Posts Tagged ‘Texas Weekend Getaway’

Spring Calving Season at BlissWood

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Blisswood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is more than your average B&B. We offer one-of-a-kind Texas guest ranch vacations here in Cat Spring, Texas. And as a working ranch, we’re also home to lots of animals, big and small. At this time of year, it seems like every time we turn around, we’re home to one more! Now that it’s spring, the baby calves are arriving.

Who can resist snapping some pictures of a mom with a newborn? Our resident photographer Skeeter Hagler managed to capture this special moment just after the birth of one of our calves.

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Our owner, Carol Davis, has been raising cattle for years. In addition to Angus and Angus crossbreeds, she also raises American Bison here at BlissWood.

With over 650 acres, we have plenty of room for all kinds of beautiful creatures. And we do have all kinds. As well as common barnyard animals like cattle and chickens, you might also see black buck antelope, potbellied pigs, fallow deer, alpaca, and miniature donkeys. And if you take a stroll around the ranch, you’ll probably even come across a peacock or two.

When you stay at our Texas ranch, you have the chance to meet many of our animals on the morning feeding tour. The tour is open to all guests and it’s a unique treat for any animal lover. But the wildlife is just one of the many things that sets Blisswood Bed and Breakfast apart from other inns. With charming, historic accommodations and a wide variety of on-site activities, a stay at BlissWood is a true Texas adventure.

So if you’re looking for a different kind of getaway or if you’re interested in animals and life on a ranch, start planning your trip today! You can visit our website to check availability online or just give us a call at 713-301-3235.

Bluebonnets in Bloom at BlissWood!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

We’re happy to report that spring is in full swing at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch! And now that we’re enjoying some warmer temperatures, we’re also seeing a beautiful crop of bluebonnets on the ranch. All the rain we’ve had this year has certainly paid off! Plan your visit to Texas Hill Country and we’ll show you some of the best wildflowers in Texas.

Named for their color and, some say, a likeness to the bonnets worn by pioneer women, the bluebonnet is the official state flower of Texas. The bluebonnet was designated the official state flower in 1901. However, the original legislation mentioned only the species of lupinus subcarnosus. 70 years later it was amended to include lupinus texensis as well as “any other variety of bluebonnet not heretofore recorded.” That means that all species of bluebonnets are considered our state flower. There are currently at least 5 species of bluebonnets growing in Texas, so you might say that we have a whole bouquet of state flowers. It just goes to show that Texans take our bluebonnets very seriously!

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The bluebonnet is a lovely harbinger of spring here in Texas. They often begin to bloom in early March. And once they do, you won’t have trouble spotting them in fields and along the highways in central and south Texas. Even our Department of Transportation works to help maintain and protect the iconic flowers.

If you enjoy nature photography, spring is a wonderful time to plan a trip to Texas Hill Country. Grab your camera and join us at BlissWood! And if you’re planning a spring wedding for next year, just imagine the gorgeous pictures you could take with a backdrop of bluebonnets.

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Bluebonnet season usually lasts through April. Give us a call at 713-301-3235 and we’ll tell you if they’re still in bloom!

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.

Thumbs up for a relaxing weekend in rustic surroundings

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Imagine spending a relaxing weekend in a log cabin in the middle of a working ranch in Texas Hill Country. A Log Cabin with rustic flavor, antiques and a few of the comforts we take for granted nowadays — like electricity, heat and air conditioning.

Photo by Fran Gephart

Two recent guests at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast, a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary, selected our Log Cabin lodging option when they stayed with us earlier this summer.

They loved their time here and posted a complimentary (thank you!) review online. This is what they had to say:

“My husband and I spend a weekend at a different bed and breakfast each year for our wedding anniversary. This year we picked BlissWood in Cat Spring, Texas. We are quite fond of antiques and rustic decor so we picked the Log Cabin. (will include link to check dates/availability) We were not disappointed.

“The cabin was well built. The furniture and appliances were quite neat to use. The gas stove was made by Firestone and the General Electric refrigerator had the coils on top. Oh yes, there was electricity and air conditioning so it wasn’t too rustic!

“We had a wonderful dinner at Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant. The ribeye was large and juicy, potatoes were the best we’ve had, and we even had some complementary watermelon granita, which was very refreshing!

Photo by Fran Gephart

“We do recommend renting a golf cart to explore the 500+ acre land, which is full of photo opportunities.’’

A relaxing getaway and a taste of a simpler life and times is here for EVERYONE to enjoy at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast. Give us a call at 713-301-3235 to discuss options and start making plans.


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.

Couple celebrates 40th Anniversary at Texas Bed and Breakfast

Monday, July 30th, 2012

A relaxing way to celebrate a special wedding anniversary is to take a mini vacation with the one you love. That’s exactly what this couple did. They celebrated their 40th anniversary with us at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Inn, in the Texas Hill Country.

