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Bliss Candy Company is the Best Candy in Brenham

December 7th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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The cozy town of Brenham, TX, greets you with a bounty of wonderful shops and small businesses. One of those is the Bliss Candy Company, which has been creating fine toffee and confections since 2006. You’ll find their delicious toffee and candy throughout much of Brenham, as well as in Austin and Houston. If you’re planning a visit to Brenham, then a visit to Bliss Candy Company is in order!

Are you looking for the best things to see and do in the Brenham, TX, area? Then, look no further than the FREE Vacation Guide provided by Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. It’s full of the best ideas for how to spend your time in the Texas Hill Country. It’s guaranteed to make your trip the best it can be!

History of Bliss Candy Company

Bliss Candy Company technically began in the fall of 2006, but owners Sammy and Cynthia Timpa declare that date to be not entirely accurate. Cynthia has many years of experience making the delicious toffee, using an old family recipe her mother passed down to her. It started as a family holiday tradition, and has since evolved into some of the best candy being made in Texas today.

As a young woman on a quest to perfect her toffee, Cynthia spent countless hours and money on batches of experimental toffee. Trial and error had a lot to do with finding the perfect recipe and honing it to the incredible treat it is today. Batches of too soft, not crunchy, too sticky, or burned toffee eventually turned into the fine-tuned recipe used today.

Simple Ingredients Combine to Be Simply “Blissious”

Only four, high-quality ingredients combine to make the majority of Bliss Candy Company’s toffee. Just as important is having perfect timing and a healthy dose of creativity. The result is “blissious” toffee enjoyed by many in central Texas. They sell out of toffee on a weekly basis, if that tells you how delicious it is. Three toffee varieties and two types of bark make Bliss Candy Company what it is.

Almond Toffee

The toffee that started it all for the Timpas. This best-selling toffee was also the original toffee that made Bliss Candy company famous. Loaded with almonds and topped with milk chocolate, you’ll fall in love with this toffee!

Pecan Toffee

The same recipe as the original almond toffee, but with pecans instead. The milk chocolate is brightened up by fresh orange zest to add a dimension of flavor you won’t soon forget.

Coffee Toffee

Even if you aren’t a coffee drinker, you’ll love the flavor of the coffee toffee. A quick shot of espresso makes this toffee a complex masterpiece.

Lemon Bark

This is the perfect treat for folks who love tart candy! Lemon crunch smothered in white chocolate and dusted with lemon zest combine for a tart punch you can’t resist.

Peppermint Bark

This holiday favorite is sure to make everyone smile. Rich, dark chocolate specked with cookies, candy cane, and white chocolate will make you wish for this all year long!

Blissful Brenham is Full of Incredible Experiences

Delicious candies like those of Bliss Candy Company are just some of the incredible things you’ll find in the Texas Hill Country. At Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast, you’ll be right in the middle of it all, yet still find respite on the ranch. Our comfortable rooms and amenities make for a relaxing experience you’ll enjoy. And, if you need more ideas for things to see and do in and around Brenham, then download our FREE Vacation Guide today!

Take a Historic Walking Tour in Downtown Brenham

April 15th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Downtown Brenham

Historic Simon Theatre and Washington County Visitors Center

Are historic walking tours your favorite thing to do when travelling?  Then don’t miss staying at the ranch in Brenham, Texas for a night or two to go  back in history while enjoying the historic walking tour in downtown Brenham!  Our downtown is a designated historic mainstreet district by the state…..a feat that took many a year and many a step to pass before acquiring!  In that respect, our beautiful architecture and buildings dating from the 1800’s are maintained and treasured by the German & Polish descendants of this beautiful small city.

While on your walking tour, you’ll pass by many 2 and 3 story dwellings that were once home to German blacksmiths, cotton commerce houses, furniture makers, candy shops, dry goods mercantiles, saddleries,  banks, buggy builders, an Opera house and more fascinating businesses of the time.   Downtown Brenham was platted around the Courthouse Square in 1844, when it was selected as the county seat of Washington County. In 1861 an early railroad was completed to Brenham, from Galveston and Houston, bringing a surge of people and prosperity. The community flourished during and after the Civil War, due to its new railroad and abundant supply of cotton, which was treated much like cash in those days. Immigrants from Europe flooded into Washington County through the late 1800’s.  During the early 1900’s, many downtown buildings were remodeled with store fronts  newly faced with marble or brick and decorative awnings.  Today these buildings house restaurants, boutiques, furniture and antique shops, lawyers, jewelers, the Brenham Heritage Museum and more.

Festivals, music, dance, beer and wine events are held year round in the historic downtown area of Brenham.  In the summer, you’ll find live bands, street dances and antique car shows on Saturdays in July during the Hot Nights Cool Tunes Festival, May brings Maifest with parades, German music and German Food to celebrate our German heritage, and Fall/Winter ushers in the Brew Step and Uptown Swirl,  both events celebrating the delicious heritage of beer and wine.  Reserve your  room now at the ranch for any and all of these events to have your home away from home while enjoying the pleasures of our beautiful and historic  town.

Start your historic walking tour at the handsome Simon Theatre, now housing the Washington County Visitor Center, circa 1925.   Architecturally important, this building was designed by the famous architect, Alfred C. Finn, who also  designed the San Jacinto Monument.  The Simon Theatre was designed in the early 20th century Classic Revival style. It was plush and popular in its time, with an upstairs ballroom used for events. The lower floor had a lobby, retail space, a vaudeville stage and movie theater with seating for 739 including the balcony. The handsome Simon Theatre being completely refurbished will soon house convention-wedding-event space, as well as theatre once again!

