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.
Archive for the ‘Texas Hill Country’ Category
November 11th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
October 30th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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!
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.
October 23rd, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
October 18th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
October 11th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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!
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!
October 4th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
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.
September 27th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
Looking 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.
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.
September 19th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
September 17th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
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.
September 13th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
September 5th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
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.
August 30th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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!”
Click Here to book you autumn getaway now!
August 15th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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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August 9th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
July 29th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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!
July 19th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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!
July 12th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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!
July 5th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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!
June 28th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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!
June 22nd, 2012 by Michael Schneider
What are you doing for the Fourth of July? Not sure, book a couple of nights at our beautiful Texas bed and breakfast over the holiday and enjoy a unique Hill Country celebration of Independence Day sprinkled with rodeo, market days and fireworks.
A Texas Hill Country tradition, the Annual CPRA Sanctioned/Open VFW Rodeo has been held for 66 years on the first weekend in July at the VFW’s rodeo grounds just north of Wimberley on Ranch Road 12.
Once the largest outdoor rodeo in the world, the event still ranks near the top. This is a Cowboys Professional Rodeo Assn. (CPRA) sanctioned/open event (Ranked “Best CPRA Rodeo of the Year” in the 2006 CPRA Hall of Fame). Gates open at5:30pm followed by Mutton bustin’ at7pm and bull riding along with tons of exciting events. Celebrate like the locals; all proceeds benefit the community, veterans, and active duty service men and women.
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.
Top your week off with a genuine Texas hill country celebration of Independence Day. Enjoy the 4th of July Parade and Jubilee under the shade of the big live oak trees in downtown Wimberley. This event is full of family fun, music, food, and vendors. A Special fireworks display will be held at the Veteran’s Park beginning at dark. Free admission & parking. For the early comers, entertainment will be provided by popular Wimberley music group “Broken Glass”. Their specialty is music from ’60s, ’70s and ’80s plus country western. Wide variety of food and soft drinks will also be available.
The fourth of July is the perfect time to celebrate summer and all it has to offer, let the Blair House Inn be your Texas bed and breakfast hosts to one of the most patriotic celebrations in Wimberley.
June 19th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
Are you stumped about what to do this July? Well, I’m going to let you in on one of the best- kept secrets in Wimberley; a place most people can’t find alone. It’s one of Texas’ most impressive natural wonders called Jacob’s Well. This incredible underwater cave is located just minutes from the Blair House Inn.
Jacob’s Well is one of the most significant natural geologic treasures in the Texas Hill Country. It is one of the longest underwater caves inTexasand an artesian spring. Jacob’s Well surges up thousands of gallons of water per minute and acts as headwaters to the beautiful Cypress Creek that flows through Wimberley, sustaining Blue Hole and the Blanco River, recharging the Edwards Aquifer, and finally replenishing estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico.
Jacob’s Well has been integral to the cultural and historical character of theWimberleyValley. The location has been a beloved swimming hole for generations, a gathering place for Native Americans and early settlers, and a rich habitat for aquatic species. Through the creation of the Jacob’s Well Natural Area, the land around the well has been unified to restore and protect this sensitive area for future generations.
Come share in Wimberley’s best-kept secret – Jacob’s Well, an artesian spring that flows out of one of the deepest underwater caves inTexas. Hear the stories about famous floods and scuba divers, learn the value of native grasses, and experience the stunning beauty of the spring that started this town. Docents lead tours on Saturday at10am.
Remember to bring your swimming suit because after seeing this beautiful place you’ll want to take a dip. Make a day out of it and order up one of our gourmet picnic baskets to enjoy under a shade tree at the park. After which you can mender your way back on the rolling hill country roads to Blair House Inn. Jacob’s Well is a great place to spend a July afternoon picnic and swimming.
June 15th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
The summer of 2012 is heating up, sending visitors on a search for the best ways to cool off and relax. The Texas Hill Country is a great place to enjoy nature’s bounty this season. A beautiful spring brought several inches of rain that filled the ponds, rivers and lakes. TheSan MarcosRiver, the Blanco and Cypress Creek are all located just minutes away from the Blair House Inn. Enjoy a refreshing day toobing or rent a boat onCanyonLake. The newly restored Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley is a fabulous spot to relax with a book or take a dip in the cool shade of the cypress trees. Order up one of our gourmet picnics to enjoy this summer at our pool with a cool glass of iced tea. Below you can see what the Hill Country has to offer you this summer.
□ 6/8-7/1: Wimberley Playhouse The Merry Wives of Windsor
□ 6/15-17: Boerne Berges Fest German Heritage Festival
July- August Events
□ 7/4 Wimberley Jubilee
□ 7/7 Wimberley Market Days
□ 7/5-7 67th Annual Wimberley VFW Rodeo
□ 7/21: Marble Falls Ropin’ For HOPE
□ 8/25-26: Stonewall 16th Annual Grape Stomp
During those lazy days of summer, why not indulge yourself? Cool off and relax with us at the Blair House Inn, a perfect Texas Hill Country setting to spend those summer days. Let one of our professional massage therapists help you rejuvenate with one of our many spa services. Join us for a romantic getaway; filled with rolling hills, babbling rivers, and flowing wine. Rekindle that flame by booking a romantic weekend at a beautiful Texas bed and breakfast and enjoy a beautiful evening on the front porch of your room with a glass of wine. Wimberley is full of great summer fun, come explore our backyard. Stay with us at the Blair House Inn!
