Holidays At Rock Harbor Hill Country Lodge

I was recently invited up to Rock Harbor Hill Country Lodge by owner Amanda to see her holiday decor and visit the little getaway in the heart of the Hill Country that is quickly becoming a popular getaway destination.

Located in just past Boerne proper out in Sisterdale, it is the perfect distance away from restaurants and wineries in the hill country and far enough away from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio to let you fully relax and enjoy some of the natural beauty of the area.

Upon arrival you drive through a cheerful gate and are welcomed by the Rock Harbor furry greeting committee aka owner Amanda’s pets which include two dogs, three cats, and two chickens. Having those little furry friends around really helped make me feel right at home on Amanda’s property. Once inside I took some time to wander with my new furry friends and explore the area.

Every inch of the space is a Pinterest dream board. This quaint little bed and breakfast looks like it popped straight out of the pages of Better Homes and Gardens or Southern Living. So much thought and attention has been put into every detailed corner of the property and they have really thought of absolutely everything that you as a guest could want. Amanda has a keen eye for design and attention to detail and you can really tell how much love has been poured into every corner of each space. The whole property is bursting with Christmas Holiday Cheer!

My favorite spot at RHL is probably the outdoor seating area near the private cabin. In this elegant outdoor space (complete with cat companion) you can lounge outside under gorgeous chandeliers and enjoy the sounds of birds perched on branches of the nearby trees, watch squirrels scampering across the fence line, read a book, and enjoy the crisp air of the season.

Owner Amanda is an Air B&B Super Host (which means she is very highly rated) and EVERY review is 5 stars, so you know that you are in good hands at Rock Harbor. She and her husband have worked hard to convert and create spaces that make you feel at home while still giving you a luxurious experience.

I can’t wait to head back up again after the New Year to stay in the new  lotus bell tent for a ‘Glamping’ experience and stargazing in the the evening (Keep an eye out for a post on that experience).

If you have been searching for a place to stay while visiting family, girls weekend, or are looking to book your next romantic getaway, Rock Harbor Hill Country Lodge and it’s proprietors are sure to make your visit relaxing, restful, and memorable.

Blogger Gift Giving Guide 2017

We all know there are multiple types of blogger genres, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, food, family, etc. But there are a few items that no matter what the blog focus is, there are  universally useful items to any genre of blogger.

If you have been racking your brain trying to figure out what to buy the blogger in your life with only a short time left to shop, or are looking to pick up something for yourself, here are the 7 things that I think any blogger would like to find under their tree or in their stocking this year:

 

 

 

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Having an external hard drive is an absolute must for just about everyone these days but especially if you are a blogger. I think it is a prefect surprise to find in ones stocking.

 

 

TCP2018-ProductPhotos-10_600x6002. Content Planner

For the blogger who is a planner nerd or that needs a written calendar to get things done this is a great gift. This planner helps lay out what content you want to put out and really helps if your are trying to get on a posting schedule.


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3. iPhone Photo Lens

This is a great tool for the iPhone Instagramer or Blogger. Having the ability to up your game before you make the leap to a DSLR, or for when you want to leave the big girl camera at home, really helps to diversify your photos.

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4. Blue Light Blocking Glasses

I was introduced to theses by beauty blogger MegO on her blog  gift guide. I’ve been using THIS pair for several days now and I have noticed an IMMEDIATE improvement in my workday. I haven’t had a headache in over a week! I know that may sound strange to some but for a frequent migraine sufferer this is HUGE!!! I highly recommend them to anyone who spends a lot of time in front of a computer or phone screen!

 


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5. LED Light

I recently discovered the usefulness of these lights and have been hooked on them for taking photos ever since. It is a great product if you want to be able to take better quality photos in areas with limited lighting with your iPhone.

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6. Karma Go Wifi Hotspot 

I featured this product in my 2016 Gift Guide and it is back again this year! I use this regularly and it is one of those items that is always in my bag no matter what. The great part about this hot spot is that you can do a monthly subscription or just a one time purchase of data so you’re not tied down if you don’t want to be.

Click HERE  to get $10 off your purchase of a Karma Go!

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7. Creative Market Gift Card

This is a gift that any type of blogger or Instagramer will appreciate. There is such a wide variety of items to choose from of this site that range from website templates, animations for your Instagram story, Snapchat filters,  themes, fonts, banding mockups, and other add ons that will all bring amazing enhancement possibilities for the various means of messaging your blogger has.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pax Coffee And Goods

I decided to take a wander up into Kerrville today to take advantage of the beautiful weather we’re having right now in the Hill Country.

