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2015 Cooking School Schedule

January 27th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

cooking schoolBlair House Inn presents our 2015 cooking school schedule. This year will be full of great eats in the Texas Hill Country. Executive Chef Brian Maher will work hands on with cooking school guests to teach the very best techniques and recipes.

We are excited to feature three new cooking schools in 2015. Our new Executive Chef Brian Maher has added an Asian Cuisine class. Students will learn the basics of traditional and not so traditional Asian fare. Impress your friends with perfect sushi rolls at your next dinner party. October brings our Oktoberfest class. There is a strong history of German food and culture in the Texas Hill Country. Come try your hand at some favorite Oktoberfest dishes and don’t forget a cold pint. A special Vegetarian Cuisine class has also been added for guests wanting to eat healthier without giving up on taste. We have selected some excellent recipes to highlight the endless possibilities of vegetarian cooking. If your hoping to keep that New Year’s resolution this year to get healthy, join us for a flavorful walk through the garden.

All the themed cooking school classes are held Monday thru Wednesday. A 20% discount on the room rate is offered to those who choose to extend their stay by an extra day. Cooking School Reservations can be made online or by calling (512) 847-1111 or toll free (877) 549-5450. All of our classes are designed to improve anyone’s skills. From novice to experienced chefs. Take a look at the 2015 cooking school schedule and find a class just right for you. We hope to see full classes and full bellies at Blair House Inn.
 

2015 Cooking School Schedule

 
January 19th – 21st: 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.

February 2nd – 4th : 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.

February 16th – 18th : 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 2nd – 4th: 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 16th – 18th : 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.

March 30th – April 1st : Asian Cuisine – A new class this year for those wanting to learn to prepare their favorite Asian Cuisine at home. Our Executive Chef will spend 3 days teaching a variety of Asian Cuisine and the fine art of Sushi. Asian dishes like Chicken Teriyaki, Miso soup, spring rolls, vegetable tempura and an assortment of Sushi rolls will have even the newest of chefs tossing the wok like a pro. Finish with sweet delights like Green Tea Crème Brulee and Tempura Ice Cream to make a meal unforgettable.

April 13th – 15th: 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 27th – 29th : 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.

May 11th – 13th : 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. Our Executive Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

May 18th – 20th : 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.

June 8th – 10th : 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.

June 22nd – 24th: BBQ with Fresh Herbs – Take it to the next level! Learn the 3 methods of Barbeque; direct/indirect, smoking, & grilling. Utilizing the Blair House Inn herb garden, learn how to enhance the flavor of your meals. Prepare Cilantro Shrimp Kabobs, Slow Smoked Lamb Chops, Smoked Herbed Turkey Breast, Dutch-oven Pineapple Upside Down Cake, or such favorites as Lemon Herb Buttermilk Sorbet. Enhance your summer cooking by using sure fire brines and marinades.

July 6th – 8th : 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. Our Executive Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

July 20th – 22nd : Vegetarian Cuisine – A new class this year inspired by the desire for healthy living and adding a new spin on vegetarian cuisine. Learn to make vinaigrettes, marinades, and flavored oils to enhance your experience in making your vegetables more flavorful and delicious. Wild Mushroom Polenta, Roasted Vegetable Risotto, and Black Bean Cakes with Pico de Gallo are some of the dishes that will help elevate the traditional vegetarian fare. Also, learn how to make a variety of breads such as Olive Baguettes, Dried Fig Flatbread, and Sundried Tomato Focaccia. Finish up your meal with some of our special desserts: Mango Crème Brulee, Chocolate Bread Pudding, and Tropical Fruit Tarts.

August 3rd – 5th : 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.

August 10th – 12th : 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 7th – 9th : Country French – Our Executive 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!

September 21st – 23rd : 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.

