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What To Know About Pleasant Hill Winery

July 8th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

What to know about Pleasant Hill Winery?  For starters, Pleasant Hill Winery is located in Brenham, Texas Washington County also home to Washington On The Brazos, the Birthplace of Texas.    Pleasant Hill Winery is the first of three boutique wineries to be  established in Brenham.  This Sicilian family owned and operated Texas winery was established by Bob and Jeanne Cottle and opened to the public in 1997.   Pleasant Hill  Winery wines have won all kinds of awards throughout the years and are available for purchase through the winery and in many stores and shops.  Stop in their winery for a vineyard and cellar tour, a tasting of their  fine wines and shopping in their gift shop.  Often you tour guide might be one of the owners or their children who now also help with the production and distribution of their finely crafted wines.Pleasant Hill Winery

Pleasant Hill Winery hosts numerous events throughout the year.  Here is a sampling of some of the things where you will find them and their wine:

Crush For Fun:  Four big weekends in July- August, come experience the harvest!  You get purple feet and a special T-shirt “I picked. I stomped. I made some wine.”  Bring the kids and don’t forget your camera!

Wine Release & Food Pairings:  Scheduled throughout the year, these new releases are always paired with a delicious food to enhance and complement the wine being showcased.

Wine Down Weekends:  Select Fridays in the Spring and Fall, before checking into your room for the weekend at our Texas Bed and Breakfast, stop in at Pleasant Hill Winery  and “WineDown” on the Deck and Watch the Sun Set! Enjoy wine by the glass or share a bottle with friends. Complement that delicious wine with one of their Cheeseboards.

Bluebonnet Wine Trail Quarterly Tours & Wine Events:  Experience seasonal tours with tastings at all wineries on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail for one low price!

Uptown Swirl Downtown Brenham:  In January, explore historic Downtown Brenham while sampling a variety of  delicious wines from assorted wineries.  All for one price, pick up your Uptown Swirl  Map, collectible wine stem, goodie bag,  experience historic downtown walking the wine route, shop in all the cute boutiques and antique stores, stopping in for tastings of wine and champagnes along the way.

Chappell Hill Christmas Fayre: In December from 12 noon to 7 p.m. in Downtown Chappell Hill enjoy tasting a variety of wine including Pleasant Hill Wine, Shopping, Live Music, Choo Choo Train Rides, Teddy Bear Parade, Fun and Games for Kids, Live Reindeer, Visit with Santa, Downtown Lighting, and Lots of Fun for the Entire Family.

Ready to book  your room and come up to enjoy some fine wine and touring?  Check out the Brenham Texas Bed and Breakfast where you will be treated to the best of Texas hospitality with private rooms with  bath, delicious food, relaxing outdoor spa and personal  service!

Pleasant Hill Winery is affiliated with Knights of the Vine, The Wine Society of Texas, Go Texan, Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association and of course, our own Bluebonnet Wine Trail.  Pleasant Hill Winery is open for regular hours Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5.  1441 Salem Road, Brenham.   979-830-VINE

Photo Courtesy of Cortney Martin

Texas Romantic Getaway Idea: Brenham, Texas

May 6th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

texas romantic getawayValentine’s Day might just be once a year, but if you have a significant other, love and romance should be something that isn’t limited solely to February. Planning the perfect trip for you and your loved one will go a long way in making them feel extra special, especially if you make your trip a Texas romantic getaway. Texas is the largest state in the lower 48, meaning you have an innumerable amount of options when it comes to your getaway. We have an excellent recommendation for you, though, to help make the planning process go quick and the fun begin sooner than later.

Let your Texas romantic getaway begin and end in Brenham, Texas, where you will find a quaint bed and breakfast in the countryside: Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. We have created the perfect day in Brenham, Texas, for you and your loved one. Stay for multiple days and repeat these steps to ensure a great time!

