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Texas Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail :: Texas Vineyards

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Discover the marvelous vineyards in Texas this Spring through the “Spring Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail”. For three weekends on March 28-29; April 4-5; and April 11-12, 2015, the majestic viticulture of Texas winegrowers opens up the taste buds of local wine lovers from near and far.

 

Although lesser known than wine regions like Sonoma or Napa Valley, the vineyards in Texas produce some downright delicious wines. All dependent on the finicky weather of winter, the crops may be large or small from one year to the next. In fact, Texans have been producing wine for centuries, perhaps longer than any other parts of the country. Its temperate weather gives way to many renowned Portuguese wines, stemming from the long heritage of the Spanish missionaries who once settled nearby in the mid-1600’s. There are at least 36 different types of grapes grown in TX, with many being state natives. Taking part in the Spring Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail is a great way for Texas wine connoisseurs to take visit local vineyards, while enjoying the blooming countryside of a more rural part of Texas. Several wineries in Brenham, Texas offer boutique wineries, with seasonal varietals that can only be found in the Lone Star State.

Texas BluebonnetsAbout the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

 

On the weekend you choose to go, you can purchase tickets on the Texas Bluebonnets Website, here. This includes access to seven wineries along the stretch between US 290 and I-45, all within proximity of Houston. Stay at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch if you want! We have bungalows, cabins and cottages available to make your adventure more fun and comfortable after a long day of wine sampling.

 

Upon arrival of the first winery, each ticket holder receives a commemorative wine glass. Bring this to all of the tastings on the wine trail. There are many fun things to do along the way, including grape squishing and stomping, vineyard tours, musicians, mystery dinners, and much more. Ticket holders also get to take home a small packet of Texas wildflower seeds to spread some natural beauty to your outdoor habitat.

 

If you happen to make it through all 7 vineyards, you are indeed a trooper and bonafide wine aficionado. You will also receive a special Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail commemorative keepsake for visiting all of the vineyards. Don’t worry; you do not have to do it all in one weekend! As a ticketholder, you can visit any of them on any weekend mentioned above. You have six days to see them all, so you can choose when and where you want to start and end your wine trail adventure.

 

Keep in mind that Easter Sunday is on April 5th; therefore some wineries may not be open. It is a good idea to check beforehand.

 

This year’s Spring Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail participants include:

 

  • Windy Winery, Brenham
  • Saddlehorn Winery, Burton
  • Pleasant Hill Winery, Brenham
  • Peach Creek Vineyards, College Station
  • Messina Hof Winery, Bryan
  • Cork This! Montgomery
  • Bernhardt Winery, Plantersville

 

All of the trail participants are open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the Saturdays of the Bluebonnet; with Sundays shortened from noon to 5 p.m.

Wine Tasting in TexasBlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch welcomes the wine enthusiasts from far and wide. Why not make a special weekend out of your wine and cheese adventure? Designate a driver and come stay with us. Make a reservation today for the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail!

 

If you can’t attend, not to worry. These same seven vineyards will also host a Harvest Trail during the first two weekends of July, as well as an October Wine and Sausage Trail and a Holiday Crystal Wine Trail. These events are similar, yet different. Reserve the date and stay at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch for your Texas wine adventure!

Ideal Setting for Bachelor and Bachelorette Fun :: Texas Ranch

Friday, March 6th, 2015

If your wedding is approaching and you are on the fence about whether or not to partake in the bachelor and bachelorette parties, there is a great Bachelorette parties in Houston, Texasalternative to the dance clubs and hoopla of a couple who wants to start their marriage off on the right foot.

 

Whether you’re looking to get away for a day, hide out for a night, unwind for a weekend, or seek adventure with your pals, BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is the ideal destination. Nestled an hour west of Houston in the small town of Cat Spring, Texas, this is not your stereotypical bed and breakfast. You don’t have to be a honeymooning couple to enjoy its many features, attractions, amenities and accommodations.

 

Our 500-acre working ranch offers many diverse activities; from lakes and ponds – to an astounding array of wildlife – ranging from domestic to exotic. Activities include bass fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, trap shooting, archery, hiking, golf and even hot air balloon rides. And after engaging in any of those activities, you can get a massage to soothe your active muscles and sore joints. Instead of going out and participating in, ahem, questionable activities, you cannot get in trouble with your mate by participating in an active, fun and memorable day.

