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Summer Cooking School: The Blair House Inn

June 24th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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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.

 

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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.

 

Texas Hill Country Kitchen VIDEO Series | Grasshopper Pie: Part 3

May 23rd, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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Check out our NEW video! Learn how to make a delicious Grasshopper Pie.

Do you love to cook or know someone who does? The Blair House Inn offers over 25 Cooking Schools per year. View the complete schedule on our website or click here.  For our guests that can’t get away during the week we offer 2-day Individual cooking seminars with our chef. Get your hands dirty in the kitchen with Chef Chris and help prepare a five-course gourmet dinner fit for a king! Bring home the recipes and enjoy with family and friends. Savor the flavor of the Hill Country at the Blair House Inn!

Classic French and Mediterranean Cooking School

May 20th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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Would you like to gain the courage and skill to prepare delectable dishes that are sure to impress your family and friends?  How about presenting dishes that would make Julia Child proud?  Then the Blair House Cooking School is just the place for you.  Our French classes offer classic recipes with explosion of taste.  You will learn classic techniques will preparing dishes such as, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon.  We have a few spaces left for registration for May 27th – 29th and July 15th – 17th.

 

Fresh fruits-de-mer (Tours, France 2011)

Maybe seafood is more your style.  Would you like to learn more ways to prepare healthier dishes than just the usual baked or grilled?  Then sign up for our Mediterranean Seafood class.  Chef offers great recipes such as Fruits de Mer in Puff Pastry, Calamari, and Fresh Fish Filet with Tomato Herb Sauce.  You can log on to our website www.blairhouseinn.com or call us and reserve you space for our July 22nd – 24th class.

Don’t wait because our classes do fill up and we would love to have you join us for an experience you will have for a life time!

Texas Hill Country Kitchen VIDEO Series | Grasshopper Pie: Part 2

May 10th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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Check out our NEW video! Learn how to make a delicious Grasshopper Pie.

Interested in learning more? Do you love to cook or know someone who does? The Blair House Inn offers over 25 Cooking Schools per year varying in theme and are open to people of all skill levels. View the complete schedule on our website or click here.  For our guests that can’t get away during the week we offer 2-day Individual cooking seminars with our chef. Get your hands dirty in the kitchen with Chef Chris and help prepare a five-course gourmet dinner fit for a king! Bring home the recipes and enjoy with family and friends. Enjoy the Texas Hill Country at the Blair House Inn!

 

Texas Hill Country Kitchen VIDEO Series | Grasshopper Pie: Part 1

May 8th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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Check out our new video! Join us in our Hill Country kitchen with our Assistant Kasi. Learn to make a delicious Grasshopper Pie!

Stay tuned for more videos from the Blair House Inn kitchen!

Are you interested in joining us for a Cooking School? View the full schedule on our website or call for more details, 512-847-1111.

 

Texas Pecan Scones – Recipe of the Week

April 23rd, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Recipes

makes 6-8

2 cups flour
1 Tbs baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
1/3 cup butter flavored Crisco

¾ cup buttermilk
¾ cup pecans, chopped

1 each egg
1 tsp water

2 Tbs coarse sugar

Sift and stir dry ingredients together.
Cut in the shortening.
Add buttermilk and pecans. Stir to hold together.

Pat out on a well-floured board and work only lightly, forming a large disc about one inch thick, cut shapes and sizes as desired.

Before baking, brush tops with egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water.

Sprinkle with large grained sugar.

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven on greased cookie sheets. Bake for about 1minute.

Serve or cool on racks.

Note: The unbaked scones freeze well. Do not brush with egg or sprinkle on the sugar before freezing. Frozen scones take 20 minutes to bake.

Hill Country Bars – Recipe of the Week

April 23rd, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

32 Bars

Crust:
4 packages graham crackers
2 sticks butter, melted

2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk

In food processor, finely chop cookies and then add the melted butter.

Remove the crust and press onto a cookie sheet.

Sprinkle the coconut, chocolate chips, and pecans over the crust.

Evenly pour the condensed milk over the entire pan.

Bake @ 350-degrees for 18 minutes or just until the condensed milk starts to tan up.

Let cool and cut into 32 bars (8 x 4).

Eat them all or store them in an airtight container.

Hill Country Bed and Breakfast for Bird Enthusiasts

April 11th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

 

 

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Spring brings flocks of beautiful birds to our Texas Hill Country Bed and Breakfast. The Blair House Inn is ideal for bird watchers, the inn rests on 22 scenic acres full of wildlife. Sit on our observation deck and wait for the deer, foxes, turkeys, roadrunners and if your lucky you might spot a bobcat. Imagine waking-up, walking onto your private porch and being greeted with the beautiful sounds of singing birds. What better way to usher in a new day?

