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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

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