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Final Summer Cooking Schools: Blair House Inn

August 20th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

Summer is winding down here in the Texas hill country. The Blair House Inn bed and breakfast is down to the final summer cooking schools. Our classes have been a big success this season and we want to finish up with a bang. Wimberley, TX weather has been pretty hot this year. Get out of the heat and join us in the kitchen for some professional level cooking techniques to impress friends and wow family. We can definitely teach an old dog some new tricks here at the Blair House Inn.

To become a truly skilled chef, French cuisine should be second nature. Chef Chris will teach the basics to a few staples of French cuisine. The French cooking class has been our highest attended school this summer. Come see why. Our new Farm-to-Table cooking class is a diamond in the rough at Blair House Inn. With more and more people trying to eat healthy, fresh and organic ingredients have become very popular. We will show you how to take those quality farmers market finds and turn them into a masterpiece. Sometimes, all that is needed to prepare an amazing dinner is to just get out of the way of your ingredients. That is what this cooking class teaches: quality and simplicity. Two things that is lacking in most cuisine these days. Let us help you become the chef you always wanted to be; sign up for one of the final summer cooking schools today. We hope to see you soon in the Wimberley, Texas hill country at Blair House Inn.

Final Summer Cooking Schools

September 9th – 11th: 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.

Farmers Market

September 23rd – 25th: New! Farm-to-Table Cuisine

A class dedicated to fresh seasonal ingredients, innovative dishes and local foods that showcase Hill Country produce and products. Learn to prepare locally produced foods with an emphasis on freshness, seasonality, local availability, and simple preparation such as Texas Pecan and Bourbon Pie or a Handmade Artisan Goat Cheese and Fresh Mint Salad.

Blair House Inn: Summer Events Calendar

June 13th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

Summer Events

The Blair House Inn invites everyone to the Texas Hill Country for fun summer events. Many of the surrounding towns take advantage of summer weather by hosting amazing events for travelers hoping to have some fun. Here in Wimberley is three days of festivities for Fourth of July. There’s something for everyone. Check out what’s going on in the hill country and plan your visit to see us at the Blair House Inn.

Wimberley’s July Jubilee Summer Events Calendar July 3-6

Gates open Wednesday, July 3, at the VFW Rodeo Grounds. Mini Bull-riding and live music will highlight the evening. Festivities culminate with early fireworks over the Wimberley Valley skies. This inaugural night of the Jubilee will also feature arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage booths, and carnival games. July 4’s Jubilee activities will begin with the down-home charm of the Wimberley Parade winding through downtown Wimberley. At night, the action returns to VFW Rodeo Grounds for opening night of Wimberley’s popular VFW Rodeo. A CPRA sanctioned event, the rodeo attracts an average of 3,000 fans per evening. On July 5, activities continue with the second night of bronco riding, team-roping, barrel-racing, and bull-riding. After the rodeo, fans will be treated to live music from the Ranch Rock Band and a boot-scootin’ cowboy dance. July 6 events begin at Lions Field, with one of the most popular market days in the state. Wimberley Market Day attracts shoppers, bargain hunters, and treasure seekers from around the state. That evening, the VFW Rodeo will conclude with another night of livestock action.

San Marcos BigFest June 28-30

Big fest is a fundraising music festival for the Cheatham Street Warehouse Music Foundation, and a celebration of Big John Mills’ birthday. This year’s festival will be held June 28-30 in the historic Cheatham Street Warehouse. The place musicians such as George Strait, Todd Snider, and Randy Rogers got their start. Radio Free Texas will be broadcasting the event live. Don’t forget to check out the silent auction. Find a perfect gift for the music fan in your life.

