Posts Tagged ‘Texas guest ranch’

Historic Texas

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Texas is a great state with a rich history. Located in lovely Texas Hill Country, our ranch in Cat Spring is just one of the many charming stops you might make on a historic tour of Texas.

Take a look at Sealy, Texas, if you will. Formed as a railroad town in 1879, our neighbors in the nearby city of Sealy recently received a Texas Main Street Program Grant. The grant was presented by Anita Perry, wife of Texas Governor Rick Perry. Along with a friend, BlissWood owner Carol Davis had the privilege of presenting the Texas and US colors on horseback.

historic tour of Texas

Sealy was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the Texas Main Street Program. The goal of the TMSP is “to provide technical expertise, resources and support for Texas communities in the preservation and revitalization of historic downtowns and commercial neighborhood districts in accord with the National Main Street Four Point Approach® of organization, economic restructuring, design and promotion.”

Across the great state of Texas, there are 84 official Texas Main Street communities. The program works with towns and cities of every size, ranging in population from 2,000 to over 200,000. And all that work is paying off. Texas Main Street communities have seen significant reinvestment into their historic downtowns.

It’s extremely important to support and invest in the downtown areas of our Texas cities. Downtown revitalization is key when it comes to preserving the economic and social health of a community. A well-preserved historic downtown is part of any city’s charm. It’s also a valuable source of cultural heritage.

We look forward to seeing the positive impact the program will have on the beautiful city of Sealy, and we’re honored to have been a part of it! Next time you take a trip to BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch, be sure to stop by Sealy!

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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Friends of BlissWood: Friends of the Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge

Friday, February 14th, 2014

We’re lucky to be part of a wonderful community here at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch. As a working ranch in Cat Spring, Texas, we have a great appreciation for the land and all the creatures who reside here. That’s why we’re so happy to partner with the Friends of Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge for the “Discover Your Prairie Neighbors” art contest!

Just 25 minutes from BlissWood, the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Refuge is one of the last remaining places to find the endangered prairie chicken. The Friends of Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge does excellent work in the community, providing opportunities that call attention to the prairie and all the species that call it home. They do great things for the community – animals and people alike. Through outreach and education, they work hard to preserve and restore the beautiful coastal prairie for all of us and for future generations.

BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch

BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is pleased to team up with the Friends of Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge as a proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual Discover your Prairie Neighbors art contest. The contest is a fun opportunity for kids of all ages to learn more about the natural environment in Texas while also getting a chance to explore their creative side. The contest will be open through March 1st, 2014. Students at every level, from kindergarten to grade 12 in Brazos ISD, Columbus ISD, Rice CISD, and Sealy ISD, are encouraged to participate.

And if you’re looking for some inspiration, we’d love for parents and teachers to check out the lessons in the Kid Zone. Our hope is that your students will learn more about the prairie and its wildlife, which will, in turn, result in a greater appreciation for our environment and wildlife. We hope this art contest serves as inspiration to learn about the prairie and to have some fun with art!

For more information and contest rules, check out the entry forms available online. Have fun and get coloring!

The Buzz at Our Texas Guest Ranch

Monday, July 15th, 2013

We’re preparing for our first harvest here at BlissWood, but it’s not the usual crop. Just when you thought BlissWood couldn’t get any sweeter, we’re getting ready] to harvest honey! Of course, we can’t take all the credit – we’ve got a hive of hard-working bees here. And if all goes well, we’ll soon have fresh honey available on our Texas guest ranch.

Thousands of years ago in ancient Rome, the historian Pliny the Elder called honey the finest, most health-promoting liquid known to man. It’s hard to believe, but honey does have many proven health benefits. We all know that it’s a tasty natural sweetener, but it’s more than just a sweet treat. Honey contains 18 amino acids, as well as many vitamins and minerals.

Honey is also believed to improve sleep and relaxation and naturally reduce allergy symptoms. It’s even used to heal cuts and scrapes!  With all these fantastic properties, it’s no wonder that beekeeping is becoming such a popular pastime!

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It’s a tricky business, but our beekeeper here on the ranch is a pro. Paul Casteig from Royal Ridge Honey knows that in order to produce the best quality honey, it is never heated or filtered during harvest.  And it’s always hand-packed in glass containers and never in plastic.

And to ensure the most natural product, our bees’ territory is free of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetically modified crops, and anything else that Mother Nature herself would not approve of.  That’s how we know that you won’t find a purer specimen of the golden food anywhere.

So if you’re looking for a sweet getaway, consider planning a trip to BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch.  In addition to a relaxing stay at our beautiful Texas guest ranch, you might even get to see the hive in action!  Call us today at 713-301-3235 or check availability online.

Buffy the Baby Bison Born at BlissWood

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

We love animals here at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast! So this holiday season, we’re thankful for the arrival of a brand new baby bison to our Texas guest ranch.
animals at Texas guest ranch
The American bison was once a common inhabitant of this country’s prairies and grasslands, but after a surge in hunting in the 19th century, herds dwindled and the bison faced extinction.  Fortunately, these beautiful creatures have made a resurgence and they still roam the grounds of our ranch! We were so pleased to welcome this new bison calf to BlissWood.  Born just a few weeks ago, baby Buffy is the newest member of the menagerie at BlissWood.

We have a lot of experience with cattle – we’ve raised bison for over 12 years now.  At our peak, we had a herd of 40, but now it’s just these proud parents and their newborn calf.

The vast array of wildlife is just one of the many things that sets BlissWood Bed and Breakfast apart from other inns.  And bison are just the beginning.

