Elm Creek Manor Spa Resort

2287 F M 2739, Gainesville, Texas 76252
Innkeeper(s): Bradford & Marcia

Germanfest in Muenster Texas 4 Apr 2017, 7:06 am


Wilkommen (Welcome) to the 42nd annual Germanfest, sponsored by the Muenster Chamber of Commerce.

Muenster was founded in 1889 by people of German heritage and Catholic faith. This unique German community located in North Texas, of approximately 1,500, is a close-knit family in both kinship and kindred spirit.
This family, of common heritage and faith, throws one of the biggest parties in Texas, Germanfest, the last full weekend in April. This three-day festival attracts thousands to mouthwatering German sausage, scrumptious apple strudel, hearty cheeses and homemade bread, cakes, German beers, and pies. So, come to Muenster and let us be your host for food, fun and frolic. Be sure to bring a "guten apetit."

The charming town of Muenster, population 1800, swells to over 50,000 people a day, in welcoming our neighbors to the North, South, East & West! 

 Plan to participate in one or more of our exciting activities. Events include a 5k and 15k Germanfest Fun Run, a Metric Century Bicycle Rally, a Sausage and Rib Cook-Off, Nagelshlaugen and other assorted competitions.

 There will be entertainment for the whole family, including mimes, magicians, clowns and storytellers, or the Karneval and Kinder Theater for the children, while Mom and Dad delight in dancing, music, arts and crafts, a rock-climbing wall, folk dancing, and two stages with non-stop entertainment.

Located on U.S. Highway 82, 14 miles west of I-35, about 70 miles north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Muenster is waiting to welcome you to their community and entertain you at Germanfest.

Friday April 28, 2017

Musical Entertainment on the Main Stage-  Friday, April 22, 2016

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm -  Pat Waters and Chainlink
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm -  Ryan Ready/Nikki Horner
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm -   A Hard's Night Day
8:30 pm - Close -  Time Machine Band
Saturday April 29, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm -
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm -  Phil Hamilton
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm -  Kylie Rae Harris
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm -  Ryan Beaver
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm -  Curtis Grimes
10:30 pm - Close -  Zane Williams
Sunday April 24, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 Noon -  Music In the Park
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm -  Brave Combo
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm -  Classic Recall
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm -  Andy Serna

Give yourself a bit more time and make it a weekend adventure!  The locally owned shops on Main Street along with our outstanding Antique mall, are charming, eclectic and sophisticated with wonderful treasures, finds, treats and baubles to be had by all!

For more information:
Muenster Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 714 Muenster, TX 76252-0714
8:00am-5:00pm Mon. - Fri.

4R Ranch Vineyards and Winery & Barnhaus 4 Apr 2017, 6:17 am

 Laying gracefully in the majestic Red River Valley in the North Texas hill country, the newly opened 4R Ranch Vineyards and Winery & Barnhaus.

  Where the short-grass prairie drops into the Red River Valley, the 4R Ranch—with its magnificent vistas and rocky terrain—is perfectly suited for growing grapes. Patriarch W.C. Roper encouraged his family of sixth-generation Texans to share the beauty of this extraordinary place with others; and so it was love of this man and love of the land that inspired 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery. Chinquapin oaks, white-tailed deer, the endangered black-capped vireo, and the occasional Rio Grande turkey inhabit this incredible property. Powered by sun, earth and wind, 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery calls us all to slow our pace, enjoy the view, and sip a glass of wine in the magnificent Red River Valley.

 A wine selection consisting of :
There seems to be a wine that will be enjoyed by every pallet.  

Willem Johnson is an award-winning winemaker, cellar master and sommelier. He comes to 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery with extensive experience that has taken him from luxury properties in Nantucket, Vail and Beaver Creek—where he earned accolades from Wine Spectator—to Churchill Wine Cellars in Wolcott, Colorado.
As a winemaker he was awarded more than 60 medals over seven years at the Colorado Mountain Winefest. At 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery, he will continue his practice of marrying food, wine and stellar service with a passionate commitment to excellence.

The Wind Shed offers two locations for events, wedding ceremonies and receptions. The 50-foot cantilevered deck offers panoramic views of the valley below.

A historic hay barn—now our wine production building—has been restored and retrofitted with solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling. With its beautiful and open interior, The BarnHaus is not only a modern winemaking facility but also a special event space perfect for weddings and memorable events.

Not to be missed is the  Vineyard Flea Boutique. Located inside the Wind Shed Tasting Room, The Vineyard Flea Boutique offers a selection of gifts inspired by the surrounding vineyards and rustic setting.

 Hours of Operation:
Thursdays and Sundays: 12 to 5 p.m.
Fridays: 12 to 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 12 to 7 p.m.

