ Camp

May 5th-7th ~ Cooking with Fresh Herbs

May 19th-21st ~ Classic French

June 9th-11th ~ Italian Cuisine

June 23rd-25th ~ BBQ with Fresh Herbs

July 7th-9th ~ Classic French

July 21st-23rd ~ BBQ Camp

August 4th-6th ~ Italian Cuisine

September 8th-10th ~ Country French

September 22nd-24th ~ Sauces 101

October 6th-8th ~ BBQ Camp

October 20th-22nd ~ Taste of New Orleans

November 3rd-5th ~ Mediterranean Cuisine

November 17th-19th ~ Country French

December 1st-3rd ~ Holiday Feast and Baking

Bella Vista Ranch Olive Oil Pressing: Blair House Inn

September 22nd, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Bella Vista Ranch

Blair House Inn is surrounded by some excellent Texas hill country wineries. One winery in particular, Bella Vista Ranch, also produces delicious olive oil on their property. Now is the season to start pressing the olives. They invite everyone to come out and watch as they begin olive oil pressing to produce their next tasty batch. Every Saturday from late September until December see the Bella Vista Ranch in full working order!

First Texas Olive Oil Company is a family-run business, specializing in FRESH olive oil and other fresh, complementary foods. Their products are based on the fruits and vegetables grown at the Bella Vista Ranch in Wimberley, Texas – blackberry and raspberry bushes (planted between six varieties of olive trees), figs and many other fruits and vegetables.

In 1996 Jack Dougherty, who grew up in the orchards of Santa Clara valley and later had a career working as an executive in the computer industry, purchased a dilapidated ranch with the intention of making it a working ranch. Today it has become an agricultural destination spot. Jack realized that Texas Hill Country soil and weather are akin to the Mediterranean, and he could not resist a stab at growing olives. The olive trees and berry bushes on Bella Vista Ranch were planted in 1998 and they opened the “frantoio” (olive pressing facility) in year 2001.

Bella Vista Cellars produces a range of Italian varietals, as well as blackberry wine, from the fruit off the Ranch. They are passionate about high-quality, fresh produce and products. They invite you to visit their tasting room to sample the olive oil, wine, and other gourmet foods available.

This is definitely something you do not want to miss. Bella Vista Ranch is proud of what they do and Blair House Inn is proud to tell our guests. Take a look at our availability for the fall season. Book a stay with us and make a trip to watch the olive oil pressing magic. Head out to the Texas hill country soon for a relaxing weekend at Blair House Inn.

Guest Reviews: Blair House Inn

September 9th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Texas summer

We wanted to take a moment to share some positive guest reviews for the Blair House Inn. August was one of our best months ever. Our BBQ Cooking School sold out and was a big success. Lots of anniversaries, honeymoons, and romantic getaways before the school year starts. Labor Day celebrations in Wimberley and the surrounding Texas hill country brought in tons of people. Everyone wanted to get one more weekend of fun before all work and no play. Blair House Inn is committed to providing the absolute best for our guests. We take pride in our efforts and are proud to share our guest reviews with everyone to show the impact we have on our guests. Please take a look at some guest reviews and think about how much fun you could be having with us at Blair House Inn.

 Guest Reviews

We are not a big fan of B&B’s however the Blair House is in a class of its own. What we disliked about our experience at other inn’s was just the opposite at the Blair House. The property and rooms are maintained as though they are brand new. Service is superb. The inn keepers engage with their guests professionally and are not overbearing knowing when it is time to rest a conversation . If your looking for a quiet getaway with someone special, the Blair House is an excellent choice. Larry_Sylvia2013, Magnolia

My wife and I just returned from a few days at the Blair House Inn, celebrating our 24th anniversary. This place is truly a slice of paradise. Beautiful B&B, beautiful grounds, a pool overlooking the hill country, incredible staff, and the gourmet breakfast, wow… It’s awesome! There are many things to do, or you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We will return to the Blair House Inn! I would highly recommend this place! — Jimmy J., San Antonio

