Posts Tagged ‘horseback riding’

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.

Warm Yourself at our Texas Guest Ranch

Monday, January 31st, 2011

We’ve had some funny weather in Central Texas this winter. Today’s high is in the 70s, and on Friday there may be snow. Crazy. Many Texas just don’t know what to do with temperatures below 50 degrees, but we have a few ideas for guests of our Central Texas Vacation Ranch.

Cold weather can be invigorating if you embrace it. Explore our 650-acre ranch by horseback, riding across open fields and protected oak woodlands. The cool air on your face will make you feel so alive – it’s thrilling, really. After the ride, warm yourself back at your cabin. Several of our Houston Guest Ranch cabins have fireplaces and are well stocked with oak logs from fallen trees around the property. Oak burns hot and long – it will keep your cabin toasty warm and inviting.

The cozy Aloha Cottage.

There is something inherently romantic about snuggling in front of a fire. Experience it for yourself here at our Texas Vacation Cabins, at Blisswood.

Frosty Morning Horseback Ride

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Not a Usual Sight--Frost!

Texas weather is so varied that one day we are wearing shorts, the next day warm jackets.  They say if you are not satisfied with the Texas weather, wait an hour and it will change.  Thus it was at our Texas Guest Ranch this weekend, when Frosty visited us.  It quickly disappeared, but not quick enough, since I had horseback rides with guests and had to really bundle up.   The sun was our friend and it turned out to be quite an enjoyable ride and guests had a memorable experience.

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.

Grandcation at Houston Texas Guest Ranch

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Our Texas Guest Ranch outside Houston is an ideal place for extended families to meet, and we’ve created a Grandcation Special with just that in mind.

The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is special and unique. Grandchildren can help grandparents step out of their routines and try new experiences. Grandparents can help children learn to be more patient and understanding. Bringing this relationship to a new place – one ensconced in nature and filled with fresh air, animals, and vast open spaces – adds to it.

Grandson loves horseback riding.

What follows was written by a happy guest who enjoyed a Grandcation Special at our Texas Vacation Ranch near Houston: (more…)

Mother and Daughter Enjoy Time Together at Guest Ranch

Monday, September 27th, 2010

From time to time, guests of our Houston area guest ranch write to tell us about their time here. Below is one such correspondence from Jane and Christine Harrison, a mother and daughter who were recently at Blisswood to celebrate Christine’s 15th birthday.

Christine and a new friend.

“Christine and I had a wonderful time at your place this week. Thanks for sharing! Armando was so kind to us…showing us around and letting Christine help him feed the animals. When we got home she kept asking me if I told people about all the new friends she met…at first I was confused since we were mostly alone there…she meant the animals!!! When we got to take our horseback ride, we were both in heaven…what incredible horses! Cowboy Bob took time to answer her questions and help her understand why her horses are doing some “weird” things here. I’ve had some rotten experiences with horses in my lifetime so it was so nice to have such a positive experience to share with her.

The Log Cabin brought back memories from my childhood in Oklahoma. I had two aunt and uncle couples who lived in log cabins…it was fun to share the memories with Christine.

I teased that I had to put a rope on Christine to get her in the car for the trip home. All she wants to know is how soon we can come back and if we can bring the whole family!”

We love to hear from our guests. Thanks to Christine and Jane for sharing highlights from your Mother/Daughter Weekend with us!

Horseback Riding Near Houston

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

It’s Saturday, and Liliana Plutina is sitting in her hotel room in downtown Houston, missing her home in Italy, contemplating on whether she should go to the mall with colleagues or find something else to do. Liliana has been working many long hours at her consulting job in Houston, has been here for two weeks now on this hot June day, and going to the mall is not what is exciting her at this moment.  Liliana turns on her computer, Googles “horseback riding near Houston,” as it has been her dream as a child growing up in Italy to go to Texas and ride a horse.  Suddenly BlissWood, a TEXAS BED AND BREAKFAST, pops up on her screen and gets her attention fast.  Not hesitating a second, she dials BlissWood, Carol answers, and yes, the Bluebonnet Bungalow is available for the night, and Silky is available for a HORSEBACK RIDE through the pastures on Sunday morning. Never give up on your dreams!

Liliana Plutina escapes from Houston for a horseback ride.

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…)

Our Texas B&B Selected as Wheel of Fortune Prize

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

We are thrilled to announce that our Central Texas bed and breakfast has been selected to be a prize on the long-running game show “Wheel of Fortune”. On June 4, 2010, contestants on Wheel of Fortune will have the opportunity to win a week at our Texas Guest Ranch, including gourmet meals, wine tasting, spa services, bass fishing, horseback riding, a tour of Blue Bell Creamery, and much, much more. The prize is valued at $5,000.00 Airfare is provided by BedandBreakfast.com, the exclusive provider of B&B prizes for Wheel of Fortune. (more…)

Mid-Week Specials at the Guest Ranch

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Ah, summer. If you have children, you have undoubtedly filled their summer with interesting camps and activities. They’ll be busy, and they’ll have fun. Of course, you want to spend some special time with your children during the summer, as well. That’s where our Houston guest ranch comes in. (more…)


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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