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Texas Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail :: Texas Vineyards

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Discover the marvelous vineyards in Texas this Spring through the “Spring Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail”. For three weekends on March 28-29; April 4-5; and April 11-12, 2015, the majestic viticulture of Texas winegrowers opens up the taste buds of local wine lovers from near and far.

 

Although lesser known than wine regions like Sonoma or Napa Valley, the vineyards in Texas produce some downright delicious wines. All dependent on the finicky weather of winter, the crops may be large or small from one year to the next. In fact, Texans have been producing wine for centuries, perhaps longer than any other parts of the country. Its temperate weather gives way to many renowned Portuguese wines, stemming from the long heritage of the Spanish missionaries who once settled nearby in the mid-1600’s. There are at least 36 different types of grapes grown in TX, with many being state natives. Taking part in the Spring Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail is a great way for Texas wine connoisseurs to take visit local vineyards, while enjoying the blooming countryside of a more rural part of Texas. Several wineries in Brenham, Texas offer boutique wineries, with seasonal varietals that can only be found in the Lone Star State.

Texas BluebonnetsAbout the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

 

On the weekend you choose to go, you can purchase tickets on the Texas Bluebonnets Website, here. This includes access to seven wineries along the stretch between US 290 and I-45, all within proximity of Houston. Stay at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch if you want! We have bungalows, cabins and cottages available to make your adventure more fun and comfortable after a long day of wine sampling.

 

Upon arrival of the first winery, each ticket holder receives a commemorative wine glass. Bring this to all of the tastings on the wine trail. There are many fun things to do along the way, including grape squishing and stomping, vineyard tours, musicians, mystery dinners, and much more. Ticket holders also get to take home a small packet of Texas wildflower seeds to spread some natural beauty to your outdoor habitat.

 

If you happen to make it through all 7 vineyards, you are indeed a trooper and bonafide wine aficionado. You will also receive a special Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail commemorative keepsake for visiting all of the vineyards. Don’t worry; you do not have to do it all in one weekend! As a ticketholder, you can visit any of them on any weekend mentioned above. You have six days to see them all, so you can choose when and where you want to start and end your wine trail adventure.

 

Keep in mind that Easter Sunday is on April 5th; therefore some wineries may not be open. It is a good idea to check beforehand.

 

This year’s Spring Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail participants include:

 

  • Windy Winery, Brenham
  • Saddlehorn Winery, Burton
  • Pleasant Hill Winery, Brenham
  • Peach Creek Vineyards, College Station
  • Messina Hof Winery, Bryan
  • Cork This! Montgomery
  • Bernhardt Winery, Plantersville

 

All of the trail participants are open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the Saturdays of the Bluebonnet; with Sundays shortened from noon to 5 p.m.

Wine Tasting in TexasBlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch welcomes the wine enthusiasts from far and wide. Why not make a special weekend out of your wine and cheese adventure? Designate a driver and come stay with us. Make a reservation today for the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail!

 

If you can’t attend, not to worry. These same seven vineyards will also host a Harvest Trail during the first two weekends of July, as well as an October Wine and Sausage Trail and a Holiday Crystal Wine Trail. These events are similar, yet different. Reserve the date and stay at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch for your Texas wine adventure!

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.

 

 

 

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.

Bluebonnets are Back!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

In just about one week, the bluebonnets will be in full bloom at our Houston vacation ranch. If you have never experienced the Texas Hill Country in full bluebonnet bloom you really should. It is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. The fragrance of millions of bluebonnets infuses the air. The blue ground shimmers as far as the eye can see when the breeze gently caresses those delicate flowers. It’s magical.

BlissWood’s own photographer, Skeeter Hagler, will be available to capture you in the bluebonnet fields surrounding our Central Texas b&b. We are now taking reservations for private photography sessions, whether you are a guest here at BlissWood or not. Call 713-301-3235 for reservations.

Have Skeeter create beautiful portraits of your family among the bluebonnets.


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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