5 of 5 stars

This place is wonderful! Beautiful, peaceful & excellent service. The rooms are nicely decorated and the beds are very comfortable. Nice relaxing pool for just unwinding and the wine & dessert in the afternoon is a nice treat. We are planning to come back for our anniversary. Crosa3, Houston

My wife and I enjoyed our second stay at Wimberley’s Blair House early August to help celebrate my wife’s birthday. Our first visit was about twenty years earlier, but Blair House has only gotten better – more rooms and services (like massages).
The location is great for exploring Wimberley’s and the surrounding Hill Country area. Rooms, beds and shared areas are great and the food is outstanding! The site is terrific with beautiful grounds complete with hummingbirds and country setting. Lawrence J., Rowlett

5 of 5 stars

My wife enjoyed our 50th Anniversary at Blair House and we totally enjoyed ourselves. I can safely say without any reservations that Blair House rates among the top two in inns for us. We have stayed at Blair House in the past and really enjoyed it; and plan to revisit maybe in the Dec ’13 to Jan ’14 time-frame when the weather is a little crisp and then we can enjoy their winter hospitality. The chef at Blair House is superior. The meals are prepared with a great deal of TLC; and, the owners and their staff are just fine folks; Texas folks you know! Jim D., Montgomery

Hill Country Communitys: Blair House Inn

September 4th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Blair House Inn continues to be involved in our wonderful hill country community of Wimberley, TX. Many of our friends have some exciting events coming up in the next few months. Emily Ann Theatre and The Wimberley Players put together great plays that bring in many from the surrounding area. Linda’s Fine Foods is a local favorite serving handmade food with a skilled touch. Look through some of our local events and book a room at the Blair House Inn to enjoy a night of fun and entertainment.

Hill Country Cypress Creek

Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens presents Cymbeline through September 28th on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00pmCymbeline, one of Shakespeare’s last plays is rarely done and much loved. Performances will be on the outdoor Patti S. Harrison main stage. Tickets available online at emilyann.org or at the gate. $15 adults, $10 students. 1101 FM 2325. Please call (512)847-6969 for additional information.

Linda’s Fine Foods invites you to Linda’s Fat Tuesday every second Tuesday of each month. Linda’s gumbo is world renown. The crawfish pies, crawfish nachos, beans and rice are all delicious and made from scratch. The regular menu is served with the Cajun menu. The fun starts at 6:30pm with live music. Linda’s also provides live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights each week. Linda’s Fine Foods is located at 500 FM 2325. Call (512)847-5464 for more information or visit lindaallencatering.com

The Wimberley Players present the Texas premier of a domestic thriller, Stay. This is a story of love and letting go, as a marriage on the brink of unraveling takes a dark turn. Author talk-back after September 14th performance. Stay runs September 13th through October 6th on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and on Sundays at 2:30pm. $18 reserved seating, $20 opening night, $9 student with ID except opening night. We also invite you to “Cruisin’ with the Coasters” a concert and dinner on Sunday, October 6th at 5pm. Dinner will be catered by Gennaro’s Trattoria. Great food, live music, dancing and a live auction at the 7 Star Ranch on the Blanco River, 228 Flite Acres Road, Wimberley, TX. This is The Wimberley Players’ annual fundraiser. General admission tickets are $75 per person. Call (512)847-1873 to sponsor a table. Please call (512)971-4047 or visit wimberleyplayers.org for ticket information.

Old Oaks Ranch offers guided tours of their sculpture garden, alpaca and fiber arts center every Saturday 11am and 1pm. Call Sue Ellen Stavrand for more information, (512)847-8784 or visit The Old Oaks Ranch on Facebook.

Final Summer Cooking Schools: Blair House Inn

August 20th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Summer is winding down here in the Texas hill country. The Blair House Inn bed and breakfast is down to the final summer cooking schools. Our classes have been a big success this season and we want to finish up with a bang. Wimberley, TX weather has been pretty hot this year. Get out of the heat and join us in the kitchen for some professional level cooking techniques to impress friends and wow family. We can definitely teach an old dog some new tricks here at the Blair House Inn.

