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Texas Romantic Getaway: Celebrate the Coming of Spring & Wildflowers

March 12th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

Bluebonnet Field

March is the perfect time for a romantic getaway in the Texas Hill Country. The weather is cool and breezy and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom; spring is a time for rejuvenation and renewal. The Blair House Inn is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday. Bring that special someone with you to the Blair House Inn for a romantic getaway in the country. Enjoy watching birds and other wildlife on our 22 acres. Walk hand-in-hand on our mile long nature trail while soaking up the beauty of spring. Our lilac and honeysuckle bushes are blooming, a sight for soar eyes after a brown and dry winter.

You won’t want to miss the Wimberley Square on your romantic getaway. The Square is full of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Stroll through the many stores and find unique gifts and treasures to take home with you. Keep your eyes open for the fields of blooming bluebonnets along the highway into town. Stop and take photos for a beautiful edition to your mantel or the perfect memento for your scrapbook of your romantic getaway.

 

Dreaming of Spring

 

If time allows venture over to the town of Gruene, home of Texas’ oldest dancehall. On March 15th & 17th nearly 100 vendors will gather for the Old Gruene Market Days, they will offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Market hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm and admission is free. If your a foodie you will love the Come and Taste It event held on March 21st.  Meet Texas’ best winemakers and craft brewers at The Grapevine. This a great opportunity to learn direct from these craftsmen, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District.

Plan your next Texas romantic getaway this March. Stay at the Blair House Inn and enjoy of the bounty of spring. Book now you won’t want to miss the beginning of wildflower season.

Texas Bed and Breakfast Spring Break Getaway

February 26th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

Passenger

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.

Enjoy a Texas Bed and Breakfast with a Hands on Cooking School!

February 5th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

French Cooking Class at Tante Marie

 

Want a way to sizzle this summer besides the Texas heat?  Venture out to a romantic Texas bed and breakfast and enjoy a renown leisure cooking school at the Blair House Inn.  Cooking class are offered year around with many different themes to choose from.  Spark that fire deep inside and entice your family and friends with delectable recipes created by our own Chef Chris.

(Click here to read more about our Executive Chef Chris Huffman.)

Classic French Cuisine

This is where it all started!  Join Chef Chris and learn how to prepare authentic French dishes.  Your hands on experience will include Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis.  Family and friends will be impressed not only by the name of the dishes, but how well you prepare them and how delicious they taste.

FRAISES LACTÉES

 

Cooking with Fresh Herbs

Spring is around the corner and the growing season will be well under way.  Healthy eating doesn’t have to be so bland.  Join us and learn how fresh grown herbs can take your dishes to a new level.  Use herbs that you harvest straight from the Blair House Herb Garden and enlighten your mind on how to create a garden at your own home.  Dishes include Maple & Herb Brined Pork Roast, Herb infused oils, Cilantro Shrimp Kabobs, and Lemon Herb Buttermilk Sorbet.  Who says healthy eating is boring?

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These classes and many others are open for you. Book a unique getaway at a Texas bed and breakfast. Be sure to check out our Themed Cooking School Schedule.  Call us today or book your reservations online.

Bon Appetite!

Texas Hill Country: Dear Wine Lovers, The Vintner Dinner Series is Here!

January 8th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

Join us for a Texas Hill Country tradition. We are excited to announce our 12th Annual Vintner Dinner Series. The Blair House Inn started this series in 2001 and are held every Saturday evening during January and February. Owner Mike Schneider has had a long time attraction with wines and vintners. He created this series to showcase and celebrate the areas great Texas Hill Country wineries alongside the Blair House Inn’s award wining gourmet cuisine. This has become a fantastically popular annual event that guests and local residents make sure to mark on their calendars. The Blair House Inn Vintner dinners are a five course culinary adventure paired with local Texas Hill Country wines.

Wine glasses

The Vintner Dinner Series provides the opportunity to learn about the winemaking process, to taste and explore new local wines and to understand how they are paired to enhance the flavors of the foods. Vintners and/or their representatives will be on hand to explain their winemaking process and the unique character of the wines they create. Don’t miss this Hill Country event.

 

Our innovative Chef 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.

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This year the Vintner Dinner Series schedule is as follows:

 

January 12 – Three Dudes Winery

January 19 – Fall Creek Vineyards

January 26 – Duchman Family Winery

February 16 – Bell Springs Winery

February 23 – Pleasant Hill Winery

 

Book now as this dinner series is very popular and is sure to sell out. Enjoy Hill Country wines and gourmet cuisine in a beautiful Texas bed and breakfast. Call now 512-847-1111 or go online for more details. Stay tuned for additional February dates. We look forward to sharing this annual tradition with you!

