Blair House Bed & Breakfast

100 W. Spoke Hill Drive, Wimberley, Texas 78676
Innkeeper(s): Mike and Vickie Schneider
 
  • Introduction

    The Blair House Bed & Breakfast located in panoramic Wimberley, Texas is known among bed and breakfast guests for providing hospitality and meticulous attention to detail. This fine Texas country inn is situated on 22 acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country land just two miles south of the heart of scenic Wimberley.

    The artists' community of Wimberley, Texas, known as the Star of the Texas Hill Country, offers a wide variety of shopping and sight-seeing. From one-of-a-kind art pieces to antiques, from a stroll along Cypress Creek to a 20-minute drive to San Marcos and its famous outlet malls, there is something of interest for everyone while staying at the Blair House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Wimberley, Texas.

    When the weather heats up our guests can cool down with a dip in our 45 foot lap pool or relax in the whirlpool spa. In keeping with the local ambiance and charm, the pool was custom designed by Canyon Pools & Spas, well-known for their use of Texas limestone, and was built to blend into the landscape with hill country views in mind. It sits at the top of the Inn’s property and offers the perfect vantage point for the breathtaking sunsets over Paradise Valley.

    In conjunction with local artist Tim de Jong, owner of Wimberley Glassworks, intricate hand blown glass lamps were specifically designed for the pool in a variety of blue hues. Wimberley Glassworks is the Southwest’s premier hand-blown lighting and art glass studio and is conveniently located a few miles from Blair House Inn.

    Every meal at Blair House Inn in beautiful Wimberley, TX is a special treat, from the three course breakfasts to the five course dinners served every Saturday evening. Blair House Inn has always had a reputation for fine food, including mouth-watering homemade desserts that are delivered to your room each evening as part of our turn-down service. To make a special occasion or romantic getaway even more incredible, plan a private dinner for your group. Blair House is a wonderful place to share your blessings with friends and family with a menu personalized to meet your needs.

    You definitely will want to set your alarm to be sure that you do not miss breakfasts at Blair House. From our signature Huevos Rancheros to our mouthwatering Eggs Benedict, our delicious breakfasts are the perfect way to start your day!

    Sample Breakfast Menu:

    • Freshly picked Bella Vista Blackberries and Honeydew
    • Framboise Chantilly Cream
    • Toasted Walnut Cinnamon Apple Cake
    • Cranberry Banana Bread with Honey Infused Butter
    • Artichoke Heart, Portabello and Zucchini Frittata topped with Freshly Grated Picorino Cheese
    • Fresh Basil Marinara
    • Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
    • Fresh Orange Juice Strawberry Freeze
    • Columbian Double French Roast Coffee
    • A Variety of Herbal and Flavored Teas

    Saturday evening dining at Blair House is truly a unique experience. Each menu is carefully crafted after checking with local vendors for the freshest quality ingredients. Our dinners are open to the public. We invite those in the community and guests from other inns to join us. Please call us for a reservation. Should it be necessary to cancel your dinner reservation, we request the courtesy of 48 hours notification. Price: $62 per person; plus sales tax and a 20% gratuity. Saturday Evening Dinner is served at 7:30 p.m. Blair House offers a variety of picnic baskets to our guests that can be enjoyed in your room, under a shade tree on our grounds, at a scenic overlook or by the river. Each basket is prepared in house by our chef, and should be ordered at least 48 hours in advance.

  • Spa Services

    "Every second of my massage was an awesome experience. It was the perfect end to my visit." - K. Pruitt, Austin, Texas

    The Sauna Room is available 8 am to 8 pm every day at no charge. We offer a changing room and shower in the spa. Please cancel your massage reservation 24 hours in advance to avoid a cancellation charge.

    Massage Services

    All massages begin with full one hour sessions, and additional time may be added by the half hour. Our comfortable and completely private massage room is available for all treatments.

