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New Tesla Charging Station

July 4th, 2016 by blairhouseinn

TeslaBlair House Inn recently partnered with Tesla by installing a Tesla charging station and a universal charger. Guests can be confident knowing their cars are fully charged and ready to explore. Blair House guests staying on with us on property or vacationers enjoying the Texas hill country may take advantage of this great addition to our property. Please give us a call if you have any questions or would like to make a reservation close to the charging station.

Tesla’s Alexis Georgeson, in an interview with The Motley Fool, explains how the Destination Charging network and the Supercharger network complement each other in an effort to make traveling in a Tesla as convenient as possible: “Our growing Supercharger network has inspired Model S owners to hit the road in increasing numbers. Owners can drive all day, charging for 30-40 minutes at Superchargers, and then stop at night to stay at one of the many hotels and resorts that have installed Tesla High Power Connectors. By offering convenient Destination Charging services to Model S owners, these locations are replicating the convenience our owners have become accustomed to at home. Owners wake up relaxed with a full charge and ready to hit the road again.”

Halloween Dinner, Last Meal Of The Titanic

October 26th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

Last Meal of the TitanicBlair House Inn will be hosting a very special event for this year’s Halloween Dinner, Last Meal of the Titanic. Chef Chris Huffman has set a menu to highlight some of the fine dining available to passage of the fateful voyage. Since our Saturday evening dinner falls on Halloween this year, we decided to take advantage. Dining aboard the Titanic ranged from lavish ten course extravaganzas designed to put the well-to-do passengers in a food coma, to simple, hearty meals for lower deck travelers. The food and drink flowed freely for passengers on the maiden voyage of the doomed ship with no end in sight. Everyone knows the ultimate fate of Titanic after an iceberg collision. What most don’t know is the extravagance of the wealthy on board.  At the modern day equivalent of $124,000 for a first class ticket, passages expected the best and received the best. Join us for this weekend for a unique dinner and good company. Rooms are still available as well as space for those guests wanting to join us only for dinner on Saturday night. Our Halloween Dinner, Last Meal of the Titanic is not to be missed. We promise the restaurant will not sink.

Poached Salmon with Mousseline & Cucumbers

Consommè Olga

Chilled Asparagus Vinaigrette

Filet Mignon Lili

Waldorf Pudding

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015

June 22nd, 2015 by blairhouseinn

TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceBlair House Inn has been awarded another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015. Five years in a row we have earned this rating by providing the best service and quality. We offer amenities and service above and beyond the status quo. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence means we have a consistently high rating with our guests. We also maintain a high rank among bed and breakfast both locally and nationally. Take a look at our TripAdvisor listing and see for yourself why we have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

“32nd Anniversary- Excellent Choice of B&B”
Jeff A. 5 of 5 stars
Chris and Lois made our three day stay quite enjoyable. We stayed in the Laredo suite. Very comfortable bed, spa type bathroom and awesome views. Breakfast was like a box of chocolates. Never knew what you were going to get but always a treat. Highly recommend Blair House Inn.

J. C. 5 of 5 stars
We were looking for a quiet place to unwind and enjoy being together after our wedding, and we chose the Blair House for our mini-getaway. We stayed two nights in the San Miguel cottage, and I couldn’t have asked for a better retreat. The bed was so luxurious, it was hard to stay out of (not a problem for us!), but we did manage to get out a bit for a massage (divine!!), a walk around the property (beautiful surroundings!!), and a swim in the pool and hot tub (beautiful views!!). The breakfasts were delicious, and the dessert and drinks in the evening were a beautiful touch… I don’t drink, and when I informed them of this when they called pre-stay to inquire about what we wanted and asked for sparkling cider instead of wine with dessert, they were happy to oblige my request. It was so hard to leave this place! The ultimate sanctuary for a romantic getaway!! Looking forward to another stay in the future!!

“Loved the Texas cooking class”
Mike-N-Linda 5 of 5 stars
We signed up for the cooking classes and were not disappointed. Brian is a world class chef, and besides showing us how to make excellent barberque, ribs, steaks, brisket, he also gave us a refesher in baking methods that were much more efficient than anything we had learned. We baked homade breads, pies, beignets, tarts, etc and they were outstanding, He also gave us a course on smoking meats including salmon and chicken. Truly an outstanding program at an outstanding facility. We look forward to our next trip in November.


Wimberley Community

May 26th, 2015 by blairhouseinn


Thanks to everyone for prayers, thoughts, and concerns for the community of Wimberley. Our hearts go out to the families that have suffered loss. We feel fortunate and thankful at the Blair House to have no damages and to have the continued support of our guests staying with us and supporting the Wimberley community. If you would like to support the community please visit the local businesses or volunteer your time. The official website for the latest information is cityofwimberley.com. Our phone service is temporarily unavailable. You may contact us by email at info@blairhouseinn.com. Your support is truly appreciated.