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

November 27th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

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 Michael Schneider

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.

Texas Bed and Breakfast: A Perfect Hoilday Gift

November 11th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

giftage

Are you searching for that perfect gift? There is no need to worry this Holiday Shopping Season. The Blair House Inn, a beautiful Texas bed and breakfast, has the perfect gift options for you. You can find that perfect “Something Special” online, or over the phone.  A Blair House Inn gift certificate can be customized to fit anyone’s needs.  If you have an aspiring chef at home, a CookingSchoolwould be the perfect way for them to express themselves in the kitchen while working alongside Executive Chef Huffman. Our nationally recognized Cooking School is an experience they’ll never forget. Don’t forget to check out our 2013 Cooking School schedule to see the new classes we will be offering this year. How about that wonderful couple in your life that always thinks of everyone else before themselves? A romantic weekend at a tranquil Texasbed and breakfast is a sure to please and spice things up. Romance Packages can be included in any gift certificate for that unique “something extra”.  Know someone who lives close to Wimberley? How about a five course gourmet dinner on a Saturday evening of their choice or a couples massage in our beautiful newly built day spa? Do you know someone who works too hard? Treat them to a luxurious full body massage or facial for the feeling of ultimate relaxation. By purchasing a Blair House Inn 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 a purchase, please call us directly at (512) 847-1111, or order online at http://www.blairhouseinn.com/gc.html.

Texas Hill Country| Holiday Shopping Getaway!

October 30th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

shopping

Visit the Texas Hill Country for your holiday shopping. Most of us are familiar with Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving Day, as traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The Blair House Inn is conveniently located about 15 minutes from the San Marcos Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlets. If you haven’t been to the San Marcos Outlets there’s no better time then now to do it. Everyone knows that things in Texas just seem a little bigger. For the millions of avid bargain hunters that visit the Tanger Outlets in San Marcos each year, brand name outlet shopping doesn’t get any bigger or better. In fact, the Tanger Outlet Center, located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, was named as the Best Outlet Mall in Texas.

Don’t miss the biggest sale of the year. Enjoy exceptional holiday savings and extended shopping hours at the Premium Outlets, plus, experience Midnight Madness as most stores open their doors atmidnightright after Thanksgiving. Some stores are opening even earlier!

Ever Present

After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring
Midnight Madness at the San Marcos Outlets
Fri – Sun, Nov 23 – 25

Extended Shopping Hours
Fri, Nov 23: Midnight-10pm
Sat, Nov 24: 8am-10pm
Sun, Nov 25: 10am-8pm

Make a trip out of it and take advantage of a unique opportunity to book a One Night Stay and Dinner for Two at the Blair House Inn on Saturday, November 24. Grab your husband, sister, daughter, or best girlfriend and head to the Hill Country for a Holiday Shopping Getaway. Shop until you drop and then return to the Blair House for a five course gourmet dinner and a relaxing evening by the fireplace. Don’t forget to book a massage for the ultimate sense of rejuvenation. Book Now as space is limited. If the outlets aren’t enough for you or you’re looking for something unique, shop theWimberley Square. You will find a variety of Hill Country treasures for all the special people in your life.

Texas Bed and Breakfast: A Worry Free Thanksgiving

October 23rd, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Christmas in Miniature - Turquey

Thanksgiving Day is a time to offer thanks, indulge delicious food, and enjoy the bounty of the season. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie or  Indian corn, holiday parades and football games. There are many different ways to celebrate the holidays. Trade in the traditional dinner at Grandma’s for a five-course Thanksgiving Day feast where there’s no clean up and no leftovers to repurpose; join us at the Blair House Inn. Let us worry about all the cooking and clean up while you cozy up to fireplace in your room or take a leisurely walk on our nature trail to work up an appetite. If your a football fan our brand new flat screen HD TVs are perfect for watching the game.

With all of life’s hurriedness and angst, it’s so easy to forget the many blessings we’ve been given. Thanksgiving is a time that reminds us how much we truly have to be thankful for. This special day is not just about food and football, but also about being thankful for the special people in our lives. Show your loved one how much you care by treating them to romantic getaway in the Hill Country. You will truly be thankful for a moment away from the hustle and bustle of everyday. The Blair House Inn is the perfect place to escape, relax and rejuvenate before the Christmas season begins.

We all have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Join in our celebration and share our gratitude for the blessing we’ve been given. Let the Blair House Inn be your home away from home this year.  We look forward to hearing from you soon. Click here to book.

