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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.

Gift Certificates

December 17th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

ChristmasNo need to worry about gifts this holiday season. A Blair House Inn gift certificate can be customized to fit anyone’s needs. Do you have an aspiring chef at home? Treat them to a cooking school. Our Executive Chef Chris Huffman gives hands on instruction to create delicious dishes for family and friends. Know a wonderful couple always thinking of everyone else before themselves? Spice things up with a romantic weekend getaway. Romance packages, like roses, champagne, and special bath pack, can be included in any gift certificate for that unique “something extra”. Know someone who lives close to Wimberley? Treat them to a five course gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Huffman on Saturday evening or a couples massage in our beautiful and relaxing day spa. By purchasing a Blair House Inn gift certificate, you are giving a unique gift that will be truly enjoyed and appreciated.

A few rooms are still available for Christmas and New Years Eve. We will be serving a unique five course gourmet meal Christmas Day and New Years evening complete with a champagne toast. Spend the holidays with your special someone at Blair House Inn.

 

Gift certificates can be mailed or emailed for convenience. You can purchase gift certificates for accommodations, dinners, cooking schools, spa treatments or a specific dollar amount. For more information or to make purchase, please call us directly at (512) 847-1111, or order online at blairhouseinn.com/gc.html

Halloween Dinner, Last Meal Of The Titanic

October 26th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

Last Meal of the TitanicBlair House Inn will be hosting a very special event for this year’s Halloween Dinner, Last Meal of the Titanic. Chef Chris Huffman has set a menu to highlight some of the fine dining available to passage of the fateful voyage. Since our Saturday evening dinner falls on Halloween this year, we decided to take advantage. Dining aboard the Titanic ranged from lavish ten course extravaganzas designed to put the well-to-do passengers in a food coma, to simple, hearty meals for lower deck travelers. The food and drink flowed freely for passengers on the maiden voyage of the doomed ship with no end in sight. Everyone knows the ultimate fate of Titanic after an iceberg collision. What most don’t know is the extravagance of the wealthy on board.  At the modern day equivalent of $124,000 for a first class ticket, passages expected the best and received the best. Join us for this weekend for a unique dinner and good company. Rooms are still available as well as space for those guests wanting to join us only for dinner on Saturday night. Our Halloween Dinner, Last Meal of the Titanic is not to be missed. We promise the restaurant will not sink.

Appetizer
Poached Salmon with Mousseline & Cucumbers

Soup
Consommè Olga

Salad
Chilled Asparagus Vinaigrette

Entrée
Filet Mignon Lili

Dessert
Waldorf Pudding

Wimberley Alive Music and Arts Festival

August 18th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

Wimberley Alive Music and Arts FestivalMake a trip to Blair House Inn to enjoy the first ever three day Wimberley Alive Music and Arts Festival. Celebrating Wimberleys strong spirit and benefiting Barnabas Connection for Wimberley flood relief. The town will be filled with music and events to invite people back after the recent flooding. Plenty of chances to grab a snack at the festival or head into one of Wimberley’s favorite restaurants. Five music stages will be put up featuring artists Andrew Hardin, Kelley Mickwee,
Shake Russell, Michael Hearne, and Bruce Robison. Two artist villages with artists coming from Santa Fe, Washington State, and many Wimberley regional artists will be here too! Fourteen galleries in Wimberley will have art demonstrations going on for all the artists at heart. Please make the trip out to Wimberley to support our local businesses and take part in an event that is sure to grow every year.

Wimberley Events

July 8th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

Wimberley EventsEnjoy a romantic weekend getaway at the Blair House Inn bed and breakfast. Bring that special someone to Wimberley this weekend for some fun, music, and relaxation. Lounge by the pool or take in the local events. Wimberley and the surrounding area will be having several exciting events. The Lumberyard center in the town square is hosting a Wimberley Relief Event Saturday, July 11 from 12-4pm benefiting families and residents still cleaning up from the floods. Wimberley business is up and running trying to help residents get things back to normal. All visitors to Wimberley should know the town is ready and welcoming to anyone ready to visit. Except for some brush piles and broken homes, everything is 100%.  So come join us this weekend for some fun. There will be live music, beer and wine, and plenty of food to eat. Maybe you will win the washer tournament or find a new pet at the Wag Rescue booth. For a $20 recommended donation, you can help Wimberley residents and have a great afternoon listening to music and enjoying local food. Don’t miss out on any of the other Wimberley events this weekend. There is definitely something for everyone.

Wimberley’s Second Saturday Gallery Trail – Saturday, July 11, 4-7pm
Monthly event sponsored by numerous art galleries in Wimberley. Each event offers art, food, drink and entertainment. Go to any participating gallery, pick up a map and make a night of it!

Catch Me If You Can presented by The Wimberley Players – July 10 & 11, 7:30pm; July 12 at 2:30pm
An engaging musical based on an incredible true story full of spectacular dance numbers—a big, bold musical delight! A teenager with boyish charm, a big imagination and millions in forged checks runs away and successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—until an FBI agent catches up with him.

2015 Vintner Dinner Series

January 8th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

2015 Vintner Dinner SeriesThis is our 14th 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 wine making 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 17 until February 28, excluding Valentine’s Day, vintners and/or their representatives will be on hand to explain their wine making process and the unique character of the wines they create. Our Chef, Brian Maher, 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 17, 2015 – 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 24, 2015 – Bella Vista Ranch, Wimberley, TX
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 and grapes. 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.

