Archive for the ‘Texas Getaways’ Category

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.


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.

Celebrate your love with a wedding in Texas Hill Country

Monday, August 6th, 2012

We do a lot of weddings at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Love is always in the air here; our secluded location encourages it. And each couple married by BlissWood owner Carol Davis – who wears many hats, including ordained minister – has a special story to share.

This couple had a small ceremony with family and friends in the Gazebo at Enchanted Lake.

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

In the course of making arrangements, Carol learned the couple had dated in high school, gone their separate ways and made families.

When they were both single again, they saw each other at a baseball field where their children were playing. They rekindled their romance, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The couple’s children played a prominent role in their wedding at BlissWood, and the ceremony was followed by a cake and punch reception at Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant.

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

BlissWood Bed and Breakfast is a gorgeous setting for anyone wanting a destination wedding – we’re just an hour west of Houston — or simply a relaxing, peaceful place to say “I Do.” The options are numerous, from elopements to wedding vow renewal packages.

It’s “Your Day, Your Way’’ at BlissWood. Give us a call at 713-301-3235 to discuss wedding options tailored to meet your needs and desires.

And visit our website to explore the possibilities for having a Texas honeymoon right here at our 650-acre working ranch!

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.

Happy Couple Enjoys an Elopement Wedding at my Texas Bed and Breakfast

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

As an ordained minister, it was my honor and pleasure to recently marry another wonderful couple here at my Texas Lehmann Legacy Ranch.  Clinton and Aurora were guests at the Enchanted Cabin and chose to be married at the gazebo by Enchanted Lake.

From the bride:  “Thank you for all the attention you paid us as we decided to elope.  The Enchanted Cabin was wonderful and the wedding was more than we expected.  We will be back!”

There are so many choices for your perfect getaway wedding or elopement here at Blisswood bed and breakfast:

  • At Enchanted Lake, most ceremonies are performed in the gazebo.  We have had horse-drawn carriages bring the bride to our charming arched bridges, a groom and his groomsmen have arrived via rowboat across the lake, and one couple even departed via hot-air balloon from their lakeside wedding!
  • The gorgeous old trees make a perfect natural setting under which to take your vows.  Our Live Oaks branch out into umbrella-like canopies, shading and protecting your union and small reception.
  • The Garden Gazebo in our Formal Garden provides an intimate setting.  With lanterns hung in trees, fairy lights draped about, and one or two wedding tents, this gorgeous wedding site can easily transition right into your reception location.
  • Have an informal Oasis wedding.  The rock-wall waterfall, gorgeous greenery, blooming orchids and other flowers, and swimming pool provide the perfect backdrop to your small tropical wedding, and might provide a literal way to “take the plunge!”

Great Wedding Photography Ideas:

  • Plan your wedding when our Texas Bluebonnets are in season to take advantage of great photography opportunities.
  • Live Oaks provide a gorgeous place to recline with your new spouse, and provide a natural lace-sunlight effect.
  • Photos at the Oasis may make people think you actually went to the South Pacific for your wedding!
  • Our windmills and water tank are charming accessories for your ranch backdrop.
  • We have some SPECTACULAR sunrises and sunsets here at the ranch.  Sunrises are often accompanied by fog lifting from the ranch and wildlife out for the morning meal.  Sunsets provide amazing colors and lighting.
  • Many of our cabins and buildings have beautiful interiors, porch swings, and antiques for an Americana setting.

If you choose to elope, I am happy to marry you at any location here at my Hill Country Ranch.  Or you can plan your own ceremony, whether small or large, using your own choice for clergy and location.  I will be happy to help you pin down the details for your perfect day!

Carol Davis, Hostess

At Lehmann Ranch, 1 hour west of Houston

13251 Newberg Rd.
Cat Spring, TX 78933

Phone: 713-301-3235

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