Saturday, December 26, 2009

New Year's Eve in the Texas Hill Country

Looking for a fun and romantic way to bring in the New Year? Come stay at the Inn Above Onion Creek. We've been booked for months but we had a last minute cancellation in the Schlemmer room. Surf and Turf for New Year's Eve Dinner.

-Bootsie the Cat

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Inn Above Onion Creek "Artists"

We have such talented guests that visit the Inn Above Onion Creek. Carl and Sonia Muniz were at the Inn this weekend to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Upon checking out Carl had asked if we had any vines that he could cut to make a cross to commemorate his anniversary and stay here at the Inn. Well, we have no shortage of vines here with our wonderful groundskeeper Isabel taking care of things. Carl quickly cut some passion vine and within 5 minutes Sonia had crafted this beautiful cross. Congratulations on your 10 years together!

-Bootsie the Cat

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Painting The Inn Above Onion Creek

We are taking advantage of a few slow days here at the Inn Above Onion Creek by giving the rooms a fresh coat of paint. We recently finished the common areas, i.e. the library, dining room and kitchen and now we've made our way to the rooms. Make your reservation today so you can be the first to ding up the paint in your favorite room!

-Bootsie the Cat

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Merry Christmas from The Inn Above Onion Creek Staff

Merry Christmas to all of our wonderful guests. You help made 2009 our most successful year ever!

-Bootsie the Cat

Friday, December 11, 2009

Great Hill Country Shopping

Guests have been taking advantage of all the great shopping here in the Texas hill country. Prime and Tanger outlet malls are a short 20 minutes from the Inn Above Onion Creek and with all the quaint shops in Wimberley and Gruene there are endless opportunities to find that last minute Christmas gift. And remember we will still have our free gift wrapping special going on. Book a room during the month of December and receive free gift wrapping for five presents.

-Bootsie the Cat

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Friends of Seton Celebration at Inn Above Onion Creek

On October 1st the new Seton-Hays hospital opened in Kyle, Texas. It's a beautiful new hospital serving the Hays county area and we are very proud it is in our home town. Last night at the Inn Above Onion Creek the Seton-Hays Foundation held a board meeting in our library followed by a party with "friends of Seton". A wide selection of delicious appetizers were served to the 50 guests in attendance prepared by our wonderful kitchen staff. Holiday cheer was in the air as the guests mingled and forged new friendships. The celebration was hosted by our very own assistant innkeeper Mary Ann Mattis and Tom Searcy, our neighbor to the West (pictured above). Both are directors for the Seton-Hays foundation. We welcome our new friends at Seton-Hays.

-Bootsie the Cat

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Plants Building Igloo's??? Strange Happening At The Inn Above Onion Creek

An interesting phenomenon occurred with the frost we received this morning. Overnight a small type of plant seemed to build a coat of ice for protection. The "coats" of ice are actually hollow and they resemble a tee-pee or igloo that has been built around the base of the stem. During breakfast at the Inn Above Onion Creek the guests were commenting on this strange happening and nobody had ever seen anything like it. Have any of you? If so we'd love to know about this process.

-Bootsie the Cat

Friday, December 4, 2009

Snow in the Texas Hill Country

Winter wonderland has arrived at the Inn Above Onion Creek! Granted it only hung around for 15 minutes but we did see some snow falling on the Inn. Snow in the Texas hill country is a pretty sight!

-Bootsie the Cat

Christmas Decorating at the Inn Above Onion Creek

Here you can see Mary Ann decorating our newly arrived Christmas tree. December is a great time to visit the Inn Above Onion Creek. Our rooms are a fantastic retreat from the cold and great place to relax from the daily grind. After arrival settle in to your room where a toasty fire can warm you up as you enjoy the beautiful hill country views. Grab a movie from the library and hop into one of our feather beds and just relax until 6pm when you can head down to the dining room for a tasty 3 course dinner. After dinner retire to the room where a whirlpool bath will get you ready for a wonderful night sleep. Sound relaxing? Give us a call for a last minute escape to the Inn Above Onion Creek.

-Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Largest Team Disc Golf Tournament in Wimberley Texas

Dear Guests:

Disc golf may not be mainstream but it's gaining popularity here in the US and around the world. Central Texas is home to one the industry's legends, John Houck, owner of Millennium Golf Disks and one of the nations top course designers. Houck has designed courses in 15 states, including two 18 hole courses at Circle R Ranch in Wimberley, Texas, where the 10th Annual Texas Teams Tournament will be held . 100's of disc golfers will challenge Houck's two championship courses on November 20-22nd to compete for the Texas Team title. If you enjoy tossing around a Frisbee or playing golf head out to Circle R and watch the nations best players battle it out. And remember we have plenty of room here at the Inn Above Onion Creek to play a round of disc golf so don't forget to bring along a Frisbee or two during your next stay.

-Bootsie the Cat

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Film Crew Visits The Inn Above Onion Creek

Dear Guests:

I Didn't Come Here to Die isn't something most guests think when visiting the Inn Above Onion Creek, but that's the name of the movie that recently filmed a scene on our mile long driveway. A Hollywood film crew spent the day filming a roadside scene where an innocent victim perished at the hands of a brutal killer. Sounds scary huh? I would imagine the film will come out sometime in 2010. We'll let you know when it hits the theaters or DVD so you can check out our world famous driveway. If you check out our directions page you can view a time-ramped video that speeds you down the driveway in 10 seconds, that's a bit faster than we suggest driving down it.

-Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Texas Hill Country Thanksgiving Dinner Experience

Dear Guests:

Not wanting to cook Thanksgiving dinner this year? Come out to the Inn Above Onion Creek and let Chef Adrian and his staff whip you up a delicious Thanksgiving Day feast. We still have a few open spots for dining guests to join us. We'll be starting out light with a mixed green salad. Then we move to the main course where we'll be serving traditional roasted turkey and ham. On the side we'll have mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, yams, stuffing and cranberry sauce. The plate will literally be piled high with yummy Thanksgiving dinner goodness! A dessert table with pecan pie, pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheese cake will be waiting those that still have room in their tummies. Dinner is served at 1:00 pm so the guys can be home in time for the Cowboys game or a Thanksgiving Day afternoon nap. $38.00 per person plus tax and gratuity.

-Bootsie the Cat

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Redcoats are coming to the Inn Above Onion Creek!

A strange white fungus-like substance has been forming on some of the prickly pear cactus at the Inn Above Onion Creek and they have quite a history that we'd like to share with ya'll. The fungus substance is actually a waxy protective coating around the Cochineal Scale, a small insect. Within that white covering is a deep red substance that was prized for centuries as a red dye for clothing.

Following is an except from an article by Scott Rodgers that explains some of the interesting history of this small insect.

When Cort├ęz and his conquistadors entered Tenochtitlan they were taken back by the bright red color of some of the clothing worn by the Aztecs. They had nothing like it back in Spain where they only had plant materials to dye clothes and the colors were not very bright. They were quick to seek out the source of this bright red dye. The source of the red color was from the cochineal scale, a small insect that attaches itself to the purple prickly pear cactus (Santa Rita Opuntia). When crushed this scale results in a bright red color When they found out the source, they sent some back to Spain where there was an immediate request for more. The demand for this resulted in it becoming a most desired export. It was second only to gold. The distinctive redcoats of the British Army were dyed with cochineal scale. Cochineal Scale scale remained the preferred source of red dye until the 1850’s when the first synthetic (aniline) dyes became available. Cochineal is still produced in South America and India. It is still used to color drinks, artists oil paints, food , and cosmetics. It is also used in the medical field as a biological stain and an indicator in acid base titrations. Cochineal scale is not listed on the ingredients in foods and cosmetics, they use the terms “carmine” or “carminic acid.” It is widely used in lipstick, rouge, sausage and some candies.

-Bootsie the Cat

Wurstfest in New Braunfels

Visiting the Inn Above Onion Creek this weekend and need some plans? Wurstfest is the 49th "Salute to Sausage" to be held in the quaint town of New Braunfels. You'll find lots of Food, Fun and Music at this Texas Hill Country Celebration.

Here's the link to the website.