Wake Up to a Great Breakfast
Get your day started with a delicious breakfast either in your suite or at the ranch house at Murski Homestead. The suite breakfast can be warmed up in a microwave and can consist of ham & cheddar breakfast pie or baked Caribbean scones. If you’re willing to venture out of your room at 9 a.m., head to the ranch house for a substantial Texas breakfast. Options abound at the ranch house, as you can enjoy such treats like banana pecan cakes or creamy garlic polenta. You can also get the best of both worlds and have the ranch house breakfast delivered to your suite for a nominal fee.

Explore Downtown Brenham
Spend your daytime by perusing the beautiful streets of downtown Brenham, Texas. You will find excellent places to shop and dine (if you’re ready for your second meal of the day after a filling breakfast!). Some of the great Brenham restaurants include Ernie’s American Bistro, Brenham Grill, and Funky Art Café. After lunch, it is a must that you head to the Blue Bell Creamery. Enjoy the tastiest ice cream in the country and take a tour of the building to see where the wonderful treat is created.

Enjoy a Cooking Class at Murski Homestead
We love to create exquisite cuisine for our guests, but we also love to let you in on the action and design your own delicacy. Our Texas cooking classes are all about creating memorable experiences in a relaxing atmosphere. These classes are a great way to learn a new recipe that you can take back home and continue to treat each other with for years to come.

Relax in a Luxurious Room
The last part of your day begins with one of the luxurious rooms at Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast. You will have the choice of four different rooms, all with a personality of its own. Your options are the Lavender Room, the Sage Room, the Rosemary Room, and the Garden Room. Starting from just $179 a night, one of the perfect accommodations can be yours! Be sure to check out the rooms and book your Texas romantic getaway today!

Texas Wineries to Visit Near Brenham

March 13th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Texas wineries are ever increasing and Brenham has it’s share of really great wineries  to visit during  your stay at Murski  Homestead Bed and  Breakfast.  There are three Texas wineries all within 15 minutes of the  our Texas Bed and Breakfast.  These three Texas wineries are located  on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail, a meandering trail that  includes 10 different wineries, all of which  are drivable  and tourable during  a weekend stay with us a the ranch in Brenham, Texas.  Below is  a sampling  of  some of the great Texas wineries on our  Bluebonnet Wine Trail  and near Brenham.

The first winery  which  is just north  of  the B&B is Windy Winery.  This Texas winery is known for  the fact that  the  grapes used in  their wine making  all  come  from  the  great state of Texas.  Owners/vintners, Linda and Augie Mientzen are the most delightful  vintners you will come  across while  touring  and tasting on the  trail.  Of German descent, they hold  true to their heritage and the German  wine making  process.  They thoroughly  love  what they do  and sharing that love  with those who come into their wine shop.  You can take a tour, enjoy a variety of festivals/events, partake  in numerous wine/dinner pairings offered  throughout the  year, sip and savor a personal tasting  of their wines while  on  premise and of  course,  join their  wine  club for monthly deliveries of their delicious wine and advance notice of events!  
Windy Winery

The True Meaning of Christmas at the Ranch

December 24th, 2012 by Pamela Murski

Crucifix

A Prayer For Life

Dearest God,

Please never let me

Crowd my life

Full to the brim.

So like the keeper of Bethlehem’s Inn,

I find I have no room for Him.

Instead, let my heart’s door

Be ever open,

Ready to welcome

The newborn King.

Let me offer the best I have

To Him

Who gives me everything.

–author unknown

Matthew 25:35– I was a stranger, and ye took me in.”

Live life with no regrets, don’t spend time thinking of past mistakes, live life in the present, enjoy the life you’ve made for yourself, live out your dreams ~ Tasha Tudor

 

Christmas Poem

December 16th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I’D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN’T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
‘SANTA DON’T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON’T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY! COUNTRY, MY CORPS.’

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN’T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I WEPT FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT’S CHILL.

I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, ‘CARRY ON SANTA,
IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.’

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
‘MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,!
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.’

This poem was written by a Marine.

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