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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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The Best Things to Do in Texas Hill Country

August 30th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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Stereotypical images of Texas often depict the state as hot, dry, flat, and lacking in vegetation. And while Texas is home to plenty of desert landscape, the Lone Star State boasts so much more than that. A prime example of the state’s beautiful scenery and exciting atmosphere is Texas Hill Country. This region of Central Texas is brimming with postcard-worthy views, outdoor adventure, big cities, quiet towns, and much more. When you stay at Murski Homestead B&B, you’ll be conveniently located within a day’s trip (or much closer!) to the best things to do in Texas Hill Country. Keep reading to learn more about our favorite part of Texas!

Some of the Best Things to Do in Texas Hill Country

See the Texas Bluebonnets

If you’ve ever seen pictures of Texas Hill Country, you’ve seen fields of these amazing flowers. Bluebonnets are nearly synonymous with our part of Texas, and the best place to see them is right here in the Hill Country. Keep your camera (or smartphone) handy!

Spend a Day in or Austin or Houston

Two of the biggest and most exciting cities in Texas are both less than two hours away from Murski Homestead! Head to Houston and tour the Houston Space Center and the Houston Zoo, or get a taste of Austin’s renowned music scene at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Visit a Winery

Texas Hill Country is one of the best places in the nation for wine, thanks especially to the city of  Fredericksburg! Taste the fruit of the many wineries that call the city home, like Torre di Pietra or The Pedernales Cellars in nearby Stonewall. We can say without a doubt that a trip to a Texas winery is one the tastiest things to do in Texas Hill Country.

Go Hiking!

Maybe one of the most rewarding things to do in Texas Hill Country is simply grabbing your backpack, strapping on your boots, and hitting the trails. Popular destinations include Colorado Bend State Park, Enchanted Rock Natural Area, and Garner State Park.

Swim in the Hamilton Pool Preserve

Easily one of the most scenic attractions in Texas, the Hamilton Pool Preserve is the best place to swim near Texas (and probably the state). Make reservations through the Travis County Parks website before you go, and enjoy a dip in this stunning natural pool.

Tour a Craft Beer Brewery

You don’t have to look far to find Texas craft beer, and that’s a good thing. Visit Brazos Valley Brewing Company in Brenham, or head to both Austin and Houston for an overwhelming amount of excellent breweries. Learn more about Texas craft beer on our blog!

Catch an Aggies Game in College Station

College football is a big deal in Texas, and one of the state’s most beloved schools is less than an hour away. Head to Kyle Field at Texas A&M University in College Station and see one of the nation’s best teams in action. Gig ‘em!

Treat Yourself at the Blue Bell Ice Cream Country Store and Ice Cream Parlor

The best way to both cool off and reward yourself in Texas is with a serving of Blue Bell ice cream. Started right here in Brenham, you can taste the best frozen treat in the state at the Blue Bell Country Store and Ice Cream Parlor.

Enjoy Texas Small Town Charm at Murski Homestead B&B

Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Brenham is home to Murski Homestead B&B. Surrounded by picturesque scenery, our ranch is the perfect play to stay when you when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Relax in one of our four guest rooms, unwind and enjoy the Outdoor Spa, or head into Brenham and enjoy the shops, restaurants, and nightlife our lovely town offers. Plus, all of the things to do in Texas Hill Country listed above aren’t far away – some are even right here in Washington County. For more great things to do in the area, download our free vacation guide! Then contact us online, and plan to spend your next getaway at the Murski Homestead B&B. You’ll fall in love with Texas Hill Country just like we have.

Fun for Foodies: 3 of the Best Cooking Class Vacations

July 13th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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When you think about vacation, good food is more than likely one of perks that come to mind. If your getaway is near the beach, you’re probably preparing for savory seafood meals, and if you’re heading to a city, fine dining and carefully crafted mixed drinks. But for the chefs and foodies among us, cooking class vacations are the only option that will please the palate and expand the prowess. Murski Homestead B&B offers guests the luxury of not only a relaxing, scenic vacation, but exciting cooking classes, too!

Murski Homestead Cooking Class Vacations

Our foodie vacations are perfect for anyone whose idea of relaxation involves great meals! If you’re looking for great learn to cook vacations, look no further these three appetizing escapes.