-Bootsie the Cat

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween at The Inn Above Onion Creek

Dear Guests:

Need a quick overnight hill country getaway? We still have a couple of rooms open for Halloween eve at the Inn Above Onion Creek. Special last minute rates available. Give us a call and we'll S C A R E you with our crazy rates! And remember guests will be judging our annual pumpkin craving contest. Don, the assistant innkeeper has his ready to go. Here it is.

-Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Creek Flowing at Inn Above Onion Creek Bed and Breakfast

Dear Guests:

The recent rains in the Texas Hill Country have finally paid off. For first time in almost two years the water is flowing in Onion Creek. During your next stay at the Inn Above Onion Creek enjoy a short walk down to the Overlook to hear the sounds of gently flowing water and take in the breath-taking views of the Texas Hill Country. It's truly a relaxing experience.

-Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The real Texas is in the hills --

Dear Guests:

I found this great article by an LA Times reporter who was singing the praises of the Texas Hill Country. I hope you all enjoy it.

-Bootsie the Cat

The real Texas is in the hills --

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Saltlick BBQ Beef Ribs Chef Bobby Flay's Favorite

Dear Guests:

Iron Chef Bobby Flay knows a thing or two about food. He recently talked about his favorite BBQ of all time on the Food Network program "The best thing I ever ate". His favorite? Saltlick Barbecue Beef Ribs. The Beef ribs are not on the daily menu but you can find them there on Sundays. Bobby recommends the beef ribs with the habanero BBQ sauce, but then again he likes the heat. Next time you're heading out from a relaxing weekend at the Inn Above Onion Creek be sure and stop by Saltlick BBQ for lunch and grab some Iron Chef worthy Beef Ribs.

-Bootsie the Cat

Friday, October 16, 2009

Halloween Feast at The Inn Above Onion Creek

On Halloween Eve we will be serving a special 4 course dinner. Chef Adrian and his staff will add an additional course to our normal 3-course dinner so no goblins or ghosts will go hungry while trick or treating. Additionally, guests dining with us on Halloween will also be judging our 3rd annual pumpkin carving contest. The staff take this contest very seriously, especially Don, the assistant innkeeper. I think he got robbed and he should have taken home the blue ribbon.... but unfortunately they don't let cats vote. Last year's winning pumpkin was cleverly shaped like a hamburger.

-Bootsie the Cat

Friday, October 9, 2009

Texas Hill Country Fishing Trips

Dear Guests:

With the recent rains restoring the water levels in many of the hill country rivers, and with the cooler fall temperatures, it's a great time for a hill country fishing trip. I found this great article talking about the prime conditions in many of local rivers. Check it out here. If fishing sounds like a relaxing way to spend time in the Texas hill country we recommend Davis Fly Fishing Service, a guide based excursion specializing in Hill Country trout and river bass. Davis Fly fishing service offers float trips on the Blanco, Llano, San Marcos and Guadalupe rivers. check out their site here. If you need help planning a hill country fishing trip please contact the staff at the Inn Above Onion Creek.

-Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Top 5 Texas Hill Country Golf Courses

Dear Guests:

I found a great article from rating the top 5 hill country golf courses. There are some world class golf courses not too far from the Inn Above Onion Creek. Take a look and see if your favorite texas golf course is on the list. A couple of nice courses not mentioned are Grey Rock Golf Club in South Austin and The Bandit in New Braunfels. I know Don, the assistant innkeeper enjoys both of those golf courses and recommends each of them. Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle is only about 6 miles from the Inn and offers a challenging 7100 yard track from the back tees. If you need any help planning a hill country golf outing please call the staff at the Inn Above Onion Creek.

check out the article here.

-Bootsie the Cat

Monday, October 5, 2009

Texas Wine Trail Upcoming Events

Dear Guests:

Here is an article I found that has some great info on the various Texas wine trails. It also has some listings of upcoming wine events and festivals. Oct. 9-10 the 23rd Annual Gruene Music and Wine Festival will be kicking off. Be sure and check out Gruene during your next visit to the Inn Above Onion Creek.

Texas has 9 wine trails to follow Greater Houston Weekly Top Of The Week Houston Community Newspapers Online - News Around Town

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-Bootsie the Cat

Friday, October 2, 2009

Texas Hill Country Inn Keeper in NY & Boston

Bootsie has given me permission to add a few photos of my trip to New York and Boston. I've had a wonderful time while away from the Inn Above Onion Creek and here are a few pictures that I've snapped while exploring the beautiful North East. I hope you all enjoy the pictures.

