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Texas Bed and Breakfast: Celebrate July 4th the Wimberley Way!

June 22nd, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Celebrating Freedom

What are you doing for the Fourth of July? Not sure, book a couple of nights at our beautiful Texas bed and breakfast over the holiday and enjoy a unique Hill Country celebration of Independence Day sprinkled with rodeo, market days and fireworks.

A Texas Hill Country tradition, the Annual CPRA Sanctioned/Open VFW Rodeo has been held for 66 years on the first weekend in July at the VFW’s rodeo grounds just north of Wimberley on Ranch Road 12.

Once the largest outdoor rodeo in the world, the event still ranks near the top. This is a Cowboys Professional Rodeo Assn. (CPRA) sanctioned/open event (Ranked “Best CPRA Rodeo of the Year” in the 2006 CPRA Hall of Fame). Gates open at5:30pm followed by Mutton bustin’ at7pm and bull riding along with tons of exciting events. Celebrate like the locals; all proceeds benefit the community, veterans, and active duty service men and women.

Wimberley Market Days is the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. You can wander through booths browsing through the variety of antiques, jewelry and handmade crafts all while enjoy the music and food. Admission is free and gates open bright and early at 7am. This market is the 2nd largest inTexas, so don’t miss out on some great local shopping.

Top your week off with a genuine Texas hill country celebration of Independence Day. Enjoy the 4th of July Parade and Jubilee under the shade of the big live oak trees in downtown Wimberley. This event is full of family fun, music, food, and vendors. A Special fireworks display will be held at the Veteran’s Park beginning at dark. Free admission & parking.  For the early comers, entertainment will be provided by popular Wimberley music group “Broken Glass”. Their specialty is music from ’60s, ’70s and ’80s plus country western.  Wide variety of food and soft drinks will also be available.

The fourth of July is the perfect time to celebrate summer and all it has to offer, let the Blair House Inn be your Texas bed and breakfast hosts to one of the most patriotic celebrations in Wimberley.

Texas Hill Country Adventures: Dive Into Wimberley’s Best-kept Secret Jacob’s Well

June 19th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Hassalien

 

Are you stumped about what to do this July? Well, I’m going to let you in on one of the best- kept secrets in Wimberley; a place most people can’t find alone. It’s one of Texas’ most impressive natural wonders called Jacob’s Well. This incredible underwater cave is located just minutes from the Blair House Inn.

Jacob’s Well is one of the most significant natural geologic treasures in the Texas Hill Country. It is one of the longest underwater caves inTexasand an artesian spring. Jacob’s Well surges up thousands of gallons of water per minute and acts as headwaters to the beautiful Cypress Creek that flows through Wimberley, sustaining Blue Hole and the Blanco River, recharging the Edwards Aquifer, and finally replenishing estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jacob’s Well has been integral to the cultural and historical character of theWimberleyValley. The location has been a beloved swimming hole for generations, a gathering place for Native Americans and early settlers, and a rich habitat for aquatic species. Through the creation of the Jacob’s Well Natural Area, the land around the well has been unified to restore and protect this sensitive area for future generations.

Come share in Wimberley’s best-kept secret – Jacob’s Well, an artesian spring that flows out of one of the deepest underwater caves inTexas. Hear the stories about famous floods and scuba divers, learn the value of native grasses, and experience the stunning beauty of the spring that started this town. Docents lead tours on Saturday at10am. 

Remember to bring your swimming suit because after seeing this beautiful place you’ll want to take a dip. Make a day out of it and order up one of our gourmet picnic baskets to enjoy under a shade tree at the park. After which you can mender your way back on the rolling hill country roads to Blair House Inn. Jacob’s Well is a great place to spend a July afternoon picnic and swimming.

Texas Hill Country: Explore Wimberley Summer Fun at Blair House Inn

June 15th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Bourbon Mint Tea

The summer of 2012 is heating up, sending visitors on a search for the best ways to cool off and   relax. The Texas Hill Country is a great place to enjoy nature’s bounty this season.  A beautiful spring brought several inches of rain that filled the ponds, rivers and lakes. TheSan MarcosRiver, the Blanco and Cypress Creek are all located just minutes away from the Blair House Inn. Enjoy a refreshing day toobing or rent a boat onCanyonLake. The newly restored Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley is a fabulous spot to relax with a book or take a dip in the cool shade of the cypress trees. Order up one of our gourmet picnics to enjoy  this summer at our pool with a cool glass of iced tea. Below you can see what the Hill Country has to offer you this summer.

