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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

August 24th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

tripadvisor certificate of excellenceOnce again, Blair House Inn has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Four years in a row we have earned this rating. We strive every year to be the best we can and offer the very best to our guests. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence means we have ranked highly with our guests. We provide amenities and service above and beyond the status quo. We consistently rank high as a bed and breakfast on TripAdvisor, both locally and nationally. The new owners, Chris & Lois, will continue this tradition of excellence. They want to keep the level of service as high as possible. Take a look at our ranking and see for yourself why we have awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

“Great Bed & Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014
My wife and I just spent three wonderful days at the beautiful and relaxing Blair House Inn. The Dallas room was perfect, the grounds were well kept, and the atmosphere was like staying with friends. But the best of all was the cooking! Wow! We loved everything from the amazing banana bread to the incredible eggs Benedict – and the desserts with wine before going to bed? Delicious! We would recommend the Blair House to anyone and everyone!

“Amazing food and hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013
We ate breakfast at the Blair House Inn two days and were not disappointed. The ambiance and service was great and the food was high-quality. The coffee stood out as being really good too.

“A Wonderful Romantic Getaway”
5 of 5 stars 5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2013
We recently spent a long weekend at the Blair House Inn to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. What a delightful place to stay. The accommodations were very comfortable and the food was absolutely fabulous! Each breakfast was delicious…but the Saturday evening dinner was amongst some of the best meals we’ve ever eaten…not to mention the fun wine and dessert turn-down service!

Our New Chef: Brian Maher

August 11th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

Our New Chef: Brian MaherBlair House Inn is proud to introduce our new chef, Brian Maher. Brian is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America with 25 years’ experience preparing high quality, delicious cuisine. His career has included such well known restaurants as Julia Child’s Kitchen in Napa Valley and The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, among others. Brian has shown a talent for creative dinner options and traditional dishes with a unique touch. He has stepped right into hosting our nationally recognized cooking schools. Offering guests a complete view of classic technique and modern improvements on French, Italian, BBQ, & Mediterranean cuisine. Join us for a cooking school or Saturday evening dinner. Open to outside guests, as well as guests staying at Blair House, Brian Maher’s newest gourmet meal is sure to please. Enjoy a perfect weekend getaway in the Texas hill country. Join us at Blair House Inn.

September 8th – 10th : Country French Cuisine – Chef 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!

October 6th – 8th : 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.

October 20th – 22nd: 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.

Blair House Inn Has New Owners

August 6th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

New OwnersThe Blair House Inn, located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, has recently been sold. The previous owners, Mike & Vickie Schneider, developed the business into one of the top inns in the country. After 13 years, they decided the time was right to move on to new endeavors and have left Blair House to an eager and excited couple. The new owners, Chris & Lois Mahoney, plan to build upon the inn’s reputation as the best inn in the Texas Hill Country.
Lois and Chris bring expertise and many years of experience in hospitality and customer service to Blair House Inn. Lois’ career in hospitality has spanned over the last 30 years. Her family owned hotel/motels, bed & breakfasts, and RV parks. After obtaining a degree in Accounting from Corpus Christi A&M and becoming a CPA she entered the world of finance and accounting in the hotel industry. She has worked for well-known hospitality companies such as Wyndham International, Renaissance Hotels, Aimbridge Hospitality, Prism Hotels and Resorts, and Highgate Hotels. Chris is a graduate of UT with a degree in Business Finance. He brings an operations, customer service, and sales background with 20 years’ experience in operations management for two large global logistics companies and the insurance industry.
Owning and operating an inn has been a lifelong dream. They fell in love with the Blair House Inn’s panoramic views, peaceful setting, and spacious rooms on their first visit and knew it was the right opportunity for them. Lois and Chris will continue the tradition of providing a unique dining and hospitality experience guests can expect at Blair House Inn.

A Word From The New Owners

We are very excited about starting a new chapter of our lives at the Blair House Inn. We not only purchased a beautiful property, but also inherited a wonderful staff and have added a fabulous Chef. All are focused on making our guest’s stay relaxing and enjoyable. We know that our greatest assets are our guests and we would love to meet all of you who have supported the Inn over the years.

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!

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