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Texas Bed and Breakfast Spring Break Getaway

February 26th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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

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

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

For Wine Connoisseurs and Foodies:

For Adventurers and Outdoor Enthusiast:

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

For Art Lovers and Treasure Hunters:

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

 

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

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

February 5th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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 Lois Mahoney

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 Lois Mahoney

Christmas is coming..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Romantic Getaways: A Foodie’s Paradise

November 21st, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Starved rock fireplace

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

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

Pomegranate

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

 

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

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

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

Texas Bed and Breakfast: A Perfect Hoilday Gift

November 11th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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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 Lois Mahoney

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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 Lois Mahoney

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 Lois Mahoney

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 Lois Mahoney

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!

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