Texas Bed and Breakfast: Texas Clay Festival

October 18th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Collection of West German vases

Plan your next getaway to a true Texas bed and breakfast, the Blair House Inn. Join us for the 20th annual Texas Clay Festival will be held in the Gruene Historical District of New Braunfels on October 27 & 28 2012. Featuring the work of over 60 Texas potters and clay artists, the festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase a wide variety of pottery, from traditional to sculptural by the top clay artist in the state. Take this unique opportunity to watch and learn as demonstrations are held in four tents throughout both days. From forming on the potters wheel to hand-building to raku firing, there is something for everyone. Meander through the booths and enjoy the handmade pottery from local Texas artists. This the perfect place to pick-up some unique gifts for holidays.

This festival, on the grounds of Buck Pottery in Gruene,TX, has grown over the years from a small gathering of potters and friends to an event attended by thousands of visitors, students, and collectors each year. Featuring over 60 of Texas’s finest clay artists, the festival offers visitors the opportunity to meet the artists, view and purchase their latest work, and watch demonstrations throughout both days. It’s been called a two-day clay love-fest. This is a Hill Country event that you will not want to miss.

Our Texas Bed and Breakfast is located only twenty minutes from the charming little town of Gruene. While in Gruene, stop by the Gristmill for lunch or browse through the many small shops and antique stores.  This cute little town is brimming with treasures to be found.

The holidays are just a couple of weeks away. Keep us in mind when doing your holiday shopping. A gift certificate to the Blair House Inn and Day Spa is a unique and special gift for a loved one. Click here to purchase.

Texas Hill Country: A Thanksgiving Day Feast

October 11th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Wild Turkey

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, a time when friends and families come together to give thanks for the year’s bounty. This is a favorite holiday for many, yet it can be stressful for folks who enjoy gathering together many people but don’t feel up to the task of hosting.

 

Does this sound like you? Swap the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma’s and come for a Blair House Thanksgiving getaway where cooking and cleaning are abandoned for gourmet fare and a relaxing strolls on our twenty-two acres. Chef Chris will prepare a gourmet feast that will leave you more than satisfied! Why not celebrate in the Texas Hill Country? Make this a new holiday tradition and book your reservations. This is not a secret anymore so available space will fill quickly!

Thanksgiving Spread

Enjoy the bounty of the Texas Hill Country and make a trip out it. Visit the many local wineries and vineyards, look through the shops and galleries in the Square, or take a country drive and enjoy the fall foliage. The Emily Ann Theatre will be hosting the Trail of Lights, stroll along a walking trail through 8 acres of lighted displays decorated by more than 100 local businesses, community groups and families. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and live entertainment (weather permitting). A perfect ending to your Thanksgiving weekend. The Hill Country has something for everyone.

 

Relax and rejuvenate at the our new Day Spa. You can choose from one of our many massage services listed on our Spa menu. This is the perfect way to pamper yourself and feel rested and renewed.

 

The Blair House Inn will be hosting a Thanksgiving Day five-course gourmet dinner on Thursday, November 22, 2012. Stay tuned for the complete menu, we will post it on our website two weeks prior to Thanksgiving Day. We’d love for you to come stay and join us for dinner! Book Now!

Texas Hill Country | A Perfect Wine Lover’s Getaway

October 4th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

The bunch of grapes

The Texas Hill Country is home to many beautiful vineyards and wineries. The Texas Wine Trail now ranks second only to Napa Valley as an American wine destination, so you don’t need to stray far from home to have an extraordinary winery tour and experience. Wimberley is has several wineries and tasting rooms. The Wimberley Valley Winery is one of the oldest in the area. Founded in 1983, Wimberley Valley Winery has a proud history of producing fine wines in central Texas. They offer seasonal fruit wines and holiday wines along with their varietals.

Are you looking for a unique weekend getaway? A weekend at the Blair House Inn paired with one of Wimberley Valley Winery’s wine education classes is combination you can’t beat. The Blair House Inn is set on 22 beautiful acres with a nature trail, in-ground pool, day spa and gourmet breakfasts served 7 days a week. The Blair House conveniently located near the Wimberley Valley Winery among many other great vineyards in the area.

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The Wimberley Valley Winery has a variety of classes to choose from. Currently they are offering the “Basics of Wine Tasting” which is held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 4pm.Make sure to reserve a table for the Saturday evening five-course gourmet dinner, you won’t want to miss out, its a perfect ending to a fun filled day at the wineries.  Also be sure to check out their Wine Survival Class, “learn everything you need to know to survive in the World of Wine.”

Do you know someone that loves wine and could use a weekend away to relax? The Blair House Inn is the perfect destination for you or the wino in your life. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a novice there is something here for everyone. The holidays are just around the corner be sure to think of us for your gift certificates.

