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Affordable Romantic Getaways in the Lone Star State

January 15th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Couple enjoying affordable romantic getaways

Looking for time away with your one and only? Head to the beautiful Lone Star State for plenty of affordable romantic getaways in the South/Southwest.

The Affordable Romantic Getaways You and Yours Need

Take some time with your significant other and enjoy a getaway from the big city. With plenty of things to do and great places stay, you’re guaranteed to feel relax and rejuvenated after your weekend vacation in Brenham, TX. Check out our lists of free and affordable romantic ideas to fill your days!

Top 5 Things to Do near Brenham, TX

  1. Jersey Barnyard
    Head over and see some amazing animals at this farm. Whether you choose to do a guided tour that includes a hayride and free feed for the goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits or a self-guided tour, you’ll enjoy your time seeing the great animals at Jersey Barnyard.
  2. Brazos Valley Brewing Co
    This brewing company offers a multitude of fun events throughout the month. Check out their calendar for a fun tasting event!
  3. Windy Winery
    Whether you stop by this winery to catch one of their live music nights on Saturday evenings, or head to the tasting room, you will have a great time with the one you love. Their winery and tasting room is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so if this a must visit for you, make sure to plan accordingly.
  4. Pleasant Hill Winery
    This winery hosts a “Taste, Tour, Shop” event every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 12 pm, respectively. Enjoy the fine wines of Brenham, TX, with a stop at this incredible winery.
  5. Star of the Republic Museum & Barrington Living History Farm
    At this museum, you will be able to find endless information about the Texas Republic (1836-1846). As a part of the museum, you can also visit the Barrington Living History Farm where you can take a free self-guided tour to experience life in early Texas history.

Top 5 Free Things to Do near Brenham, TX

  1. Antique Rose Emporium
    The Antique Rose Emporium received the honor of being a member of the Great Rosarian Garden Hall of Fame. Head to their facility to view their award-winning display gardens and stop by their retail store to create a garden of your own!
  2. Chappell Hill Lavender Farm
    This farm is open on the weekends for visitors to tour. They suggest a picnic lunch, strolling the gorgeous lavender fields and shopping at the Lavender Patch.
  3. Washington-on-the-Brazos
    After visiting the Star of the Republic Museum and the Barrington Living History Farm, head to Washington-on-the-Brazos. This is the birthplace of Texas and rich with history and incredible sites.
  4. Burton Cotton Gin & Museum
    This museum offers free admission to all, but if you would rather take a tour, you’ll have to pay. Take a look back when “cotton was king” at this 1914 Burton Farmers Gin.
  5. Chappell Hill Historical Society
    This historical society was founded in 1847 by Mary Hargrove Haller. Take a look back in this city’s incredible history rich in culture, higher education, sandbars and sternwheelers, cotton, the War-Between-the-States, and Polish immigration.

Places to Stay

During your affordable romantic weekend getaways take advantage of the best accommodations the area has to offer at Murski Homestead B&B. Brenham, TX, is the perfect place for your vacation because not only do they offer affordable weekend getaways, but they are also an easy drive from the big city. Not too far, but far enough makes Brenham, TX, the ideal location whether you’re looking for an affordable honeymoon getaway, or just some needed alone time. For more information on things to do in Brenham, TX, request our free Washington County Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay!

The Star of the Republic Museum Preserves Texas History

September 30th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Star of the Republic MuseumWe are proud of our history here in Washington County TX. When you’re the birthplace of the great state of Texas, it can be difficult to stay humble, but we do our best. Our favorite way to celebrate our historic past is sharing it with our guests! Visitors come to Brenham from near and far to learn about Texas history. Those who have grown up in our fine state and those who are first timers love to hear about the people, places and events that shaped the character of Texas as we know it today. That’s where the Star of the Republic Museum comes into play. The Star of the Republic Museum preserves Texas history and depicts the saga of the Texas Republic.

The Texas Republic

On March 2, 1836, 59 delegates gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos to declare Texas’ independence from Mexico. The Republic of Texas proudly but precariously existed as a separate and unique nation from 1836 to 1846 until the state of Texas became a part of the Union. During this 10 year period, there were fascinating stories of the politics, military history, social and cultural heritage of the unique people who came together to create the Texas Republic. The Star of the Republic Museum was established on the site where Texas’ independence was declared and these compelling stories began.

The Star of the Republic Museum

In the shape of a star, The Star of the Republic Museum is a two-story, 22,000-square-foot facility built in 1969. The museum opened in 1970 and originally featured collections of Texas furniture, decorative arts and documents. From 1977-1987, the museum began to concentrate on installing more permanent exhibits. Today, the museum comprehensively interprets the Republic of Texas through exhibits, media programs and collections. Exhibits detail the development of the republic, immigration, social life, politics, military matters, agriculture and commerce throughout the unique 10-year period of Texas’ independence.

What to See at the Museum

The Star of the Republic Museum has many fascinating exhibits to see. Our guests have told us they particularly enjoyed the hologram exhibit where the people of the Texas Republic come to life as their holographic faces share stories outlining what the life and times were like in early Texas. Visitors also like the timeline exhibit between the first and second floors of the museum where one can understand the context of events happening in Texas compared to events happening throughout the United States and the world at the same time. Children, in particular, love the interactive displays on the second floor of the museum where they can learn about daily life in the Republic of Texas.