To become a truly skilled chef, French cuisine should be second nature. Chef Chris will teach the basics to a few staples of French cuisine. The French cooking class has been our highest attended school this summer. Come see why. Our new Farm-to-Table cooking class is a diamond in the rough at Blair House Inn. With more and more people trying to eat healthy, fresh and organic ingredients have become very popular. We will show you how to take those quality farmers market finds and turn them into a masterpiece. Sometimes, all that is needed to prepare an amazing dinner is to just get out of the way of your ingredients. That is what this cooking class teaches: quality and simplicity. Two things that is lacking in most cuisine these days. Let us help you become the chef you always wanted to be; sign up for one of the final summer cooking schools today. We hope to see you soon in the Wimberley, Texas hill country at Blair House Inn.

Final Summer Cooking Schools

September 9th – 11th: Classic French Cuisine

Learn the art of haute cuisine. Create exciting fare such as Shrimp Scampi, French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon. Learn the art of roasting carnard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Crème Caramel. The Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

Farmers Market

September 23rd – 25th: New! Farm-to-Table Cuisine

A class dedicated to fresh seasonal ingredients, innovative dishes and local foods that showcase Hill Country produce and products. Learn to prepare locally produced foods with an emphasis on freshness, seasonality, local availability, and simple preparation such as Texas Pecan and Bourbon Pie or a Handmade Artisan Goat Cheese and Fresh Mint Salad.

Gruene, TX

July 30th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Blair House Inn in Wimberley, TX is close to many exciting summer events. Head south to Gruene, TX for some summer concerts and possibly take a long float in the river. Gruene, TX is a state landmark, combining modern shops and restaurants with historic surroundings. Stop for dinner at the Gristmill and walk over to the general store for a milk shake and homemade fudge. Gruene Hall is the oldest continually running dancehall in Texas. And during summer the weeks are packed full of music and dancing. They even offer some Texas Swing Dancing lessons for those looking to improve their two stepping skills. Gruene, TX has something for everyone. Find your favorite spot and then spend the night here at Blair House Inn.

Junior Brown

JUNIOR BROWN

Friday, August 2nd, 8pm

Combining the soul of country and the spirit of Rock-n-Roll, Junior Brown’s music appeals to country purists, alternative country rebels, rock-n-roll lovers, and to mainstream music lovers. Junior expresses his virtuosity on his distinctly unique instrument, the twin-necked “guit-steel,” which is an efficient combination of a steel guitar and an electric guitar, one which he affectionately calls “Big Red”. In Junior’s hands, the guit-steel is an amazing tool, a means to creating some of the hottest, most heartfelt playing heard in years. Playing everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to rock showcases on the West Coast, to Gruene Hall, Junior has been heralded by major publications such as Musician, Life, and Guitar Player magazines, to name a few, as a musical genius. “He may very well be one of the few true musical artists we have left – a player firmly rooted in the past but whose forceful personality and sheer talent make his work stand out as a unique and unmistakable form of self-expression.” Cover at the door.

SWING DANCE LESSONS!

Tuesdays

Learn simple, fun East Coast Swing steps in this one-hour class held every Tuesday at Gruene Hall all summer long. This class is perfect for beginners or those wanting to polish their wraps, tunnels, turns and spins! Lessons are just $8 per person and you don’t need to bring a partner to join the fun! Hang around Gruene for dinner and to try out your moves with popular rock-a-billy group Two Tons of Steel that evening.

French Cuisine Cooking School: Blair House Inn

July 18th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

French Cuisine cooking schoolBlair House Inn’s recent Classic French cooking school was a complete success. A class of 7 put together some exceptional dishes and had a ball in the kitchen. Chef Chris started Monday by having students prepare Cognac Shrimp, Steak au Poivre, and Dauphinoise Potatoes with homemade bread. Lemon Curd Crepes rounded out the first meal of the week. A good start to an exciting three days of French Cuisine.

