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Bluebonnets in bloom at Blisswood

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

A baby among the bluebonnets. Have Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Skeeter Hagler create portraits of your family among the blooming flowers at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast, a retreat and working ranch in Cat Spring, Texas.

The bluebonnet, as you may know, is the state flower of Texas, but we have so many of them now, it may as well be the official flower of BlissWood, our  vacation ranch just an hour west of Houston.

“Just fields and fields of them,” B&B owner Carol Davis says. “It looks like seas of blue here.”

About all she can do is marvel and suggest you get on over to the ranch and get your picture taken among the blossoms by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Skeeter Hagler, or maybe go horseback riding to soak in the glorious view while the flowers are peaking. Imagine how sweet that would be.

It’s a bumper year, Davis says, and the bluebonnets will be in bloom for about five weeks. Lupinus texensis, the scientific name for the bluebonnets that blanket Central Texas, prompted the late state governor, W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel to sing that “you may be on the plains or the mountains or down where the sea breezes blow, but bluebonnets are one of the prime factors that make the state the most beautiful land that we know.”

Read more about bluebonnets here at Blisswood. And by all means, visit us and see for yourself.




Newborn calf and miniature donkey at our Texas guest ranch

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Calf Born on Texas Guest RanchWe were fortunate enough to celebrate Christmas this year with a special delivery from our very own Lehmann Legacy Ranch. On Christmas day, an adorable newborn “Black Baldy” calf was born.

Newborn “Black Baldy” Calf

A Black Baldy is a cross between a Hereford cow (dad) and a solid black breed, in this case, an Angus (mom). They are characterized by a white face similar to the Hereford and a black body like the Angus.

Black Baldy cows are known for their mothering abilities and other exceptional qualities brought on by hybrid vigor including black skin which protects the bare skin on the udder of the cow from sunburn.

And as anybody that’s been to our Texas guest ranch knows, we have no shortage of sun.

Newborn miniature donkey

The Black Baldy isn’t the only newborn we’ve had running around the ranch lately. Just a week prior, Carol received an early Christmas present from the ranch, a miniature female donkey named Cabella.

Miniature donkeys were originally developed on Sicily and Sardinia in the Mediterranean but are almost completely extinct there now.

If not for North American breeders, the miniature donkey may have gone extinct years ago. However, ever since the breed was introduced to the U.S. and Canada in the early 1990s, the number of miniature donkeys has remained strong and increasing.

What a great time of year to welcome new life into the world!

As we start the new year, we’ll sure be busy around here watching over our new additions.


Pets Welcome – Pet Friendly Bed and Breakfast

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Pet Friendly Bed and BreakfastHere at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast, we would be pleased to welcome your pet to our central Texas guest ranch.

We know how hard it is to leave a cherished part of the family behind on vacation so we’ve worked to make BlissWood B&B a welcoming place for most pets.

We only ask that you make arrangements with us prior to your stay because we do charge an additional fee for furry companions. And, as a side note, Lehmann Legacy Ranch is a real working ranch with a wide assortment of animals, including a family of domesticated dogs. Sometimes, ranch animals and pets don’t mix well. If your pet doesn’t get along with other animals very well, you might want to consider finding it a sitter back home. We want you and your pet to have a relaxing, fun stay at BlissWood.

During your stay at Lehmann Legacy Ranch, we ask that you please observe the following rules:

  • Keep your pet on a leash at all times (except when you’re in your room).
  • Never leave your pet unattended for safety purposes.
  • If your pet relieves itself in the room, let us know right away so we can clean it up and avoid permanent damage.
  • Show other guests kindness by keeping barking to a minimum.
  • Please clean up after your pet.

Follow these simple rules, and your pet will fit right in at our Texas guest ranch.

We look forward to meeting you and your furry companion soon! If you’re ready to make reservations, give us a call at 713-301-3235 and tell us more about your pet.


Bluebonnets in Bloom on our Central Texas Guest Ranch

Monday, March 14th, 2011

A wise man once said, The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.”*

Picture yourself sitting among the bluebonnets at our Texas Vacation Ranch.

Well, the bluebonnets will soon be in bloom at our Central Texas Guest Ranch. By the end of March, we expect our fields to be blue, blue, blue – dotted here and there with red or pink Texas Paintbrush, and yellow Greenthread and Square-Bud Primrose.

Bluebonnets are native to Texas, and are the state flower. They were beloved by Native Americans before Europeans discovered this land; and the first Spanish settlers collected their seeds and cultivated them around their missions. Texas Bluebonnets come in a variety of shades: royal blue, a bolder blue, and white mixed with rosy purple and lavender.

