Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ed and Jeanne's 50th Visit and Anniversary!

All of the staff at Sage Hill strive to make each guest's stay special and memorable, but our guests make a special impression on us, as well.

Two of of our guests, Ed and Jeanne, have been frequent visitors to the Inn for a more than a decade. I'm sure any of our guests who have had the chance to meet them can attest to their bright and lively attitude and Ed's gift for gab.

We've had the amazing opportunity to help celebrate two very extraordinary milestones during Ed and Jeanne's visit to the Inn this week: their 50th visit to the Inn and more importantly their 49th wedding anniversary!

We would like to thank Ed and Jeanne for trusting us with such an important milestone and hope that guests continue to find the rest and wonder they come to us to find, year after year. We love having such great guests like and Ed and Jeanne come visit us as often as they do and we wish them the best of happiness!

- Bootsie the Cat

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Texas Hill Country Trail Blazing

Our new trail markers. 
With 88 acres of Texas Hill Country, Sage Hill Inn's property encompasses an overwhelming variety of beautiful and unique plants and wildlife. Our hiking trails have been an enjoyable highlight for many of our visiting guests over the past two decades and our hiking trails are a special point of pride for us.

In the spirit of maintaining our guests' enjoyment, we have recently employed a young and braving trail-blazer, Ryan Hull, who has worked very diligently with our Foreman, Isabel, to clear, mark and rejuvenate all of the hiking trails. With retraced  pathways, cedar posts marking the direction of each trail and few new short-cuts and pathways, our trails are looking better than ever.

Guests can adventure down to the Onion Creek, stop at the overlook to enjoy the panoramic cliff view, hike down the bluff or meander through the garden and greenhouse to enjoy looking and identifying the local wildflowers and birds. 

We will also be integrating a self-guided nature walk very soon, for those who would like to learn a little more about the surrounding Hill Country.

Our updated trail map.
Guests can grab a trail map at the front office, a walking stick and some chilled bottled water before heading out on their adventure. For those needing a little snack along the trail, our chef, Ryan Castille, has started making Inn-ergy Bars that are packed with all kinds of healthy, energizing ingredients to put a little extra zing in your hiking step. And as always, the Inn keeps sunscreen and bug spray on hand, to make sure your visit stays bug-bite and sunburn free. 

Hikes are especially relaxing in the morning before
the heat picks up in the afternoon.
If you're interested in birding and observing wildlife, all of our rooms are now equipped with binoculars and a bird-identification brochure that we encourage you to take out and enjoy during your hike. Our reference library in the office can help you with identifying any plants or birds flower you can't quite put a name to. 

And of course, to cool down after a hike around the property you can go for a swim in our large pool or lounge on the pool deck under a lovely shaded tree and enjoy the panoramic Hill Country view with a refreshing glass of our ice tea. 

You can find more information about the Sage Hill grounds, accommodations and availability at our website:

-- Bootsie the Cat

Monday, June 30, 2014

4th of July Weekend at Sage Hill Inn

My favorite thing about 4th of July is sitting under that great Texas Hill Country night sky and enjoying the splendor of a fantastic fireworks show, after the warm and busy summer day.  For guests staying with us this upcoming weekend, we have a few recommended events that might add a little pizzazz and fizzle to your 4th of July stay.

Wimberley's 69th Annual Pro Open Rodeo

Starting July 3rd, VFW Rodeo Grounds will be hosting Wimberley's 69th Annual Rodeo. Events include food and refreshments, dancing at Post Hall on Saturday night and a free fireworks display on Sunday, July 6th.

You can find more information and ticket prices here


Independence Day Celebration at Plum 
Creek Golf Course

On Friday, July 4th, Plum Creek Golf Course will jump start their Independence Day Celebration with a golf tournament in the afternoon. After the tournament there will be hot dogs and cold drinks, live music by Kem Watts and the Starlight Symphony Orchestra and a beautiful fireworks display that evening, around 9 pm. 

