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Thinking of Spending Thanksgiving in Texas?

September 28th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

thanksgiving in texasThere are many things that make Thanksgiving in Texas special, including the fact that it is presumed to be the home of America’s very first feast of thanks, which followed a treacherous Spanish conquest through the deserts of Mexico and the southwest. After 5 days in the arid climate without food and water, a band of 500 finally made it to the Rio Grande, where they celebrated with a meal of thanksgiving for their deliverance from the woes of the rugged and sparse countryside.

This spirit of Thanksgiving in Texas is still very much alive today though we are just as happy about football victories as we are for our small town sustenance. This mixing of the new and the old of our beloved United States makes Thanksgiving in Texas an ever enjoyable time of year to visit. Whether you want to explore the countryside in the beautiful temperate weather, root for your teams or explore the foodie scene in celebration of an eating holiday, you’re sure to find it here in Brenham.

Things to Do for Thanksgiving in Texas

  1. Chuy’s Christmas Parade
    Held in nearby downtown Austin every Thanksgiving, Chuy’s Christmas Parade features giant inflatable balloons, holiday floats, classic cars, marching bands and, of course bringing up the rear is Santa Claus! For the past 11 years, the parade has been supporting Operation Blue which provides toys for underprivileged children in the area.
  2. Texas Foodie Experience
    There are endless places to get out and enjoy locally sourced and produced food, whether you love craft beers, wines, or meats and produce. The Wine Trail consists of a grouping of local wineries who are open for visitors to explore, and for a local beer you head to Brazos Valley Brewing Company or the new Home Sweet Market Biergarten in downtown Brenham. The Murski Homestead offers very popular cooking classes and are sure to have a holiday theme in mind for the weekend of Thanksgiving in Texas.
  3. Football Football Football!
    On the Friday after thanksgiving Baylor Bears will face off against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in what will be one of the deciding matches of the 2015 Big 12 Championship. If you aren’t going to make it to the actual game but happen to find yourself in Brenham for the weekend, there are many places to watch the game. The Ant Street Inn will be firing up their grill and opening their parking lot for a tailgate party at 2 pm in preparation for kickoff at 6:30. Don’t miss it!
  4. Live Music
    Here in the country we love to head to a local watering hole in the evenings for some live music and tasty beverages. Take in the local culture during your Thanksgiving in Texas by doing the same at either Brazos Valley Brewing, The Stone Cellar, or at the Home Sweet Farm Market Biergarten over the weekend. See the town calendar for more specifics!

Are you convinced yet that Thanksgiving in Texas is a fine way to spend this holiday? If not, maybe you’ll just have to come check it out for yourself and let this beautiful countryside speak for itself.

For more ideas of things to do while here, check out this free Washington County Vacation Guide!

Harvest Grape Stomp At Windy Winery

June 10th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Windy Winery

Windy Winery

Windy Winery is just one of the great wineries to be found in Brenham Texas.  Located on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail, Windy Winery hosts one of the best and most fun grape stomps in the area during the early to  mid summer  months.  The Harvest Grape  Stomp at Windy Winery is an exceptional opportunity to learn about the intricacies of the wine process, including grape growing, grape harvesting, grape stomping/pressing, grape fermentation and finally the delicious stages of  wine tasting and experimenting!  The Harvest Grape Stomp at Windy Winery  includes a  hayride to the vineyard, picking grapes, pouring some grapes in the barrel, stepping, squeezing & squishing to music which makes all the stress in your life fade away. As an added memento step out with your purple feet on to your keepsake t-shirt.  This fun experience also includes ice cream!  Come up for a stay at the ranch during these weekends, beginning July 4th through  August 9th and join all the fun during the Harvest Grape Stomp  at Windy Winery!

