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BBQ Camp

May 29th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

BBQ

Blair House Inn has a summer cooking school to bring out your inner chef. In Texas, BBQ is king. Reserve your spot in our BBQ Camp 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 and ribs where the meat falls right off the bone. Beer can chicken and all the fixin’s. Our chef Chris Huffman will show you how to prepare some wonderful dishes to please even the pickiest eaters. Come to Blair House Inn summer cooking school and be the king of the neighborhood!

July 21st – 23rd : BBQ Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Blair House gift certificates can be customized to fit anyone’s needs. If you have an aspiring chef at home, a Cooking School would be a perfect opportunity to work alongside Executive Chef Chris Huffman who will teach them to create tasty dishes for family and friends. Or give someone special a trip to our day spa. By purchasing a Blair House gift certificate, you are giving a unique gift that will be truly enjoyed and appreciated. 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.

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.

Cooking School

May 4th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Cooking SchoolWe have many wonderful cooking schools coming up the next few months. If you are looking for a unique vacation opportunity, this is definitely for you. Chef Chris will give hands on instruction and inside information from years of culinary training. He is wonderful with guests; making everyone feel at home like one of the family. Our cooking schools are lots of fun and very informative. We offer two day weekend cooking classes as well. You will work with Chef Chris to prepare the Saturday Evening Dinner. This class is limited to two people allowing for a more focused learning experience. Find a cooking school perfect for you and book your spot today. Spaces go fast.

Cooking Schools

July 7th – 9th: Classic French – 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 canard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Crème Caramel. Chef Chris will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

July 21st – 23rd: Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

August 4th – 6th: Italian Cuisine – Come enjoy the taste of Italy as you prepare classic dishes such as Osso Buco Milanese, Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Pine Nuts, and Italian Espresso Tiramisu. You’ll learn traditional Italian sauces such as Fresh Basil Marinara, and Roasted Garlic Alfredo, and how to make the fresh pasta and potato gnocchi.

September 8th – 10th: Country French Cuisine – Chef Chris will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking. In the process, learn how to make dishes like Steak Diane, Poulet Wellington, Raspberry Tarts, and Chocolate Crème Bruleé. Plus Sauces Francais 101! Never again feel like recipes are written in a foreign language!

September 22nd – 24th: Sauces 101 –This class has no shortage of flavor!  Enjoy learning dishes with a common main ingredient and tasting the dramatic different flavors sauces will bring.  Start by learning the Five French Mother sauces Béchamel, Veloute’, Tomato Sauce, Hollandaise, and Espanole. You will also make vinaigrettes, mayonnaises, and flavored oils. Don’t forget the dessert sauces, caramel, fruit Coulis, crème Anglaise, Chantilly cream, and syrups. Pack your friends and families taste buds with maximum flavor.

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.

Blair House Gallery Christopher Mayes

March 24th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Texas Flag Christopher Mayes

Artist Christopher Mayes Texas flag is on display at Blair House Gallery.  The energy escaping Christopher Mayes art is profound. Our gallery features several pieces from this hill country artist.  The flag canvases have become a collectible series.  Blair House Inn has both a Texas and American flag within the gallery.  The flag project has a recognition all its own.  The flag series originated in 2005. Chris attempted a more traditional concept when approaching the flag project. This approach was a success.  The flag paintings reside in Texas Inns, very famous Texans’ homes, amongst regular folds, as well.  A jury room in Harris county adorns a flag from the series, after the judge decided to spread the inspiration past the piece he bought for his chambers.

Growing up in the Texas panhandle, and residing in Houston for years, Christopher Mayes has decided to call the Texas Hill Country his home.  His studio in Canyon Lake, near Wimberley, is home to a rock garden designed by Mayes himself.  In recent times, he’s taken on a desire of limestone mining.  The proposed outcome will be a massive piece of land filled with rocks, colored with natural substances, modeling the Texas flag.  Meanwhile, Mayes stays busy with  graphic design and illustration projects for corporate clients across the nation.  Christopher Mayes art is as diverse as the land in Texas.

The Texas Flag at the Blair House Gallery has made its home in our dining room.  It can be in yours in the future.  Feel free to drop by the Blair House Art Gallery when in the Wimberley area.  There’s a vast collection of art from other artists, many local to Texas!  Blair House Gallery is open seven days per week til 7 pm. We look forward to meeting you!

Upcoming Events: Blair House Inn

March 16th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Upcoming Events

Here are some upcoming events we thought everyone would like to know. Spring has arrived again and everyone is having a ball. Take a look at a few upcoming events to plan your next trip to Blair House Inn.

EmilyAnn Theatre

16th Annual Butterfly Festival

April 26th 10am-4pm

Come to the EmilyAnn Theatre for a day of fun. The festival features the live release of 3000 butterflies (cages released every 30 minutes throughout the day for a total of 3000 butterflies); opening ceremonies at the Veterans Memorial Plaza; a Commemorative Air Force flyover (weather permitting); displays of butterfly art; carnival games and crafts; concessions; guided nature walks by the Hays County Master Naturalists in celebration of Earth Day; and live music. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted and concession/game tickets may be purchased.

Smokin' Red Chili Cook Off

Smokin’ Red Hot Chili Cook-Off

April 22nd 11am-3:30pm

Gather up your friends and have a whole lot of fun!  Sample dozens of chili entries, vote for your favorite chili and your favorite booth, enjoy live music all day long. Food, Drinks and Prizes. Home-baked goods, soft drinks, and beer will also be available. Award ceremony at 3:00pm. $5 admission.

