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6 Reasons to Visit Washington County Texas

September 18th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Washington County TexasIf you’re planning a Texas vacation but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone! Texas has more than 260,000 square miles to explore, but we’re here to help. There’s no better place to start a Texas vacation than the Birthplace of Texas: Washington County. Whether you are traveling from near or far, here are our top six reasons to visit Washington County Texas.

1. Birthplace of Texas

Known for the Convention of 1836, where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed, Washington County Texas is a scenic and historic region located halfway between Houston and Austin, Texas. The county is named for George Washington, the first president of the United States, and has endless historical features. When visiting the birthplace of Texas, don’t miss the Brenham History Museum and Star of Republic Museum for a good dose of Texas history.

2. Blue Bell Ice Cream

Ice cream! Ice cream! We all scream for ice cream! But here in Washington County, we scream loudest for Blue Bell Ice Cream. That’s because Brenham is home to the original Blue Bell Ice Cream Creamery. Blue Bell is known for making ice cream the old-fashioned way: using the best ingredients, maintaining close attention to detail and working at every stage to make sure the ice cream is perfect. When you visit Washington County Texas, you can tour the Blue Bell Creamery and observe the magic behind the ice cream that tastes like it’s been hand-cranked.

3. Year Round Festivals

There always seems to be a fun fair, festival or event going on in Washington County Texas! The Bluebonnet Festival, deep in the Texas Hill Country, is held each April at the height of the wildflower season when the bluebonnets are in full swing. The oldest county fair in Texas, the Washington County Fair, occurs each September and offers something for everyone with concerts, rodeos, livestock shows, art and craft shows, special attractions, carnival, commercial exhibits and more. The Scarecrow Festival in October is also a local favorite for its more than 250 juried exhibitors who provide fun and entertainment for the whole family.

4. Antiques

Antique shopping opportunities abound in Washington County! Whether you’re looking for furniture, glass, linens or collectibles, you can find it in Washington County Texas. Antique shoppers flock to Round Top, in particular, for an antique shopping extravaganza. Twice a year, this tiny Texas town is home to what is touted as the second largest antique fair in the United States: the Round Top Antiques Show.

5. Antique Rose Emporium

If your dream is to fall asleep in a bed of roses, a visit to Washington County Texas would not be complete without a stop at the Antique Rose Emporium. This one-of-a-kind retail rose garden features Earth-Kind, Pioneer and old garden roses that you can have sent to your doorstep! More than that, the antique rose experts at the Antique Rose Emporium will teach you how to make roses the ultimate garden plant for you to enjoy at home.

6. Romantic Getaways & Elopements

Washington County Texas is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. There are plenty of activities for you and your loved one to enjoy together during your visit. Go on a relaxing country drive and tour one of Washington County’s local wineries. Enjoy a cooking class full of valuable lessons you can take home with you after your trip. Or, take advantage of an indulgent breakfast in bed package at a local bed and breakfast. You’ll be feeling so in love, you may just want to elope (and we have a package for that too)!

7. Murski Homestead

Here’s a bonus reason to visit Washington County Texas: Murski Homestead. We are a world class bed and breakfast conveniently located in the beautiful Texas countryside of Brenham Texas. Our knowledgeable staff will help you enjoy all that Washington County has to offer! We can provide additional information on Texas history, local events, shopping and more. Experience true Texas hospitality at Murski Homestead in Washington County. Book your stay today!



Photo courtesy of Josh Grenier.


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