Rum Runner Punch 3 Apr 2017, 3:09 pm

Brads Famous Rum Runner Punch!

Just In Time For The Warm Seasons of Spring/Summer

Many Guests want Brad's recipe for the Rum Punch. 

This is his personal creation. If you want it pure:

**6 large lemons squeezed (if you warm them prior to squeezing in microwave for 30 seconds- the lemon will yield almost twice the juice), 2 quarts cold water, 3 Tablespoons of honey- (you will taste the honey in this so be sure and use a high quality honey that is rich and dark) , either 2 cups of fresh raspberries or a bag of organic frozen raspberries (pureed when thawed), strain raspberries in a sieve to only capture the raspberry juice. Discard the pulp and seeds in the strainer.  Mix together and add 6-8 oz of rum. Taste as you add the rum, for parties we make it stiff and for casual sipping, it is less strong.  I love to liven this up with pineapple leaves and some fresh fruit.  I have also added a but of Amaretto or  Cointreau to add a new zing to the usual flair. 

*  Brad has developed what I call the "cheat recipe":
If you want it quick, cheap, and store bought easy- Use two cans of lemonade, one can of frozen fruit punch, 1/2 Gallon of water and 2 cans of rum. I would def add Amaretto or Cointreau to this recipe as I am not a fan of the frozen product, but time is usually of the essence in our fast paced world. 

I personally love the 1st recipe, great to sip on a warm summer day relaxing on the patio or with friends (here at Elm Creek) and the bottom version is good on a camping trip, out by the pool or lake.


Human Kindness Is Real and We Humans are Here to be Kind to All. 3 Apr 2017, 1:05 pm

I (Marcia), recently read an article that said that humans are the only animals that have a cruel, built in, affinity toward natural selection. This article was clearly written by someone who has never lived In the country.

 I have observed the little chic, that had a bent wing, and all the chickens pecked it to death. Or the one that was my pet named "crook neck" that was eventually killed by the rooster. Or the male rabbit that refused to breed to the female with a bent ear. Or the dairy goat that pushed away her kid with a bent leg and refused to nurse it. Even after we put a splint on the leg and it was actively romping around with the rest of the kids, she never took the kid. We had to bottle feed the kid till it was on pasture. Even their own siblings ostracize them if there is something "different" about them.

 The action of kindness is dependent on one's empathy. All animals (including the human ones) display a certain degree of altruism, but until it has been proven otherwise, only humans are capable of conceiving "kindness."  Anthropomorphism - is attributing to animals characteristics that can exist only in human. Too many movies give a false impression that animals display, exhibit and own human traits.

  Maybe there's hope for humanity yet. As a species, studies have shown humans to be more willing to help strangers than other types of primates, and we exhibit less conflict within our groups compared with other animals too.

 That's hard to believe if you switch on the news today, but new research suggests that we evolved the drive to be 'kind' in order to get access to more resources - and hints that it's not impossible for humans to become more welcoming to people of different backgrounds.

 So in conclusion, I would say that humans, like all animals, have a built-in genetic code to lean toward natural selection. However, in contrast, we have compassion, kindness and we have empathy toward one another. Even unto animals that have been shunned by their own kind.

 We have the ability to love and spoil, those who are not our own kind and we love to socialize with each other.

We will give you a big hug if you come and visit us if you want one :)

  (ok Bailey (puppy in the dress) might be a bit spoiled).

Being a Kid @ Elm Creek Manor! 23 Mar 2016, 9:55 am

Closed for a couple days last week to host some "little guests". 3 of our grandkids came for their spring break. They wanted to be treated "just like our real guests" LOL. I guess the pampering may begin at a young age.

Changes to the lower barn! 21 Mar 2016, 3:50 pm

Well we are very excite to be moving the lower barn up the hill by the driveway.  Many of our guests, that were here in 2015, know, we were hit with 8 floods of the Elm Creek.  The poor lower barn, literally had a river running through it- 8 times!!

Well, the barn has been partially disassembled as pictured below and placed on skids. The tractors are coming on Thursday and will push and pull it 100 feet up the hill to rest beside the bend in the driveway.  

The old barn will be repainted and 100 year old beams will be placed back into the barn exterior to create a charming European Timbered barn (as pictures at the bottom).  

The topography of Elm Creek Manor varies greatly with nearly 145 feet height from the location of the Manor house up on the hill, down to the banks of the Elm Creek.  It allows for fabulous views and great experiences along the Elm Creek 
(when not flooding-once in 100 years :o)

Creating Abundance for Our Guests......Aquaponics Greenhouse is Soon to be in Action!!!! 8 Sep 2013, 11:25 am

strawberry towerWe are excited about our next venture.... transforming the greenhouse into a closed cycle Aquaponics garden. No chemicals, not preservatives,  just nature at its best! 

