Archive for the ‘Texas Getaways’ Category

Pet Friendly Texas Lodging For You and Your Furry Friends

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

A vacation is a wonderful opportunity to take some time to relax and do what you really love.  And for some animal lovers, a vacation just isn’t the same without a beloved pet.  But it’s not always easy to find a place that will also accommodate man’s best friend. So, what are you to do? Plan a BlissWood trip! BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is a great place to go for pet friendly Texas lodging. We love animals here, and animals love us too!

pet friendly Texas lodging

Unlike many hotels, our pet friendly bed and breakfast ranch offers a comfortable and relaxing experience for you and your pets. We don’t just tolerate animals – we welcome them! Owning a ranch means we’re fans of all sorts of creatures, big and small.

Plus, BlissWood is so much more than a hotel.  It’s not just a place to stay – it’s a destination, too!  And best of all, your pets will love it as much as you do. We offer a whole host of activities on the ranch that are perfect for both you and your pet.  Because the only thing better than enjoying the great outdoors of Texas Hill Country is doing it with a four-legged friend!

pet friendly Texas bed and breakfast

Whether you’re interested in fishing, hiking, biking, or even horseback riding, BlissWood has it all. And no matter how you decide to spend your days here, your pets will have a blast exploring our gorgeous 650-acre working ranch.

If you have any questions about booking a pet friendly vacation at BlissWood, go ahead and give us a call today at 713-301-3235.  We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about our ranch. And if you’re all ready to make a reservation, you can also check availability online.  We can’t wait to meet you and your pets!

Plan a Unique Horseback Proposal

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

When you find the woman of your dreams, you’re going to want to make her dreams come true. That’s why you want to plan the perfect marriage proposal.  There are so many way to pop the big question. But with so many possibilities, how do you choose the one that’s best for you?  You want to do something unique but still classic and romantic.  Consider pulling out all the stops and plan a trip to BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch for a unique horseback proposal at our Texas ranch.

If your idea of romance is strolling the countryside with your beloved or enjoying an intimate picnic for two, our horseback proposal package might be the right option for you.  This lovely couple recently made their own history at BlissWood.  While they’re originally from South Africa, they didn’t meet until they were both living in Houston, Texas.

Their journey began at the Red Barn – that’s where they saddled up for a romantic guided horseback ride to the scenic Enchanted Lake.  Upon their arrival to the gazebo, everything was ready and waiting for them. There was chilled champagne, fresh cut flowers, and chocolate-covered strawberries.  All he had to do was ask the question!

After he got the answer he’d been hoping for, the happy couple enjoyed a toast in their private little hideaway.  A BlissWood proposal is sure to be a memorable one, but it never hurts to capture the moment by booking a professional photo session with Skeeta Hagler, our resident photographer.

And you can always continue to celebrate the occasion with a special dinner at Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant.

So what are you waiting for? Visit our website to check availability online or give us a call at 713-301-3235. We would love to help you plan the proposal of a lifetime, and there’s no time like the present!

Family Fun on a Texas Ranch

Friday, March 8th, 2013

It’s not always easy to please everyone when you’re planning a trip for the whole family, but BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch does a pretty good job!  Our family friendly ranch truly has something for everyone.  Just an hour outside of Houston, you’ll get a relaxing getaway and some family fun on a Texas ranch!

There’s no time to be bored at BlissWood. Kids love the variety of outdoor activities our ranch has to offer.  With 650 acres of land, there’s certainly plenty of room to run and play.  We’ve got plenty of space, so you don’t have to worry about bothering the neighbors!

While you’re at BlissWood, you can spend your time riding bikes or taking nature walks around the Enchanted Lake. You can even try your luck at catch and release bass fishing. Some of our young visitors recently had a very successful day at the lake. Other popular activities for the family include horseback riding and archery. It’s an experience your family won’t soon forget.

And make sure you treat yourself to a nice meal at Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant during your stay. Specializing in steaks, pasta, seafood and chicken, you’re sure to find a dish that makes your mouth water. The pork chop has earned rave reviews from guests. Carol’s Restaurant is open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, so plan accordingly.  One recent guest called it a “kiss the cook” kind of meal, so you might just want to go there both nights!

Not only can do we specialize in family friendly stays, but we’re pet friendly too! So if your family includes one very furry member, it’s not a problem for us!  Your pet is welcome to join you in our pet friendly lodging.