Texas Romantic Bed and Breakfast: October Getaway

September 27th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

You may conquer with the sword, but you are conquered by a kissLooking for a romanticTexasgetaway? The Blair House Inn is the perfect place for a weekend getaway for just the two of you. Fall is upon us and the Hill Country is even more beautiful; don’t miss out on all the activities and events planned in celebrate of the season. Enjoy one of our private cottages with panoramic views of the Hill Country, the sunsets are unbelievable. Relaxing on your porch with a complimentary glass of wine is the perfect way to end your day spent exploring the area.

October is the perfect time to plan that romantic getaway you’ve been thinking about for months. Not only is the weather cool and comfortable, but a variety of events and festivals are staged across Texas most every weekend in October. Enjoy the bounty of the Texas Wine Trail, Wimberley is home to several wineries and tasting rooms. Follow the Gallery Trail on the Second Saturday of October. Meet the artists and tour the galleries, complimentary wine and snacks with be served. Plan a thrilling ride on the Wimberley Zip Lines, make it a weekend to remember! Attend one of the many festivals planned in the area.

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The 20th annual Texas Clay Festival will be held in the Gruene Historical District of New Braunfels on October 27 & 28 2012. Featuring the work of over 60 Texas potters and clay artists, the festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase a wide variety of pottery, from traditional to sculptural by the top clay artist in the state. Take this unique opportunity to watch and learn as demonstrations are held in four tents throughout both days. This annual festival is truly a great hill country experience, and Gruene is located only 25 minutes from Wimberley, making a convenient day trip for you and your loved one.

Make sure to check out the Texas Hill Country events page on our website for current events. The holidays are just around the corner and a gift certificate for our Day Spa or a weekend stay would be a great gift for that person in your life needing to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday. Give them the gift of rejuvenation.

The Blair House Art Gallery’s Featured Artist: Prudy McKenzie

September 19th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

a painter´s painting

Prudy McKenzie’s style is unmistakably soft, clean and slightly whimsical, catching the essence of her subject whether they are buildings, florals, or landscapes. Her art is reflective of her life, full of vibrant color and an exciting, flowing style.  The artwork is in deveral mediums including pastel, oil, water color, acrylic, pencil, and charcoal.  McKenzie also does portraits and full figures which are displayed in homes throught the country. She is a memeber of the Wimberly Art League and the group’s past president as well. We house over twenty works in our collection with subjects ranging from still life, landscapes, buildings, and florals. Mckenzie’s artwork is not to be missed when you stop in to the view Blair House Art Gallery in Wimberley.

Hill Country Bed and Breakfast: Scenic Fall Drives Along the Devil’s Backbone

September 17th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

The Three Sisters of the Hill Country on FM 337 (Picture a Day September 24, 2009)

 

Take a road trip into the Texas Hill Country and enjoy the beautiful vistas of WimberleyValley. The Village of Wimberley is in a valley shadowed by The Devil’s Backbone, a large uplifted ridge that hooks around the area. Visiting the Devil’s Backbone is a must when visiting the area in the Fall, the hill sides are ablaze in reds, yellows and oranges.

 

It is easily accessed from the Blair House Inn by taking Ranch Road 12 east towards San Marcos until RR12 intersects with FM 32. Just turn left on FM 32– it snakes atop Devil’s Backbone.

About seven miles into the drive there is a rest area that offers a fantastic view of the entire valley, a true Hill Country site. If you continue down FM 32, you will arrive at Fischer Store Road. Fischer was once a bustling ranching and farming community and is still the site of many of the most interesting off-the-beaten-path adventures in the Hill Country. Start with the old Fischer store; a tin-clad, 1880s western-style building that now is home to an antiques and mementos from the community’s rich history. If you go a little further you will discover what Willie Nelson referred to as a “national treasure”, old Fischer Hall. The country singing and songwriting legend used Fischer Hall as a backdrop for some of his music videos. This historic Hill Country dance hall is over 130 years and has been a gathering place for the community for years and has hosted thousands of dances featuring virtually every Texas-based musician of note, including iconic Nelson.

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If you venture just a couples miles further you will land in the little town of Blanco. Be sure to stop by Real Ale Brewing for a tour and tasting of their newest beers “The Devil’s Backbone” named for the scenic ridge that runs between Blanco and Wimberley, Devil’s Backbone is a Belgian-style tripel.

Take a leisurely drive along the picturesque Devil’s Backbone located just minutes from the Blair House Inn. The Hill Country is wonderful place to take in the view and enjoy the ride.

