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We Like to Help Folks Get Away from It All

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Not so long ago, Chris Zwierzynski stayed at our Central Texas guest ranch. Chris writes for, named “Top Travel Website for Destination Ideas” by Travel and Leisure magazine in November 2008. Chris passed his article on to us. Read on for his thoughts on “Getting Away from it All” in Texas.

A peaceful, foggy morning at our Texas guest ranch


A Blissful Place to Unwind

Monday, April 12th, 2010

A lovely couple came to stay at our Texas guest ranch last month. They said they were in dire need of a little R&R, and I believe they found it here.

Porch swings spark creativity

They explored the area, browsed antique stores and genuinely enjoyed Central Texas small towns with big personalities.

When not out and about having fun, they stayed put and had fun. At right, you can see how the porch swing of the Lehman guest house Texas really sparks creativity.

We had a great time chatting when they came to eat at Carol’s Cat Spring restaurant. One of the best parts of our business is the fact that we get to meet so many wonderful people!

Read what they had to say about their stay at Blisswood at their blog at CasaCullen.

Bluebonnets are Back!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

In just about one week, the bluebonnets will be in full bloom at our Houston vacation ranch. If you have never experienced the Texas Hill Country in full bluebonnet bloom you really should. It is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. The fragrance of millions of bluebonnets infuses the air. The blue ground shimmers as far as the eye can see when the breeze gently caresses those delicate flowers. It’s magical.

BlissWood’s own photographer, Skeeter Hagler, will be available to capture you in the bluebonnet fields surrounding our Central Texas b&b. We are now taking reservations for private photography sessions, whether you are a guest here at BlissWood or not. Call 713-301-3235 for reservations.

Have Skeeter create beautiful portraits of your family among the bluebonnets.

Theater Arts Champions Visit the Ranch

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Enjoying Fine Dining outside Houston.

Carol warmly welcomes National Champions in Theater Arts to her Houston area restaurant. They stayed at our Texas guest ranch, and helped Carol reminisce about her 8 years as a professional ballroom dancer.

A Happy Reunion with Corky Ballas

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Corky Ballas and Carol at Houston area fine dining restaurant

In a past life, Carol was a professional ballroom dancer (for 8 years!). She happily gave it up to focus on her Houston guest ranch.

Yet once a dancer, always a dancer. Carol was thrilled when Corky Ballas showed up at her Texas guest ranch. Since Carol knew him, he has partnered with Cloris Leachman in Dancing with the Stars.

It was great to reconnect. Don’t be surprised if you see Carol dancing around the ranch!

Snow in Texas? Sometimes.

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Snow in Texas? Yes, and frost, too!

nature as artist

nature as artist

A couple of weeks ago, guests at our Texas Bed and Breakfast woke up to a frosty morning. It was a little early for a White Christmas, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t appreciated. One of the benefits to living in a warm climate is that you can greet the arrival of snow with a sincere smile.

It’s always a treat to be able to use our fireplaces, and this was one of those times. Smoke wafted out of many chimneys that weekend, giving a pleasant, woody fragrance to the air.

Our Houston area lodging was hosting a corporate retreat when the snows started to fall. The group proved they could be flexible, opting out of scheduled paddle boat races and enjoying indoor team building activities instead.

Balmy weather is back, but we are keeping firewood on hand, just in case.

The Perfect Proposal

Monday, December 7th, 2009

There are as many ways to propose a marriage as there are future brides and grooms. Sometimes proposals are spontaneous, born out of the sudden realization that you must spend your life with the person before you. Often, however, at least one person plans a proposal, selecting the location and time with great care. I believe there is a certain amount of superstition around marriage proposals – the belief that if everything goes just right, she’ll say yes and the marriage will be blessed.

Joe and Amy, minutes after she said "yes".

Joe and Amy, minutes after she said "yes".

We were happy that recently Joe selected our Texas Guest Ranch as the place to pop the question to Amy. Amy obviously knew about their weekend together, but Joe kept the proposal a secret until the moment he asked for her hand. Joe made some arrangements to help set the proper mood: wrangler Carol guided the couple on a horseback ride to Enchanted Lake, where a bottle of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries were waiting for them in the Gazebo.