One of our favorite places in downtown Brenham and one of the stops not be be missed during your historic walking tour is the Wild West Tale at Toubin Park, Circa 1880, located at 208 South Park Street!   Beneath Brenham streets is a State Archeological Landmark, the only system of historic public cisterns found in Texas. Learn how they were built and supplied with water by private businesses.   View one of these amazing cisterns in Toubin Park and enjoy the history through an vivid pictorial display….a Wild West tale of an early railroad, a rough Boom Town and inventive citizens who banded together in adversity after a great fire nearly destroyed their precious early town!

After all that walking, you’ll need a good soak! Come back to your private mini suite at the ranch and enjoy our outdoor spa, where you  can relax and relive your time in historic downtown Brenham while  enjoying a hot bubbling soak and delicious cool glass of wine!  You can pick up a Historic Walking Tour brochure in our Visitor Center downtown or download a pdf by clicking here!

8 Must See Attractions in Downtown Brenham

July 22nd, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Downtown Brenham?  Though there are more things to see, do, experience in Downtown Brenham than we can mention  in this space, but here are 8 of our recommended must see attractions in downtown Brenham.  When planning  your trip to Brenham, you will definitely want to stay a few days to take  it all  in.  With all the different inns to choose from,  Brenham offers a variety of choices.  For great hospitality and personal service, book a room at Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast.  Our personal concierge service ensures you have  help if needed to plan your itinerary for Downtown Brenham.

Downtown Brenham

Downtown Brenham Attractions

1.  Brenham Heritage Museum Complex, from 1915:   This stately, Classical Revival building was originally a Federal building that housed the United States Post Office.  Many museum displays tell the story of Texas and Washington County. Also part of the Brenham Heritage Museum complex are two buildings that display Brenham’s antique fire trucks. 105 South Market

2.  Toubin Park and the Burning of Brenham (circa 1880):   Beneath Brenham streets is a State Archeological Landmark, the only system of historic public cisterns found in Texas. Learn how they were built and supplied with water by private businesses. It’s a Wild West tale of an early railroad, a rough Boom Town, and inventive citizens who banded together in adversity. See a large private cistern and learn how it was used. Find out about present-day cisterns and how they can help you.  208 South Park St.

3.  Washington County Courthouse Square, built in 1939,  is an Art Deco style with streamlined forms in the metal grillwork over the entrances and cut stonework on each of the corners. The gazebo, on the Courthouse Square at the corner of Alamo and Park Streets, is a replica of an earlier auction stand. It serves the community for many Downtown events. The original courthouse, built in 1844 when Brenham became the county seat, was made of local cedar. In 1855 a larger courthouse was built of  locally-made bricks. A third courthouse was built in 1884, the grandest in scale and architectural detail. It was crowned with a central bell tower, a visual landmark for miles around.

Downtown Brenham Walking Tour to experience and explore the 1800’s Architecture:

4.  Brenham Opera House built in 1872 which now houses the antique store, “Yesterday and Tomorrow”, is chock full of antiques, stained glass and collectibles. This two-story building was once home of a fine opera house on the second floor, and Alex Simon’s general mercantile on the first floor. The upstairs opera house had a large stage, orchestra pit, a dress circle, dressing rooms, and box seats with gilded and velvet upholstered seating. It is rumored that deceased opera performers still haunt the building today.  101 West Alamo St.

5.  The Simon Theatre, at 109 W. Main and  housing the Washington County Visitor Bureau, the Independence Coffee Shop and soon to be convention space, is a historical building designed and built by renowned architect Alfred C. Finn, who also designed the San Jacinto Monument.  It was plush and popular in its time, with an upstairs ballroom used for events. The lower floor had a lobby, retail space, a vaudeville stage and movie theater with seating for 739 including the balcony.  Since its’ early heyday, this building has been many things over the years including an  indoor cinema, a Chinese restaurant/grocery store and apartments.  Currently in the last phase of restoration, this is a magnificent structure will soon serve the community again as an entertainment and event venue..

6.  Washington County Citizens Visitors Bureau: located inside the Simon Theatre on Main Street.  Be sure to stop in to pick up brochures of what to see, do, eat, drive, stay and what’s going on locally.  Enjoy a visual experience of Washington County and some of its’ attractions the minute you walk in the door……the floor is the map!  This is not  to  be missed!

7.  Hot Nights/Cool Tunes Music Festival each summer!  This FREE  music event is going on every Saturday evening during the month of July @ 7:00 P.M.  Great live bands, food, drink and classic  car cruise-in.  For a great time, bring your lawn chairs to the Courthouse Square in Downtown Brenham.  Cool Bands like Suede from Austin!

8.  Unity Theatre’s live performances are not to be missed.  Located in a restored antique warehouse, this intimate venue offers some of the best professional live theatre going.  Unity brings in actors, directors, designers and technicians from across the country to give you the most rewarding theatrical experience possible.    Professional artists from across the region delight audiences each season with musical magic, intriguing stories, contemporary and classical comedy.  Come see for yourself why Unity Theatre continues to be called “one of the best regional theatres in the country”.

Of course, you’ll also want to stay overnight to really enjoy Washington County and downtown Brenham.  Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast,  located in the country just 5 minutes from downtown,  offers rustic charm blended with big city amenities…… the best of both worlds!

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