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The Top 3 Reasons You Need to Visit Home Sweet Farm

November 10th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Home Sweet Farm

Whether you’re a foodie looking for the best local fare and goods or visiting from out of town, there’s something about Home Sweet Farm that’s enticing. Located in cozy downtown Brenham, their unique storefront is bursting with color. The store seeks out high-quality, handmade products to stock their shelves, and it’s all local! That means that when you buy from Home Sweet Farm, you’re not only supporting a local business but also local farmers and artisans. What are the best reasons to visit Home Sweet Farm? Read on to find out!

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Home Sweet Farm’s Top 3

The Market

When you step into Home Sweet Farm, you’ll be surrounded by only the finest local foods and goods. The market offers the best local artisan cheeses, sustainably-raised meats, seasonal produce, farm-fresh eggs, and pantry items to make you feel more connected to the environment and local economy. Plus, it’s delicious inspiration you won’t soon forget! The market also offers pecan and olive oils, one-of-a-kind locally made chocolate bars from ethically-sourced cocoa beans, locally produced jams, and honey. Come see for yourself the amazing flavors for sale!

The Biergarten

Home Sweet Farm’s Biergarten proudly proclaims that it has the largest selection of craft beers in the county. The brewers Home Sweet Farm highlights use old-world methods to craft their brews. Methods like oaking and lagering give these beers an incredible flavor profile you shouldn’t skip out on! You’ll love their selection of craft brews and local wines, and the biergarten is a popular place to hang out with friends and family in the historic downtown Brenham.

The Music

The local music scene, as well as out-of-town acts, make Home Sweet Farm’s stage a diverse and bustling music venue. For a small Texas town like Brenham, it sure doesn’t feel like small, local music. Being situated so closely to Austin and Houston means plenty of quality musicians are also local. Plus, happy hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays always help, too. So, come on out, grab a beer, and enjoy the night with live music!

Just Minutes Away from the Best Place to Stay

Home Sweet Farm is the perfect place to shop if you’re looking for local flair. And, if you’re visiting you’ll be just minutes away from the best place to stay in Brenham, Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. And, if you’re looking for the best things to see and do in the area, then look no further than the FREE Vacation Guide provided by Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. It’s full of the best ideas for things to see and do in the area, and it is guaranteed to make your visit the best it could be!

How to Have the Best Time at the Brenham Christmas Stroll

November 1st, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Brenham Christmas Stroll

As the holiday season rolls into cozy Brenham, TX, the Brenham Christmas Stroll ramps up for another exciting and cheerful year of festivities. The annual Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade is on the first Friday and Saturday of December and is a fun time for the whole family. With many holiday activities ranging from performances to crafts, you’ll be sure to have a great time kicking off the holidays!

Are you looking for the best things to do in the Brenham, TX, area? Then, look no further than our FREE Vacation Guide! Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast offers the best Washington County activities, meaning you’ll know exactly the best attractions and events to see and things to do!

The Brenham Christmas Stroll is Full of Fun

Come on out for the Brenham Christmas Stroll and Lighted parade over the first Friday and Saturday of December! The two-day event begins on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the town square trees with twinkling lights. Enjoy caroling and rides on the Firetruck Invader for kids. When you come out on Friday night, you’ll be helping the city of Brenham kick off the Christmas season in a big way!

Saturday is the big day of the two-day-long event. Come out and enjoy the fun with snow tubing slides with real snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, Lowe’s Build and Grow Christmas Workshop, 1950 American LaFrance Invader Rides, breakfast with Santa, Cowboy Bob, the popular lighted parade, and more! Read on for more details!

Marquee Events You Shouldn’t Miss

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. | Breakfast with Santa

Join Santa at Must Be Heaven for pancakes! Have a delicious hot breakfast, enjoy festive activities, fun face painting, and pictures with Santa! Be sure to register with the city of Brenham to reserve your seats for this one. It will sell out fast!

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Sip, Shop, & Stroll

This is the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping done! Shop and stroll amongst the merchants in downtown Brenham. Sample their festive drinks to have a chance to win $350 in Downtown Dollars for use in downtown Brenham stores!

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Cowboy Bob – Trick Roper!

The National Champion Trick Roper, Cowboy Bob is sure to put on quite a show! You’ll be amazed by his trick roping, gun spinning, and whip cracking skills.

6:00 p.m. | “Christmas in Texas” Lighted Parade

Watch as the streets of Brenham light up with countless floats all decked out with twinkling lights and festive themes. You’ll catch the Christmas spirit and sing along with the carols as the floats go by. At the end of the parade, sit with Santa at the Gazebo!

