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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.

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.

Our New Chef: Brian Maher

August 11th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

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

September 8th – 10th : Country French Cuisine – Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking. In the process, learn how to make dishes like Steak Diane, Poulet Wellington, Raspberry Tarts, and Chocolate Crème Bruleé. Plus Sauces Francais 101! Never again feel like recipes are written in a foreign language!

October 6th – 8th : Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

October 20th – 22nd: Taste of New Orleans – Spend 3 days & 2 nights in the beautiful Texas Hill Country while learning a variety of New Orleans cooking skills. This class will focus on the two main cuisines in and around New Orleans – Creole and Cajun – and will deliciously reflect their mix of Spanish, African, and French heritages. You will learn to prepare dishes such as award winning Gumbo, Blackened Snapper, Cajun Barbequed Shrimp, Louisiana Brined Roasted Loin of Pork, King Cake and the classic Beignet.

Blair House Inn Has New Owners

August 6th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

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

A Word From The New Owners

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

Top 50 US Bed and Breakfasts for Food

July 6th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Top 50 US Bed and Breakfasts for FoodThe Blair House Inn restaurant was recently featured on thedailymeal.com. In an article titled, The Top 50 US Bed and Breakfasts for Food, Blair House Inn was ranked number 5. We take these awards seriously. Our goal is to provide the very best meals and accommodations to all of our guests. A few times a year Blair House is recognized for outstanding service and hospitality. We want everyone to experience the Texas Hill Country first hand. Join us for a Saturday evening dinner as a guests staying with us or make a reservation as an outside guest. Saturday evening dinners are open to everyone, depending on availability. Hopefully, thedailymeal.com article illustrates the quality of Blair House Inn. Take a look and book a stay with us today.

Don’t forget about our cooking schools. Nationally recognized courses designed to improve the cooking skills of everyone from first time cooks to seasoned chefs. Learn the tips and tricks to preparing your own award winning meals at home. Find a cooking school just right for you and give us a call to reserve your spot. Below are just a few of the upcoming classes we offer.

July 21st – 23rd : Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

September 8th – 10th : Country French Cuisine – Chef Chris will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking. In the process, learn how to make dishes like Steak Diane, Poulet Wellington, Raspberry Tarts, and Chocolate Crème Bruleé. Plus Sauces Francais 101! Never again feel like recipes are written in a foreign language!

September 22nd – 24th : Sauces 101 – This class has no shortage of flavor! Enjoy learning dishes with a common main ingredient and tasting the dramatic different flavors sauces will bring. Start by learning the Five French Mother sauces Béchamel, Veloute’, Tomato Sauce, Hollandaise, and Espanole. You will also make vinaigrettes, mayonnaises, and flavored oils. Don’t forget the dessert sauces, caramel, fruit Coulis, crème Anglaise, Chantilly cream, and syrups. Pack your friends and families taste buds with maximum flavor.

Fun in the Texas Hill Country

May 22nd, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

fun in the texas hill country

Come have some fun in the Texas Hill Country. With crystal clear streams, majestic giant oak trees, and wildflowers that blanket open fields, this is a country all it’s own. Wimberley is located in the beating heart of this enchanting land and offers new wonders and experiences for every traveler. Below are just a few of the things the hill country has to offer. From shopping to wine tasting, hiking to swimming, there is always fun in the Texas Hill Country.

Wimberley is full of unique shops that offer traditional and not-so-traditional art and wares. The main shopping areas are clustered around the Square and Olde Towne Plaza. Antiques and Art Galleries are mixed in and anyone is sure to find a diamond in the ruff. The first Saturday of each month, March through December, Market Days draw visitors from around the state. Always a fun weekend!

Texas wineries have a special allure. Each is unique in its setting and personality. A distinctiveness shared in their wines. Wineries throughout the Hill Country offer public tours of their facilities and tastings for individuals and groups. It‘s an enjoyable day trip, weekend escape or vacation destination. In ever-increasing numbers, consumers are visiting Texas wineries, attending community wine festivals and enjoying the delicious difference of a fine, Texas vintage.