Bandera Riverfest June 29

Come join the fun as Bandera Business Association holds its 16th annual RIVERFEST, June 29, on the banks of the beautiful Medina River. Mosey on over to the food booths where you will find the best picnic fare on the river! Plenty to choose from and lots of entertainment while you eat too! One of the featured events is our search for the best singer in the hill country. Get your vocal cords ready and select your music, competition will be fun! The winner will get to do some special singing appearances in and around Bandera! Browse through our excellent selection of Arts and Craft Booths, each selected from a juried show for their skill and craftsmanship, or venture into the information and exhibit area. Stroll through our Open Car Show and Swap meet. Teams of cookers will be doing their best riverside bar-b-cueing to win the coveted prize of Best Brisket Cooker. If all this isn’t enough, get ready for the “GREAT HILL COUNTRY ANYTHING THAT FLOATS REGATTA”! Don’t miss this infamous parade that will keep you laughing as the creative entries make their way down the Medina River.

New Braunfels Peddler Show August 9-11

The Peddler Show rolls into town August 9-11 featuring a brand new show custom built just for New Braunfels! Be inspired as you shop from an exclusive selection of talented designers, artisans, creators, and craftsmen from all over the country. Find unique merchandise for your home, health, wardrobe, and family all at the New Braunfels Civic Center! Come experience THE Perfect Street of Shops created just for New Braunfels!

San Marcos Summer Concerts in the Park Summer Events Calendar July 6 – August 8

Head out to San Marcos for the annual concert series. Their summer events calendar features live music every Thursday evening at San Marcos Plaza Park, June 6 through August 8 from 7:30 pm to 9:30pm. The 2013 concert series lineup includes: Terri Hendrix June 20; Those Nights June 27; San Marcos Summerfest July4; Soul Track Mind July 11; Brave Combo July 18; Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros July 25; Graybone August 1; and Two Tons of Steel August 8.

Barbeque Camp: Blair House Inn Cooking School

June 5th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

Beef brisket

 

Blair House Inn invites you to summertime in the Texas hill country. Swimming in the river. Lounging by the pool. Cold drinks at sunset. Dinner with friends and relatives. And summer would not be summer without cooking some delicious BBQ. Would you like to learn some new techniques and recipes to send your next meal over the top? If you’re tired of the same old brisket and ribs, join us at the Blair House Inn Barbeque Camp, as featured on the Food Network, June 17th–19th. This is a class designed specifically to elevate standard barbeque to an art!

Learn the finest wood smoking with the Big Green Egg and grilling techniques, and try your hand at these lively recipes.  Dishes like Cedar Plank Wild King Salmon with Jerked Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Beer Can Chicken, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Ice Cream will add excitement to any cook-out. Be the star of the neighborhood!

Blair House Inn Texas Barbeque Camp, June 17th – 19th.

Only a few spots are still available for a unique experience with our trained chef. Book your spot today.

Texas Hill Country Kitchen VIDEO Series | Grasshopper Pie: Part 3

May 23rd, 2013 by Michael Schneider

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Check out our NEW video! Learn how to make a delicious Grasshopper Pie.

Do you love to cook or know someone who does? The Blair House Inn offers over 25 Cooking Schools per year. View the complete schedule on our website or click here.  For our guests that can’t get away during the week we offer 2-day Individual cooking seminars with our chef. Get your hands dirty in the kitchen with Chef Chris and help prepare a five-course gourmet dinner fit for a king! Bring home the recipes and enjoy with family and friends. Savor the flavor of the Hill Country at the Blair House Inn!

Texas Hill Country Kitchen VIDEO Series | Grasshopper Pie: Part 2

May 10th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

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Check out our NEW video! Learn how to make a delicious Grasshopper Pie.

Interested in learning more? Do you love to cook or know someone who does? The Blair House Inn offers over 25 Cooking Schools per year varying in theme and are open to people of all skill levels. View the complete schedule on our website or click here.  For our guests that can’t get away during the week we offer 2-day Individual cooking seminars with our chef. Get your hands dirty in the kitchen with Chef Chris and help prepare a five-course gourmet dinner fit for a king! Bring home the recipes and enjoy with family and friends. Enjoy the Texas Hill Country at the Blair House Inn!

