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5 of the Best Holiday Activities in Brenham, TX

October 10th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Best Holiday Activities in Brenham, TX

While the fall leaves turn a brilliant color and float to the ground, the holidays come into full swing in Brenham, TX. From October to January, some of the most exciting holiday events highlight the changing seasons. Here in the Texas Hill Country, we have many fun ways to celebrate, and we want you to know about them! Check out our list of the 5 best holiday activities in Brenham, TX.

Find out more about all of the fun things to do near Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for things to see and do like enjoying a day at any of these fabulous events.

Our List of the Best Holiday Activities in Brenham, TX

For our list of the best holiday activities, we start chronologically. All around Washington County, you will find great holiday happenings worthy of your time. In this list, we’ve come up with the best of the best. Enjoy our top 5 below!

  1. The Fall Festival of Roses at the Antique Rose Emporium is an intriguing event geared toward gardeners and anyone excited to learn about the propagation, maintenance, and care of roses. Various speakers and demonstrations will teach you everything you need to know about roses! The Fall Festival of Roses is generally held in late October or early November.
  2. The Brenham Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade in downtown Brenham is full of fun live entertainment and holiday shopping. It’s the perfect place to get all your Christmas shopping done early. Finish off the day with the lighted parade. Held each year in early December, it will put you in the holiday spirit!
  3. The Christmas Fayre in Chappell Hill is a great place to take the whole family to welcome in the holidays. Christmas shopping, wine tasting, live music, train rides, live reindeer, and a visit with Santa make for a fun in early December!
  4. The Nutcracker Ballet is the fabulous classic Christmas musical. The enchanting ballet is sure to make beautiful memories for the entire family. You may even hum the whimsical numbers all the way back to Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast! It’s sure to be your favorite of the best holiday activities in Brenham, TX by the end your stay!
  5. Christmas at the Mansion is a part of the Heritage Society of Washington County effort to celebrate Christmas! Come experience the Giddings Stone Mansion with all the halls decked with boughs of holly. Tour the Christmas wonderland and welcome in the holiday season!


Stay at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast to Welcome the Holidays

When you come to the Texas Hill Country for the holidays, be sure to stay with us here at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. Our idyllic landscape makes for the perfect fall getaway or winter retreat. Our cozy rooms and hot, delicious meals are sure to make a memorable getaway. If you’re looking for some of the best ideas for things to do in Washington County, then download our free Vacation Guide! In it, you will find the best ideas to make the most beautiful memories. So, come make them with us!

Antique Rose Emporium Hosts Fall Festival of Roses

October 10th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Fall is the time for roses and once again Antique Rose Emporium is in the planning stages for hosting their annual Fall Festival of Roses.  Three days of feasting the eyes, ears and senses await those who attend the Antique Rose Emporium Fall Festival of Roses with great speakers, seminars, delicious food (usually by Chef Tai with his mobile bistro truck), growing field tours, experiencing the magnificent rose gardens and outdoors and choosing those perfect roses to take home with you to add to your own garden.  You, of course, will need a comphy bed to come home to and a delicious breakfast each morning to start your day.   What better place to call your getaway home than our Texas Bed and Breakfast!  Murski Homestead is conveniently located a short drive away from Antique Rose Emporium.  After a long day touring and walking through the beautiful gardens, come home to enjoy our outdoor spa to relax you and restore you for the next day.

Antique Rose Emporium

Antique Rose Emporium

The dates for this year’s 26th Annual Fall Festival of Roses are November 4 through November 6, 2016.  Confirmed speakers for the Fall Festival of Roses are:

“Rooting Made Easy” – Glenn Schroeter  will hold a workshop on propagating your own roses.    Glenn is the propagation manager for The Antique Rose Emporium.

“A Perfect Texas Garden:  Choosing the Winning Plant Palette for Gardening Success-Robbi Daves Will details the Perennials, Bulbs, and Roses that give the maximum reward in the Landscape.  Robbi is in charge of outside sales for The Antique Rose Emporium.

”Lessons from Houston’s Green Renaissance”-  Molly Glentzer shares some of the best ideas she has observed in writing extensively about Houston’s park redesigns for the Houston Chronicle, where she has been on staff since 1988. Molly, who gardens in Brenham, is also the author of Pink Ladies & Crimson Gents: Portraits and Legends of 50 Roses.

“Texas Rose Rustlers” – Dr. William Welch, Professor and Landscape Horticulturist atTexas A&M University.  He attended Southwestern University at Georgetown Texas for two years prior to going to Louisiana State University where he received an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture and later his MS and doctorate in Horticulture and Extension Education.  Dr. Welch writes about gardening inTexas and the South.