    Full Body Swedish Massage: Designed to gently soothe every muscle in your body for complete relaxation. $85.00

    Full Body Deep Tissue: Concentrating on the sore muscles and stubborn stress knots that nag at our bodies, this massage will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. $85.00

    Prenatal Massage: A specialized massage for the mother-to-be, reducing the discomforts of pregnancy and enhancing the emotional well-being of both mother and baby. $85.00

    Lomi Lomi Massage: Given in a fluid, rhythmic motion, Lomi Lomi relaxes the nervous system, increases circulation and creates a sense of well being as it works with the body’s natural flow and rhythm. $95.00

    Hot Stone Massage: Using gently warmed rocks placed on key energy pionts of your body, this restorative massage will dissolve stress and leave you refreshed. $125.00

    Botanical Facial: This 30 minute facial may be added to a full body Swedish or deep tissue massage for an additional $60.00.

    Acupressure Facial: Using all natural botanicals to exfoliate and smooth the skin, this full hour facial includes a massage of the neck, shoulders, and pressure points to release tension and relax the muscles that cause wrinkles. $90.00

    In-room massages may be arranged in the San Gabriel, San Rafael, and San Miguel Cottages, and the Austin and Laredo Rooms for a $10.00 service charge.

    For your convenience, massage services will be added to your room bill. Tips for your therapists may be paid directly to them or added to your room bill as well. Massages may be scheduled when you reserve your room, or through the office upon arrival.

  • Business Retreats

    Whether you're interested in a creative and productive meeting or a quiet and interesting retreat, our facilities and grounds are relaxing and inviting. Secluded on 23 acres of pristine Texas rolling hills, we are a great place to work as well as play!

    At Blair House we will help you customize your meetings, retreats, conferences and seminars to suit your needs including full catering, casual or formal meeting spaces, and arrangements for outside activities.


    Our facilities are suitable for small and mid-sized events. We specialize in small, intimate parties but can accommodate up to 35 guests for seated dinner. Our facilities include:

    • Overnight accommodations for 22
    • Meeting space for up to 28, with additional rooms available for smaller gatherings
    • Full-service catering, 3 meals, snacks, etc.
    • TV, VCR, DVD, word processor, Wireless Internet, fax machine, copier, phone jacks
    • An environment conducive to maximum creativity and productivity
    • Spa Services, on site and private tours of local attractions

    "The environment of Blair House and the Hill Country have been most conducive to creativity and productivity. This is our Executive Committee's favorite place to visit."

    - Linda Crawford, CEO of Delta Dallas, Dallas, TX

  • Cooking School at Blair House Inn

    "One of America's Top 10 Cooking Schools" ~ USA Today

    Cooking School at Blair House Inn is a hands-on experience where learning technique is paramount. Our Goal for this Cooking School Vacation Camp is to build your confidence in the kitchen by teaching principles and techniques from how to purchase and store the freshest seasonal foods, to preparation and presentation. Once you understand the principles and chemistry of what you are doing, you are ready to be creative in your own right. You’ll go home with a manual filled with information on principles and techniques, many recipes and ideas to help stimulate your creativity in the kitchen. We have lots of fun and tap into everyone’s creative energy. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes (athletic shoes), casual clothes, and bring your appetite!

    Choose from our Two or Three Day Classes and our Team Builiding Retreats!

    Register for classes online

     

  • Awards and Accolades

    “This glorious inn offers magnificent breakfasts, lovely rooms, and a fun cooking school.”
    -Southern Living Magazine

    “We could have gone anyplace in the world to film the [nationally televised] Food Network “Barbeque Camp!” Special, and we chose Blair House!” -Randy Martin, Holden Production Group

    “One of the top 5 Bed and Breakfasts in Texas.” -Texas Highways Magazine

    “One of the top 10 inns in the country for relaxing” -Inntraveler Magazine

    “One of the top 12 most romantic inns of Texas.” -Dallas Morning News

    “Third nationwide for “Best Evening Cuisine” -Arrington’s Bed and Breakfast Journal

    “One of the top ten cooking schools in the country.” -U.S.A. Today

    “A five-star dining experience… the place to stay in Wimberley.” -Todd Johnson, D Magazine


