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Don’t Miss These Events at the Round Top Festival Institute

November 17th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

 

Round Top Music Institute

Famous for its many talented musicians, inspirational music, beautiful architecture, and culturally-enriching presence, the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas is worth your visit. There are many great shows and events to catch, featuring some of the best young talent from around the world. Don’t miss out! Follow our list of events you don’t want to miss at the Round Top Music Institute.

Are you looking for the best ideas for things to do near Brenham, TX? Then look no further than the FREE Vacation Guide from Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. It’s full of the best ideas for things to see and do in the area. We guarantee it will make your trip the best it can be!

Round Top Festival Institute Events You Need to See

Valentine’s Concert with Dick Smith and Friends

As a part of the August to April series, the Valentine’s Concert is sure to make you and yours fall in love all over again. Romantic music and a reception with refreshing drinks and Valentine’s treats make this the perfect Valentine’s Day date idea!

16th Annual Poetry at Round Top

Poetry at Round Top is an annual festival celebrating and presenting some of the most prominent poets from around the country. Three days of workshops, conversations, and workshops will have you inspired!

Round Top Music Festival

At the Round Top Music Festival, you’ll experience classical music like you’ve never before. Prolific musical talent and composers come together to perform some of the most time-honored music in history. You’ll want to make it to these performances.

Festival Opening | Conductor: Linus Lerner

Trio for Strings No. 3 in G, Op. 9/1 (1798) | Ludwig van Beethoven

Septet in E-flat, Op. 65 (1880) | Camille Saint-Saens

Grand Septet for Winds, Double bass and Piano in B-flat, Op. 79a (1849) | George Onslow

Come out for the opening performance of the Round Top Music Festival! Conductor Linus Lerner invites you to enjoy the sound of Beethoven, Saint-Saens, and Onslow in the debut of this year’s Round Top Music Festival.

Second Performance | Conductor: Linus Lerner

Requiem (1874) | Giuseppe Verdi

Enjoy the classic Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi as conducted by Line Lerner. This famous requiem was written in honor of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist. It has been one of the most widely performed requiems since it was composed.

Sixth Performance | Conductor: Christian Arming

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in e, Op. 11 (1830) | Frederic Chopin

La Valse (1919-20) | Maurice Ravel

Bolero (1928) | Maurice Ravel

This is the final performance of the Round Top Music Festival and you don’t want to miss it! Round Top Music Institute’s founder, James Dick, performs in Chopin’s piano concerto for the finale!

Music to Welcome the Holidays

Every year, the Round Top Festival Institute brings in performers to help kick off the holiday season. You can expect acts like The Nutcracker Ballet and holiday choirs singing your favorite Christmas hymns and carols like you’ve never heard before. There’s something for everyone year-round. Just make the short drive from Brenham!

Stay at a Cozy Bed & Breakfast

When you enjoy the shows and events at the Round Top Festival Institute, you’ll be just minutes away from the best place to stay in the Texas Hill Country. Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a performance at the music institute. And, if you need more information on things to see and do in the area, then download our FREE Vacation Guide. We guarantee it will make your trip the best it can be!

10 of the Best Things to Do in Texas Hill Country

March 16th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Things to do in Texas Hill CountryThe rolling hills and rivers of the Texas Hill Country are a sight to be seen, as the scenic views present a much different picture of the Longhorn State than what is often portrayed. There are an abundance of things to do in Texas Hill Country, keeping the most active and the most relaxed pleasantly occupied. Listing every hiking trail, winery and golf course here would be impossible, so we’ve narrowed them down to what we think are best attractions. Enjoy!

Festivals

Brimming with guitars and banjos, the annual Kerrville Folk Festival is a can’t-miss family friendly music festival held in Kerrville. If you’re hungry, you can get a taste of Cajun cooking at the Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival, or see Johnson City’s creative side at the Last Saturday Art Walk.

Hiking

Maybe one of the most rewarding things to do in Texas Hill Country is simply grabbing your backpack, strapping on your boots, and taking to the trails. Popular destinations include Colorado Bend State Park, Enchanted Rock Natural Area, and Garner State Park.

Horseback Riding

Experience Texas in authentic fashion, on horseback! Head to Bandera and sign up for one of the many rides offered in the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” or visit the Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, where you can ride, attend a clinic, and much more.

Golfing

Take in the scenery as you tee off at one of the many great golf courses in central Texas. Head to Vaaler Creek Golf Club in Blanco, or The Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Club in Fredericksburg. If you’re in San Antonio, tackle the 27 holes at Hill Country Golf Club, voted the city’s best golf course by San Antonio Magazine.

Wineries

According to Hill Country Outdoor Guide, the Texas Hill Country is the second most popular wine region in America, and Fredericksburg is a major contributor to the popularity. Taste the fruit of the many wineries that call the city home, like Torre di Pietra, where you can enjoy live music while touring the vineyard. The Pedernales Cellar in nearby Stonewall is another standout winery worthy of your time. We can say without a doubt that a trip to a Texas winery is one the tastiest things to do in Texas Hill Country.

Caving

Explore the caves of Central Texas, when you visit the Cascade Caverns, the Cave Without A Name, the West Cave, the Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area, and that’s just a handful!

