Archive for the ‘Texas Getaways’ Category

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

Say ‘Happy Anniversary’ at BlissWood

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Anniversaries are an affair to remember at BlissWood, our Bed and Breakfast Inn and event destination in the Texas Hill Country, an hour west of Houston.

Couples of all ages come to BlissWood Bed and Breakfast at Lehmann Legacy Ranch to relax, unwind, rekindle the romance – perhaps even renew their vows — in the peaceful surroundings of our rooms and guesthouses, located on a 650-acre working ranch in Cat Spring, Texas.

Some couples like to leave the planning to us and splurge on BlissWood’s anniversary package ($159, plus the price of lodging). Consider it a second honeymoon. The package includes fresh flowers; a bottle of champagne (plus keepsake glasses); cheese and crackers; chocolate-dipped strawberries; and a catered picnic in our Gazebo at Enchanted Lake.


 BlissWood guests celebrating wedding anniversaries can schedule a photo shoot with our official photographer, Skeeter Hagler.

For an additional $75, this couple who celebrated their anniversary at our guest ranch made lasting anniversary memories by scheduling a photo shoot with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Skeeter Hagler, BlissWood’s official photographer.

Photo by Skeeter Hagler

They enjoyed a relaxing anniversary and weekend in Texas Hill Country and took the time to post a review of BlissWood Bed and Breakfast on Bedandbreakfast.com:

“What a special place…and just an hour outside of Houston! If you like spending time outside, you will love this place. We celebrated our anniversary here and couldn’t have asked for a better place to do so. It was very quiet, quaint, and peaceful.

“Just roaming around the ranch was wonderful, but the highlights of our trip were dinner at Carol’s Restaurant, the morning horseback ride and the unbelievable photo shoot with Skeeter (Hagler). …The staff was helpful and engaging and made us feel right at home. We enjoyed great conversation with both Carol and Skeeter. What a special group of people they are. We just can’t wait to go back!’’

We look forward to welcoming  couples celebrating anniversaries and other life milestones and special occasions to our bed and breakfast inn. Let us help YOU plan a special Hill Country getaway. Visit our website or give us a call at 713-301-3235.

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

An Enchanting Photography Location in the Texas Hill Country

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

If you’re searching for the perfect location for your next photo shoot, consider taking a trip to the Texas Hill Country where beauty and tranquility abound.

BlissWood is a 650-acre working ranch in Cat Spring, Texas featuring enchanting lakes, sprawling landscapes, rolling meadows and magnificently restored houses.

Our delightful guest ranch is the perfect backdrop for engagement photos, wedding photography, family portraits, or any other moment you want to capture on film.

BlissWood is also an excellent location for advertising photos, catalogue photo shoots, and film/video shoots. In the past, we’ve hosted the Houston Chronicle and the marketing team at Cabela’s who chose BlissWood for the backdrop of their most recent spring catalog.

If you’re in need of a photographer, we also have Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Skeeter Hagler on staff. Check out Skeeter’s official Website for samples of his work.

The location of your next photography shoot is right here in the Texas Hill Country. Call 713-301-3235 to learn more.

Weddings at the BlissWood Inn

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The BlissWood Bed and Breakfast at Lehmann Ranch is known for its quiet, country charm.  Many people believe that this is the perfect environment for romance, and even weddings.  I am happy to report that our Texas bed and breakfast was recently witness to another wonderfully beautiful and romantic wedding ceremony!

A little bit of parental matchmaking magic started this couple on their way to a beautiful BlissWood wedding.  Having met the groom at church, the bride’s father decided to introduce his daughter to this charming fellow.  The couple fell in love, and became husband and wife at a very intimate Ranch ceremony with just two others in attendance.  For this couple, the serenity and ambiance provided at BlissWood was the perfect backdrop for their big day, and I am happy and honored to have been able to make their nuptials perfect.

You too can have the perfect wedding day at my Lehmann Legacy Ranch.  Whether it’s just the two of you, or if you’ve invited guests, the BlissWood can accommodate weddings of all sizes:  packages are available for intimate weddings up to 50 guests, or contact me to plan a larger event.    The 650-acre ranch offers a variety of wedding settings to make your day perfect.  Choose the Gazebo at Enchanted lake, celebrate under one of the gorgeous and sprawling old oak trees, choose to have a garden ceremony, let the waterfalls at the Oasis provide natural music during your vow-taking, choose your own perfect spot anywhere on the property during a daytrip visit.

While our newly-wedded couple did not become engaged here at BlissWood, many believe that the Ranch provides the perfect place to “pop the question.”  Treat your sweetheart to a BlissWood getaway to plan the perfect proposal.  Stroll the grounds and let the oaks witness the event, have a proposal picnic among the Blue Bonnets, or choose one of our Proposal Packages to set the scene perfectly.

Rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette party getaways, and receptions can also be accommodated right here on the property.  If you’ve chosen another wedding venue, you can come to Blisswood for a wide variety of off-site engagement and wedding photo settings.  Romance is welcome at BlissWood in any way we can help!  Check out the rest of the BlissWood website for more wedding and celebration ideas.

At BlissWood, good things come to those who bait

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Most visitors come to BlissWood, our vacation ranch and bed and breakfast inn in Cat Spring, Texas, for a weekend (or more!) of trail riding. We are, after all, a 650-acre working ranch.

But BlissWood, our property an hour west of Houston in Texas Hill Country, also boasts several pristine lakes stocked with bass. We encourage guests to take the bait and go fishing. It’s a great way for city slickers of all ages to forget the hustle and bustle and connect with nature.

Two young guests are in gear to go fishing at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Inn and Ranch in Cat Spring, Texas. Photo by Skeeter Hagler.

While some people fish for sport — or for supper — others fish as a way to simply relax and unwind. Fishing at BlissWood promotes peace and quiet and serenity of the mind and is calming to the nerves. Leave your cell phone behind or put it on “silence.”

Both experienced and novice anglers are invited to take advantage of BlissWood’s catch-and-release bass fishing option. If you bring your own gear, the cost is $29 per person. If you would like to use our gear, the cost is $49 per person.

Our catch and release policy is of benefit to both the fish and our guests. The fish are released back to their own environment, giving other visitors to BlissWood a chance to catch the same fish again.

So go ahead. Post a note on your guest house or cabin door that reads: Gone Fishin.’ Catch You Later.

Bass fishing is one of many relaxing activities here at BlissWood. To learn more, give us a call at 713-301-3235.


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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