    “One of America’s Top 25 “Bed & Banquet” Super Chefs” -Condé Nast Traveler

    “54 Great Inns Coast to Coast” -National Geographic Traveler

    “Top Ten Inns of Texas” -Southern Living Magazine

    “Best Breakfast of all” -Jean Simmons, Dallas Morning News

    “Legendary Breakfasts” -Harry Shattuck, Houston Chronicle

    “Best Place to Dine Within 60 Miles of Austin” -Virginia Wood, food critic

    “One of the Top 25 B&B / Country Inns in America” -Arrington’s Bed and Breakfast Journal

    “One of the best learning vacation destinations in the country.” -Travel America Magazine

    “The Blair House culinary creations and gracious hospitality are rivaled only by the complements for the inns comfortable and casual elegance.” -Nancy McWhorter, The Recorder Newspaper

    “Five-course dinners are extravagant. Mike and Vickie Schneider maintain a rich culinary tradition.”
    -Harry Shattuck, Houston Chronicle

    Comments from Our Guests

    “Great Hospitality, Everyone was wonderful. The Food was Amazing! We’ll definetly be coming back. A weekend was not enough.” -Ulisses & Mari

    “What a beautiful B&B! We thoroughly enjoyed our time and learned so much from Chef Joey at the cooking school.” -Nandy, Jenny Lynn & Tish

    “What a treat- Can’t say enough about this fantastic experience. Everyone here, plus guests were so easy to get along with. Many laughs. Chef Joey couldn’t have been more fun and certainly taught us a lot.” -Rosemary & Louis

  • Meet The Innkeepers


    Owners, Mike and Vickie Schneider bring energy, enthusiasm, years of experience, and their love of people to the art of hospitality.

    Mike began his professional career at The Hyatt on Union Square. When he met Vickie, the love of his life, their adventure together began. They married in Atlanta, GA where Mike worked at the Hyatt Regency. Numerous transfers and promotions took them around the country with stops in Richmond, Lake Tahoe, and back to San Francisco. At the age of 31, Mike was promoted to General Manager at Hyatt Burlingame. During this time, they stayed at various Bed and Breakfasts. The charming settings and the personal interaction with the innkeepers set them on a path to owning their own inn one day - a journey that would take over 20 years. 

    After 13 years at Hyatt and a move to Knoxville, TN., where Vickie attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee studying nutrition and food science, Mike received an offer to return to St. Louis and join the Adams Mark hotel company. During his time at the chain's flagship property, he gained invaluable food and beverage experience. He hosted Holiday Award, Mobil, and Wine and Food dinners and later joined the Chaîne de Rotisseurs. He was later promoted to Executive Vice President.

    Mike later joined Lane Hospitality as Vice President of Operations in Houston, TX, and then went on to become Vice President of Operations for Omni Hotel in Dallas. After establishing his own development company, Mike purchased and renovated the historic 80 year old Casa de Palmas hotel in McAllen, TX, repositioning it as the Renaissance Casa de Palmas, a Marriott affiliated hotel.

    While searching for their own property, Mike and Vickie found Wimberley, an artists' community in the hills of Texas, and The Blair House Inn. It fit the needs of Schneider's: an inn which emphasized fine food, art and hospitality situated on 22 peaceful acres of open space and the ability to draw guests from four major cities. In the seven years they have owned the Blair House, they have added three new deluxe cottages and a pool, upgraded several guest rooms to suites, expanded the cooking school program, and added new artists to the Blair House Art Gallery. In the future, the Schneider's will continue to emphasize quality of service and are planning even more exciting additions.

  • A Brief History of Blair House Inn

    Blair House was originally the home of Frank and Nancy Austin, built in 1982 on 86 acres. It was later purchased by Jonnie Stansbury in 1991. An investment realtor from California, her dream was to own and operate a bed and breakfast.