Mountain Biking

Austin is home to numerous mountain biking trails, but you can find them in San Antonio, Johnson City, Canyon Lake and more. Some of the camping and hiking spots mentioned in this blog are home to mountain biking trails as well. MountainBikeTx.com has a great list right here.

Fishing

TexasHillCountry.com has a great list of prime fishing spots, and Hill Country Outdoor Guide agrees with them the best fishing in Texas Hill Country is in the Pedernales River Nature Park. Plenty of bass, among other varieties of fish, can be found here. The Guadalupe River is another popular central Texas fishing spot. Take the afternoon off and enjoy one of the most relaxing things to do in Texas Hill Country.

Camping

When an afternoon hike doesn’t give you your outdoors fix, then it’s time to grab the tent or (RV) and take a couple days off. Set up camp in the Hill Country State Natural Area, where you can mountain bike, ride horseback, and much more. The Guadalupe River State Park is another popular camping destination, whether you’re on the water or the trails. For those who prefer comfort with a side of camping, Canyon of the Eagles and By The River Campground are RV friendly and provide plenty of activities.

Scenery

Have you ever seen pictures of fields of blue flowers, stretching on (seemingly) forever? You were probably looking at a picture of bluebonnet flowers, the most iconic plant in Texas Hill Country. Take a drive through the region, and you’ll see plenty of these beautiful flowers.

 

You don’t have to look far to find exciting things to do in Texas Hill Country, and that includes exceptional lodging. The Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast is located in Brenham, less than two hours east of Austin. Stay with us and explore the beauty of central Texas while enjoying the comfort our accommodations. Contact us today!

5 Awesome Things to Do on Memorial Day in Texas

March 11th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

memorial day in texas

Texas is known for doing things big, and in distinctively original fashion. This applies to Memorial Day as well, where you can find a host of events across the state happening over the holiday weekend. As you plan your holiday this year, you won’t need to look further than this list of things to do on Memorial Day in Texas!

 

Kerrville Folk Festival – May 26-June 12, 2016

 

Entering its 45th year, the Kerrville Folk Festival kicks off before Memorial Day Weekend even starts, and runs until June 12. Each weekend of this annual Kerrville, TX festival features a talented roster of songwriters and bands. Performing during the Memorial Day weekend portion of the festival are the Billy Jonas Band, Terri Hendrix, The Deer, and many more. The Kerrville Folk Festival is a family friendly event, so make sure you bring the whole crew! Full lineup, festival information, tickets and more can be found at www.kerrvillefolkfestival.org.

Life Time Tri CapTex – May 30, 2016

 

Do you view Memorial Day as your chance to get outside and push your body to its limits? If so, buck the weekend’s norm and sign up for the Life Time Tri CapTex in downtown Austin! This triathlon’s course will test your endurance as you race through the beauty of Austin. Race features include a 24.3 mile bike ride for its cycling portion. The race is celebrating its 25th year in 2016, so there’s never been a better time to register! For more information about the race, registration and its great partners (including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Challenged Athletes Foundation), visit captextri.com.

Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival – May 27-29, 2016

 

Bring your appetite and get ready to feast on this Hill Country festival’s Cajun cooking. Live music from Jason Boland and The Stragglers, Waylon Thibodeaux, and Kaylee Rutland will provide a great soundtrack for you to chow down on cajun crawfish. Click here for more information on this festive feast!

National Polka Festival – May 27-29, 2016

 

Located south of Dallas, the town of Ennis will host the 50th Annual National Polka Festival. This celebration of polka music and its roots in Czech culture features a parade, arts and crafts, and of course – polka. This year’s lineup includes performances by Brave Combo, Czech and Then Some, Fritz Hodde’s “The Fabulous Six,” and many more. Make your Memorial Day in Texas unforgettable and head to Ennis fashion for the National Polka Festival! More information, including the festival’s very affordable ticket prices, can be found at nationalpolkafestival.com.

Texas Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – May 27-29, 2016

 

Enjoy America’s pastime over the holiday weekend and watch the Texas Rangers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates during a three game home series. The Rangers won’t be in town on Memorial Day itself, but they’ll be dueling it out in Arlington for the three days leading up to the holiday. Sunday’s game promotion is sponsored by Blue Bell Ice Cream, and children under the age of 13 can get ice cream for $1! Get your tickets today.

 

No matter where you choose to go for Memorial Day, Texas has plenty to do. Of course, we’ve only listed a few of the events taking place, but each is exciting in its own way. The staff at the Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast would love for you to spend your Memorial Day in Texas (or any other day, for that matter). Contact us today, and request a free vacation guide to see what our state has to offer.

3 Things You Need to Know About the NCAA Men’s Final Four

February 16th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

NCAA-mens-basketball-tournament-courtWhen it comes to sporting events, the NCAA Men’s Final Four is on the top tier in the basketball realm, and this year the premier event is being held in Houston, TX, at NRG Stadium.

