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Affordable Romantic Getaways in the Lone Star State

January 15th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Couple enjoying affordable romantic getaways

Looking for time away with your one and only? Head to the beautiful Lone Star State for plenty of affordable romantic getaways in the South/Southwest.

The Affordable Romantic Getaways You and Yours Need

Take some time with your significant other and enjoy a getaway from the big city. With plenty of things to do and great places stay, you’re guaranteed to feel relax and rejuvenated after your weekend vacation in Brenham, TX. Check out our lists of free and affordable romantic ideas to fill your days!

Top 5 Things to Do near Brenham, TX

  1. Jersey Barnyard
    Head over and see some amazing animals at this farm. Whether you choose to do a guided tour that includes a hayride and free feed for the goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits or a self-guided tour, you’ll enjoy your time seeing the great animals at Jersey Barnyard.
  2. Brazos Valley Brewing Co
    This brewing company offers a multitude of fun events throughout the month. Check out their calendar for a fun tasting event!
  3. Windy Winery
    Whether you stop by this winery to catch one of their live music nights on Saturday evenings, or head to the tasting room, you will have a great time with the one you love. Their winery and tasting room is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so if this a must visit for you, make sure to plan accordingly.
  4. Pleasant Hill Winery
    This winery hosts a “Taste, Tour, Shop” event every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 12 pm, respectively. Enjoy the fine wines of Brenham, TX, with a stop at this incredible winery.
  5. Star of the Republic Museum & Barrington Living History Farm
    At this museum, you will be able to find endless information about the Texas Republic (1836-1846). As a part of the museum, you can also visit the Barrington Living History Farm where you can take a free self-guided tour to experience life in early Texas history.

Top 5 Free Things to Do near Brenham, TX

  1. Antique Rose Emporium
    The Antique Rose Emporium received the honor of being a member of the Great Rosarian Garden Hall of Fame. Head to their facility to view their award-winning display gardens and stop by their retail store to create a garden of your own!
  2. Chappell Hill Lavender Farm
    This farm is open on the weekends for visitors to tour. They suggest a picnic lunch, strolling the gorgeous lavender fields and shopping at the Lavender Patch.
  3. Washington-on-the-Brazos
    After visiting the Star of the Republic Museum and the Barrington Living History Farm, head to Washington-on-the-Brazos. This is the birthplace of Texas and rich with history and incredible sites.
  4. Burton Cotton Gin & Museum
    This museum offers free admission to all, but if you would rather take a tour, you’ll have to pay. Take a look back when “cotton was king” at this 1914 Burton Farmers Gin.
  5. Chappell Hill Historical Society
    This historical society was founded in 1847 by Mary Hargrove Haller. Take a look back in this city’s incredible history rich in culture, higher education, sandbars and sternwheelers, cotton, the War-Between-the-States, and Polish immigration.

Places to Stay

During your affordable romantic weekend getaways take advantage of the best accommodations the area has to offer at Murski Homestead B&B. Brenham, TX, is the perfect place for your vacation because not only do they offer affordable weekend getaways, but they are also an easy drive from the big city. Not too far, but far enough makes Brenham, TX, the ideal location whether you’re looking for an affordable honeymoon getaway, or just some needed alone time. For more information on things to do in Brenham, TX, request our free Washington County Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay!

Visit the Barrington Living History Farm to Learn about Texas’s Last President

January 27th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Barrington Living History Farm at Washington  On The  Brazos State Park is the place for discovering Texas history and learning about the last president Texas had before becoming a part of the United States of America.  Of course, you’ll need a great place to stay during your visit to Washington County and Barrington Living History Farm.  Murski Homestead with its’ private mini suite rooms is a  short 15 minutes  away.  Located on the outskirts of historic downtown Brenham, this Bed and Breakfast offers all the amenities of an upscale lodging property with the ambiance of ranch life.  Book your room today  and plan your trip to Barrington Living History Farm.

Washington On The Brazos, a 293-acre state historic site, marks the original town location of Washington, an important political and commercial center in early Texas. Delegates to the Convention of 1836 drafted, signed the Texas Declaration of Independence and created a constitution for the new Republic here.  A fantastic museum called “The Star of the Republic”  has several displays dedicated to the roles of African Americans in the Republic, including contributions made during the Texas Revolution.

Your next stop while enjoying Washington On The Brazos is the Barrington Living History Farm, the final home of President Anson Jones of the Republic of Texas.  Anson Jones farmed near Washington during and after his presidency  and Jones named his farm “Barrington” after his Massachusetts home, Great Barrington. He lived with wife Mary, their four children, his sister, sister-in-law, and five slaves. The family home, two slave cabins, a kitchen building, smokehouse, cotton house and barn made up Barrington Farm.  This would be Anson Jones’ final home.

Arriving in Texas in 1833 and settling in Brazoria, Anson Jones had a thriving medical practice. Like other prosperous men,  he was drawn into the political conflicts of his era. Actively serving the Republic of Texas, he was congressman, minister to the United States, senator, and Secretary of State. In 1844, at the height of his political career, Jones was elected president of the Republic.

It was a bittersweet legacy of Jones’s short tenure as president, for during that time the Republic of Texas ceased to exist. Instead, Texas became the 28th state of the United States. It was left to Jones to declare, “The final act in this great drama is now performed. The Republic of Texas is no more.” — Anson Jones, President, Republic of Texas February 19, 1846

With these words Jones ended his public life and political career, retiring with his family to Barrington, the home he had built near the town of Washington. Anson Jones’ star rose briefly with the Republic’s “Lone Star” and faded quickly with annexation. 

The economy of the farm relied upon the work of five slaves and entries that Jones himself made in his daybook show the variety of the tasks, the efforts of the slaves, and ongoing nature of farm work.   Barrington Living History Farm, now dedicated to showcasing lifestyles and technologies of Texans 150 years ago,  is a place where visitors can participate in daily activities alongside costumed interpreters who explain and perform some of the same tasks on the farm as its original residents. The farm also includes replica quarters where visitors can learn more about the personal lives of enslaved people in Texas.

While in the area, stop by Chappell Hill Lavender Farm where you can wander through the Lavender fields and cut fresh  lavender (when in season), pick up a few handmade lavender products to enjoy back home and for gift giving.  Next drop in at Windy Winery and take a tour and tasting of a true local boutique winery serving wine made only from Texas grapes!  Bring back a bottle of wine and wind your way to the Bed and Breakfast to enjoy a refreshing soak in the outdoor spa before heading out to dinner in historic downtown Brenham.  Book your stay now by calling  us for reservations at 979-830-1021.