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3 Itineraries for the Best Weekend Getaways from Austin

April 8th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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Austin, TX boasts an exciting culture known for its music scene, culinary creations and nightlife! The city has become a popular to move, especially for the twenty-something crowd. If you’re searching for one of the best weekend getaways from Austin, look no further than Murski Homestead B&B in Brenham! Less than two hours east of Austin in Texas Hill Country, Murski Homestead B&B is the perfect place to unwind, take in the beautiful scenery, and explore the area’s attractions. Keep reading to find out why Brenham is one of the best weekend getaways from Austin.

Your Guide to One of the Best Weekend Getaways from Austin, TX

Day 1

When you arrive at the Murski Homestead, you’ll be greeted with the kind of hospitality you can only find in Texas. Put your bags down and relax – you’re home for the weekend. No matter which of our rooms you stay in, you’ll enjoy amenities including private two-person baths, flat screen TVs, breakfast and a jacuzzi tub in our Garden room. Once you’ve settled in, you can stay in for the night, step outside marvel at a Texas night sky, or explore local nightlife. A weekend night is the perfect time to visit The Kenney Store! Featuring live music on Friday and Saturday nights, classic American food, beer and more, The Kenney Store is a great place to get a taste of the area.

Day 2

One of the best things about staying at the Murski is the breakfast! Choose either the self-serve breakfast or the Gourmet Ranch tray delivered to you. Enjoy a delicious start to your day, highlighted by items like bake Caribbean scones, grilled sausage, pan fried breakfast breads, and much more! Items vary depending on the breakfast option you choose.

There’s quite a few things to do and see in and around Brenham, and more than enough to fill an entire day’s schedule! You can find art, history and a welcoming downtown culture here. Look into Brenham’s past and tour the Giddings Wilkin House Museum (the oldest home in Texas!), the Texas Cotton Gin Museum, and the Washington County Memorial Plaza, a tribute to the veterans from the area. If you’re willing to make the drive to College Station, about 45 minutes north of Brenham, you can visit the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

To experience the best of small town Texas, head to Brenham’s Main Street district, where you’ll find dozens of shops and an atmosphere reminiscent of years gone by. Book shops, clothing stores, the Brenham Heritage Museum and much more can be found here. On Saturday nights in July, Main Street comes alive with the “Hot Night Cool Tunes” event series, featuring live music from area bands, food, drinks and more!

Check out the local art scene while you’re there too! Browse the Downtown Art Gallery and see fascinating pieces from Brenham artists! The Unity Theatre features some of the best (and funniest!) local shows from Brenham’s finest actors and actresses. Visit unitybrenham.org for more information.

Located on Blinn College’s campus, the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center is another great local venue for both music and theatre. This center’s Performing Arts Series is a great way to spend an evening, especially for art-inclined visitors.

If you’re not ready to head back to the Murski, then head over to the Home Sweet Farm Market & Biergarten! Taste the best Texas craft beer (the largest selection of craft beer in Washington County, according to their website) artisan cheeses and more, while enjoying live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Nothing beats closing out an exciting day than live entertainment and quality beverages.

Day 3

Before you hit the road, you’ll want to fill up on fine local dining. For brunch, try out 96 West on South Baylor St, or Must Be Heaven (the top ranked Brenham restaurant on tripadvisor!). Must Be Heaven lives up to its name; you’ll enjoy a menu here that features savory sandwiches, fountain soda and more!

You’d be making a mistake if you left without taking a trip to Blue Bell Creamery. You won’t find better ice cream in the state, and you can try it all here in the birthplace of this delicious dairy dessert. For information on visiting, tours and more, visit bluebell.com.

Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast

Use the above itinerary as your guide, and you’ll soon see why Brenham is one of the best weekend getaways from Austin! Of course, you don’t have to do everything listed above. Add or subtract, but either way, visiting Brenham while staying at Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast is a weekend trip from Austin you won’t forget. Make you download our free Washington County vacation guide, too!

