April 27th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
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.
April 20th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
#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!
April 13th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
April 4th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
March 23rd, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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
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.
March 13th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
March 7th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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/
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.
February 16th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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).
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)
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
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
Open Daily 9:30 am – 6 pm
February 10th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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!
Click here to read the entire article
January 30th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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.
January 9th, 2012 by Michael Schneider
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:
January 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.
December 5th, 2011 by Michael Schneider
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.
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.
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.
September 20th, 2011 by Michael Schneider
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.
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!
September 15th, 2011 by Michael Schneider
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.
May 26th, 2011 by Michael Schneider
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.
April 27th, 2011 by Michael Schneider
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.
April 21st, 2011 by Michael Schneider
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
March 29th, 2011 by Michael Schneider
Spring has arrived and it time for Wimberley Market Days! The first Saturday of each month Market Days showcases local artist and tradesmen’s fine craftsmanship. If you are looking for something unique or that hard to find piece of your favorite collection this is the place to visit. From artwork to antiques you will fine the best Texas quality at reasonable prices. Rooms book fast so pick your weekend and make your reservations today!
February 22nd, 2011 by Michael Schneider
It is that time of year again. Wildflowers are due to bloom just around the corner. You can’t miss this breath taking time of year in the Texas Hill Country. Rooms are filling quick so call us or make your reservations online.
January 18th, 2011 by Michael Schneider
Surprise your sweetheart with a romantic trip to the Texas Hill Country. Join us at the Blair House Inn to enjoy a great getaway that will make memories that will last a life time. Book your reservations with us February 13th – 15th staying two nights, with the purchase of Valentines Day Dinner and you will receive 15% off your room rate. Reservations will fill quickly so don’t hesitate!
January 12th, 2011 by Michael Schneider
During the months of January & February, Blair House Inn, renown for its gourmet fare, features a celebration of Texas Wineries by inviting vintners to showcase their wines during one of our five-course dinners devoted to the vintner dinner series.
Each Saturday evening from January 15th through February 26th, vintners and/or winery representatives will share their creations with visitors to Blair House Inn. Each gourmet dinner will feature a menu specially designed to highlight the unique character of the various wines being offered. Call for reservations. This year the series schedule is as follows:
January 15th ~ Three Dudes Winery
January 22nd ~ Bella Vista Ranch
January 29th ~ Spicewood Vineyards
February 5th ~ Sistercreek Vineyards
February 19th ~ Pedernales Cellars
February 26th ~ Llano Estacado
January 12th, 2011 by Michael Schneider
The Blair House has completed the new unit El Serafin and is now available for bookings. Take this opportunity to be one of the first guest to stay in our new luxury suite with fantastic Hill Country views. This room is our largest with a separate living area and wet-bar. Plush bedroom with opulent linens and a spacious bathroom with whirlpool tub and double vanity. Mid-week and weekend rates are available. Call us for reservations or click here to book online.
December 6th, 2010 by Michael Schneider
Give the ideal gift this holiday season. A Blair House Inn Gift Certificate is the perfect present for memories to be made. We can customize a value gift certificate for anyone. Call us for information or click here to purchase online!
November 22nd, 2010 by Michael Schneider
Join the Wimberley Merchants Association for the Winter’s Eve Festival on the Square December 4th. Enjoy hours of fun with carolers, bands, food booths and spirits as you stroll through the historical Winter Wonderland. Embrace the season and wear your festive winter attire. Enjoy holiday lights and make your way around the square for your holiday shopping. Festivities and food booths begin at 5:00 pm. Shops are open late!
November 11th, 2010 by Michael Schneider
There is no need to fret this Holiday Shopping Season. You can find that perfect “Something Special” online or over the phone. A Blair House gift certificate can be customized for anyone’s need. If you have an inspiring chef at home, then a Cooking School would be the perfect way to allow them to express themselves in the kitchen while working with and learning from our executive chef. How about that wonderful couple in your life that always thinks of everyone else before themselves? A romantic weekend is a sure to please and spice things up. Romance Packages can be included in any gift certificate for that unique “something extra”. Know someone who lives close to Wimberley? How about a five course gourmet dinner on a Saturday evening prepared by our Chef? 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, or a specific dollar amount. For more information or to make purchase, please call us directly at (512) 847-1111, or order online by clicking here.