 

June Events

 

□       6/8-7/1: Wimberley Playhouse The Merry Wives of Windsor

 

□       6/15-17: Boerne Berges Fest  German Heritage Festival

 

July- August Events

 

□       7/4 Wimberley Jubilee

 

□       7/7 Wimberley Market Days

 

□       7/5-7 67th Annual Wimberley VFW Rodeo

 

□       7/21: Marble Falls Ropin’ For HOPE

 

□       8/25-26: Stonewall 16th Annual Grape Stomp

 

 During those lazy days of summer, why not indulge yourself? Cool off and relax with us at the Blair House Inn, a perfect Texas Hill Country setting to spend those summer days. Let one of our professional massage therapists help you rejuvenate with one of our many spa services. Join us for a romantic getaway; filled with rolling hills, babbling rivers, and flowing wine. Rekindle that flame by booking a romantic weekend at a beautiful Texas bed and breakfast and enjoy a beautiful evening on the front porch of your room with a glass of wine. Wimberley is full of great summer fun, come explore our backyard. Stay with us at the Blair House Inn!

 

 

Texas Bed and Breakfast: Wimberley Vacation at Blair House Inn

June 11th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Inn view of the beautiful Hill CountryThis July we will be entering our 12th year of owning and operating the inn.  Both of us feel fortunate that during that time we have met so many kind and wonderful people.  We certainly appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in the future.

We have come to the conclusion that the Hill Country is a great vacation spot for people who live inTexas.  If you have not planned a summer escape, here are a few things to consider regarding vacationing in central Texas.

□       The Hill Country terrain is peaceful and beautiful.  You get the impression you are in Tuscany, but it is only hours away.

□       You can get to this beautiful area without encountering long lines at an airport, and delays which nobody can explain.

□       You can drive your own car.  No standing in line at a car rental counter only to discover there are no more cars available.

□       You are not trapped in a hotel room which looks like all the other hotel rooms you have stayed in.

□       Because planning for the trip is simpler there is less stress.  Life is good!

□       You are never bored while staying at the Blair House Inn because you can experience regional wineries, visit great little Hill Country towns and state parks, float nearby rivers, and have a high flying adventure on the most exciting zip line inTexas.

Here are some of our guests’ favorite things to do:

Visit the Wimberley Glass Works, Bella Vista Ranch, Driftwood Winery for a great picnic with a breathtaking view of the Wimberley Valley, shopping downtown Wimberley, going to the Outlet Malls, Salt Lick BBQ, visiting the Johnson Ranch, Pacific War Museum, Gruene Hall and the Gristmill Restaurant, the Texas History Museum in Austin, antique hunting in New Braunfels, hiking the trails at Hamilton Pool and seeing the falls, and attending a cooking school to learn new techniques from a caring Chef.

Live, love, eat and enjoy your summer vacation.

Wherever you go, we wish you joy.

Best regards,

Mike and Vickie

Texas Bed and Breakfast “Spirits” Getaway!

June 1st, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

What whisky will not cure, there is no cure for.

 

Most people are aware of Texas Wine Trail and the recognition it is receiving, but did you know that the Hill Country offers breweries and distilleries tours?  Maybe your significant other loves wine and it just is not your taste.  Have no fear we have found a compromise!  Local breweries, that you can even take a class to start your own brew, and whiskey and vodka distilleries that offers tours.  So knock out a couple of wineries and then hit the breweries! 

Real Ale BrewingCo.~Blanco,TX 

Welcome to the Texas Hill Country – the home of Real Ale Brewing Company, where a dedicated team of brewers produces quality handcrafted ales. Utilizing a 60-barrel stainless steel brewing system, we incorporate 100% malted grain, domestic and imported hops, and crystal clear water into our unique recipes. We’ve been brewing since 1996, and now you can find Real Ale all over theLoneStarState.

 Garrison Brothers Whiskey ~Johnson City,TX

The “Sit and Sip” Tour is a guided walk of the ranch-distillery with detailed information about bourbon whiskey and the history of Garrison Brothers.Our cooks and distillers will explain the process from “corn to cork.” You’ll smell the sweet corn cooking, taste sweet mash, and observe the fermenting distiller’s beer. You’ll tour the legendary still house and sample high proof “white dog” right from the stills. Finally, we’ll walk you through our barrel barn for a small sample of our limited release. This tour takes about an hour.

Dripping Springs Vodka ~ Dripping Springs, TX 

Dripping Springs Vodka is handcrafted in the Texas Hill Country, in small 50 gallon batches. It’s a family run comany and was the 3rd distillery in the state.

