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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.

Texas Bed and Breakfast: Texas Clay Festival

October 18th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Collection of West German vases

Plan your next getaway to a true Texas bed and breakfast, the Blair House Inn. Join us for the 20th annual Texas Clay Festival will be held in the Gruene Historical District of New Braunfels on October 27 & 28 2012. Featuring the work of over 60 Texas potters and clay artists, the festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase a wide variety of pottery, from traditional to sculptural by the top clay artist in the state. Take this unique opportunity to watch and learn as demonstrations are held in four tents throughout both days. From forming on the potters wheel to hand-building to raku firing, there is something for everyone. Meander through the booths and enjoy the handmade pottery from local Texas artists. This the perfect place to pick-up some unique gifts for holidays.

This festival, on the grounds of Buck Pottery in Gruene,TX, has grown over the years from a small gathering of potters and friends to an event attended by thousands of visitors, students, and collectors each year. Featuring over 60 of Texas’s finest clay artists, the festival offers visitors the opportunity to meet the artists, view and purchase their latest work, and watch demonstrations throughout both days. It’s been called a two-day clay love-fest. This is a Hill Country event that you will not want to miss.

Our Texas Bed and Breakfast is located only twenty minutes from the charming little town of Gruene. While in Gruene, stop by the Gristmill for lunch or browse through the many small shops and antique stores.  This cute little town is brimming with treasures to be found.

The holidays are just a couple of weeks away. Keep us in mind when doing your holiday shopping. A gift certificate to the Blair House Inn and Day Spa is a unique and special gift for a loved one. Click here to purchase.

Wimberley Bed and Breakfast: A Weekend of Art

September 13th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Grand Street: Painter

Celebrate the start of Fall in Wimberley at theBlair House Inn. Don’t miss out on all the wonderful fall activities planned for the month October. Wimberley will be holding their 19th Annual “Fall into Art” event which features over 60 local artists. Wimberley Valley Art League celebrates art this October, with “Fall Into Art” 2012, our 19th annual Show & Sale. This outstanding exhibition is one of the Hill Country’s top shows, featuring more than 60 artists and their work. Original art in a wide variety of media will be on display. This event highlights the art league’s finest talent, including painters, sculptors, fiber artists, glass artists, jewelry artists, photographers, and potters. It is the perfect opportunity for collectors, interior designers and art enthusiasts to find an extraordinary piece of art.

The exhibition gallery is open to visitors Friday, Oct 19 through Sunday, Oct 21. Please join us Friday evening, October 19th for an opening reception from5:00 – 8:00 PM- refreshments, live music and artists in attendance.

For decades, Wimberley has been aMeccafor artists of all disciplines from every genre. Tour the many galleries on the Square as well as Blair House’s own art gallery. TheBlairHouseArtGalleryfeatures local and national recognized artists. While your here stop in at the Wimberley Glass Works for a free glassblowing demonstration you won’t forget. Wimberley Glass Works creates some of the finest hand blown art glass in the nation. Their offerings are wide and varied in uses from lighting, home decor, and intrinsic gift pieces. With the holidays just around the corner this might be your opportunity to get that special someone a unique gift from the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

 

Plan your Wimberley weekend getaway at theBlair House Inn. Celebrate Fall and the artist community that makes Wimberley so wonderful. Click here to check our availability.

Wimberley Bed and Breakfast: Blair House Inn Autumn Getaway

August 30th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

autumn falls...

Looking for an Autumn Getaway? Are you starting to dream about the feeling of a cool fall breeze? To hear the crackle of leaves beneath your feet? The hills are calling your name, start planning your stay with us at the Blair House Inn located in Wimberley, the heart of the Hill Country.

The calendar says summer is over, but the heat index tells another story. Either way, fall is fast approaching and your fall travel plans are the light at the end of the tunnel from the chaos that ensues during back-to-school season. Pack away your bathing suit and flip flops, break out your fleece and scarves and head toTexas, where the fall foliage is prime for leaf-peeping.  There’s no better time to escape into the Texas Hill Country than the autumn, when the green foliage that extends for miles begins to turn orange and red then slowly coat the ground with natural wonder. Consider the following:

The Texas Wine Trail now ranks second only to Napa Valley as an American wine destination, so you don’t need to stray far from home to have an extraordinary winery tour and experience. There’s usually at least a few tastings, festivals and tours going on any given weekend, but check the calendar before you go to hit an event that especially appeals to you. Wimberley is home to six wineries and several tasting rooms. If wine isn’t your thing, do a beer tasting at Middleton Brewing or venture over to Dripping Springs Vodka for an award winning handcrafted vodka that won’t disappoint.

 

Beyond the plethora of outdoor activities, what really sets Hill Country apart is its exotic blend of Czech, Spanish, Swiss, German, and Austrian cultures. This mixture brings with it a wide array of music, food, and of course a lifestyle that can only be compared to a dream. It is no wonder then why Hill Country, Texaswas named by the New York Times as the #1 pick for summer vacations! Explore Wimberley’s many shops, boutiques, restaurants and galleries.