 

Texas Hill Country Kitchen VIDEO Series | Grasshopper Pie: Part 1

May 8th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

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Check out our new video! Join us in our Hill Country kitchen with our Assistant Kasi. Learn to make a delicious Grasshopper Pie!

Stay tuned for more videos from the Blair House Inn kitchen!

Are you interested in joining us for a Cooking School? View the full schedule on our website or call for more details, 512-847-1111.

 

Cooking with Fresh Herbs in the Texas Hill Country

March 6th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

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 Hill Country: Last Minute Holiday Getaway!

December 16th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Wanted: Reindeer, must fly

Celebrate Christmas this season  in the Texas Hill Country. The Hill Country is abound with a variety of festive events. Some places have a white Christmas, but in the Hill Country we have a light Christmas. Between the months of November and January the hills are illuminated in a multi-colored glow, its an electrical extravagance that’s so contagious it has spread through out the Hill Country’s many small towns and now forms the Trail of Lights. The Emily Ann Theatre in Wimberley is a proud participant in the Trail of Lights. Enjoy hot chocolate as you walk the trail. You won’t want to miss the chance to see some of the areas best lights this season. If you are still not feeling festive enough you can enjoy the 2012 Holiday Wine Trail. Take part in the self-guided Holiday Wine Trail and enjoy the Hill Country’s vineyards and tasting rooms that will be cloaked in lights, warmth and holiday fun.

 

The Blair House will be decked out in lights and holly in celebration of the season. This weekend is your last chance to enjoy the Blair House’s annual Olde English Christmas Dinner. Can you hear the sleigh bells and smell of Christmas delights yet? Pack your bags and head to the Hill Country for a truly joyous celebration this Christmas.

 

Are you looking for that last minute gift idea? Give the gift of respite and relaxation to some you love or even to yourself this holiday season. The Blair House offers gift certificate for accommodations, day spa services, Saturday evening dinners, and more! Call to purchase, 512-847-1111 or go online. Last minute gift certificates purchases can be emailed.

 

We look forward sharing the warmth and joy of the season with you in the Texas Hill Country. Happy Holidays for the Blair House Staff!

Hill Country Bed and Breakfast: Celebrate the Holidays in the Heart of Texas

November 27th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Christmas is coming..

‘Tis the season to indulge in life’s many delights. Pack your bags and head to the Hill Country for the holidays. As the heat starts to wane and the signs of cooler weather arrive our thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays and the planning begins.

The Hill Country is abound with a variety of festive events. Some places have a white Christmas, but in the Hill Country we have a light Christmas. Between the months of November and January the hills are illuminated in a multi-colored glow, its an electrical extravagance that’s so contagious it has spread through out the Hill Country’s many small towns and now forms the Trail of Lights. The Emily Ann Theatre in Wimberley is a proud participant in the Trail of Lights. Enjoy hot chocolate as you walk the trail. If you are still not feeling festive enough you can enjoy the 2012 Holiday Wine Trail. Take part in the self-guided Holiday Wine Trail and enjoy the Hill Country’s vineyards and tasting rooms that will be cloaked in lights, warmth and holiday fun. Wrapping up the season

The Hill Country will be aglow in festivities this December. The Wimberley Winter’s Eve Festival  on the Square will take place on  December 8th. Shops will be open late, enjoy live music, food and vendors until 10 PM on Saturday.

The Blair House Inn will be decked out with lights and holly in celebration of the season.

Join us for our Olde English Saturday Evening Dinner served the first four Saturdays of December. Click the link to view the dinner menu.

Don’t miss out on our January Vintner Dinner series, enjoy a five course gourmet dinner paired with Texas Hill Country wines.

Hooray! The 2013 Cooking School Schedule is here. We are excited to announce several new classes. Be sure to see the full schedule on our website.

We look forward to sharing the warmth and joy of the season with you.

