Posts Tagged ‘Texas wineries’

Piney Woods Wine Trail

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
East Texas Wineries.

Discover the wines of East Texas on the Piney Woods Wine Trail.

The Piney Woods Wine Trail stretches across East Texas. It is best traveled slowly, in stages. Meander from one Texas Winery to the next, tasting, touring, and appreciating the beauty of the land. Break up your days with long lunches. Spend each night at a different East Texas Bed and Breakfast.

Sounds like a pretty nice vacation, doesn’t it?

Given the vast area it covers, the Piney Woods Wine Trail has been divided into four Wine Roads: the North East Wine Road, Central Wine Road, South West Wine Road, and North West Wine Road. Read on to learn a bit more about each.



Friday, May 4th, 2012
Welcome to Aggieland, College Station Bed and Breakfasts

The sign says it all.

“Howdy” is how you’ll be greeted when you arrive at a College Station, Texas Bed and Breakfast, or just about anywhere else in Aggieland. Home to Texas A&M University, Aggieland is a special place with a big heart and strong traditions.

Just why is it so special? If you’re an Aggie yourself, you know all about it. If you’re a prospective Aggie, you’ll find out. It’s hard to describe, but it’s easy to recognize. It’s the unique school spirit that exists here, the “spirit that can ne’er be told”. Curious? You should be.

College Station Bed and Breakfasts are idea for folks visiting Aggieland for an event at Texas A&M or to check out the school. They are also a good choice for folks who are touring Central Texas and visiting the area at large.

Aggieland Bed and Breakfasts

Drive by the Aggie Barn.

College Station is close to historic downtown Bryan, which is undergoing revitalization and is a great spot to shop for antiques.

The Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan is a fascinating chronicle of the history of African American life, from ancient civilizations to the present day.

Messina Hof Winery is close to College Station. They produce over 50 varietal wines and offer daily winery tours and wine tastings.

It’s impossible to feel like a stranger in Aggieland, thanks to its generous spirit of hospitality. We think you’ll find that hospitality extends to the Bed and Breakfasts of College Station, as well.

Spend a few days discovering Aggieland. It’s a delightful place to be.

October is Texas Wine Month Trail

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Wine Cellar

The Wine Cellar at Spicewood Vineyards.

Wine tasting weekends in the Texas Hill Country are always fun. We hear all about it, for many wine tasters lodge in Hill Country Texas Bed and Breakfasts.

At the wineries, couples sit elbow to elbow sniffing, swilling, and searching for the most accurate description of the wines.  Friends turn wine tasting weekends into more social events, but still enjoy the tasting. Wine tasting can even be interesting and fun for solo travelers.

Yet in truth, wine tasting can become a bit tiring if too much of it is crammed into one weekend. While anyone can appreciate wine at one Texas Hill Country Winery, it takes a certain endurance to be able to appreciate the contents of the glass at, say, the fifth winery of the day.

The solution? Spread out the wine tasting.

October is Texas Wine Month Trail in the Hill Country. For $15/person, budding and seasoned oenophiles may taste wines at 27 wineries. In addition, participants will receive discounts on purchases. It’s worth the price of admission, and it’s worth visiting as many wineries as possible. It’s also worth taking your time.

There are 45 Texas Hill Country Bed and Breakfasts in our Texas B&B Association, scattered throughout the region from Kerrville to Dripping Springs, Brownwood to Boerne. Many of them are close to wineries. Take your time. Visit a winery, relax at a nearby Hill Country Texas Bed and Breakfast, and after a sumptuous meal the next morning, visit another winery.

Hopping from one winery to the next, one B&B to another – what a delightful way to spend the rest of October.

Additional information about Texas Wine Month Trail may be found at Texas Wine Trail.


Hill Country Harvest Wine Trail

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Grape Harvest

Celebrate the grape harvest in the Texas Hill Country.

The end of the grape growing season in the Texas Hill Country is celebrated the weekends of August 5-7 and August 12-14 with the 2011 Harvest Wine Trail. This is a great time to tour vineyards, meet vintners, and taste wine. Hill Country Texas Bed and Breakfasts welcome oenophiles!

The grape harvest is traditionally a celebratory event. It’s hard work, to be sure, and it needs to be completed in a timely manner. Everyone lends a hand, from farm hands to farm owners. This is when the most exciting aspect of wine making occurs – the crush – and folks on the 2011 Harvest Wine Trail will be well placed to witness it.

Each winery visit includes 1 to 3 complimentary tastes of wine and a 15% discount on certain purchases of three bottles or more. When you purchase your ticket, you’ll also receive a gift of Kerrygold cheeses. Pick it up at the winery of your choice and bring it with you as you taste, for nothing compliments wine quite like smooth, flavorful cheese.