If you’re still looking for your next travel destination then look no further than the Texas Hill Country. But just a quick warning: “Once you visit, you may not want to leave!”

Click Here to book you autumn getaway now!

Texas Bed and Breakfast: Celebrate Labor Day in Wimberley, TX

August 22nd, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Independence Day!

The Blair House Inn, a Texas bed and breakfast, is located just under 2 miles from the heart of Wimberley. Wimberley has something for everyone, enjoy the shops and boutiques, savor the local wines and breweries or book an adventure with Wimberley Zip Lines, you will not be disappointed.

Labor Day is considered by most to be summer’s last hurrah. If you happen to be spending the final three-day weekend of summer 2012 in Texas, there are plenty of events and activities to make sure summer ends with a bang.

Celebrate Labor Day weekend at the Wimberley Market Days. Wimberley hosts the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state. We feature over 475 booths of everything you can’t live without. Come stroll our tree-shaded paths, listen to live music and shop to your heart’s content.

  • 1st Saturday of the month March-December
  • Open 1st Saturdays 7:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Clean, Handicap Accessible Restrooms
  • Free Admission
  • 3 Large Parking Lots – $5.00
  • Motor Coach Tours Welcome

Wimberley Market Days has almost 500 vendors who sell items such as antiques, collectibles, handcrafted items, new and used clothing and much, much more. This event is held at the Wimberley Lions club located just outside of the Wimberley Square.

Spend the morning meandering through the booths and then return to the Blair House for a massage and dinner. Relax and rejuvenate before you get ready for our Saturday Evening Dinner. The Saturday Evening Dinner is the perfect ending to a busy day, enjoy a five-course gourmet dinner with unlimited wine included. Spend this Labor Day at a true Texas bed and breakfast treasure, the Blair House Inn.

Enjoy Labor Day at a Texas bed and breakfast the Blair House Inn, click here to book with us now.

Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Getaway! | Blair House Inn

August 15th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Wine Country

Celebrate Hill Country wine and food on September 8th at the Dripping with Taste Wine and Food Festival. This event will showcase local wineries, food, music, and vendors.

Dripping Springs is conveniently located 20 minutes north of the Blair House Inn in Wimberley in the heart of wine country.

Texas is home to an array of wineries throughout the state, eight federally approved Viticultural Areas currently exist inTexas. Eighty-five percent of wine from a Viticultural Area must be made from grapes grown within the area’s boundaries. If the wine is a varietal, 75 percent of that wine must be made from the designated grape variety. The Texas Hill Country is the second-largest Viticultural Area in theUnited   States. Established in 1991, it covers 15,000 square miles and contains part or all of 22 counties.  This part of the state has a rich history in the cultivation of grapes and wine making dating back to Spanish missionaries in the 1600s. There is much to be celebrated at the Dripping with Taste Wine and Food Festival.

Don’t forget about Hill Country fare, the Wine and Food Festival will showcase some of the our areas best restaurants including Wimberley’s own Linda’s Fine Food and Sugar Shack Bakery.

Enjoy local Hill Country music while perusing through the booths and savoring the flavors of local fare. At the end of the day return to the Blair House Inn for our fabulous five course gourmet dinner serve on Saturday Evenings. A perfect weekend devoted to the foodie in all of us.

The Blair House Inn is a food lovers paradise, we feature gourmet breakfasts, Saturday Evening Dinners and CookingSchools. Enjoy the pleasures of sharing food and wine with your friends and family this Fall at Dripping with Taste Wine and Food Festival.

Click here to make your reservations at the Blair House Inn.

Spend August in the Texas Hill Country | Blair House Inn

August 9th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

 

sunflowers

Enjoy our Texas bed and breakfast this August before summer comes to an end. Whether you spend the day floating the river or lounging by our 45ft long in-ground pool, the Blair House is the perfect getaway. The Blair House Inn is located just minutes from downtown Wimberley. Wimberley offers a wide variety of antique shops and boutiques, many cafes that are great for lunch or dinner. The Texas Hill Country is home to award wineries, take the scenic drive over to Driftwood Estates and enjoy one of our picnic lunches overlooking the beautiful vista of vineyards and rolling hills.

Wimberley has a variety of things to do for everyone. Spend the evening at the EmilyAnn Theatre, a unique outdoor theatre, a true Texas hill country experience. The EmilyAnn Theatre is featuring their Shakespeare Under the Stars series. You can purchase tickets for the Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”. Enjoy an evening of love, mischief, and a sideshow circus amidst the live oaks and brilliant moon. If theatre isn’t your cup of tea, then book a canopying tour with Wimberley Zip Lines. Soar through the canyons and trees, soak up the sun and relish the gorgeous views of WimberleyValley.