October 5th – 7th : Oktoberfest German Cuisine – The Texas Hill Country has a long tradition of German culinary influences. Spend Oktoberfest with Blair House Inn and learn some classic dishes, such as, German Pot Roast known as Sauerbraten, Pork Schnitzel, Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Potato Pancakes, and Braised Red Cabbage. End your meal with rich German Black Forest Cake and Apple Strudel for dessert. I’m sure we will find some room for a German beer or two. Prost!

October 19th – 21st: 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.

November 2nd – 4th : Asian Cuisine – A new class this year for those wanting to learn to prepare their favorite Asian Cuisine at home. Our Executive Chef will spend 3 days teaching a variety of Asian Cuisine and the fine art of Sushi. Asian dishes like Chicken Teriyaki, Miso soup, spring rolls, vegetable tempura and an assortment of Sushi rolls will have even the newest of chefs tossing the wok like a pro. Finish with sweet delights like Green Tea Crème Brulee and Tempura Ice Cream to make a meal unforgettable.

November 16th – 18th : 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. Our Executive Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking..

November 30th – December 2nd : Hill Country Holiday Feast & Baking ­ Get in the mood of the Holidays. Learn a variety of ways to cook turkey and side dishes. Make holiday dishes such as Mesquite Smoked Turkey, Chocolate Truffles, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Ginger Cookies, Classic Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Bruleé, Pecan and Sage Cornbread Dressing, and Sausage Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Port Glaze! Make this holiday traditional, but with a twist!

2015 Vintner Dinner Series

January 8th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

2015 Vintner Dinner SeriesThis is our 14th annual Vintner Dinner Series. Owners Chris & Lois Mahoney continue 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 taste and explore local wines, learn the wine making process, and how the proper pairings enhance the flavors of food. Join us for a Saturday evening of wine and gourmet food you’re sure to love.
Saturday evenings from January 17 until February 28, excluding Valentine’s Day, vintners and/or their representatives will be on hand to explain their wine making process and the unique character of the wines they create. Our Chef, Brian Maher, 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 17, 2015 – Westcave Cellars Winery, Round Mountain, TX
Just 30 minutes from Austin, Westcave Cellars Winery is nestled in the oaks along scenic Hamilton Pool Road. The winery is a few miles west of Hamilton Pool Preserve, Reimers Ranch, and Westcave Preserve. Whether you are sightseeing at one of these local parks or traveling to the wineries in Fredericksburg, Dripping Springs and Driftwood, They invite you to visit Westcave Cellars.

January 24, 2015 – Bella Vista Ranch, Wimberley, TX
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 and grapes. 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.

January 31, 2015 – The Austin Winery, Austin, TX
As an urban winery, we are not tied to vineyards that we own. In fact, we don’t own any. Rather, we work with established family- owned vintners and grape growers from select regions to find the most expressive terroir for a particular varietal. Once we secure sourcing, we go to work crafting our wines.

February 7, 2015 – Bell Springs Winery, Dripping Springs, TX
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. Visiting guests can enjoy a large outdoor covered deck and tree lined lawns perfect for picnics. Bring along some food, grab a bottle of wine and hang out!

February 21, 2015 – Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, New Braunfels, TX
From a fledgling winery in 1998, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards now produces 8,000 cases a year, with expansion plans to produce 12,000. With only 5 acres of good soil, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards focuses on growing Black Spanish, which is resistant to Pierce’s disease. While we grow only one grape variety, don’t let that fool you. Dry Comal Creek has developed a series of award-winning specialty wines including French Colombard (Demi-Sweet and Bone Dry), Orange Muscat, White Black Spanish, Comal Red, Black Spanish and 1096 Port – each of them spectacular in their own right and meant to be drinkable now.

February 28, 2015 – Stone House Vineyards, Spicewood, TX
The name Stone House Vineyard suggests permanence and durability, two qualities owners Angela and Howard Moench undoubtedly espouse in their wine making and grape growing. At Stone House they believe excellence in wine making is about exploration and integrity.