 

For those who prefer immersing in peace and quiet to reflect upon their forthcoming wedding day, we have a quaint writer’s cabin. Spend some time in a log cabin, or spread out in a Texas farmhouse, ranch studio house, or cottage. BlissWood Bed and Breakfast has the ideal accommodations for you.

 

Texas RanchIn the unlikely event that you have enough time and somehow manage to sample all that BlissWood has to offer, including two state parks — Stephen F. Austin and Washington-on-the-Brazos are also close by and awaiting exploration.

 

BlissWood also offers fine dining at Carol’s Restaurant, which features wine dinner events and an impressive wine list for diners to choose from when deciding what to pair with a wide-ranging, eclectic food menu. From delicious BBQ steaks, pasta, seafood and chicken, plus a number of signature dishes.

 

The ranch’s uniqueness and eclectic nature are emphasized by its wildlife. You will find a variety of animals, such as Angus cattle, horses, miniature donkeys, peacocks, American Bison, black buck antelopes, fallow deer and native deer. Even the furnishings have character. For instance, the writer’s cabin used to be a hunter’s shack and features an old Confederate desk that was carried around by Confederate Army soldiers and used in the field. There is plenty of history here, tracing back to German settlers in the 1830’s.

 

With nine lodging options ranging from intimate, one-bedroom cabins that sleep one to three people; to entire, two-suite houses that can comfortably sleep ten, there is comfort waiting for any size group. We welcome brides and grooms to be, and their wedding party or relatives, to come unwind and enjoy yourself before the wedding day. Our historic ranch and its sweeping grounds is ideal for hosting corporate retreats, honeymoons, elopements, formal weddings, overnight stays and family vacations.

 

Whether you want to disappear and get away from it all, host a bachelor or bachelorette party, find some adventure in an atypical setting, or maybe reconnect, intensify or rekindle romance, we offer the ideal atmosphere for all of those needs and more.

 

Call Blisswood Bed & Breakfast Ranch to make a reservation at 713-301-3235 and plan your bachelor or bachelorette party retreat today.

Celebration Vacations :: Texas Dude Ranch

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Horse Riding Adventures in Texas

Celebration Vacations Offer a New Way to Commemorate an Occasion

Sure, you could celebrate your promotion or graduation with new clothes or a dinner at your favorite restaurant, but why stop there? Such moments of achievement are the result of a lot of hard work, and should be recognized as such!  Nothing brings families and friends together to rejoice and connect quite like a getaway at a Texas ranch.

What are Celebration Vacations in TX?

Take advantage of this special moment in time to separate from the routine and familiarity of your surroundings.  Studies have shown that when we detach from our environment, it gives us a new perspective on life. It makes whatever we experience all the more memorable. We get a pause to breathe, relax and fully enjoy the moment, rather than just going through the motions. And who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Celebrate at Our Texas Ranch Near Houston

At Blisswood Bed and Breakfast Ranch, you can truly get away from it all.  Visit for a day, weekend, or longer at our fully restored Texas farmhouse and cabins.  Blisswood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is nestled on the Lehmann Legacy Ranch; a 500-acre working ranch located about one hour from Houston. Spend your days strolling through our Oak forests, fishing on the lake or taking a ride around the ranch on one of our gentle South American Paso Fino horses.  Hop on a mountain bike or have a picnic in the gazebo. Lie on the grass and watch the swans and ducks swimming in the pond. Or, kick it up turn-of-the century style with a quiet evening staring at the stars on the porch. When was the last time you relaxed so much?

 

Want to get up close and personal with the animals?  You’ll have plenty of chances with the miniature donkeys, peacocks and American Bison roaming our grounds. The Bison are part of our culture and heritage. Your kids should get a chance to see these magnificent beasts, which were once nearly extinct.

 

Explore the Nearby Countryside of Texas 

Carol's Cat Spring RestaurantWhile here, plan on spending a day out and about, shopping for antiques or visiting the cultural and historical attractions in the nearby communities of Sealy, Bellville, Round Top, New Ulm, Chappell Hill, Warrenton, and Columbus, Texas. These authentic Western towns will bring you back to the days of Old West Texas, where real cowboys still thrive and live.

 

 

Then, return to our Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant for a sumptuous dinner, including our award-winning steak, seafood and pasta. Talk about a Celebration Vacation to remember… this is it!

 

This is also the perfect getaway for mothers and fathers-to-be. It is a chance to celebrate your pregnancy and enjoy the last few moments of freedom before all the feedings, babysitters and Little Leagues commence.

