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3 Places in Texas for the Best Foodie Vacations

September 16th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Enjoy steak on the best Foodie Vacations to Texas
Barbecue, Mexican cuisine, and steaks. This is the holy trinity of food in Texas. Wash any of these hearty meals down with your favorite beer or Texas Hill Country wine, and you have the makings of the best foodie vacations. With so much amazing food in the great state of Texas, you’ll never run out of options. Regardless, here are three great places in Texas to visit on your foodventure.

Find out more about all the fun things to do near the Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for things to see and do whether you’re here for the best foodie vacations or to relax and unwind at our gorgeous ranch.

 

1. Fredericksburg Foodie Heaven

Just an hour outside of Houston, Fredericksburg is the capital city of Texas wine. And, where there’s wine, there’s great food. Places like Fredericksburg make Texas one of the world’s best foodie destinations. Here are a few reasons why.

  • Vaudeville blends inspirations from both the South and France. The bistro offers incredible lunch options and crafts an upscale dinner menu. On Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant offers an elevated “supper club” tasting menu. On it, you see delightful dishes like braised akaushi beef salad and blackberry sorbet.
  • Cabernet Grill just sounds like a fancy restaurant. Famous for its decadent, thick-cut steaks, and fine wines, this stop offers some of the best in Texas cuisine. Offering everything from certified Angus beef to bacon-wrapped seafood, you’ll be sure to find something mouthwatering. Pair your meal with local wine and experience what it means to dine Texas-style.
  • Otto’s German Bistro hearkens back to Fredericksburg’s deep German heritage. Using locally-sourced meat and produce to craft a seasonal menu is a source of pride. Try their molasses-cured pork chop and duck schnitzel and see what a Bavarian Texas could taste like. 

2. The Best Foodie Vacations Start (and End) in Brenham

Brenham is another Central Texas delight just an hour or so from Houston. Famous for Blue Bell Ice Cream, you’ll want to headquarter here so you can finish your trip with dessert. The best foodie weekend getaways start in Brenham! Here’s why.

  • Nathan’s Barbecue is the place to get Texas barbecue. This family owned and operated joint oozes goodness like their ribs ooze barbecue sauce. You can taste the heart and soul put into each plate. BBQ and comfort food were made for each other. Be sure to stick around for live music, too!
  • Kay’s Cuisine for the Soul is like a religious experience. Sit down and feel the love that Kay puts into her food–you’ll feel like you’re at home again with mama’s cookin’. Nothing is worse than soulless food, so stop on by and taste the talent and love!
  • Unique to Brenham is the Home Sweet Farm Market’s Farm to Market dinners. The special culinary experience hosts different chefs every month who feature local ingredients in unforgettable ways. You won’t want to miss the chance to try in-season, locally sourced food made by the highest quality chefs Houston and Austin have to offer! 

3. A Few Houston Hideaways to Try

Houston has long had the reputation of a sprawling metropolis and one of the best foodie vacation spots. In a way, though, it’s been like a track stuck on repeat. Here are few restaurants that are doing things differently in the city.

  • The Pass and Provisions is two restaurants in one. Chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan form a power couple of creativity. The restaurant has two sides, offering edgy, creative cuisine at the Pass and a whimsical, a la carte menu at Provisions. Come try their stone-oven-baked pizzas with toppings like duck confit with pickled currants or sausage with kale.
  • Underbelly strikes you with the odd name, but more importantly its motive and method. Farmhouse-style communal tables adorned with wildflowers are the perfect setting for Chef Chris Shepherd’s  snout-to-toe philosophy. Known to wheel a whole hog through the dining area, you’ll delight in the rustic menu featuring pork roasts and cornbread.
  • Caracol pushes an upscale take on authentic Mexican food, rarely associated with high-class eating. Hugo Ortega is trying to change that perception. Soulful interpretations of coastal Mexican food  like ceviche and crudos will inspire your taste buds to try new things. Try their scallops tossed with mango, papaya, and lime or their roasted oysters in chipotle butter. 

Finish with Dessert in Brenham

You definitely don’t want to forget the ice cream! Blue Bell Ice Cream in Brenham makes the cozy town the perfect place to finish your trip. Stay at the Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast where you’ll find the comforts of home. It’s just minutes away from most things on this list. If you need more ideas on things to do during your visit, download our free Vacation Guide. Book today!

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The Best Weekend Trips from Houston to Recharge Your Mind, Body, and Soul

September 15th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

 

the Best Weekend Getaways from Houston

Need a break from the big city? Sometimes the perfect cure for a hectic week is to take some time to slow down, take it easy, and just get away. An escape to the Texas Hill Country is one of the best weekend trips from Houston. Many things await you like outdoor adventure, beautiful scenery, and whimsical small towns. Consider Brenham, TX, just an hour northwest of downtown Houston on Highway 290. Within minutes of your arrival, you’ll find wineries, restaurants, ranches, and breweries to explore.

