Friday, September 30, 2016

Chef Autumn Wallace Debuts New Fall Menu Offerings

Chef Autumn’s Fall menu offerings cover a wide variety of our favorites.  Start your dining experience with appetizers like Roasted Tomato Soup; Deep Fried Spaghetti Squash Fritters; Fall Salad with Gala Apples, Dried Cranberries and Blue Cheese; or a cup of Butternut Squash Soup.

Entrée choices include Sheppard’s Pie with a Stew of Black Angus Beef and Vegetables served with Golden and Sweet Potato Mash; Oven Roasted Pork Loin with Caramelized Onion and Bacon Grits; Slow Cooked Pot Roast with Cheddar Cheese Mashed Potatoes; Cobb Creek  Chicken Pot Pie; or Handkerchief Pasta with Roasted Mushrooms, Garden Greens, Venison and Pork Sausage.

What makes for a better finish than Pumpkin Cheesecake in a Jar; Cinnamon Apple Cobbler; or a Toasted Almond Torte with Cabernet Jam? Yum!

Enjoy a glass or bottle from our wine selection, whether a Texas wine or a French bubbly.  Local beer and ciders are available, too. Bon Appétit!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sage Hill Inn & Spa featured in “Lone Star State” issue of PRIME Living

We are so excited to share this wonderful feature in Prime Living Magazine
the luxury lifestyle magazine of Texas. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Dressed to Kill Austin Blog Finds Some R&R at Sage Hill Inn & Spa 
Ashley Hargrove

Dressed to Kill owner, Ashley Hargrove, is a stylist, model and Austin fashionista!  We were so excited to have her stay at the Inn this summer.  See an excerpt below about her experience, not to mention the beautiful photos she captured while here.

Sage Hill Inn is home to gorgeous views of rolling hills and with a short hike you are looking over Onion Creek’s flowing water. The property has the most beautiful garden that was perfect for a morning stroll and convenient enough, the garden is right next to the spa! After I enjoyed an overly relaxing massage I lounged in the hammock for literally 3 hours! If 100% relaxation doesn’t sound amazing enough you have plenty of games to keep you occupied. Bocce ball and horseshoes grace the property, so grab a glass of wine and get your game on! Sage Hill was actually honored as’s Top Luxury B&B! So, if you live in or around Austin, take a scenic drive to explore your new favorite Inn! Read more here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sage Hill Inn's Justin Raiford Shares Expert Gardening Advice

Preparing Your Garden For Fall

In a normal August the ground would be baked dry hard cement. With this cooler, wetter August, it’s looking to be a wonderful year to have a fall garden and maybe the best and easiest year to start one for the first time if, you have been thinking about taking that project on. Normally gardeners cannot wait for Fall planting, Sage Hill’s Justin Raiford thinks it is the best time of year for this part of the country, but in order to fully take advantage of our mild Fall and Winter there is some heavy lifting, even when the temperature is 105 degrees!

1. Preparing the soil for fall planting. I recommend soil testing which you can do through Texas A& M AgriLife Extension to know exactly what you are working with. If you have a large area or different spots in your yard make sure to take a couple different samples. 

2. Feed the soil! Nothing is better than really good rich compost. I like using a mix homemade, farm style compost, and turkey compost. Here in the Hill Country the soil is full of clay so we add composted rice hulls to help bring down the ph and also add loftiness to the soil. The rice hulls really help keep the soil from compacting, letting the roots spread out and keeping the clay from turning to solid concrete in the summer. Soil testing will let you know further amendments that your particular garden may need. 

3.Work on bringing your soil back to life or boosting the life of your soil with Plant Success granules. These granular mycorrhizal granular inoculum consists of 13 carefully selected endomycorrhizae, ectomycorrhizae and Trico derma fungal species. Basically these are beneficial bacteria and fungus that keep your soil alive and healthy. They break down the nutrients in to a form that your plants can then take up through their roots. If your soil is dead you are wasting money adding fertilizer. Some people also use compost tea to recharge and awaken their soil. 

4. When plating seeds or transplants make sure you know which plants grow well next to each other. For example for our Fall planting, brassicas (i.e. broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kohlrabi, turnip) do not like strawberries and would hate being planted near your fall tomatoes.  There are many plants that benefit from growing next to each other!  A little internet research can really help you out! Click here for more information.

5. Make sure to mulch, mulch, mulch!  Keep the soil moist, protect your beneficial bacteria and fungus in the soil, and keep weeds down. 

Happy Gardening!