Texas Romantic Getaways: A Foodie’s Paradise

November 21st, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Starved rock fireplace

Search no more, the Texas Hill Country is the perfect Texas romantic getaway. The holidays are fast approaching and I bet you are looking for that unique “something” for that special person in your life. This is the perfect time to plan a Texas Hill Country vacation and attend one of our renowned Cooking Schools. Enjoy three days of hands-on time in the kitchen. Eat, drink, and learn; our Chef will guide through one of many themed group classes. Not sure when you want to come, purchase a gift certificate and choose your dates later.

Are you looking for something a little more intimate? Book a two day cooking school, class size is limited to two people. Enjoy some one-on-one time with the Chef helping him prepare the Saturday Evening Dinner for our guests at theInn. The Blair House Inn is the perfect post-holiday retreat. Come and relax with on our 22 acres, book a full body massage, and afterward cuddle up to the fireplace in your room.  Enjoy a romantic getaway, some fun in the kitchen, and the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

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We are excited to announce 3 New cooking schooling schools which include American Classic Cuisine, Mediterranean Seafood Cuisine and Farm-to-Table Cuisine.  If you have already attended a cooking school, don’t let that stop you from coming again. We are always adding recipes and creating ways to take the everyday recipe to the next level.  You can see our full class description and register online.  www.blairhouseinn.com

 

New! American Classic – Celebrate Presidents Day with the American Classics! Combining flavors fromAmerica’s melting pot with traditional techniques this class  focuses on preparing the favorites of American fine dining; Old World peasant dishes made from luxury American ingredients. This class will feature such dishes as Oysters Rockefeller with Pernod, Beef Wellington with Wild Mushroom Perigueux Sauce, and New York Style Caramel Swirl Cheesecake.

New! Farm-to-Table Cuisine – A class dedicated to fresh seasonal ingredients, innovative dishes and local foods that showcase Hill Country produce and products. Learn to prepare locally produced foods with an emphasis on freshness, seasonality and local availability.

New! Mediterranean Seafood Cuisine – If you can’t make it to theMediterranean this summer, let Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from theStrait ofGibraltar toCypress with plenty of tasty stops along the way! You will prepare Risotto, Hummus, Pita Bread, Pasta, Fruits de Mer in Puff Pastry, Calamari, Fresh Fish Filet with Tomato Herb Sauce, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. This class offers a variety of seafood dishes. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

Texas Hill Country| Holiday Shopping Getaway!

October 30th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

shopping

Visit the Texas Hill Country for your holiday shopping. Most of us are familiar with Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving Day, as traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The Blair House Inn is conveniently located about 15 minutes from the San Marcos Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlets. If you haven’t been to the San Marcos Outlets there’s no better time then now to do it. Everyone knows that things in Texas just seem a little bigger. For the millions of avid bargain hunters that visit the Tanger Outlets in San Marcos each year, brand name outlet shopping doesn’t get any bigger or better. In fact, the Tanger Outlet Center, located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, was named as the Best Outlet Mall in Texas.

Don’t miss the biggest sale of the year. Enjoy exceptional holiday savings and extended shopping hours at the Premium Outlets, plus, experience Midnight Madness as most stores open their doors atmidnightright after Thanksgiving. Some stores are opening even earlier!

Ever Present

After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring
Midnight Madness at the San Marcos Outlets
Fri – Sun, Nov 23 – 25

Extended Shopping Hours
Fri, Nov 23: Midnight-10pm
Sat, Nov 24: 8am-10pm
Sun, Nov 25: 10am-8pm

Make a trip out of it and take advantage of a unique opportunity to book a One Night Stay and Dinner for Two at the Blair House Inn on Saturday, November 24. Grab your husband, sister, daughter, or best girlfriend and head to the Hill Country for a Holiday Shopping Getaway. Shop until you drop and then return to the Blair House for a five course gourmet dinner and a relaxing evening by the fireplace. Don’t forget to book a massage for the ultimate sense of rejuvenation. Book Now as space is limited. If the outlets aren’t enough for you or you’re looking for something unique, shop theWimberley Square. You will find a variety of Hill Country treasures for all the special people in your life.