Find out more about all the fun things to do near the Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast in Brenham, TX, when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for things to see and as you plan one of the best weekend trips from Houston.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Cockrell Butterfly Center

April 22nd, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Cockrell Butterfly Center

Find your way to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and spend a day exploring the Cockrell Butterfly Center.  Kids of all ages will be in awe of the over 1,500 exotic butterflies who call the center home.  The 3-story glass structure of the Cockrell Butterfly Center mimics a rainforest environment and houses a 50-foot waterfall.  Before you head to the museum, find out everything you need to know about the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

Spend a Day at the Cockrell Butterfly Center

The Cockrell Butterfly Center, which opened in 1994, is a living butterfly habitat home to hundreds of species and preserved specimens.  The walk-through interactive experience is like no other.  You’ll be up close and personal with the butterflies as they land on the exotic plants, fly through the air and may even land on you.  A tour can take as little or as long as you like.  Before you begin, don’t forget to pick up a butterfly guide to help you identify the butterflies as they fly by.  Just a few examples of the butterflies you might encounter include the Rice Paper butterfly, the Green Triangle Kite butterfly, and the Julia butterfly.

To learn more about the butterfly life cycle from egg to adult and all things bugs, be sure to visit the Brown Hall of Entomology.  Beneath the butterfly habitat on the lower level is a section called Insects and Us.  Kids will enjoy learning all about entomologists, playing games and have the opportunity to eat a bug at the bug vending machine.  The upper level houses The Amazing World of Arthropods.  Everything you ever wanted to know about insects can be found in this interactive exhibit.  Discover giant wasp’s nests, watch ants at work, see mounted specimens and catch a glimpse of Houston’s largest cockroaches.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Admission to the center is $9.00 for adults and $8.00 for children and seniors.  Members of the Houston Museum of Natural Science only pay $4.00 admission.  The last entrance to the Cockrell Butterfly Center is 1 hour before the museum closes.  Other exhibits to tour when visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science include the Burke Baker Planetarium, the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, and many more halls of natural science exhibits.

Start Planning Your Trip!

A trip to the Cockrell Butterfly Center is a perfect day trip from our beautiful B&B here in Brenham, Texas.  The Murski Homestead bed and breakfast offers a relaxing experience in the Texas countryside.  We offer 4 rooms each unique in their décor.  Unwind after a long day in our outdoor spa complete with hot tub with over 100 pulsating jets.  We begin each morning with a Homestyle breakfast.  You can choose a self-serve breakfast or choose to have your breakfast delivered right to your room.  Before you set out on your getaway to Murski Homestead, be sure to download our free Washington County Vacation Guide.  This guide is filled with free information on where to eat, where to shop, and what to do while visiting.  For reservation information or to inquire about our current specials, call us at 979-830-1021.

 

 

 

The Star of the Republic Museum Preserves Texas History

September 30th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Star of the Republic MuseumWe are proud of our history here in Washington County TX. When you’re the birthplace of the great state of Texas, it can be difficult to stay humble, but we do our best. Our favorite way to celebrate our historic past is sharing it with our guests! Visitors come to Brenham from near and far to learn about Texas history. Those who have grown up in our fine state and those who are first timers love to hear about the people, places and events that shaped the character of Texas as we know it today. That’s where the Star of the Republic Museum comes into play. The Star of the Republic Museum preserves Texas history and depicts the saga of the Texas Republic.

The Texas Republic

On March 2, 1836, 59 delegates gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos to declare Texas’ independence from Mexico. The Republic of Texas proudly but precariously existed as a separate and unique nation from 1836 to 1846 until the state of Texas became a part of the Union. During this 10 year period, there were fascinating stories of the politics, military history, social and cultural heritage of the unique people who came together to create the Texas Republic. The Star of the Republic Museum was established on the site where Texas’ independence was declared and these compelling stories began.

The Star of the Republic Museum

In the shape of a star, The Star of the Republic Museum is a two-story, 22,000-square-foot facility built in 1969. The museum opened in 1970 and originally featured collections of Texas furniture, decorative arts and documents. From 1977-1987, the museum began to concentrate on installing more permanent exhibits. Today, the museum comprehensively interprets the Republic of Texas through exhibits, media programs and collections. Exhibits detail the development of the republic, immigration, social life, politics, military matters, agriculture and commerce throughout the unique 10-year period of Texas’ independence.

What to See at the Museum

The Star of the Republic Museum has many fascinating exhibits to see. Our guests have told us they particularly enjoyed the hologram exhibit where the people of the Texas Republic come to life as their holographic faces share stories outlining what the life and times were like in early Texas. Visitors also like the timeline exhibit between the first and second floors of the museum where one can understand the context of events happening in Texas compared to events happening throughout the United States and the world at the same time. Children, in particular, love the interactive displays on the second floor of the museum where they can learn about daily life in the Republic of Texas.

Your historical journey to Washington County TX wouldn’t be complete without a stay at our Brenham bed and breakfast. Murski Homestead is the epitome of true Texas hospitality. We offer a unique guest ranch experience in a scenic countryside setting. All of our guests enjoy our made from scratch, full Texas breakfast and can also choose to take advantage of one of our cooking classes to learn how to cook true Texas cuisine. One of our four well-appointed guest rooms will keep you comfortable and relaxed along with our unique, outdoor spa. Book your stay at Murski Homestead today!

 

Photo courtesy of Matt Turner.

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.