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The Best Things to Do in Texas Hill Country

August 30th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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Stereotypical images of Texas often depict the state as hot, dry, flat, and lacking in vegetation. And while Texas is home to plenty of desert landscape, the Lone Star State boasts so much more than that. A prime example of the state’s beautiful scenery and exciting atmosphere is Texas Hill Country. This region of Central Texas is brimming with postcard-worthy views, outdoor adventure, big cities, quiet towns, and much more. When you stay at Murski Homestead B&B, you’ll be conveniently located within a day’s trip (or much closer!) to the best things to do in Texas Hill Country. Keep reading to learn more about our favorite part of Texas!

Some of the Best Things to Do in Texas Hill Country

See the Texas Bluebonnets

If you’ve ever seen pictures of Texas Hill Country, you’ve seen fields of these amazing flowers. Bluebonnets are nearly synonymous with our part of Texas, and the best place to see them is right here in the Hill Country. Keep your camera (or smartphone) handy!

Spend a Day in or Austin or Houston

Two of the biggest and most exciting cities in Texas are both less than two hours away from Murski Homestead! Head to Houston and tour the Houston Space Center and the Houston Zoo, or get a taste of Austin’s renowned music scene at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Visit a Winery

Texas Hill Country is one of the best places in the nation for wine, thanks especially to the city of  Fredericksburg! Taste the fruit of the many wineries that call the city home, like Torre di Pietra or The Pedernales Cellars in nearby Stonewall. We can say without a doubt that a trip to a Texas winery is one the tastiest things to do in Texas Hill Country.

Go Hiking!

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

Swim in the Hamilton Pool Preserve

Easily one of the most scenic attractions in Texas, the Hamilton Pool Preserve is the best place to swim near Texas (and probably the state). Make reservations through the Travis County Parks website before you go, and enjoy a dip in this stunning natural pool.

Tour a Craft Beer Brewery

You don’t have to look far to find Texas craft beer, and that’s a good thing. Visit Brazos Valley Brewing Company in Brenham, or head to both Austin and Houston for an overwhelming amount of excellent breweries. Learn more about Texas craft beer on our blog!

Catch an Aggies Game in College Station

College football is a big deal in Texas, and one of the state’s most beloved schools is less than an hour away. Head to Kyle Field at Texas A&M University in College Station and see one of the nation’s best teams in action. Gig ‘em!

Treat Yourself at the Blue Bell Ice Cream Country Store and Ice Cream Parlor

The best way to both cool off and reward yourself in Texas is with a serving of Blue Bell ice cream. Started right here in Brenham, you can taste the best frozen treat in the state at the Blue Bell Country Store and Ice Cream Parlor.

Enjoy Texas Small Town Charm at Murski Homestead B&B

Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Brenham is home to Murski Homestead B&B. Surrounded by picturesque scenery, our ranch is the perfect play to stay when you when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Relax in one of our four guest rooms, unwind and enjoy the Outdoor Spa, or head into Brenham and enjoy the shops, restaurants, and nightlife our lovely town offers. Plus, all of the things to do in Texas Hill Country listed above aren’t far away – some are even right here in Washington County. For more great things to do in the area, download our free vacation guide! Then contact us online, and plan to spend your next getaway at the Murski Homestead B&B. You’ll fall in love with Texas Hill Country just like we have.

5 Reasons Why the Houston Space Center is so Unique

June 10th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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Of all the things to do in Houston, few – if any – are as exciting as the Houston space center. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed outer space junkie, or just looking for a fun family outing,
Space Center Houston is an experience unlike any other. See real astronauts train, learn about the history of American space exploration with artifacts and exhibits, and much more! It doesn’t matter how old you are, the Houston space center is a fascinating attraction that you don’t want to miss.

5 Reasons Why the Houston Space Center is So Unique

1. Meet Real Astronauts

Reading about the men and women who brave the atmosphere outside of Earth is one thing, but why read about them when you can meet them? Space Center Houston isn’t simply a tourist attraction, it’s a real space center where astronauts train, and shuttles launch! Enjoy lunch with an astronaut, or attend a question and answer session every Friday. That’s reason enough to visit the Houston space center!

2. The Level 9 Tour

There’s no better way to see the inner workings of the Houston space center and the training that astronauts got through than with the Level 9 Tour. Go behind the scenes and see Mission Control, and much more. It’s an experience that will leave any outer space enthusiast floating.

3. The Lunar Roving Vehicle Trainer

The astronauts that explored the Moon on Lunar Roving Vehicles didn’t jump behind the wheel for the first time when they stepped on the Moon. Instead, they prepared for their mission on the Lunar Roving Vehicle Trainer, and you can see that same vehicle on display at the Houston space center.

