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Blair House Inn on TripConnect

February 27th, 2014 by Michael Schneider

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.

Wellness Vacation at Blair House Inn

February 12th, 2014 by Michael Schneider

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 Michael Schneider

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.

Gift Certificates: Blair House Inn

December 10th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

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 Michael Schneider

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 Michael Schneider

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.

Blair House Inn: 2014 Cooking School

October 8th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

 

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 Michael Schneider

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 Michael Schneider

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

French Cuisine Cooking School: Blair House Inn

July 18th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

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.

Texas Hill Country Wild Flowers

March 25th, 2010 by Michael Schneider

Texas Blue Bonnet

We have our first sign of Texas Hill Country Wild Flowers.  A single Blue Bonnet has peaked its head, showing that it will be a bright Spring.  The Hill Country is known for its beautiful wild flowers and we are sure to share in the beauty.  We are located on 23 acres and will have fields of flowers thru Spring and into the Summer.  Reservations are limited, so Book Now to reserve your space and enjoy nature’s gift!

Satisfied Texas Hill Country Guest!

March 11th, 2010 by Michael Schneider

We received the following comment on the Select Registry Website.

“This is the best B&B we have stayed at.  There was plenty to do, but no pressure to do anything.  The town of Wimberley is full of shops and restaurants, but the B&B had all the accommodations, and we didn’t need to go anywhere.  The walking trail was beautiful.  We made a trip to the Bella Vista Ranch, and experienced fresh olive oil for their olive grove.

It’s difficult to fully express our experience at the Blair House.  The wine tasting Saturday night provided by Torre di Pietra Vineyards, Fredricksburg, TX topped off a fantastic 5 course dinner, including mesquite smoked pork tenderloin.

My compliments to the Chef for the superb dinner & breakfast.

Mike & Vickie mad us feel very welcome.  They were quick to meet our every need.

It was all perfect!”

Linda ~ Lake Jackson, TX

We would like to thank Linda for her kind comments about our Inn.  We strive to make every guest feel at home!  Join us this Summer and we will indulge your every need!  Click here for reservations and availability.

Wimberley's Winter's Eve Festival Dec. 5th

November 11th, 2009 by Michael Schneider

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Texas Hill Country may not get much snow, but we know how to decorate.  Come and see for your self during Wimberley’s Winter’s Eve Festival on the Square.  Enjoy a wonderful day full of festivities and shopping.  The Blair House has available dinner reservations for our gourmet five course meal that evening at 7:30 pm.  Click here to review some of our menus and call us to make your reservations today.

Wimberley Guest Celebrate 5 Year Travel Anniversary!

August 26th, 2009 by Michael Schneider

The Blair House Inn would like to take a moment and celebrate a five year anniversary of one of our repeat guest.  Rick and Rebecca Weiler have been coming to The Blair House Inn for five years.  Rick has sent a wonderful note that we would like to share with our entire guest.

“Someone ask us how many times we have been down to Blair House, so I had to do some research.  Interesting what I found out.  Our first trip to Blair House was five years ago for my birthday at the end of August.  We are coming back this weekend to celebrate my birthday again.  As it turns out, our five year anniversary of knowing you and visiting The Blair House.  This will be our 17th visit.  Every one of them has been better than the last and we will never tire of relaxing, meeting new friends, and enjoying the incredible Blair House cuisine on Saturday Nights.  As you know we consider ourselves part of your family now!!”

We would like to wish Rick a Happy Birthday and many more wonderful years with the Blair House Inn!

Welcome to our new Website!

May 28th, 2009 by Michael Schneider

Mike and Vickie Schneider, Innkeepers at Blair House Inn

Mike and Vickie Schneider, Innkeepers at Blair House Inn

Blair House Inn is excited about the launch of our new website, featuring great photos, an online store for our popular cooking classes, and this blog, where we plan to share news about our bed and breakfast, Texas Hill Country Travel Tips, and information about our Art Gallery Showings and Cooking Classes.

Thanks for stopping by, and we hope to see you soon in person at our Wimberley Texas Inn!

Warmly,

Mike and Vickie Schneider

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