    Over a period of several years Jonnie Stansbury scouted the country for the perfect setting in which to develop an Inn. By 1990, her search had covered 18 states. Texas never came to mind until she read the National Geographic June ’90 issue featuring Austin as the cover story. She quickly sent off inquiries to Austin, San Antonio, and small towns within a fifty-mile radius of each. After sifting through a boxcar load of paper touting Texas, she decided to explore. In March of 1991, she boarded a plane bound for Austin. She found Wimberley on Easter Sunday 1991. Her search was over! She purchased the land and house from Frank Austin, moved into the house on August 1st, and entertained her first guest November 1st. Blair House was named for her first grandchild.

    In the three months between August and November the main building was refurbished, the carport became garage, laundry, storage and the Austin room. Two years later the Pond Cottage was built. In 2000 Jonnie added the Laredo room. This brought the total to eight guest rooms. Jonnie, an accomplished chef, also established Blair House Inn cooking school.

    After 10 years of ownership, Jonnie decided to sell the inn. The Schneiders purchased Blair House in 2001 and continue to make improvements.

  • Art Gallery

    Blair House Art Gallery proudly presents an outstanding collection of art from artists around the region and the country.

    From the incredible, light-catching sculpted glass of artist Bill Meek to the thought-provoking original oils and giclees of Ros Hill, Blair House offers a unique look at the talents of the many artists of Wimberley and beyond.Skillfully incorporated into the decor of the main lodge, the Blair House Art Gallery is open to the public from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Original works also adorn the walls of each room, giving our guests their own ever changing, private gallery.

    To allow the public to see the entire collection, we open all the rooms for special showings throughout the year along with an artists’ reception. This unique opportunity to meet the artists as well as numerous guest artists is one more way we help these great talents reach out to the community.

    Blair House Artists: Dorothy Arnold, Lillian Arnold, Angel Bacon, Fred Bradford, Norma Brown, Gwyndolyn, Jimmy Harwell, George Hunter, Dede Hutcheson, Christopher Mayes, Robin Moore, Prudy McKenzie, Bill Meek MsRee, Sam Seaman, Todd White.

    Featured Artist, Todd White: Originally from San Antonio, Todd White has been honing his artistic skills and developing his unique character. His works evoke a timeless mood while his strong sense of color and his attention to facial expressions pulls the viewer into the visual narrative. Many viewers relate immediately to the characters in each work. Todd now makes his home in L.A., where he has worked through the years as an animator for such shows as “Tiny Toons” and most recently, “Sponge Bob Square Pants.”

  • Area Information

    Wimberley--"One of America's best small towns" --Travel Holiday Magazine

    This is just a small sample of the many ways to spend your Hill Country vacation. You may also want to try one of the favorite pastimes of our visitors–Relaxing! Enjoy a long hike around the inn grounds. Get a massage by one of our massage therapists. Take a refreshing Sauna, or grab a book and rest in one of our hammocks under the trees. No matter what you are looking for, you can find it in the Texas Hill Country and Blair House!

    Shop Wimberley Arts

    Over the years, Wimberley has become a haven for talented artists and craftspeople, but don’t be fooled into thinking you have seen it all after you’ve browsed the shops and the galleries in the square. While many talented artists display their works there, a number of local artists invite you to visit them at their studios to watch them work. You won’t want to miss the hand-blown glass demonstrations at Wimberley Glass Works, the amazing glass sculpture of Bill Meek, the innovative works of Casaba Glass, the fine craftsmanship of furniture-maker Gary Weeks, or the fine metal art of Perry Bernard.

    Pedernales Falls State Park and Hamilton Pool

    For millions of years the waters of central Texas have worked the native limestone into stunning landscapes that provide beautiful places to hike and swim. The Pedernales River has been sculpting the Llano uplift to create the gently sloping Pedernales Falls. You can get a wonderful view of the falls from the scenic overlook, or hike down and explore them up close. There are also areas for swimming and picnicking in the park. Next, enjoy the shaded trail that takes you to the clear blue spring water of Hamilton Pool, and relax under the waterfall that cascades down from one side of this canyon and collapsed grotto. Also a wildlife preserve, Hamilton Pool is home to some rare plant an animal species, including the golden-cheeked warbler.