Hill Country Bed and Breakfast: Scenic Fall Drives Along the Devil’s Backbone

September 17th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

The Three Sisters of the Hill Country on FM 337 (Picture a Day September 24, 2009)

 

Take a road trip into the Texas Hill Country and enjoy the beautiful vistas of WimberleyValley. The Village of Wimberley is in a valley shadowed by The Devil’s Backbone, a large uplifted ridge that hooks around the area. Visiting the Devil’s Backbone is a must when visiting the area in the Fall, the hill sides are ablaze in reds, yellows and oranges.

 

It is easily accessed from the Blair House Inn by taking Ranch Road 12 east towards San Marcos until RR12 intersects with FM 32. Just turn left on FM 32– it snakes atop Devil’s Backbone.

About seven miles into the drive there is a rest area that offers a fantastic view of the entire valley, a true Hill Country site. If you continue down FM 32, you will arrive at Fischer Store Road. Fischer was once a bustling ranching and farming community and is still the site of many of the most interesting off-the-beaten-path adventures in the Hill Country. Start with the old Fischer store; a tin-clad, 1880s western-style building that now is home to an antiques and mementos from the community’s rich history. If you go a little further you will discover what Willie Nelson referred to as a “national treasure”, old Fischer Hall. The country singing and songwriting legend used Fischer Hall as a backdrop for some of his music videos. This historic Hill Country dance hall is over 130 years and has been a gathering place for the community for years and has hosted thousands of dances featuring virtually every Texas-based musician of note, including iconic Nelson.

Up and Down...

If you venture just a couples miles further you will land in the little town of Blanco. Be sure to stop by Real Ale Brewing for a tour and tasting of their newest beers “The Devil’s Backbone” named for the scenic ridge that runs between Blanco and Wimberley, Devil’s Backbone is a Belgian-style tripel.

Take a leisurely drive along the picturesque Devil’s Backbone located just minutes from the Blair House Inn. The Hill Country is wonderful place to take in the view and enjoy the ride.

Wimberley Bed and Breakfast: Blair House Inn Autumn Getaway

August 30th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

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 Michael Schneider

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 Michael Schneider

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.

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

July 19th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

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!

Texas Bed and Breakfast Cooking School: Summer Fun in the Kitchen at Blair House Inn

July 12th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

fork and spoon

The Blair House Inn, a Texas bed and breakfast, has been known for years for our destination cooking schools. We offer themed cooking school classes 22 weeks out of the year. They vary in themes from BBQ, French, Italian to Mediterranean cuisines just to name a few. Cooking School at Blair House Inn is a hands-on experience where learning technique is paramount. Our goal for this Cooking School Vacation Camp is to build your confidence in the kitchen by teaching principles and techniques from how to purchase and store the freshest seasonal foods, to preparation and presentation. Once you understand the principles and chemistry of what you are doing, you are ready to be creative in your own right.

Our Texas bed and breakfast is a great place to bring your loved one, enroll in one of your two-day weekend cooking schools and rekindle that flame in the kitchen. Our chef guides you through the preparation of a delicious five course gourmet dinner, served to our guest on Saturday Evenings. The menu change every week and if you book far enough out Chef will work with you to build a menu of you liking. What better place then the kitchen to stir-up some romance for your anniversary, birthday, or even your honey moon.

Our cooking schools have been featured on Food Network and most recently in Hotel F+B Magazines, Texas Meetings + Events and Prime Magazine. Take a look at the new video posted on our website. Click on the links to read the articles and view the videos.

Enjoy aTexas-style getaway and book our BBQ Camp this fall or fall in love all over again with an Italian or French themed 3-day cooking school. Or book a business retreat with us and work on your company’s team building skills all while having fun in the kitchen. TheBlair House Inncooking schools are a unique birthday or wedding gift, gift certificates are available. Book now, these classes fill up fast!