While wandering by the river near Kerrville’s Main Street, I walked across the street to Pax Coffee and Goods for a quick caffeine pick me up. They have ample indoor and outdoor seating a a variety of tasty treats waiting to be sampled.

Pax can also accommodate your adult beverage needs as well with their wine menu.

Pax Coffee and Goods is a great place to come and unwind for the afternoon with your significant other or friends after a day of shopping or exploring the natural beauty of the Hill Country.

Be sure to let Pax know that the Boerne Blonde says hello!

Dulce! A Night Of Decadence

Last night I attended Dulce! an event hosted by the San Antonio Current. The ever showcases the amazing sweet treats and drinks that local confectionaries, bakeries, distilleries, and restaurants have to offer.

I had the opportunity to attend the event as a VIP which of course came with some great perks. In addition to being able to enter the event an hour early, VIP’s had our own lounge area on the 3rd floor.

The VIP lounge had additional tables of treats set up as well as some additional swag throughout the event. The Dulce mug and the Stillhouse enamel pin were some of my favorite gifts of the evening.

One of the other incredibly cool items I received was provided by Guinness, one of Dulce’s sponsors. Guinness set about creating custom etched glasses for each VIP, I decided that I would have Boerne Blonde engraved into mine, and I have to say it came out great.

On the main floor every corner was filled with sweet treats that flowed outside to the courtyard and the back patio overlooking the River Walk.

Special shout out to Stillhouse for gifting me a super cute enamel pin, and to the owners of Summer Moon Coffee Bar for fueling my caffeine needs with their spiked Winter Moon!

Shout out to Stillhouse for gifting me a super cute enamel pin!

Dulce! San Antonio was completely as promised, a night of decadence and delights. I cannot wait for next year to see all of the amazing new tasty experience our local eateries have to offer!

Boerne’s Dickens on Main Weekend / Weihnachts Parade To Come

Every year on Thanksgiving weekend one of my absolute favorite things to do is attend Dickens on Main. Main Street is blocked off from traffic, and a festive holiday celebration ensues.

There are lights on every shop, vendors with amazing food (my favorite is still the roasted candied nuts), shows, and all kinds of other holiday themed entertainment.

I hope that you got the chance to visit Boerne and attend this amazing event! If you missed it, don’t worry there is still holiday cheer to be had! The Weihnachts Parade is coming this weekend on Saturday December 2nd! You can come up and experience more Hill Country Christmas cheer and have start off this years holiday season right! It’s also the perfect opportunity to shop locally for any Christmas presents you still need!

A Comfort-able Weekend: Hill Country Distillers, Newsom Vineyards, and Firehouse Fare. 

If you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram stories you’ll know that this past weekend I decided to venture a little further up into the Hill Country to explore some of the tastes of Comfort, TX. I woke my boyfriend up (too early for his liking) and dragged him out of the house so that we could make our short migration 20 minutes up to Comfort. Since I was making him get up early on a weekend morning I wanted to take him somewhere he would enjoy, so we headed straight to Hill Country Distillers.

We pulled up and found plenty of parking available and wandered inside of the Hill Country Distillers tasting room. We waited only a moment and were assisted by one of the friendly bar staff. Tastings are free and once you are done you are able to go into the next room and purchase a mixed drink featuring the spirits you just experienced. Our tasting went from the highest proof to the lowest, fair warning the first one packs a punch!

I can honestly say there is not one that I did not like but I have to say that my absolute favorite was the Dulce a coffee liqueur. I decided to go with the staff recommendation and order a Bushwacker which is aptly described as an adult milkshake.. and also ordered a few others as well.

I think it will go perfectly in my Saturday morning coffee to give me a little extra pep-in-my-step for the weekend! I learned that they are pet friendly as well and if your furry friend needs a break, they even have a small fenced in kennel area outside for your pooch! 

Once we finished our drinks and purchased a branded copper mug (for use later), we wandered outside and grabbed some grub at the Firehouse Fare food truck stationed just outside the tasting room. I ordered the chicken sandwich and sat down to enjoy the nice weather.

Once I was no longer in a food coma from my sandwich I went next door to the Newsom Vineyards tasting room.

Tastings are $5 per person and offer a selection of 4 different wines. My favorite was their 2015 Orange Muscat and I purchased two bottles which I intend to enjoy over the next week or two.

If you are looking for a great date night/afternoon activity or a girls day out I highly recommend checking out the Comfort area your significant other and experience, some great food, wine, and liquor!

Something to Note:

*You cannot purchase bottles at Hill Country Distillers on Sundays (darn those pesky Texas laws!) but you CAN still purchase individual drinks at their bar.