    LBJ Ranch and Fredericksburg

    If you are looking for a taste of Texas in the classic sense, there is no better place to visit than the Lyndon Baines Johnson Ranch. This working ranch has all the things Texas is known for- longhorns, cowboys, and a look at the life of a true Texas original. It also includes the Sauer Beckmann Farmstead which is a working farm restored to its original 1918 condition and run exactly as it did at that time. For an interesting contrast to the ranch that highlights the diversity of Texas, take a short drive to Fredericksburg. Perhaps the best-known German town in the Hill Country. Enjoy the shops and restaurants along the main street for a blend of old and new world style. Visit the Markt Platz to see the Vereins Kirche and then stroll down to the Admiral Nimitz Museum, dedicated to veterans of the Pacific war to better understand the rich culture of this region.

    “Devil’s Backbone” and Canyon Lake

    One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the hill country is to drive, and one of the best scenic drives takes you down Highway 32. This stretch of road just south of Wimberley got its nickname for the way it curves through the hills. You can follow it all the way to Blanco, or stop at Canyon Lake for some outdoor recreation. With three separate beaches, picnic sites, boating and fishing, you can spend the day enjoying the sun, and then stop at the overlook to watch the sunset.

    Wining and Dining

    The favorable climate of the hill country makes it an ideal for producing wine. If you are an enthusiast of good wine or good food this is just the tour for you. Beginning at the Cana Cellars Winery in South Austin, this trip winds its way to the vineyards of Spicewood, Flat Creek, Texas Hills and more. Finish your tour at Blair House Inn in Wimberley for the finest dinner in the hill country. Blair House offers a five-course dinner prepared by the chef with the freshest ingredients for you to enjoy. Please remember, many of the vineyards are only open on weekends and Blair House only serves dinner on Saturday evenings (Reservations Required).

    Botanical Gardens and Barton Springs, Austin

    Celebrating the diversity and the beauty of nature, the Botanical Gardens at Zilker Park feature several unique garden styles, including a xeriscape garden that highlights native flora, the trail of flowering plants that attract butterflies, and the Taniguchi Oriental garden. This peaceful Japanese garden with gentle waterfalls, and traditional teahouse emphasizes the delicate balances that abound in nature. Finish your tour of Zilker park with a dip in one of Austin’s landmarks: Barton Springs Pool. This spring-fed pool is open all year and maintains its temperature at a refreshing 65 to 68 degrees. Some people actually claim that regular dips in Barton Springs have added years to their lives.

    State Capitol and Texas History Museum, Austin

    For anyone visiting Austin, the State Capitol building is always at the top of the list. Made from local pink granite, it marvelously crafted in every detail down to the custom designed door hinges. Tours are given throughout the day to provide visitors with information about everything from the workings of the State Legislature to the art on the chamber walls. After you have toured the Capitol complex, don’t forget to take the short stroll down Congress Avenue to the brand new Bob Bullock State History Museum. The museum features fabulous exhibits, encompassing the military, social, and political history of Texas. The museum also offers interactive exhibits for children and an IMAX theater.

    Natural Bridge Caverns

    Just on the north side of San Antonio, about 30 miles from Blair House, you will find one of the most impressive caverns in the region. The tour of natural bridge caverns follows a path down into the cavern to its lowest point about 180 feet below the surface. The knowledgeable guides are full of interesting facts about the geological wonder. If you really want to go off the beaten path, they offer tours of the South Cavern that has been left in much the same condition as when it was discovered. The starting point of that tour is a narrow mine shaft that lowers visitors straight down about 100 feet. This tour is not for the faint-of-heart and reservations are required. Also, be prepared to get really dirty you may want to bring a change of clothes.