While in the area be sure to also enjoy the Wine Crush at Pleasant Hill  Winery for more wine related fun activities during the same weekends as the Harvest Grape Stomp at Windy Winery.  Want to extend the fun  of the wine trip?  Follow the  Bluebonnet Wine Trail for  tours and tastings at Saddlehorn Winery, Messina  Hof  Winery, Peach Creek Vineyards, Bernhardt Winery and Cork This! Winery, all  of which are within a days easy  drive  from the  Bed and Breakfast.  Though not yet officially on the  Bluebonnet Wine Trail, Texas Star Winery located near Chappell  Hill (a short 10 minute drive from the ranch) is  one  of the newest wineries to open in our area.  It is what is  considered a  “Fun”  winery in that its’ wine is  made primarily from fruits other than grapes.   You  will  be able to taste  some unusual  and fun  wines  like Cranberry,  Prickly Pear, Plum, Hibiscus Flower, 17K Cherie and Mandarin Orange Cocoa.  It is  located at 10587 Old Chappell Hill Rd in Chappell Hill, TX and is open  Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

While out joining in  the fun of the Harvest Grape Stomp at  Windy Winery, Grape Crush at Pleasannt Hill, Saddlehorn Winery and Texas Star Winery, you will definitely want to enjoy the scenic drive on FM 390.  Designated a Historic Scenic  Drive  by the State of Texas, this  is by  far  one of the most  beautiful scenic drives in the  great  state of Texas any time of the year!

Throughout the journey touring, tasting and enjoying the beautiful  scenic  drive along FM 390 and the LaBahia Trail,  you will need to stop for  a bit  of  “grub”.  Some of the delicious eats to be found along the way include:

  • The Burton  Cafe, a bastion of authentic German Fare, in Burton,  Texas
  • Bevers, a mix of  local American and Tex-Mex food in Chappell Hill
  • Nathan’s BBQ,  some of the best local Bar-B-Que in the state, located in Brenham,  Texas
  • R Place, American steak and burgers in Washington, Texas

Summers are some of the best months for a trip to Washington County with live music, lavender festival, winery tastings, antique  shopping, good eats and beautiful  weather.  You will want to book  your room at the bed and breakfast and start your planning for all the great things there are to do and see here.  Come for a weekend or come for an extended discounted midweek vacation stay!

Photo Courtesy of Cortney Martin

Imbibe Texan Wine on The Bluebonnet Wine Trail

February 3rd, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Wine Trail

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!

(Photo courtesy of Fast Forward Productions)

 

Texas Wineries to Visit Near Brenham

March 13th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Texas wineries are ever increasing and Brenham has it’s share of really great wineries  to visit during  your stay at Murski  Homestead Bed and  Breakfast.  There are three Texas wineries all within 15 minutes of the  our Texas Bed and Breakfast.  These three Texas wineries are located  on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail, a meandering trail that  includes 10 different wineries, all of which  are drivable  and tourable during  a weekend stay with us a the ranch in Brenham, Texas.  Below is  a sampling  of  some of the great Texas wineries on our  Bluebonnet Wine Trail  and near Brenham.

The first winery  which  is just north  of  the B&B is Windy Winery.  This Texas winery is known for  the fact that  the  grapes used in  their wine making  all  come  from  the  great state of Texas.  Owners/vintners, Linda and Augie Mientzen are the most delightful  vintners you will come  across while  touring  and tasting on the  trail.  Of German descent, they hold  true to their heritage and the German  wine making  process.  They thoroughly  love  what they do  and sharing that love  with those who come into their wine shop.  You can take a tour, enjoy a variety of festivals/events, partake  in numerous wine/dinner pairings offered  throughout the  year, sip and savor a personal tasting  of their wines while  on  premise and of  course,  join their  wine  club for monthly deliveries of their delicious wine and advance notice of events!  
Windy Winery

Sip and Savor Your Way Through Washington County Wineries

November 21st, 2013 by Pamela Murski

Washington County Wineries

Washington County Wineries

Your Guide to Washington County Wineries and More

Breathtaking views, arts and entertainment, history, antique fairs, good food  and award-winning wineries … We have it all in Washington County. We are proud to serve and use wines from all the Washington County wineries in our cooking classes at Murski Homestead B&B!  With so much to see and do,   we’ve developed this guide to Washington County  wineries to help in planning your getaway!

Pleasant Hill Winery

This is Washington County’s first winery

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