Check Out the Unity Theatre in Brenham, TX

December 11th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Actress at the Unity Theatre in Brenham, TX

From their rich history to the incredible productions, Unity Theatre in Brenham, TX, is the perfect stop. Enjoy whatever time of the year you are visiting by heading to this historic theatre that give so much back to the town it calls home.

About the Unity Theatre in Brenham, TX

The Unity Theatre is the only professional theatre in the Washington County region. They continuously bring in amazing actors, actresses, directors, designers, and technicians from all over the country to put on the most rewarding performances for their guests. They currently hold four Main Stage productions and two Studio Series plays annually. They also produce children’s theatre, arts education programming, and community outreach programmes. They have remained the solo professional theatre for 21 seasons where they are located in a renovated warehouse in Brenham’s historic downtown.

Unity Theatre History

Co-founded in 1995 by two sisters, the Unity Theatre formed as a non-profit organization with the goal of bringing the Brenham community together. Starting off in a location too small for their growing subscribers and professionals, the theatre moved a few blocks away to their current location in historic downtown Brenham. The second site officially opened on New Year’s Eve in 2001 with a lavish masquerade party. With sponsors and donations, the theatre is still able to function today and bring wonder and community to the city of Brenham. The theatre is so well known that it now attracts audience members all the way from Houston, Austin, and beyond. With their first season starting in 1995, they have held popular productions such as Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Sound of Music, and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Unity Theatre Upcoming Productions

As the 2015-2016 season started, the theatre put on a production of Always…Patsy Cline and is currently hosting their annual Christmas play, Miracle on 34th Street. This comedy/drama follows the story of Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, who starts working as Santa for a local Macy’s store. To help parents find exactly what their children want for Christmas, Kringle directs parents to other stores to find their gifts. This puts Kringle in trouble with Macy’s where he ends up in a court competency hearing and a little girl’s belief in Santa is at stake. The next shows coming up in February, April, and June include The Miss Firecracker Contest, Jerry Finnegan’s Sister, and Scapino! respectively.

When visiting Brenham, TX, and Washington County, this is one stop you cannot miss. While planning your trip, make sure to book a stay at Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy a romantic getaway in one of our beautiful rooms. We offer a luxury experience with Texan hospitality making your trip one to be remembered forever. While planning your vacation, make sure to download our completely free Vacation Guide where you will find everything you need to know about the area. We look forward to booking your stay with us and can’t wait to hear about your wonderful adventure to the Unity Theatre.

The Ultimate in Country Texas Wedding Packages

October 15th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Texas Wedding Packages

Getting engaged and planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times in your life. With all the stress of planning and making sure everything is perfect, you want to make sure that you pick the best wedding venue. Celebrate your special day at an intimate, romantic, all-inclusive wedding venue in central Texas. To make it even more perfect, choose from Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast’s Texas Wedding Packages, which include traditional ceremony and elopement packages.

Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast Wedding Package

Murski Homestead hosts weddings and elopements for couples only or with up to 20 of your favorite guests. Romantic country-style weddings and elopements are the specialties of the region’s premier wedding venue in Brenham, Texas. In fact, our Brenham wedding venue was voted as one of the best places to elope in Texas in 2014 by WhereToElope.com. Learn about Murski Homestead’s wedding and elopement packages in this video. Ceremony location sites to choose from include the Hill Country Stone Waterfall Patio, the outdoor garden gazebo,  the covered terrace, the century-old front porch, or the rock patio under an ancient majestic crape myrtle tree. Our goal is to make your wedding or elopement stress-free.

Our Wedding Package includes:

  • Ceremony in the setting of your choice
  • Invite anywhere from 2 to 20 of your closest friends or family for the ceremony & reception
  • Ceremony officiant
  • Music
  • Photos taken by the Innkeeper with your camera of the ceremony, cake cutting, toast, reception, and around the property as desired
  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Set up and clean up of reception area
  • Silver, china, napkins, and crystalware for reception
  • Petite wedding cake, cheesecake, or cupcakes
  • Champagne or punch toast

This package includes the ceremony and reception lasting two hours.

