Posts Tagged ‘Horseback Riding Near Houston’

A Vacation Like No Other

Friday, 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.

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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.

Hit the Road for a BlissWood Day Trip!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Summer may be wrapping up, but that doesn’t mean you missed your chance for a much-needed vacation. Sometimes, as the weather grows cool and the leaves start to change, a quick getaway is just what the doctor ordered. But you don’t have to take a week’s vacation or even step foot on a plane.  You might consider planning a short trip to BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch! BlissWood is a great destination if you’re looking for unique day trips near Houston.

Conveniently located just an hour west of Houston, BlissWood is a quick and easy journey. So why not hop in your car and hit the road? There’s plenty to do in just one day on our ranch.  You can enjoy the great outdoors, get back to nature, and add a little adventure to your life!

day trips near houston with horseback riding

Recent daytrippers enjoyed a very busy day as they tried everything from archery and trapshooting to horseback riding and tomahawk throwing!  But they also took some time to kick back and relax with a quiet picnic in our beautiful gazebo by the Enchanted Lake.  They had a great time and made some wonderful memories!

So if you’re looking for a new kind of adventure, but you don’t have a lot of time, spend a day at BlissWood. Bring a couple friends or maybe just your sweetheart. (As far as dates go, it sure beats the boring old dinner and a movie!) And with all that BlissWood has to offer, you might just decide that you need to come back again for a longer stay. Your day here will fly right by!

Why wait? Get started now on planning your own BlissWood day trip. If you have any questions about activities at our ranch, please feel free to give us a call at 713-301-3235. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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A Fun-Filled Getaway in Texas Hill Country

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Texas Hill Country is the ideal place for an unforgettable vacation. Not only is it a scenic place to kick back and relax, it also offers plenty of exciting adventures! And when you visit us at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch, you can have it all.  BlissWood is a great destination for a getaway in Texas Hill Country.

Located in Cat Spring, Texas, BlissWood is nestled right in the heart of hill country. Just an hour west of Houston, it’s the perfect weekend getaway for locals.  But it’s not just Texans here. Folks travel from all over the globe to stay at our one-of-a-kind guest ranch.

Just this past weekend, we hosted a lovely group who travelled all the way from France.  They had a real American adventure and spent lots of time enjoying the great outdoors. They made the most of their visit, enjoying many of the activities our ranch has to offer.  They had a great time fishing in our stocked lake where we offer catch and release bass fishing.

They also had a blast playing games.  They tried their hand at some of our favorites including Frisbee golf and horseshoes.  And it wouldn’t be a BlissWood vacation without some horseback riding! It was a fantastic weekend full of  fun.

And after all that activity, they enjoyed a dinner at Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant.  Carol’s at Cat Spring has a menu with something for everyone, but it wouldn’t be a true Texas vacation without a steak dinner!  Our guests loved the ribeye!

Whether you’re coming from near or far, BlissWood is a great place to make some memories with your friends or family.  Plan your trip today!  Give us a call at 713-301-3235 or you can check availability online.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Plan a Surprise Bed and Breakfast Getaway to Lehmann Ranch

Monday, June 11th, 2012

No matter what your age, there is nothing more thrilling than having someone else take the reins and plan a surprise weekend just for you.  Now imagine that the surprise destination is a cozy room or bungalow at a gorgeous ranch in Texas Hill Country!  This is exactly what happened with my recent guests here at BlissWood!

This particular birthday surprise was planned by the wife and mother of a young family for her husband.  She planned the trip, packed for everyone, and drove her husband and young son in for a great weekend getaway.  Her husband likes a rustic atmosphere, so our Log Cabin was the perfect place for their time away from home for peace, tranquility, and great food from Carol’s at Cat Spring restaurant.  Of course, I personally think that their son had the best time of anyone:  he took horseback riding lessons, enjoyed climbing trees, and loved seeing the animals – especially the peacock!  But what better present could a person ask for than a perfect weekend and the joy of their child’s delight?

