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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.

Guest Reviews: Blair House Inn

September 9th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Texas summer

We wanted to take a moment to share some positive guest reviews for the Blair House Inn. August was one of our best months ever. Our BBQ Cooking School sold out and was a big success. Lots of anniversaries, honeymoons, and romantic getaways before the school year starts. Labor Day celebrations in Wimberley and the surrounding Texas hill country brought in tons of people. Everyone wanted to get one more weekend of fun before all work and no play. Blair House Inn is committed to providing the absolute best for our guests. We take pride in our efforts and are proud to share our guest reviews with everyone to show the impact we have on our guests. Please take a look at some guest reviews and think about how much fun you could be having with us at Blair House Inn.

 Guest Reviews

We are not a big fan of B&B’s however the Blair House is in a class of its own. What we disliked about our experience at other inn’s was just the opposite at the Blair House. The property and rooms are maintained as though they are brand new. Service is superb. The inn keepers engage with their guests professionally and are not overbearing knowing when it is time to rest a conversation . If your looking for a quiet getaway with someone special, the Blair House is an excellent choice. Larry_Sylvia2013, Magnolia

My wife and I just returned from a few days at the Blair House Inn, celebrating our 24th anniversary. This place is truly a slice of paradise. Beautiful B&B, beautiful grounds, a pool overlooking the hill country, incredible staff, and the gourmet breakfast, wow… It’s awesome! There are many things to do, or you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We will return to the Blair House Inn! I would highly recommend this place! — Jimmy J., San Antonio

5 of 5 stars

This place is wonderful! Beautiful, peaceful & excellent service. The rooms are nicely decorated and the beds are very comfortable. Nice relaxing pool for just unwinding and the wine & dessert in the afternoon is a nice treat. We are planning to come back for our anniversary. Crosa3, Houston

My wife and I enjoyed our second stay at Wimberley’s Blair House early August to help celebrate my wife’s birthday. Our first visit was about twenty years earlier, but Blair House has only gotten better – more rooms and services (like massages).
The location is great for exploring Wimberley’s and the surrounding Hill Country area. Rooms, beds and shared areas are great and the food is outstanding! The site is terrific with beautiful grounds complete with hummingbirds and country setting. Lawrence J., Rowlett

5 of 5 stars

My wife enjoyed our 50th Anniversary at Blair House and we totally enjoyed ourselves. I can safely say without any reservations that Blair House rates among the top two in inns for us. We have stayed at Blair House in the past and really enjoyed it; and plan to revisit maybe in the Dec ’13 to Jan ’14 time-frame when the weather is a little crisp and then we can enjoy their winter hospitality. The chef at Blair House is superior. The meals are prepared with a great deal of TLC; and, the owners and their staff are just fine folks; Texas folks you know! Jim D., Montgomery

Hill Country Communitys: Blair House Inn

September 4th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Blair House Inn continues to be involved in our wonderful hill country community of Wimberley, TX. Many of our friends have some exciting events coming up in the next few months. Emily Ann Theatre and The Wimberley Players put together great plays that bring in many from the surrounding area. Linda’s Fine Foods is a local favorite serving handmade food with a skilled touch. Look through some of our local events and book a room at the Blair House Inn to enjoy a night of fun and entertainment.

Hill Country Cypress Creek

Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens presents Cymbeline through September 28th on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00pmCymbeline, one of Shakespeare’s last plays is rarely done and much loved. Performances will be on the outdoor Patti S. Harrison main stage. Tickets available online at emilyann.org or at the gate. $15 adults, $10 students. 1101 FM 2325. Please call (512)847-6969 for additional information.

Linda’s Fine Foods invites you to Linda’s Fat Tuesday every second Tuesday of each month. Linda’s gumbo is world renown. The crawfish pies, crawfish nachos, beans and rice are all delicious and made from scratch. The regular menu is served with the Cajun menu. The fun starts at 6:30pm with live music. Linda’s also provides live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights each week. Linda’s Fine Foods is located at 500 FM 2325. Call (512)847-5464 for more information or visit lindaallencatering.com

The Wimberley Players present the Texas premier of a domestic thriller, Stay. This is a story of love and letting go, as a marriage on the brink of unraveling takes a dark turn. Author talk-back after September 14th performance. Stay runs September 13th through October 6th on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and on Sundays at 2:30pm. $18 reserved seating, $20 opening night, $9 student with ID except opening night. We also invite you to “Cruisin’ with the Coasters” a concert and dinner on Sunday, October 6th at 5pm. Dinner will be catered by Gennaro’s Trattoria. Great food, live music, dancing and a live auction at the 7 Star Ranch on the Blanco River, 228 Flite Acres Road, Wimberley, TX. This is The Wimberley Players’ annual fundraiser. General admission tickets are $75 per person. Call (512)847-1873 to sponsor a table. Please call (512)971-4047 or visit wimberleyplayers.org for ticket information.