Lois and Chris

Raindrop Technique

March 19th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

This specialty treatment now offered at the Blair House Inn Day Spa utilizing Young Living Essential Oils.

Raindrop TechniqueThis 60 minute treatment uses Young Living Oils, a combination of eight essential oils, Valor, Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Wintergreen, Cypress, Marjoram, and Peppermint are placed along the spine.

The Raindrop Technique is a method of using reflexology and massage techniques and essential oils to bring the body into structural and electrical alignment. It is designed to bring balance to the body with its relaxing and mild application. The oils are dispensed like little drops of rain above the back and massaged along the vertebrae. Massage, reflexology and hot towels make this a wonderful deep therapeutic treatment.

The essential oils used during Raindrop Technique have many therapeutic benefits:

Valor~ Works on the physical and emotional levels, supporting the electrical and energy alignment of the body, gives courage, confidence and self-esteem.

Thyme~ Highly antimicrobial. Thyme acts directly on a virus or bacteria along the spine.

Oregano~ Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

Basil~ Antispasmodic activity that relaxes muscles. It is also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.

Wintergreen~ Anti-inflammatory and analgesic and relieves pain.

Cypress~ Improves circulation and relieves spasms and swelling. Also heals damaged tissue.

Marjoram~ Anti-spasmodic and is very relaxing and calming to muscles.

Peppermint~ Has pain killing properties. It is also antimicrobial, stimulates circulation, and cools inflamed tissue.

Aroma Siez~ Antispasmodic and helps relax and relieve sore or aching muscles.

Please request and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of Raindrop Techniques now at the Blair House Inn Day Spa!

Thanksgiving and Christmas

September 18th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

Thanksgiving and Christmas

Blair House Inn will be open Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. The new owners have decided to stay open for Christmas week. Now you can join us for the holidays. We will be serving both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for our guests. Come and enjoy a traditional holiday feast in the heart of Texas hill country. We look forward to sharing the holidays with our guests. Thanksgiving and Christmas are not the same without a house full of friends and family. Since we are open Thanksgiving and Christmas, be a part of our family.

Head downtown to soak in all Wimberley has to offer for the holidays. There will be all kinds of events to see and enjoy. Symphonies, plays, farmers markets, and market days the first Saturday of every month. There is nothing like a small town Thanksgiving and Christmas. The 17th Annual Trail of Lights at the Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens is a huge hit every year. Beautiful decorations displayed in the gardens and around town. Lights as far as the eye can see. Once you experience what Wimberley has to offer, you will be coming back year after year. Also, being an hour away from downtown Austin and San Antonio puts close to the big city fun as well.

We want everyone to come and stay at the Blair House Inn for the holidays. Relax on the property to let the stress of the year fade away. Or head into town for the festivities. We have something for everyone. Don’t forget about the Blair House Day Spa. You’ve been good. You deserve a massage. Thanksgiving and Christmas are a magical time. Blair House Inn is the perfect place to spend your holidays. Book your stay soon before rooms disappear and you miss all the fun. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

Wimberley Market Days

September 3rd, 2014 by blairhouseinn

Market Days

Wimberley Market Days has been an institution in the Texas hill country since 1964. Local vendors set up for business on the tailgates of their trucks. They brought and sold everything – including pigs, rugs and homemade tamales. Now, it has grown to nearly 500 booths offering goods for buyers to explore. Market Days are held the first Saturday of every month from March through December. Vendors and shoppers alike come from all over Texas to stroll along the paved, tree-shaded lanes of Lions Field finding everything they can’t live without. The Wimberley Lions sponsor all of the food booths and offer plenty of options, including BBQ plates and sandwiches, grilled sausages, breakfast tacos, hot dogs and hamburgers. Lions are hard-put to let anybody at their market go hungry! Visitors can also purchase popcorn, ice cream, funnel cakes, soft drinks, shaved ice and sweets all day long. Local musicians gather at the spacious Lions Pavilion and entertain the crowds who sit in the shade to eat, drink and rest. So, book a stay at Blair House Inn to enjoy Wimberley Market Days.You will not be disappointed.