 

For more information, contact us at 713-301-3235 to lock in your chosen dates.  We look forward to celebrating your special events with you!

Ready to Propose :: Making a Memorable Proposal in Texas

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Ready to Propose? Consider an Engagement Retreat at Blisswood Bed and Breakfast Ranch in TX!

 

So you’ve finally worked up the nerve to pop the “Big Question”, but haven’t thought about the best way to go about it?  From skywriting to Jumbotron scoreboards to the plethora of YouTube singing flash mob proposals, the pressure is on to make your proposal stand out amongst all the other memories in your loved one’s mind.  And for good reason; a marriage proposal is one of the biggest moments in her life, and yours. It commemorates a milestone in your relationship.

 

Let Us Help You With an Intimate Proposal Alternative!

Start by whisking the girl of your dreams away for a romantic retreat at Blisswood Bed and Breakfast Ranch.  Here at Blisswood, we have many idyllic settings that are perfect for popping the question. Imagine riding along the live oaks on horseback, with your lady love soaking in the scenery, pleasantly unaware of what you have planned. Or, perhaps an enchanted moonlit stroll, with a pause in the gazebo? You can also surprise her with a pre-arranged welcome bouquet, complete with an engagement ring on one of the rose stems, and followed by celebratory fine chocolates and champagne. No matter which style is more you, Blisswood makes it easy to be romantic!

Texas Romance Packages

Once she’s accepted your proposal (which she surely will), you can both relax and celebrate this new stage in your life with dinner at our award-winning Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant. Then, stay and play on our spacious acres of paradise. Relax on the front porch, or grab one of our mountain bikes and explore the ranch. Ride on one of our elegant Paso Fino horses, enjoy a picnic in the gazebo or just snuggle inside your cabin with the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your doorknob. After all, this retreat is all about romance!

Whatever we can do to make it special, we will help you make your proposal memories in Texas truly unforgettable.

Texas Ranch

To further assist you, we are offering the following special:

Two Night Texas Ranch Getaway

  • Two nights’ lodging in a charming ranch cabin*,
  • Continental breakfast provided each morning,
  • Visit with the animals on a morning feed tour,
  • and a bottle of wine!

 

40% Savings Midweek (Mon-Thurs) $339.00

25% Savings Weekend (Fri-Sun) $424.00

 

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Cannot be combined with other offers. Available for new reservations only, January 5 – February 28, 2015, excluding Feb. 13-16 & 21-23. Based on double occupancy, additional guests $35 per person. Does not apply to weddings or group events. *Not available for Dog Trot, Enchanted Cabin, Ranch House, Lanai House, and Hibiscus Suite.

 

Call Blisswood Bed & Breakfast Ranch to make a reservation at 713-301-3235 and plan your engagement retreat today.

 

Antique Week :: Houston Area B&B and Ranch

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Texas Treasure Hunters, Prepare for Antique Week!

 

Do you love a bargain?  Are you willing to travel far and wide in search of unique gifts or decor?  If so, make plans now to visit rural Texas for Antique Weekend 2015. Actually spanning over one week, this event is the ultimate yard sale experience!

 

Starting the third weekend of March to the first weekend of April, 2015, more than 2,000 antiques, craft and art vendors from around the country will be setting up shop amidst various countryside Texan communities between Houston and Austin; to display their wares and negotiate deals.

 

Antique Shop

This popular weekend originally started in Round Top, and has spread throughout surrounding areas over the past forty years.  Now held twice annually, these special events draw thousands of like-minded buyers on the hunt for specific collectibles, or to take advantage of being able to visit several antique dealers in one location. Food vendors will also be on hand, and in some places, local fare is just steps away from the action. Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Savor the best chicken, steak, seafood and pasta dishes in the region.

 

The Biggest Spring Antiques Event in Texas

 

From charming crystal to light fixtures, antique cameras or typewriters, or even the proverbial kitchen sink, you’ll find just about everything under the sun at the Texas Antique Week in March and April. Folk art, antique furniture, quilts and even new things will be available, as well!  From priceless antiques to flea market finds, you will find priceless treasures at the antique fair.

 

Because they are coming from all over the United States, many dealers arrive days before the actual show to set up. Some will be open in the days leading up to the event.  While most of the shows are free, there are some that charge admission, and event hours can vary.  Be sure to check http://www.antiqueweekend.com/indexmain.html for the latest information before you go.

