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Texas Romantic Getaway: Celebrate the Coming of Spring & Wildflowers

March 12th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Bluebonnet Field

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

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

 

Dreaming of Spring

 

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

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

Cooking with Fresh Herbs in the Texas Hill Country

March 6th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Basil vs. Caterpillar (time-lapse)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Bed and Breakfast Spring Break Getaway

February 26th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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

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

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

For Wine Connoisseurs and Foodies:

For Adventurers and Outdoor Enthusiast:

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

For Art Lovers and Treasure Hunters:

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

 

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

Country French Cooking Classes

February 20th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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

March 4th – 6th: Classic French Cuisine - Learn the art of haute cuisine. Create exciting fare such as Shrimp Scampi, French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon. Learn the art of roasting carnard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Crème Caramel. The Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

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

 

 

Texas Bed and Breakfast Spring Getaway: Bluebonnets & Barbeque!

February 12th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Chappell Hill Texas

 

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

Bar-B-Q

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

Bluebonnet Field, Ellis County, Texas

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

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

February 5th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

French Cooking Class at Tante Marie

 

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

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

Classic French Cuisine

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

FRAISES LACTÉES

 

Cooking with Fresh Herbs

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

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

Bon Appetite!

Texas Romantic Getaway: Valentine’s Day Getaway!

January 27th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

* Valentine´s Day *

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

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

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

 

Justine & Mark | A Rustic Engagement

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

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

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

 

Texas Bed and Breakfast: Texas Wine Country Getaway

January 20th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Have a Nice Weekend

The Blair House Inn is a charming Texas bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Texas Wine Country. Don’t let these colds months discourage you from visiting one of the top wine destinations in Texas and in America. Home to over two hundred wineries and vineyards, each wineries is unique with their own special varietals and techniques for producing wines.

Explore the Texas Wine Country, book your next vacation at the Blair House Inn. Throughout the months of January and February we will be hosting our Annual Vintner Dinner Series. The Blair House Inn invites the areas Vintners to showcase their wines at our weekly Saturday Day Evening Dinners. This is a great opportunity to learn about the winemaking process, discover the fascinating history of Texas grapes, enjoy a five course gourmet dinner and take pleasure in in the company of your loved one.

Join us for our Vintner Dinner Series in a special Texas bed and breakfast venue, the Blair House Inn. We are located on 22 beautiful acres with gorgeous hill country vistas. Our Inn is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, this Blair House is a recipe for love. Surprise that special someone with a weekend of food, wine and luxury accommodations.

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We are pleased to have the following wineries join us of the Vintner Dinner Series:

 

Duchman Family Winery – January 26

Bella Vista Ranch – February 2

Westcave Cellars – February 9

Bell Springs Winery – February 16

Pleasent Hill Winery – February 23

 

If you just can’t get enough of wine. Be sure to get tickets to Uncork an Adventure: A Taste of Italy hosted by The Leaning Pear. This event will be held Sunday, February 10 from 5-8pm. Enjoy eight pairings and antipasti all in support of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.

 

Don’t miss out on this great event, make your reservations early these dinners sell out quickly. Contact the Blair House Inn to make reservations or for more details. Call 512-847-1111 or go to www.blairhouseinn.com.

 

Explore, savor, and relax at the Blair House Inn, a Texas bed and breakfast located in the heart of Wine Country.

Texas Hill Country: Dear Wine Lovers, The Vintner Dinner Series is Here!

January 8th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Join us for a Texas Hill Country tradition. We are excited to announce our 12th Annual Vintner Dinner Series. The Blair House Inn started this series in 2001 and are held every Saturday evening during January and February. Owner Mike Schneider has had a long time attraction with wines and vintners. He created this series to showcase and celebrate the areas great Texas Hill Country wineries alongside the Blair House Inn’s award wining gourmet cuisine. This has become a fantastically popular annual event that guests and local residents make sure to mark on their calendars. The Blair House Inn Vintner dinners are a five course culinary adventure paired with local Texas Hill Country wines.

Wine glasses

The Vintner Dinner Series provides the opportunity to learn about the winemaking process, to taste and explore new local wines and to understand how they are paired to enhance the flavors of the foods. Vintners and/or their representatives will be on hand to explain their winemaking process and the unique character of the wines they create. Don’t miss this Hill Country event.

 

Our innovative Chef Huffman is committed to preparing a truly memorable dinner. Choosing fresh, high quality and seasonal ingredients his masterful creations are specifically designed to highlight the unique character of the various wines being offered.

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This year the Vintner Dinner Series schedule is as follows:

 

January 12 – Three Dudes Winery

January 19 – Fall Creek Vineyards

January 26 – Duchman Family Winery

February 16 – Bell Springs Winery

February 23 – Pleasant Hill Winery

 

Book now as this dinner series is very popular and is sure to sell out. Enjoy Hill Country wines and gourmet cuisine in a beautiful Texas bed and breakfast. Call now 512-847-1111 or go online for more details. Stay tuned for additional February dates. We look forward to sharing this annual tradition with you!

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

December 30th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Happy New Year !!!

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

 

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

I´m Putting Out The Lantern

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

 

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

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