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

September 17th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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.

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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.

Texas Bed and Breakfast “Spirits” Getaway!

June 1st, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

What whisky will not cure, there is no cure for.


Most people are aware of Texas Wine Trail and the recognition it is receiving, but did you know that the Hill Country offers breweries and distilleries tours?  Maybe your significant other loves wine and it just is not your taste.  Have no fear we have found a compromise!  Local breweries, that you can even take a class to start your own brew, and whiskey and vodka distilleries that offers tours.  So knock out a couple of wineries and then hit the breweries! 

Real Ale BrewingCo.~Blanco,TX 

Welcome to the Texas Hill Country – the home of Real Ale Brewing Company, where a dedicated team of brewers produces quality handcrafted ales. Utilizing a 60-barrel stainless steel brewing system, we incorporate 100% malted grain, domestic and imported hops, and crystal clear water into our unique recipes. We’ve been brewing since 1996, and now you can find Real Ale all over theLoneStarState.

 Garrison Brothers Whiskey ~Johnson City,TX

The “Sit and Sip” Tour is a guided walk of the ranch-distillery with detailed information about bourbon whiskey and the history of Garrison Brothers.Our cooks and distillers will explain the process from “corn to cork.” You’ll smell the sweet corn cooking, taste sweet mash, and observe the fermenting distiller’s beer. You’ll tour the legendary still house and sample high proof “white dog” right from the stills. Finally, we’ll walk you through our barrel barn for a small sample of our limited release. This tour takes about an hour.

Dripping Springs Vodka ~ Dripping Springs, TX 

Dripping Springs Vodka is handcrafted in the Texas Hill Country, in small 50 gallon batches. It’s a family run comany and was the 3rd distillery in the state.

What ever flavor is your forte, make sure to plan your Texas Hill Country getaway with a “twist” and enjoy all there is to offer!