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A Weekend In Brenham

March 29th, 2012 by Pamela Murski

As seen through the eyes of a guest……………..(first book your  romantic room at the ranch) then……

Drive up Friday in time for dinner at Ernie’s American Bistro, a roomy spot in downtown Brenham. This place offers a mix of “regional” specialties (like tortilla soup and enchiladas) and more traditional fare (like a baked spinach salad, pork chop, and meatloaf).

On Saturday, grab your morning pick-me-up at the Independence Coffee Company, a lovely, light-filled shop in downtown Brenham. Beans are roasted nearby at their private roastery down Hwy 105  and the baristas are knowledgeable and nice.

 

Grab a cup of Joe a Independence Coffeehouse in Brenham!

Afterward, walk over to the Brenham Farmers Market, located in a one-room red building just off the square. Grab a fruit kolache, breakfast taco, or grilled sausage while you peruse the produce and handmade crafts.

Homemade Kolaches, baked goods, local farm fresh produce, home canned goods, tamales, jewelry, plants and more in downtown Brenham....

Then take some time to stroll the square, stopping by stores like the Antique Gypsy or Fancy That, before hitting Must Be Heaven for lunch. Must Be Heaven is an old-fashioned eatery offering delicious sandwiches (the Muffaletta is almost as good as the one from New Orleans French Quarter!) and pies. Sandwiches are made to order and served with a smile — plus chips or an apple. Grab a slice of Sawdust Pie on your way out; this is the only place we’ve ever seen it.

 

Have a slice of Saw Dust Pie at Must Be Heaven!

Ready for some bluebonnets? Jump in the car and head north on Highway 36; then turn down the smaller thoroughfares — like FM 390 — to find the best patches. If you hop out to take a photo, be careful to stay on public land.

On your way back to town, stop by the Blue Bell Creamery for an afternoon snack, fresh from the vats. Tours are available on weekdays only (and you’re *really* not missing anything without one) but the newly remodeled ice cream parlor is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Your “scoop” (which is more like two) will set you back a whole dollar…

Head down Highway 105, just a turn or two from Murski Homestead B&B, to take in the landscape. You’ll see bluebonnets, sure — but you’ll also find farmhouses, wildflowers, cows and horses nursing their young, and legit Texas longhorns.

Hungry again? Hit the Southern Flyer for lunch. This 1950’s-style diner sits in the Brenham Municipal Airport. Young waitresses steal the show in poodle skirts and saddle oxfords, but the burger and patty melt are dreamy, too. Don’t forget the homemade onion rings & chocolate malt — made with Blue Bell ice cream, of course.(Ready  for the best sleep of your life, then head on back to your romantic room at the ranch…..Murski Homestead B&B, where Texas Hospitality if what we specialize in!  Be sure to book your room ahead of time and add their “Breakfast in Bed” option to your reservation to finish off  your stay in true decadent Texas style! )

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