 

Before you travel, don’t forget to book a place to stay. Make it a mini-vacation by securing a spot at the Blisswood Bed and Breakfast Ranch in nearby Cat Spring.  Located at the Lehmann Legacy Ranch, our pet-friendly oasis is situated on a working ranch about forty minutes away from all the antiques shopping.  Once you score your bargains, you can leave the crowds behind and retreat to your cozy little cabin.

 

If you already have a place to hang your hat while you’re here, you can still enjoy a scrumptious meal at Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant.   We will be cooking up some special meals and barbecues for all of the antique enthusiasts. Call 979-865-1100 to make a reservation.

All Border Collie Rescue’s Dancing for the Dogs

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Everyone looks forward to the weekend, but we’re especially excited this week. We’ve got big plans! This Saturday, BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch will join All Border Collie Rescue for a night of dinner and dancing. On June 7th, we’ll be attending “Dancing for the Dogs” at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Lofts in Houston.

The event will feature performances by world-class ballroom dancers, including Top 24 International Latin Competitors, Katia Kuznetsova and Cristiano Callegari! Attendees will even get a chance to see BlissWood owner and former competitive dancer Carol Davis take the floor with Cristiano Callegari!

Additionally, there will be performances by two canine musical freestyle teams from The Texas-Six Steppers dog freestyle dancing troupe. The evening’s emcee will be Shern-Min Chow, news anchor and reporter for Houston’s KHOU.

It will be a fun night, but it’s also for a great cause. All donations from the event will benefit All Border Collie Rescue. We love the work that All Border Collie Rescue does. They’re dedicated to caring for dogs in transition as they look for permanent homes. Since 2008, when All Border Collie Rescue was founded, they’ve rescued over 1000 dogs. BlissWood’s Carol Davis has personally fostered around 200 of those Collies!

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All Border Collie Rescue helps find forever homes for dogs from shelters throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and other neighboring states. They work tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate, and match Border Collies with families who are right for them.

Support a wonderful cause and have some fun! It’s not too late to buy tickets for Dancing for the Dogs. And if you’re interested in table sponsorship, send an email to carol@blisswood.net. You can also buy a raffle ticket online for the chance to win a one week stay at the Playa Grande Resort and Grand Spa in Cabo San Lucas! Just click on the ‘donate’ button and designate it as raffle tickets for Cabo raffle. (Raffle winners do not need to be present to win.)

Friends of BlissWood: Friends of the Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge

Friday, February 14th, 2014

We’re lucky to be part of a wonderful community here at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch. As a working ranch in Cat Spring, Texas, we have a great appreciation for the land and all the creatures who reside here. That’s why we’re so happy to partner with the Friends of Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge for the “Discover Your Prairie Neighbors” art contest!

Just 25 minutes from BlissWood, the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Refuge is one of the last remaining places to find the endangered prairie chicken. The Friends of Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge does excellent work in the community, providing opportunities that call attention to the prairie and all the species that call it home. They do great things for the community – animals and people alike. Through outreach and education, they work hard to preserve and restore the beautiful coastal prairie for all of us and for future generations.

BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch

BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is pleased to team up with the Friends of Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge as a proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual Discover your Prairie Neighbors art contest. The contest is a fun opportunity for kids of all ages to learn more about the natural environment in Texas while also getting a chance to explore their creative side. The contest will be open through March 1st, 2014. Students at every level, from kindergarten to grade 12 in Brazos ISD, Columbus ISD, Rice CISD, and Sealy ISD, are encouraged to participate.

And if you’re looking for some inspiration, we’d love for parents and teachers to check out the lessons in the Kid Zone. Our hope is that your students will learn more about the prairie and its wildlife, which will, in turn, result in a greater appreciation for our environment and wildlife. We hope this art contest serves as inspiration to learn about the prairie and to have some fun with art!

For more information and contest rules, check out the entry forms available online. Have fun and get coloring!

Dinner Theater at BlissWood: Southern Fried Chickie

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Next month, BlissWood Bed and Breakfast and Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant are pleased to be hosting a fabulous night of dinner theater. On March 1st, Christy McBrayer will appear to perform her hilarious one-woman show, Southern Fried Chickie. It’s going to be a fun-filled night complete with good Southern food, of course. You’ll even get to enjoy music, provided by her band, The Redneck Greek Chorus! If you’re looking for some fun Houston dinner theater, this is a totally one-of-a-kind event that you won’t want to miss.