Your historical journey to Washington County TX wouldn’t be complete without a stay at our Brenham bed and breakfast. Murski Homestead is the epitome of true Texas hospitality. We offer a unique guest ranch experience in a scenic countryside setting. All of our guests enjoy our made from scratch, full Texas breakfast and can also choose to take advantage of one of our cooking classes to learn how to cook true Texas cuisine. One of our four well-appointed guest rooms will keep you comfortable and relaxed along with our unique, outdoor spa. Book your stay at Murski Homestead today!


Photo courtesy of Matt Turner.

About Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

June 4th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic SiteLearning about Texas’ rich history has never been this exciting before! You will find staying at our quaint bed and breakfast in the countryside allows for you to explore some of Texas’ most popular and important sites. One of the numerous places to visit is The Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. This site is a fantastic place to experience the history of Texas in an exciting way. We at Murski Homestead want you enjoy our home as much as we do! Here is more information on the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.


The picturesque Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is located on the Brazos River and consists of 293.1 acres. The land was acquired by deed from private owners in 1916 and was transferred to the State Parks Board from the State Board of Control by the legislature in 1949. In 1976 and 1996 more land was acquired by deed from private owners. The extensive park grounds along the Brazos River offer a beautiful background for picnicking, sightseeing and bird watching.


In addition to walking around the grounds of the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, you can also tour the Independence Hall, Star of the Republic Museum, and Barrington Living History Farm. When touring the grounds, visitors receive unique insight into the lives of the men who fought and won Texas’ independence from Mexico.


Stroll through the Independence Hall, which marks the place where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed and the government of the Republic of Texas was created. Continue on and make your way down the historic Ferry Street and end your walk with a breathtaking view of the Brazos and Navasota Rivers!


To truly grasp the full history of the place, spend some time at the Barrington Living History Farm. The Farm was owned and worked by Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. Jones named the farm “Barrington” after his Massachusetts home, Great Barrington. Today, with the help of Jones’s daybook, the interpreters at Barrington Living Farm conduct themselves much as did the earliest residents of the original farmstead. The original Jones home is still standing, but the outbuildings are replicas created by Texas Parks and Wildlife using Jones’s own journal and drawings. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of the 19th century while touring the farmstead. Visitors will gain a better understanding of what life was like 150 years ago because the interpreters are dressed in period style clothing and heritage breeds of livestock roam about!



When you visit the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, you are going to need a place to stay for the night. Murski Homestead is a perfect way to experience the Texas countryside and the history that surrounds it. Our bed and breakfast is located less then 20 minutes away from the site, giving you the best access! Offering all the typical amenities associated with a quaint bed and breakfast, you will are sure to have a comfortable stay. Every morning, you will be served a delicious breakfast to start your day off right. Chose from one of our four luxurious rooms, which are decorated in classic country style! Make the most of your Texas vacation by staying at the Murski Homestead!



Photo courtesy Stuart Seeger.

What You need to Know about the George Bush Museum

March 21st, 2014 by Pamela Murski

George Bush MuseumSituated on the campus of Texas A&M University, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a place to bring the family to learn more about the 41st President of the United States. That’s right – this museum is dedicated to the elder President Bush who served the country as the Commander-in-Chief from January 1989 – January 1993. In order for you to be properly prepared for your trip, we have put together some key things to know about the George Bush Museum.

The museum was dedicated on November 6, 1997, just a shade under five years after President Bush vacated the Oval Office. Since then, the museum has been devoted to preserving the history of the President. Ten years later in 2007, the museum was majorly renovated to what you will see today.

Perhaps the first thing you will need to know is that the address is 1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, TX 77845. The museum is open seven days a week until 5 p.m., while it opens at 9:30 a.m. Monday – Saturday and at noon on Sundays. Everyone in the family can get in for less than 10 bucks, as adults are $9, senior citizens are $7, and children are $3. There are other discounts for retired and active-duty military, college students, and groups.

Once you get in the door, you can start exploring the life of George Bush. The majority of the museum is geared towards telling the story of President Bush by chronicling the different times of his life. In addition, exhibits will come to the museum for an extended period of time. The current exhibit, which will last until February 2015, is titled “Offshore Drilling: The Promise of Discovery.” This is a tribute to President Bush, who became a millionaire in the oil industry by the time he was 40 years old. Exhibits will change throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled for what is new and exciting. Former exhibits include “Washington’s Acts of Congress,” “Visas for Freedom: Spanish Diplomats and the Holocaust,” and “Headed to the White House.”

You can also do some extensive research at the museum thanks to the textual archives that have been preserved. Peruse through formerly withheld documents, or look up some of President Bush’s national security directives while he was in office.

The George Bush Museum also has many special events throughout the year to go along with the day-to-day artifacts and exhibits. For example, two upcoming events in May 2014 include “Musical Storytelling, Growing Up to Become President Bush” and “El Vaquero, Cowboy of America West.”

Hopefully this information is helpful when planning your trip so you can enjoy your time at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Being in College Station, the museum is very near Murski Homestead, a world-class bed and breakfast in Brenham, TX. Murski Homestead provides the perfect place for you to get away for the evening. Our suggestion would be to check into the bed and breakfast at night, wake up the next day to an unbelievable Texas breakfast, and then head up for a day of learning at the George Bush Museum. Great room, great food, and great knowledge – that sounds like a pretty good weekend to us!

Photo courtesy Edwin S