Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Holiday Fun in the Texas Hill Country!

It's hard to ignore the fast approach of the holidays, with all of this chilly weather here in the Texas Hill Country. We are making hardy preparations for our Inn Above Onion Creek Thanksgiving this week and Christmas isn't too far behind.

Champagne in front of the Inn's dining room fireplace.
We want to make sure our guests have the most memorable and festive time they can have during their stay, so in addition to the roaring fireplaces in every room, the Inn's cheery lights and comforting home cooked meals, here is a short compilation of all of the fantastic holiday events happening in our area.

3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market  - Austin, TX
Saturday, Nov. 30 & Sunday, Dec. 1, Event website
Hours: Everyday, 11:00am - 6:00pm

With over 100 sellers, a pizza bar, a photo booth and a comfy vintage lounge area you're bound to find the perfect gift for your someone special while have a good deal of fun while you're at it.

Dickens Christmas Parade - Lockhart, TX
Friday, Dec. 6 & Saturday, Dec. 7, Event website
Hours: Friday: Parade starts at 7:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 7:00pm

There is plenty to do and see at Lockhart's  "A Dickens' Christmas in Lockhart" festival , including Victorian garbed vendors, carriage rides, street performers, music, food and even the lighting of a yulelog. The festival starts with a "Lighted Christmas Parade" at 7pm on Friday and continues on into Saturday starting at 9:00am.

Sights and Sounds of Christmas - San Marcos, TX 
Friday, Dec. 6 -  Sunday, Dec. 8, Event website
Hours: Wednesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 1pm - 11:00pm

Sights and Sounds is an annual tradition in San Marcos and draws over 7,000 people each year. In addition to the beautiful lights that are strung up around the San Marcos river, there is also live music, hot cocoa, food, arts and crafts booths and plenty of holiday cheer.

Zilker Park Trail of Lights - Austin, TX
Sunday, Dec. 8 - Sunday, Dec. 22, Event website
Hours: Everyday, 7:00pm - 10:00pm 

This year mark's Austin's 49th Annual Trail of Lights. Every year, Zilker park's 1.25 mile trail is transformed into a show-stopping winter wonderland of light displays and holiday merriment. In addition to the beautiful lights displays are the headlining musical acts, food vendors and live artist demonstrations.

Lost Pines Christmas - Bastrop, TX
Thursday, Dec. 12 - Sunday, Dec. 15, Event website
Hours: Various

On the second weekend of December, Bastrop will hold their annual Lost Pines Christmas - four joyous days filled with wine and food tastings, a River of Lights, holiday shopping, a holiday tour of homes and a farmer's market.

-Bootsie the Cat

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fall Gardening Ideas from the Inn Above Onion Creek's Garden

Photo by Courtney Simchak.
Fall is finally upon us and many Texans are day-dreaming about sweaters, hot cider, and falling leaves. However, growing season isn't over just yet; we are seeing all kind of fruit trees, flowers and vegetables bloom right now in the Inn’s garden.

I asked Lori, one of our hard working gardeners, if she knew any great fall gardening to pass on to our guests.

Fall is the perfect time for planting shrubs, fruit trees and flowers. By planting your gardens now you give them the time needed to focus on developing their root systems during the winter, while they are dormant. With a strong root system in the spring, it really has a chance to thrive.

Lori mentioned that Fall is also a great opportunity to collect seeds and propagate plants like roses, sage and rosemary. 

For those interested in planting a fruit tree this season, Lori mentioned several species of fruit trees that grow beautifully in our Texas weather and soil, like Methely plums, Moonglow pears and figs. 

If you are interested in planting your own trees this fall, make sure to dig a hole that is twice the size of the pot and the same depth as the pot. You risk killing the plant if you place the soil too high or too low. Use the pot the sapling came in as a good indicator for what depth the whole should be.

To protect your plant from any damage caused by wildlife--deer in particular--put up a cage or barricade around your sapling. By surrounding your sapling with a cage or barricade, it has a better chance of establishing itself. PVC pipe is a great option.

Make sure to water the sapling a couple times a week for about a month or until it starts supporting itself, depending on the weather. You can tell if it’s under watered by looking to see if the leaves are curling in on themselves. If your leaves are drooping down, your plant is being over watered and risks root rot.

By Spring, with care, you should have a vibrant and developing fruit tree. In several years, after increasing in size, your tree will begin to bear fruit.