Gift Certificates

December 7th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

gift certificates

Blair House Inn is here to help with holiday shopping this year. Give a gift certificate to the loved ones in your life. Blair House Inn gift certificates can be customized to fit anyone’s needs. Is there an aspiring chef at home? A Cooking School makes a perfect opportunity to work alongside Executive Chef Brian Maher. Brian will teach them to create delicious dishes for family and friends. We all know a wonderful couple that always thinks of everyone else before themselves. Spice things up for them with a romantic weekend getaway 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

Big Weekend

October 29th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

Big WeekendBlair House Inn is ready to celebrate Halloween in the Texas hill country. Halloween weekend is a big weekend. Come to enjoy the Wimberley Market Days and Halloween festivities. Or take a drive to Austin to watch Formula 1 drivers fly around the Circuit of the Americas race track. This is definitely a weekend to make a trip to the Texas hill country.

Formula 1 racing is the most watched, most innovative, most expensive and star-studded motorsport in the world. Circuit of The Americas will host the only stop in the United States. Last year, 250,325 guests filled COTA making it one of the highest attended F1 Grand Prix races of the 2013 season. Put on your cowboy hat and come experience the 2014 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX in Austin, Texas. Roam the expansive guest areas where local food and entertainment is at every corner. Show off your cowboy boots at the Texas Saloon village, featuring Western activities for all ages. Guests can also dance their way over to the Latin-themed Pachanga village or stroll over to the Sports Bar to enjoy an endless supply of American football and beer. Tickets are still available for anyone who wants to see the apex of car racing.

Downtown Wimberley will be hosting another eventful Market Days Saturday. This is a great time to visit the vendors and have a delicious lunch. Having trouble finding that perfect Christmas gift? Market Days is sure to provide. Wimberley hosts over 475 booths of the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state. Come stroll the tree-shaded paths, listen to live music and shop to your heart’s content. Some of their featured vendors can certainly help find exactly what you are looking for. Be My Baby Now, decor, dolls, masks and toys; Cameo Farm, arts & crafts, garden items and plants; El Nopalito, antiques, cactus plants, cigar boxes, concrete items and ceramics; La Di Da Crafts, aprons, baby items, handmade items, kitchen items and pillows.

Thanksgiving and Christmas

September 18th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

Thanksgiving and Christmas

Blair House Inn will be open Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. The new owners have decided to stay open for Christmas week. Now you can join us for the holidays. We will be serving both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for our guests. Come and enjoy a traditional holiday feast in the heart of Texas hill country. We look forward to sharing the holidays with our guests. Thanksgiving and Christmas are not the same without a house full of friends and family. Since we are open Thanksgiving and Christmas, be a part of our family.

Head downtown to soak in all Wimberley has to offer for the holidays. There will be all kinds of events to see and enjoy. Symphonies, plays, farmers markets, and market days the first Saturday of every month. There is nothing like a small town Thanksgiving and Christmas. The 17th Annual Trail of Lights at the Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens is a huge hit every year. Beautiful decorations displayed in the gardens and around town. Lights as far as the eye can see. Once you experience what Wimberley has to offer, you will be coming back year after year. Also, being an hour away from downtown Austin and San Antonio puts close to the big city fun as well.

We want everyone to come and stay at the Blair House Inn for the holidays. Relax on the property to let the stress of the year fade away. Or head into town for the festivities. We have something for everyone. Don’t forget about the Blair House Day Spa. You’ve been good. You deserve a massage. Thanksgiving and Christmas are a magical time. Blair House Inn is the perfect place to spend your holidays. Book your stay soon before rooms disappear and you miss all the fun. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

Lomi Lomi Massage

September 16th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

“One practice, which has survived to this day, called the Lomi Lomi, is a luxurious one. It is a process in which skillful hands knead the body, manipulate the joints, after which a delightful and refreshing languor steals over the whole body.”
- Alexander S. Twombly

Lomi Lomi Massage

The Blair House Inn’s day spa offers an abundant selection of stylized massages. There is the Swedish massage, which focuses on muscle tension to induce relaxation, the deep tissue massage, which employs techniques that are slower and uses deep pressure to release stress and tension, the hot stone, which uses smooth heated basalt stones to transmit warmth and energy, while massage strokes release pressure from your body, and the Lomi Lomi massage, a traditional Hawaiian massage that works with the body’s natural flow and rhythm, creating a deep state of healing and well being.