Old Oaks Ranch offers guided tours of their sculpture garden, alpaca and fiber arts center every Saturday 11am and 1pm. Call Sue Ellen Stavrand for more information, (512)847-8784 or visit The Old Oaks Ranch on Facebook.

Final Summer Cooking Schools: Blair House Inn

August 20th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Summer is winding down here in the Texas hill country. The Blair House Inn bed and breakfast is down to the final summer cooking schools. Our classes have been a big success this season and we want to finish up with a bang. Wimberley, TX weather has been pretty hot this year. Get out of the heat and join us in the kitchen for some professional level cooking techniques to impress friends and wow family. We can definitely teach an old dog some new tricks here at the Blair House Inn.

To become a truly skilled chef, French cuisine should be second nature. Chef Chris will teach the basics to a few staples of French cuisine. The French cooking class has been our highest attended school this summer. Come see why. Our new Farm-to-Table cooking class is a diamond in the rough at Blair House Inn. With more and more people trying to eat healthy, fresh and organic ingredients have become very popular. We will show you how to take those quality farmers market finds and turn them into a masterpiece. Sometimes, all that is needed to prepare an amazing dinner is to just get out of the way of your ingredients. That is what this cooking class teaches: quality and simplicity. Two things that is lacking in most cuisine these days. Let us help you become the chef you always wanted to be; sign up for one of the final summer cooking schools today. We hope to see you soon in the Wimberley, Texas hill country at Blair House Inn.

Final Summer Cooking Schools

September 9th – 11th: Classic French Cuisine

Learn the art of haute cuisine. Create exciting fare such as Shrimp Scampi, French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon. Learn the art of roasting carnard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Crème Caramel. The Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

Farmers Market

September 23rd – 25th: 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, local availability, and simple preparation such as Texas Pecan and Bourbon Pie or a Handmade Artisan Goat Cheese and Fresh Mint Salad.

Gruene, TX

July 30th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Blair House Inn in Wimberley, TX is close to many exciting summer events. Head south to Gruene, TX for some summer concerts and possibly take a long float in the river. Gruene, TX is a state landmark, combining modern shops and restaurants with historic surroundings. Stop for dinner at the Gristmill and walk over to the general store for a milk shake and homemade fudge. Gruene Hall is the oldest continually running dancehall in Texas. And during summer the weeks are packed full of music and dancing. They even offer some Texas Swing Dancing lessons for those looking to improve their two stepping skills. Gruene, TX has something for everyone. Find your favorite spot and then spend the night here at Blair House Inn.

Junior Brown

JUNIOR BROWN

Friday, August 2nd, 8pm

Combining the soul of country and the spirit of Rock-n-Roll, Junior Brown’s music appeals to country purists, alternative country rebels, rock-n-roll lovers, and to mainstream music lovers. Junior expresses his virtuosity on his distinctly unique instrument, the twin-necked “guit-steel,” which is an efficient combination of a steel guitar and an electric guitar, one which he affectionately calls “Big Red”. In Junior’s hands, the guit-steel is an amazing tool, a means to creating some of the hottest, most heartfelt playing heard in years. Playing everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to rock showcases on the West Coast, to Gruene Hall, Junior has been heralded by major publications such as Musician, Life, and Guitar Player magazines, to name a few, as a musical genius. “He may very well be one of the few true musical artists we have left – a player firmly rooted in the past but whose forceful personality and sheer talent make his work stand out as a unique and unmistakable form of self-expression.” Cover at the door.

SWING DANCE LESSONS!

Tuesdays

Learn simple, fun East Coast Swing steps in this one-hour class held every Tuesday at Gruene Hall all summer long. This class is perfect for beginners or those wanting to polish their wraps, tunnels, turns and spins! Lessons are just $8 per person and you don’t need to bring a partner to join the fun! Hang around Gruene for dinner and to try out your moves with popular rock-a-billy group Two Tons of Steel that evening.

Wimberley Neighbors Events: Blair House Inn

July 7th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

porch at sunsetBlair House Inn is located in the wonderful community of Wimberley, TX, located in the heart of Texas hill country. Every season is filled with many activities and festivals for visitors and locals, alike. We just had an exceptional Fourth of July celebration. Parades, fireworks, refreshments, good food, and good people. We are proud to highlight some of our neighbors events. In hopes you find the attractions irresistible and become compelled to visit the hill country. July is expected to be full of events that are definitely worth a visit. Even if relaxation and a peaceful retreat is what you’re looking for, Blair House Inn can accommodate. Take a peek at our neighbors events and book a room with us at the Blair House Inn, today.

