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Fun for Foodies: 3 of the Best Cooking Class Vacations

July 13th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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When you think about vacation, good food is more than likely one of perks that come to mind. If your getaway is near the beach, you’re probably preparing for savory seafood meals, and if you’re heading to a city, fine dining and carefully crafted mixed drinks. But for the chefs and foodies among us, cooking class vacations are the only option that will please the palate and expand the prowess. Murski Homestead B&B offers guests the luxury of not only a relaxing, scenic vacation, but exciting cooking classes, too!

Murski Homestead Cooking Class Vacations

Our foodie vacations are perfect for anyone whose idea of relaxation involves great meals! If you’re looking for great learn to cook vacations, look no further these three appetizing escapes.

1. Demo Style Brunch Cooking Class

If you don’t know what brunch is, prepare to be introduced to your new favorite meal. The perfect in between meal after breakfast and before lunch (See? The name makes sense now.), brunch is an artform and a staple of after-church dining, depending on where you grew up. At Murski Homestead, you’ll both taste and learn how to create delicious brunch dishes, courtesy of Innkeeper Pamela Murski, who doubles as an excellent cooking instructor! No brunch is complete without drinks, and Pamela’s demo style class features cocktails as well. Take home the recipes and impress your family and friends! Don’t miss out on this tasty addition to your two-night stay.

2. Foodie Package

When it comes to cooking class vacations, the Foodie Package is hard to beat. Add this package to your two-night stay, and you’ll find yourself in culinary bliss. The evening of your arrival will start with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by a hearty continental breakfast the next morning. Then, starting at 10 a.m., you’ll jump right into a hands-on cooking class, accompanied by local wine and resulting ending with dinner! The local food education continues that evening with a cheese plate and craft beer. Your last day at Murski includes a delicious ranch style breakfast. The food doesn’t stop there, though – you’ll be sent home with recipes and knowledge to craft mouthwatering meals!

3. Cooking Class

This is the most straightforward of our three cooking class vacations. You’ll be involved in the preparation of your dinner from start to finish, while Pamela shows you how to make a meal that will impress anyone’s taste buds. Plus, dishes made with local food always taste better, an emphasis we put on our meals. Book a two-night stay, and add this package!

Note: Our cooking classes are currently unavailable until October 2016. Until then, get your appetite for food and kitchen knowledge ready!

Murski Homestead B&B, Your Choice for Texas Hill Country Hospitality

Located in the small, inviting town of Brenham, Murski Homestead B&B offers guests a quiet, relaxing stay, surrounded by postcard-worthy scenery. Our rooms are spacious and romantic, perfect for an unforgettable stay. Take the Lavender Room, for example. Featuring a private porch, king-size bed, and two-person marble shower, you will have all the privacy and space you need for a getaway. Plus, with both Austin and Houston less than two hours away, you’ll be able to explore the area without driving too far. Download our free Washington County vacation guide for more area information! Call today at (979) 830-1021, and start planning your Texas vacation.

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.

Easter Brunch Demo Cooking Class at Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast

February 12th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Brunch, cocktails, cooking class, fun in the kitchen plus a great stay for 2 nights in one of our romantic suites! This add on package gives you all that plus more! Gather around the table in the kitchen, enjoying brunch cocktails while experiencing a demo-style cooking class by Innkeeper and cooking class instructor Pamela Murski. Ask questions, gather tips, tricks, skills and new recipes to take back home and put to use in your own foodie journey.   Brunch will be the finale of the class which begins at 10:30 a.m. This special brunch class is available anytime prior to Easter Sunday.

Brunch Cocktails get the fun started!

Brunch Cocktails get the fun started!

This special Brunch Cooking Class includes the following:

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Why You Should Visit Brenham TX This Season

November 5th, 2013 by Pamela Murski

Visit Brenham TXHoliday decor, the ultimate shopping experience, and cooking classes that will have you reminiscing about your stay all throughout the year … These are just a few of the reasons you should visit Brenham TX this season.

Check in to your room at Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast and toast to the making of memories. Sip your glass of champagne and catch up on your rest before going out and about in Brenham. Our town is an antique shopping mecca, and you’re sure to find the perfect gift during the holiday season. For starters, visit Ranch Antiques, Today and Yesterday Antiques, or Leftovers Antiques Destination. Spend the day browsing or hurry in and out. Of course, you’ll want to get back in time for your cooking class!

And that’s what is next on the list — a Texas cooking class right on the ranch. You know it’s for you if you love food and new experiences. Not only will you participate in the hands-on cooking class and wine tasting, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal! Even better, you get to take home the memories and recipes to start creating your own traditions. This is an event we highly recommend taking part in, and we have another suggestion to follow it up.