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

The couple met on a blind date more than 40 years ago. In that time, they have enjoyed many anniversary celebrations. This one was extra special! They stayed in the Texas Farmhouse at BlissWood, and left this note in our Guest Book.

“It may be 2012, but this weekend we experienced life in 1912!  Thanks to everyone for the warm, wonderful hospitality and especially to Carol for sharing your ‘little slice of Heaven.’  We especially enjoyed the quiet and peace while in the midst of God’s awesome nature.  His creativity is majestic as evidenced in each of the unique and gorgeous trees.

“We go back to the city now refreshed, renewed and replenished — exactly our reason for coming.  Thank you for allowing us to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with you. ”  — JP & K.

The Texas Farmhouse at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast is a restored two-story farmhouse furnished with turn-of-the-century antiques.  It has two bedrooms (one upstairs, one downstairs) and a fully furnished kitchen with working antique 1920’s gas stove and working 1926 GE refrigerator.

The Farmhouse is near the barn area, in the heart of our working ranch. Prices start at $219 per night and include continental breakfast.

Our setting is secluded and peaceful, but activities abound, should you wish to pick up the pace. We offer bicycles, bass fishing and horseback riding, to name just a few.

A getaway to BlissWood guest ranch near Houston is a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday, engagement, anniversary – any of life’s joyous occasions.

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

Enjoy a Relaxing Girlfriend Getaway in the Texas Hill Country

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Reunite with the girls at a relaxing girlfriend getaway in Texas.

When was the last time you and your girlfriends got together for a weekend of pampering, relaxation, and good old-fashioned fun?


Texas Getaway Ideas

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

We all need to escape the pressures of daily life now and again and venture to a place that moves at a whole different pace. It’s what keeps us sane and motivated to work hard when we’re home.

But coming up with great Texas getaway ideas is like a job in itself.

Let BlissWood give you a hand. We know a thing or two about relaxation and rejuvenation. These Texas getaway ideas are sure to make your Texas vacation an event you’ll not soon forget. If one of these packages tickles your fancy, give us a call at 713-301-3235 and get your Texas getaway underway.

The Romance Package

This package is for couples that want to add a little romance to their relationship in an intimate country setting. Upon arrival, you’ll find fresh flowers, chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheese and crackers, and a bottle of champagne waiting in your reserved lodging.

Want to make it a surprise? Let us know ahead of time that you’re planning to surprise your sweetheart with a gift. You can thank us later 😉

The Mancation Package

This ones for the boys. Enjoy some bonding time with your buddies or with your son on a working Texas ranch.

The Mancation Package comes with everything you guys will need for a manly getaway: bass fishing, horseback riding, horseshoes, frisbee golf, a steak dinner at Carol’s at Cat Spring, and card games in the evening. And for a little extra you can enjoy a game of golf at nearby The Falls or River Ridge Country Club.

There’s trapshooting too! Everything a guy needs for a good time with his buddies.

Girlfriend Getaway Package

Girlfriends enjoying glasses of wine togetherOf course, we can’t forget the ladies! Call up your girlfriends and get ready to be pampered for the weekend.

The Girlfriend Getaway Package includes all the essentials—massage, bottle of champagne, picnic in the Gazebo at Enchanted Lake, horseback ride, and even a ballon ride (for an additional charge).

Babymoon Pacakage

Texas Getaways for Expecting ParentsFor the couple with a baby on the way, we offer the Babymoon Package. Relax on a vacation together before your new baby arrives and changes your lives forever.

Upon arrival, you’ll receive sparkling cider, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and a bouquet of Baby’s Breath. The package also includes a picnic in the Gazebo on Enchanted Lake, a gourmet dinner for two at Carol’s at Cat Spring, a welcome basket, and a choice of hand or foot reflexology for the mommy-to-be.

Seize the moment and enjoy a weekend together at BlissWood!

But wait… There’s more!

There’s so much to do here at BlissWood. These packages are only the beginning. If you need help coming up with more Texas getaway ideas, call us at 713-301-3235 – we’re happy to help.



Skeeter Hagler weekend a success

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The photojournalism workshop at Blisswood with Skeeter Hagler was a terrific success. Everyone had fun, learned a lot, and took fabulous photographs. One participant, Jenny, wrote, “I had an incredible weekend with you guys at Blisswood. I learned SO much and really enjoyed meeting everybody. What fun!!! Thank you SO much.” Her enthusiasm was shared by everyone, including Carol and Skeeter.

We hope Skeeter and his team will consider returning to Blisswood for another terrific Texas weekend getaway.

Below are some photographs taken by Jenny during the workshop.







At Lehmann Ranch, 1 hour west of Houston

13251 Newberg Rd.
Cat Spring, TX 78933

Phone: 713-301-3235

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