What ever flavor is your forte, make sure to plan your Texas Hill Country getaway with a “twist” and enjoy all there is to offer!

Texas Hill Country Rodeo Getaway

May 24th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Limbs Every Which Way

Enjoy the Texas summer with holiday rodeos!  Come out and enjoy all that the local Wimberley Texas rodeo has to offer which will be celebrating its 66th season..

Professional rodeos generally comprise the following events: tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing.  In North America, professional rodeos are governed and sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

The upcoming events are as follows:

 Memorial Day Rodeo

 May 26-27

Wimberley Open Pro Rodeo

8pm. VFW Arena, RR12 & Jacobs Well Rd. Hosted by Wimberley 4H. Rodeo events include: Bareback Bronc Riding, Tie Down Calf Roping, Girl’s Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Calf Scramble, and a Specialty Act. This is great family entertainment! Proceeds benefit the Wimberley 4H. 

We still have availability for July 4th week. Don’t delay for we would love to have you stay with us and enjoy the thrill of the local rodeo.

 4th of July Rodeo

 Thursday, July 5th; Friday, July 6th and Saturday July 7th 

Cowboys Professional Rodeo Assn. (CPRA) sanctioned pro/open event (Ranked “Best CPRA Rodeo of the Year” in 2006 CPRA Hall of Fame)

Gates open at5:30. 1st Mutton Bustin’ at7:00; Rodeo begins at8 p.m.

Events include: bull riding, tie down calf roping, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, women’s breakaway roping, and women’s barrel racing.

Special new event will be mini bull riding, 2nd Mutton Bustin’ midway in Rodeo

Tickets: Adults – $15, Children $10 ($12/$7 if purchased in advance)

Every night…

2 calf scrambles nightly: one for ages 5-8 and another for ages 9-12

Mutton Bustin’ register inside the VFW at 6:00p.m The cost will be $20 per ride, 60 lb. maximum rider weight

Fireworks following the rodeo (weather permitting)

 

Click here to make your reservation today to enjoy a true Texas Vacation Getaway! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Barbecue Cooking School

May 18th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

BBQ

Do the warm summer months have you hankering for some good Texas Barbecue?

Do we have a Cooking School for you!  Run by our top notch Chef  Norris Sebastian, the Texas BBQ camp teaches you everything you need to know about BBQ. Be the envy of your neighbors when they smell the enticing aromas coming from your backyard!

Barbecue is a traditional style of preparing beef and is one of the many different varieties of barbecue found around the world.

Texas barbecue traditions can be divided into four general styles: East Texas, Central Texas, South Texas, and West Texas. The Central and East Texas varieties are generally the most well-known Additionally, in deep South Texas and along the Rio Grande valley a Mexican style of meat preparation known as barbacoa can be found. The word barbacoa in Spanish means barbecue though in English it is often used specifically to refer to Mexican varieties of preparation.

Generally speaking the different Texas barbecue styles are distinguished as follows. In the East Texas style the beef is slowly cooked to the point that it is “falling off the bone”, typically over hickory wood, and marinated in a sweet, tomato-based sauce. In the Central Texas style the meat is rubbed with spices and cooked over indirect heat from pecan or oak wood. In the West Texas style the meat is cooked over direct heat from mesquite wood giving it a somewhat bitter taste. The South Texas style features thick, molasses-like sauces that keep the meat very moist. Learn everything there is to know about Texas BBQ, as featured on the Food Network and you’ll be the new star in the neighborhood.

Our BBQ Camp is sold out for June. However, due to high demand we just added an additional Barbecue Camp for August 6-8, 2012, and we still have availability for the October 8-10 class.

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Romantic Getaway to Lavender Fields

May 11th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

purple haze

 

June is the perfect time to explore the Texas Hill Country and enjoy the many Lavender farms and festivals.  Wimberley is centrally located along the Blanco River and various Texas lavender farms.  A Romantic Wimberley Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the tranquility of the Texas Hill Country.

 The Central Texas area is particularly suitable for growing lavender. The first commercial lavender farm in the state, called Hill Country Lavender, was started near Blanco in 1999. The climate and terrain reminded the farm’s owners of Provence, where they had recently visited. After planting their lavender, they gave seminars to others who wanted to grow the beautiful flowers. Currently, more than ten farms are located near Blanco with more farms being added every year.

