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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.

Washington County Events in January

December 16th, 2013 by Pamela Murski

Washington County Events for January:  Time to kick of the New Year off with a weekend getaway to Washington County! Here’s just a sampling of what to do…….need help or more ideas?  Email us:  pamela@murskihomesteadbb.com or  Give us a call 877-690-0676

Washington County Events

Antiques Shows

 Brenham Winter Antiques Show:   January 4 & 5.   Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This new location at the Washington County Fairgrounds Event Center, 1305 E Blue Bell  Road, Brenham, TX  is an all-indoor show.  Show planner,  Rural Antiques Shows of Texas,  features time honored furniture & collectibles of the 19th & 20th centuries plus all manner of vintage objects that can be used in creative ways around the home & yard.  Antique hunters will find period glass, china, sterling, original paintings, estate jewelry, vintage baskets, old toys, linens, period advertising signs and those hard to find collectibles so popular today.  Food, catered by The Garden Cafe, will be available  on site both days.

Butchering and Curing:    January 11 & 12

For foodies and and the new breed of home farmers, you  don’t want to miss this educational program at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas.   It is located within Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105, between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155

Butchering livestock was a very necessary way of life in the mid-19th century.  Many of the animals raised on the farm were raised for that purpose. Pork has been preserved by drying, salting and smoking for centuries. There are different ways of curing, but they all serve the purpose of preserving it to eat later.

We will be butchering a hog on Saturday and beginning the curing process on Sunday.  This program will be ongoing, so if you want to see every step you have to attend the entire event.  Steps will not be repeated once the resources have been used up.   And, please be aware that the program is weather dependent.

Uptown Swirl

Washington County Events

Brenham UpTown Swirl:  January 18  from 3 – 7 p.m.

What better way to kick off the new year than to give or receive an afternoon and evening of wine tasting in quaint stores around Brenham’s downtown district!   With 27 different participating locations, each will offer different wines for tasting.  Part of the fun (beside tasting some really great wine) is getting to see all the great wares offered in each shop and looking for that special keepsake to take home with you.  A taste of some of the stops for tasting and shopping with a really cool vibe that we recommend you not miss

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Winter Antiques Show to be Held at Washington County Fairgrounds

December 6th, 2013 by Pamela Murski

The Washington County Fairgrounds, located just a half mile away from Murski Homestead B&B, always has something going on throughout the year from hosting the oldest state fair in September to horse shows, cattle shows, livestock sales, flea markets and trade days, Demolition Derby…..to the Washington County Fairgrounds Winter Antique Show put on by Rural Antiques Shows. 

Washington County Fairgrounds

Washington County Fairgrounds Winter Antiques Show

The Brenham Winter Antiques Show is being held at the Washington County Fairgrounds, their first time at this new venue.  The dates for this years Winter Antiques Show are the first weekend of the new year:  Saturday, January 4 and Sunday, January 5, 2014.  Saturday’s show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday’s show hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This new location at the Washington County Fairgrounds Event Center, 1305 E Blue Bell  Road, Brenham, TX  is an all-indoor show.  Featuring the time honored furniture & collectibles of the 19th & 20th centuries plus all manner of vintage objects that can be used in creative ways around the home & yard.  Antique hunters will find period glass, china, sterling, original paintings, estate jewelry, vintage baskets, old toys, linens, period advertising signs and those hard to find collectibles so popular today according to Rural Texas Antiques Shows spokeswoman.  Each day luncheon will be available  on site  and catered by The Garden Cafe both days.

With the B&B just a half mile down the road, Murski Homestead is the perfect place to stay and launch your shopping excursion each day.  Come back to the bed and breakfast after a day of shopping and slip into our outdoor spa for a relaxing soak and get ready for another day of antique shopping, downtown boutique and gift shopping, fun and fascinating winery tours and tastings on our local Bluebonnet Wine Trail, getting in on a visit to some of our great historical sights while in town and enjoying some fine fare at one of our great restaurants.  The list of things to do is endless.  You  may just decide to stay here at the ranch and finish up your weekend truly relaxing and rejuvenating before heading back to the city.

Whatever you decide, you can’t find a closer spot to come home to each day after your antique shopping foray at the Washington County Fairgrounds Winter Antiques Show!  Don’t want to go out to locate dinner after your day of shopping and relaxing soak in our outdoor spa?  We can take care of that with our Inn House Menu!  Be sure to order your private meal from the ranch in advance of your stay……we deliver to your room some of the best food rockin’ in Washington County!  So  book your favorite room now and make plans to come on up!