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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.

Second Saturday Gallery Trail – October 13th

October 10th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

the fall canvas is almost complete

Do you love art? If your in Wimberley this Saturday October 13th then your in luck because it’s the Second Saturday Gallery Trail. There are nine gallerys who are partcipating from 4pm-7pm . Go ahead and grab a Gallery Trail map at any one of the participating galleries and your on your way to enjoying fine art and refreshments in beautiful Wimberley, TX. Included in the Gallery Trail are Wimberley Fine Arts Center, Bent Tree Gallery (5pm-7pm), Fe29:The Art Lab, Gallery on the Square, Imagine…A Fair Trade Gallery, Moon Dance Arts, Pitzer’s Fine Arts, The Whimsy Shop and Under One Roof. Don’t forget to stop by the Pitzer Gallery at 5pm for an Art Meets Fashion show with live music, drinks and refreshments!

 

Texas Hill Country | A Perfect Wine Lover’s Getaway

October 4th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

The bunch of grapes

The Texas Hill Country is home to many beautiful vineyards and wineries. 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. Wimberley is has several wineries and tasting rooms. The Wimberley Valley Winery is one of the oldest in the area. Founded in 1983, Wimberley Valley Winery has a proud history of producing fine wines in central Texas. They offer seasonal fruit wines and holiday wines along with their varietals.

Are you looking for a unique weekend getaway? A weekend at the Blair House Inn paired with one of Wimberley Valley Winery’s wine education classes is combination you can’t beat. The Blair House Inn is set on 22 beautiful acres with a nature trail, in-ground pool, day spa and gourmet breakfasts served 7 days a week. The Blair House conveniently located near the Wimberley Valley Winery among many other great vineyards in the area.

sundowner

The Wimberley Valley Winery has a variety of classes to choose from. Currently they are offering the “Basics of Wine Tasting” which is held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 4pm.Make sure to reserve a table for the Saturday evening five-course gourmet dinner, you won’t want to miss out, its a perfect ending to a fun filled day at the wineries.  Also be sure to check out their Wine Survival Class, “learn everything you need to know to survive in the World of Wine.”

Do you know someone that loves wine and could use a weekend away to relax? The Blair House Inn is the perfect destination for you or the wino in your life. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a novice there is something here for everyone. The holidays are just around the corner be sure to think of us for your gift certificates.

The Blair House Art Gallery’s Featured Artist: Prudy McKenzie

September 19th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

a painter´s painting

Prudy McKenzie’s style is unmistakably soft, clean and slightly whimsical, catching the essence of her subject whether they are buildings, florals, or landscapes. Her art is reflective of her life, full of vibrant color and an exciting, flowing style.  The artwork is in deveral mediums including pastel, oil, water color, acrylic, pencil, and charcoal.  McKenzie also does portraits and full figures which are displayed in homes throught the country. She is a memeber of the Wimberly Art League and the group’s past president as well. We house over twenty works in our collection with subjects ranging from still life, landscapes, buildings, and florals. Mckenzie’s artwork is not to be missed when you stop in to the view Blair House Art Gallery in Wimberley.

Wimberley Bed and Breakfast: A Weekend of Art

September 13th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

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: Fall Weekend Getaway!

September 5th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

the outoorsy type

The Texas Hill Country is one of the most popular tourist areas in the southern United States. The prime reason for the region’s popularity is its unique natural beauty and many natural attractions. Enjoy nature’s bounty and all that Wimberley has to offer this Fall. Wimberley is the perfect weekend getaway this September for those of you that like to get outside. You won’t have to venture too far from theInnto enjoy the natural attractions of the Hill Country. The Blair House Inn is located on 22 beautiful acres with a mile long nature trail that has gorgeous of Wimberley Valley. The Blair House property is home to white-tail deer, foxes, several species of birds and lizards. We are also located about 3 miles from the Wimberley Hike and Bike Trail which is perfect for late evening walks and early morning hikes. The trail is 6 miles in length and runs through the center of Wimberley, perfect for stopping off in town or talking a dip in the Blue Hole on Cypress Creek.

 

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Blair House Inn is conveniently located in Wimberley which is within a hour from several state parks. Enjoy the beauty of Hamilton Pool or the vastness of the LBJ Ranch. Take a drive over to Blanco with a picnic lunch and enjoy the river as it quietly flows past. As October and November roll around you may want to venture out to Lost Maples State Park just south of Austin. Most people relate fall foliage and the “changing of the leaves” to the eastern portion of the United States. However, portions of Texas actually see dramatic changes in foliage coloration as fall draws near. New Englanders aren’t the only that get to enjoy watching the fall foliage change, Lost Maples Natural Area in Central Texas offers Texans and visitors to Texas a breathtaking palette of colors every fall.

 

Book your Wimberley Weekend Getaway for this Fall! Enjoy the changing of the seasons at the Blair House Inn, a perfect Wimberley retreat.

Spend August in the Texas Hill Country | Blair House Inn

August 9th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

 

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.

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 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 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!

Texas Bed & Breakfast Hill Country Adventures: Wildlife & Birding

March 23rd, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Hummingbird 12

 

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.

Texas Hill Country Butterfly Festival

February 16th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Caterpillar

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)

 

 

Lazy Susans

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 Michael Schneider

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

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

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

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 Michael Schneider

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.

 

 

Wimberley’s Winnter’s Eve Festival on the Square

November 22nd, 2010 by Michael Schneider

Christmas in the Green Isle

Join the Wimberley Merchants Association for the Winter’s Eve Festival on the Square December 4th.  Enjoy hours of fun with carolers, bands, food booths and spirits as you stroll through the historical Winter Wonderland.  Embrace the season and wear your festive winter attire.  Enjoy holiday lights and make your way around the square for your holiday shopping.  Festivities and food booths begin at 5:00 pm.  Shops are open late!

Plan your 4th of July Texas Hill Country Get-a-way

May 31st, 2010 by Michael Schneider

Celebrating Freedom

Now is the time to plan your 4th of July weekend holiday.  The Village of Wimberley, TX will have many activities to make your vacation a trip to remember.  Celebrate our Nation’s Birthday Texas style and visit the Rodeo happening July 1st – 4th.  Take a chance to see the Hill Country at its finest with Wimberley Market Days July 3rd & 4th.  On Friday July 2nd be sure to enjoy a down home parade and afternoon Jubilee hosted by the charming Village of Wimberley.  To cool of during the hot Texas days you can splash into the Blue Hole or float down the Comal River.  Call now or follow this link to book your Texas Hill Country Get-a-way!

Beat the Heat with Texas Hill Country Swimming

May 25th, 2010 by Michael Schneider

Rio Vista Dam - San Marcos, TX

Enjoy a wonderful vacation to the Texas Hill Country and remember to bring your swim suit!  There are many rivers, lakes, and swimming holes located minutes from our property.  You can take one of our delicious picnic baskets to-go and enjoy a relaxing day at the San Marcos River, or tube the restful Comal River.  Boat rentals are available at Canyon Lake and the Blue Hole is one of Wimberely’s beloved spots!  Book your reservation today and start relaxing Texas Hill Country Style!!

Blue Hole Wimberley TX

Texas Hill Country Gets Rain!!

September 2nd, 2009 by Michael Schneider

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!

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