    New Braunfels and Gruene

    The Guadalupe River, which flows through central Texas, has long been one of the most popular recreation locations in the area. Every year thousands of people grab their inner tubes or kayaks and float past the towns of New Braunfels and Gruene. If you are looking for a way to while away a hot Texas afternoon, a relaxing float down the river might be just the thing. But, if you would rather stay dry, you can spend the day wandering through the quaint shops or visit the newly open Museum of Art and Music. In the evening you can enjoy a romantic dinner overlooking the river and the dance the night away at Gruene Hall, one of the best-known dance halls in Texas.

    San Marcos Outlet Shopping

    The novice shopper may be completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stores, but the die-hard discount shopper will think they have gone to heaven! San Marcos offers not one, but two outlet malls with name brand stores for every possible shopping desire. Originally focusing on fine china and clothing, this ever-expanding venue recently opened an entire wing dedicated to furniture and home décor. This is not shopping for the faint of heart so wear comfortable shoes, and bring your credit cards.

  • Directions

    Blair House is located half way between San Antonio and Austin, west of San Marcos and just south of Wimberley. The inn is located just off Ranch Road 12 (which runs North and South through the town) but since we are set back on 22 rolling acres, you cannot see the inn from the road. When you are on RR 12, be looking for our Blair House sign to point you in the right direction!

    Directions if you are traveling north on I-35 (from San Antonio)

    • Take I-35 north to Exit 202 Wonder World Drive in San Marcos.
    • At the end of the exit ramp, turn left and go under Hwy I-35.
    • Turn right on Wonder World Drive. This will turn in to Ranch Road 12. Take this road out of town (about 15 miles) until you reach the flashing yellow light at the junction of Ranch Road 12 (which you are on) and 32.
    • Turn right to stay on RR 12.
    • Go 2.4 miles to Spoke Hill Drive. The Blair House sign is on the right.
    • Make a RIGHT onto Spoke Hill Dr., and then an immediate RIGHT into our front entrance. Come up the long driveway to the main house.

    Directions if you are traveling south on I-35 (from Austin)

    • Take I-35 south to Exit 213 (Kyle/FM 150).
    • Follow access road to stop sign and turn right.
    • Follow that road past the town square to the next stop sign and take a right.
    • Follow 150 (the road you are on) out of town until it veers to the left at the junction of 150 and 3237.
    • Keep going straight (you are now on 3237) until you dead end into RR12.
    • Turn left onto RR12, cross over the Blanco River.
    • Take the first left (Spoke Hill Drive) after the Plaza del Sol shopping center.
    • Ours is the first driveway on the right.

    Directions from Houston

    • Take Hwy 10 to Hwy 80 and go towards Luling. After Luling stay on Hwy 80 towards San Marcos.
    • You will come to Martindale. Turn left on Highway 101 (Old Bastrop Hwy).
    • Turn right on Country Road 232 (Redwood) going west which becomes Wonder World Drive.  Continue on Wonder World Drive which becomes Ranch Road 12. Take this road out of town (about 15 miles) until you reach the flashing yellow light at the junction of Ranch Road 12 (which you are on) and Highway 32 .
    • Turn right to stay on RR 12.
    • Go 2.4 miles to Spoke Hill Drive (first right after the green “Wimberley” sign). The Blair House sign is on the right.
    • Make a RIGHT onto Spoke Hill Dr., and then an immediate RIGHT into our front entrance. Come up the long driveway to the main house.
    • If you need different directions, please let us know and we will gladly e-mail or fax them to you.

    Directions from Dallas

    • Take I-35 south bound to Austin. When you arrive in Austin take South Toll Rd. 130.
    • Continue to SE Toll Rd 45 until you dead in to I-35 just past Creedmoor.
    • Take I-35 south to Exit 213 (Kyle/FM 150).
    • Follow access road to stop sign and turn right.
    • Follow that road past the town square to the next stop sign and take a right.
    • Follow 150 (the road you are on) out of town until it veers to the right at the junction of 150 and 3237. Keep going straight (you are now on 3237) until you dead end into RR12.
    • Turn left onto RR12, cross over the Blanco River.

    Directions from Austin Bergstrom International Airport

    • Take Hwy 71 East to toll road. Take toll road 130 South and follow directions from Austin.