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5 Awesome Things to Do on Memorial Day in Texas

March 11th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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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.

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

February 7th, 2016 by Pamela Murski



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.


Join the Excitement at the Burton Cotton Gin Festival

February 25th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Join the excitement at the Burton Cotton Gin  Festival in Burton, Texas!  The historic 1914 Burton Farmers Gin nestled in the heart of Burton, Texas, where it was built almost 100 years ago, was designated on June 19, 2009 as the Official Cotton Gin Museum of Texas!  After visiting the museum, take a guided tour of the historic gin and learn all about when “cotton was king”.

For all you engine buffs…our gin is home to a 1925 Bessemer Type IV diesel oil engine. The restored 16 ton “Lady B” is the largest internal combustion engine of its vintage still operating in America! We still gin and bale cotton each year at our annual Burton  Cotton Gin Festival.

The Burton Cotton Gin  Festival is held every year the third weekend in April.  You will get to experience parades, an arts & crafts fair, folk life demonstrations, antique tractor pulls, great food & drink, live entertainment & dancing, children activities  to Festival Gin tours!  The role of cotton throughout history is  fascinating and intriguing!  Discover for yourself how it has affected the world for centuries and played a major role in economics and wars.

Washington County is also home to many other historical attractions worth a visit when coming  for the weekend and the Burton Cotton Gin Festival.  Stay in one of the upscale rooms at Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast and be in the middle of all the great things there are to see and do!  Historic Mainstreet downtown Brenham is a great place to start your weekend off.  Take a self guided walking tour of  to view the incredible architecture of the historic square and downtown Brenham buildings.   Stop in one of the many shops and imagine the bustling  of shoppers of a bygone era as they went from shop to shop on the square procuring their needs for their homes, farms & ranches.  Enjoy a delicious slice of pie from Must  Be Heaven, stop in for a warm cup of coffee at Wired & Inspired, peruse the antiques at JR’s Antiques & Collectibles or pick up a gift at Bluebird Off The Square.  Take in the history of  the Burning of  Brenham at  Tourbin Park in historic downtown Brenham.

Drive through  the village of Independence, where General Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas lived, wander through the ruins of  Old Baylor Park where Baylor University started, stop in to absorb Texas history at the small but extremely well done museum at the historic Baptist church, tour Antique Rose Emporium and more.  Continue on to Washington On The Brazos State Park, the official Birthplace of Texas and the Barrington Living History Farm where history comes to life.  Wind your way on to the little town of Chappell Hill, driving through their historic downtown, stopping in to walk through  the Rock Store and take in the history of Chappell  Hill.  Enjoy local BarBQue at the Chappell Hill Bakery & Deli BBQ Restaurant on Hwy 290.  Finish your day back at the Bed and Breakfast where you can  wind down with a glass of wine, enjoy a beautiful Texas Sunset and relax in the outdoor spa.  Book your room today and start dreaming of your vacation in Washington County, enjoying Texas history and the Burton Cotton Gin Festival!

Info on the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival

August 28th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Chappell Hill Scarecrow FestivalPlan your October getaway to Washington County, Texas! Washington County has history, culture, scenery, and… scarecrows! The Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival, one of our most beloved local festivals, will return to Chappell Hill October 11-12, 2014. In its 37th year, the Scarecrow Festival will provide entertainment and family fun true to its roots but with a few exciting changes. Here at Murski Homestead, we have the important info you need to know on the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival.

Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival Hours

Enjoy this family-friendly festival from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 11 and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 12.

Directions to the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival

The Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival is in the heart of Chappell Hill, TX, a short, 15-minute drive from Murski Homestead. To get there, travel south on Old Independence Road toward the Washington County Fairgrounds. Continue on E. Blue Bell Rd. and then take US-290 E toward Chappell Hill. Take Farm to Market (FM) Road 2447 E to Main Street. Turn right on Main Street. The area of the festival includes Main Street, Poplar Street and the property behind the Chappell Hill Visitor’s Center.

Scarecrow Festival Parking

There is no street parking allowed for the festival, so guests will need to park in the designated parking lot located on FM 1155/Main Street just north of US-290. Bring cash for the $5 parking charge.

Cost for the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival

There is no admission fee for the Scarecrow Festival: it’s free! Well, save for the $5 parking fee and whatever you would like to spend on concessions, goods and select entertainment. The festival has more than 250 exhibitors, a large selection of country-style food, live entertainment for adults and children and tours of the historic Chappell Hill community, so prepare your wallet accordingly.

New in 2014

Passionate antique shoppers unite! Antique dealers are being added to the list of Scarecrow Festival vendors in 2014! Now, in addition to shopping for art, jewelry, clothing and crafts, festival attendees will also be able to shop vendor booths full of lovely antiques.

Also worthy of note in 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the Chappell Hill Historical Society. The Chappell Hill Historical Society is a non-profit volunteer organization responsible for the preservation of the community’s history and historic buildings through events like the Scarecrow Festival. Cheers to the historical society for 50 years of historic preservation!

Scarecrow Contest

Returning to the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival in 2014 will be the community-wide Scarecrow Contest! The contest features unusual and imaginative scarecrows with straw-filled funny faces and floppy bodies. Cash prizes will be awarded for First Place ($300), Second Place ($200) and Third Place ($100).

We’re sure you will enjoy your time at the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival. Our neighboring town of Chappell Hill has friendly people and a casual atmosphere exuding Texas hospitality. We have the same here at Murski Homestead, and we hope you will choose to stay with us during the Scarecrow Festival. Your room is waiting for you!


Photo courtesy of the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival.

German Maifest in Brenham TX

April 3rd, 2014 by Pamela Murski


Maifest German Heritage Festival

Maifest Parade Brenham TX

Book your room now for the The Brenham Maifest which will be held the first weekend in May  in Brenham.

No admission charge to the grounds for the festival but tickets are required for the Junior and Senior Coronations.

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