1. Demo Style Brunch Cooking Class

If you don’t know what brunch is, prepare to be introduced to your new favorite meal. The perfect in between meal after breakfast and before lunch (See? The name makes sense now.), brunch is an artform and a staple of after-church dining, depending on where you grew up. At Murski Homestead, you’ll both taste and learn how to create delicious brunch dishes, courtesy of Innkeeper Pamela Murski, who doubles as an excellent cooking instructor! No brunch is complete without drinks, and Pamela’s demo style class features cocktails as well. Take home the recipes and impress your family and friends! Don’t miss out on this tasty addition to your two-night stay.

2. Foodie Package

When it comes to cooking class vacations, the Foodie Package is hard to beat. Add this package to your two-night stay, and you’ll find yourself in culinary bliss. The evening of your arrival will start with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by a hearty continental breakfast the next morning. Then, starting at 10 a.m., you’ll jump right into a hands-on cooking class, accompanied by local wine and resulting ending with dinner! The local food education continues that evening with a cheese plate and craft beer. Your last day at Murski includes a delicious ranch style breakfast. The food doesn’t stop there, though – you’ll be sent home with recipes and knowledge to craft mouthwatering meals!

3. Cooking Class

This is the most straightforward of our three cooking class vacations. You’ll be involved in the preparation of your dinner from start to finish, while Pamela shows you how to make a meal that will impress anyone’s taste buds. Plus, dishes made with local food always taste better, an emphasis we put on our meals. Book a two-night stay, and add this package!

Note: Our cooking classes are currently unavailable until October 2016. Until then, get your appetite for food and kitchen knowledge ready!

Murski Homestead B&B, Your Choice for Texas Hill Country Hospitality

Located in the small, inviting town of Brenham, Murski Homestead B&B offers guests a quiet, relaxing stay, surrounded by postcard-worthy scenery. Our rooms are spacious and romantic, perfect for an unforgettable stay. Take the Lavender Room, for example. Featuring a private porch, king-size bed, and two-person marble shower, you will have all the privacy and space you need for a getaway. Plus, with both Austin and Houston less than two hours away, you’ll be able to explore the area without driving too far. Download our free Washington County vacation guide for more area information! Call today at (979) 830-1021, and start planning your Texas vacation.

Where to Find Some of the Best Texas Craft Beer

July 5th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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You don’t have to look far to find craft beer these days. Brewers and breweries dedicated to creating exceptional beers are in abundance, much to the delight of anyone who appreciates great beer! The Lone Star State is no exception, and when you stay at Murski Homestead B&B, you won’t be far from some of the best Texas craft beer. From the Hill Country to Houston, there’s no shortage of Texas craft beer and brewers!

Texas Craft Beer: Where to Find It

Brenham

Brazos Valley Brewing Company calls Brenham home, and we’re thankful for that! Less than three years old, Brazos Valley offers a great selection of both mainstay and rotational beers. Get your hop fix with the Roots Radical Double IPA, or opt for the smooth, refreshing Golden Ale. If you want to treat your taste buds to something special, try the 7 Angels Spanish Brown, a brown ale packed full of flavor, thanks in part to their use of Independence Coffee Company beans.

Austin

With a thriving culture that boasts great music, art, and food, it’s only right that Austin offers plenty of Texas craft beer. There are too many Austin breweries to list here, so we’ll stick with the most popular. Austin Beerworks is one of the city’s favorites, featuring a great selection of German-style beers, seasonal IPAs, and more. Independence Brewing Company is another local go-to. Stop by their tap room and enjoy their well-rounded selection of beers, live music, and  food! Want more Austin craft beer? Head to Thirsty Planet Brewing Company, Jester King Brewery, or Hops and Grain Brewing, and you won’t be let down.

Houston

Heat and humidity go hand in hand in Houston, but you don’t have to look far to beat the heat here. Houston breweries are in abundance, including Zagat-rated Karbach Brewing Company. Karbach brews a wide variety of beers, including their take on a German mainstay, the Karabachtoberfest and the Weisse Versa Wheat. Grab a beer and enjoy the brewery’s restaurant and Biergarten. You can’t visit Houston without visiting the state’s oldest craft brewery, though. Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a Houston favorite, and one pint of their year round or seasonal brews, and you’ll see why. Other great breweries in Houston include 8th Wonder Brewery, Spindletap Brewery, and more.

College Station

College Station is home to not only the Aggies  but to Texas craft beer, too! New Republic Brewing and Blackwater Draw Brewing Company hold down the local beer scene here, and a trip to either will please your palate. Treat yourself to a dark, tasty Skylight Dunkelweizen, or their popular Dammit Jim! Texas amber. Blackwater Draw has two locations in town, giving you twice as many chances to enjoy a pint of their Mulligan Kolsch with brunch.