Recent Wedding Trends

As the top theme of the year, many weddings have been donning a Wild West theme. Hosted on a ranch or ranch-styled location with leather accents and a rustic vibe, this will be a wedding your friends and family will remember forever. You may want to add a few extra touches of your own. Adorn tables with a deer antler and a leather napkin belly band. Walk down the aisle with all bouquets featuring wildflowers and serve your cake on a wooden cake stand. There are so many additions you could add to a traditional wedding to make it more relaxed and memorable for everyone. Whether you want to line the lounging areas with cowhides, serve Moscow mules in copper mugs, or use hay bales as seating, you’ll have the trendiest wedding to date.

Plan Your Wedding With Us!

Here at the Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast, we would love to host you on your special day. We pride ourselves on our intimate ceremonies catered specifically to you. With our country-styled property, you are guaranteed to have a wedding you’ll always remember. After all of your friends and family depart after your big stay, stay with us here at Murski Homestead for a rustic and relaxing honeymoon experience. Get a feel of real Texas while exploring our quaint town of Brenham. If a wedding is not necessarily your thing, make sure to check out different elopement packages, especially the ones we offer here at the Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. Congratulations on your engagement and we look forward to spending your big day with you here!

 

Where to Find Mexican Rustic Furniture in Brenham

May 8th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

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Photo Credit: Doug Bennett / iStock / Thinkstock

Visitors flock to Brenham, Texas multiple times a year for the antique festivals that are one of the area’s main draws. This reputation for beautiful old designs has also put Brenham on the map for its local artisans and craftsmen doing everything from growing vegetables to operating vineyards, and even making Mexican rustic furniture. Skilled locals make up a rich creative class here in this Texas country town, making it an unassumingly charming and inspiring place to visit with a lively culture and many creative events throughout the year. If you are a collector of beautiful things and tastes, and perhaps redecorating a home or office, come visit Brenham and check out, among other things, the Rustic Center of Brenham.

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Photo Credit: Karen Town / iStock / Thinkstock

What is Mexican Rustic Furniture?

This is a fair question, and one we asked ourselves years ago when looking for the perfect pieces to define our country style. Luckily, it is something Brenham is known for, particularly because of our friends at the Rustic Center of Brenham. Mexican Rustic, as the name suggests, embodies the Mexican style of furniture craftsmanship, with a touch of antique design mixed in. At the Rustic Center of Brenham, the carpenters order their kiln dried pine from Chihuahua, Mexico, from which each piece of wood is carefully selected for each specific application. Kiln dried wood helps to both preserve the natural look and feel of the wood while giving it longevity. Natural beeswax is worked into the wood by hand, bringing out its distinct characteristics. The pieces are often assembled with antique iron hardware, which add to its rustic look.

How Can I Decorate With Mexican Rustic Furniture?

The kiln dried wood preserves the natural look and feel, meaning that many of the pieces have visible flaws and cracks in them that are handsome without compromising the structural integrity of the piece. While Mexican in style, this furniture can be used in many different decorative styles stemming from nature’s inspiration. Appropriate rustic decorating themes include Mexican rustic, southwestern, log cabin, western ranch, and Santa Fe. At the Rustic Center you’ll find nearly any piece in this style you are looking for from coffee tables and armoires to bars and framed mirrors. The options truly are endless, and you’ll find that your creative juices start flowing as soon as you enter their showroom.

 

The Rustic Center takes beautiful departures from their pine-made pieces into forged iron accents for around your home, as well as mesquite and copper pieces that are the perfect pair to pine. They also carry many varieties of handmade Talavera textiles imported from Mexico that are great in bathrooms and kitchens if you want a little extra flare. In short, if you are redecorating in the above-mentioned styles, you definitely want to come check this place out and chat with the experts. While planning your trip to Brenham, be sure to download this free vacation guide that will inform you of all the other great things to see and do while you’re in the area.

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.