The benefits of lavender are too numerous to mention. From nutritious teas to potpourri and bath salts, lavender can be enjoyed by anyone. Lavender can also be processed to extract oil which is used for bathing, as a fragrance and massages. With its calming effects, lavender can be used in whatever way you want to. When prepared as a tea, you are bound to enjoy the calmness you are looking for in an herb.

 Experience the relaxation and serenity at The Blair House Inn. You don’t have to travel to England or France to enjoy the rolling countryside and fields of lavender. In June the color of lavender has come to characterize the area. Lavender fields profusely bloom purple-blue under the Texas sun.   Rows of vibrant lavender contrast with the red, sandy loam soil it grows in.   Enjoy a Provence-like setting for rest and relaxation, for an ultimate Texas Bed and Breakfast getaway…

 The Local Lavender Farms:

Miller Creek Lavender, 8453 Miller CreekLoop,Johnson City512 934-1616

Hill Country Lavender, 4524 Hwy 281, Blanco 830 833-2294

Wimberley Lavender Farm 11300 FM 2325, Wimberley 830 833-1595

 Upcoming Lavender Festivals:

Rough Creek Lavender Farms June 1, 2012

 Blanco Lavender Festival June 8-10, 2012

  At the local lavender festival participate in lavender-related educational programs. If you are interested in lavender’s mystical culinary properties, its various craft uses, aromatherapy benefits, or its suitability as a landscape plant, you will find many ways to enjoy the features of lavender.

 At the Blair House Inn, imagine a day of serenity, whether you’re relaxing by our pool and hot tub or enjoying a glass of wine on your own private deck. Plan your weekend with us today and enjoy all The Texas Hill Country and Wimberley area has to offer.

Texas Bed & Breakfast Hill Country Adventours: Texas History

April 27th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Remember the Alamo

Anyone traveling the United States will say once they visit Texas they finally understand “Texas Pride”.  We are a pridefully state with rich history that runs through every river and hill.  Visiting the Hill Country offers an excellent opportunity to enrich your life with Texas History.  Wimberley is centrally located between Austin and San Antonio. 

San Antonio ~

The Alamo is one of the most important land marks in Texas.  This is were we lost our battle with Mexico and ignited a nation to fight.  To step foot on the soil were great men like Davy Crocket, Sam Houston, and Daniel Boone stared fear in the face to fight for honor and property is an honor for anyone.  This is one of the best tours you can find and is the most important monument for any Texan!

The Missions ~ After 10,000 years, the people of South Texas found their cultures, their very lives under attack. In the early 1700s Apache raided from the north, deadly diseases traveled from Mexico, and drought lingered. Survival lay in missions. By entering a mission, they forswore their traditional life to become Spanish.  When visiting San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, plan to spend at least a couple of hours - four hours if you have the time. Free guided tours, movies, and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the week.

Austin ~

State Capitol ~ When planning the building of the State Capitol after joing the Union in 1845, what better way to show our appreciation than replicating the Capitol in Washington DC.  Not only did we choose to build exact, but we all know things are bigger in Texas, and we decided to build one foot higher!  The great nation we live in  has many wonderful States with beautiful capitols and buildings face Washington DC.  The one exception of course is Texas.  Every Texan has the motto in their hearts “Remember the Alamo!” and that is exactly were our capitol faces. 

Texas History Museum ~ The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin, Texas, tells the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits, the special effects show, The Star of Destiny, in the Texas Spirit Theater, and Austin’s only IMAX Theatre, featuring the signature large-format film, Texas: The Big Picture. A 35-foot-tall bronze Lone Star sculpture greets visitors in front of the Museum, and a colorful terrazzo floor in the Museum’s rotunda features a campfire scene with enduring themes from Texas’ past. The Museum also has a Cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and a Museum Store with something for the Texan in everyone.

Texas Hill Country Top Ten Day Trips

April 20th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Hill Country in blue...

 

Once you have experienced the beauty of the Texas Hill Country, you cannot deny the hold it places on your mind.  With crystal clear streams, majestic giant oak trees, and wildflowers that blanket open fields this is a place that seems to be another country.  Over 5 million visitors come to the Hill Country every year.  Wimberley is located in the beating heart of this enchanting land and offers new wonders and experiences for every kind of traveler. 

We have created our own top ten day trips for the Texas Hill Country that guest can enjoy:

#10 ~ Wimberley Square Shopping ~ Wimberley is full of unique shops that offer traditional and not-so-traditional art and wares. Although the primary shopping areas are clustered around the “Square” and “Olde Towne Plaza”, there are also shops sprinkled throughout other areas. Antiques and Art Galleries are mixed in and anyone is sure to find a dimond in the ruff.  The first Saturday of each month, March through December, Market Days draw visitors from around the state.