More Family Fun

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Rope Making – $5

10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Jingle Bell Market shopping at Ant Street Inn

3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. | Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas at The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre

Enjoy the Best of Christmas in Brenham

When you come to Brenham, TX, for the Christmas festivities, you’ll be at home at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. Check our available rooms and see for yourself how cozy you can be this holiday season! If you’re looking for more things to do while you’re in Washington County, then download our FREE Vacation Guide today!


The Best Weekend Trips from Houston to Recharge Your Mind, Body, and Soul

September 15th, 2016 by Pamela Murski


the Best Weekend Getaways from Houston

Need a break from the big city? Sometimes the perfect cure for a hectic week is to take some time to slow down, take it easy, and just get away. An escape to the Texas Hill Country is one of the best weekend trips from Houston. Many things await you like outdoor adventure, beautiful scenery, and whimsical small towns. Consider Brenham, TX, just an hour northwest of downtown Houston on Highway 290. Within minutes of your arrival, you’ll find wineries, restaurants, ranches, and breweries to explore.

Find out more about all the fun things to do near the Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast in Brenham, TX, when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for things to see and as you plan one of the best weekend trips from Houston.

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6 Reasons to Visit Texas in the Fall

September 15th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

texas in the fall

Fall brings cooler temperatures, football season and plenty of reasons to visit Texas. Take advantage of the events in Brenham or make the short trip to Houston and Austin for unique markets and festivals that celebrate the music, history and culture of Texas!

Six Reasons to Visit Texas in the Fall

  1. Brenham Flea Market
    Brenham, Texas
    Open every third weekend in September, October and November
    Visit the Brenham Flea Market located at the Washington County Fair and Rodeo for antiques, arts and crafts, clothing, and more. From furniture to signs and novelties, there’s no end to the variety of unique finds available at this local market.
  2. Old Pecan Street Festival
    Austin, Texas
    The Pecan Street Festival is the nation’s largest arts and music festival. This free festival in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District includes art and crafts made from all types of materials like metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone. Local bands will play from three stages and over thirty food vendors will be serving delicious fare – everything from healthy choices to typical festival snacks. Face painting, a petting zoo, magicians and more will be on hand for the kids.
  3. Texas Renaissance Festival
    Todd Mission, Texas
    Every Saturday & Sunday, October – November
    The Texas Renaissance Festival is a 55-acre interactive theme park where guests are transported back to a 16-century English township. For eight weekends in the fall over 500,000 guests are entertained by kings, queens, lords, ladies, magicians, jugglers, dancers and more costumed performers. Over 400 shops where craftspeople demonstrate skills like glass blowing, weaving, and blacksmithing are located along cobblestone walkways. Shops offer arts and crafts made by the artisans and plenty of food and beverages. At the end of each day is a fireworks show.
  4. Living History Saturdays at Independence Hall and the Old Washington Townsite
    Washington, Texas
    Select Saturdays in September, October and November
    Travel back to the 1800s to a time of when soldiers fought for the independence of Texas at the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site in Washington, TX. Along the Brazos River is the Barrington Living History Farm where Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas, once lived. On the third Saturday of each month visitors get an opportunity to see how early Texans lived in handcrafted reproduction log buildings and how they worked on the farm where costumed artisans demonstrate daily life. Traditional guided tours of Independence Hall will not be offered these days and the event is free to park visitors.
  5. Annual Texian Market Days Festival
    Richmond, Texas
    The Annual Texian Market Days Festival at the George Ranch Historical Park gives visitors a chance to relives 150 years of Texas heritage. Costumed interpreters display historic weaponry, frontier survival and cattle roping demonstrations, home tours, culinary delights, livestock, cowboys, battle reenactments, and more. There will be plenty of good food available so no one goes hungry. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages five to 15. Children ages four and under are free. George Ranch Historical Park is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  6. Austin City Limits Music Festival
    Austin, Texas
    ACL Festival is a two-day festival on the first and second weekend of October that draws over 75,000 people a day. Over 130 acts will perform on eight stages in Zilker Park. The line-up includes rock, indie, country, folk, hip-hop, electronic and more. Local artists, food vendors and kid-friendly activities will also be on-site. Tickets include three-day passes, one-day passes, and weekend passes.

Start Planning Your Fall Trip to Texas!

For more reasons to visit Texas in the fall, download our free Washington County Vacation Guide. After you spend your day reliving Texas history, enjoying musical talents, or shopping for special mementos, return to your quiet, rustic room at Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast and unwind with a glass of wine on your private porch or read a book in your cedar tall king-size bed.

Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek


The Best Things to Do in Texas Hill Country

August 30th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

things to do in texas hill country
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.