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

November 27th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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 Lois Mahoney

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.

Pomegranate

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.  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 Lois Mahoney

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 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.

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 Lois Mahoney

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!”

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Texas Bed and Breakfast: Celebrate Labor Day in Wimberley, TX

August 22nd, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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 Lois Mahoney

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.

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

July 19th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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 Lois Mahoney

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 Lois Mahoney

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!

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