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Summer Cooking School: The Blair House Inn

June 24th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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Blair House Inn has a summer cooking school to bring out your inner chef. Everyone enjoys seafood, but not everyone can prepare a great dish. The new Mediterranean Seafood cuisine summer cooking school can fix that. Our chef Chris Huffman will show you how to prepare some wonderful dishes to please even the pickiest eaters.  Our Mediterranean class is perfect for vegetarians. Most of our dishes focus on quality ingredients without using meat products. Add in a well prepared seafood main course and everyone will be happy.

Now if BBQ is what your looking for, join us at the Blair House Inn Barbeque Camp summer 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. In Texas, BBQ is king. Come to Blair House Inn summer cooking school and be the king of the neighborhood!

July 22nd – 24th:New! Mediterranean Seafood 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 in Puff Pastry, Calamari, Fresh Fish Filet with Tomato Herb Sauce, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. This class features a variety of seafood dishes. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

August 5th – 7th : Barbeque Camp! (Featured on the Food Network)

– Summer in Texas means BBQ, and if you’re tired of the same old brisket, this is a class designed especially for you! Learn the finest wood smoking with the Big Green Egg and grilling techniques, and try your hand at these lively recipes.  Dishes like Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Beer Can Chicken, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Ice Cream will add excitement to any cook-out. Be the star of the neighborhood!

Blair House Inn: Summer Events Calendar

June 13th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Summer Events

The Blair House Inn invites everyone to the Texas Hill Country for fun summer events. Many of the surrounding towns take advantage of summer weather by hosting amazing events for travelers hoping to have some fun. Here in Wimberley is three days of festivities for Fourth of July. There’s something for everyone. Check out what’s going on in the hill country and plan your visit to see us at the Blair House Inn.

Wimberley’s July Jubilee Summer Events Calendar July 3-6

Gates open Wednesday, July 3, at the VFW Rodeo Grounds. Mini Bull-riding and live music will highlight the evening. Festivities culminate with early fireworks over the Wimberley Valley skies. This inaugural night of the Jubilee will also feature arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage booths, and carnival games. July 4’s Jubilee activities will begin with the down-home charm of the Wimberley Parade winding through downtown Wimberley. At night, the action returns to VFW Rodeo Grounds for opening night of Wimberley’s popular VFW Rodeo. A CPRA sanctioned event, the rodeo attracts an average of 3,000 fans per evening. On July 5, activities continue with the second night of bronco riding, team-roping, barrel-racing, and bull-riding. After the rodeo, fans will be treated to live music from the Ranch Rock Band and a boot-scootin’ cowboy dance. July 6 events begin at Lions Field, with one of the most popular market days in the state. Wimberley Market Day attracts shoppers, bargain hunters, and treasure seekers from around the state. That evening, the VFW Rodeo will conclude with another night of livestock action.

San Marcos BigFest June 28-30

Big fest is a fundraising music festival for the Cheatham Street Warehouse Music Foundation, and a celebration of Big John Mills’ birthday. This year’s festival will be held June 28-30 in the historic Cheatham Street Warehouse. The place musicians such as George Strait, Todd Snider, and Randy Rogers got their start. Radio Free Texas will be broadcasting the event live. Don’t forget to check out the silent auction. Find a perfect gift for the music fan in your life.

Bandera Riverfest June 29

Come join the fun as Bandera Business Association holds its 16th annual RIVERFEST, June 29, on the banks of the beautiful Medina River. Mosey on over to the food booths where you will find the best picnic fare on the river! Plenty to choose from and lots of entertainment while you eat too! One of the featured events is our search for the best singer in the hill country. Get your vocal cords ready and select your music, competition will be fun! The winner will get to do some special singing appearances in and around Bandera! Browse through our excellent selection of Arts and Craft Booths, each selected from a juried show for their skill and craftsmanship, or venture into the information and exhibit area. Stroll through our Open Car Show and Swap meet. Teams of cookers will be doing their best riverside bar-b-cueing to win the coveted prize of Best Brisket Cooker. If all this isn’t enough, get ready for the “GREAT HILL COUNTRY ANYTHING THAT FLOATS REGATTA”! Don’t miss this infamous parade that will keep you laughing as the creative entries make their way down the Medina River.

New Braunfels Peddler Show August 9-11

The Peddler Show rolls into town August 9-11 featuring a brand new show custom built just for New Braunfels! Be inspired as you shop from an exclusive selection of talented designers, artisans, creators, and craftsmen from all over the country. Find unique merchandise for your home, health, wardrobe, and family all at the New Braunfels Civic Center! Come experience THE Perfect Street of Shops created just for New Braunfels!