You can find out more about the celebration here.

38th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July Concert and Fireworks 

For those interested in spending the 4th in Austin, the Austin Symphony will be holding a concert and fireworks show at The Circuit of the Americas, starting at 4 pm. They will also be auto-casting the concert online with Majic 95.5, for those who would like to enjoy the concert without making the drive. 

You can find more information about the concert and fireworks show here.

Guests who would like to enjoy their 4th of July from the comfort of the Inn can enjoy hiking the Hill Country in our newly redone trails, relax at our spa, cool down at the swimming pool and cozy up around the fire pit, after dinner. 

-Bootsie the Cat

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy 10th Anniversary to Sage Hill Inn's Innkeeper, Amy Dolan!

We are very excited to announce the 10th Anniversary of our Innkeeper, Amy Dolan. Amy has been here through some very important milestones: from the small 9 room start-up,
our recent change in owners and our transition to a 15 room inn and spa. Amy has been here through it all, working hard and pulling all of her efforts and kindness to make sure that every guest that comes through the Inn's front doors is greeted with a smile and world-class attention during their time away. In all my years of experience here, I've never seen anyone be more attentive, detail-oriented and inviting.

Amy's philosophy is that we have the best guests in the world and we've been lucky enough to have our guests trust us with their very important down-time. Everything from the moment when they walk through the front door to the moment our guests leave has been carefully and thoughtfully anticipated, from fresh cookies, pool towels, chocolates in the room, sunscreen available for the guests, the one-on-one concierge service for planning local day trips and even mint laid down for your tea at dinner. And while everything done here at the Inn is a strong team effort, our direction and support comes directly from Amy.

As a visiting guests of the Inn, I'm sure you all have your own stories and experiences with Amy, during your stay here. We welcome you to leave your favorite experiences here with us and we hope you will all join us in congratulating her on her 10 years of dedication here at Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek!

-Bootsie the Cat

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Garden Spa at Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek

The relaxing porch of our newly built Garden Spa.
Sage Hill Inn is fragrant with blooming flowers and herbs. The garden smells especially sweet, so that guests walking to our Garden Spa are greeted with the sweet, relaxing perfume of fresh Hill Country herbs and flowers. If you are looking to relax and feel rejuvenated during this warm summer weather, we highly recommend taking a trip to our spa, for a facial or massage.

We are very excited about the new spa treatments we are offering, including our Sage Hill Inn Garden to Table Facial.
Our Garden to Table facial products, freshly made.
Our Garden to Table facial products come straight from our garden. Our kitchen uses locally-sourced ingredients, including honey and lavender combined with freshly cut, garden herbs to create handmade facial products for each customer. The Garden to Table Facial includes hand and feet treatments with Hummingbird Farms lavender-infused cream.

You can find out more about our Garden to Table Facial, the Garden Spa and how to schedule a spa treatments here.

-Bootsie the Cat

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Just Peachy!

Ed and Jeanne's 48th visit to the Inn!
I'm sure you all have heard us say it at least once, but we like to say it when we can: we have the best guests in the world! That's why it is such a treat for us when we have our guests come back to visit.

One of our most frequenting couples, Ed and Jeanne, just stopped by for their 48th visit to the Inn! Don't they make such a swell couple? This time around Ed and Jeanne decided to check out Vogel's Orchard for some of this summer's first ripe Texas peaches. 

If you're looking for something fun and seasonal to do this Memorial Day, a visit to the orchard is a great option-- it's romantic, fun, and tasty! Vogel's is only an hour away from Sage Hill Inn. 

You can find out more about planning a visit here:

-Bootsie the Cat

Friday, May 9, 2014

Sage Hill Inn Mother's Day Garden Spa Special 2014


No Worries!  Our Sage Hill Inn Garden Spa Gift Certificate is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

She can enjoy 3 hours of relaxation at our new four-room Garden Spa.