The Blair House Inn is the perfect place to enjoy a weekend getaway with you and your loved one. Make sure to book a massage at our new Day Spa to ensure you have a truly relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

Take advantage of our August Repeat Guest special. Book two nights at regular price and receive 50 % off the third night at regular price. In order to receive this great deal you must mention it at the time of booking. Cannot be used in combination with other specials or for holidays and must be a repeat guest of the Blair House Inn.

The Blair House Inn is a beautiful Texas bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Hill Country. Not sure how to spend those last few weeks of summer vacation? Book with us and make August a month to remember.

A Hill Country Bed and Breakfast Dedicated to Details | Blair House Inn

July 29th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

 

 

 

Rolling Over the Mountains

The Blair House Inn, locatedin the Texas Hill Country, is known for its gracious hospitality and attention to service. We strive to make ever stay with us the perfect getaway. The Blair House Inn is situated on 22 gorgeous acres with a nature trail and two ponds, we are a great place to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the pleasant solitude of Hill Country living. Our rooms are well appointed with fresh flowers, fine chocolates, and triple-sheeted hand irons linens on our beds. Do you wake up early and need coffee right-away? Included in every room is a coffee maker set-up with organic fair trade Double French Roast coffee roasted and ground in our backyard,Austin,Texas. Each room is equipped with or has access to a mini-fridge and microwave. We are excited to announce that we just updated all the televisions to flat screens. The Blair House Inn is a Hill Country bed and breakfast dedicated to details. We want to ensure that your romantic getaway, girl’s weekend or anniversary celebration are a time to remember.

Why choose our Hill Country bed and breakfast?

1. Three-course gourmet breakfast

2. Turndown Service of wine and house made dessert

3. Gorgeous Hill Country views from every room

4. Access to a 45 ft. lap pool with a scenic view of ParadiseValley

5. On site Day Spa to help you relax and rejuvenate with your loved one

6. 22 acres of rolling hills to explore, prefect for birdwatchers and animal enthusiasts

7. Free wi-fi accessible in every room and at the pool, escape the daily grind but stay in touch at the same time

8. Five-course gourmet dinner served every Saturday evening, perfect for all occasions

9. Bicycles for guest use

10. Ideally located in the heart of the Hill Country an hour from San Antonio and Austin

 

The Blair House Inn is noted for its hospitality, lovely rooms, gourmet food and attention to service and detail. We are constantly improving to ensure that your time spent at the Blair House Inn is enjoyable and relaxing. Enjoy our Hill Country bed and breakfast this Fall and book with us soon!

 

Hill Country Bed and Breakfast: Blair House Inn Your Gateway to the Hills

July 19th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

The old bicycle and the field of wheat 

The  Hill Country  of Texas  and its towns are defined more by landscape than by zip codes. Meandering highways stretching over endless rolling hills and valleys that mimic the fluidity of its rivers. The trees, mostly live oak and cypress are jungle-like in their volume.                                                                                                   

Bicycling through the rolling hills, tubing on the meandering waterways and finally ending the day on the deck of your favorite restaurant, savoring a glass of hill country wine is the perfect way to spend those endless sunny days. The Blair House Inn is ideally situated just outside of downtown Wimberley for a leisurely ride through the country, we have bicycles for guest use.

The landscape is lush in most places. The hills are swathed in trees, grasses and shrubs. And in this beautiful setting, criss-crossed with rivers, creeks, natural springs and lakes sit the wonderful towns of the hill country.

Nestled deep in the heart of Texashill country is Wimberley, a small artist community and home to the Blair House Inn. Wimberley is affectionate referred to a “Little Slice of Heaven” and that’s just what it is. This little town has a lot to offer, whether your here to enjoy the natural beauty, taste award wining wines, sample the delicious foods, or meander through the many shops and boutiques; Wimberley has something for everyone.

The Texas Hill Country is full to the brim with charming little town ready for you to explore. Gruene, Dripping Springs, Driftwood, and Blanco are all within an hours drive of Wimberley. Gruene is home to one ofTexas’ oldest dance halls and brimming with German culture. The towns of Dripping Springs and Driftwood are scattered with wineries that could be mistaken for vineyards inTuscany. Blanco is a sleepy little hamlet full of antique shops and is home to the Real Ale Brewing, a true Texas staple. While in Blanco stop by theBlancoState Parkor the Arnosky Family Farm, home to Texas Specialty Cut Flowers, where you can enjoy the area’s freshest cut flowers and vegetables.

Come and enjoy our Texas Bed and Breakfast nestled in the hills with grand views of WimberleyValley. The Blair House Inn is known for providing gracious hospitality and attentive service, Blair House is the perfect location for a Romantic Weekend Getaway! This fine Texas Bed and Breakfast creates an environment that replenishes the soul, recharges the spirit, and strengthens the bonds of love and fellowship for both those who are newly in love, and those who have been together on a life-long journey. Book Now!

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