Everyone was excited to get a running start Tuesday morning despite the rain pouring outside. The smells drifting out of the kitchen had mouths watering all day. Herbs and Goat Cheese Fritattas got breakfast off to a wonderful start. Served with Tomato Basil Sauce and Rosemary Lavender Potatoes on the side. Pear Clafouti with Crème Fraiche rounded out a hearty breakfast.

The students needed the extra energy to push through a full day of cooking. Laughs filled the kitchen all afternoon while students prepared French Onion Soup, Cog au Vin, Lemongrass and Garlic Rice, and vegetables drizzled with compound butter (the heart and soul of French Cuisine). Chocolate Walnut Pot de Crème for dessert was to die for. The running joke was students forgetting whether they added sugar to recipes or adding salt instead of sugar. The little things that make new recipes and good friends so much fun. Everything worked out in the end with a few extra plates just to make sure. Tuesday dinner featured some true highlights of French Cuisine. Beef Bourguignon, Duck a la Orange with a side of braised greens and a fresh baguette. There was just enough room left for a Crème Caramel for dessert. Full bellies and empty glasses made for a relaxing evening listening to the rain in the trees.

French Cuisine cooking school

Wednesday cooking school served Eggs Florentine with Hollandaise Sauce and homemade Brioche to soak up all the Hollandaise goodness. After preparing a lunch of Charcuterie Sandwiches on homemade Rosemary Cheese flatbread and fresh Mayonnaise the class packed everything up for a field trip to Bella Vista Ranch. Bella Vista is a local olive oil producer set on a beautiful vineyard in the Texas hill country. Everyone came back full and happy. A great end to a eventful cooking school.

This was one of our best groups of cooking schools guests. The kitchen was full of laughter and mouthwatering smells. Speaking as someone who sits in the office ten feet from the kitchen, the smell was overwhelming. Blair House Inn offers so many opportunities to come learn world class cooking techniques. I want full classes every week. Our French Cuisine cooking school is only the tip of the iceberg. Take a look at our website to see the variety of cooking schools we offer. I’m sure you will find something to sink your teeth into.

Wimberley Neighbors Events: Blair House Inn

July 7th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

porch at sunsetBlair House Inn is located in the wonderful community of Wimberley, TX, located in the heart of Texas hill country. Every season is filled with many activities and festivals for visitors and locals, alike. We just had an exceptional Fourth of July celebration. Parades, fireworks, refreshments, good food, and good people. We are proud to highlight some of our neighbors events. In hopes you find the attractions irresistible and become compelled to visit the hill country. July is expected to be full of events that are definitely worth a visit. Even if relaxation and a peaceful retreat is what you’re looking for, Blair House Inn can accommodate. Take a peek at our neighbors events and book a room with us at the Blair House Inn, today.

Luminous Libations

Luminous Libations

Outdoor lounging is the reason for the season. Wimberley Glassworks will host an evening affair highlighting our outdoor glass and fixture inventory. Come for a unique experience while you walk the grounds and indulge in gourmet treats and liquid refreshments provided by Taste Buds. Our hand-blown exterior lighting will be showcased and on special from July 27th through August 4th.

Jazz Horn

Hill Country Jazz Band

Join us Sunday, June 30 at the Wimberley Community Center to welcome the Hill Country Jazz Band to the Chamber Center. You are invited to attend their free concert at the Community Center, 14068 RR 12 at 4:00pm.

The Hill Country Jazz Band was organized in 2005 as an 8 piece small group playing professional engagements in the hill country area. In 2012 the group was expanded to the present 18 member format and began providing free public concerts for patrons in the Wimberley and surrounding area. The group is organized by Bob Tull, trombonist, retired 30 year member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Several of the band members contribute musical arrangements to the group. The players include public school and college music teachers as well as others in various professions who simply love playing big band music.

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