Just a short, scenic drive away is the little town of Brenham, TX, and the quaint but luxurious Murski Homestead. This bed and breakfast is a great retreat from the high energy surrounding the tournament, and with features like an outdoor spa, you will be able to relax regardless of whether your team was on the winning or losing side. But before you unwind, get your hype up with these five things you should know about the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

1. NCAA Men’s Final Four History

The NCAA Men’s Final Four has been around since March of 1939, when Oregon, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Villanova made it to the tournament. Since then, the annual event has evolved into the brand of March Madness. This popular phrase has taken over a month on the calendar. The term itself is believed to have come from an article and poem that Henry V. Porter wrote in regards to an Illinois high school basketball tournament.

The article was titled March Madness and published in the Illinois High School Association’s magazine in 1939, which happened to be the same year that the college tournament debuted. Three years later, Porter wrote a similar poem, and a line read, “A sharp-shooting mite is king tonight / The Madness of March is running.” The term wasn’t really discovered on a large scale until 1982, when a CBS broadcaster used it during his NCAA tournament coverage. From there, March Madness was born!

2. Final Four Fan Contest

Now you know about the history, but do you know about the other events that are going on in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four? Sure, the main event might be on the court, but CapitalOne is presenting a NCAA Men’s Final Four Fan Fest Contest that will include giveaways, concerts, interactive games, special appearances, autograph signings, and more. Held just down the road at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Fan Fest is from April 1-4, while the Final Four itself is just the 2-4. You will be able to take photos with the championship trophy, snag autographs from some of your favorite players, and even win official Final Four merchandise. Tickets are available in advance or on the day of the event, and children under 12 are allowed in for free!

3. March Madness Music Festival

If your love for music is anywhere close to your love for basketball, you might consider heading to Discovery Green for the March Madness Music Festival. Past lineups have included artists such as Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Imagine Dragons, and Fergie. The lineup is still being confirmed for the 2016 rendition, but with such amazing past artists, the expectations are high. The festival is set to be spread out over three days, from April 1-3. The music starts in the afternoon and really gets kicking after the sun sets. Most importantly, the festival is completely free!

With over 70,000 fans attending the Final Four last year, this year’s numbers are only expected to increase. That means a lot of fans and a lot of crowds. While it’s enjoyable to revel in the hype, especially if your favorite team takes the trophy, it’s also nice to take a breather once everything is over. Murski Homestead bed and breakfast is just a couple hours away in a stretch of quiet, peaceful countryside that can calm your nerves or celebrate your joy with a relaxing getaway. Murski Homestead offers a luxury experience complete with Texan hospitality.

For more information on what to do while you’re in town, download our free Vacation Guide.

What is There to See at the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm?

February 7th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

 

Lavender-Farm

The Chappell Hill Lavender Farm in Brenham, Texas, opens for the season on March 4, but has a special gift shop debut exclusively for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14. Take advantage of the blossoming purple oasis while finding that special something for your special someone. Fragrances, bath and body works, culinary creations, and even pet-friendly products are available for purchase.

If that’s too short of notice, schedule a trip in advance and book your stay just 15 minutes away at the Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast, a delightful country retreat in Brenham, Texas. The bed and breakfast even has a specific Lavender Room, alongside its Sage, Rosemary, and Garden Rooms. An outdoor spa is also at your disposal, along with cooking classes. So, you might get to put that lavender to use in a culinary setting as well as a health resort setting!

Chappell Hill Lavender Festival

Before you book your stay, you should be aware of an annual festival that takes place near the end of each summer. Though lavender blooms throughout a significant portion of the year, August is the perfect time to enjoy the richly colored fields and some wine simultaneously. The Chappell Hill Lavender Festival recognizes that the beautiful and relaxing oasis, waving freely in the fresh country air, pairs well with a glass of wine. The Chappell Hill Lavender Fest joins together Chappell Hill Lavender Farm and Windy Winery, along with featuring vendors, crafts, music, and demonstrations for an outdoor celebration. Admission is free, but wine tastings have fees.

Lavender and Its Healing Qualities

Obviously, the best thing to see at the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm is the awe-inspiring lavender field, a floral sea in a breezy and rejuvenating country setting. The plant itself has been known for its many healing qualities. Typically used in soaps, sachets, and scents, lavender was a typical ingredient in baths to cleanse the body and spirit. It is also deemed a natural remedy for anxiety and insomnia, hence its use in candles, incense, and fragrances.

Chappell Hill Lavender Farm Gift Shop

Before leaving the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm, the gift shop is a must-stop. The Lavender Patch offers an impressive variety of lavender products ranging from body scrubs to jams. Some of the popular bath and body products include an aromatherapy travel kit, foaming lavender bath salts, and natural dried sea salts with lavender essential oil. Fragrances range from spiced lavender to rose lavender, and a handmade soothing lavender mint bar of soap will rejuvenate in the shower. For some scents to use throughout the home, sea lavender candles and lavender dryer bags will refresh a room or your laundry. The Chappell Hill Lavender Farm shop even includes shampoo for your pet. Then, for tasty treats, try the lavender berry jam or a variety of tea blends. These items make great gifts and, of course, wonderful ways to treat yourself as well.

For more information on things to do near Chappell Hill and Brenham, check out our more in-depth Vacation Guide.