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Westcave Cellars Vintner Dinner

January 18th, 2016 by blairhouseinn

This weekend Blair House Inn will be hosting Westcave Cellars Winery for our 15th annual Vintner Dinner Series. Westcave is first in a series of local wineries invited to pair their outstanding wines with Executive Chef Chris Huffman’s gourmet cuisine. Westcave has joined us over the years and we are excited to have them back. They produce a wonderful wine and are very knowledgeable about their process and the life of a Texas wine maker. It takes a strong mind and body to grow wine in Texas. Our Vintner Dinner Series highlights what is best about Texas wines and the people who make them. The Westcave Cellars Vintner Dinner kicks off our 15th year of this collaboration. Come join us for a Saturday evening dinner this weekend, January 23 and every Saturday until the end of February. We hope to see you here.

Vintner DinnerSaturday – 1/23/16 – 7:00 pm
Westcave Cellars Vintner Dinner

Roasted Texas Quail with Sweet Potato Purèe & Bacon Marmalade

Cream of Tomato with Crème Fraiche

Baby Spinach with Apples, Candied Pecans & Blue Cheese

Grilled Porkchop with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Broccolini & Apple Chutney

Espresso Cheesecake with Caramel

2016 Vintner Dinner Series

January 4th, 2016 by blairhouseinn

2016 Vintner Dinner Series

This is our 15th annual Vintner Dinner Series. Owners Chris & Lois Mahoney continue this series to showcase Texas Wineries alongside our notable cuisine. A popular event among guests of the Inn and local residents alike, the Vintner Dinner Series provides the opportunity to taste and explore local wines, learn the winemaking process, and how the proper pairings enhance the flavors of food. Join us for a Saturday evening of wine and gourmet food you’re sure to love.

Saturday evenings from January 23 until February 27, excluding Valentine’s Day, vintners and/or their representatives will be on hand to explain their winemaking process and the unique character of the wines they create. Our Chef, Chris Huffman, will prepare 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. This year the Vintner Dinner Series schedule is as follows:

January 23, 2016 – Westcave Cellars Winery, Round Mountain, TX
Just 30 minutes from Austin, Westcave Cellars Winery is nestled in the oaks along scenic Hamilton Pool Road. The winery is a few miles west of Hamilton Pool Preserve, Reimers Ranch, and Westcave Preserve. Whether you are sightseeing at one of these local parks or traveling to the wineries in Fredericksburg, Dripping Springs and Driftwood, They invite you to visit Westcave Cellars.

January 30, 2016 – Singing Water Vineyards, Comfort, TX
The name Singing Water describes the wonderful sound that fills the air as the waters of Bruins creek cascade over the waterfall on the property. Recently they received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for all 6 wines entered in Houston, San Francisco, San Antonio and the Lone Star International Wine Competitions. Their Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Sunrise, Merlot, Texas Reserve, Freedom and Sweet Lupe are becoming very well known throughout the Texas Hill Country and beyond! The winery offers beautiful scenic grounds with picnic areas which host many art and music events throughout the year.

February 6, 2016 – Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, New Braunfels, TX
From a fledgling winery in 1998, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards now produces 8,000 cases a year, with expansion plans to produce 12,000. With only 5 acres of good soil, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards focuses on growing Black Spanish, which is resistant to Pierce’s disease. While we grow only one grape variety, don’t let that fool you. Dry Comal Creek has developed a series of award-winning specialty wines including French Colombard (Demi-Sweet and Bone Dry), Orange Muscat, White Black Spanish, Comal Red, Black Spanish and 1096 Port – each of them spectacular in their own right and meant to be drinkable now.

February 20, 2016 – Pontotoc Vineyard, Fredericksburg, TX
Pontotoc Vineyard was established in the unique terroir of the Llano Uplift in the Northern Hill Country community of Pontotoc, Mason County, Texas. Pontotoc means “Land of Hanging Grapes” and the vineyard was planted in the fertile red sand soil of a high valley surrounded by pink granite outcroppings and sandstone hills on a farm originally founded by the German Emigration Company in 1872.

February 27, 2016 – Texas Hills Winery, Johnson City, TX
The rolling hills and the soil are much like that of the Tuscan countryside, in Italy. Once Kathy and Gary saw the location that makes the Texas Hills Vineyard they decided to have an Italian influence to their wines. They even planted vines that are thought of as Italian, plus a few more: Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Orange Moscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah. All of the grapes grown allow wines to be produced with a decidedly Italian influence. Dale manages the vineyard and works to produce the highest quality Texas grapes with which to produce the wine. Gary takes what is produced and oversees the wine. Kathy manages the tasting room and invites you to drop by and sample wines and shop the gift shop.

