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It was a great meeting. We met at Eva’s Escape at the Gardenia Inn, in San Antonio, Texas. Our main topic was our upcoming convention, September 8 through September 10, 2013 in New Braunfels at T Bar M Resort. There will be a Pre-convention Workshop for those that are interested in starting a Bed and Breakfast, called “Innkeeping: The Basics.”
For more information call the TBBA Administration Office – 800-428-0368 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The schedule of workshops will be on the Texas Bed and Breakfast Website soon!
Plan to attend this informative and fun convention.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 15, 2011
Sallie Blalock (512) 237-4262
Katy House Bed and Breakfast CHOSEN AS BEST OF THE SOUTHWEST IN THE BEST OF BEDANDBREAKFAST.COM AWARDS
Smithville, Texas – Katy House Bed and Breakfast in Smithville was selected as Best of the Southwest in the annual Best of BedandBreakfast.com Awards, 2010-2011. The Best of BedandBreakfast.com Awards are based upon a qualitative and quantitative review of the nearly 50,000 independent reviews submitted to BedandBreakfast.com, the leading online B&B directory and reservation network worldwide.
“BedandBreakfast.com surveys show that independent reviews are the most important factor when choosing a B&B. In fact, according to BedandBreakfast.com’s most recent survey, 96% of consumers consider reviews to be somewhere between important and essential when selecting a place to stay, and 12% will not make a reservation at a property without them. We’re delighted that inn-goers concur that Katy House is deserving of its accolades from travelers,” explained BedandBreakfast.com’s Sandy Soule, one of the most highly recognized authors and a spokeswoman for the B&B industry. “Clearly, Sallie and Bruce Blalock earned stellar reviews from inn-goers for its quality accommodations, breakfasts, amenities and wonderful hospitality and service,” commented Soule.
“It’s a true honor to be chosen for a Best of BedandBreakfast.com award, and we thank our guests for the positive reviews that resulted in this award, stated Sallie Blalock, Katy House innkeeper. “It is gratifying that our guests took the time to share their comments about our hospitality, accommodations, breakfasts and attention to the details which set Katy House apart,” commented Blalock. Here’s an excerpt from one of our reviews:” I have rarely felt as relaxed as I did at Katy House Bed and Breakfast. Sallie and Bruce are the perfect hosts and Smithville is a blast to explore.” 1/17/2011
About the Katy House: Opened in 1994, in the beautiful old railroad town of Smithville, Texas. This historic home is decorated in American antiques and railroad memorabilia. All guest rooms are on the second floor. Each room offers a queen-sized bed with private bathroom, cable TV and wireless internet. Included are the spacious Texas Special Suite with a private balcony, the Katy Limited and the charming Bluebonnet Room. The Katy’s most private accommodations are separate from the main house: The Katy Tower with rocking chairs and balcony is located in a small building in the back yard. The Conductors’ Quarters also offers a sofa-sleeper to accommodate families and extra guests. The outside rooms are “Pet Friendly.” A delicious full country breakfast is served in the main dining room every morning. For more information, please call 1-(512) 237-4262 or www.KatyHouse.com
For a complete list of all winners, including regional and international Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award winners, please visit www.BedandBreakfast.com and click Winners 2010-2011.
Founded in 1995, BedandBreakfast.com is highly recommended by The New York Times, Real Simple, Forbes, Travel & Leisure, USA TODAY and many others. To learn about more than 11,000 other perfect choices for your next B&B getaway, visit BedandBreakfast.com, the leading online bed and breakfast directory and reservation network worldwide. A variety of search functions and extensive maps enable inn-goers to find the perfect B&B. Travelers can make reservations online, purchase The Getaway Gift Card from BedandBreakfast.com, welcomed at over 4,000 B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada, read up-to-date trip reports on The BedandBreakfast.com Blog, read and write independent reviews, and post questions on expert-hosted message boards.
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Katy House Bed and Breakfast
201 Ramona Street, Smithville
March 19,20, and 21st is the Fourth Annual Biker Rally, Thunder on the Colorado, at our beautiful RiverBend Park. Presented by the Smithville Chamber of Commerce.Sponsored by TrustTexas Bank. The park is 2 miles from our Bed and Breakfast, the Katy House. Rooms are still available. Ask for the 10% biker discount! (512) 237-4262
for more information see the web site. www.thunderonthecolorado.com
This is from a cute couple that just stayed with us. This is Dave’s blog:
Many men fall victim to their own memory when it comes to anniversaries. Fortunately, my anniversary falls in the same ten-day period as Valentine’s Day and my wife’s birthday. While making this easy to remember, it does have its issues, but nothing I can’t handle.
On our wedding day, we drove to Smithville Texas, the site of the movie “Hope Floats” featuring Sandra Bullock (yes, it is a chick-flick, but it is a good one) and stayed at a bed and breakfast called The Katy House. Now, for those who read this blog (yes, I am talking to you) you may remember that Michelle and I love to tour small towns off the beaten path. Well, Smithville—with a whopping population of 3,900—certainly qualifies as small and it does sit just off of state highway 71, which is a beaten path.
This town has a quaint old style main street with buildings built around the turn of the century (not the recent one, mind you) and a train depot (which is not really a functioning depot anymore, but it serves as the chamber of commerce and a railway museum). Most of the buildings that are occupied house antique stores or craft boutiques, while many sit empty. The other streets are filled with old houses dating back to the late 1800’s when this town was built by the MKT railroad. The Katy House is one such home.
