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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

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.

Texas Bed and Breakfast: Texas Wine Country Getaway

January 20th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Have a Nice Weekend

The Blair House Inn is a charming Texas bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Texas Wine Country. Don’t let these colds months discourage you from visiting one of the top wine destinations in Texas and in America. Home to over two hundred wineries and vineyards, each wineries is unique with their own special varietals and techniques for producing wines.

Explore the Texas Wine Country, book your next vacation at the Blair House Inn. Throughout the months of January and February we will be hosting our Annual Vintner Dinner Series. The Blair House Inn invites the areas Vintners to showcase their wines at our weekly Saturday Day Evening Dinners. This is a great opportunity to learn about the winemaking process, discover the fascinating history of Texas grapes, enjoy a five course gourmet dinner and take pleasure in in the company of your loved one.

Join us for our Vintner Dinner Series in a special Texas bed and breakfast venue, the Blair House Inn. We are located on 22 beautiful acres with gorgeous hill country vistas. Our Inn is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, this Blair House is a recipe for love. Surprise that special someone with a weekend of food, wine and luxury accommodations.

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We are pleased to have the following wineries join us of the Vintner Dinner Series:

 

Duchman Family Winery – January 26

Bella Vista Ranch – February 2

Westcave Cellars – February 9

Bell Springs Winery – February 16

Pleasent Hill Winery – February 23

 

If you just can’t get enough of wine. Be sure to get tickets to Uncork an Adventure: A Taste of Italy hosted by The Leaning Pear. This event will be held Sunday, February 10 from 5-8pm. Enjoy eight pairings and antipasti all in support of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.

 

Don’t miss out on this great event, make your reservations early these dinners sell out quickly. Contact the Blair House Inn to make reservations or for more details. Call 512-847-1111 or go to www.blairhouseinn.com.

 

Explore, savor, and relax at the Blair House Inn, a Texas bed and breakfast located in the heart of Wine Country.

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!

Texas Hill Country | A Perfect Wine Lover’s Getaway

October 4th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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 Hill Country Wine and Food Getaway! | Blair House Inn

August 15th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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 Lois Mahoney

 

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.

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