There are nine Texas wineries in and around Fredericksburg, making Fredericksburg an ideal choice of lodging while you enjoy the 2011 Harvest Wine Trail. Yet there are Hill Country Texas Bed and Breakfasts throughout the area, in Comfort, Boerne, Marble Falls, Dripping Springs, Wimberley, and elsewhere. Many are close to at least one of the wineries on the trail. Use one as a base, or wander from one Texas Bed and Breakfast to the next.

Additional information about the Harvest Wine Trail is available at Texas Hill Country Wineries.

27 wineries participate in the Harvest Wine Trail. Please pace yourself or have a designated driver.

Washington County Wine Trail

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Wine aficionados should check out the Washington County Wine Trail of Central Texas. Three wineries near Brenham Texas Bed and Breakfasts offer tours and wine tasting. All are beautifully situated, with magnificent views that are reason enough to visit them.

Saddlehorn Winery is located on 360-acre ranch in Burton, Texas. Wines are poured in a renovated horse barn overlooking the working winery. Their wines range from semi-sweet Muscats (perfect on a hot Texas afternoon) to big Cabernet Sauvignons.

Windy Winery
is situated on top of a hill outside Brenham. Wines crafted at Windy Hill are made from grapes grown only in Texas.

Pleasant Hill Winery offers tours that follow the grape from the vine to the glass. Located in Brenham, the winery offers commanding views of the surrounding Central Texas countryside.

The 2011 Lavender & Wine Fest is a good time for a Brenham Texas Bed and Breakfast getaway. Stand among fragrant fields of lavender at Chappell Hill Lavender Farm, then head to Windy Winery for a grape stomp, live music, and wine tasting. The Lavender & Wine Fest is August 13, 2011.

There are ten wineries along the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Take your time and visit them all.


Historic Grapevine Texas

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Grapevine TX Bed and Breakfasts are conveniently close to Dallas, Fort Worth, and the Dallas airport. As such, they are an ideal lodging choice for many travelers.

Yet Grapevine, Texas, is worth a look in and of itself. Its lovely, historic downtown area is home to numerous shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Guests of Grapevine TX Bed and Breakfasts will find there is so much to do here, they may not want or need to head into one of the neighboring big cities.

As the name suggests, Grapevine is home to more than one Texas Winery. The Grapevine Wine Trail leads to wineries year round, but is particularly fun to tour during special events such as the upcoming Fourth of July Wine Trail on Saturday, July 2, 2011. Please visit Grapevine Wine Trail for more details and additional events.

The next time your business or pleasure brings you to North Texas, swing by Grapevine. You’ll be happy you did.

Georgetown, Texas

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Georgetown, Texas, is 30 minutes north of Austin and makes a delightful destination for a weekend getaway. There is a surprising amount to do in, around, and even under this charming historic town.

Guests of Georgetown TX Bed and Breakfasts are close to Inner Space Cavern, an astonishing limestone cavern on the edge of the Texas Hill Country.

Nature has outdone herself in these caverns. Check out “The Flowing Stone of Time”, the “Lake of the Moon”, and the “Soda Straw Balcony”. Tours of the cavern reveal one masterpiece after another. It’s as if the world’s finest sculptors – from Michelangelo to Rodin to Calder – left some of their best work in this subterranean space.

In addition to remarkable limestone formations, Inner Space Cavern is also home to Pleistocene-age fossils. Visitors can still see bones from mammoths and saber-toothed cats. It’s extraordinary.

Inner Space Cavern isn’t the only reason to visit Georgetown Texas. The town has a beautiful downtown district, with many restored Victorian buildings. Southwestern University is in Georgetown, and there are many Texas Wineries nearby. Spend a few days at a Georgetown TX Bed and Breakfast, and explore above and below ground. You’ll be delightfully surprised.

A variety of cavern tours are offered daily. Find up-to-date information at Inner Space Cavern.

Wine and Dine Your Way Through Texas

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Wineries are a joy to visit no matter who you are. Couples find it romantic to linger in tasting rooms. Friends have fun deciding which wine has the better legs and nose. Gaggles of girlfriends reminisce old times as they make their way from one winery to another. This is true whether you are in the Napa Valley or the Texas Hill Country.

The Texas Hill Country has many excellent wineries. Plan a week or a weekend to travel the Texas Wine Trail, staying at Texas b&bs as you go.

Antiquing in Central Texas

Monday, December 14th, 2009

There is still a little time before Christmas to jump in the car and head to Central Texas, where you’ll find a number of excellent antique stores. Plan to stay at a few fine Central Texas inns, and make a holiday of it. (more…)