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Texas Bed & Breakfast Hill Country Adventures: Wildlife & Birding

March 23rd, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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

13th Annual Nature Quest
April 25-29

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

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

Romantic Texas Getaway & Wine Lovers Trail

March 13th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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

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

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

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

Your ticket includes:

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

One Wildflower seed packet per ticket.

www.texaswinetrail.com
For Tickets

Texas Hill Country BBQ Picnic

March 7th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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

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

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

Brushing Meats with BBQ Sauce

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

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

Texas Hill Country Butterfly Festival

February 16th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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

 

Wildflower Center Tower and Arch

Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

Wildseed Farms
Open Daily 9:30 am – 6 pm

 

2011 Texas Hill Country Wine Trail Vintner Dinners

January 9th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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

This is an opportunity to learn about the wine making process, to taste and explore new wines and to understand how they enhance the flavors of the foods they are paired with. Vintners and/or their Representatives will be on hand to explain their wine making process and the unique character of the wines they create.

Our innovative Chef Sebastian is committed to preparing a truly memorable dinner. Choosing high quality, fresh ingredients his masterful creations are specifically designed to highlight the unique character of the various wines being offered. This year the Vintner Dinner Series schedule is as follows:

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

 

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

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

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

September 15th, 2011 by Lois Mahoney

Kitchen garden at Bolen residence

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

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

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

 

 

Enjoy Texas Hill Country Views on a Relaxing Bike Ride

April 27th, 2011 by Lois Mahoney

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

Texas Hill Country Spring Brings Wild Flowers

February 22nd, 2011 by Lois Mahoney

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It is that time of year again.  Wildflowers are due to bloom just around the corner.  You can’t miss this breath taking time of year in the Texas Hill Country.  Rooms are filling quick so call us or make your reservations online.

El Serafin Now Available with Texas Hill Country Views

January 12th, 2011 by Lois Mahoney

 

The Blair House has completed the new unit El Serafin and is now available for bookings.  Take this opportunity to be one of the first guest to stay in our new luxury suite with fantastic Hill Country views.  This room is our largest with a separate living area and wet-bar.  Plush bedroom with opulent linens and a spacious bathroom with whirlpool tub and double vanity.  Mid-week and weekend rates are available.  Call us for reservations or click here to book online.

Wurstfest October 29th to November 7

October 13th, 2010 by Lois Mahoney

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Come and enjoy the fall in the Texas Hill Country.  Wurst-fest in New Braunfels, TX is one of the most popular festivals in the Hill Country.  You can enjoy ten days of German traditions and music.  Bring your wildest hats and enjoy a local festival with fantastic memories!  Click here to make reservation or call us (512) 847-1111.

Romantic Retreats in the Hill Country

October 8th, 2009 by Lois Mahoney

Our Hill Country bed and breakfast is the ideal spot for romantic retreats. Nestled on twenty private acres in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, our inn provides sophisticated lodging, lively art, and top-notch food.

Picture yourselves here...

Picture yourselves here...

Are you newlyweds or new lovebirds? Book one of three very private cottages, and watch the sun set over the hills feeling like you are the only two people on earth. We can arrange a sumptuous private dinner for you, or recommend romantic restaurants not too far from our Texas bed and breakfast. Stroll through the art galleries and boutiques of Wimberley, enjoy a scenic drive through the Hill Country, or simply wander hand in hand along the nature trail on our grounds. It’s up to you.

Are you celebrating an anniversary? We would love to prepare a special meal for you, or perhaps the two of you would enjoy taking a cooking class together (you know, spice things up in the kitchen at home). Afternoons are perfect for lazing by our pool or exploring several of the excellent Hill Country wineries near our inn. Most vineyards offer tasting rooms or decks with great views. Raise a glass to each other – you deserve it!

Texas Hill Country Gets Rain!!

September 2nd, 2009 by Lois Mahoney

Texas Hill Country Gets Rain!!

Texas Hill Country Gets Rain!!

After a long and horrifically hot and dry summer, the Texas Hill Country was relieved with three days of evening showers.  This is picture of our front porch during one of the wonderful showers.  The sight was so beautiful and welcoming we had to share this with our guest.  We have a light at the end of the tunnel and fall will soon approach.  Make your reservations for the cooling fall months now so you will be sure to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing trip before the busy Holidays!

Beautiful Texas Hill Country Sunsets from our New Cabana!

August 12th, 2009 by Lois Mahoney

New Texas Hill Country Cabana!

New Texas Hill Country Cabana!

The Blair House has completed our new Cabana!  Guest can now enjoy shade from the Texas sun and breathtaking Hill Country Views in our new cabana located at the pool.  This offers a perfect place for couples of all ages to enjoy each others company with a spectacular sunset view as the backdrop.  Click here to make your reservations today to ensure a fantastic fall getaway for you and your significant other!

Texas Hill Country Sunset!

Texas Hill Country Sunset!

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