-Bootsie the Cat

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Select Registry's 2012 Vacation of a Lifetime Winners at Inn Above Onion Creek

Sunday we had the pleasure of welcoming Select Registry's 2013 Vacation of a Lifetime winners, Janet and Warren Hankammer, to the Inn Above Onion Creek. Select Registry held a Vacation of a Lifetime contest last year for all of their Rewards members and the lucky Grand Prize winners of the contest were awarded one free night stay at every Select Registry location for an entire year.

We are very honored to have been included in Janet and Warren's vacation adventure around America. We will make sure they have a trademark stay with us, starting with our three-course dinner made with fresh garden herbs and our homemade Walnut Chocolate Chip cookies.

The Kyle Chamber of Commerce CEO, Julie Snyder, stopped by Monday morning to give the Hankammers a warm Texas Hill Country welcome during breakfast.

We hope that Janet and Warren's Vacation of a Lifetime continues to be an exciting and enjoyable experience. We're are beside ourselves to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an outstanding adventure and it has been a treat to have them stay with us.

If you're wondering how to land your chance for a vacation of a lifetime, you still have time to enter the Select Registry's 2014 Vacation of a Lifetime contest. You can find the contest guidelines at the Select Registry website.

-Bootsie the Cat

Friday, September 13, 2013

A Visiting Writer at the Inn: Natalie Diaz

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Natalie Diaz from the Inn Above Onion Creek. A member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes, Natalie spends her time directing a language revitalization program at her home reservation in Fort Mojave located in Surprise, Arizona. Tonight she will be reading a collection of her poems at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle, Texas at 7:30 pm.  Feel free to attend her reading, as you will get a great insight into her life and upbringing at Fort Mojave through her beautiful creative writing. To read a few of her poems, visit Narrative Magazine.

-Bootsie the Cat

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Columbus Day in the Texas HIll Country

Columbus Day is a holiday that celebrates the landing of Christopher Columbus. It is a day of honoring his accomplishments and recognizing the Italian-American heritage. To many of us, it means a three day weekend and hopefully cooler fall weather. There are several events going on close to the Inn Above Onion Creek for Columbus Day weekend.

(Photo from: www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/columbusday.asp)

Austin City Limits Music Festival
ACL is one of the most popular music festivals in the United States. It is so big that this year is the first year they have decided to split the event between two weekends. ACL is held at Zilker Park in downtown Austin and features over 130 musicians, local artists, local food vendors, and other outdoor activities.

Gruene Music & Wine Festival
This four day celebration consists of different themed days based around Texas, German, and New World traditions. If you love music, specialty beer, wine, food and crafts, you will love the Gruene Music & Wine Festival.  Located in heart of the Gruene Historic District in New Braunfels, you are in driving distant to San Antonio and Austin.

Texas Mesquite Arts Festival
If you have a passion for home furnishings and handcrafted wooden items, the Texas Mesquite Arts Festival has become one of Fredericksburg's top festivals. Artists from all over will bring collections of sculpted mesquite wood ranging in items from large furniture pieces, to unique Christmas tree ornaments, sculpted vases and more!

Check out our website for rates and availability here!

-Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Labor Day at the Inn Above Onion Creek

To many, Labor Day signifies the end of summer. It is also seen as a day of tribute for those hard working Americans who have and are making such huge contributions and achievements in the work force. 

Photograph taken by Chris Frazier

What better way to say goodbye to summer and treat yourself for all your hard work, than coming out to the Inn Above Onion Creek for a little Texas Hill Country getaway. You can take take a cruise on the back roads, go antique shopping, hike on our trails, and take a dip in the pool while the sun sets.The cats are even getting in on a little rest and relaxation after working hard all summer. 

Don't worry! Nigel will not be taking the Labor Day weekend off, as he is very excited to be the official Inn Above Onion Creek hiking trail guide for the weekend.  We still have a few rooms available for Labor Day weekend, so check our availability here and book now.

-Bootsie the Cat

Sunday, August 11, 2013

New Additions At The Inn Above Onion Creek!

We have several updates and additions here at the Inn Above Onion Creek.
We are besides ourselves to be able to finally share them with you!

