About Us

We believe life is beautiful and should be celebrated after all that’s what bella vida means: beautiful life. We invite you to share life with us!

Belinda and Steve with their dachshund held between them as they sit on a rattan settee.

Belinda and Steve with dachshund, Gracie

BellaVida Dachshund, Gracie helps Steve

Steve comically waving hello wearing a blue glove and knee pads as he works on the garden fencing.

The garden fence that Steve built

In the spring of 2014, Steve and Belinda Smith embarked on a second career and purchased a large house on 8+ acres just outside of Wimberley, Texas with the dream of opening a bed and breakfast. BellaVida Bed and Breakfast welcomed its first guests two months later. Since then, they’ve screened the porches, built additional bedrooms, and added Howard Chapel.

Just as Belinda was running short on building projects for Steve, they decided to purchase a charming little house in nearby New Braunfels, in the spring of 2022. Since New Braunfels was originally, a German settlement, it seemed fitting to call it BellaVida Haus. She needed a little work, well, a little more work than they anticipated. Actually, though, it was love at first-sight. After several months of work, she’s the perfect short term vacation home for a short get-a-way or staycation. In fact, Steve and Belinda are known to sneak off to BellaVida Haus themselves!

Steve and Belinda, along with their dachshund Gracie, thrive on welcoming guests who come as strangers and leave like family. They are happy to share the “agony and defeat” of gardening in the drought ridden rocky soil of Central Texas and raising chickens among the sly fox and raccoon. And, they like to share their produce at breakfast or abundance from the garden.

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