Luminous Libations

Luminous Libations

Outdoor lounging is the reason for the season. Wimberley Glassworks will host an evening affair highlighting our outdoor glass and fixture inventory. Come for a unique experience while you walk the grounds and indulge in gourmet treats and liquid refreshments provided by Taste Buds. Our hand-blown exterior lighting will be showcased and on special from July 27th through August 4th.

Jazz Horn

Hill Country Jazz Band

Join us Sunday, June 30 at the Wimberley Community Center to welcome the Hill Country Jazz Band to the Chamber Center. You are invited to attend their free concert at the Community Center, 14068 RR 12 at 4:00pm.

The Hill Country Jazz Band was organized in 2005 as an 8 piece small group playing professional engagements in the hill country area. In 2012 the group was expanded to the present 18 member format and began providing free public concerts for patrons in the Wimberley and surrounding area. The group is organized by Bob Tull, trombonist, retired 30 year member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Several of the band members contribute musical arrangements to the group. The players include public school and college music teachers as well as others in various professions who simply love playing big band music.

Summer Cooking School: The Blair House Inn

June 24th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

summer cooking school hummus

Blair House Inn has a summer cooking school to bring out your inner chef. Everyone enjoys seafood, but not everyone can prepare a great dish. The new Mediterranean Seafood cuisine summer cooking school can fix that. Our chef Chris Huffman will show you how to prepare some wonderful dishes to please even the pickiest eaters.  Our Mediterranean class is perfect for vegetarians. Most of our dishes focus on quality ingredients without using meat products. Add in a well prepared seafood main course and everyone will be happy.

Now if BBQ is what your looking for, join us at the Blair House Inn Barbeque Camp summer cooking school, as featured on the Food Network. This is a class designed specifically to elevate standard barbeque to an art! Learn the finest wood smoking with the Big Green Egg and outdoor grilling techniques. Slow cook a brisket till it melts in your mouth. In Texas, BBQ is king. Come to Blair House Inn summer cooking school and be the king of the neighborhood!

July 22nd – 24th:New! Mediterranean Seafood Cuisine

– If you can’t make it to the Mediterranean this summer, let Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from the Strait of Gibraltar to Cypress 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 features a variety of seafood dishes. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

August 5th – 7th : Barbeque Camp! (Featured on the Food Network)

– Summer in Texas means BBQ, and if you’re tired of the same old brisket, this is a class designed especially for you! Learn the finest wood smoking with the Big Green Egg and grilling techniques, and try your hand at these lively recipes.  Dishes like Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Beer Can Chicken, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Ice Cream will add excitement to any cook-out. Be the star of the neighborhood!

Blair House Inn: Summer Events Calendar

June 13th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Summer Events

The Blair House Inn invites everyone to the Texas Hill Country for fun summer events. Many of the surrounding towns take advantage of summer weather by hosting amazing events for travelers hoping to have some fun. Here in Wimberley is three days of festivities for Fourth of July. There’s something for everyone. Check out what’s going on in the hill country and plan your visit to see us at the Blair House Inn.

Wimberley’s July Jubilee Summer Events Calendar July 3-6

Gates open Wednesday, July 3, at the VFW Rodeo Grounds. Mini Bull-riding and live music will highlight the evening. Festivities culminate with early fireworks over the Wimberley Valley skies. This inaugural night of the Jubilee will also feature arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage booths, and carnival games. July 4’s Jubilee activities will begin with the down-home charm of the Wimberley Parade winding through downtown Wimberley. At night, the action returns to VFW Rodeo Grounds for opening night of Wimberley’s popular VFW Rodeo. A CPRA sanctioned event, the rodeo attracts an average of 3,000 fans per evening. On July 5, activities continue with the second night of bronco riding, team-roping, barrel-racing, and bull-riding. After the rodeo, fans will be treated to live music from the Ranch Rock Band and a boot-scootin’ cowboy dance. July 6 events begin at Lions Field, with one of the most popular market days in the state. Wimberley Market Day attracts shoppers, bargain hunters, and treasure seekers from around the state. That evening, the VFW Rodeo will conclude with another night of livestock action.

San Marcos BigFest June 28-30

Big fest is a fundraising music festival for the Cheatham Street Warehouse Music Foundation, and a celebration of Big John Mills’ birthday. This year’s festival will be held June 28-30 in the historic Cheatham Street Warehouse. The place musicians such as George Strait, Todd Snider, and Randy Rogers got their start. Radio Free Texas will be broadcasting the event live. Don’t forget to check out the silent auction. Find a perfect gift for the music fan in your life.