All of our massage therapists are professionally trained, however, to be certified to practice Lomi Lomi, they must travel to the beautiful and tranquil lands of Hawaii, where they are taught by locals the unique technique that has been handed down from generation to generation. The Lomi Lomi holds an important place in the Hawaiian people’s culture and history; traditionally everyone in the ‘ohana(family) knew Lomi Lomi, and massaged each other every day. The massage has been used not only for relaxation purposes, but native healers have used it as physical therapy to cure injury and illness.

The movement of the hands, combined with the power of meditation, breath, and loving touch are what make the Lomi Lomi unique. The movements are gentle, graceful, and rhythmic, alternating between light and deep massage on the body’s pressure points, nerve centers, muscle tissues and external organs. The result is removal of toxic waste, tension, pain and fatigue, and replaces them with positive energy, increases circulation, and improves muscle tone.

Our spa is open to everyone. Come book an appointment to experience the sublime Lomi Lomi massage, or any one of our massages by calling 512-847-1111.

Cooking Schools

September 11th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

cooking schoolsIf you are looking for a unique vacation opportunity, then join us at Blair House Inn for one of our three day themed cooking school. Chef Brian will give hands on instruction and inside information from years of culinary training. He will share some tips and tricks to make you a star at your next dinner party. Our cooking schools are lots of fun and very informative. you will learn everything from French techniques to mouth-watering BBQ on the grill. We also offer two day weekend cooking classes as well. You will work with Chef Brian to prepare the Saturday Evening Dinner. This class is limited to two people allowing for a more focused learning experience. Find the perfect cooking school for you and start cooking. Spaces go fast.

Remaining 2014 Cooking Schools

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.

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.

November 3rd – 5th : 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.

November 17th – 19th : 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 will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

December 1st – 3rd : Hill Country Holiday Feast & Baking ­- Get in the mood of the Holidays. Learn a variety of ways to cook turkey and side dishes. Make holiday dishes such as Mesquite Smoked Turkey, Chocolate Truffles, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Ginger Cookies, Classic Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Bruleé, Pecan and Sage Cornbread Dressing, and Sausage Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Port Glaze! Make this holiday traditional, but with a twist!

Wimberley Market Days

September 3rd, 2014 by blairhouseinn

Market Days

Wimberley Market Days has been an institution in the Texas hill country since 1964. Local vendors set up for business on the tailgates of their trucks. They brought and sold everything – including pigs, rugs and homemade tamales. Now, it has grown to nearly 500 booths offering goods for buyers to explore. Market Days are held the first Saturday of every month from March through December. Vendors and shoppers alike come from all over Texas to stroll along the paved, tree-shaded lanes of Lions Field finding everything they can’t live without. The Wimberley Lions sponsor all of the food booths and offer plenty of options, including BBQ plates and sandwiches, grilled sausages, breakfast tacos, hot dogs and hamburgers. Lions are hard-put to let anybody at their market go hungry! Visitors can also purchase popcorn, ice cream, funnel cakes, soft drinks, shaved ice and sweets all day long. Local musicians gather at the spacious Lions Pavilion and entertain the crowds who sit in the shade to eat, drink and rest. So, book a stay at Blair House Inn to enjoy Wimberley Market Days.You will not be disappointed.

Lions Field is located on RR 2325 about 1/4 mile from its junction with RR12. Gates to Market Day open at 7:00 a.m. and close when the last vendor packs up his merchandise and heads for home at 4:00 p.m. Admission to Wimberley Market Days is free; parking is available for a $5 donation.

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.

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