Plan your trip today! You can check availability online or give us a call at 713-301-3235.  We’d love to help you make some memories.

Spend Your Valentine’s Day on a Texas Ranch

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you’re probably still searching for the perfect gift. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the old standbys – candy and flowers are always nice.  But maybe, this year, it’s time to go all out. Spend this Valentine’s Day on a Texas ranch. Treat your sweetheart to a romantic stay at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch.  Our Valentine’s Day package is the perfect way to say “I love you.”

BlissWood is the ideal setting for a little bit of romance. Our breathtakingly beautiful 650-acre ranch is sure to impress your Valentine. Whether you’re taking a stroll around the Enchanted Lake or just relaxing in your room, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with the person you love.  And a romantic getaway may be just what you need – studies suggest that travel might even improve your relationship!

Plus, when you give the gift of romance with our Valentine’s Day package, you’ll enjoy plenty of extra treats. The special includes all sorts of extra special touches to make your stay a great one. When you arrive, your room will already be stocked with the makings of a perfect getaway.  You’ll receive a bouquet of fresh cut flowers which can also be upgraded to roses, if you like.  You’ll also get to enjoy some chocolate-covered strawberries and a selection of cheese and crackers – perfect for a miniature picnic for two.  Your package also includes a chilled bottle of Champagne, as well as souvenir glasses.

And of course, we haven’t forgotten the wining and dining! You’ll enjoy an intimate gourmet dinner for two at the award-winning Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant.

Give us a call today at 713-301-3235 or check availability online to plan your romantic Valentine’s Day getaway at our Texas ranch. We’d love to help you make it one that you’ll never forget.

Tropical Getaways in Texas at the Oasis

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

It’s that time of year when we’d all love to pack up and go somewhere warm.  But you don’t have to travel all the way to the Caribbean for a relaxing tropical escape. The Oasis at BlissWood offers a variety of unique Hawaiian-themed vacation rentals, and you don’t even have to cross an ocean to get here!  The Oasis is our very own taste of the tropics right here in Texas Hill Country.  With its lush greenery and rushing waterfalls, you’ll discover that tropical getaways in Texas do exist.

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a fun vacation with friends, the Oasis has accommodations that will suit your needs.  Each unit is unique.  We have one-bedrooms suites and bungalows for couples, and a spacious three-bedroom house for larger parties.

You certainly won’t feel like you’re in Texas as you take in the sights and sounds of this tropical paradise. The Conservatory is the focal point of the Oasis – it’s a beautiful Victorian-style wrought iron greenhouse. The Conservatory is home, not only to a wide variety of tropical flora, but a small unheated pool as well.  You’ll love basking in this charming lagoon, surrounded by nature.

When you visit the Oasis, you’ll feel like you’re worlds away from home.  Relax to the soothing sounds of waterfalls. Enjoy the serenity of your surroundings and take pause by the natural koi pond. And be sure to pay a visit to the Orchid House, where you can admire the exotic and elegant flowers that bloom periodically throughout the year.

The Oasis is everything you never thought you’d find on a Texas ranch.  If you’re interested in booking a truly one of a kind vacation in our little paradise, you can check availability online or give us a call at 713-301-3235. We’d love to tell you more about the Oasis at BlissWood.

Visit BlissWood for Pet Friendly Lodging in Texas

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation with your canine companion, BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is the place to go for pet friendly lodging in Texas. We love animals here – we have plenty of our own, with everything from chickens to bison!  But there’s always room for more, and we’d love the chance to meet you and your pets.

Our ranch is the perfect getaway for people and animals alike.  With lots of activities and ample space, you and your pets will have plenty of exploring to do.  Enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of everything BlissWood has to offer.  Whether you’re interested in fishing, hiking, biking, or even horseback riding, BlissWood has it all.  And best of all, you can enjoy it with your pet.

pet friendly lodging in Texas

This family had a wonderful stay at our ranch with their two border collies.  They especially enjoyed taking walks to the lake.

If you’re thinking about a BlissWood visit with your pets, it’s  important to consider how they get along with other animals. Remember that we do have some of our own animal residents, so if you think that might be a problem for your pet, you may want to reconsider bringing them along.

To ensure that everyone has a pleasant stay at BlissWood, we have a few important rules for traveling with a pet.  For safety, we ask that you never leave your pet unattended.  We also hope that out of consideration for other guests, you try to keep noise (barking) to a minimum.  And finally, we ask that you clean up after your pet!  Of course, we know that accidents happen.  So if an accident should happen in your room, just let us know so that we can clean it up immediately.

