Posts Tagged ‘Cat Spring’

Winter Weather at BlissWood!

Thursday, 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!

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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!

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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.

 

 

 

A Completely Unique Corporate Retreat

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

A unique company deserves a unique corporate retreat, especially when they’re bringing together employees from all over the world. And that’s exactly what this international corporation got when they decided to host their gathering at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast.

Employees from Canada, Australia, France, and Houston journeyed to our 650-acre Cat Spring haven for three days of cooking, wine tasting, trapshooting, archery, tomahawk throwing, horseback riding, and more. And they did it all while competing on teams. Not a bad way to enjoy a corporate retreat.

Here are a few more pictures of their unique corporate retreat experience…

Click on the thumbnails for a full view.

Searching for a location for your next corporate retreat?

BlissWood B&B offers corporate retreat experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Our friendly staff is dedicated to making every corporate retreat an event you and your employees will be talking about for years to come.

Here are some of the activities your company could participate in at BlissWood:

  • Archery
  • Bike riding
  • Horseback riding
  • Frisbee golf
  • Bass and catfish fishing
  • And more!

Click here to learn more about our corporate retreats, or contact us to discuss your upcoming corporate retreat.

Call 713-301-3235 for help planning your unique corporate retreat today!

About Cat Spring, Texas

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Little town, big heart.

While you’re enjoying your stay here at BlissWood Bed & Breakfast, you may want to take a day to venture into town and explore what Cat Spring, Texas has to offer. Here’s a little history about this small town with a big heart—

Black and white picture of Old Cat Spring Opera House

The settling of Cat Spring, Texas

Cat Spring, Texas is one of the first German-American settlements in Texas. It was settled in 1834 by a group of German immigrants from Oldenburg and Westphalia led by Robert Kleberg and Ludwig Anton Siegmund von Roeder. According to the Texas State Historical Association, the first settlers were drawn to Texas by letters from Friedrich Ernst, an earlier Oldenburg immigrant.

The town is home to the first agricultural society in Texas founded immediately following the Civil War.

Black and white photo of Turner Hall in Car Spring Texas

What’s in a name?

A lot of guests ask us about the origin of the name “Cat Spring” which is not surprising since it is such an unusual name for a town. Amazingly, the origins of the name are more literal than you might expect.

The history books tell us that a son of Leopold von Roeder, and early settler in the region, killed a puma near a spring on the San Bernard River close to his family’s farm—hence the name “Cat Spring.”

Black and white photo of two men standing outside the Cat Spring State Bank.

Modern day Cat Spring

These days, Cat Spring, Texas is home to some of the most friendly, forward-thinking people in all of Texas.

According to the 2000 census, our population is around 766 people. But don’t let our size fool you. We’ve got a lot of heart.

Visitors will find that Cat Spring and the surrounding communities of Belleville, Sealy, Columbus, New Ulm, Eagle Lake, Richmond, Rosenburg, Round Top, Warrenton, Shelby, Brenham, Chappell Hill, and Winedale have plenty of attractions that keep people coming back for more. The area offers a variety of antique shops, historical attractions, and natural beauty.

Why not take a break from your busy schedule to visit little Cat Spring, Texas? There’s no better place to relax, unwind, and escape the hustle and bustle of big city life.

Click here to learn more about Cat Spring, Texas.

 

 

Central Texas Antique Stores

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Shopping for antiques, like going to garage sales, isn’t everybody’s idea of a good time. But for those of us who enjoy the doggedness of the hunt and the thrill of the find, there is little better. If that sounds like you, consider spending a few days at our Central Texas Bed and Breakfast while antiquing in nearby towns.

Mustang Alley - a local treasure.

About ten miles northeast of Cat Spring, Bellville TX is home to Nothing Ordinary Antiques, Cottonwood Cottage, and Antiques Etc Emporium, all within a few blocks of each other. Nothing Ordinary is located in an early 1900′s auto dealership, and upon entering it is clear that the walls house something special. The space is large – nearly 8,000 square feet – so perseverance and energy are required. This is a good place to find Victorian beadwork, Majolica from England, Europe and Japan, and lovely lace and linens.

About ten miles southeast of Cat Spring, Sealy TX is home to Bitter Weeds Antiques, Stokes Antiques, Four w Co, and Hradil Auction Co. & Antiques. Hradil’s puts on auctions and estate sales every other Sunday – a great place to find all sorts of unexpected and unusual items.

Cat Spring’s local treasure is Mustang Alley, located in an old general store close to Carol’s fine dining restaurant. Here you’ll find everything from antiques to jewelry, along with an impressive selection of Brazilian cowhides.

Antique hunters should enjoy lodging at our Central Texas guest cabins, since they are furnished with antiques. Poke around nearby antique stores by day, and sleep on a comfortable antique bed at night.

