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Thinking About Weekend Getaways from Austin? Think of Us!

March 13th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Sometimes the need to get away from everyday life is glaring. You don’t need a week vacation, just a quick weekend or overnight trip to break the routine and force yourself to relax without the distraction of your to-do list.  If you’re a resident of the beautiful Austin, Texas those moments probably tend to sneak up on you as there are so many wonderful things to do around the city. If you are looking for weekend getaways from Austin, consider the charming country bed and breakfast in Brenham, the Murski Homestead.

Just one hour and 45 minutes due east from Austin, Brenham is the perfect juxtaposition to your city life, and so close that leaving will hardly take any effort at all. The beautiful Washington County countryside offers an easy way of life perfect for a weekend away. Spend a day on the lake, checking out the market or sniffing the fresh wildflower air as you unwind and let the easy small town wash over you. If this doesn’t sound like a dream, maybe you just want to head straight to the Homestead’s outdoor spa after breakfast with a good book and a mind to rest. Otherwise, these are some great things to come check out in the Brenham area.

 Bluebonnet Season

Come April the Washington County wildflowers are in full bloom, and particularly the bluebonnets. With designated trails and roads to explore the fields blanketed in blues, yellows, and reds, Brenham and the surrounding area has become a destination for people who wish to take a day or two to appreciate the season change and celebrate new life. Another popular draw is the nearby Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival taking place April 11th and 12th all day. If you are coming to explore bluebonnet country and also love to taste local wines while traveling then you ought to explore the Bluebonnet Wine Trail as well!

Foodie Experiences

Weekend getaways from Austin – or anywhere for that matter – should always involve only the best food and drink, which is why you’ll particularly enjoy this rural foodie destination. At the Murski Homestead, you can take any number of the culinary classes offered to expand your knowledge of gourmet food and beverages. The Brenham Farmer’s Market and Home Sweet Farm Market are great places to check out the local produce, all sourced from within 50 miles of Brenham. You could even get yourself some veggies for the week ahead. The market also hosts Farm to Market Dinners each month, featuring local chefs and produce. Tickets are for sale on their website.

 

If you have a boat or fishing gear pack it up and head out to Brenham where you can spend a day on Lake Somerville, making for one of the most ideal weekend getaways from Austin imaginable. There’s nothing more relaxing than a weekend trip to the Texas country where you can forget about life for a few days. The accommodations at the Homestead are simultaneously luxurious and quaint and will make you feel right at home, especially when you wake up to the smell of a fresh-cooked gourmet breakfast.

A Cheatsheet for Lake Somerville Boat Rentals

February 20th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

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It doesn’t get much better than a day on the water at Lake Somerville. This beautiful Texas lake is among the most beautiful recreation places in the entire state, offering the best in water sports and fishing. If you are traveling with your boat there are numerous boat launches around the lake where you can get it on the water. If you’re staying with us here at the Murski Homestead and didn’t bring a boat with you, there are some great place to get Lake Somerville boat rentals that will suit your needs. Whether you like to float lazily on the water or get up some real speed you’ll find the vessel to suit your needs right on the shores of this beautiful Texas lake.

Here are some of the best options for Lake Somerville boat rentals:

  1. The Lake Somerville State Park has two branches on the lake that offer boat rentals. Visitors can rent both kayaks and canoes, which includes paddles and life jackets, at the Nails Creek and Birch Creek State Parks. This is a great way to explore the timid waters of Lake Somerville, and an equally efficient way to get your daily exercise. If you’re visiting these state parks consider spending a day and doing some hiking on their thirteen miles of trails. Also available for rental are basketballs, volleyballs, and horseshoes, so bring a picnic and spend a day at the lake. If you decide you want to take on fishing, consider signing up for Angler Education at Birch Creek to learn the basics.
  2. The Big Creek Marina is a great place to stop and fuel up if you brought your own motor boat. You can also buy all varieties of the bait and tackle you might need if you’re heading out angling. If you are looking for a Lake Somerville boat rental you’ll find jet skis for rent by the hour here, which will give you a high powered and exhilarating tour of the lake.
  3. The Lake Somerville Marina is a similarly great place to launch your boat and stock up on tackle and snacks for a day on the water. You can also rent boat slips and jet skis here, or buy your fishing license. This floating Marina is also a relaxing place to kick back and enjoy the view or even do some fishing.

Whether you like to explore a lake by paddling or on the back of a buzzing jet ski, you’ll enjoy this unique Texas lake. These Lake Somerville boat rentals will set you up for a day of fun on the water, where you can explore its nearly 20 miles of square footage bordered by fresh-water swamps in many places, which turn into rolling grasslands and hardwood forests. This lake is the perfect destination for fishing and is stocked with bass and bluegill. In the warmer months, Lake Somerville is the perfect temperature for swimming and water sports. If you like getting tugged behind a boat don’t forget your water skis and wakeboards, and be sure to take full advantage of this often-calm lake to practice your tricks. Book your stay at the Murski Homestead in Brenham, Texas to complete you perfect lake getaway.

Buy Local at the Brenham Farmers Market

February 11th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

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brenham farmers marketTaking place every first and third Sunday of the month, the Brenham Farmers Market is the best place to get a great variety of local produce, meat, and numerous artisan products made right here in Washington County and the surrounding area. Located right downtown in Brenham, Texas, this market has been part of a larger local foods revival in this rural Texas region. Once known as the breadbasket of Texas, the area’s agrarian roots were dormant for many years until the Stufflebeam family began their organic Home Sweet Farm project. After finding success in the Houston metroplex market, they expanded their efforts to reach their local community as well.