Designed to reflect a traditional Italian family farm, Bella Vista Ranch is home to over 1,200 producing olive trees, seasonal fruit and vegetables, olive press, winery, tasting room, and gift shop. Bella Vista offers tours of the frantoio (olive press), winery, orchards, and gardens for individuals as well as groups. Tours provide an opportunity to learn about the agriculture and cultivation of their olives, grapes, and other fruit before participating in a guided tasting of fresh-made products.

Just a taste of fun in the Texas Hill Country and the colorful culture that awaits the creative traveler. Make sure to mark this as a destination and join us at Blair House Inn for an amazing getaway.

Texas Hill Country Wine Road

March 25th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

The Texas Hill Country Wine Road is a beautiful stretch of highway 290 northwest of Blair House Inn. The heart of Texas wine making. Over a dozen wineries producing great wines. This group of wineries gets together to have events showcasing their best bottles. Music concerts, special tastings, and food and wine pairings. Enjoy a day trip sampling wines and return to Blair House Inn to relax. Lounge by the pool and hot tub. Or walk our nature trail to see the bluebonnets. Book a stay at Blair House Inn before it’s too late. Now is the time to see the best of the Texas Hill Country.

 

Texas Hill Country Bluebonnets

Texas Hill Country Wine Road

Bell Springs Winery Paint and Sip Event
April 12, 2014, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Paint your own “Vineyard Themed” picture while sipping Bell Springs’ vintage wine. This painting is bright, easy and lots of fun! What could be more entertaining than sipping, painting and enjoying music?

Vino al Pastor
June 21, 2014, all day
Each winery will team with a restaurant to prepare a recipe using pork shoulder meat, usually marinated with a blend of different spices and herbs, and some “summertime” presentation.  When you visit the winery during the trail day of the event you will enjoy a wine especially paired with the PORK recipe served using PORK shoulder meat.  A GREAT way to spend a Saturday in June enjoying Texas Hospitality at the wineries finding out why we are the number TWO wine destination in the US(after NAPA) and one of the top TEN wine destinations in the WORLD!

16th Annual Becker Vineyards 2014 Lavender Festival
May 4, 2014, all day
Join us for the 16th annual and best ever Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival. Sip and swirl with live music, artisans and lavender fields in bloom. There will be lavender products, plants, vendors, cooking demos, guest speakers, culinary delights, concessions, wine tasting & tours, vintner luncheons, music and much more. This event is complimentary but there is a $5.00 parking fee.

Blair House Gallery Christopher Mayes

March 24th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Texas Flag Christopher Mayes

Artist Christopher Mayes Texas flag is on display at Blair House Gallery.  The energy escaping Christopher Mayes art is profound. Our gallery features several pieces from this hill country artist.  The flag canvases have become a collectible series.  Blair House Inn has both a Texas and American flag within the gallery.  The flag project has a recognition all its own.  The flag series originated in 2005. Chris attempted a more traditional concept when approaching the flag project. This approach was a success.  The flag paintings reside in Texas Inns, very famous Texans’ homes, amongst regular folds, as well.  A jury room in Harris county adorns a flag from the series, after the judge decided to spread the inspiration past the piece he bought for his chambers.

Growing up in the Texas panhandle, and residing in Houston for years, Christopher Mayes has decided to call the Texas Hill Country his home.  His studio in Canyon Lake, near Wimberley, is home to a rock garden designed by Mayes himself.  In recent times, he’s taken on a desire of limestone mining.  The proposed outcome will be a massive piece of land filled with rocks, colored with natural substances, modeling the Texas flag.  Meanwhile, Mayes stays busy with  graphic design and illustration projects for corporate clients across the nation.  Christopher Mayes art is as diverse as the land in Texas.

The Texas Flag at the Blair House Gallery has made its home in our dining room.  It can be in yours in the future.  Feel free to drop by the Blair House Art Gallery when in the Wimberley area.  There’s a vast collection of art from other artists, many local to Texas!  Blair House Gallery is open seven days per week til 7 pm. We look forward to meeting you!

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