Fun in the Texas Hill Country

May 22nd, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

fun in the texas hill country

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Evening Dinner

April 15th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Saturday evening dinnerSaturday evening dinner at Blair House Inn is definitely an experience not to be missed. Every Saturday, Chef Chris Huffman prepares a world class, five course gourmet dinner for our lucky guests. Appetizer, soup, salad, entrée, and dessert. Plenty to fill even the hungriest of eaters. Mike, the owner, and Chef Chris work together to select the best ingredients and the best recipes to create a unique dining experience. Our guests’ enjoyment is our first priority. Whether the menu be lamb, duck, steak, seafood, or quail, quality is always the goal. Recipes are sampled from all over the world. Comfort food to high cuisine. The choices are endless. Chef Chris has worked in many kitchens over the years. Constantly learning and improving his technique. He has learned a few tricks to take his dishes to the next level.

Mike hand selects the wines every week to insure the meal is complimented completely. The Texas hill country produces many excellent wines from which to choose. And don’t forget about dessert. Leave room for one of our decadent offerings. We want to make our Saturday evening dinners as well rounded and memorable as possible. You will not go to bed hungry or disappointed. Take a look at some of our recent Saturday evening dinner menus. The menus change weekly, but you will see just some of what we prepare for hungry guests. Remember, the Saturday evening dinners are not only for guests staying at the Blair House Inn. We take reservation from outside guests wanting to sample our famous cuisine. Give us a call to reserve your table today. Availability is limited. Don’t miss out on this chance for a romantic getaway with someone special. Make a trip to the Texas hill country to enjoy a Saturday evening dinner at Blair House Inn.

Texas Hill Country Wine Road

March 25th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

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


Texas Hill Country Bluebonnets

Texas Hill Country Wine Road

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

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

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

2014 Vintner Dinner Series

January 6th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Gourmet Cuisine. Award Winning Wines.

2014 Vintner Dinner SeriesThis is our 13th annual Vintner Dinner Series. Owners Mike and Vickie Schneider, who have a strong interest in wines and vintners, created this series to showcase Texas Wineries alongside our notable cuisine. A popular event among guests of the Inn and local residents alike, the Vintner Dinner Series provides the opportunity to learn about the winemaking process, to taste and explore local wines and how they are paired to enhance the flavors of the foods.

Saturday evenings from January 18 until March 1, excluding Valentine’s Day, vintners and/or their representatives will be on hand to explain their winemaking process and the unique character of the wines they create. Our innovative Chef, Chris 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. This year the Vintner Dinner Series schedule is as follows:

January 18 – Flat Creek Estate
Set amidst the beautiful rolling hills of Central Texas is a most pristine piece of land, perfect for growing grapes and making wine. Flat Creek Estate is nestled on this 80 acres, happily proving for a decade that quality Texas grapes produce quality Texas wines.

January 25 – Sunset Winery
Winemakers Birgit and Bruce Anderson make their wine in the “little house on the prairie” where they raised their three daughters. To date, every Sunset wine entered into competition has earned one or more medals, including a Gold in the Lone Star International Competition for the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon.

February 1 – Hye Meadow Winery
Located on gorgeous property under towering oak trees, Hye Meadow Winery will make you feel right at home. Both the covered patio and the tasting room are the perfect spots to kick back, relax and enjoy a glass of well-crafted wine.

February 8 – Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
From a fledgling winery in 1998, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards now produces 8,000 cases a year, with expansion plans to produce 12,000. Dry Comal Creek has developed a series of award-winning specialty wines including French Colombard (Demi-Sweet and Bone Dry), White Black Spanish, Comal Red, Black Spanish and 1096 Port.

February 22 – Bell Springs Winery
Bell Springs Winery offers a selection of wines crafted from various regions across Texas and the United States. Their philosophy is great tasting wines with a little bit of something for everyone.

March 1 – Llano Estacado Winery
The simple mission of Llano Estacado, from its beginning in 1976, to its role as industry leader today, has been to embody the fabulous potential of Texas wine. Today, Llano Estacado is the largest, best-selling Premium Winery in Texas, producing wines of World Class Quality, and has been an ongoing pioneer in introducing not just Texans, but also the entire world to the great wines made in the Lone Star State.

Bella Vista Ranch Olive Oil Pressing: Blair House Inn

September 22nd, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Bella Vista Ranch

Blair House Inn is surrounded by some excellent Texas hill country wineries. One winery in particular, Bella Vista Ranch, also produces delicious olive oil on their property. Now is the season to start pressing the olives. They invite everyone to come out and watch as they begin olive oil pressing to produce their next tasty batch. Every Saturday from late September until December see the Bella Vista Ranch in full working order!

First Texas Olive Oil Company is a family-run business, specializing in FRESH olive oil and other fresh, complementary foods. Their products are based on the fruits and vegetables grown at the Bella Vista Ranch in Wimberley, Texas – blackberry and raspberry bushes (planted between six varieties of olive trees), figs and many other fruits and vegetables.