San Marcos Summer Concerts in the Park Summer Events Calendar July 6 – August 8

Head out to San Marcos for the annual concert series. Their summer events calendar features live music every Thursday evening at San Marcos Plaza Park, June 6 through August 8 from 7:30 pm to 9:30pm. The 2013 concert series lineup includes: Terri Hendrix June 20; Those Nights June 27; San Marcos Summerfest July4; Soul Track Mind July 11; Brave Combo July 18; Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros July 25; Graybone August 1; and Two Tons of Steel August 8.

Hill Country Concert featuring Texas Best!

May 23rd, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Around the corner from Blair House Inn, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, the Blue Hole Regional Park is putting on a fundraiser. Proceeds go to Friends of the Blue Hole foundation. A worthy cause dedicated to improving the historic Blue Hole in Wimberley, TX. A central Texas landmark drawing visitors for decades. Help preserve this beautiful oasis in the Texas Hill Country.

 

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Blue Hole Concerts For The Park 2013

 

Friday June 7th

Friends of Blue Hole Fundraiser- 5 pm to 7:30 pm  $45 donation

Complimentary hors’ oeuvres; beer & wine available.

Artist Line-up:

Elizabeth Lee  5:00-6:00 pm

Susan Gibson  6:15-7:45 pm

Hal Ketchum  8:00-9:00 pm

Sahara Smith  9:00-10:00 pm

 

Saturday June 8th

All Day Concert for Blue Hole – $35

Food vendors all day, beer & wine available 4-10 pm

Swimming until 4 pm

Artist Line-up:

The Travis Wheeler Band 11:00-11:45 am

Spilt Milk 12:00-12:45 pm

Opie Hendrix Band 1:00-1:45 pm

T-Bone and The Bluetones 2:00-2:45 pm

Susan Arbuckle Band 3:00-4:00 pm

Eric Tessmer Band 4:15-5:15 pm

Texas Renegade 5:30-6:30 pm

Ruthie Foster 6:45-8:15 pm

Rick Trevino 8:30-10:00 pm

 

Sunday June 9th

Concert for Blue Hole – $25

Food vendors all day, swimming until 5 pm

Artist Line-up:

Walker Pickens 11:00-12:00 pm

Carrie Ann 12:15-1:15 pm

The Distractions 1:30-2:30 pm

Justin Black 2:45-3:45 pm

Chris Kipp 4:00-4:45 pm

Big Daddy Weave 5-7 pm

 

Blue Hole, Wimberley, TX

Bring your special someone to the Hill Country for three fun filled days of great music and food. Order a romantic picnic to enjoy on the Cypress Creek while listening to some of the best musicians in Texas. Walk or ride on one of the many scenic Hill Country nature trails around Blue Hole and Blair House. Guests are welcome to use our complimentary bicycles. Rooms will fill up quick, so make your reservations at Blair House Inn before someone else has all the fun.

 

Texas Hill Country Kitchen VIDEO Series | Grasshopper Pie: Part 2

May 10th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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Check out our NEW video! Learn how to make a delicious Grasshopper Pie.

Interested in learning more? Do you love to cook or know someone who does? The Blair House Inn offers over 25 Cooking Schools per year varying in theme and are open to people of all skill levels. View the complete schedule on our website or click here.  For our guests that can’t get away during the week we offer 2-day Individual cooking seminars with our chef. Get your hands dirty in the kitchen with Chef Chris and help prepare a five-course gourmet dinner fit for a king! Bring home the recipes and enjoy with family and friends. Enjoy the Texas Hill Country at the Blair House Inn!

 

Texas Bed and Breakfast Spring Break Getaway

February 26th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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There’s no need to book a plane ticket for spring break this year when there are so many options for Spring Breakers in Texas this year. Been there? Done that? Are you looking for something new to do? Or a quick getaway for Spring Break? The Texas Hill Country is right in our backyard with plenty to do from winery visits to hiking and biking. March is the perfect time to venture to the Hill Country for some fun and relaxation.

With spring break just around the corner some of you are frantically search for the perfect place to get away. Explore the heart of the Hill Country from our Texas bed and breakfast, the Blair House Inn. We are located in the charming town of Wimberley, just an hour south of Austin and hour north of San Antonio, we are in the center of it all. There’s something for everyone.

Top things to do during your Spring Break at Blair House Inn:

For Wine Connoisseurs and Foodies:

For Adventurers and Outdoor Enthusiast:

  • Book a tour with Wimberley Zip Line and soar through the air while soaking up the Hill Country views.
  • Hike the Blair House nature trail or take out the guest bikes and meander through the rolling hills of Wimberley Valley.
  • Grab your binoculars for some wonderful bird watching, the Blair House is home to many beautiful birds and other wildlife.

For Art Lovers and Treasure Hunters:

  • Browse through the many unique shops and art galleries located in downtown Wimberley. You’re sure to finds some unusual treasures.
  • Stop by the Wimberley Glass Works for a glass blowing experience that’s truly unforgettable.
  • Peruse through the halls at the Blair House Gallery and enjoy the art of local artists.