Of course, what we most love about them is their delicate beauty. When we go horseback riding through our Houston area Texas Vacation Ranch in the spring, we are simply awed by the landscape. There is no place we would rather be.

Now is the time to plan a trip to our Texas vacation ranch while the bluebonnets are in bloom. Take advantage of our Midweek Lodging Special; for details and reservations, call 713-301-3235

*Historian Jack Maquire. See Texas Bluebonnets.

The Incomparable Model T Ford

Monday, March 7th, 2011

We’ve met so many interesting people through the WWOOF and Workamp programs. Most recently, our Central Texas Guest Ranch has been home to Steve Boyd, an avid Model T collector. He is pictured below in his 1914 Model T Ford, giving three guests a ride along the pasture road on the south side of Blisswood Texas Vacation Ranch. Read on for more information about Model T’s.

Steve Boyd and his 1914 Model T Ford


Happy, Peaceful Guest at Texas Guest Ranch

Sunday, February 13th, 2011
Relaxing at BlissWood

Allison & Sassy Enjoying the Sunshine

This is Real Puppy Love!  A rare family that epitomizes real family values just ended their weekend at our Texas Guest Ranch.   There is real family love that one can feel when around them–both children wonderfully behaved, parents very caring and loving.  Alexis and Allison, you will be remembered! Allison obviously has this special connection with animals, and Sassy our ranch ambassador, quickly knew this and took advantage of it.   Allison is now famous here at BlissWood, and Sassy awaits her next visit.  Alexis and Allison took advantage of our children’s horseback riding and had a great time with our wonderful weather this weekend.  Upon their return home this evening. Mother Lori wrote:  “We are proud of the girls!  We had a great time this weekend; it was the first time for any of us to visit a ranch (except for school field trips).  We really loved riding our bikes and seeing all the animals up close.  Thank you so much for sending the photos as Allison was in tears that she didn’t see Sassy this morning.  We printed the pictures already.  Allison is taking them to school tomorrow – 1st grade.  It’s a great thing that you have done with Blisswood.”   This is what BlissWood is all about–getting unplugged, relaxing in nature, surrounded by our ranch animals.

Guest Ranch Welcomes Managers

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Debby and Ralph are the managers of our Houston Texas guest ranch. Debby has a great deal of experience in hospitality, while Ralph has had a varied career that includes construction and maintenance. In short, they are perfect for Blisswood. Ralph makes sure everything on the ranch is ship-shape, while Debby dedicates herself to ensuring that guests of our Bed and Breakfast Cat Spring Texas have all they need.

Both of these are big jobs. Our ranch is spread over 650-acres, and our B&B consists of ten turn-of-the-century homes. In addition, we offer many activities on the ranch for our guests, be it horseback riding, archery, fishing, or romantic picnics at the lake gazebo. Guests may choose to do nothing more than relax on the porch of their vacation cabin, or they may fill their time here with a host of activities. Debby and Ralph will help all happen smoothly.

Debbie and Ralph manage our Texas guest ranch.

Look for Debbie and Ralph the next time you stay at our romantic Texas guest ranch in Cat Spring, Texas.

Roger Roo the Philosophoo

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011


Roger says:  “Life is what you make of it.  Grab what you can while you can.  Heck, the chickens come around when I’m trying to eat my banana; if I drop a bite, they are there to peck it up quickly.  One must always be vigilent.  Grab it first with no hesitation.”  Life on a Texas Guest Ranch.

Central Texas Guest Ranch is a Gem

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Guests of our Central Texas Vacation ranch sometimes have the opportunity to watch cowboys and cowgirls at work. Below you can see our herd of purebred Angus being rounded up. This time we used a jeep and a golf cart; other times we use horses.

Our Houston area cabins are situated on a 600-acre ranch, meaning there is plenty of room to roam. Guests may watch us at work, participate in a morning feed tour, or simply relax on the porch in the shade.

Purebred Angus cattle roam our working/vacation ranch.

Unique Texas Vacation Ranch

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Guests of our Houston Texas Vacation Ranch come here because we’re unique. We’re a working cattle ranch in beautiful Central Texas, with private cabins that sleep as few as two or as many as eight people. We’re situated on more than 600-acres with rolling grasslands, ancient live oak groves, and picturesque ponds. We’re an ideal location for weddings, corporate retreats, or girlfriend getaways, offering horseback riding, archery, and a host of other activities.

When next you visit our Texas Vacation Ranch near Houston, be sure to ask about our morning feeding tours. How often in your life will you find yourself face to face with a friendly, hungry kangaroo?

Roger Roo loves his morning banana!

At Lehmann Ranch, 1 hour west of Houston

13251 Newberg Rd.
Cat Spring, TX 78933

Phone: 713-301-3235

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