Texas Romantic Getaway| A Tribute to Summers Gone By: Classic Cars, BBQ, and Outdoor Movies|

July 5th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

2011 All American Car Show

Summer makes some of you nostalgic for those good old days when life was simple. Summer meant grilling with your family, long hot nights sitting on the front porch listening to the radio, drive in movies and big cars with fins. If you love classic cars, barbeque and drive-in movies, I’ve got the place for you. The Blair House Inn is a beautiful Texas bed and breakfast in Wimberley, a Hill Country jewel.

San Marcos,Texas, is home to Dick’s Classic Garage which is a part of the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History. Founded in 1980, the museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of the history of the automobile. This great little gem is located just 20 minutes from the Blair House Inn. Dick’s Classic Garage showcases vehicles and memorabilia from the 1930′s though the 1950′s. Considered the Golden Years of American automotive manufacturing, the Museum will take guests from the Great Depression to World War II and up to the rockin’ 1950′s. In addition, the museum has acquired and renovated vehicles that are of historic and developmental importance. The Museum’s goal is to show today’s guests and future generations the evolution of the automobile and how it has impacted society and the effect society has had on the automobile.

Summer smells of brisket and ribs smoking on the grill, potato salad and peach cobbler just like your Grandmother’s. The Salt Lick, one of the Texas Hill Country’s best, is just minutes from the Blair House. Indulge in your summer fantasies and order up some BBQ. If that isn’t enough sign up for our August BBQ Camp cooking school, which was featured on the food network. Learn how to bring home those smells of ore to your family and friends.

Wimberley is home to the Corral Theatre an open air movie theatre that was built in the 1940s and has been open ever since. This is truly a trip back in time; the cedar stockade walls, open lawn seating and the beautiful hill country sky are the perfect setting to lay out a blanket, kick back and enjoy a movie the way we used to. The Corral Theatre could be a nice touch to a romantic getaway, just the two of you under theTexas sky.

 

Let us be your ambassador to summers past, rekindle those memories of love, food, and big cars. The Blair House Inn, a true Texas bed and breakfast, the perfect setting for a romantic getaway in the Texas Hill Country. Book Now!

Texas Bed and Breakfast: Hill Country Fourth of July Celebration!

June 28th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Pink Watermelon Love

The fourth of July is just around the corner and many of you are looking for last minute Texas Hill Country getaway. Blair House Inn is situated on 23 beautiful acres in the heart of the hill country, a great setting for any holiday celebration. Blair House Inn is located just minutes from down town Wimberley, making it an easy home-base for all the wonderful patriotic events scheduled for this week in Wimberley. Come down and enjoy a true Texasrodeo at the VFW; all proceeds go to past and current military service men and women. Don’t miss the 4th of July parade or Jubilee, a realTexas small town tradition.

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.

What would Independence Day be without barbeque and swimming? The Blair House Inn is conveniently located near a true Hill Country institution, the Salt Lick BBQ and vineyard. Enjoy some delicious brisket and ribs before returning to theInnfor a refreshing dip in our 45ft long lap pool. Wimberley is also home to the beautiful Blue Hole located on Cypress Creek in downtown Wimberley. The Blair House Inn is a topnotchTexasbed and breakfast, located in the heart of the Hill Country. Spend this summer holiday enjoying our pool or a gourmet picnic basket or cheese tray. We’d love to be your host for this Fourth of July weekend. Book now online or give us a call at 512-847-1111. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

June 22nd, 2012 by Michael Schneider

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: Explore Wimberley Summer Fun at Blair House Inn

June 15th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

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 Michael Schneider

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 Hill Country Rodeo Getaway

May 24th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

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 Bed & Breakfast Hill Country Adventours: Texas History

April 27th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

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 Michael Schneider

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!

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