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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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