Click to view the entire album here.

-Don (Assistant Innkeeper)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Greening of a Texas Hill Country Bed and Breakfast

Dear Guests:

As you may or may not know the Inn Above Onion Creek is a member of "Green Hotels" an organization that promotes eco-friendly practices in the hospitality industry. As a result we are always looking for ways to be "greener" here at the Inn. Nope, we haven't gotten more eco-friendly but things are definitely much greener after the recent rain storms that hit the Texas hill country last week. The native Texas grasses have started growing again and the flowers in the gardens and in the courtyard are in full bloom!

We are happy to to report that the butterflies are in full force as well. Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Queens, and various Swallowtails have been fluttering around the Inn grounds and laying eggs for the next generation of beautiful butterflies. With the cooler fall temperatures now is a great time to visit the Inn Above Onion Creek and check out the great Texas hill Country attractions. We still have availability for the weekend of Sept. 25-26, take a look at our availability calendar to see if your favorite room is available.

-Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wimberley Zipline Adventures

Dear Guests:

Our friends at Wimberley Zipline Adventures just got a nice piece of press by, check out the article here. Flying through the Texas hill country is an experience you won't soon forget and Wimberley Ziplines is just a short drive from the Inn Above Onion Creek. Next time you visit the Inn and you're looking for some excitement be sure and book a trip to Wimberley Zipline Adventures.

-Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Texas Hill Country Lodging Special

Dear Guests:

We need rain here in the Texas hill country and we are asking for your help. Do you know an effective rain dance, a rain ritual, or any other way to make it rain? Then we want you to come visit our bed and breakfast. The Inn Above Onion Creek has a Texas Hill Country Lodging Special, it's the "Singing in the Rain" September special. If it rains at the Inn during your stay (more than a few drops) then you will receive a 10% discount for that night's stay. So, for example, if it rains 2 days during a three night stay you will receive 10% off for two nights.

Central Texas is currently at an exceptional drought stage but fortunately here at the Inn Above Onion Creek we have a gray water collection system that we use to water our gardens and courtyard, so all of the beautiful flowers, including the morning glories are still in bloom. The cooler September temperatures have already started so it's a great time to come visit the Inn Above Onion Creek, and maybe during your visit you'll be "Singing In The Rain".

-Bootsie the Cat

Friday, August 21, 2009

Texas Hill Country Interactive Maps

Dear Guests:

The staff at the Inn Above Onion Creek in Kyle, Texas have recently updated their website to include some new interactive maps of the Texas Hill Country. One interactive map shows all of the cool hill country attractions; like Wimberley Zipline Adventures, Hamilton Pool, Texas wineries, and many other fun locals. Be sure and check it on the "activities" page. The other interactive map located on the "grounds" page features a satellite view of the grounds and hiking trails on the property. I'm not much of a hiker myself but Nigel the Cat loves to take people for walks on the trails. He's been known to let people know when they are headed off trail.


Friday, August 14, 2009

"Some Like It Hot" Hill Country Vacation Offer

Dear Guests:
As you might have known it's been pretty hot here in the Texas Hill Country lately. Well the staff at the Inn Above Onion Creek know that "Some Like It Hot" and are rewarding those who don't mind a bit of heat with a Hill Country lodging offer. Take a look at the flier below to see what Amy and Don have come up with to make your next trip to the Austin, TX area a bit cooler on the wallet. There are lots of great activities to stay cool during your Hill Country Vacation: Floating in the pool at the Inn, visiting the Inn Above Onion Creek spa, a morning trip to Wimberley Zipline Adventures where the cool breeze moves through your hair as you fly high above the Texas Hill Country. And don't forget Mandola Winery is having their red wine release dinner celebration later this month.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mandola Winery in Driftwood

Dear Bootsie: I've heard great things about Mandola Winery in Driftwood, Texas. Do you know much about it?

