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Don’t Miss the Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival

April 4th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival

Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival Band

It is Spring again, the wildflowers are starting to show and April  is the month of bluebonnets here at the Bed and Breakfast! It is also that time of year again for the 52nd annual Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival!  Each spring, vendors line the streets of this tiny little village offering their wares and talents in every imaginable craft, food, art medium you can think of. The ranch is an easy drive to all there is to see and do in Washington County and beyond!

Bluebonnets & Wildflower Sightings

Bluebonnets & Wildflower Sightings


The Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival, which is hosted by the Chappell Hill Historical Society, boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors (home décor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing, etc.), delicious country-style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community. A special Children’s Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train and more. A special Wildflower Photo exhibit will be on display at the Chappell Hill Museum Exhibit Gallery during April and May. The Bluebonnet Festival was declared the “Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas” by the Texas Legislature and was voted #7 as “Most Popular Festival in Texas” by Texas Highways magazine.

The Chappell Hill Historical Society, a non-profit volunteer organization, is dedicated to the preservation of the community’s history and historic buildings. The Society’s goal is to stage a high-quality, fun show in the downtown National Historic District. Our town is located among some of the most scenic areas of Washington County and boasts friendly people and a casual lifestyle.

Just getting away from the city for the weekend is worth the drive up to Brenham!  This years Bluebonnet Festival is scheduled for

April 9 and 10, 2016
9 – 6 Saturday
10 – 5 Sunday

While having fun during the Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival, be sure to visit some of the other great  attractions in Chappell Hill such as the Rock Store.  The Old Rock Store, constructed in 1869 using native sandstone and cedar, was originally built for use as a general store. Over the year, it has served as a feed store, a butcher shop and, at one time, housed the Chappell Hill Post Office.  Two folk art wall hangings made predominately of applique and stitchery and depict the history of Chappell Hill, measuring 30 feet x 6 feet, are displayed on the walls. The wall hangings were created by local women of Chappell Hill beginning in 1971 and completed in 1973.

Still  need a little nudge to make the jump?  This is a great link for checking the real reviews of what is being seen in Brenham, Chappell Hill and Washington County!  Check it out frequently because it is always being updated by real travelers and what they are seeing…


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.

Enjoy Spring on the Bluebonnet Trails

January 5th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

bluebonnet trails

Texas Bluebonnets / Photo By Theodore Scott via Flickr

Springtime in Washing County, TX is a spectacle for its dense and diverse wildflower population. With multiple routes to travel, and trails to walk, there are myriad settings in which to celebrate this magical time of year in Brenham, TX and its surrounding towns. Of course bluebonnets are among the most sighted wildflowers of the season in the area, with other popular ones being Indian paintbrush and evening primrose. Plan a trip to the region this spring and enjoy gorgeous drives through the Texas country and walks through the breathtaking prairies to behold nature’s beauty. Your trip away from the big city will be complete with a stay here at Murski Homestead, a Brenham, TX bed and breakfast known for simple, luxurious hospitality and outstanding homemade breakfasts.

Here is a list of favorite bluebonnet trails and roads to travel this spring. Don’t forget to always check in with the Brenham, TX Wildflower Watch when the spring rolls around to see how the flowers are doing, and which are the best places to breathe in their splendor. The Wildflower Watch gives weekly updates on the state of the flower in Brenham and the surrounding areas. This is a great resource for locals and visitors alike.

Bluebonnet Roads (check out this map of the entire loop)

  • Hwy 105 East from Brenham to Washington-on-the-Brazos
  • FM 1155 from Washington-on-the-Brazos to Chapel Hill
  • Hwy 290 West from Brenham to Burton
  • FM 389 and FM 2502 from Brenham or Burton, through Greenvine
  • FM 390 from Burton to Independence and connecting to Hwy 105 halfway between Brenham & Washington-on-the-Brazos
  • FM 50 from Independence to Brenham
  • And along Hwy 290 East & West and Hwy 36 North and South from Brenham

Bluebonnet Trails and Kid-friendly Parks

  • Old Baylor Park typically has a mix of flowers, including bluebonnets and is a great place for the kids to run free.
  • Washington-on-the-Brazos is a great spot to stop and take pictures. R-Place is right there, which is a great place to stop along the way to have a BBQ lunch, or get some ice cream.
  • Lake Somerville Trailway is a 13-mile bicycle or hiking out-and-back trail which connects Birch Creek State Park and Nails Creek State Park. The Trail is surrounded by flowers in the springtime.
  • Birch Creek Day Use Area is right on the lake and typically a great spot to see the flowers. You could make a day of it!

A weekend away on the bluebonnet trails is the perfect romantic getaway. Whether you’re up for getting out and breathing in that unique bluebonnet smell sure to be thick in the air this spring, or are more of the leisurely country drive type, you don’t want to miss the bluebonnet trails this year. This time of year is always a favorite among Austin and Houston residents who want to get out of the city and enjoy the new life of springtime in a more serene environment. If this is the kind of getaway you’re looking for then consider a stay at the Murski Homestead where your getaway will be compounded in our quaint countryside bed and breakfast.


March 4th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Bluebonnets in Brenham

Bluebonnets in Brenham

This is a great place to keep up to date on where the Bluebonnets are popping up!  They are sparse at the ranch this year but we never know from one year to the next what our crop will be.  Bluebonnets, technically,  are weeds and are governed by the elements and God who predicts where, how and when they will appear!