Our Texas Guest Ranch offers several special packages for folks with marriage on the mind. There is a package for guests of the ranch, and another for couples who want a special location for the proposal, but plan to return home at the end of the day.

We understand how important this moment is, and we strive to create a unique and private experience for everyone.

Texas Monthly Praises Cat Spring Restaurant

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
Texas Monthly Praises Carol's

Texas Monthly Praises Carol's

Texas Monthly magazine was created in 1972 by Michael R. Levy, a young man from Dallas who was “convinced that my state was ready for a really first class magazine that will appeal directly to the sophisticated, cosmopolitan folks that Texans have become.” (Texas Monthly, Feb. 1973). Since then, the magazine has grown and developed with the times, and can today be found online at According to Texas Archival Resources Online, “the magazine began to define how Texas was emerging as a contemporary urban state while still clinging to its rural mythic past.”

It is no surprise that  Texas Monthly discovered fine dining in Cat Spring Texas. According to the magazine, if “hunger strikes while you’re traveling between Austin and Houston, detour a short distance and check out Carol Davis’ little oasis in a building that looks like a lodge. Here chef Doug Atkinson, who once cooked for Ruggles’ restaurants in Houston, is turning out dishes that far exceed the road-food norm. Lunch runs to sandwiches, burgers, and salads like grilled salmon with balsamic vinaigrette. Dinners include excellent bison fillet with port wine sauce and a fine, juicy pork chop with homemade apple butter.”

Proof enough that Carol’s is worth a detour while out and about in the Texas countryside. Consider extending your meal with a stay at Carol’s romantic guest ranch.

More Accolades for Carol’s at Cat Spring

Monday, December 1st, 2008

We are happy to share that the good word about Carol’s at Cat Spring is getting around!

We were featured in the November issue of Texas Highways and Everyday with Rachael Ray, and are excited A picture of our Chorizo Cornbread stuffing from Everyday with Rachael Rayto be featured in The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to Houston. The selection was made by My Table Magazine editors.

The guidebook features restaurants, wine bars, ethnic markets, bakeries and coffee houses – representing the dynamic food scene. The ultimate food lovers guide is available in major booksellers as well as Central Market and

Rachael Ray for Thanksgiving and More!

Friday, October 10th, 2008

I know its been a while – ok, a REALLY long while – since I updated folks on this blog, but I am back on it and excited to share about our newest claim to fame.

The Every Day With Rachael Ray Magazine featured BlissWood Bed and Breakfast in a full page story in their most recent November publication! We were very excited and flattered to be featured by the up-and-coming celebrity chef.

Rachael featured both our amazing accommodations and the restaurant, Carol’s at Cat Spring, my restaurant. She highlighted that we try and let our guests escape form all the modernity that runs their lives and resume tranquil living, at least for a while!

The story also talked about all our great activities: horseback riding, fishing, hiking and even hot air balloon rides – yep, we have all that and more at the ranch!

The story also highlighted our Thanksgiving menu and activities. We are going to be serving some real special southern dishes, including sweet potato bisque, a roasted turkey of course, roasted suckling wild boar, chorizo and cornbread stuffing, hot and spicy cranberry sauce and more.

The story included the recipe for our chorizo and cornbread stuffing, so you better grab the next copy you see so you can make it for your family. Or find the recipe online at the Everyday with Rachael Ray web site. Unless, of course, you’d rather come and let us do the cooking and cleaning – eat with us! We will be serving the Thanksgiving menu all day.

We’re going to be having some great holiday activities at the ranch this year for Thanksgiving! We’re gonna hold a turkey shoot on the 22nd of November! No real turkeys, only targets, but if you win, you do get a bird for roastin’!

If you can’t wait till Thanksgiving for a little gourmet (and who can?) we will be having a wine pairing evening with Truchard Winery selections at Carol’s restaurant on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Come on in for some fine California wine paired to perfection with our delectable cuisine!

At Lehmann Ranch, 1 hour west of Houston

13251 Newberg Rd.
Cat Spring, TX 78933

Phone: 713-301-3235

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