Elm Creek Manor  just like Bright Agrotech is passionate about growing healthy, sustainable food for our customers and encourage people everywhere to do the same.

Can't wait for our guests to see the system in action.

Vertical Farming for the Future!

With our Goats producing gallons of fresh creamy milk a day, they are allowing us to create beautiful cheeses and delicious foods.  Let's also mention the record number of eggs  we are getting from our 63 happy free range chickens, which of course also produce beautiful healthy meat.  Plus our rabbits are producing lean tasty meat and our bees are giving us an abundance of honey.  Now we want to expand our growing capacity from the outdoor gardens to a greater bounty of beautiful organic fruits and vegetables.  You can't get purer than having all your food produced at the estate and seeing the results of healthy happy organic and chemical free animals, plants and bees!

See the Aquponic system we are putting in.  This guy is brilliant and we are committed to his pure farming techniques. 
Check out http://brightagrotech.com! Bright Agrotech is a leader in vertical, space-saving aquaponic and hydroponic production equipment.
Dr. Nate Storey inventor of ZipGrowTM Towers & Matrix Media

Elm Creek Manor Spring Garden 2 May 2013, 2:42 pm

 Is this winter in May??

Our wonderful South Garden has been planted with Squashes, Watermelons, Tiger Melons, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Potato, Corn, Beans & Ground Cherries!

Mother nature has come in with a vengeance and is sending a freeze our way in May!  I believe this is a record low.  May this for tell a cool summer?  One will hope so.

 Brad is diligently  saving our crop before the temperature drops.

New seedlings do not like freezing weather.

Brad has covered each plant with an insulated cup and then heaps of straw from the goat pen that is in our compost pile are mounded around each cup to create a thermal insulation method.  The decomposing straw creates heat, and insulation, thus warming the cup and keeping the plant from freezing.

Job well done Brad!

 24 Apr 2013, 5:01 pm

Drum Roll Please.......
Today on Smart Traveler...
At B&Bs, Culinary Travel is "Inn"
April 23, 2013 4:08 pm by Anne Banas

When it comes to staying in a bed and breakfast, sleeping is only half the equation. A morning meal can make the difference between an OK stay and a life-changing one. Needless to say, choosing the right inn is essential. That's why, coming off the heels of its Best B&B (full disclosure: I had the pleasure of serving as a guest judge), BedandBreakfast.com is revealing its Top 10 Culinary Inns in the world. And if breakfast isn't enough, there are plenty of other ways to bring out your inner gourmand, including gourmet dinners, cooking classes, wine tastings, and even welcome desserts right when you arrive.

Here's a quick synopsis of the inns that made the list and what culinary offerings make them stand out:

 Farm-to-Table Experiences
Elm Creek Manor in Gainesville, TX

Take a food-filled adventure at this BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection inn. Sated by the innkeepers, it's “much more than a culinary experience; it is about love and respect for whole foods.” Dining here is a complete farm-to-table adventure. They grow their own organic herbs, fruits, and veggies, in addition fresh eggs. They raise organic beef, and they have dairy goats whose milk they use to make cheeses and milk for cooking. Their bees provide fresh honey and wax for their cheeses. Take a six-hour cheese-making course to help prepare aged cheeses while snacking on fruit, wine and cheese. You’ll be sent home with a jar of fresh chevre. Regular cooking classes are available, which teach you basic techniques as you prepare a meal (and taste wine in the process). For a more in-depth experience, you’re able to collect vegetables in the gardens, gather eggs from the barns, milk a goat, and even dress out a chicken or rabbit. Add on a five-course gourmet dinner to your stay here, or order a delicious fondue dinner. If you have a sweet tooth, order the in-room chocolate fondue dessert tray served with complimentary wine.

 25 Jan 2013, 2:34 pm

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Mary White Talks Spa Getaways on Martha Stewart Live Radio

Is your mind, body and soul in need of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation? Have you been feeling scattered looking for your center? Perhaps a spa getaway is in order. From Thai massages and downward dogs to herbal facials and detoxifying baths, a spa escape can be a welcome respite from your busy life.

Mary White, founder of BnBFinder.com, spoke about some of these top spa getaways on Martha Stewart Live: She stated that to add a little European flair into your spa getaway when you visit Texas and the Elm Creek Manor Luxury Spa Resort. Set amongst 14-rolling acres of pecan trees, you’ll find your center in a facility designed specifically for wellness and harmony. Sip on delicious detoxifying hot milled wine before enjoying a Therapeutic Herbal Facial and a delectable light spa lunch prepared from ingredients from the inns working farm.

 Mary White and host, Betsy Karetnick, on Martha Stewart Radio