 Our Special Mother’s Day Package includes:
1 hour massage, 1 hour facial and a spa lunch in the garden for just $175.00

Call us and we will email your gift certificate or 
go online to customize your own.

Make this her happiest of Mother’s Days!

View the Entire Sage Hill Garden Spa Menu Here.

512.268.1617 | 800.579.7686 |

4444 W. FM 150 | Kyle, TX 78640

-Bootsie the Cat

Friday, April 25, 2014

Good for What "Ales You - Area Craft Brewery Tour

The Texas Hill Country has always been a popular place for wine trails. Sage Hill Inn is a great location for those visiting us who like to explore the different wineries in the area. A new growth in Texas is occurring however, especially for Hays County. We are currently experiencing the craft brewery trend that is sweeping Central Texas. Not only do we get to welcome Bomber Brewery to Kyle, Texas this summer, which will be just a couple miles from the Inn, but we also have a several other craft breweries within fifteen miles of us who are flourishing. Below is a list of breweries on our 'Good for What "Ales" You' Area Craft Brewery Tour.

Photo credit: 

Area Craft Brewery Tours
Good for What “Ales” You

Jester King Brewery is located at 13187 Fitzhugh Road in Austin, approximately 30 minutes from the Inn.  Hours are: Friday 4pm - 10pm; Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 6pm.  Tours are free and beer is available for purchase to drink at the brewery or take home.  Live music is available on most weekends.  Food is available across the street at Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza. Hours for Stanley’s are: Friday 5pm – 9pm; Saturday 11:30am – 4pm; Sunday 11:30am – 3pm.

Less than 5 minutes from Jester King is the Thirsty Planet Brewing Company, 11160 Circle Drive in Austin.  Tours and tastings are Saturday 11am – 3pm.  Food trailer is located in the parking lot of the brewery.

Twisted X Brewery in Dripping Springs offers jalapeno infused beer as well as other types of beer in a beautiful new brewery. Hours are: Monday to Thursday 1pm-8pm; Friday & Saturday 11am -10pm; Sunday 12pm – 6pm.

Going to Wimberley?  You’ll find the Middleton Brewery at 9595 RR 12 open every day!  Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 2pm – 9pm; Saturday 12pm – 9pm; and Sunday 12pm – 5pm.  They also have home-brewing supplies for sale.  Right next door you’ll find the Wimberley Brewing Company and Brewster’s Pizza.  Hours of operation are Sunday 12pm – 7pm, closed on Monday; Tuesday to Thursday 4pm – 8pm; Friday 4pm – 9pm; and Saturday 12pm – 9pm.

Other breweries nearby are the Root Cellar in San Marcos; Faust Brewery and New Braunfels Brewing Company in New Braunfels and Pecan Street Brewery in Johnson City.

Also, check out Impact News on their great write up about the new brewery, Bomber Brewery, coming to Kyle, Texas this summer!

-Bootsie the Cat

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Introducing Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek

Spring is just around the corner and we have some fantastic additions blossoming at the inn, including a great new addition to our name!

Owners, Eric Goldreyer and John Banczak, and the IAOC staff have been  focusing all their efforts towards making the Inn Above Onion Creek the best that it can be. With a new expanded spa, remodeled and upgraded rooms, a fire pit, a new pool deck and hot tub, a bocce ball and horseshoe court, added room amenities and expanded environmentally-conscious practices, the Inn is the best it has ever been!

The owners have made the decision to add "Sage Hill" in front of the well-known "Inn Above Onion Creek" name to "reflect the refurbished property’s increased focus on dining and ecological responsibility."

You can read more about Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek's name change and recent additions here.

While the Inn may have changed its name and added a few new features, it a clear goal of ours, as Inn Above Onion Creek staff, to maintain the attention, care and friendliness that is trademark to the Inn and to make sure to continue the traditions that make the Inn your home away from home.

And, as always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have-- we're here to make this transition as pleasant and exciting as possible.

You can find more information about the Sage Hill Inn experience at our website,

-Bootsie the Cat