Rose-Red Wine...

#9 ~ Texas Wine Trail ~ Texas wineries have a special allure. Each is unique in its setting and personality, a distinctiveness found also 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.

Colored Olives from Bella Vista

#8 ~ Bella Vista Olive Ranch ~ Located in the hill country of Wimberley, Texas. Designed to reflect a traditional Italian family farm, the ranch is home to over 1,200 producing olive trees, seasonal fruit and vegetables, a frantoio (olive press), a winery, tasting room and gift shop.  Bella Vista also offer tours of the frantoio, winery, orchards and gardens for individuals as well as groups. Tours provide you an opportunity to explore our orchards and gardens, learn about the agriculture and cultivation of their olives, grapes, and other fruit before participating in a guided tasting of our fresh-made products. Guided tours last about 1 – 1 1/2 hours long and there is a fee of $15.00 per person. 

Just a taste of the Texas Hill Country and the colorful culture that awaits the creative traveler.  Make sure to mark this as a destination for you to visit and this will just could become a top ten of your own!

Perfect Texas Romantic Getaway

April 13th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Kiss

Spring is in the air and love seems to be blooming all around.  We would like to offer you a recipe for a wonderful and romantic weekend that will ignite the love between two souls.  The Texas Hill Country is a magical place that has wonders and amazement around every corner.  You will start your blissful Texas romantic get-a-way at the Blair House Inn located in the picturesque Paradise Valley of Wimberley.  Each room is unique and offers decor that will appeal to varying tastes.  Take a walk and explore nature filled with many species of wildlife.  Located in the Texas Wine Country you can awaken your palette with exceptional and award winning wines.  Connect with your significant other during a relaxing massage given by our exceptional therapists.  Enjoy a glass of wine on one of our scenic porches and decks before dressing to join in our dining room for a delicious Saturday gourmet dinner. Retire to your comfortable room and drift off into a peaceful slumber.  When you awake the next morning with the Texas Hill Country birds singing, Chef Sebastian will have created an exceptional breakfast that will start you on your day of exploration.

The first six guests that book a weekend reservation, with dinner, and a couples massage between April 13th and April 27th, will receive a 50% discount off their massage.  You must ask for this special to have it applied to your reservation. 

***Guest special not valid for ANY holiday weekends.

Texas Hill Country Bed and Breakfast Recognized in the National News

April 4th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

 

Hotel F&B magazine was intrigued with the custom designed executive teambuilding retreats offered to large and small companies.  “The biggest thing for us is it creates a point of difference from other operations, especially around Texas,” quoted by owner Vickie Schneider.  By taking executives out of the office setting that can be tense and stressful, and placing them in a kitchen with everyone having a common goal, helps to create a bond and team spirit that will continue when returning to the working environment.   Retreats can be coordinated by group interest with over a dozen menus to choose from.  Two, three, and five course meals that can include both lunch and dinner sessions will provide students with recipes and knowledge to create and execute in their kitchens at home.  “When, [executives] come here, it’s to create a bonding situation they feel is not present at their company,” says Michael.  “But that bonding does happen while working together in a kitchen, because everyone is contributing toward one goal.”  This is an equation and solution to building last bonds and relationships between coworkers. 

For more information on Team Building Retreats contact the Blair House Inn by phone or email.

Texas Bed & Breakfast Hill Country Adventures: Wildlife & Birding

March 23rd, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Hummingbird 12

 

The Texas Hill Country is majestic with life during Spring.  For all nature lovers this is a setting of wonder and enchantment.  Have you ever had an interest in learning about the Texasnature?  Weather it is the butterflies,bats or birds that get your wings flapping, or the vast height of the Champion Trees that crank your heads to new levels the 13th Annual Nature Quest is a journey for you.  There will be four days of first hand information from experts on topics such as Birds, Bats, Butterflies, Insects, Trees, Natural History, Plants, and Wildflowers.   Come and ignite your imagination and create a Wildlife Habitat in your own backyard.

13th Annual Nature Quest
April 25-29

Fieldtrip Leaders & Speakers Include
Tony Gallucci, Derek Muschalek, Tom Collins, Bain Walker,
Bob & Martha Sargent, Fred Bassett, Lee Haile, Sherry Collins,
Patty Leslie Pasztor, LeAnn Sharp & Anthony Sharp

You can choose from lectures and tours that range from bird banding, building specific bird houses for species of birds you would like to enjoy at home, medicinal plants, and the second largest Mexican Free-tailed Bat population.  There are numerous topics for the new adventurer and the seasoned hobbyist.  You can register online for the events and full list of the schedule here.