June 11th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
This July we will be entering our 12th year of owning and operating the inn. Both of us feel fortunate that during that time we have met so many kind and wonderful people. We certainly appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in the future.
We have come to the conclusion that the Hill Country is a great vacation spot for people who live inTexas. If you have not planned a summer escape, here are a few things to consider regarding vacationing in central Texas.
□ The Hill Country terrain is peaceful and beautiful. You get the impression you are in Tuscany, but it is only hours away.
□ You can get to this beautiful area without encountering long lines at an airport, and delays which nobody can explain.
□ You can drive your own car. No standing in line at a car rental counter only to discover there are no more cars available.
□ You are not trapped in a hotel room which looks like all the other hotel rooms you have stayed in.
□ Because planning for the trip is simpler there is less stress. Life is good!
□ You are never bored while staying at the Blair House Inn because you can experience regional wineries, visit great little Hill Country towns and state parks, float nearby rivers, and have a high flying adventure on the most exciting zip line inTexas.
Here are some of our guests’ favorite things to do:
Visit the Wimberley Glass Works, Bella Vista Ranch, Driftwood Winery for a great picnic with a breathtaking view of the Wimberley Valley, shopping downtown Wimberley, going to the Outlet Malls, Salt Lick BBQ, visiting the Johnson Ranch, Pacific War Museum, Gruene Hall and the Gristmill Restaurant, the Texas History Museum in Austin, antique hunting in New Braunfels, hiking the trails at Hamilton Pool and seeing the falls, and attending a cooking school to learn new techniques from a caring Chef.
Live, love, eat and enjoy your summer vacation.
Wherever you go, we wish you joy.
Mike and Vickie
May 24th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
Enjoy the Texas summer with holiday rodeos! Come out and enjoy all that the local Wimberley Texas rodeo has to offer which will be celebrating its 66th season..
Professional rodeos generally comprise the following events: tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing. In North America, professional rodeos are governed and sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
The upcoming events are as follows:
Memorial Day Rodeo
Wimberley Open Pro Rodeo
8pm. VFW Arena, RR12 & Jacobs Well Rd. Hosted by Wimberley 4H. Rodeo events include: Bareback Bronc Riding, Tie Down Calf Roping, Girl’s Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Calf Scramble, and a Specialty Act. This is great family entertainment! Proceeds benefit the Wimberley 4H.
We still have availability for July 4th week. Don’t delay for we would love to have you stay with us and enjoy the thrill of the local rodeo.
4th of July Rodeo
Thursday, July 5th; Friday, July 6th and Saturday July 7th
Cowboys Professional Rodeo Assn. (CPRA) sanctioned pro/open event (Ranked “Best CPRA Rodeo of the Year” in 2006 CPRA Hall of Fame)
Gates open at5:30. 1st Mutton Bustin’ at7:00; Rodeo begins at8 p.m.
Events include: bull riding, tie down calf roping, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, women’s breakaway roping, and women’s barrel racing.
Special new event will be mini bull riding, 2nd Mutton Bustin’ midway in Rodeo
Tickets: Adults – $15, Children $10 ($12/$7 if purchased in advance)
2 calf scrambles nightly: one for ages 5-8 and another for ages 9-12
Mutton Bustin’ register inside the VFW at 6:00p.m The cost will be $20 per ride, 60 lb. maximum rider weight
Fireworks following the rodeo (weather permitting)
Click here to make your reservation today to enjoy a true Texas Vacation Getaway!
May 18th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
Do the warm summer months have you hankering for some good Texas Barbecue?
Do we have a Cooking School for you! Run by our top notch Chef Norris Sebastian, the Texas BBQ camp teaches you everything you need to know about BBQ. Be the envy of your neighbors when they smell the enticing aromas coming from your backyard!
Barbecue is a traditional style of preparing beef and is one of the many different varieties of barbecue found around the world.
Texas barbecue traditions can be divided into four general styles: East Texas, Central Texas, South Texas, and West Texas. The Central and East Texas varieties are generally the most well-known Additionally, in deep South Texas and along the Rio Grande valley a Mexican style of meat preparation known as barbacoa can be found. The word barbacoa in Spanish means barbecue though in English it is often used specifically to refer to Mexican varieties of preparation.
Generally speaking the different Texas barbecue styles are distinguished as follows. In the East Texas style the beef is slowly cooked to the point that it is “falling off the bone”, typically over hickory wood, and marinated in a sweet, tomato-based sauce. In the Central Texas style the meat is rubbed with spices and cooked over indirect heat from pecan or oak wood. In the West Texas style the meat is cooked over direct heat from mesquite wood giving it a somewhat bitter taste. The South Texas style features thick, molasses-like sauces that keep the meat very moist. Learn everything there is to know about Texas BBQ, as featured on the Food Network and you’ll be the new star in the neighborhood.
Our BBQ Camp is sold out for June. However, due to high demand we just added an additional Barbecue Camp for August 6-8, 2012, and we still have availability for the October 8-10 class.