January 31, 2015 – The Austin Winery, Austin, TX
As an urban winery, we are not tied to vineyards that we own. In fact, we don’t own any. Rather, we work with established family- owned vintners and grape growers from select regions to find the most expressive terroir for a particular varietal. Once we secure sourcing, we go to work crafting our wines.

February 7, 2015 – Bell Springs Winery, Dripping Springs, TX
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. Visiting guests can enjoy a large outdoor covered deck and tree lined lawns perfect for picnics. Bring along some food, grab a bottle of wine and hang out!

February 21, 2015 – 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 28, 2015 – Stone House Vineyards, Spicewood, TX
The name Stone House Vineyard suggests permanence and durability, two qualities owners Angela and Howard Moench undoubtedly espouse in their wine making and grape growing. At Stone House they believe excellence in wine making is about exploration and integrity.

Big Weekend

October 29th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

Big WeekendBlair House Inn is ready to celebrate Halloween in the Texas hill country. Halloween weekend is a big weekend. Come to enjoy the Wimberley Market Days and Halloween festivities. Or take a drive to Austin to watch Formula 1 drivers fly around the Circuit of the Americas race track. This is definitely a weekend to make a trip to the Texas hill country.

Formula 1 racing is the most watched, most innovative, most expensive and star-studded motorsport in the world. Circuit of The Americas will host the only stop in the United States. Last year, 250,325 guests filled COTA making it one of the highest attended F1 Grand Prix races of the 2013 season. Put on your cowboy hat and come experience the 2014 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX in Austin, Texas. Roam the expansive guest areas where local food and entertainment is at every corner. Show off your cowboy boots at the Texas Saloon village, featuring Western activities for all ages. Guests can also dance their way over to the Latin-themed Pachanga village or stroll over to the Sports Bar to enjoy an endless supply of American football and beer. Tickets are still available for anyone who wants to see the apex of car racing.

Downtown Wimberley will be hosting another eventful Market Days Saturday. This is a great time to visit the vendors and have a delicious lunch. Having trouble finding that perfect Christmas gift? Market Days is sure to provide. Wimberley hosts over 475 booths of the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state. Come stroll the tree-shaded paths, listen to live music and shop to your heart’s content. Some of their featured vendors can certainly help find exactly what you are looking for. Be My Baby Now, decor, dolls, masks and toys; Cameo Farm, arts & crafts, garden items and plants; El Nopalito, antiques, cactus plants, cigar boxes, concrete items and ceramics; La Di Da Crafts, aprons, baby items, handmade items, kitchen items and pillows.

Thanksgiving and Christmas

September 18th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

Thanksgiving and Christmas

Blair House Inn will be open Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. The new owners have decided to stay open for Christmas week. Now you can join us for the holidays. We will be serving both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for our guests. Come and enjoy a traditional holiday feast in the heart of Texas hill country. We look forward to sharing the holidays with our guests. Thanksgiving and Christmas are not the same without a house full of friends and family. Since we are open Thanksgiving and Christmas, be a part of our family.

Head downtown to soak in all Wimberley has to offer for the holidays. There will be all kinds of events to see and enjoy. Symphonies, plays, farmers markets, and market days the first Saturday of every month. There is nothing like a small town Thanksgiving and Christmas. The 17th Annual Trail of Lights at the Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens is a huge hit every year. Beautiful decorations displayed in the gardens and around town. Lights as far as the eye can see. Once you experience what Wimberley has to offer, you will be coming back year after year. Also, being an hour away from downtown Austin and San Antonio puts close to the big city fun as well.

We want everyone to come and stay at the Blair House Inn for the holidays. Relax on the property to let the stress of the year fade away. Or head into town for the festivities. We have something for everyone. Don’t forget about the Blair House Day Spa. You’ve been good. You deserve a massage. Thanksgiving and Christmas are a magical time. Blair House Inn is the perfect place to spend your holidays. Book your stay soon before rooms disappear and you miss all the fun. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

Wimberley Market Days

September 3rd, 2014 by blairhouseinn

Market Days

Wimberley Market Days has been an institution in the Texas hill country since 1964. Local vendors set up for business on the tailgates of their trucks. They brought and sold everything – including pigs, rugs and homemade tamales. Now, it has grown to nearly 500 booths offering goods for buyers to explore. Market Days are held the first Saturday of every month from March through December. Vendors and shoppers alike come from all over Texas to stroll along the paved, tree-shaded lanes of Lions Field finding everything they can’t live without. The Wimberley Lions sponsor all of the food booths and offer plenty of options, including BBQ plates and sandwiches, grilled sausages, breakfast tacos, hot dogs and hamburgers. Lions are hard-put to let anybody at their market go hungry! Visitors can also purchase popcorn, ice cream, funnel cakes, soft drinks, shaved ice and sweets all day long. Local musicians gather at the spacious Lions Pavilion and entertain the crowds who sit in the shade to eat, drink and rest. So, book a stay at Blair House Inn to enjoy Wimberley Market Days.You will not be disappointed.

Lions Field is located on RR 2325 about 1/4 mile from its junction with RR12. Gates to Market Day open at 7:00 a.m. and close when the last vendor packs up his merchandise and heads for home at 4:00 p.m. Admission to Wimberley Market Days is free; parking is available for a $5 donation.

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.

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