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5 of the Best Holiday Activities in Brenham, TX

October 10th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Best Holiday Activities in Brenham, TX

While the fall leaves turn a brilliant color and float to the ground, the holidays come into full swing in Brenham, TX. From October to January, some of the most exciting holiday events highlight the changing seasons. Here in the Texas Hill Country, we have many fun ways to celebrate, and we want you to know about them! Check out our list of the 5 best holiday activities in Brenham, TX.

Find out more about all of the fun things to do near Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for things to see and do like enjoying a day at any of these fabulous events.

Our List of the Best Holiday Activities in Brenham, TX

For our list of the best holiday activities, we start chronologically. All around Washington County, you will find great holiday happenings worthy of your time. In this list, we’ve come up with the best of the best. Enjoy our top 5 below!

  1. The Fall Festival of Roses at the Antique Rose Emporium is an intriguing event geared toward gardeners and anyone excited to learn about the propagation, maintenance, and care of roses. Various speakers and demonstrations will teach you everything you need to know about roses! The Fall Festival of Roses is generally held in late October or early November.
  2. The Brenham Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade in downtown Brenham is full of fun live entertainment and holiday shopping. It’s the perfect place to get all your Christmas shopping done early. Finish off the day with the lighted parade. Held each year in early December, it will put you in the holiday spirit!
  3. The Christmas Fayre in Chappell Hill is a great place to take the whole family to welcome in the holidays. Christmas shopping, wine tasting, live music, train rides, live reindeer, and a visit with Santa make for a fun in early December!
  4. The Nutcracker Ballet is the fabulous classic Christmas musical. The enchanting ballet is sure to make beautiful memories for the entire family. You may even hum the whimsical numbers all the way back to Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast! It’s sure to be your favorite of the best holiday activities in Brenham, TX by the end your stay!
  5. Christmas at the Mansion is a part of the Heritage Society of Washington County effort to celebrate Christmas! Come experience the Giddings Stone Mansion with all the halls decked with boughs of holly. Tour the Christmas wonderland and welcome in the holiday season!


Stay at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast to Welcome the Holidays

When you come to the Texas Hill Country for the holidays, be sure to stay with us here at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. Our idyllic landscape makes for the perfect fall getaway or winter retreat. Our cozy rooms and hot, delicious meals are sure to make a memorable getaway. If you’re looking for some of the best ideas for things to do in Washington County, then download our free Vacation Guide! In it, you will find the best ideas to make the most beautiful memories. So, come make them with us!

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.