March 13th, 2014
2014 has been an awfully cold and snowy winter for most of the country. And even BlissWood hasn’t been totally immune to this year’s weird winter weather! Our normally sunny ranch in Cat Spring, Texas joined in on the meteorological madness just last week.
We were pretty sure that we had seen the last of Old Man Winter, but he showed his face one more time. (Or at least we hope it was the last time!) On a day that started out at a beautiful 74 degrees in the morning, the winds changed quickly as the temperature dropped an astonishing 40 degrees by late afternoon! But it wasn’t just the cold that hit us hard. By the next morning everything on the ranch was coated in ice!
The blooms of our flowering trees were all covered in sparkling ice. And while it’s not the type of weather we usually hope for, it certainly made for a beautiful winter wonderland. We’re glad we got some good pictures of the storm because the next day it was all gone! Maybe it was just a reminder to beware Mother Nature.
But it looks like spring is in the air at BlissWood now! And we’re glad, because that means more sunny days for enjoying the great outdoors here on the ranch. With all the winter weather behind us, it’s time to get out and enjoy all the simple pleasures that BlissWood has to offer. For us, spring means nature walks, hiking, biking, fishing, and picnics. We’re even beginning to see bluebonnets popping up all over the pastures. Some of them are already starting to peek out!
If you’re ready to spring into Spring, plan a trip to BlissWood! You can check availability online or just give us a call at 713-301-3235. We’ll be happy to help you start the season off right!
February 26th, 2014
As you probably already know, there’s a whole lot to coordinate when you’re planning a wedding. But when you plan a wedding at BlissWood, we try to lend a helping hand and make things just a little bit easier on you. Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the big things. You’ll be framing your photos and putting them in albums. You’ll be sharing them with your families and looking at them for years to come. Fortunately, at BlissWood, that’s one less thing to worry about. We’re lucky to work with one of the best Texas wedding photographers you can find.
We’re proud to partner with such an accomplished photographer at BlissWood. With more than 40 years of experience in the field, as well as a Pulitzer Prize under his belt, Skeeter Hagler is definitely a photographer you can trust on your big day. And that’s what you need. He’s someone who will put your mind at ease.
Skeeter Hagler won a Pulitzer Prize for his documentary series on the life of the West Texas cowboy. Born in Fort Worth, he’s a true Texan in life and in work. Skeeter Hagler is versatile. Whether his subject is a grizzled cowboy or a blushing bride, he gets the shot just right, every time.
Like any great photographer, Skeeter sees the details that turn a good picture into a work of art. And there are so many great details to capture at a BlissWood wedding. The glow of a sunset on the Enchanted Lake. The picturesque gazebo. A bouquet of wildflowers. A country road off in the distance. A canopy of old oak trees. Your first kiss.
Give us a call today if you’d like to learn more about wedding at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch or photographer Skeeter Hagler. We’d love to tell you about the unique opportunities available for a wedding on our ranch!
February 21st, 2014
When you think of ‘renewing,’ a chore might immediately spring to mind. Renewing your license, renewing your passport, renewing your gym membership. But of all the things you can renew in a lifetime, renewing your wedding vows is probably the loveliest. If you’re looking for a special way to reaffirm your commitment, come to BlissWood. We have a scenic, romantic location for renewing your vows in Texas. Visit our beautiful guest ranch in Cat Spring, Texas and say “I do,” again.
Your vow renewal can be whatever you’d like. Dress up or dress down. It’s all up to you. Some couples involve friends and family while others opt for a more private ceremony. It’s entirely up to you. You may want to plan a reception, or you might just want a chance to tell your partner that you’d do it all over again.
Celebrating 11 years!
Renewing your vows is a beautiful way to celebrate your marriage in a meaningful way. And if you’re the sort of couple who appreciates the natural beauty of Texas Hill Country, BlissWood is the perfect backdrop for your vow renewal. If you decide that you’d like to photograph this special day, our ranch is a great stage for stunning photos. Let us know if you’re interested in learning more about hiring our resident Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Skeeter Hagler.
And after your ceremony, BlissWood is a nice place to stay a while and enjoy a romantic getaway. Relax in one of our charming guest houses and enjoy all the fun our ranch has to offer. Maybe you’d like to do a little horseback riding or bass fishing before you leave! Think of it as a second honeymoon!
Celebrate your next big anniversary or just celebrate your lasting love. Give us a call at 713-301-3235 if you’d like to discuss a vow renewal at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch.
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 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just give us a call at 713-301-3235. Hope to see you at the theater!
January 31st, 2014
You’ll find a wide variety of options if you want to get away in Texas. We all have our own idea of the perfect escape. People choose to stay at BlissWood because we’re different. We’re a working cattle ranch as well as a beautiful B&B. BlissWood is the place to go for a unique ranch vacation in Texas.
There aren’t many inns where you have the option to do a little trapshooting. But that’s just one of the many onsite activities we offer here at BlissWood. And you’d probably get yourself kicked out of some B&Bs if you started throwing tomahawks! Not here. We offer a totally unique experience at BlissWood. And that’s what our guests love about their visits.