Romantic Texas Getaway & Wine Lovers Trail

March 13th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

It’s been a chilly winter and we’re all ready for Spring…wildflowers, warmth of the sun and of course, the Wine and Wildflower Trail! Get out and take a trip to as many as 33 participating wineries during this picturesque trail, April 13-22, 2012 while you take in the beauty of the Hill Country and the award winning wines from your Hill Country Wineries.

The Wine & Wildflower Trail has a few changes this year…there are 33 participating wineries, the trail is 10 days long and the price has been reduced! More wineries, more time (weekdays included) for a lower price, how could you go wrong?

Come out and enjoy the fruits of the vineyards with a minimum of 1 and up to 3 complimentary tastes from each winery and a 15% discount on 3 bottle purchases. Pickup your beautiful bluebonnet swag bag, provided by Wildseed Farms, from the winery of your choice. We all know h ow important the rain is to our beautiful wildflowers so your bag will include a rain gauge from Capital Farm Credit, wildflower seeds from the  Texas Department of Agriculture and Wildseed Farms and a few other treats.

Follow the Wine and Wildflower Trail through the Texas Hill Country Wineries in it’s finest hour. Enjoy the spectacular vistas along with the new releases born among the bluebonnets. Remember to pack your camera so you don’t miss out on photo ops all along the trail, at the wineries and in the vineyards. Wildflower pictures make great Christmas cards in a few months!

Your ticket includes:

  • 1-3 complimentary tastes of wine at each winery
  • 15% discount on 3 bottle purchases at each winery
  • One bluebonnet gift bag per ticket
  • One rain gauge per ticket

One Wildflower seed packet per ticket.

www.texaswinetrail.com
For Tickets

Texas Hill Country BBQ Picnic

March 7th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

the lonely bicycle

Calling all cyclist!!  It’s time for the  5th annual LBJ 100 bike tour.  Bring your bikes and your desire to succeed.  Below the information for this wonderful event in the beautiful Texas Hill Country!  Spring is blooming and the views will be extraordinary.

Event will be held again at the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall, Texas. Complimentary technical t-shirts of wicking grade material are guaranteed for pre-registrants, a newly designed professional cyclist jersey is available for purchase, a $1,000+ Novara Strada Bike 2012 and a weekend in Las Vegas OR a Caribbean Cruise will be raffled, and the usual complimentary great food and beverages, along with the enlightening participant camaraderie, await you.

For further information, including route maps and registration options, click: http://www.lbj100bicycletour.org/

Brushing Meats with BBQ Sauce

After the long ride have your family members meet you to celebrate your victory with a down home Texas BBQ.  Lady Bird Johnson would be celebrating her 100th birthday.   Enjoy live music with the best BBQ in Hays County!

As part of the 100th year celebration of Lady Bird Johnson’s birth, the BBQ on the LBJ Ranch, a fundraising event for the Friends of LBJ National Historical Park, will be held on the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall, Texas, May 5, 2012, beginning at 4:00PM. And boys and girls, buckaroos and buckarettes, RIDERS IN THE SKY, the multi-Grammy award winning stars of stage and screen, will stop along the trail to pay a visit at the LBJ Ranch. They’re planning a 90-minute show of stories and music guaranteed to bring a smile. President and Mrs. Johnson hosted many barbeques in the 1950s and 1960s, and we’re re-creating those good times. Come on out for some great food, music and fun under the live oaks of the LBJ Ranch. Catering will be provided by the very well-known and popular Salt Lick Restaurant.

Texas Hill Country Butterfly Festival

February 16th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Caterpillar

Spring is upon us and the weather is setting the mood for warm days and cool nights.  Rain has been abundant this fall and winter.  Mother Nature is helping to create a beautiful Texas Hill Country Spring.  The Emily Ann Theater & Garden will be hosting the 14th annual Butterfly Festival April 21st.  Sure to be a beautiful day with wonderful activities you will enjoy experiencing the release of over 3,000 butterflies to the wild.  Celebrate Earth Day with guided nature walks by the Hays County Master Naturalists, live music, carnival games, concessions, and Commemorative Air Force flyover.  The best news, the festival is FREE! (Donations are accepted and appreciated). 