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Over 30 species of birds call this Hill Country bed and breakfast home. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars because you won’t want to miss out on these winged hill country treasures. We are excited to have seen our first turkeys on the property as a result of our new turkey feeder and habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for the Scarlet Tanager, one of the 50 percent of birds that migrate from the rainforests of Central and South America in the spring and head north to breed in the U.S. and Canada. One was spotted at the birdfeed just outside our kitchen window this week. Feast your eyes on the on the soft peachy colors on the breast and back and the dash of red under the wing of the Scissor Tail Fly Catcher. Grab your binoculars because this bird puts on a truly acrobatic show.

 

Scissortail, Mayes County, OK

Enjoy the miracle of migration in the Hill Country at the Blair House Inn. Our Hill Country bed and breakfast is ideal for bird enthusiasts and nature-lovers. Order a gourmet picnic lunch to enjoy while hiking the mile long nature trail on our property. Savor a cup of coffee on the porch before our gourmet breakfast each more and watch the birds feeding at one of our many feeders. There is a plethora of birds both common and rare to be spotted here. Visit the Wimberley Bird Society’s website for the latest migrations, sightings, and general information about birds in the area. Relish in the splendor of spring at the Blair House Inn Hill Country Bed and Breakfast.

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.

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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 Romantic Getaway: Celebrate the Coming of Spring & Wildflowers

March 12th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Bluebonnet Field

March is the perfect time for a romantic getaway in the Texas Hill Country. The weather is cool and breezy and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom; spring is a time for rejuvenation and renewal. The Blair House Inn is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday. Bring that special someone with you to the Blair House Inn for a romantic getaway in the country. Enjoy watching birds and other wildlife on our 22 acres. Walk hand-in-hand on our mile long nature trail while soaking up the beauty of spring. Our lilac and honeysuckle bushes are blooming, a sight for soar eyes after a brown and dry winter.

You won’t want to miss the Wimberley Square on your romantic getaway. The Square is full of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Stroll through the many stores and find unique gifts and treasures to take home with you. Keep your eyes open for the fields of blooming bluebonnets along the highway into town. Stop and take photos for a beautiful edition to your mantel or the perfect memento for your scrapbook of your romantic getaway.

 

Dreaming of Spring

 

If time allows venture over to the town of Gruene, home of Texas’ oldest dancehall. On March 15th & 17th nearly 100 vendors will gather for the Old Gruene Market Days, they will offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Market hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm and admission is free. If your a foodie you will love the Come and Taste It event held on March 21st.  Meet Texas’ best winemakers and craft brewers at The Grapevine. This a great opportunity to learn direct from these craftsmen, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District.

Plan your next Texas romantic getaway this March. Stay at the Blair House Inn and enjoy of the bounty of spring. Book now you won’t want to miss the beginning of wildflower season.

Cooking with Fresh Herbs in the Texas Hill Country

March 6th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Basil vs. Caterpillar (time-lapse)

Fresh herbs can add an abundance of flavor to any dish.  Utilizing the freshness will give any dish an impact that no dried herb can emulate.  At the Blair House we grow them all summer long, picking off what we need for our dishes, making pesto, and preserving them for use during the winter.

When working with fresh herbs, some people get stuck on how exactly to go about using them.  In our Cooking with Fresh Herbs class we will address multiple techniques on utilizing a wide range of herbs.  We will address how to plant and maintain your own garden in the region you live in.

Here are a few techniques for chopping herbs to add to your dishes, as well as how you can save any extra herbs for use later on. happy mother´s day

Washing Herbs – Herbs are plants, and like most plants, they are exposed to nature.  We will show you how to properly harvest, wash, and dry to ensure a healthy practice with cooking.

Removing Stems – When working with herbs such as parsley, dill, and sage, removing the main stem or stalk is the most important part.  For rosemary, thyme, and herbs with a woody stalk you will want to strip the leaves at their base to avoid any bitterness.  You will learn  how to determine what process to use with which herbs.

Chopping Herbs – Each herbs have different methods of chopping to utilize the most impact of flavor and presentation for your dishes.

Preserving & Drying – Extra chopped herbs can easily be preserved by freezing in ice cube trays, covering with a teaspoon of water and frozen.  Frozen herb-sickles can be added to soups or dishes as they are heating for a fresh burst of flavor in winter months.  Drying herbs at the end of the growing season can be utilized for months after summer has passed.

Our next Fresh Herbed cooking school is April 1 – 3 and there is still available space.  Call or follow this link to book your reservation.