“The Water Saving Garden” -Pam Pennick,  writer, landscape designer, and Austin gardener.  Pam also authors “Digging-Cool Gardens in a Hot Climate” website.  Pam shares her experiences from her garden as well as from the many gardens she travels to see.

“Cutting Edge Roses” -Mike Shoup, Owner of The Antique Rose Emporium and author of  “The Empress of the Garden”

“My Life as a Rustler” -Greg Grant, horticulturist, naturalist, Garden writer, plant developer and really nice guy. Greg lives and gardens at his great grandparent’s home place in
East Texas. Greg’s plant knowledge marries heirlooms and new varietals seamlessly.

Growing Fields Tour with Mike Shoup

-Fields of Roses

-Propagation House

-Aerobic Compost Tea

For a break from all  the  seminars and action, take a tour and tasting at some of the delicious wineries located in Washington County.  Wanting to keep close to all the action, we can boast of 3 unique Texas boutique wineries  located within 15 minutes of Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast.  Windy Winery, located off of Hwy 50 between Antique Rose Emporium and our Texas Bed and Breakfast at 4232 Clover Road, Brenham Texas, Phone (979) 836 3252; Pleasant Hill Winery, 1441 Salem Road, Brenham TX, Phone (979)830-8463; and Saddlehorn Winery, 958 FM 1948 N, Burton, Texas 77835, Phone (979)289-3858.

Reserve your room at our Texas Bed and Breakfast and get set to join Antique Rose Emporium for a fun filled weekend.

How To Choose The Best Country Wedding Venue

September 20th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

0261Choosing a country wedding venue?  We’ve got the perfect spot for you!  Think lovely upscale accommodations in a restored vintage farm home, beautiful grounds year round, multiple ceremony location choices, and an assortment of country wedding packages to choose from that range from bare bones to all the bells and whistles.  On top of all that, how about the fact that we do it all for you so you don’t have to!0184

homestead weddingThe excitement of being engaged and starting the wedding process can be overwhelming and sometimes so can the decision making in putting together all the elements of your perfect country wedding!  As a premier country wedding venue in Brenham,  Texas, we have put together an assortment of incredible  country wedding packages that alleviates the stress and worries of doing it all yourself!  We take care of all the little details so that you can just purely enjoy the magical moments of being engaged and getting married without all the stress that typically accompanies wedding planning……making all the little and big decisions plus putting up with all the family and friends who want to tell you how you should be doing it!  We all know they mean well and want to help but often times, they just don’t realize the amount of stress they are creating for you in their attempts to “help”!

0049With our incredible country wedding venue and all inclusive wedding packages near Brenham Texas, you get all the beautiful detailing of an intimate wedding without all the hassle and fuss of doing it yourself.  Check out the pictures of our country wedding venue and some of our country weddings below.  Have any questions, just give us a call or  email  us!!0196

All you need do is reserve you room  at the Bed and Breakfast, choose the country wedding package you desire, pick  up your  Texas wedding  license and show  up!  That it!  We do all the  rest!  With just a few clicks on your computer screen, a trip down to our local Texas  courthouse and your  all set and ready for the day  of  a lifetime!

0167You’ll definitely want to stay at least 2 days to start your honeymoon.   Located close to town, Brenham Texas has  a lot  to offer to add to your wedding and honeymoon memories.  With fine  dining, antique and boutique shopping, historical attractions, wineries,  music venues and more, you won’t  have to travel  far to enjoy it all!  With 4 beautiful guest rooms in our restored vintage farmhouse,  you may want to  add family and/or friends to your  extended wedding stay to make your own special  wedding memories……before,  during and after!

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Everything You Need To Know About The Round Top Antique Show

August 11th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Round Top Antiques Fairs

The Round Top Antique Show is by far one of the most expansive antique venues in the nation!  Hosted twice a year, the Round Top Antique Show was started over 48 years ago by Emma Lee Turney.  It has since been sold to another owner but the show goes on,  growing larger and larger with each succeeding year.  The original Round Top Antique Show was located in Round Top Texas and included 1-2 venues. With the Bed and Breakfast just minutes down the road, you can enjoy all  4 specific venues that comprise the show now:  The Big Red Barn Tent and Event Center on HWY 237, the Continental Tent on HWY 237, and the Carmine Dance Hall.  After shopping all day, the B&B outdoor spa is a great way to relax those tired feet and get renewed for the next days shopping journey!

The Round Top Antique Show has always been known for its’ consistent reputation for quality and unusual, one-of-a-kind antiques. There is a fee to shop these venues and one ticket gets you into all 4 spots.  The official Round Top Antiques Show  this Fall is September 26 – October 1, 2016.  The dates for Spring 2017 are not yet available but generally will fall the Monday to Saturday that includes the first weekend in April.  Go to their website for all details.

