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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.

February is National Wedding Month: Celebrate With Us

December 3rd, 2014 by Pamela Murski

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Bride & Groom at Murski Homestead

Here at the Murski Homestead in Brenham, TX, National Wedding Month is one of our favorite times of year. February is a time to celebrate the wonderful gift of marriage, as well as the traditions of the ceremony in which you commit your life to your partner. Weddings are such a unique celebration that they deserve to be celebrated as a whole. It is also a great opportunity to celebrate your own marriage, something we would be happy to facilitate at the Homestead. Book a room and get away form your busy life and take the opportunity to celebrate your souse and intentionally remember the commitment you made to one another.

National Wedding Month is a great time to jumpstart your wedding planning as there is a higher frequency of bridal shows and other wedding planning events. If you’re still looking for a venue, check out our wedding packages, which come in many varieties and are always tailored to meet you needs.The Murski Homestead is among the most popular venues in the Houston and Austin areas for its simple, charming atmosphere, and industry expertise. Our goal is to partner with couples to create beautiful, stress-free weddings that are a perfect representation of the couples they are celebrating.

Whether you’re looking for a spring, summer, or fall wedding we would love to help you get started in February or otherwise. We have planned weddings in less than 6 weeks, and others starting over a year in advance. Whatever suits your needs and desires, we can make it happen for you. Because we are well connected in the area’s wedding industry we would be happy to recommend National Wedding Month events for you to attend, like the Essence of Australia Trunk Show happening February 6th in Bee Cave, TX. February is a great opportunity to start gathering ideas for big day, which we would love to help you execute, making it a seamless and memorable event.

If you’re already married, then consider setting aside a weekend to get out of town to stay with us in our peaceful sanctuary. You can stay in one of our cozy, country rooms where you will be completely undisturbed by the demands of everyday life. Our made-from-scratch breakfasts are always a delicious Texas experience. Book some time in the outdoor spa located in our restored vintage smokehouse where you will find a hot tub for the ultimate relaxing experience. Check out some of the great things to do in Brenham, or sign up for a Murski Homestead cooking class. Enjoy some interruptible time in the country where you’ll eat well, and leave feeling rejuvenated.

National Wedding Month is a perfect time to get those wedding plans rolling, and the Murski Homestead is both a wonderful venue, and a great planning partner who aims to make your experience pain-free. For those happily married couples, use Feburary as an excuse for a much-needed vacation and enjoy all that this Texas country establishment has to offer. After a couple days rest at Murski you’ll be excited to head back to the real world.


Spend a Day at the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory

October 30th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Even with November arriving, it is still plenty warm out to take a trip to the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory in Brenham, Texas. The Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory is one of America’s oldest creameries, having been open for over 100 years, and is a must visit for any ice cream lover.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Flavors

Blue Bell offers 66 unique ice cream flavors, with at least 20 available year round, including classics like chocolate chip cookie dough, banana split and rocky road. On top of this, each month there are at least 10 rotating selections that are available for three months at a time.

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Some of the many flavors of Blue Bell ice cream

Currently, some delicious seasonal options such as peppermint bark, Christmas cookies and spiced pumpkin pecan are available. This makes for around 30 ice cream flavors available at any given time, making for a great variety. With all of these options, there is sure to be something for everyone at the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory, whether you want something unique, or a tried and true favorite.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory Tours

On top of just trying some new flavors of ice cream, you can also take a tour of the Blue Bell ice cream factory. Tours are offered from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm, excluding some holidays. These tours last 45 minutes and show you the behind the scenes operations at the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory, culminating in the opportunity to enjoy some fresh Blue Bell ice cream. The price of admission for a tour is $6 for general admission and $4 for children ages 6-14 and senior citizens.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Parlor

If tours aren’t for you, you can still visit the Blue Bell Ice Cream Parlor at the facility. The parlor is open from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and most holidays. The Blue Bell Ice Cream Parlor offers the opportunity to enjoy all of your favorite flavors or purchase Blue Bell merchandise. This is a great family fun activity that everyone can enjoy while you’re in Brenham.

Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast

While in town to visit the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory, let Murski Homestead provide you with some top quality Texas hospitality. At Murski Homestead, we can provide a romantic weekend getaway with superb accommodations. The grounds are quaint and relaxing, filled with beautiful views and  you will receive great service throughout your stay. A delicious breakfast is provided at your convenience, and there is also the option of private cooking classes so you can be a part of the experience. In addition to the accommodations, Murski Homestead is also located a short drive from everything Brenham has to offer. It is 15 minutes from most wineries in the area, and there are live music venues, restaurants and more in downtown Brenham.  If you’re looking for a fun weekend away in Brenham, come visit the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory and relax with us at Murski Homestead.

Upcoming Texas Gun Shows Near Brenham

October 24th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Texas is known for many things, one of which is being one of the best places to go to enjoy a renowned Texas Gun Show. During the month of November you can find a variety of different shows offering an opportunity to view, purchase, sell or trade many types of guns. These shows offer not only guns, but ammo, knives, parts, and camouflage gear, among other things. This can make for a great weekend getaway for adults and families alike.

Texas Gun Shows

The Real Texas Gun Show will be in Brenham Nov 8th-9th and Belton the following weekend

In Brenham Texas and the surrounding areas, there are five major Texas gun shows that will be highlighted here. First, The Real Texas Gun Show will be making its way to Brenham, the first weekend of November. A weekend pass to the show is only $12 with kids entering free, providing a low cost activity and maybe a chance to buy or trade for a brand new gun. The show offers guns, ammo and knives, as well as the opportunity to meet and network with fellow gun enthusiasts. In addition to the Real Texas Gun show, the Premier Gun Show is also a short drive away in Pasadena this weekend.

If you can’t make it down to Brenham for the first of November, don’t worry because there are a few more shows in the surrounding area in November as well. On the weekend of November 8th, there are two shows offered on either side of Brenham in Houston and Austin. This makes Brenham a perfect central location to stay to enjoy both the Austin Gun Show  and the High Caliber Gun and Knife Show in Houston. These shows also offer the opportunity to buy, sell, trade or even just look around. The High caliber show even offers other items such as hunting gear, coins and books so there will be something for everyone.

The following weekend there are two more nearby shows to check out. The Real Texas Gun Show is back again, this time in Belton and there is another High Caliber Gun and Knife show in Pasadena. These are another great opportunity for gun enthusiasts if you weren’t able to make it out to the first offerings. These are two of the premier gun shows in Texas, if not the entire country and surely can’t be missed.

Where to Stay During the Shows

While you’re in town to check out any of these great shows, the place to stay is Murski Homestead in Brenham, Texas. Not only are the accommodations superb, but we offer the perfect central location to make it to any one of these gun shows. Our quaint and scenic bed and breakfast can be relaxing and romantic after a long day at one of the shows. We offer gourmet food and drinks, a variety of beautiful rooms, as well as a relaxing outdoor spa to their guests, all for a reasonable rate. Murski Homestead will show you true Texas hospitality, and give you the opportunity to enjoy everything else Brenham has to offer after a day at a true Texas gun show.

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 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 Murski Homestead, 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