Spring Into Texas Wedding Season

Monday, January 10th, 2011

There is never a bad season for weddings in Texas, but we do tend to host more weddings at our Houston area vacation ranch spring through fall. Though the year is still young, now is the time to start planning for a spring wedding here at the ranch.

Our show barn is a lovely venue for a wedding reception.

Whether you want an intimate elopement or a reception with fifty or more of your closest friends, we have wonderful venues at our Texas vacation ranch. Say your vows in an intimate garden, in the Gazebo at Enchanted Lake, or under the capacious canopies of our ancient live oak trees. Host your reception nearby at Carol’s Cat Spring Restaurant or at the ranch in our spacious show barn (ideal during inclement weather).

Celebrate your wedding at Blisswood.

We have a lot of experience hosting weddings here at our Cat Spring guest ranch. Our wedding packages include the ceremony, minister, bouquet and boutonniere, wedding cake and champagne toast. Some wedding packages include dinner for the bride and groom; and it is always possible to arrange a catered meal by Carol’s at Cat Spring at the ranch.

Will 2011 be the year you marry? If so, please consider Blisswood Texas Guest Ranch for you wedding venue. For more specifics, please contact Carol at 713-301-3235, or email Carol@BlissWood.net.

Horseback Riding at a Texas Guest Ranch

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Happy New Year. We look forward to another great year full of interesting guests from all around the globe, fun adventures, and weddings galore. Each year brings new people to our Guest Ranch in Cat Spring, Texas, and each year we look forward to the return of long-time guests and friends. The people we meet are truly the best part of what we do.

From time to time we we hear from our guests once they’ve resumed their travels – something we always appreciate. Below is a letter we received from one of our recent guests, a Swedish lady who delved into the lifestyle of our Texas guest ranch with gusto.

Dearest Carol,

Mikaela and Dukey

I wish for you to have wonderful guests who appreciate the quality of the services you are giving, the breathtaking surroundings, your animals, activities, and the good food your chef is preparing!

Back in Sweden I have a friend who runs a tourist agency. One of the first things I will do in Sweden after Christmas is to put you in touch with each other.

The horse I rode, Dukey, has a very sensitive soul; he noticed every little change in my voice or movement. I’m grateful to him because he helped me to heel an issue from another time.

With your professional and empathetic instructions we managed to stay on the horses, and I enjoyed it very much (you heard me singing and laughing – I forgot for a while everything else around me).

Have a great week. Loving thoughts from

Mikaela

Thanks for the letter Mikaela. We enjoyed having you stay at our Texas Vacation Ranch and especially had fun on the horseback ride. Come back when you can!

Mikaela and Dukey after the ride.

Swedish and British guests enjoy horseback riding in Texas.

Father’s Day Buffet at Carol’s Restaurant Outside Houston

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Are you prepared?

Our Houston area restaurant is preparing a feast that will satisfy everyone in the family, from grandparents to grandchildren. Sink those teeth into succulent prime rib and savor Texas caviar pasta. Mmmm. Feed him the foods he dreams about.

Our FATHER’S DAY BUFFET takes place on Sunday, June 20, 2010, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. We are located close enough to Houston to make this a convenient gathering place for everyone. At the same time, our beautiful rural setting in Cat Spring will make this Father’s Day feel special.

If you really want to treat your dad to something wonderful this year, give him a getaway at our Houston area guest ranch. Let him stretch his legs on our 650-acres. He can go horseback riding. He can fish. He can even ride in a hot air balloon if he likes. Or he can just relax on the porch of his Texas vacation rental.

Bring the whole family or plan something special for just dad. This year, give Dad a Father’s Day he’ll always remember.

Does Dad like to horseback ride? Let him explore our 650-acre Texas guest ranch.

Read on for the menu of our FATHER’S DAY BUFFET: (more…)

Texas Weekend Getaway

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Have you been longing for places to visit near Houston? Look no farther. Blisswood Inn sits on 650 idyllic acres, just one hour west of Houston. This Cat Spring, Texas ranch, has horses, alpaca, camels, peacocks, and even American Bison. Drive an hour, and you feel like you are in a whole other world.

Blisswood is a great place to come if you love the feel of a working ranch, and being around animals. We are proud to be offering our guests the opportunity to learn more about horses on May 31, 2009, when The Lady Horse Whisperer comes to Cat Spring Texas to give a workshop.texas-vacation-packages Delve into the dreams of horses. Learn how to truly communicate with these majestic animals. Folks with no prior riding experience are welcome, or you are invited to bring your own horse for hands-on training (coggins necessary). You will meet good people, be fed a delicious lunch, and learn something new. Come to this Texas Bed and Breakfast for a truly unique experience.


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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