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: http://www.sagehill.com.

-- 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.

photo: visitwimberley.com
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

photo: cityofkyle.com


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: http://www.texaspeaches.com/vogel/Default.htm


-Bootsie the Cat