If you’re interested in a special trip for you and your animal companion, we’d love to have you.  We just ask that you call ahead, because we do charge an additional fee for your furry guests.  If you’d like to learn more or if you’re ready to make a reservation, please give us a call at 713-301-3235.

Texas Hill Country Destination Wedding

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Times have changed. There was a time, not so long ago, when couples rarely eloped and “destination weddings’’ were even more rare. Today,  “vacation weddings’’ are more and more common at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast, the perfect place for a Texas Hill Country destination wedding.

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

The couple pictured here got married at our guest ranch and event destination in the Texas Hill Country. But first – lucky them! — they got married in Jamaica.

BlissWood owner and hostess Carol Davis, who is also an ordained minister, shares this story: “They got married in Jamaica and decided that they wanted the real marriage to be in Texas.  So in keeping with the tropical scene, they chose BlissWood’s Oasis as the place to exchange their real vows with their real rings.  They had fake rings in Jamaica, and at the ceremony there, they actually forgot the fake rings!’’

BlissWood is a relaxing oasis on a 650-acre working ranch an hour west of Houston. Our accommodations include your choice of 10 houses and cabins on the ranch and six accommodations nearby at the Oasis.

The Oasis at BlissWood is lush and tropical – like Jamaica. The property is dotted with waterfalls and a pond, and the fragrance of orchids in bloom fills the air, depending on the time of year. The focal point of The Oasis is the Conservatory, which has a small, unheated pool.

The couple pictured stayed at The Oasis and said their vows at The Oasis. They have two sons roughly the same age who played a big part in the ceremony – and were given “promise rings’’ by their parents, to symbolize they would always be there for them.

The couple took advantage of BlissWood’s Intimate Wedding Package, for couples and up to six guests, and left all the planning and detail management to us. They also scheduled a photo shoot with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Skeeter Hagler, BlissWood’s official photographer.

Carol Davis loves getting to know the couples who get married at BlissWood and sending them off to begin their new lives together.

Of this couple, she said: “They met when the bride was a patient of the groom, who is a chiropractor.  I said it must have been the shortest-lived doctor/patient relationship!  Both said yes — one visit!’’

Weddings big or small – and honeymoons – are our specialty at BlissWood. Visit our website or give us a call today at 713-301-3235 to start planning your special day.


Experience a One of a Kind Bachelorette Party in Texas

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Are you looking for a unique setting for a bachelorette party in Texas that your girlfriends will never forget?  Plan a trip to our beautiful Texas bed and breakfast ranch.  BlissWood Bed and Breakfast is the perfect destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway with friends. Just looking for a fun way to bond with your bridal party?  Look no further than BlissWood.
Texas Bachelorette Party at Blisswood Bed and Breakfast Ranch

This Houston bachelorette party visited our ranch for an action-packed day trip.  They arrived in style with a limo ride around BlissWood.  The ladies had a blast as they took advantage of the many activities available at the ranch.  They had a full day that included everything from scrapbooking to trapshooting.

Texas Dude Ranch Activities

And what girls’ getaway is complete without a little archery practice? It was really a bachelorette party you have to see to believe.  Fortunately, they took time to capture some memories  - they made sure to book a photo shoot with our resident Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Skeeter Hagler.

That’s not all BlissWood Bed and Breakfast has to offer.  Depending on your interests, you can choose from a wide variety of other activities that will make your bachelorette party the adventure of a lifetime.  We also offer cycling, horseback riding, and catch and release bass fishing on the ranch.

Of course your trip to BlissWood can include as much or as little as you please. If you just want to relax and take in the scenery with your bridal party, you can stroll around the Enchanted Lake or enjoy a picnic on the grounds.  And if your idea of a good time is just some good old-fashioned pampering, you can book a massage with our licensed massage therapist.  It’s a great way to thank your bridal party for all their help.

So get started planning your customized day trip and call us today at 713-301-3225.

Unplug at Our Texas Hill Country Bed and Breakfast

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

“Unplug’’ used to mean switching off the radio and turning off the TV. These days, many of us feel inundated by the constant barrage of information from our smartphones and other devices. That’s why it’s important to unplug from time to time – to go low-tech or no-tech for a weekend.