When you stay at our Texas guest ranch, you have the chance to see a wide variety of animals on a morning feeding tour, an activity that we offer to all our guests.  This unique opportunity is a must-do for any animal lover. Our 650-acre ranch is home to all kinds of wonderful creatures. Of course, we have our share of the more common barnyard animals, like chickens and goats.  But you’ll also get to meet some of the more unusual and exotic residents – we also have black buck antelope, fallow deer, potbellied pigs, alpaca, and miniature donkeys.  You’ll most likely even encounter a peacock or two, strutting around the ranch.

So if you’re looking to relax in nature or you’re interested in getting to meet some four-legged friends, start planning your trip today! You can visit our website to check availability online or give us a call at 713-301-3235.

 

Discover the BlissWood Way to Stay

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

You deserve better than the sterile, impersonal, predictable motel next to the highway – even if it leaves the light on for you.

You deserve a BlissWood Way to Stay: a peaceful bed and breakfast inn in the Texas Hill Country that feels like your home away from home. A welcoming place with country and creature comforts and plenty of personal touches. Take a look at this short video and see for yourself.

BlissWood is our non-traditional bed and breakfast on a 650-acre working ranch, an hour west of Houston.

We are participating in the Better Way to Stay campaign promoted by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International. The campaign seeks to help travelers discover smaller inns and bed and breakfasts.

At BlissWood, guests stay in individual cottages and cabins, connect with nature and take advantage of outdoor activities like horseback riding and bass fishing.

You can cook meals in your own kitchen, if you like. Or, you can mingle with local residents and dine with us at Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant.

Couples come here for relaxation and romance and families come here for reunions and quality together time. BlissWood owner Carol Davis goes out of her way to make sure BlissWood offers something for everyone.

Watch our  video, then give us a call at 713-301-3235 to start planning a BlissWood Way to Stay that’s customized to meet your needs.

Bow WOW: So Many Animals at Our Texas Guest Ranch!

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Do you miss your animals when you travel?  If so, you are not alone. Pets are part of our families. It’s only natural to think about them when we’re away.

At BlissWood Bed and Breakfast, any separation anxiety will be short-lived. Our property an hour west of Houston abounds with animals. You can walk among them, and talk to them.

Miniature donkey at Blisswood Bed and Breakfast

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

BlissWood owner Carol Davis raises South American Paso Fino horses, Angus cattle and miniature donkeys at her Lehmann Legacy Ranch in Cat Spring, Texas.

Walk around our 650-acre property and you’ll encounter many animals: horses, alpaca, camels, peacocks, black buck antelope, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, a pot belly pig and American Bison.

Kangaroo at Blisswood Bed and Breakfast

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

One of the most popular critters at our guest ranch is Roger Roo, a kangaroo. He is such a hit with guests that he has his own fan club.

Blisswood border collie Lady

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

Carol has a soft spot for and deep personal connection with border collies. She rescues and fosters members of this breed through All Border Collie Rescue, giving them a comfortable and loving temporary home until they are adopted and move to their new “forever home.’’

“A lot of the dogs are on their last day when I rescue them,’’ Carol says.  “I adopted two of them myself, Lady is one and Hannah the other.’’

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

Hannah (above) appeared in Cabela’s summer 2012 catalogue. The outdoor outfitter spent 10 days at our ranch for a photo shoot earlier this year.

For those who like to travel with their pets, BlissWood offers pet-friendly lodging. The only thing we ask is that you make arrangements for your furry friends in advance – and that dogs be on leashes at all times.

Give us a call today at 713-301-3235 to start planning your relaxing vacation – for you or for you and your pet(s).

 

Saddle Up at Our Bed and Breakfast in Texas Hill Country

Friday, August 17th, 2012

When is the last time you went horseback riding? Or the last time you even SAW a horse (other than your city’s mounted police patrol)?

Horses are an integral part of the landscape and environment at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Inn, on our 650-acre working ranch near Houston.  They’re part of our family, really. And guided horseback rides are one of the most popular activities we offer.

Horsing around at BlissWood

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

This couple, visiting from Houston, stayed in the Enchanted Cabin and took advantage of our horseback/picnic package. Their guide took them from the barn to Enchanted Lake on horseback, where a picnic basket was waiting for them in a gazebo on an island at Enchanted Lake. After lunch, a golf cart took them back to the barn.

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

The couple commissioned BlissWood’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer in residence, Skeeter Hagler, to come along and capture some special moments.

They described their stay with us – and their activities – as peaceful and relaxing, a much-needed break from their hectic lives. They departed with lasting memories, and a promise to come back and see us.

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

Whether your activity of choice is hiking, biking, taking a stroll around the ranch, horseback riding – or simply relaxing on the porch of your cabin or guest house – BlissWood Bed and Breakfast offers something for everyone.

Give us a call at 713-301-3235 to start planning a getaway to Texas Hill Country that’s tailored to suit YOU and what you like to do.

A Guest Finds Inspiration at Our Texas Guest Ranch

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Photo of Our Texas Guest Ranch

We received the following message from a guest who visited our Texas guest ranch just before the end of last year, and we thought we’d share it with you today.

Hello Carol,

We enjoyed your place so much, and have been bragging about our stay ever since. We took some wonderful pictures and one in particular I want to have one of my sisters paint. It is a beautiful sunset with the windmill in the forefront and I have taken the liberty of attaching it in this email.

You and your staff are wonderful and we felt welcome and comfortable in such cared for surroundings.

Once again, thank you for creating such a magical place and I hope we can visit you again in the future.

All the best for the New Year!

Thank you so much to this guest for taking the time to write this email and for the gorgeous photo. It’s always great to hear back from a guest about their experiences at our Texas guest ranch.

Do you have an experience you’d like to share with us about your stay at BlissWood? Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

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!


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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