Wimberley Bed and Breakfast: A Weekend of Art

September 13th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Grand Street: Painter

Celebrate the start of Fall in Wimberley at theBlair House Inn. Don’t miss out on all the wonderful fall activities planned for the month October. Wimberley will be holding their 19th Annual “Fall into Art” event which features over 60 local artists. Wimberley Valley Art League celebrates art this October, with “Fall Into Art” 2012, our 19th annual Show & Sale. This outstanding exhibition is one of the Hill Country’s top shows, featuring more than 60 artists and their work. Original art in a wide variety of media will be on display. This event highlights the art league’s finest talent, including painters, sculptors, fiber artists, glass artists, jewelry artists, photographers, and potters. It is the perfect opportunity for collectors, interior designers and art enthusiasts to find an extraordinary piece of art.

The exhibition gallery is open to visitors Friday, Oct 19 through Sunday, Oct 21. Please join us Friday evening, October 19th for an opening reception from5:00 – 8:00 PM- refreshments, live music and artists in attendance.

For decades, Wimberley has been aMeccafor artists of all disciplines from every genre. Tour the many galleries on the Square as well as Blair House’s own art gallery. TheBlairHouseArtGalleryfeatures local and national recognized artists. While your here stop in at the Wimberley Glass Works for a free glassblowing demonstration you won’t forget. Wimberley Glass Works creates some of the finest hand blown art glass in the nation. Their offerings are wide and varied in uses from lighting, home decor, and intrinsic gift pieces. With the holidays just around the corner this might be your opportunity to get that special someone a unique gift from the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

 

Plan your Wimberley weekend getaway at theBlair House Inn. Celebrate Fall and the artist community that makes Wimberley so wonderful. Click here to check our availability.

Wimberley Bed and Breakfast: Fall Weekend Getaway!

September 5th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

the outoorsy type

The Texas Hill Country is one of the most popular tourist areas in the southern United States. The prime reason for the region’s popularity is its unique natural beauty and many natural attractions. Enjoy nature’s bounty and all that Wimberley has to offer this Fall. Wimberley is the perfect weekend getaway this September for those of you that like to get outside. You won’t have to venture too far from theInnto enjoy the natural attractions of the Hill Country. The Blair House Inn is located on 22 beautiful acres with a mile long nature trail that has gorgeous of Wimberley Valley. The Blair House property is home to white-tail deer, foxes, several species of birds and lizards. We are also located about 3 miles from the Wimberley Hike and Bike Trail which is perfect for late evening walks and early morning hikes. The trail is 6 miles in length and runs through the center of Wimberley, perfect for stopping off in town or talking a dip in the Blue Hole on Cypress Creek.

 

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Blair House Inn is conveniently located in Wimberley which is within a hour from several state parks. Enjoy the beauty of Hamilton Pool or the vastness of the LBJ Ranch. Take a drive over to Blanco with a picnic lunch and enjoy the river as it quietly flows past. As October and November roll around you may want to venture out to Lost Maples State Park just south of Austin. Most people relate fall foliage and the “changing of the leaves” to the eastern portion of the United States. However, portions of Texas actually see dramatic changes in foliage coloration as fall draws near. New Englanders aren’t the only that get to enjoy watching the fall foliage change, Lost Maples Natural Area in Central Texas offers Texans and visitors to Texas a breathtaking palette of colors every fall.

 

Book your Wimberley Weekend Getaway for this Fall! Enjoy the changing of the seasons at the Blair House Inn, a perfect Wimberley retreat.

Wimberley Bed and Breakfast: Blair House Inn Autumn Getaway

August 30th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

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Looking for an Autumn Getaway? Are you starting to dream about the feeling of a cool fall breeze? To hear the crackle of leaves beneath your feet? The hills are calling your name, start planning your stay with us at the Blair House Inn located in Wimberley, the heart of the Hill Country.

The calendar says summer is over, but the heat index tells another story. Either way, fall is fast approaching and your fall travel plans are the light at the end of the tunnel from the chaos that ensues during back-to-school season. Pack away your bathing suit and flip flops, break out your fleece and scarves and head toTexas, where the fall foliage is prime for leaf-peeping.  There’s no better time to escape into the Texas Hill Country than the autumn, when the green foliage that extends for miles begins to turn orange and red then slowly coat the ground with natural wonder. Consider the following:

The Texas Wine Trail now ranks second only to Napa Valley as an American wine destination, so you don’t need to stray far from home to have an extraordinary winery tour and experience. There’s usually at least a few tastings, festivals and tours going on any given weekend, but check the calendar before you go to hit an event that especially appeals to you. Wimberley is home to six wineries and several tasting rooms. If wine isn’t your thing, do a beer tasting at Middleton Brewing or venture over to Dripping Springs Vodka for an award winning handcrafted vodka that won’t disappoint.