 

Wildflower Center Tower and Arch

Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center

Now we all know the most beautiful time of year in Texas is wild flower season!  Lady Bird Johnson was a pioneer in establishing and maintaining the beautiful sights of Central Texas.  Lady Bird Wild Flower Center was created in 1982 to help preserve and restore the beauty and biological richness of North America.  Texas jumped on board and the program has been a success ever since.  You can visit the WFC any time of year, but we suggest the Spring to truly appreciate the natural beauty.  (Below is the hours and days of operation)

 

 

Lazy Susans

Interested in creating your own back yard meadow with beautiful wildflowers?  Then you must visit Wildseed Farms.  Acres of wildflowers and seed production makes this location the largest working flower farm in the nation.  Crop production will be in various stages of growth during any visit ~ some fields in bloom, some freshly planted, and some may be ready for harvest.  You will enjoy the views and gain knowledge of local natural plants that will thrive in your personal haven you create.  The Country Store is open for purchase or pick up the free mail order catalog and have purchases delivered right to your door!

 

Reservations are booking quickly.  Now is the time to make sure you stop and smell the Flowers!  Call us or click here for availability and reservations.

Emily Ann Theater & Garden
Butterfly Festival
April 21, 2012
10 am – 4 pm

Wildflower Center grounds:
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Closed Mondays except Labor Day

Wildseed Farms
Open Daily 9:30 am – 6 pm

 

Lone Star’s Top Texas Bed and Breakfast

February 10th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

 

Blair House Inn,Texas Bed and Breakfast has been featured in the latest edition of PRIME Living, a luxury lifestyle magazine that defines a particular lifestyle, one that is both savvy and urbane.

Amber Bell sought out the best of the Texas Hill Country that offered the most unique experiences. “At Blair House Inn – nestled on 22 acres of Wimberley hill country with cottages and rooms outfitted with king-sized beds and fireplaces- guests can choose between spa treatments or cooking classes such as the sell-out BBQ Camp.  Featured on the Food Network, the class covers cilantro pesto potato salad to brisket and pork ribs.  There’s also an art gallery to peruse, the only one in Texas to display works by San Antonio artist Todd White.”

The full article can be found on page 14, “Home Away from Home,” a list of five outstanding bed and breakfasts inTexas.

Look into our 2012 Cooking Classes and enjoy a top notch learning vacation!

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Texas Bed and Breakfast Romantic Getaway

January 30th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Looking for the perfet romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day?  Book a romantic texas vacation to the hill country in Wimberley, Texas.  You will enjoy a beautiful setting of senic rolling hills and quaint babbling brooks.  Take a long walk and enjoy the sights of nature and wonder.

 

The Texas Hill Country is one of the most romantic regions in the contry.  You are sure to find beautiful views with peace and quite amid senic landscapes.  The Village of Wimberley is a charming town with unique art galleries, fine dinning, and romance tucked around every corner.

Choose any of our romantic packages and have a surprise to start your weekend.  Theaputic couples massage will make sure that all of the daily stress is melted away and you can ejoy each other.  Roses, champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries can be delivered to enjoy the breathtaking sunsets and egnight a night either of you will not forget.

 

2011 Texas Hill Country Wine Trail Vintner Dinners

January 9th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Our Vintner Dinners, started in 2001, are held every Saturday evening during January and February. This is the 10th year of our series. Our dinners are a five course culinary adventure paring Texas Hill Country wines with mouth-watering fare.

This is an opportunity to learn about the wine making process, to taste and explore new wines and to understand how they enhance the flavors of the foods they are paired with. 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 innovative Chef Sebastian is committed to preparing a truly memorable dinner. Choosing high quality, fresh 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:

DisplaykehJanuary 21st- Bell Springs Winery
January 28th- Woodrose Winery
February 4th- Solaro Estate
February 11th – McReynolds Winery
February 14th- Pleasant Hill Winery
February 18th- Dry Comal Creek
February 25th- Driftwood Estate

 

For many foodies and wine enthusiasts the big question is not, “are you going to a vintner dinner?” but “which one?”  Ah, these difficult decisions. With the efforts of owners Mike and Vickie Schneider, Chef Sebastian, and award winning Texas wineries each dining experience is meant to be savoured and shared.  Be sure to book your reservations, as these dinners will sell out.

Our distinctive Saturday evening dinners are offered to the public for $66.50 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Remember, reservations are required to participate in the festivities. Please call the Blair House Inn at(512)847-1111or toll free at 877-549-5450to reserve your table.