 

Don’t miss out on a unique Spring break destination, the Texas Hill Country. Make reservations now as space is limited. Call for more details or book online.

Texas Bed and Breakfast Spring Getaway: Bluebonnets & Barbeque!

February 12th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Chappell Hill Texas

 

Spring is in the air at this Texas bed and breakfast. Escape to the hill country and enjoy the Texas State Flower, the Bluebonnet, in all it’s glory. And, if that isn’t enough, over 5,000 varieties of wild flowers carpet the rolling hills of the central Texas Hill Country. Red, blue and yellow flowers sprout up along the country roads and highways, a truly beautiful sight for sore eyes after the cold brown winter. You can never start planning your next vacation too early, wildflower season is one of Texas bed and breakfast’s busiest seasons.

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Celebrate the coming of the season and enjoy spring like a true Texan with bluebonnets and barbeque. Meander the country roads soaking up the colorful woosh of wildflowers as you speed by. Stop at one of the areas best barbeque joints the Salt Lick for some finger lickin’ good brisket and ribs. Or better yet, register for the BBQ Camp at the Blair House Inn and learn to make your own marinades, sauces, and all the fixings to go with it. The Blair House Inn is national recognized as a destination cooking school. We offer hands on three day themed cooking schools in the unique setting of a Texas bed and breakfast.

Bluebonnet Field, Ellis County, Texas

Are you crazy about wildflowers? Well you’re not alone. Check out the Wild About Texas Wildflowers website for up-to-date wildflower sights. Let’s hope and pray for a just a little more rain to give those little sprouts a bit of a push this season. Feast your eyes on the beauty of the season this coming spring and fill your bellies with best barbeque in town. And if your hungry for more than just drive in the country, book a stay with us at the Blair House Inn and make a vacation out of wildflower season. Enjoy our Texas bed and breakfast at the height of the spring.

Texas Bed and Breakfast: Texas Wine Country Getaway

January 20th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Have a Nice Weekend

The Blair House Inn is a charming Texas bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Texas Wine Country. Don’t let these colds months discourage you from visiting one of the top wine destinations in Texas and in America. Home to over two hundred wineries and vineyards, each wineries is unique with their own special varietals and techniques for producing wines.

Explore the Texas Wine Country, book your next vacation at the Blair House Inn. Throughout the months of January and February we will be hosting our Annual Vintner Dinner Series. The Blair House Inn invites the areas Vintners to showcase their wines at our weekly Saturday Day Evening Dinners. This is a great opportunity to learn about the winemaking process, discover the fascinating history of Texas grapes, enjoy a five course gourmet dinner and take pleasure in in the company of your loved one.

Join us for our Vintner Dinner Series in a special Texas bed and breakfast venue, the Blair House Inn. We are located on 22 beautiful acres with gorgeous hill country vistas. Our Inn is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, this Blair House is a recipe for love. Surprise that special someone with a weekend of food, wine and luxury accommodations.

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We are pleased to have the following wineries join us of the Vintner Dinner Series:

 

Duchman Family Winery – January 26

Bella Vista Ranch – February 2

Westcave Cellars – February 9

Bell Springs Winery – February 16

Pleasent Hill Winery – February 23

 

If you just can’t get enough of wine. Be sure to get tickets to Uncork an Adventure: A Taste of Italy hosted by The Leaning Pear. This event will be held Sunday, February 10 from 5-8pm. Enjoy eight pairings and antipasti all in support of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.

 

Don’t miss out on this great event, make your reservations early these dinners sell out quickly. Contact the Blair House Inn to make reservations or for more details. Call 512-847-1111 or go to www.blairhouseinn.com.

 

Explore, savor, and relax at the Blair House Inn, a Texas bed and breakfast located in the heart of Wine Country.

Texas Hill Country: Last Minute Holiday Getaway!

December 16th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Wanted: Reindeer, must fly

Celebrate Christmas this season  in the Texas Hill Country. The Hill Country is abound with a variety of festive events. Some places have a white Christmas, but in the Hill Country we have a light Christmas. Between the months of November and January the hills are illuminated in a multi-colored glow, its an electrical extravagance that’s so contagious it has spread through out the Hill Country’s many small towns and now forms the Trail of Lights. The Emily Ann Theatre in Wimberley is a proud participant in the Trail of Lights. Enjoy hot chocolate as you walk the trail. You won’t want to miss the chance to see some of the areas best lights this season. If you are still not feeling festive enough you can enjoy the 2012 Holiday Wine Trail. Take part in the self-guided Holiday Wine Trail and enjoy the Hill Country’s vineyards and tasting rooms that will be cloaked in lights, warmth and holiday fun.