You see, a meal just isn’t complete without dessert, and Must Be Heaven is the choice if you plan to leave the ranch. The decor and atmosphere make you want to slow down and enjoy a homemade holiday pie, but you must top it with ice cream!

When you finish dessert, return to Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast for a romantic and relaxing visit to the outdoor spa. It is perfectly situated in our vintage restored smokehouse/shed, with almost 100 jets and enough luxurious seating to hold up to seven people. We will provide the towels for you. All you need to do is grab your swimsuit, slide in and unwind. It truly is the perfect end to a day of holiday shopping, sightseeing or cooking in Brenham. The spa is positioned perfectly for year-round enjoyment as well. Warm up after your long, fun day and reconnect under the glow of the evening stars with your loved one!

Your visit to the spa, combined with our comfortable accommodations, will have you sleeping like a baby. Get a good night’s rest before waking up to a holiday brunch on the morning you plan to leave. Both the most amazing start to the day and end to your stay, this brunch will ensure you have had a great experience! (Yes – it’s that good!)

So now that you have plenty of reasons to visit Brenham TX this season, let us help you plan your trip. From the Downtown Brenham Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade to the Holiday Home Tour and Trunk Show, you’ll have endless options to take part in during your stay. To celebrate, we have created the Washington County Foodie Experience package for you this season! It is a special add-on specifically created for food-lovers.

The package includes a bottle of champagne upon arrival and a hands-on cooking class and wine tasting with the meal prepared during class. You’ll nosh on dessert for two from Must Be Heaven, home of the famous holiday pies and a fabulous holiday brunch on the morning of your departure. It’s all included for $480 on weekdays (Sunday-Wednesday), or $695 on weekends (Thursday-Saturday). Certain date exceptions apply, but you can add the package to a reservation of at least two nights from November 2013 through January 2014. Don’t forget to mention the Washington County Holiday Foodie Experience when booking your stay. Your perfect seasonal getaway awaits!

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Best Restaurants in Brenham TX

October 22nd, 2013 by Pamela Murski

Best Restaurants in Brenham TXMy mouth is watering just thinking of all the deliciousness in Brenham, Texas. If you love food and new experiences, we have some recommendations for your trip!

First, make your way to Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast for one of our Texas Cooking Classes and Foodie Events. You’ll create a memorable experience in a relaxing atmosphere. Even better yet, you can leave with the recipes and duplicate them at home! We offer cooking classes and lessons in culinary herbs that are demo-style or hands-on. You can determine how involved you’d like to be in the process.

After sharpening your culinary skills in one of our cooking classes on the ranch, make sure to try out the best restaurants in Brenham TX!

Funky Art Café is great for lunch. It has an interesting and diverse menu. Just like its name, the restaurant is a bit funky in ambiance as it serves up artfully prepared food. It’s snuggled in the back of a historic downtown Brenham building that’s decorated according to season. There’s a purple wall displaying the work of local artists and a menu that changes every four months. At least two homemade desserts will be offered each day.

Now we’re on to the “home of the $100 burger!” The Southern Flyer Diner is located at the Brenham Municipal Airport and is open every day. Nearly everything at the diner is made from scratch. The Southern Flyer Diner is consistently ranked among the “Best of the Best.”

Must Be Heaven is another great option, with a fresh menu and quality ingredients. This unique experience will take you back to the good ole days of ice cream shops and hand-crafted sandwiches. The atmosphere makes everyone want to slow down and enjoy their day! Enjoy a sandwich, soup, and maybe a piece of fruit…just don’t forget to try the pie that is always made fresh!

Stopping by Ernie’s American Bistro is a must on the trip. It specializes in personalized service, where American Bistro Dining and “Slow Food” converge to make eating both a pleasure and leisurely experience. Try the fish tacos or beef tenderloin at Ernie’s. They will not disappoint.

There “ain’t no fib about the rib” at the original Big Daddy’s, also known as Nathan’s BBQ! This place is always hopping. Swing in for some ribs, brisket, chops or a handmade dessert.

And if you enjoy Mexican cuisine, try the fine food at Los Cabos. They offer great lunch specials, and their dinner prices are extremely affordable. Start your dinner with a half-frozen/half on the rocks “Stars Over Texas!”

For another dinner option, try Volare Restaurant. It is rooted in the warm flavors of the Matera countryside and its dishes are infused with international flavors that create distinctive tastes. The menu is always fresh and the dishes are always flavorful.

As you make your reservations at some of the best restaurants in Brenham TX, don’t forget to reserve your room with us at Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast! Come experience a true Texas guest ranch with more than 100 years of history! Find your perfect room here!