Texas Bed and Breakfast Spring Break Getaway

February 26th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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

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

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

For Wine Connoisseurs and Foodies:

For Adventurers and Outdoor Enthusiast:

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

For Art Lovers and Treasure Hunters:

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

 

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

Country French Cooking Classes

February 20th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Your cooking vacation in the Texas Hill Country with the Blair House Inn means fabulous food and fun. Explore the quant shops of Wimberley, and taste some of the best wines and cheeses while relaxing at country vineyards or living it up in chic wine shops and bistros. Your French culinary class will include hands-on cookery courses, and  excursions to local farms and vineyards. Accommodations vary and are available by first reserved.SOUFFLÉ de COURGETTES à L´ESTRAGON

March 4th – 6th: 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.

Call (512) 847-1111 or book online for reservations.

 

 

Texas Bed and Breakfast Spring Getaway: Bluebonnets & Barbeque!

February 12th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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Spring is in the air at this Texas bed and breakfast. Escape to the hill country and enjoy the Texas State Flower, the Bluebonnet, in all it’s glory. And, if that isn’t enough, over 5,000 varieties of wild flowers carpet the rolling hills of the central Texas Hill Country. Red, blue and yellow flowers sprout up along the country roads and highways, a truly beautiful sight for sore eyes after the cold brown winter. You can never start planning your next vacation too early, wildflower season is one of Texas bed and breakfast’s busiest seasons.

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Celebrate the coming of the season and enjoy spring like a true Texan with bluebonnets and barbeque. Meander the country roads soaking up the colorful woosh of wildflowers as you speed by. Stop at one of the areas best barbeque joints the Salt Lick for some finger lickin’ good brisket and ribs. Or better yet, register for the BBQ Camp at the Blair House Inn and learn to make your own marinades, sauces, and all the fixings to go with it. The Blair House Inn is national recognized as a destination cooking school. We offer hands on three day themed cooking schools in the unique setting of a Texas bed and breakfast.

Bluebonnet Field, Ellis County, Texas

Are you crazy about wildflowers? Well you’re not alone. Check out the Wild About Texas Wildflowers website for up-to-date wildflower sights. Let’s hope and pray for a just a little more rain to give those little sprouts a bit of a push this season. Feast your eyes on the beauty of the season this coming spring and fill your bellies with best barbeque in town. And if your hungry for more than just drive in the country, book a stay with us at the Blair House Inn and make a vacation out of wildflower season. Enjoy our Texas bed and breakfast at the height of the spring.

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

February 5th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

French Cooking Class at Tante Marie

 

Want a way to sizzle this summer besides the Texas heat?  Venture out to a romantic Texas bed and breakfast and enjoy a renown leisure cooking school at the Blair House Inn.  Cooking class are offered year around with many different themes to choose from.  Spark that fire deep inside and entice your family and friends with delectable recipes created by our own Chef Chris.

(Click here to read more about our Executive Chef Chris Huffman.)

Classic French Cuisine

This is where it all started!  Join Chef Chris and learn how to prepare authentic French dishes.  Your hands on experience will include Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis.  Family and friends will be impressed not only by the name of the dishes, but how well you prepare them and how delicious they taste.

FRAISES LACTÉES

 

Cooking with Fresh Herbs

Spring is around the corner and the growing season will be well under way.  Healthy eating doesn’t have to be so bland.  Join us and learn how fresh grown herbs can take your dishes to a new level.  Use herbs that you harvest straight from the Blair House Herb Garden and enlighten your mind on how to create a garden at your own home.  Dishes include Maple & Herb Brined Pork Roast, Herb infused oils, Cilantro Shrimp Kabobs, and Lemon Herb Buttermilk Sorbet.  Who says healthy eating is boring?

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These classes and many others are open for you. Book a unique getaway at a Texas bed and breakfast. Be sure to check out our Themed Cooking School Schedule.  Call us today or book your reservations online.

Bon Appetite!

Texas Romantic Getaway: Valentine’s Day Getaway!

January 27th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

* Valentine´s Day *

When it comes to celebrating the most romantic holiday of the year, there’s simply no more amorous way to woo your Valentine than with an exquisite dinner and luxurious stay in the Texas Hill Country. A Valentine’s Day stay is the perfect romantic getaway for lovers who want the ultimate holiday experience.

  • Choose from one of our many Romance Packages, set the mood with roses & bubbly.
  • Wine and dine your sweetheart at our five course gourmet Valentine’s Day Dinner.
  • You’re in love, your alone together and you have all weekend! Start by relaxing next to the fire after a calming couples massage.
  • Charm your darling and order a gourmet picnic for the two of you to share under a tree on our 22- beautiful acres.
  • Fall in love all over again while watching the sun set behind the rolling hill of Paradise Valley from the Blair House Inn.

Wisk your partner off for a romantic getaway at the Blair House Inn. Enjoy a couples retreat where you can relish in the peace and serenity of the surroundings. Savor gourmet cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Delight in the warmth and coziness of one of our twelve rooms. Make this Valentine’s Day an experience neither of you will forget.