Bandera Riverfest June 29

Come join the fun as Bandera Business Association holds its 16th annual RIVERFEST, June 29, on the banks of the beautiful Medina River. Mosey on over to the food booths where you will find the best picnic fare on the river! Plenty to choose from and lots of entertainment while you eat too! One of the featured events is our search for the best singer in the hill country. Get your vocal cords ready and select your music, competition will be fun! The winner will get to do some special singing appearances in and around Bandera! Browse through our excellent selection of Arts and Craft Booths, each selected from a juried show for their skill and craftsmanship, or venture into the information and exhibit area. Stroll through our Open Car Show and Swap meet. Teams of cookers will be doing their best riverside bar-b-cueing to win the coveted prize of Best Brisket Cooker. If all this isn’t enough, get ready for the “GREAT HILL COUNTRY ANYTHING THAT FLOATS REGATTA”! Don’t miss this infamous parade that will keep you laughing as the creative entries make their way down the Medina River.

New Braunfels Peddler Show August 9-11

The Peddler Show rolls into town August 9-11 featuring a brand new show custom built just for New Braunfels! Be inspired as you shop from an exclusive selection of talented designers, artisans, creators, and craftsmen from all over the country. Find unique merchandise for your home, health, wardrobe, and family all at the New Braunfels Civic Center! Come experience THE Perfect Street of Shops created just for New Braunfels!

San Marcos Summer Concerts in the Park Summer Events Calendar July 6 – August 8

Head out to San Marcos for the annual concert series. Their summer events calendar features live music every Thursday evening at San Marcos Plaza Park, June 6 through August 8 from 7:30 pm to 9:30pm. The 2013 concert series lineup includes: Terri Hendrix June 20; Those Nights June 27; San Marcos Summerfest July4; Soul Track Mind July 11; Brave Combo July 18; Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros July 25; Graybone August 1; and Two Tons of Steel August 8.

Barbeque Camp: Blair House Inn Cooking School

June 5th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Beef brisket

 

Blair House Inn invites you to summertime in the Texas hill country. Swimming in the river. Lounging by the pool. Cold drinks at sunset. Dinner with friends and relatives. And summer would not be summer without cooking some delicious BBQ. Would you like to learn some new techniques and recipes to send your next meal over the top? If you’re tired of the same old brisket and ribs, join us at the Blair House Inn Barbeque Camp, as featured on the Food Network, June 17th–19th. This is a class designed specifically to elevate standard barbeque to an art!

Learn the finest wood smoking with the Big Green Egg and grilling techniques, and try your hand at these lively recipes.  Dishes like Cedar Plank Wild King Salmon with Jerked Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Beer Can Chicken, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Ice Cream will add excitement to any cook-out. Be the star of the neighborhood!

Blair House Inn Texas Barbeque Camp, June 17th – 19th.

Only a few spots are still available for a unique experience with our trained chef. Book your spot today.

Hill Country Concert featuring Texas Best!

May 23rd, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Around the corner from Blair House Inn, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, the Blue Hole Regional Park is putting on a fundraiser. Proceeds go to Friends of the Blue Hole foundation. A worthy cause dedicated to improving the historic Blue Hole in Wimberley, TX. A central Texas landmark drawing visitors for decades. Help preserve this beautiful oasis in the Texas Hill Country.

 

blue hole concert poster

Blue Hole Concerts For The Park 2013

 

Friday June 7th

Friends of Blue Hole Fundraiser- 5 pm to 7:30 pm  $45 donation

Complimentary hors’ oeuvres; beer & wine available.

Artist Line-up:

Elizabeth Lee  5:00-6:00 pm

Susan Gibson  6:15-7:45 pm

Hal Ketchum  8:00-9:00 pm

Sahara Smith  9:00-10:00 pm

 

Saturday June 8th

All Day Concert for Blue Hole – $35

Food vendors all day, beer & wine available 4-10 pm

Swimming until 4 pm

Artist Line-up:

The Travis Wheeler Band 11:00-11:45 am

Spilt Milk 12:00-12:45 pm

Opie Hendrix Band 1:00-1:45 pm

T-Bone and The Bluetones 2:00-2:45 pm

Susan Arbuckle Band 3:00-4:00 pm

Eric Tessmer Band 4:15-5:15 pm

Texas Renegade 5:30-6:30 pm

Ruthie Foster 6:45-8:15 pm

Rick Trevino 8:30-10:00 pm

 

Sunday June 9th

Concert for Blue Hole – $25

Food vendors all day, swimming until 5 pm

Artist Line-up:

Walker Pickens 11:00-12:00 pm

Carrie Ann 12:15-1:15 pm

The Distractions 1:30-2:30 pm

Justin Black 2:45-3:45 pm

Chris Kipp 4:00-4:45 pm

Big Daddy Weave 5-7 pm

 

Blue Hole, Wimberley, TX

Bring your special someone to the Hill Country for three fun filled days of great music and food. Order a romantic picnic to enjoy on the Cypress Creek while listening to some of the best musicians in Texas. Walk or ride on one of the many scenic Hill Country nature trails around Blue Hole and Blair House. Guests are welcome to use our complimentary bicycles. Rooms will fill up quick, so make your reservations at Blair House Inn before someone else has all the fun.

 

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