Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

MonFeb20108

Sherwood Forest Faire, not far from Smithville, TX

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


WedJan201013

Round Top Festival Hill, near Smithville

Round Top Festival Hill Institute presents:

 Synergy Brass Quintet, Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm

 This entertaining group performs more concerts than anyone in classical music today, averaging nearly 300 engagements per year. Acclaimed for “a veritable fireworks display of outstanding musical ability combined with superb showmanship” (Door Concerts,Inc) in addition to “blazing precision [and] amazing technique” (The Watertown Daily Times), the Synergy Brass Quintet has emerged as one of the world’s most exciting ensembles. Synergy “has hit on a magical approach…unadulterated exuberance, and a rock star approach of performing,”

If you have not visited Festival Hill, put it on your list.

It is only 35 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast, here in Smithville, Texas.  The Katy House is a great place to stay. You can go to concerts at Festival Hill, drive back to Smithville, have a great dinner at the Back Door, located on Main Street. Then have a restful stay at the Katy House and awake to the smell of fresh baked bread.

 For more information on Festival Hill see the web site:

http://festivalhill.org


FriMay20098

Smithville, Tx Fly – In (airport 84R)

Smithville Chamber will host the 5th Annual Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 16, 2009. There will be a FFA Class for pilots at 11:00 am in the Pilot’s Lounge.  Fly into the Smithville Airport and have a great breakfast served by Smithville Chamber volunteers. A Smithville B and B will pick you up and bring you into downtown to see and shop historic Main.  Spend the night, enjoy a big breakfast and  you will be taken back out to your plane.

Or, if your plane is in the shop, come to Smithville by car and go out to the airport to watch the small planes land.  At sunrise, weather permitting, hot air balloons will take off. For more info call the Smithville Chamber at 51 237-2313 or the Katy House Bed and Breakfast at 512 237-4262.  

 Please visit   www.smithvilletx.org/flyin.html 

For more information on our airport go to AirNav.com

here is the link:http://www.airnav.com/airport/84R   http://www.airnav.com/airport/84R


WedMay20096

We Love Smithville, Texas

The Smithville Chamber Banquet showed a video where they interviewed locals on why they loved Smithville.  There are a lot of neat photos of the beautiful homes here in Smithville. Look closely and you will see my grandparents home, and our home.  Here is the link to see the video on Loving Smithville. Looking at the photos you can see why film makers see the town full of sites for their movies. We are looking forward to the release of “Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in the fall of 2009.


ThuJan200929

Why Choose a Bed & Breakfast?

 

Why choose a Bed and Breakfast?

 

Simple answer, because every one is different. Each is a unique and personal expression of the owner/innkeeper’s commitment to the dedication of sharing of one’s home and grounds is the last and greatest form of hospitality.

 

When someone calls and I hear that they only need a place to sleep, I refer them to the motel. I ask questions like: “Do you want to stay in a place, like the Katy House, that will add great memories of your get-a-away?” Want to know where to eat, where to hike, where to shop? Innkeepers are active members of their communities, and are up to date with the area and the activities around them. Smithville is a wonderful small Texas town and we are actively involved here. “Where should we go to dinner for our anniversary?” I’ll give you a different answer to the question than the manager of a local motel.

 

When calling a B&B, you should ask the following questions:

1.                 Do the guest’s rooms have private baths?

2.                 What type of breakfast is served? (Full, or croissants and juice)

3.                 Is smoking allowed?

4.                 Is there adequate parking?

5.                 Can you prepare breakfast for guests with certain food allergies or vegetarian restrictions?

6.                 Are there pets on the property if you have allergies to cats or dogs?

7.                 Is there free Wi-Fi available? (if that is important)

8.                 Are you a member of Hospitality Accommodations of Texas?

 

If making reservations on line, these questions should be answered on the web site.

 

A Bed and Breakfast can be a wonderful part of your get-a-way. Every room is different; you won’t find a “cookie-cutter” bunch of rooms. Years ago, people were worried about the cleanliness and décor of the rooms. The B&B as an institution has become the first line of hospitality. You can see the rooms and read reviews written by other guests. 

 

There is only one state Bed and Breakfast Association in Texas. All members have been inspected and approved, all having met certain standards: Hospitality Accommodations of Texas. It can be found on the web at www.HAT.org . If you choose a HAT property you won’t be disappointed. The Katy House has been a proud member since 1996.

 

Bruce and I welcome guests, show them around and then they are on their own. We might not see them till breakfast, or we may see them when they come into the dining room for tea or coffee. Cookies are baked each afternoon, and the cookie jar in the parlor is a busy place late at night. We live on the third floor of the home, along with Buddy and William, (two Welsh Corgis). We’re always available if anyone needs anything.

 

We’ll have the coffee ready.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FriJan20099

Katy House Guests See Brad Pitt in Smithville, TX

The movie “The Tree of Life,” staring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, was being filmed about eight blocks from the Katy House B&B and two of our guests decided to walk over to the filming site to see if they could see Brad. These two young adults had been antique shopping all day in Round Top and Warrenton, but found the energy to check out the filming. As their moms sat on the front porch enjoying wine, the girls returned, very excited. They had been allowed to walk down the street between “takes” and saw Brad on a bike, not 50 feet from them. It made their day!

After they left the next day, I found the following entry in the guest book in their room:

 

April 6, 2008
Dear Sallie & Bruce,
            Thanks for the fabulous Katy House “Pitt” stop on the way to antique shopping in Warrenton and Round Top. It was a “Pitty” the rain fell the first day of our visit. We acquired a bottomless “Pitt” of memories when the “Pitt” bull sheriff almost arrested our dis-“Pitt”-able daughters for attempting to photograph Brad Pitt. The photos of Brad, however, caused all of our hearts to pal-“Pitt”-tate!
            We had such fun celebrating our 5th Anniversary at the Katy House while drinking wine on the Katy House porch among Sallie’s gorgeous “Pitt”unias.
            Thanks for an ever so much more exciting trip than one to “Pitt”sburg! This shall be a wonderful memory on our “Tree of Life”.
                                    Love and Hugs,
                                    J.G, M.G., S.A, and N.B.
                                    Seattle, WA, Corpus Christi, and New Braunfels