The Library
The library has taken on its own personality with our new remodel.  You are bound to reach a complete state of relaxation while enjoying the sunset view in this modern and rustic room. Our new window additions on the west side and on the door give the room a brighter, more open feeling and the cooling shades of blue, gray and green decor make the the library feel like a soothing paradise oasis.

The Pool
The Inn has expanded its pool area with a new deck, hot tub and pool-side furniture. The pool deck showcases the captivating hill country landscape while providing plenty of space and shade for relaxation. Taking a refreshing dip in the pool after a busy day of sight-seeing and sunshine, enjoy the starry night from the lounge chairs or  unwind in the still water hot tub.

Maurice's Coach House 
Last, but not least, we have our new room addition, Maurice's Coach House. Maurice's Coach House is a one bedroom studio located a short distance from Maurice's Cottage and Guest Room. This modern room includes a king-sized bed, a comfortable sitting area, a kitchenette with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffeemaker and is fully equipped with Satellite TV, a DVD player and WiFi. In addition to the sunrise and sunset view porches and the double-sided propane fireplace, the Coach House's stunning bathroom steals the show with its river stone flooring, large double glass shower, fireplace view and a very special free standing whirlpool tub that lights up and plays music. 

So come on over and enjoy all the fun improvements and additions!  
You can check on availability here

- Bootsie the Cat

Friday, July 26, 2013

Book your stay with the Inn Above Onion Creek for Formula 1!

Photo credit: Central Texas Raceway
Start your engines, racing enthusiasts, because this November 15th marks the beginning of the 2013 United States Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Drawing in over 100,000 people world-wide, the Formula 1 US Grand Prix is one of the most anticipated motorsports events of the year.

For those of you still looking for accommodations, The Inn Above Onion Creek is the perfect location for your stay during the Grand Prix. The Inn is located about 30 minutes from the track, so you can get there and back without having to schedule hours of travel time and after the wild roar of the day's race you can come back to the Inn to relax, enjoy your full breakfast and 3-course dinner and revel in the peaceful quiet of the Texas hill country. You can even book a massage at our spa to help relax before and after the race.

But don't wait too long, you’ll want to book your room at the Inn soon. Like the Formula 1 drivers, these rooms will go fast!

You can find more information and ticket prices for the Formula 1 US Grand Prix here

- Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Texas Hill Country Summer Fun: Food, Drinks, Music & More!

The Texas Hill Country is booming with summer activities. When visiting the Inn Above Onion Creek, you are just miles away from wonderful food, drinks, music, and more! Here are a couple events occurring in the area within the next couple of months.

Eight miles down the road from us, in Driftwood, the Duchman Family Winery is holding its Burgers & Bluegrass event. On Thursday, July 25 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, Duchman Family Winery invites you to come enjoy live music, mouth-watering burgers, and their award-winning Duchman wine. Advanced purchase is required for admission. You can purchase an All-Star Pass ($20.00/ticket) that includes admission, one burger bar ticket, and two wine tickets or a B&B Pass (10.00) that includes admission and one burger bar ticket. For more information or to purchase your tickets, contact Candace Barnes at Candace@DuchmanWines.com or 512-858-1470 ext107.

Photo from: Duchman Winery

Twenty miles away in Dripping Springs, the 6th Annual Dripping with Taste Wine, Food, & Arts Festival will take place September 14th between 12-7pm at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center. The festival will showcase Texas wineries, restaurants, chefs, caterers, artisans, and musicians. You can purchase your tickets online for $40 at http://www.drippingwithtaste.com.

Photo by: Dripping with Taste

Don't forget to book your stay with us when coming to enjoy such fun festivities! Check our availability here.

-Bootsie the Cat

Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Nine Year Anniversary, Amy!

We are very proud and excited to announce that today is Amy Dolan's Nine Year Anniversary as Innkeeper of the Inn Above Onion Creek. We make it a personal mission to make sure a guest's stay here is as rejuvenating and comfortable as possible, but as past guests can attest, Amy Dolan's dedication and fine-tuned attention to detail is the Inn's central source of comfort and ease. Her focus makes a huge difference to staff and guests alike and we all thoroughly appreciate it!

Thank you for everything, Amy!

Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Hill Country 4th of July

Independence Day Celebration Fireworks Show
Photo copyright www.cityofkyle.com

The hill country provides a great location for Forth of July events. The Inn Above Onion Creek has great outdoor amenities for you to enjoy. From taking a cool dive into our newly remodeled pool to our walking trails that are surrounded by beautiful plants and wildlife, we are nothing shy of a great relaxing time during your vacation.