 

Beyond the plethora of outdoor activities, what really sets Hill Country apart is its exotic blend of Czech, Spanish, Swiss, German, and Austrian cultures. This mixture brings with it a wide array of music, food, and of course a lifestyle that can only be compared to a dream. It is no wonder then why Hill Country, Texaswas named by the New York Times as the #1 pick for summer vacations! Explore Wimberley’s many shops, boutiques, restaurants and galleries.

If you’re still looking for your next travel destination then look no further than the Texas Hill Country. But just a quick warning: “Once you visit, you may not want to leave!”

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Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Getaway! | Blair House Inn

August 15th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Wine Country

Celebrate Hill Country wine and food on September 8th at the Dripping with Taste Wine and Food Festival. This event will showcase local wineries, food, music, and vendors.

Dripping Springs is conveniently located 20 minutes north of the Blair House Inn in Wimberley in the heart of wine country.

Texas is home to an array of wineries throughout the state, eight federally approved Viticultural Areas currently exist inTexas. Eighty-five percent of wine from a Viticultural Area must be made from grapes grown within the area’s boundaries. If the wine is a varietal, 75 percent of that wine must be made from the designated grape variety. The Texas Hill Country is the second-largest Viticultural Area in theUnited   States. Established in 1991, it covers 15,000 square miles and contains part or all of 22 counties.  This part of the state has a rich history in the cultivation of grapes and wine making dating back to Spanish missionaries in the 1600s. There is much to be celebrated at the Dripping with Taste Wine and Food Festival.

Don’t forget about Hill Country fare, the Wine and Food Festival will showcase some of the our areas best restaurants including Wimberley’s own Linda’s Fine Food and Sugar Shack Bakery.

Enjoy local Hill Country music while perusing through the booths and savoring the flavors of local fare. At the end of the day return to the Blair House Inn for our fabulous five course gourmet dinner serve on Saturday Evenings. A perfect weekend devoted to the foodie in all of us.

The Blair House Inn is a food lovers paradise, we feature gourmet breakfasts, Saturday Evening Dinners and CookingSchools. Enjoy the pleasures of sharing food and wine with your friends and family this Fall at Dripping with Taste Wine and Food Festival.

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Spend August in the Texas Hill Country | Blair House Inn

August 9th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

 

sunflowers

Enjoy our Texas bed and breakfast this August before summer comes to an end. Whether you spend the day floating the river or lounging by our 45ft long in-ground pool, the Blair House is the perfect getaway. The Blair House Inn is located just minutes from downtown Wimberley. Wimberley offers a wide variety of antique shops and boutiques, many cafes that are great for lunch or dinner. The Texas Hill Country is home to award wineries, take the scenic drive over to Driftwood Estates and enjoy one of our picnic lunches overlooking the beautiful vista of vineyards and rolling hills.

Wimberley has a variety of things to do for everyone. Spend the evening at the EmilyAnn Theatre, a unique outdoor theatre, a true Texas hill country experience. The EmilyAnn Theatre is featuring their Shakespeare Under the Stars series. You can purchase tickets for the Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”. Enjoy an evening of love, mischief, and a sideshow circus amidst the live oaks and brilliant moon. If theatre isn’t your cup of tea, then book a canopying tour with Wimberley Zip Lines. Soar through the canyons and trees, soak up the sun and relish the gorgeous views of WimberleyValley.

The Blair House Inn is the perfect place to enjoy a weekend getaway with you and your loved one. Make sure to book a massage at our new Day Spa to ensure you have a truly relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

Take advantage of our August Repeat Guest special. Book two nights at regular price and receive 50 % off the third night at regular price. In order to receive this great deal you must mention it at the time of booking. Cannot be used in combination with other specials or for holidays and must be a repeat guest of the Blair House Inn.

The Blair House Inn is a beautiful Texas bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Hill Country. Not sure how to spend those last few weeks of summer vacation? Book with us and make August a month to remember.

