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3 of the Most Romantic Places to Go in Texas

May 18th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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Texas is known for doing things right, whether it’s the state’s renowned BBQ, iconic culture or championship-winning sports teams. And, thanks to the Lone Star State’s beautiful scenery and exciting environment, there’s no shortage of romantic places to go in Texas! It’s not all rodeos and country music (as some might think) – it’s great place to visit when you and your significant other need to getaway. Keep reading, and we’ll show you where the best escapes in the state are.

3 of the Most Romantic Places to Go in Texas

 

Small Town Texas Charm – Brenham

Romantic getaways don’t always need to be exotic – sometimes, all that’s need is the quiet, quaint appeal of a small town, encompassed by postcard-worthy views. That’s exactly what you’ll find when you visit Brenham, Texas. Located in the heart of scenic Texas Hill Country, you’ll plenty to do here, whether you’re visiting Pleasant Hill Winery (part of the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail) or Windy Winery, dining at 96 West, or enjoying a performance at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center. Downtown Brenham is home to live music throughout the summer, art galleries and local theater productions. If you’re looking for romantic places to go on a date in Brenham, you’ll have more than enough to choose from (and if you need dessert, head to Blue Bell Creameries – you’ll thank us).

The best way to experience Brenham is with a stay at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. You won’t find a more romantic place to stay than this inviting Texas bed and breakfast. The accommodations and amenities you’ll find here are hard to beat. Whether you’re exploring the surrounding area, or enjoying each other’s company, Murski Homestead is your choice.

 

A Capital Choice for Couples – Austin

Austin might be weird – but that’s ok, because the capital city is a favorite among romantic places to go in Texas. Known for its thriving music scene, artists and stunning cityscape, Austin has become a magnet for twenty-somethings. So, listen up, millennial couples: You need to spend your next romantic escape in Austin, not overseas. Plan your trip around the Austin City Limits Music Festival (Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Mumford and Sons are headlining), dine at VOX Table and Uchi (or any of the countless food trucks around the city if you’re looking for something cheaper), or visit a craft beer brewery or one of countless coffeeshops. If you want to take in the beauty of the city while having fun, head to Rocket Electrics and rent an electric bike. Bike dates are never bad idea, especially with the scenery you’ll find here.

 

Alamo City Allure – San Antonio

Aside from home to one of the NBA’s most successful franchises (sports-minded couples, take note), San Antonio is a beautiful city home to multiple attractions, including the scenic San Antonio River Walk. Shops, restaurants, art galleries and more line the San Antonio River Walk, and thanks to its beautiful European-esque design, the river walk is one of the most romantic places in Texas. Imagine floating down the San Antonio river at night on a boat tour, surrounded by beautiful building and lights. It’s not hard to see why it’s one of the most romantic places to go in Texas. While you’re there, be sure to visit The Alamo, a legendary icon in both Texas and U.S. history.

 

Spend Your Next Romantic Getaway at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast

 

When it comes to romantic places to go in Texas, it doesn’t get much better than Murski Homestead B&B, located in Brenham, TX. Our property is a beautiful snapshot of scenic Texas Hill Country, providing the perfect setting for a weekend getaway, elopement or small wedding. Our rooms feature spacious, inviting atmospheres, attractive decor, and great amenities like jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. There’s plenty of great things to do in Brenham, too! Live music, great food and much more await our guests. Download our free Washington County vacation guide, and start planning your next romantic escape at Murski Homestead! Contact us today by email or at (979) 830-1021.

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.

Imbibe Texan Wine on The Bluebonnet Wine Trail

February 3rd, 2015 by Pamela Murski

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Wine Trail

The Bluebonnet Wine Trail is the perfect trail to enjoy true Texan  Wine.  The B&B, located directly on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail, is  close to Saddlehorn Winery, Windy Winery, Pleasant Hill Winery, Texas Star Winery and Messina Hof Winery!  Each of these wineries offers a unique take on Texas Wine and is a great way to experience the uniqueness of different vintners and their definitive twist on hand crafted, small production artisan Texan wine.  Not  only will you experience great wine, meet delightful vintners and enjoy the overall ambiance that a true Texas winery offers, you will delight in the beautiful drive through the hills and vales on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail.

Throughout the year the Bluebonnet Trail offers fun food and wine pairings and events at each winery. During your Bluebonnet Wine Trail  tours & tastings, often done by the vintners themselves,  some of the few fun facts and trivia about wine you might just hear during the conversation.

  • Full body doesn’t necessarily mean intense flavor
  • Generally, the longer the finish, the better the wine
  • More than 80% of the ability to taste comes from the smell
  • Four clusters of grapes produces one bottle of wine
  • There are approximately 20 billion bottles of wine produced worldwide each year
  • To speed up the chilling process, place 2 T. of Kosher salt in the ice bucket
  • To prevent a sparkling wine from foaming out of the glass, pour an ounce, which will settle quickly. Pouring the remainder of the serving into this starter will not foam as much.
  • Old wine almost never turns to vinegar. It spoils by oxidation!
  • When Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in volcanic lava in A.D. 79, it also buried more than 200 wine bars.
  • The average age of a French oak tree harvested for use in wine barrels is 170 years!
  • The lip of a red wine glass is sloped inward to capture the aromas of the wine and deliver them to your nose
  • The foot-stomping method is still used in production of many of the finest ports
  • Only 20 of the 400 species of oak is used to make oak barrels for aging wine, the average tree age being 170 years Wine Bottle glass and rose petals
  • White wine becomes darker in color as it ages, while red wine becomes lighter in color
  • Wine contains more chemical compounds than blood
  • Wine tannin comes from the skin and seeds and of the grape
  • Wine is known as nectar of the gods, but the Sangiovese grape was actually named after a god: “Blood of Jove”
  • The most common fining agent? Egg whites. Bull’s blood and gelatin have also been used.

Now for a little wine trivia:

  • Romans discovered that mixing lead with wine not only helped preserve wine, but also gave it a sweet taste and succulent texture. Chronic lead poisoning has often been cited as one of the causes of the decline of Rome.
  • The Vikings called America Vinland (“wine-land” or “pasture-land”) for the profusion of native grape vines they found there around A.D. 1000.
  • At the center of Greek social and intellectual life was the symposium, which literally means, “drinking together.” Indeed, the symposium reflects Greek fondness for mixing wine and intellectual discussion.
  • When Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in 1922, the wine jars buried with him were labeled with the year, the name of the winemaker, and comments such as “very good wine.” The labels were so specific that they could actually meet modern wine label laws of several countries. (Trivia and fun facts courtesy of local vintners at Windy Winery🙂

Book your room today  and sip your  way down the Bluebonnet Wine Trail!

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