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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.

Family getaways at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The family that plays together – and gets away together – stays together.

BlissWood Bed and Breakfast, our peaceful oasis on a working ranch an hour west of Houston, Texas, is a perfect destination for family getaways and for families gathering for reunions from many points on the map or globe.

It’s a great place to relax and de-stress with family members we see every day – and loved ones we don’t have the opportunity to see often enough. For larger groups, some of our accommodations sleep up to eight or 10.

We offer outdoor activities to suit every member of the family, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, archery and catch-and-release bass fishing.

These young guests enjoyed a paddleboat ride on Enchanted Lake. Photo by Skeeter Hagler.

With busy work and school schedules, you might be hard-pressed to sit down for supper as a family on a nightly basis. On family getaways at BlissWood, you can prepare meals in your house or cottage, or gather the clan for a gourmet meal at the nearby Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant. The restaurant is owned and operated by BlissWood owner and host Carol Davis.

To capture your family getaway, consider adding on photos by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Skeeter Hagler. Prices start at $75.

For those who like to travel with their four-legged family members, 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 memorable and relaxing family getaway – be it big or small.

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.

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.

 


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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