Built in 1909, it was originally named the Chancellor Residence after its first occupant. Many others have lived in it since, but it is now a very comfortable B&B run by Sallie and Bruce Blalock. They made our wedding night stay quite pleasant, setting us up with a bottle of bubbly and getting us reservations at the town’s pre-eminent restaurant, The Back Door Café (make the trip if for no other reason than to eat here, it is that good). Because the stay was so memorable, we come back every year to celebrate our anniversary with them….
Here is a description of classes coming this Spring, here in Smithville, TX. Sam’s shop is one block from our Bed and Breakfast, the Katy House. Come to the class, but spend time in Smithville, it’s a great Texas small town, with lots of antique shops on Main Street.
Sam wrote: I took a leap of faith years ago, sold my table saw, jointer, planer, little bandsaw and hollow chisel mortiser, and purchased a European Combination machine along with a bigger bandsaw (CU300 Smart and MM16) – and now I’m working with the company. That might tell you something about the way I feel for this concept. I’m in a much larger shop now than I was then, but the basic combination still works for me. If you are a one or two man operation or just looking to maximize space in your small shop this would be a good class for you to get the feel of how well this could work for you. Or, you have already taken the plunge and would like to get to know the combo concept and your particular machine better this very well could be an essential class for you.
Here is a link for the machine: http://www.minimax-usa.com/
The First Annual Sherwood Forest Faire will start February 27 – April 4th, 2010. Saturday and Sundays- 10:00AM – 7:00 PM, Rain or Shine. The location is in Paige, Texas. Paige is only 35 miles East of Austin, and 20 miles North of Smithville, Texas. There will be music, theatre and Pageantry, Lords and Ladies, Knights in Shining Armour, and Robin Hood and his Merry Men. This is a family Faire. Come stay in Smithville and stay at the Katy House Bed and Breakfast. Have a great breakfast and head to the Faire. For more information go to www.SherwoodForestFaire.com For more information on the Katy House, call (512) 237-4262 or www.katyhouse.com
Here is a great story about one of our Smithville, Texas boys.
This is from the American Statesman, from Feb 4th, 2010. Smithville High athlete with cystic fibrosis signs scholarship!
“SMITHVILLE— Back in the summer of 2004, the Nieto family of Pflugerville shared their story with this newspaper, and it was a story of hope and salvation through the primal act of running.”
“Brice Nieto, who was 12 years old and struggling to manage cystic fibrosis, was about to compete in the 38th National Junior Olympic Games.”
“His parents, Laura and Jimmy, started Brice in running when he was a younger boy with too much mucus in his lungs. Their story included the strong belief that Brice would be better prepared to manage the genetic disease if he were in top physical shape.”
“Brice discovered that he actually loved running. He ran varsity track as a freshman in high school, and when his family moved 45 miles east of Austin to a 10-acre plot of land with fishing tanks and a couple of horses, he made the varsity track team at Smithville High School.”
“He ran in the Texas Relays.
He earned his letter jacket at Smithville High.
The story gets even better.
On Wednesday, Brice sent his letter of intent to Oklahoma City University, where he will join the track team in the fall.”
“Brice earned an athletic and academic scholarship at the private school of 2,100 undergraduate students. Brice and his mother toured the campus on his official visit. It felt like home, they said.”
“The coaches told Laura Nieto they expected Brice to grow. As an athlete. As a person.”
“I liked to hear that,” she said.
“Life changes for all college students when they leave home. For Brice, the change will be drastic.”
“He soon will be individually responsible for taking his medicines, wearing the vibrating chest that loosens his lungs and going to the hospital, if he needs to, when he needs to. Because he has to.”
“I think I’m ready for it,” Brice said.
“His parents worry. They also see reasons for optimism and opportunity.”
“Brice said he believes his running helps him stay one long stride ahead of the cystic fibrosis, which has no cure.”
“Jimmy and Laura Nieto take comfort in that fact. They know their son will do what he has to.”
“I need to,” Brice said.
“Brice is a year-round runner. After school, he runs three 400-meter sprints and three 500-meter sprints. On weekends, he stretches and performs lunges and high-knee kicks that keep his body moving the way he wants it to.”
“If people told him what he couldn’t do,” said Smithville athletic director Justin Wiley, “he wouldn’t be here today.”
“When Brice was diagnosed at the age of 9, his parents reasoned that scaling the bleachers and running around the track at Connally High School would make Brice stronger.”
“I’m really glad they did it,” Brice Nieto said. “Now that I look back on it, I’m really glad. It made me who I am.”
“His story begins with running.”
“For us it’s working,” Jimmy Nieto said. “So we’re not going to stop.”
“It continues with running.”
“He has a willingness to do whatever’s necessary,” said Oklahoma City University track coach Micheal L. Houston , who noted that Brice has “the heart of an athlete.”
“And he has the mind of a student. Brice took a chemistry class as a junior at Smithville. He enjoyed it. Chemistry made sense to him, he said.”
P.S. All of us in town are proud of Brice. I invite you to visit our small town. Smithville Texas is 43 miles from Austin. Come see many beautiful historic homes and old buildings. There are lots of antique shops on Main Street and super small restaurents in town. But lately, the town is getting known for being “Texas Film Friendly!” We have had 2 major motion pictures filmed here in Smithville, “Hope Floats” and “The Tree of Life.” There have been a number of smaller films, also. Check out the Chamber Web Site for a listing of productions. Our Bed and Breakfast is just off of Main Street. Come stay with us and explore Smithville. Sallie Blalock, Innkeeper – Katy House Bed and Breakfast www.KatyHouse.com
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