 

The Blair House will be decked out in lights and holly in celebration of the season. This weekend is your last chance to enjoy the Blair House’s annual Olde English Christmas Dinner. Can you hear the sleigh bells and smell of Christmas delights yet? Pack your bags and head to the Hill Country for a truly joyous celebration this Christmas.

 

Are you looking for that last minute gift idea? Give the gift of respite and relaxation to some you love or even to yourself this holiday season. The Blair House offers gift certificate for accommodations, day spa services, Saturday evening dinners, and more! Call to purchase, 512-847-1111 or go online. Last minute gift certificates purchases can be emailed.

 

We look forward sharing the warmth and joy of the season with you in the Texas Hill Country. Happy Holidays for the Blair House Staff!

Hill Country Bed and Breakfast: Celebrate the Holidays in the Heart of Texas

November 27th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Christmas is coming..

‘Tis the season to indulge in life’s many delights. Pack your bags and head to the Hill Country for the holidays. As the heat starts to wane and the signs of cooler weather arrive our thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays and the planning begins.

The Hill Country is abound with a variety of festive events. Some places have a white Christmas, but in the Hill Country we have a light Christmas. Between the months of November and January the hills are illuminated in a multi-colored glow, its an electrical extravagance that’s so contagious it has spread through out the Hill Country’s many small towns and now forms the Trail of Lights. The Emily Ann Theatre in Wimberley is a proud participant in the Trail of Lights. Enjoy hot chocolate as you walk the trail. If you are still not feeling festive enough you can enjoy the 2012 Holiday Wine Trail. Take part in the self-guided Holiday Wine Trail and enjoy the Hill Country’s vineyards and tasting rooms that will be cloaked in lights, warmth and holiday fun. Wrapping up the season

The Hill Country will be aglow in festivities this December. The Wimberley Winter’s Eve Festival  on the Square will take place on  December 8th. Shops will be open late, enjoy live music, food and vendors until 10 PM on Saturday.

The Blair House Inn will be decked out with lights and holly in celebration of the season.

Join us for our Olde English Saturday Evening Dinner served the first four Saturdays of December. Click the link to view the dinner menu.

Don’t miss out on our January Vintner Dinner series, enjoy a five course gourmet dinner paired with Texas Hill Country wines.

Hooray! The 2013 Cooking School Schedule is here. We are excited to announce several new classes. Be sure to see the full schedule on our website.

We look forward to sharing the warmth and joy of the season with you.

Texas Romantic Getaways: A Foodie’s Paradise

November 21st, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Starved rock fireplace

Search no more, the Texas Hill Country is the perfect Texas romantic getaway. The holidays are fast approaching and I bet you are looking for that unique “something” for that special person in your life. This is the perfect time to plan a Texas Hill Country vacation and attend one of our renowned Cooking Schools. Enjoy three days of hands-on time in the kitchen. Eat, drink, and learn; our Chef will guide through one of many themed group classes. Not sure when you want to come, purchase a gift certificate and choose your dates later.

Are you looking for something a little more intimate? Book a two day cooking school, class size is limited to two people. Enjoy some one-on-one time with the Chef helping him prepare the Saturday Evening Dinner for our guests at theInn. The Blair House Inn is the perfect post-holiday retreat. Come and relax with on our 22 acres, book a full body massage, and afterward cuddle up to the fireplace in your room.  Enjoy a romantic getaway, some fun in the kitchen, and the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

Pomegranate

We are excited to announce 3 New cooking schooling schools which include American Classic Cuisine, Mediterranean Seafood Cuisine and Farm-to-Table Cuisine.  If you have already attended a cooking school, don’t let that stop you from coming again. We are always adding recipes and creating ways to take the everyday recipe to the next level.  You can see our full class description and register online.  www.blairhouseinn.com

 

New! American Classic – Celebrate Presidents Day with the American Classics! Combining flavors fromAmerica’s melting pot with traditional techniques this class  focuses on preparing the favorites of American fine dining; Old World peasant dishes made from luxury American ingredients. This class will feature such dishes as Oysters Rockefeller with Pernod, Beef Wellington with Wild Mushroom Perigueux Sauce, and New York Style Caramel Swirl Cheesecake.

New! Farm-to-Table Cuisine – A class dedicated to fresh seasonal ingredients, innovative dishes and local foods that showcase Hill Country produce and products. Learn to prepare locally produced foods with an emphasis on freshness, seasonality and local availability.

New! Mediterranean Seafood Cuisine – If you can’t make it to theMediterranean this summer, let Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from theStrait ofGibraltar toCypress with plenty of tasty stops along the way! You will prepare Risotto, Hummus, Pita Bread, Pasta, Fruits de Mer in Puff Pastry, Calamari, Fresh Fish Filet with Tomato Herb Sauce, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. This class offers a variety of seafood dishes. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

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