Hill Country Craft Beer Trail

We only listed a sample of breweries here – just about enough for a flight. If you want to explore the world of Texas craft beer, head to the Hill Country Craft Beer Trail website, and book a tour! Choose one of the several tours that will take you throughout the region, and enjoy the area’s best beer. Shuttle service options are available, so you won’t have to worry about driving.

Enjoy a Stay as Great as Texas Beer at Murski Homestead B&B

Surrounded by the scenic beauty of Washington County, TX, Murski Homestead B&B in Brenham offers guests a charming, romantic stay. Our rooms are spacious, beautifully decorated, and feature great amenities, like king-size beds and whirlpool tubs, and more. Enjoy the exciting small-town charm of Brenham, or take a day trip and explore Austin or Houston. Of course, if you just want to relax at our ranch and take in the beauty of Texas Hill Country, that’s fine by us. Be sure to download our free Washington County vacation guide, too! Contact Murski Homestead B&B today by calling (979) 830-1021, and start planning your Texas getaway.

Why a Homestead Wedding Venue is the Most Beautiful

June 3rd, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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Choosing the right wedding venue can be a daunting task – location, price, availability and scenery all play an important role in planning the big day. But how do you make the right decision? With a homestead wedding venue! A homestead wedding venue is perfect for smaller weddings, matching an inviting atmosphere with charming scenery. Sure, destination weddings and ceremonies held in big cities have their own appeal, but a homestead wedding reception and ceremony is an unforgettable experience.

Why a Homestead Wedding Venue is the Most Beautiful

Like the name suggests, homestead wedding venues are best known for their most notable feature: the inviting atmosphere of a family homestead. Homesteads possess a certain familiarity that other wedding venues don’t have, something that the bridal parties and guests alike appreciate. While historic churches and beach fronts provide views that everyone loves, a homestead wedding combines picturesque surroundings with the warm atmosphere of a party or family reunion.

A quick Google search will show you some of the key characteristics of a homestead wedding venue: a large lawn with enough space to set up chairs, a gazebo or rustic barn (or both), and often a large, older farmhouse. However, the venue isn’t restricted to these features alone, and that’s what makes a homestead wedding venue special: each one is original. For example, Murski Homestead B&B in Brenham, TX, features a quiet Texas ranch environment and the beauty of Texas Hill Country, while The Homestead 1835 in Indiana is surrounded by classic midwest farm views. You can find rustic homestead wedding venues all across the country, whether you’re at the Union Mills Homestead in Maryland, dancing the night reception away in the venue’s barn, or enjoying the stunning California mountain backdrop at Oak Glen Homestead in Oak Glen, CA. You can’t go wrong when you choose a homestead wedding venue, no matter what part of the country you’re in.

Beauty aside, there are more reasons why choosing a homestead wedding venue is best. Travelling between locations for the ceremony and the reception can be a hassle, but with there’s no need with a homestead wedding – spend the entire celebration at the venue, and don’t stress about additional transportation. Plus, with a setting as scenic as a homestead, why would you want to leave? Another great feature of homestead wedding venues is their ability to accommodate smaller weddings. Maybe you’d prefer to spend your day with only the people that you’re closest to, or just you and your soon-to-be spouse. A homestead wedding venue is perfect for ceremonies like these! Elopements and smaller weddings are easier to accommodate at a homestead and are removed from the noise and busyness of a wedding in the city.

If you want both an ideal atmosphere, beautiful surroundings and a day that you’ll never forget, choose a homestead wedding venue.

Murski Homestead B&B, the Ideal Choice for Your Texas Homestead Wedding Venue

Located in Texas Hill Country, Brenham’s Murski Homestead B&B is the best choice for a homestead wedding venue in Central Texas. We offer elopement and small wedding packages, perfect for couples who prefer to enjoy a quiet and intimacy of a small wedding. Our property represents everything beautiful about Texas, and our wedding packages are reasonably priced. We can accommodate a simple elopement or a wedding with up to 20 guests. Of course, our B&B is also the ideal choice for a romantic trip, whether it’s a honeymoon or a weekend getaway from Austin. Our rooms feature amenities like spacious king-size beds, jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces and more, each uniquely decorated. Contact us today for more information about our homestead wedding venue and lodging, send us an email or call (979) 830-1021.