Lions Field is located on RR 2325 about 1/4 mile from its junction with RR12. Gates to Market Day open at 7:00 a.m. and close when the last vendor packs up his merchandise and heads for home at 4:00 p.m. Admission to Wimberley Market Days is free; parking is available for a $5 donation.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

August 24th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

tripadvisor certificate of excellenceOnce again, Blair House Inn has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Four years in a row we have earned this rating. We strive every year to be the best we can and offer the very best to our guests. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence means we have ranked highly with our guests. We provide amenities and service above and beyond the status quo. We consistently rank high as a bed and breakfast on TripAdvisor, both locally and nationally. The new owners, Chris & Lois, will continue this tradition of excellence. They want to keep the level of service as high as possible. Take a look at our ranking and see for yourself why we have awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

“Great Bed & Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014
My wife and I just spent three wonderful days at the beautiful and relaxing Blair House Inn. The Dallas room was perfect, the grounds were well kept, and the atmosphere was like staying with friends. But the best of all was the cooking! Wow! We loved everything from the amazing banana bread to the incredible eggs Benedict – and the desserts with wine before going to bed? Delicious! We would recommend the Blair House to anyone and everyone!

“Amazing food and hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013
We ate breakfast at the Blair House Inn two days and were not disappointed. The ambiance and service was great and the food was high-quality. The coffee stood out as being really good too.

“A Wonderful Romantic Getaway”
5 of 5 stars 5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2013
We recently spent a long weekend at the Blair House Inn to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. What a delightful place to stay. The accommodations were very comfortable and the food was absolutely fabulous! Each breakfast was delicious…but the Saturday evening dinner was amongst some of the best meals we’ve ever eaten…not to mention the fun wine and dessert turn-down service!

Blair House Inn Has New Owners

August 6th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

New OwnersThe Blair House Inn, located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, has recently been sold. The previous owners, Mike & Vickie Schneider, developed the business into one of the top inns in the country. After 13 years, they decided the time was right to move on to new endeavors and have left Blair House to an eager and excited couple. The new owners, Chris & Lois Mahoney, plan to build upon the inn’s reputation as the best inn in the Texas Hill Country.
Lois and Chris bring expertise and many years of experience in hospitality and customer service to Blair House Inn. Lois’ career in hospitality has spanned over the last 30 years. Her family owned hotel/motels, bed & breakfasts, and RV parks. After obtaining a degree in Accounting from Corpus Christi A&M and becoming a CPA she entered the world of finance and accounting in the hotel industry. She has worked for well-known hospitality companies such as Wyndham International, Renaissance Hotels, Aimbridge Hospitality, Prism Hotels and Resorts, and Highgate Hotels. Chris is a graduate of UT with a degree in Business Finance. He brings an operations, customer service, and sales background with 20 years’ experience in operations management for two large global logistics companies and the insurance industry.
Owning and operating an inn has been a lifelong dream. They fell in love with the Blair House Inn’s panoramic views, peaceful setting, and spacious rooms on their first visit and knew it was the right opportunity for them. Lois and Chris will continue the tradition of providing a unique dining and hospitality experience guests can expect at Blair House Inn.

A Word From The New Owners

We are very excited about starting a new chapter of our lives at the Blair House Inn. We not only purchased a beautiful property, but also inherited a wonderful staff and have added a fabulous Chef. All are focused on making our guest’s stay relaxing and enjoyable. We know that our greatest assets are our guests and we would love to meet all of you who have supported the Inn over the years.

Blair House Inn on TripConnect

February 27th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Blair House Inn is now on TripConnect. TripAdvisor.com has launched this new feature for their website. TripConnect is a powerful and exciting new way for hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts to compete for bookings. While searching for bed and breakfasts or hotels, TripConnect ranks the top properties for any given region. Search for Texas Hill Country and see Blair House Inn consistently near the top of the list. This new feature allows businesses to be more competitive with their fellow inns and hotels. Blair House Inn is eager to see how TripConnect drives business. As with any new opportunity, there will be some growing pains. However, we are confident in our bed and breakfast and know that we will continue to rank highly on TripAdvisor. So now, with TripConnect, come stay with us a Blair House Inn.tripconnect


Spring and summer are fast approaching. Blair House Inn has plenty of room for everyone. A few days remain for Spring Break weeks. Come to the Hill Country for Easter weekend. Reserve a spot in one of our famous cooking schools. Enjoy a relaxing massage in our day spa. Let the hot tub soak your troubles away. Take that special someone on a romantic getaway into the heart of Texas. Or join us for our Saturday Evening dinners. We have so much to offer. Blair House Inn is proud to create the perfect experience for everyone who stays with us. We believe a good reputation come from hard work and good word of mouth. New online features like TripConnect makes us available to more viewers. Our superior bed and breakfast keeps guests coming back year after year. Go to TripAdvisor.com and see the TripConnect in action. Find the perfect combination of days and services to book your perfect getaway into the Texas Hill Country. Spend a memorable weekend at the Blair House Inn.