A Hill Country Bed and Breakfast Dedicated to Details | Blair House Inn

July 29th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

 

 

 

Rolling Over the Mountains

The Blair House Inn, locatedin the Texas Hill Country, is known for its gracious hospitality and attention to service. We strive to make ever stay with us the perfect getaway. The Blair House Inn is situated on 22 gorgeous acres with a nature trail and two ponds, we are a great place to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the pleasant solitude of Hill Country living. Our rooms are well appointed with fresh flowers, fine chocolates, and triple-sheeted hand irons linens on our beds. Do you wake up early and need coffee right-away? Included in every room is a coffee maker set-up with organic fair trade Double French Roast coffee roasted and ground in our backyard,Austin,Texas. Each room is equipped with or has access to a mini-fridge and microwave. We are excited to announce that we just updated all the televisions to flat screens. The Blair House Inn is a Hill Country bed and breakfast dedicated to details. We want to ensure that your romantic getaway, girl’s weekend or anniversary celebration are a time to remember.

Why choose our Hill Country bed and breakfast?

1. Three-course gourmet breakfast

2. Turndown Service of wine and house made dessert

3. Gorgeous Hill Country views from every room

4. Access to a 45 ft. lap pool with a scenic view of ParadiseValley

5. On site Day Spa to help you relax and rejuvenate with your loved one

6. 22 acres of rolling hills to explore, prefect for birdwatchers and animal enthusiasts

7. Free wi-fi accessible in every room and at the pool, escape the daily grind but stay in touch at the same time

8. Five-course gourmet dinner served every Saturday evening, perfect for all occasions

9. Bicycles for guest use

10. Ideally located in the heart of the Hill Country an hour from San Antonio and Austin

 

The Blair House Inn is noted for its hospitality, lovely rooms, gourmet food and attention to service and detail. We are constantly improving to ensure that your time spent at the Blair House Inn is enjoyable and relaxing. Enjoy our Hill Country bed and breakfast this Fall and book with us soon!

 

Hill Country Bed and Breakfast: Blair House Inn Your Gateway to the Hills

July 19th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

The old bicycle and the field of wheat 

The  Hill Country  of Texas  and its towns are defined more by landscape than by zip codes. Meandering highways stretching over endless rolling hills and valleys that mimic the fluidity of its rivers. The trees, mostly live oak and cypress are jungle-like in their volume.                                                                                                   

Bicycling through the rolling hills, tubing on the meandering waterways and finally ending the day on the deck of your favorite restaurant, savoring a glass of hill country wine is the perfect way to spend those endless sunny days. The Blair House Inn is ideally situated just outside of downtown Wimberley for a leisurely ride through the country, we have bicycles for guest use.

The landscape is lush in most places. The hills are swathed in trees, grasses and shrubs. And in this beautiful setting, criss-crossed with rivers, creeks, natural springs and lakes sit the wonderful towns of the hill country.

Nestled deep in the heart of Texashill country is Wimberley, a small artist community and home to the Blair House Inn. Wimberley is affectionate referred to a “Little Slice of Heaven” and that’s just what it is. This little town has a lot to offer, whether your here to enjoy the natural beauty, taste award wining wines, sample the delicious foods, or meander through the many shops and boutiques; Wimberley has something for everyone.

The Texas Hill Country is full to the brim with charming little town ready for you to explore. Gruene, Dripping Springs, Driftwood, and Blanco are all within an hours drive of Wimberley. Gruene is home to one ofTexas’ oldest dance halls and brimming with German culture. The towns of Dripping Springs and Driftwood are scattered with wineries that could be mistaken for vineyards inTuscany. Blanco is a sleepy little hamlet full of antique shops and is home to the Real Ale Brewing, a true Texas staple. While in Blanco stop by theBlancoState Parkor the Arnosky Family Farm, home to Texas Specialty Cut Flowers, where you can enjoy the area’s freshest cut flowers and vegetables.

Come and enjoy our Texas Bed and Breakfast nestled in the hills with grand views of WimberleyValley. The Blair House Inn is known for providing gracious hospitality and attentive service, Blair House is the perfect location for a Romantic Weekend Getaway! This fine Texas Bed and Breakfast creates an environment that replenishes the soul, recharges the spirit, and strengthens the bonds of love and fellowship for both those who are newly in love, and those who have been together on a life-long journey. Book Now!

Texas Bed and Breakfast Cooking School: Summer Fun in the Kitchen at Blair House Inn

July 12th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

fork and spoon

The Blair House Inn, a Texas bed and breakfast, has been known for years for our destination cooking schools. We offer themed cooking school classes 22 weeks out of the year. They vary in themes from BBQ, French, Italian to Mediterranean cuisines just to name a few. Cooking School at Blair House Inn is a hands-on experience where learning technique is paramount. Our goal for this Cooking School Vacation Camp is to build your confidence in the kitchen by teaching principles and techniques from how to purchase and store the freshest seasonal foods, to preparation and presentation. Once you understand the principles and chemistry of what you are doing, you are ready to be creative in your own right.