Even better, I foster and help rescue border collies through All Border Collie Rescue.  The couple’s son happened to fall in love with one of my current rescues while here, and I now have the perfect home and loving family for a beautiful animal.  So the husband isn’t the only one who received a great present that weekend – I did too!

With BlissWood’s beauty, magic, lodging options from communal to remote, on-site and area activities, and great food, you too can plan the perfect getaway for that perfect someone – or for yourself!  A visit to BlissWood guest ranch near Houston is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or any occasion!

Carol Davis, Hostess

Horseback Riding Basics

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Texas Horseback Riding LessonsHorseback riding is a lot of fun, but it can also be intimidating for beginners. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the adventure of riding one of these gorgeous beasts.

Here are some basic horse riding tips to help you prepare for your next adventure.

The Meet & Greet

Approach your horse in a calm, confident manner and make sure he sees you coming. Horses are very adept creatures; they will sense if you’re nervous or scared, and your mood can greatly affect your horse’s attitude.

Always remember to relax. A well-trained horse will not try to hurt you on purpose. More often than not, he is just a little scared. It’s your job as the rider to assure him that everything is OK and that you mean him no harm. If you’re feeling comfortable, stroke him gently on the withers, the high point of the shoulder where the neck meets the back, to show him you’re friendly.

Getting on Top

Once you’ve introduced yourself to your horse, it’s time to mount him. Before hoisting yourself up, have your riding instructor check the stirrups to make sure they are the right length for you. This is essential for a comfortable ride.

To mount your horse, stand on his left side, grab hold of the reins with your left hand, and put your left foot in the stirrup. Now grab the back of the saddle with your right hand, and bounce of the ground with your left foot while simultaneously pulling yourself up. When you feel balanced, swing your right leg over the saddle, put your right foot into the stirrup, and gently lower yourself into the saddle. Congratulations! You’ve mounted your first horse.

Going for a Walk

Many horses are trained to respond to the pressure applied by your legs. To get your horse to walk, squeeze both legs against the sides of the horse. This should signal to the horse that you want him to start walking forward. If he doesn’t respond, you can give him a little incentive by gently kicking his sides and making a clucking sound with your tongue.

Now you’re on the move. Wait! What’s that ahead? It’s a low-hanging branch, and it’s about to sweep you right off your horse’s back. You need to learn to stop. But don’t worry—it’s easy.

Putting on the Breaks

When you want your horse to stop moving and stand still, pull back on the reins firmly and say “Whoa” like the cowboys do in movies. Once your horse has stopped, ease off on the tension; otherwise, he’ll start walking backwards!

Leading the Way

Steering your horse is like steering a car. When you want to go to the right, pull the reins to the right. When you want to go to the left, pull the reins to the left. Your horse will feel the rein’s pressure on his neck and will move accordingly.

Depending on the horse’s training, you may need to apply pressure on his sides in addition to pulling the reins. This technique is a little more confusing, but it only takes a couple of tries to learn. If you want your horse to go right, pull the reins to the right and apply pressure to his left side. Think about it this way: When you pull the rein to the right to signal a right turn, you’re actually applying pressure to the left side of the horse’s neck—it’s kind of like you’re pushing your horse in the direction you want to go.

Hit the Trails with Confidence

So there you have it—the basics of riding a horse. Of course, this is only the beginning. There’s a lot more to horseback riding that a trainer would be happy to teach you.

If you’d like to take horseback riding lessons from an experienced rider and instructor, come on out to BlissWood at Lehmann Legacy Ranch. We offer horseback riding lessons for kids and adults. It’s a ton of fun, and there’s plenty to see on our 650-acre working ranch when you’re sitting high.

Romantic Horseback Riding Trips in Central Texas

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

What better way to enjoy the beauty and serenity of Central Texas than on a romantic horseback ride with your sweetheart?