In 1996 Jack Dougherty, who grew up in the orchards of Santa Clara valley and later had a career working as an executive in the computer industry, purchased a dilapidated ranch with the intention of making it a working ranch. Today it has become an agricultural destination spot. Jack realized that Texas Hill Country soil and weather are akin to the Mediterranean, and he could not resist a stab at growing olives. The olive trees and berry bushes on Bella Vista Ranch were planted in 1998 and they opened the “frantoio” (olive pressing facility) in year 2001.

Bella Vista Cellars produces a range of Italian varietals, as well as blackberry wine, from the fruit off the Ranch. They are passionate about high-quality, fresh produce and products. They invite you to visit their tasting room to sample the olive oil, wine, and other gourmet foods available.

This is definitely something you do not want to miss. Bella Vista Ranch is proud of what they do and Blair House Inn is proud to tell our guests. Take a look at our availability for the fall season. Book a stay with us and make a trip to watch the olive oil pressing magic. Head out to the Texas hill country soon for a relaxing weekend at Blair House Inn.

Enjoy the Many Texas Hill Country Festivies this April!

March 28th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Hill Country Vista

The Blair House Inn is the idyllic Texas bed and breakfast located in the beautiful Hill Country. When searching for a bed and breakfast in Texas the Blair House has something for everyone. Nestled in the rolling hills of WimberleyValley we are surrounded by clear rivers, vineyards and wildflowers this spring. April is packed full of events; from Olive Oil Festivals to Classic car shows the Hill Country is full of spring festivities.

Texas Hill Country Olive Company will be holding their First Annual Olive Festival, Saturday, April 6th from 11:00am to 6:00pm. This festival will feature local restaurants serving gourmet foods, Hill Country wineries, local wares, live music, and cooking demonstrations, olive orchard development classes, and book signings by olive oil-related authors and chefs. This event is not to be missed by foodies and wine lovers.

Winter Magic

The Wimberley Arts Fest @ Blue Hole is sponsored by the Wimberley Valley Art League. The League welcomes fine artists and art lovers from Texas and around the nation to their fifth annual Arts Fest. For 2013 the Fest is being expanded to a two-day event in a new setting; the beautiful Blue Hole Regional Park. This iconic swimming hole owned by the city of Wimberley is the perfect backdrop for quality artwork. Visitors can stroll the shady walk ways lined with ancient cypress trees. Blue Hole attracts lovers of natural beauty from all across Texas. The Fest will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 10am – 6pm and again on Sunday, April 28th from 10am – 4pm. The Wimberley Arts Fest offers free admission and parking.

Don’t let these great April festivities pass you by. Enjoy the cool spring breeze and warmth of the sunshine before the heat of the summer sets upon us. Savor the season with local foods, wines, and events. Book your next stay in the Hill Country at the Blair House Inn.

Texas Romantic Getaway: Wildflower and Wine Trail

March 21st, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Have a Nice Weekend

Spring has sprung on us early this year and we’re ready! Wildflowers, the warmth of the sun’s rays and of course the Wildflower and Wine Trail are a welcoming postlude to the brown chilly winter.  What better way to reconnect with your partner then a Texas romantic getaway and romantic winery tour? Get out and take a trip to as many as 32 participating wineries during this picturesque season. From April 5-14, 2013 take in the beauty of the Hill Country and taste the award winning wines from your Hill Country Wineries on the Wine and Wildflower Trail.

The Wine and Wildflower Trail will again be a full 10 days long, with 32 participating wineries and the same affordable price. This self-guided trail is a great way to explore the Hill Country during the most beautiful time of year.

Texas Wildflowers [saturated]

Plan the perfect romantic getaway at the Blair House Inn. Book a stay in one of our private cottages for the weekend; enjoy panoramic views of Paradise Valley while savoring one of our house-made desserts and a glass of wine. Order a Blair House Inn gourmet picnic basket to take with you on a day trip to one the areas many wineries. Imagine a romantic picnic under the Texas live oak trees at Driftwood Estates Winery, you can’t ask for a better way to spend the day with someone you love. End the day with spa treatments at our newly built Day Spa. Don’t forget about our wonderful five-course gourmet dinner served on Saturday Evenings, a great options for special occasions.

Worried about driving country roads after tasting wines all day? Don’t drink and drive call Mike’s Luxury Transport and let him do the driving. Whether your coming with a group of friends or just the two of you, Mike’s Luxury Transport has you covered. Go to dinner and enjoy the wine trail worry-free.

Book the ultimate Texas romantic getaway, enjoy the rolling hills and colorful wildflowers of the Hill Country with the one you love the most. The Blair House Inn is the perfect couples retreat where you can reconnect, rejuvenate and relish in the beauty of springtime in Texas. Book Now!

Texas Bed and Breakfast Spring Break Getaway

February 26th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney


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.