Sponsored by Wimberley Community Civic Club     www.wimberleyccc.com

Blair House Inn Cooking Schools

All Summer Long

Blair House Inn has many upcoming events for our cooking schools. We offer a little something for everyone. Whether you are a professional cook wanting to learn some new recipes or someone who has never stepped foot in a kitchen. Chef Chris Huffman can help you be the best chef you can be. Take a look at all of our cooking schools to decide what is the best fit for you. Our March 31st Mediterranean Cuisine cooking school has plenty of room left. This class is sure to please.

March 31st – 2nd : Mediterranean 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, Calamari, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

Blair House Inn on TripConnect

February 27th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Blair House Inn is now on TripConnect. TripAdvisor.com has launched this new feature for their website. TripConnect is a powerful and exciting new way for hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts to compete for bookings. While searching for bed and breakfasts or hotels, TripConnect ranks the top properties for any given region. Search for Texas Hill Country and see Blair House Inn consistently near the top of the list. This new feature allows businesses to be more competitive with their fellow inns and hotels. Blair House Inn is eager to see how TripConnect drives business. As with any new opportunity, there will be some growing pains. However, we are confident in our bed and breakfast and know that we will continue to rank highly on TripAdvisor. So now, with TripConnect, come stay with us a Blair House Inn.tripconnect

 

Spring and summer are fast approaching. Blair House Inn has plenty of room for everyone. A few days remain for Spring Break weeks. Come to the Hill Country for Easter weekend. Reserve a spot in one of our famous cooking schools. Enjoy a relaxing massage in our day spa. Let the hot tub soak your troubles away. Take that special someone on a romantic getaway into the heart of Texas. Or join us for our Saturday Evening dinners. We have so much to offer. Blair House Inn is proud to create the perfect experience for everyone who stays with us. We believe a good reputation come from hard work and good word of mouth. New online features like TripConnect makes us available to more viewers. Our superior bed and breakfast keeps guests coming back year after year. Go to TripAdvisor.com and see the TripConnect in action. Find the perfect combination of days and services to book your perfect getaway into the Texas Hill Country. Spend a memorable weekend at the Blair House Inn.

Upcoming Cooking Schools at Blair House Inn

February 20th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

cooking schools

March is a busy month for upcoming cooking schools here at Blair House Inn. Every week we host a different hands-on cooking school for our guests. Some are already sold out. Some only have a few spots remaining. There is even room left for the very popular Barbeque Camp in April. That will go fast! We love sharing our love of food and cooking with as many people as we can. We want to kick off the cooking school season with a bang. Bring your husband or wife to the Texas hill country. Bring your friends. Have a girls trip. Everyone is invited. Call, 512-847-1111, or book online for your spot in our upcoming cooking schools at Blair House Inn.

 

Cooking Schools

March 3rd – 5th : Taste of New Orleans– Spend 3 days & 2 nights in the beautiful Texas Hill Country while learning a variety of New Orleans cooking skills. This class will focus on the two main cuisines in and around New Orleans – Creole and Cajun – and will deliciously reflect their mix of Spanish, African, and French heritages. You will learn to prepare dishes such as award winning Gumbo, Blackened Snapper, Cajun Barbequed Shrimp, Louisiana Brined Roasted Loin of Pork, King Cake and the classic Beignet.

March 17th – 19th : Italian Cuisine – Come enjoy the taste of Italy as you prepare classic dishes such as Osso Buco Milanese, Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Pine Nuts, and Italian Espresso Tiramisu. You’ll learn traditional Italian sauces such as Fresh Basil Marinara, and Roasted Garlic Alfredo, and how to make the fresh pasta and potato gnocchi.

March 31st – 2nd : Mediterranean 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, Calamari, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

April 21st – 23rd: Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Wellness Vacation at Blair House Inn

February 12th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

The pursuit of a wellness vacation is something we take seriously here at Blair House Inn. Recently, this article came across my desk from traveltowellness.com. I think it expresses the same ideas we hope for our guests. Life in the Texas hill country is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Something we want to share with as many guests as possible. Whether it be a romantic getaway, spa day with the girls, or preparing healthy meals at our cooking schools. Your time here can be as exciting or relaxing as you wish. Find the goal and direction you want to travel and let us help you get there. Come to the Texas hill country for your wellness vacation at Blair House Inn.
 
Wellness Vacation

What to ask yourself before booking a wellness vacation.

 
1. What is the intent or goal of my wellness vacation?
Perhaps it’s to lose weight? Learn how to make healthier food choices? Enjoy a bit of “Me Time” to reconnect with Self? Learn how to manage stress? Give it some thought. What do you really need to maintain, promote or kick-start a healthy lifestyle?

2. How much do I want to spend on this time away?
The last thing you want to do is stress over money. Remember you don’t necessarily need to travel far from home for a wellness vacation. Depending on where you live and your goal, you may find a suitable wellness vacation destination in your own town or within an easy drive.

3. Who might be my best wellness vacation companion?
Think about someone you simply love to enjoy time with. Significant other? Sister? Girl friends? Perhaps you’d love to meet new like-minded people. Try to avoid travelling with people who may be a trigger for stress. Instead, look for travel companions who calm you and make you feel good about yourself.

4. What kind of food do I want?
Since food is the foundation of a wellness lifestyle, and what we eat is something that we have absolute control over – think about what type of food you want on your wellness vacation. Healthy gourmet? Buffet with lots of healthy food options? Calorie controlled? Fresh, local, seasonal? You decide.

5. How do I want to spend my daytime hours?
Getting physical in the great outdoors? Participating in yoga classes and educational sessions? Hanging out at the spa? Enjoying local foodie tours and cultural activities? All of the above? Or, something else? Your answers will help you trim the list of possible destinations.

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