Dear Guest: Mandola Estate Winery is a short 10 minute drive from The Inn Above Onion Creek. Damian Mandola and his wife Trina have built a beautiful Italian inspired winery that is one of the premiere stops on the Texas Wine Trail. Damian has brought his many years of culinary experience to Trattoria Lisina restaurant, a beautiful Tuscan style restaurant that serves delicious Italian fare.
August 28th at 7pm, Mandola Winery will be hosting a special dinner to celebrate the bottling and release of their new red wines. There will be four courses each paired with one of their new red wines. Then on September 4th, they are hosting a Piemont regional dining experience to celebrate the cuisine of the Piemont region of Italy. Italian wines will accompnay dinner to make the Italian dining experience complete.
Coming in the fall, Mandola winery will be hosting cooking classes that will focus on specific regions of Italian cusine. I'll be sure and let you know when they set a schedule. An Italian cooking class and a stay at The Inn Above Onion Creek Bed and Breakfast would make for a romantic getaway on the Texas Wine Trail.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July!!!

Happy 4th of July!

Dear Friends:

As you can see I've decided to leave the Inn for a few days and take a summer job job selling fireworks. My favorite type of fireworks you ask? Black Cat of course. I hope you all have a safe and fun Fourth of July! Please remember it's very dry here in Texas and it's a good idea to have a fire extinguisher handy when shooting off fireworks.

-Bootsie the Cat

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Romantic Hill Country Wedding Venue

Romance was in the air here at the Inn Above Onion Creek over the weekend. A beautiful young couple got married under majestic oaks trees here at the Inn. The couple had stayed at the Inn before and thought it would be the prefect setting for a Texas hill country wedding. Sticking with the rustic theme they had Chef Adrian prepare a Chicken Fried Steak Wedding Dinner. Our chef can create and cater for just about any event here at the Inn. The ceremony was in a nice shaded area between the two main buildings under large oaks so everyone managed just fine with the warm temperatures. I napped through most of the wedding but I heard "Leigh" (that dog) was front and center while the couple took their vows.

-Bootsie the Cat

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Crawfish Boil

Dear Bootsie: I want to plan a hill country family reunion, can you do anything special for us?

Dear Guest: Funny you ask that because we just had a Family Getaway here at the Inn. The Family booked the entire Inn for a Birthday party and family reunion. They had a wonderful time! They relaxed at the pool, played games, and enjoyed many of the hill country attractions. They were able to select their menus while here and Chef Adrian did a fabulous Crawfish Boil one night. It smelled so yummy but they didn't seem to want to share with Nigel and me. I did hear that Nigel got caught trying out the butter though. Check out this great picture of all the delicious food! Makes me hungry! Call us and we'll talk about what special things we can plan for your next hill country family getaway!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Bootsie and the Birds

Bootsie Learns the hard way what the saying "Everything is bigger in Texas" means. The hummingbirds have returned to the Inn Above Onion Creek and the Inn's courtyard is coming back to it's full glory with loads of butterflies, birds and flowers. We hope you all can come visit during this beautiful time of year. Next up.... pool time!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Butterflies at the Inn

Dear Bootsie: When are the Butterflies returning to the Inn?

Dear Guest: I went looking for caterpillars yesterday but I didn't find any.The Monarchs should be returning shortly, along with all of the other beautiful species. I just love laying in the courtyard and watching all the pretty butterflies pollinating the flowers.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bootsie's Grooming Tips

Dear Bootsie: The change of seasons has really wreaked havoc on my skin. What should I do?

Bootsie: Dear Guest, I find that a granite scrub really helps exfoliate my skin and helps remove shedding hair. Amy gives me a brisk rub, followed by a relaxing hot stone treatment, and my coat and skin feel GREAT! While napping I've heard various guests returning from the spa say that the salt polish really softened their skin and that they really liked the hot stone treatment. Why not give it a try.

Bootsie's Thought of the Week: Spa treatments offer grooming without the hairballs.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Bootsie answers your questions...

Dear Bootsie: What can I do at the Inn?

Bootsie: I often hear Don and Amy answering questions about what there is to do at the inn. They tell people about the great wineries in the area, the excellent shopping and the beautiful parks, but I rarely hear them mention napping. I've requested that they add it to the activities list on the website. Don can use the GPS to map out my favorite napping spots for you.

Bootsie's Weekly Advice: Always take a nap before making any decisions.