 

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Be sure to view our Valentine’s Day Dinner menu, you are in for a treat! Book a two night stay with dinner and receive a 35% discount on a couples massage. Offer valid for reservations made for Feb. 13th & 14th. Must mention special at the time of booking.

We look forward to making your Valentine’s Day getaway at the Blair House a special memory for years to come.

Can’t make it on February 14th? Every day is like Valentine’s Day in February. Remember, Valentine’s Day will fill up fast. So book your stay early!

 

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.

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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 Romantic Getaway | Kick Off the New Year Relaxed and Rejuvenated!

December 30th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Happy New Year !!!

The Blair House Inn is the perfect Texas romantic getaway to ring in the New Year. We are on the cusp of 2013 and as we look back on 2012 we are grateful for the abundance that this past year has brought us. The holiday season has been hectic for most of us and what better way to start the year off right then to book a stay with us at the Blair House Inn. Let’s kick off the New Year right, join us at the Blair House for much needed relaxation and rejuvenation.

 

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Well if you didn’t , why not promise to take a little vacation and getaway with that special someone. Treat your self and your loved one to a romantic getaway in the Texas Hill Country. Indulge in gourmet breakfasts and a five course gourmet dinner. Unwind at our Day Spa, book a couples massage for a truly restorative experience. Lounge by the fireplace with a glass of wine and our house made desserts served in the evening. Reveal in the peace and quiet of our 22 acres in the Texas Hill Country.

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Join us for a our Vintner Dinner Series hosted on the last three Saturday evenings of January. Enjoy Hill Country wines paired with gourmet fare, each week we will feature a different local vineyard. Our Saturday Evening Dinners are perfect for all occasions, whether you are celebrating an anniversary, engagement, birthday or just time with your loved one. Our gourmet dinners are a great addition to a romantic getaway for two.

 

Enjoy a Texas romantic getaway with that special person in your life at the Blair House. Don’t miss the many Hill Country wineries in the area, for the wine lovers and aficionados there are several events, classes, and a lot of live music and beautiful vistas to be enjoyed. We look forward to starting the New Year off right with you, book the perfect Texas romantic getaway!

Texas Hill Country: Last Minute Holiday Getaway!

December 16th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Wanted: Reindeer, must fly

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

 

The Blair House will be decked out in lights and holly in celebration of the season. This weekend is your last chance to enjoy the Blair House’s annual Olde English Christmas Dinner. Can you hear the sleigh bells and smell of Christmas delights yet? Pack your bags and head to the Hill Country for a truly joyous celebration this Christmas.

 

Are you looking for that last minute gift idea? Give the gift of respite and relaxation to some you love or even to yourself this holiday season. The Blair House offers gift certificate for accommodations, day spa services, Saturday evening dinners, and more! Call to purchase, 512-847-1111 or go online. Last minute gift certificates purchases can be emailed.

 

We look forward sharing the warmth and joy of the season with you in the Texas Hill Country. Happy Holidays for the Blair House Staff!

Texas Romantic Getaway: Wonderful Couples Winter Getaway!

December 5th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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The hills are sparkling in Wimberley this December. The Hill Country is alive with the sights and sounds of the Holiday Season. It’s the perfect time to plan that romantic getaway in the Hill Country. The Blair House Inn is the perfect couples retreat, we will help you make any occasion special. Wimberley is a quintessential Hill Country town full of exciting winter activities and a wonderful Texas romantic getaway.

 

You won’t want to miss the Winter’s Eve Festival this Saturday, December 8th. You can stroll through Wimberley’s many shops while listening to music and munching on holiday favorites. Enjoy the enchanting lights and music of the season as you make your way around theWimberley   Square for holiday shopping. You can pick up those last minute gifts at one of the many eclectic shops. There are many festive activities to keep you busy while visiting the charming town of Wimberley. Including the Second Saturday Gallery Trail, enjoy the rich tradition of Wimberley artists at one of the many participating galleries. Explore the Artistic Heart of the Hill Country, home to more than 200 working artist, Wimberley is home to musicians, authors, painters, sculptors, and glass blowers. Enrich your holiday with the spirit of the hill country.

 

The Blair House Inn hosts an annual Olde English Christmas Dinner every Saturday during the month of December. Enjoy the traditional favorites like Prime Rib and Yorkshire Pudding, its like going home for the holidays. Treat yourself and the one you love to a five-course gourmet dinner on Saturday night to celebrate the joy of the season.

 

If the holidays are just too busy for a trip, you can still give the gift of romance to that special person in your life. The Blair House offers gift certificates for accommodations, spa services, gourmet dinners and picnic baskets, plus more! Call to purchase or for more information on how to plan your next romantic getaway to the Hill Country, 512-847-1111.

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