One hour west of Houston, Texas, our 650-acre working ranch is home to some of the most breathtaking scenes in all of Texas.

Saddle up and ride to your heart’s content.

Vast rolling meadows, peaceful oak forests, bubbling creeks, and serene ponds await you and your significant other as you explore the Lehman Legacy Ranch.

Want to explore beyond the ranch? Enjoy a leisurely horseback ride along the quiet country lanes of Cat Spring, Texas.

Guests ride for less! Click here to learn more about our guided horseback tours and other enjoyable on-site activities.

Need horseback riding lessons?

Have no fear. Learning to ride a horse for the first time is a fun and exciting adventure, and nothing can compare to sense of power you’ll feel sitting atop our beautiful horses as you explore the breathtaking surroundings.

Carol and her staff have years of experience teaching horseback riding and training horses.

We offer horseback riding lessons for adults and children. Adult lessons: $50 per half-hour. Child lessons: $25 per half-hour.

Click here for more information about Central Texas horseback riding and our other enjoyable on-site activities.

Horseback Riding Outside Houston

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Looking for a new place to ride your horses? Consider bringing them to our Texas Vacation Ranch outside Houston for a weekend or a week. Our guest ranch is situated on nearly 650-acres of rolling meadows, oak forests, creeks and ponds. Our land is your land while you’re here – saddle your horses and ride to your hearts’ content.

You’re horses will be stalled as long as you stay in our Texas vacation cabins. Enjoy a daily ride on the ranch or head out to explore the country lanes of Cat Spring; since it’s spring, wildflowers are blooming most everywhere you look.

After a day in the saddle, you’ll find relaxing on the porch of your cabin delightful.

Families Enjoy Our Houston Guest Ranch

Monday, November 16th, 2009
British ladies enjoy texas horseback riding

British ladies enjoy texas horseback riding

One of the best parts of having a bed and breakfast is that we get to meet people not just from around the country, but from around the world. Our guest ranch outside Houston recently hosted families from Britain, who thoroughly enjoyed their experience in the American Southwest.

Western saddle horseback riding is different from English saddle. Riding out in Central Texas is different from riding in Britain. It was fun to compare and contrast our experiences with those of our British guests, one of whom commented that horseback riding at Blisswood was the best ride of her life. What a compliment!

British dads enjoy showing their babies the guest ranch.

British dads enjoy showing their babies the guest ranch.

While the moms took advantage of our Texas trail riding, the dads took the babies for a fun golf cart ride around the ranch. At the end of the day, all were pleased.

Treat your family to a getaway at our guest ranch. It will be an experience you’ll always remember.

Horseback Riding Near Houston

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Blisswood is the perfect place for Houston horseback riding, since we are just an hour from the big city. Bring your own horse to the ranch, or use one of our South American gaited Paso Finos. We have over 600 idyllic acres and miles of trails on which you can lose yourself – although we won’t let you get lost. All rides are guided, and our guides will lead you through mature oak forests, across creeks and through meadows. Perhaps you’ll stop for a spell near a pond, to rest and relax. Lessons are also available, in the ring.

Ride at our Guest Ranch Near Houston

Ride at our Guest Ranch Near Houston

Why not gather a group of horseback riding girlfriends together for Cowgirl Camp at our Guest Ranch near Houston. Contact us to schedule one specially for your group of gals, or to learn about our next scheduled Cowgirl Camp. From the wine and cheese reception, to a workshop with Horse Whisperer Janice Terra, to a post trail ride Houston massage, this weekend is guaranteed to be refreshing and fun.

Our Guest Ranch near Houston is also a perfect place for children 13 or older to ride, as our horses are gentle and the area is quiet. Blisswood is an ideal location for a family ranch vacation for folks who live in and around Houston. Younger children will be delighted by the various animals we have on the ranch, from our young kangaroo to our new baby calf.

Hope to see you soon with a horse at Blisswood.


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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