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Texas Hill Country Wildlife

December 5th, 2011 by Lois Mahoney

Texas has finally received rain and the wildlife is out in abundance.  The Blair House Inn has 23 acres of lush Hill Country and guests reap the benefits of nature’s wonders.  Photo opportunities are available in all of the wonderful hideaways.  Below is a 12 point buck that was spoted feeding and on the prowl for does.  This was taken just outside of the Main Lodge in the front yard.

Courtesy of Michael R. Tucker

 On warm days you can see the relaxation that deer enjoy in our shaded lawn just under the oak trees.  This doe is enjoying the breeze while her 10 point companion is looking at the sights.  This is also taken just outside of the Main Lodge in the front yard.

Courtesy of Michael R. Turner

White tailed deer are pretty common in the Hill Country, but keep a fast eye out for the ever mischievous jack rabbits.  During our long drought you could see two playing in our dry pond bed to pass the time.  It would be hard to miss the large ears on these Texas sized rabbits. 

Camera Shy

 
A guest favorite is sure to be our long time resident silver fox.  She is beautiful!  Known to come up as close as 10 feet away from guests relaxing on their deck, this is certainly a sight to see.  During the summer months she was even spotted lounging on our stone wall to cool of in the setting sun and evening breeze.
 
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Now we know that sqirrels are common in every yard in America, but our friend will bring a warm smile to anyone’s face.  Every day you can find him at 3 pm in our bird feeder enjoying all of Chef’s leftovers.  He maneuvers in and defiantly stocks up for the winter months to come.
 
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Upscale B&B Texas Hill Country Updates Spa; Specials for Romantic Couples Massage

September 20th, 2011 by Lois Mahoney

 

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Blair House is Expanding the Spa! Guests will be able to enjoy a serene environment to relax and rejuvenate as a couple or as an individual. We will feature all natural products that you can purchase to create your own spa experience once you are home. The expanded space is expected to be available for our guests this fall! A big “thank you” to everyone who generously gave us their input.

 

Couple´s Massage

 Jeda Villa Massage-service

The Benefits of Massage
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

We are opening the spa to the public for appointments.  You can be sure to relax and enjoy your Texas Hill Country Get-a-way with our extrodinary therepist.  Arrive home rejuvinated mind, body, and spirit!

Chef Sebastian will be presenting at It’s About Thyme Garden Center

September 15th, 2011 by Lois Mahoney

Kitchen garden at Bolen residence

There is no better way to try and beat the Texas heat than start by planning a kitchen garden for your home.  Our very own Chef Sebastian will be giving a presentation at It’s About Thyme in Austin, TX on September 25th at 2 pm.  He will give his own advice paired with the experts at It’s About Thyme on how to produce a striving home garden.  Texas has some of the richest soils, but you have to keep in mind of the drought conditions. 

Chef will also be giving a cooking demonstration with the herbs that you could choose to grow in your garden.  If you don’t have the green thumb you wish you had, you can still use the wonderful recipes by shopping at your local farmer’s market.  Fresh herbs can take any dish to the next level and give it explosive flavor.

If you  are not available to join Chef Sebastian for his presentation you can look into joining us for our ever popular spring cooking schools Cooking with Fresh Herbs and BBQ with Fresh Herbs.  We have to have faith that this drought and heat can’t last forever!  Keep a view to the horizon and dream of cooler and moister rich days to come.

 

 

BBQ Camp Cooking School Featured on the Food Network

May 26th, 2011 by Lois Mahoney

4th of July Bar-B-Q

 

Summer in Texas means BBQ, and if you’re tired of the same old brisket, this is a class designed especially for you! Register for the Blair House BBQ Cooking Class: Learn the finest wood smoking 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 and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream will add excitement to any cook-out. Be the star of the neighborhood!  Call us today to book our June or July classes or  follow this link to register online.

Enjoy Texas Hill Country Views on a Relaxing Bike Ride

April 27th, 2011 by Lois Mahoney

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Wimberley, TX has some of the most breath taking views of the Hill Country.  You can easily access one of the most unknown bike trails with minimal traffic just down from the Blair House Inn.  Bikes and helmets are available complementary for our guest, or you could bring your own.  Call us for more information or visit our website.

Treat Mom to a weekend getaway in the Texas Hill Country

April 21st, 2011 by Lois Mahoney

 

Helen Twelvetrees and her son Jack Woody, Sydney, 1936 / Sam Hood

Moms have one of the hardest jobs!  They take care of everything.  Why not give a great weekend getaway to that wonderful woman and let us do the pampering.  We have open availability for the month of May and some spots open for our Themed Cooking Schools.  Make reservations with our excellent Spa staff and make sure Mom comes home relaxed!  Click here

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