Southern Fried Chickie might be a one-woman show, but you may forget that it is when Christy McBrayer begins to tell her story about a struggling Southern actress’ prodigal trip from Hollywood to Tupelo, Mississippi. Throughout the performance she’ll become 10 different characters in all. She’s a woman of many talents, to say the least!

Christy McBrayer has performed Southern Fried Chickie in New Orleans as well as Austin, Texas. And we’re thrilled that she’s bringing some Southern fun here to Cat Spring, Texas. We can’t wait!

You might say that we ‘discovered’ Christy McBrayer here at BlissWood. We met her last fall when she was a guest celebrating her birthday with us. After hearing about her act, we thought it would be great if she could return one day as a performer. Now, it’s finally happening! So join us for a delightful dinner and an unforgettable show!

Tickets for the show and dinner are $59.00 per person. And just in case you were wondering, yes, we’ll be having Southern fried chicken! (How could we resist?) Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the show will follow at 7:00 p.m. You can make your reservations for Southern Fried Chickie by e-mailing carol@blisswood.net. Or just give us a call at 713-301-3235. Hope to see you at the theater!

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Host a Dinner at Carol’s Restaurant!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

If you’re looking for a great location to host a special dinner or event, Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant is available for private parties. Whether you’re planning a rehearsal dinner or a corporate event, Carol’s is a great venue for parties in Houston. It’s a fine dining experience in a casual country setting.

When it comes to finding a dinner venue in the Houston area, our location in Cat Spring, Texas is a real hidden gem. We provide a unique setting for any event. You’ll find our secluded property less than an hour from Houston. But when you’re here, you’ll feel like you’re worlds away from a big city. You’ll get the opportunity to enjoy a true Texas experience at our restaurant. The lodge-like atmosphere is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with a fine steak and a good bottle of wine.

Last month, we had the pleasure of hosting a Vintner’s Dinner with Truchard Winery. Truchard Winery is a small, family-owned winery in the the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Native Texans Tony and Joanne Truchard have been making wine in Northern California since 1989.  With 400 acres of land and 280 acres of vineyards, the Truchards have made a name for themselves in Napa, so we’re always delighted to see them for their annual wine dinner. Carol’s Restaurant was packed with guests who enjoyed the 5-course meal and Truchard wine pairings. Guest Chef Edgar’s menu was a huge success! And, of course, the wine was a hit.

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Truchard Wine Dinner

Carol’s will also open for your private parties at the restaurant on any night we are not regularly open. So just ask! And while we might be a hidden gem, you’ll be glad you found us. Give us a call today to make reservations or to start planning your own private party!

 

Gather at BlissWood for Your Family Reunion in Texas

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

When you’re planning a big event like a family reunion, there are a lot of things to consider.  Location. Atmosphere. Entertainment. Food.  Look no further, because we’ve got it all.  BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is the perfect venue for a family reunion in Texas.

Here at BlissWood you can relax, enjoy the great outdoors, and create some lasting memories with your loved ones. We offer plenty of space in a scenic country setting. It’s also a great central meeting point, conveniently located for guests coming from Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.

We recently hosted a wonderful reunion here at BlissWood.  The group enjoyed many of our ranch activities including bass fishing and trap shooting.  They also took advantage of our golf carts rentals – they really come in handy when you’re exploring our 650-acre ranch!  The whole group enjoyed seeing the animals on our ranch, too.

 

BlissWood family reunion

And there’s plenty more to do for family members of all ages. Canoeing and biking are popular activities at BlissWood. You can even play a game of horseshoes or take a nature walk while you catch up with your family.

Of course, if your family would like to stay the night at BlissWood they have their choice of 10 spacious houses and cabins on the ranch, as well as 8 additional units at our nearby Oasis. Our guest houses are perfect for families – the Dog Trot House sleeps up to 10.

And we haven’t forgotten about the food!  When you have your event at BlissWood, you can choose to have meals catered or you can dine at our nearby award-winning Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant.  Our most recent reunion group dined in Texas style with some good old-fashioned chuckwagon dinners.

Give us a call today at 713-301-3235.  We’d love to help you plan an unforgettable family reunion of your own!


At Lehmann Ranch, 1 hour west of Houston

13251 Newberg Rd.
Cat Spring, TX 78933

Email: Carol@BlissWood.net
Phone: 713-301-3235

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