What so many don’t know is that as the show has grown over the years, it has morphed into much, much more than just the 4 venues of the Round Top Antiques Show.  Vendors line the road, back up into pastures, open air lots,  houses, barns, pavilions, tents, dance halls and more for miles and miles.  The antique shows now incorporate many small Texas towns including Brenham, Shelby, Fayetteville, Carmine, Warrenton, and Burton where a broad collection of promoters and local entrepreneurs provide space for more than 2000 antique, collectible and craft vendors and dealers.  Other towns involved in this shopping extravaganza include Oldenburg, Rutersville, La Grange, Columbus and Smithville.

This part of the show known as Antique Weekend, takes place over two and one-half weeks that end the first weekend of April and October each year.  These shows lead up to what is known as the Round Top Antique Show, culminating in almost three weeks of unbelievable shopping and fun!  The dealers and vendors come from virtually every region of the United States.

This is a antique shopping extravaganza you don’t want to miss!  While in our area be sure to take advantage of all the great things there are to do here:  museums, living history, wineries, boutiques, scenic drives, festivals, theatre, live music and more!  Book your room now and make plans for an out of this world shopping  bonanza and amazing getaway!

5 of The Best Experiences on The Round Top Wine Trail

August 2nd, 2016 by Pamela Murski

romantic places to go in texasThe Round Top Wine Trail is a day of shopping,  wine tasting,  sightseeing and fun!  Five of the best things to experience during your day on the Round Top Wine Trail  include your stay at the ranch, an experience unto  itself.  You’ll start your Round Top Wine Trail experience by first spending the previous night in one of our romantic and relaxing guests rooms at the ranch.  Staying in a restored vintage farm home from the 1800’s that has been transformed into an upscale ranch stay is the way to start any  day!

Each guest room is complete with private bath,  private ensuite pantry including mini-fridge, microwave and setups, queen or king bed with soft linens, individual climate control with a/c and fireplace, satellite TV and sitting area.  With access to beautiful outdoor porches, living spaces and outdoor spa,  you have everything set up for the perfect getaway.  Bring back a bottle or two of delicious wine discovered while enjoying the Round Top Wine Trail to your romantic escape and continue the theme of the day…..drinking wine, having fun, enjoying a mini vacation from your weekday life!

The Round Top  Wine Trail, hosted in November, involves all  the quaint shops in Round Top within a square  mile radius, it  is a time  to  sip  wines from local  vineyards, enjoy local eats and shop many of the eclectic storefronts that make up this  tiny  little town of 77!  After perusing the  shops  in Round Top and imbibing  of  some  of the great local tastes, branch  out to some  of the other wineries in the  area to complement the Round Top Wine  Trail.  Continue the  tasting while  enjoying  the beautiful  countryside before  heading back  to the ranch for the  night!

5 of the best to experience include:

1) Rohan  Meadery at 6002 FM 2981, La Grange.  This unique winery hones an old time tradition developed back in the dark ages by monks. Their wine  is made with  honey which  produces  a libation  known  as Mead.  During the summer hours, they  also  show old fashioned  outdoor old movies, free of charge!  Kick  back with a bottle, bring some snacks,  a blanket and enjoy!

2) Saddlehorn Winery at 958 FM 1948 N, Burton.  This  delicious winery has a grand presence situated in a restored metal barn.  Indoors you will find a massive granite tasting  bar, tables and chairs (Texas style) for “sitting a spell” with  friends to  catch  up while  enjoying  a glass or bottle of your favorite tasting!

3) Pleasant  Hill  Winery at 1441 Salem Rd, Brenham.  The wines  produced by this  Sicilian family have won numerous  awards throughout the  years and are consistently  good!

4) Texas Star Winery at 10587 Old  Chappell Hill Rd, Chappell Hill.  This  charming  little winery puts a new spin on what most people typically assume wine  to be, namely an  alcoholic  beverage made from  fermented  grapes.  Here you will find  an assortment of “wines” made with  fermented  fruits other  than grapes….think  Prickly Pear, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Mandarin  Orange & Chocolate  to name a few!  With the pleasant owners, lovely outdoor tables and unique style of wine, this little gem is a pleasant surprise for  your oenophile  tastebuds!

5) Windy Winery at 4232 Clover Rd, Brenham.  Operated by German owners/vintners, this decidedly friendly winery is known for the fact that their wines are produced using grapes only from Texas…..a rare fact, as most wineries blend their grapes with grapes from California and other states.

Time to book your room and start your Wine Trail Journey today!