Blisswood – a Texas Hill Country bed and breakfast on a working ranch an hour west of Houston, Texas, is a great place to rest, relax, renew the spirit, and be present. Connect with our natural surroundings instead of your Facebook friends and Twitter followers!

Texas Hill Country Bed and Breakfast

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

These pictured friends and guests came from the city to our Texas Hill Country to “unplug” for a weekend. They stayed at the Lanai House at Blisswood’s Oasis, our sister property. The Lanai House features one bedroom, a large living area overlooking waterfall and pond, a bathroom with jacuzzi tub and a fully equipped kitchen. The one thing it doesn’t have is a TV!

Among the things guests can do to “unplug” at Blisswood:

Ride a horse. Saddle up and enjoy a horseback ride. Spread over 650 acres, there is plenty of scenery to take in. All rides are guided, and the cost is $69 per guest for a one-hour ride. Visit the Activities at the Ranch section of our website for age restrictions and other information.

Take a walk or hike. You might catch a glimpse of grazing deer or a herd of American bison. Animals abound on the ranch. Besides horses (naturally!), you might also see miniature donkeys and peacocks.

Enjoy catch-and-release bass fishing.  Fishing enthusiasts can catch-and-release bass in the ranch’s stocked lakes. If you bring your own gear, the cost is $29 per person for 3 hours. If you need to rent gear, the cost is $49 per person for 3 hours.

Have a picnic. Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to make arrangements and pack a picnic for you to enjoy at the Gazebo at Enchanted Lake, or elsewhere on our property.

Dine at Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant. The dress is casual, the mood is country, and the menu and food are classy. If you like Texas beef, you’ve come to the right place. Carol’s also offers chops, seafood and pasta – something for every taste and craving.

Explore Cat Spring. Cat Spring, in Austin County, is one of the first German/American settlements in Texas. History abounds here, and opportunities for “retail therapy’’ include several antiques shops. Learn more at the official Cat Spring website.

Treat yourself to a massage. In-room massages are available – all we ask is that you make arrangements in advance. Please visit the Weekend Getaways in Texas – Specials & Packages section of our website or call for more detailed information.

Essayist, novelist, and travel writer Pico Iyer has said of our busy lives: “The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug.’’

Are you ready to unplug for a weekend? Visit our website to Check Availability Online or give us a call today at 713-301-3235. We’re happy to answer questions you have about Blisswood and help with arrangements.

 

Great Girlfriend Getaways in Texas Hill Country

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Looking for a place to kick back and kick up your boot heels with your best friends? Girlfriend Weekend Getaways in Texas is our Specialty at Blisswood Bed and

girlfriend getaways in Texas

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

Breakfast. So, round up your co-workers, college roommates, or far-flung female family members for a long-overdue and much-needed escape to BlissWood, our inn and ranch of Texas Hill Country.

Girlfriend getaways are all about bonding and chilling out, taking part in activities if the mood strikes and even learning something new.

This group of friends stayed at The Oasis, a tropical setting amid the prairies of ranching country, and enjoyed the unheated pool at the Conservatory.

BlissWood’s girlfriend getaway packages are the perfect combination of “we time’’ and “me time.’’ Packages include a massage, bottle of champagne, picnic in the Gazebo at Enchanted Lake and horseback ride. The package price is $179 per person, plus the cost of accommodations.

Accommodations at our Blisswood bed and breakfast ranch is an hour west of Houston and sleeps groups of all sizes – reserve one that sleeps four, for example, or choose multiple accommodations for larger groups. You can cook in your cottage or cabin – you supply the food, the kitchen has all the appliances and utensils you need – or step out for a gourmet dinner with local flavor at Carol’s Restaurant.

girlfriend getaways in texas

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

Activities at our 650-acre working ranch include archery, walking, hiking, horseback riding, catch and release bass fishing, trap shooting, scrapbooking and more.

For an additional charge, groups can arrange a hot air balloon ride. Add on photos by BlissWood’s official photographer, Pulitzer Prize winner Skeeter Hagler, for $75 more.

You can relax with a book or magazine in a rocking chair on your porch. And you can stay up all night playing “Truth or Dare” if you like. Mom’s not here – just your unofficial sisters.

A wise woman (Edna Buchanan) once said: “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.’’ So carve out some quality time with your “sisters’’ at BlissWood.

Give us a call today at 713-301-3235 or check availability online to start planning your girlfriend getaway at our Texas bed and breakfast resort. We will be happy to customize a package in any way you choose.


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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