In addition to trapshooting and tomahawk throwing, you’ll find lots of other activities including horseback riding, archery, bass fishing, biking, and more. There’s never a dull moment at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch. From hiking and biking to animal feeding, we offer a totally one of a kind experience.
BlissWood is not overly formal or the least bit stuffy. Quite the contrary. We offer a relaxing atmosphere for people who like to get outdoors, kick back, and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Animals abound at our ranch, so be prepared to make some furry friends when you stroll around our property. That’s just part of the charm.
Of course if you’re coming for a special occasion, you can certainly enjoy a romantic picnic or even a candlelit dinner at our restaurant. Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant is a great setting for birthday and anniversary dinners. We also provide a perfectly unique location for weddings, retreats, reunions and girlfriend getaways.
You can give us a call at 713-301-3235 or check availability online. Start planning your perfect Texas vacation today.
January 22nd, 2014
Want to plan a Valentine’s Day getaway? Looking for an unforgettable way to spend your anniversary? BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch has it all. Pay us a visit and discover the magic of Texas Hill Country. If you’re looking for romantic getaways in Texas, you’ve found them here. Visit BlissWood and we’ll help you make your next special occasion extra special.
Make this the year that you pull out all the stops for your sweetheart. Spend your anniversary relaxing on our scenic ranch in Cat Spring, Texas. It’s a gift for you both when you plan a romantic stay at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch.
We recently had the pleasure of hosting a couple celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. The traditional gift for the tenth anniversary is tin. We might be biased, but we happen to think a trip to BlissWood is preferable. While they were here they enjoyed some horseback riding, archery practice, and, of course, a romantic dinner at Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant They had a fun trip and we enjoyed being a part of their celebration. Seeing happy couples is one of the perks of this business!
We offer a totally unique experience for a little bit of romance. BlissWood is just the place to get away, but our 650-acre ranch has so much to offer. It’s easy to enjoy the quiet when you’re having a picnic or taking a walk around the Enchanted Lake. But you can always get adventurous with all of our onsite activities. No matter what you do, it’s the perfect spot to spend some quality time with the love of your life.
Call us today at 713-301-3235 to start planning your own romantic getaway. Whether it’s a special occasion like an anniversary, or ‘just because’ we’ll help you do it right.
January 5th, 2014
If you were born and raised in the country, you probably love the great outdoors. And what’s not to love? There’s nothing better than feeling the wind in your hair and sun on your face. And if you’re a country gal, you probably have a special place in your heart for horses. So wouldn’t it be magical to involve them on your wedding day? It might sound like something right out of a fairy tale, but it’s a reality at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch. We have the perfect venue for an equestrian themed wedding.
At BlissWood you’ll find a scenic location to say your vows and a fun place to dance the night away with your friends and family. Just an hour outside Houston, BlissWood has a great central location for a Texas wedding. You can plan the perfect rustic country wedding at our working ranch in beautiful Texas Hill Country. Because nothing says “Texas” like a country-chic wedding on a ranch.
You can have your ceremony in our lovely gazebo overlooking a sparkling lake or in an intimate garden setting. And after you say “I do,” we’ll move the party to the show barn for a lively reception. It’s perfect for music and a whole lot of dancing!
We can help you plan a wedding that really reflects you. So if your idea of country romance is mason jars, candlelight, wildflowers, and horses, BlissWood is the way to go. Here, you can incorporate animals into your wedding, or even arrive at the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage! You can go all out with your theme. Go ahead and pair your wedding gown with cowboy boots. You can even tie it all together with handmade equestrian wedding invitations!
BlissWood will make your special day truly special. Give us a call today and we can help you plan your perfect Texas wedding.
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.
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!
December 16th, 2013
Getting married is a big deal, but that doesn’t mean you need to have a big guest list! At BlissWood, we’ve done weddings of all sizes, from elopements to 200-person events. But small weddings are a trend on the rise. If you’re planning an intimate wedding in Texas, we’d love to show you around.
Our scenic ranch in Cat Spring, Texas is just right for a small, rustic wedding. Your big day can be stressful, but it’s easy to relax when you’re surrounded by nature in a quiet country setting. And isn’t that one of the perks of having a small wedding? You can relax. A lot of brides and grooms get jittery just thinking about standing up in front of hundreds of guests. If you decide to have an intimate wedding at BlissWood, you can feel at ease, surrounded only by your closest friends and family. It doesn’t have to be a huge production!
We recently hosted a small wedding for a lovely Houston couple. It was a picture perfect day and everyone had a wonderful time. Another advantage of having an intimate wedding is that you’re really able to spend quality time with your guests. It’s especially nice for people who’ve traveled a great distance to share your special day!
BlissWood has so much to offer. You can say your vows at the gazebo on the Enchanted Lake, in an intimate garden setting, or in our ‘tropical’ Oasis. Plus, we’ve got a great place for you to spend your first night as a married couple. At BlissWood, newlyweds can enjoy star gazing, sitting by the fireplace, and soaking in a Jacuzzi tub.
Whether your dream wedding is big or small, BlissWood will make your dreams come true. Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help you plan a visit.