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At BlissWood, good things come to those who bait

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Most visitors come to BlissWood, our vacation ranch and bed and breakfast inn in Cat Spring, Texas, for a weekend (or more!) of trail riding. We are, after all, a 650-acre working ranch.

But BlissWood, our property an hour west of Houston in Texas Hill Country, also boasts several pristine lakes stocked with bass. We encourage guests to take the bait and go fishing. It’s a great way for city slickers of all ages to forget the hustle and bustle and connect with nature.

Two young guests are in gear to go fishing at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Inn and Ranch in Cat Spring, Texas. Photo by Skeeter Hagler.

While some people fish for sport — or for supper — others fish as a way to simply relax and unwind. Fishing at BlissWood promotes peace and quiet and serenity of the mind and is calming to the nerves. Leave your cell phone behind or put it on “silence.”

Both experienced and novice anglers are invited to take advantage of BlissWood’s catch-and-release bass fishing option. If you bring your own gear, the cost is $29 per person. If you would like to use our gear, the cost is $49 per person.

Our catch and release policy is of benefit to both the fish and our guests. The fish are released back to their own environment, giving other visitors to BlissWood a chance to catch the same fish again.

So go ahead. Post a note on your guest house or cabin door that reads: Gone Fishin.’ Catch You Later.

Bass fishing is one of many relaxing activities here at BlissWood. To learn more, give us a call at 713-301-3235.

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.

 

 

 

Skeeter Hagler weekend a success

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The photojournalism workshop at Blisswood with Skeeter Hagler was a terrific success. Everyone had fun, learned a lot, and took fabulous photographs. One participant, Jenny, wrote, “I had an incredible weekend with you guys at Blisswood. I learned SO much and really enjoyed meeting everybody. What fun!!! Thank you SO much.” Her enthusiasm was shared by everyone, including Carol and Skeeter.

We hope Skeeter and his team will consider returning to Blisswood for another terrific Texas weekend getaway.

Below are some photographs taken by Jenny during the workshop.

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Spring Specials at Blisswood

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

We here at Blisswood love our natural setting, and realize that everything we do has an impact on the earth. Whether we are feeding the animals in the morning or taking in the sunset in the evening, we are immersed in nature. With this in mind, we are offering an Earth Day Back to the Country Package: it’s like going back to Grandma’s House, when times were simpler and the days were longer. Stay in one of our antique “recycled” houses and upon arrival you will receive a bottle of organic wine, a recyclable tote filled with “Save Your World” products (1 product=1 acre of rainforest saved for one year!), a CFL light bulb, organic lip balm, organic cotton cap, biodegradable water bottle. In addition you will receive a FREE year’s subscription to Organic Gardening, and if you arrive in a hybrid vehicle, you will receive a $50 rebate on your lodging! Come dine at Carol’s at Cat Spring restaurant and bring this announcement for a free glass of organic wine with your dinner. Call in your reservation by May 31st to receive this valuable offer upon your arrival in our peaceful, relaxing country setting. You might want to add a massage using organic products. See our organic vineyard and visit the local organic vegetable farm (Animal Farm) just down the road from BlissWood. Mention this offer when making your reservations to qualify.

It is spring, and folks are fleeing the city to come to our Texas Bed and Breakfast in the peaceful, relaxing countryside. There is a lot of life right now on the ranch during this period of birth and rebirth. Our morning feeding tours are great hits for our guests, where you can see animals up close and personal at feeding time. Plan on participating when you come out to the ranch to celebrate the earth.

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Of course, spring is a time for romance, and the perfect time for weddings in  Texas. If you or your friends have been considering Houston Texas weddings, come out to Blisswood and learn how enchanting a more rural wedding can be.

Spring is also a good time to honor our wonderful past guests. Come to our romantic Texas getaway to see the flowers and the trees and the birds and the bees; if your two to three-night stay takes place Sunday night through Thursday night from April 15th-May 15th, you will received a discount of 50% for the second through third night. It’s our way of saying thank you for including Blisswood in your traditions.

Texas Bed and Breakfast: Carol’s at Cat Spring

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

We are looking forward to a delicious wine dinner tomorrow night at Carol’s at Cat Spring, my restaurant that is adjacent to my Texas weekend getaway, Blisswood.

Carol’s at Cat Spring will be featuring California wine from Flora Springs Winery during our six course feast! AND, we will be giving away a magnum of Flora Springs wine during each of the courses! There is still space, make sure to call the restaurant and reserve you spot now! (979)865-1100

We will be enjoying:

A reception with a selection of amusing bites

Tomato Soup with black and green olive ciabatta toast; Napa Merlot

Grilled hearts of romaine with shaved Parmesan and a light herb vinaigrette dressing; Pinot Grigo

Halibut Steaks grilled and topped with pineapple salsa; Napa Chardonnay

Petite Beef Wellington: center cut beef tenderloin with wild mushroom ragu and a puff pastry; side by side tasting Napa Cabernet and Single Vineyard Cabernet

Chocolate Surprise Cake with chocolate ganache: Flora Springs Port

Whew! My mouth is watering already! I hope to see you tomorrow night at the restaurant!

AND…if you are planning that special Texas Romantic Getaway, make sure that Blisswood and Carol’s are in your plans! Blisswood is a Texas Bed and Breakfast with all you could ask for and more: private and comfortable accommodations, beautiful scenery, wildlife, farm life, romance and activities!

So come and see us for Valentines Day weekend. We are having some great specials at the restaurant, and Blisswood on the Lehmann Ranch is always a great place for couples to rejuvenate!

The Valentines Day Menu at Carol’s:

Chicken Bacon bites – Free range! Seasoned and seared with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce.

Oysters Rockefeller – Fresh Blue Point oysters topped with sauteed spinach and bacon, then baked.

Chocolate spiced soup or mixed green salad with strawberries, spiced candied pecans and apple cider vinaigrette.

Chilean Sea Bass – Pan seared with white rice, fresh spinach and saffron burre blanc

Beef Tenderloin – Served with chocolate vegetable chutney seasoned and seared & set atop potatoes

White Marble Farm Quail – stuffed with our chorizo cornbread stuffing, baked in butter and finished with sweet and spicy cranberry sauce.

The meal starts a 5:30, make sure to make a reservation! (979) 865-1100

Yum, YUm, YUM! I hope you get the chance to bring your sweetheart to see us for Valentines Day! You never know, maybe next time you come it will be for outdoor Texas Weddings!

Welcome to the Oasis

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Just when you thought we couldn’t possibly offer anything more amazing…

Welcome to the Oasis! This little corner of tropical paradise is the newest property addition to Blisswood. A lush, and elegant environment full of flowing water and cascading landscapes is in store for you at the Oasis.

The first house we are opening is Harriett’s House. Harriett is a two-story home with the bedroom and The Orchard House at the Oasis at Blisswoodsitting room upstairs. Downstairs has full kitchen and living area, small dining area, dishwasher, refrigerator, TV, and WILL have internet access. The bathroom has shower/tub combo. We serve the usual Blisswood continental breakfast at the Oasis.  This special place is best for couples as it is a quiet, romantic place.

The centerpiece of the Oasis is the Conservatory. A Victorian wrought-iron greenhouse, the Conservatory will lead you to believe you have just left Texas for the South Pacific. A personal pool is in the center of the greenhouse, giving the guest the opportunity for bathing during any weather or hour of the day, in the greenery and tropical environment created in the Orchard house.

We can’t wait to indulge you with this lush paradise amongst the rolling Texas Hills! Have your cake and eat it too! It is the best of both worlds!

Look for a page on our website soon about the Oasis…


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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