Our Texas bed and breakfast is a great place to bring your loved one, enroll in one of your two-day weekend cooking schools and rekindle that flame in the kitchen. Our chef guides you through the preparation of a delicious five course gourmet dinner, served to our guest on Saturday Evenings. The menu change every week and if you book far enough out Chef will work with you to build a menu of you liking. What better place then the kitchen to stir-up some romance for your anniversary, birthday, or even your honey moon.

Our cooking schools have been featured on Food Network and most recently in Hotel F+B Magazines, Texas Meetings + Events and Prime Magazine. Take a look at the new video posted on our website. Click on the links to read the articles and view the videos.

Enjoy aTexas-style getaway and book our BBQ Camp this fall or fall in love all over again with an Italian or French themed 3-day cooking school. Or book a business retreat with us and work on your company’s team building skills all while having fun in the kitchen. TheBlair House Inncooking schools are a unique birthday or wedding gift, gift certificates are available. Book now, these classes fill up fast!

Texas Romantic Getaway| A Tribute to Summers Gone By: Classic Cars, BBQ, and Outdoor Movies|

July 5th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

2011 All American Car Show

Summer makes some of you nostalgic for those good old days when life was simple. Summer meant grilling with your family, long hot nights sitting on the front porch listening to the radio, drive in movies and big cars with fins. If you love classic cars, barbeque and drive-in movies, I’ve got the place for you. The Blair House Inn is a beautiful Texas bed and breakfast in Wimberley, a Hill Country jewel.

San Marcos,Texas, is home to Dick’s Classic Garage which is a part of the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History. Founded in 1980, the museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of the history of the automobile. This great little gem is located just 20 minutes from the Blair House Inn. Dick’s Classic Garage showcases vehicles and memorabilia from the 1930′s though the 1950′s. Considered the Golden Years of American automotive manufacturing, the Museum will take guests from the Great Depression to World War II and up to the rockin’ 1950′s. In addition, the museum has acquired and renovated vehicles that are of historic and developmental importance. The Museum’s goal is to show today’s guests and future generations the evolution of the automobile and how it has impacted society and the effect society has had on the automobile.

Summer smells of brisket and ribs smoking on the grill, potato salad and peach cobbler just like your Grandmother’s. The Salt Lick, one of the Texas Hill Country’s best, is just minutes from the Blair House. Indulge in your summer fantasies and order up some BBQ. If that isn’t enough sign up for our August BBQ Camp cooking school, which was featured on the food network. Learn how to bring home those smells of ore to your family and friends.

Wimberley is home to the Corral Theatre an open air movie theatre that was built in the 1940s and has been open ever since. This is truly a trip back in time; the cedar stockade walls, open lawn seating and the beautiful hill country sky are the perfect setting to lay out a blanket, kick back and enjoy a movie the way we used to. The Corral Theatre could be a nice touch to a romantic getaway, just the two of you under theTexas sky.

 

Let us be your ambassador to summers past, rekindle those memories of love, food, and big cars. The Blair House Inn, a true Texas bed and breakfast, the perfect setting for a romantic getaway in the Texas Hill Country. Book Now!

Texas Bed and Breakfast: Hill Country Fourth of July Celebration!

June 28th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Pink Watermelon Love

The fourth of July is just around the corner and many of you are looking for last minute Texas Hill Country getaway. Blair House Inn is situated on 23 beautiful acres in the heart of the hill country, a great setting for any holiday celebration. Blair House Inn is located just minutes from down town Wimberley, making it an easy home-base for all the wonderful patriotic events scheduled for this week in Wimberley. Come down and enjoy a true Texasrodeo at the VFW; all proceeds go to past and current military service men and women. Don’t miss the 4th of July parade or Jubilee, a realTexas small town tradition.

Wimberley Market Days is the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. You can wander through booths browsing through the variety of antiques, jewelry and handmade crafts all while enjoy the music and food. Admission is free and gates open bright and early at 7am. This market is the 2nd largest inTexas, so don’t miss out on some great local shopping.

What would Independence Day be without barbeque and swimming? The Blair House Inn is conveniently located near a true Hill Country institution, the Salt Lick BBQ and vineyard. Enjoy some delicious brisket and ribs before returning to theInnfor a refreshing dip in our 45ft long lap pool. Wimberley is also home to the beautiful Blue Hole located on Cypress Creek in downtown Wimberley. The Blair House Inn is a topnotchTexasbed and breakfast, located in the heart of the Hill Country. Spend this summer holiday enjoying our pool or a gourmet picnic basket or cheese tray. We’d love to be your host for this Fourth of July weekend. Book now online or give us a call at 512-847-1111. We look forward to hearing from you!

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