There are several attractions located just miles away from the Inn Above Onion Creek Bed & Breakfast. Here are a couple great activities in the area to enjoy during your Fourth of July weekend getaway here at the Inn. As of this posting, we still have several rooms available. Check here for current lodging availability!

Photo copyright VisitWimberley.com
The Wimberley Rodeo, one of the largest outdoor rodeos in the world, is an exciting three day event that attracts cowboy's from across the country.  It is sanctioned Pro Bull riders Assoc. and Cowboys Professional rodeo Assn. even, so expect to see some of the nation's top cowboys competing in events such as bull riding, roping events, bronc riding and barrel racing. The rodeo takes place on July 4th, 5th, and 6th with gates opening at 5:30pm and the rodeo beginning at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $15/adult and $10/child ($12/$7 if purchased in advance). General admission parking is $5 per vehicle at the gate. For more information on this event, view there website here.

The City of Kyle is hosting a fireworks show at the Plum Creek Golf Course. The golf course will be hosting a pre-show celebration between 6:00-9:00pm, including hot dogs, drinks, free music and great views of the fireworks. If you can see the water tower located next to the Hays CISD PAC center off of Kohler's Crossing, you will have see the fireworks perfectly. They are set to launch at 9:30pm, so get there early to get a spectacular view!

-Bootsie the Cat

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Need A Father's Day Gift That Is As Great As Your Dad?

Are you looking for a last minute Father's day gift? What could be more relaxing for your favorite father than for him to wake up to a delicious breakfast, go for a full day of golfing or fly fishing in the Texas Hill Country and then enjoy a satisfying 3 course dinner when he returns?

 Book a room at the Inn this June 15th or 16th for your hard working dad and he can explore a few of the many local wildlife and sports attractions that are located near the Inn.

About 30 minutes from Inn Above Onion Creek, Alvin Dedeaux's Fly Fishing provides fly casting classes and fishing tours for four of the spring fed rivers located here in the Central Texas Hill Country. And the Inn has a championship golf course right next door; Plum Creek Golf Course provides a peaceful and spacious landscape for your dad to play his favorite game. 

No matter where or what all of you Super Dads are doing Father's Day weekend, The Inn Above Onion Creek wishes you a Happy Father's Day!

For information on booking at the Inn: http://www.innaboveonioncreek.com

Visit Dedeaux's website to book a fly fishing tour: http://www.alvindedeaux.com/

Or visit Plum Creek Golf Course for more information and rates: http://www.plumcreekgolf.com/

-Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blanco's 9th Annual Lavender Festival, June 7th- June 9th

Lavender plants are in full bloom here in the Texas Hill Country and in honor of the blooming season, Blanco's Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 9th Annual Blanco Lavender Festival this June 7th - June 9th.

In addition to the scenic Texas landscape and fragrant wild flowers in Blanco, Texas, 45 minutes West from the Inn Above Onion Creek, the Lavender Festival will be filled to the brim with things to do. You can shop for fresh lavender products at the Lavender Market or take a free tour of some of the local lavender farms. Stop by the Speaker’s Pavilion to learn some culinary and gardening tricks or enjoy a delicious bite at the festival's Beer and Wine tent, which will  feature wine, beer and food from all over Texas.

More information can be found about the festival at http://www.blancolavenderfest.com/

 -Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, April 4, 2013

1st Annual Olive Festival in Dripping Springs

An exciting new event is happening this weekend in Dripping Springs, the First Annual Olive Festival. The event is being hosted by Texas Hill Country Olive Company from 11 a. m. to 6 p. m. Saturday on 2530 W Fitzhugh Road. The festival will feature cooking demonstrations,  live music, national olive oil experts and wine from 17 Texas hill country wineries. Over 17 wineries will be participating as well as local chefs offering tasty local creations. Along with food and fun special guests will be presenting information on topics such as cooking demonstrations, orchard development seminars, and book signings by Carol Drinkwater and Micki Sannar, both of whom will also be doing cooking demonstrations. Micki Sannar will be showing folks how to prepare desserts using olive oil, sounds pretty interesting to me! Tickets are $35/person and more information can be found at www.texashillcountryoliveoilco.com 

-Bootsie the Cat