The Stufflebeams began modestly by hosting market days at their farm outside of Brenham and have since expanded into an old railroad warehouse built in the 1870s. The warehouse began as a daily market that was open a few days a week, and is now open every day but Saturday, and carries produce and food products from multiple farms and even personal gardens. They also sell products from local artisans. The Stufflebeam’s goal is not only to give locals a source to purchase the food grown and produced in their own backyards, but to give community members another source of income if they have something to sell.

The warehouse location is also home to the Brenham Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. Another project of the Stufflebeams, the only stipulation for selling at both the daily market and the farmers market is that your product comes from within a 50 mile radius of Brenham. This may seem like a strict line to draw, but it’s intentionally so in order to foster a tight-knit community devoted to local foods, and it seems to be catching on. With many of the local restaurants and bed and breakfasts now working with local farmers to serve seasonally-oriented dishes to their patrons, and retired community members making a few extra dollars from their backyard gardens, Brenham may well become known as a local foods destination once again.

Here’s a list of the things you can find at the next Brenham Farmers Market:

Fresh Produce

  • HOME sweet FARM
  • Volantine Family Farm
  • Local Backyard Growers

Artisan Cheese

  • Blue Heron Farm
  • Veldhuizen Farm
  • Brazos Valley Cheese Co.
  • Mill-King Creamery
  • Water Oaks Farm

Fresh Milk & Cream

  • Mill-King Creamery & Dairy
  • Water Oaks Farm

Meats & Charcuterie

  • Brazos Valley Beef Co.
  • Taylor Farm
  • Richardson Farms

Honey & Apiary Products

  • Washington County Honey
  • Bee Goods Honey
  • Chappell Hill Lavender Farm
  • Big Creek Farm
  • Lazy B Honey

The next Brenham Farmers Market will be held this weekend on February 15th at which you can purchase all the local foodstuffs your heart might desire. If you’ll be in Brenham at the Murski Homestead for a romantic Valentine’s getaway consider stopping by the market on your way out of town on Sunday to stock up for the week. This is a great opportunity to save a few bucks on great organic produce if you’re visiting from the city as it will be less expensive to buy here in the country.

Wedding and Elopement Packages in Texas

December 22nd, 2014 by Pamela Murski

What does your special day look  like?  What are your dreams for the day that you  commit your  life to the one you love the most in holy matrimony?  Need help?  Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast in Brenham, Texas offers a variety of all inclusive wedding packages and elopement packages to  take the stress off of you!  Look through our wedding blog and you will see how  some of our brides spent their special day with us at the ranch.

This is how Rhonda And Chris spent their day!

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Elopement Packages in Brenham Texas

Elopement Packages in Brenham Texas

This sweet couple went all out for their special day with us and their family, too!

Wedding Venue Near Houston and Austin

Wedding Venue Near Houston and Austin

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Rhonda and Clint celebrated their special day in their own way, too!

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Eloping in Texas

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Lake Somerville Fishing: What You Need to Know

December 9th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Lake Somerville fishing

Lake Somerville / Photo By Samuel Huckins via Flickr

One of the favorite activities among our guests here at the Murski Homestead is to make the short 25 minute drive out to Somerville, TX to do some Lake Somerville Fishing. If you’re an avid fisherman then this is an experience you don’t want to miss. The beautiful green bordered lake and outstanding angling opportunity are unmatched in the region. Much more than fishing, Somerville Lake has many different recreational activities so you can bring the whole family and make a day of it!

Somerville Lake Fishing is allowed along the shores of all the parks and on the spillways. There are 11 boat ramps around the lake, with the closest one to the town of Somerville being at Welch Park. You can launch a boat for just $3 a day, or you can purchase an annual pass at Rocky Creek or Yegua Creek Parks for just $30 a year.  This pass allows you free entry to any of the US Army Corps of Engineer day-use areas at which there are great beaches.

The lake is 11,456 acres and averages 38 feet of depth. It was impounded by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1967 and is managed by them to this day. Since 1973 they have been stocking the lake with various species of fish every few years, ensuring its stellar angling status. The lake has very little shoreline cover or structure, though when the water is high the flooded border vegetation is the main cover available to fish.

The primary sport fish in Lake Somerville is Largemouth Bass, with great catches up to 10 lbs. White and Hybrid Striped Bass are also present in the lake, though less prevalent than their sister species. Other angling fish are Catfish, Crappie, and Sunfish. The fishing is best during the springing spawning season, but is great all year round.

If you’re a serious bass fisherman consider heading out for of the annual fishing tournaments on Lake Somerville. The Brazos Valley API Bass Tournament is always a favorite. The Bryan Bass Club will have its monthly meeting at Lake Somerville on July 19th and 20th this year, and the first State Championship Tournament will take place mid-March.

If you don’t have your own boat and want to get out on the lake you can hire a favorite area guide through Fish Tales Guide Service. Owner and guide, Weldon Kirk, will take you out for the true local experience of Lake Somerville fishing. Weldon has over 50 of years experience fishing on the region’s waters, and will send you home with both tales and tails.

If you’re in the area to do some fishing, there are many other things that you can enjoy once you put down the poles. If you are bringing a boat then this a great spot for water skiing or wake boarding. Getting out for a paddle in a canoe or kayak is a great way to explore the shorelines and get some exercise. If you’re an all-around outdoors person then you’ll want to consider coming during hunting season, because the game here is big!

If you haven’t already booked your stay here at Murski Homestead, and love fishing, then we would love for you to come for a visit. Our famous breakfasts will be a great way to start off your day on the lake.

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