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. http://wurstfest.com/

-Bootsie the Cat