4. See a Full-Size Space Shuttle Replica

You’ve seen countless pictures and clips of footage of space shuttles launching, astronauts floating through ships in zero-gravity atmosphere, but have you ever seen exactly how big those ships are? You can when you see the Space Shuttle replica, true to size and detail.

5. Touch a Moon Rock!

According the Space Center Houston’s website, there are only 8 moon rocks in the world that you can touch, and one of them is in Houston! The Lunar Touchstone is a piece of the world beyond ours, and one of the most unique features of Space Center Houston.

Visiting the Houston Space Center

Covering all of the amazing attractions at Space Center Houston would take too long, so you’ll just have to see them for yourself! The Houston space center is open 7 days a week, but according to the space center’s website, these hours can change without notice.

General admission for adults is $24.95, $22.95 for senior citizens, and $19.95 for children. Certain features, like the Level 9 Tour, are available for an additional charge. If Space Center Houston is just one of the stops you have planned in Houston, consider purchasing the Houston CityPASS and get discounts to the Houston Zoo, the Downtown Aquarium, and more. Head to the Visitor Information page for more details.

The Houston space center is located at 1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058.Visit them online or call 1 (281) 244-2100 for more information.

Texas Hill Country Accommodations, Just Over an Hour from Houston

Located in the scenic town of Brenham, Texas, Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast provides the perfect getaway when you’re visiting Houston or Austin, but prefer quiet, peaceful evenings. Murski Homestead provides spacious, beautiful accommodations, Texas ranch scenery, and all the amenities needed to enjoy your stay. Our rooms feature king-size beds, jacuzzi tubs, free WiFi, and more. Plus, you’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast to start your day, either ensuite or delivered to you. Enjoy the inviting atmosphere, shops, and dining in Brenham, or take a day trip to a nearby city. Either way, you’ll love staying at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. Send us an email or call us at (979) 830-1021, and start planning your Texas Hill Country vacation today.

Why You Should Plan to Spend the Day at the Houston Zoo

May 23rd, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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There’s nothing quite like a trip to the zoo, no matter how old you are! Whether it’s a field trip, family outing, or first date, the zoo is fun for everyone, and the Houston Zoo is no exception. Home to an incredible community of animals from all over the world, as well as exciting events and exhibits, the Houston Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in Texas! Spend a day there, and you’ll quickly see why.

Animals at the Houston Zoo

So you want to see some animals, right? How about Komodo Dragons, orangutans, and Double-wattled Cassowaries? From household names to furry foreign friends, the animals at the Houston Zoo are a diverse cast! Birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians of all shapes, sizes and colors reside at the zoo, waiting for you to see them. Get an up-close look at one of earth’s largest land mammals when you visit the McNair Asian Elephant Habitat, or explore the colorful, exotic world of the zoo’s amphibians, like the Blue Poison Arrow Frog. Whether they’re airborne, like the Bald Eagle, speedy like the African cheetah, or eerie and aquatic like the Japanese Sea Nettle, the Houston Zoo has an animal for you.

Exhibits, Education and Encounters, Oh My!

Witness the animals at the Houston Zoo is one thing, but learning all about them makes the experience even better! The zoo features multiple animal habitats, allowing you to learn more about animals in their natural environment. See the Houston Zoo’s feathered friends in any of the three bird habitats that house birds from rain forests, backyards and everything in between. The African Forest exhibit is where you can spot Jack the Giraffe, Zuri the Gorilla and more! Submerse yourself with knowledge at the Kipp Aquarium, home to stingrays, jellyfish, lionfish, among other aquatic animals.

Teachers and parents will be happy to know that their classrooms and families have plenty of educational options to choose from! Field trips, the Camp Zoofari summer camp, exciting classroom presentations, and educator workshops are just a few of the great ways to learn at the Houston Zoo.

Wildlife conservation, both locally and globally, is an integral part of the Houston Zoo’s mission. Whether that means working to preserve endangered Texas animals, or taking trips around the world in order to gain more knowledge on global wildlife, the Houston Zoo is dedicated to preserving the lives of our neighbors. Learn more about the zoo’s conservation efforts and how you can get involved by visiting their Saving Wildlife webpage.

Visit the Houston Zoo

Listing all of the great activities, events and things to do at the zoo would take too long – visiting is the only way to experience it all! The Houston Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day of the year, with the exception of Christmas Day, according to the zoo’s website. For ticket prices, a list of discounts, and more, visit the Buy Tickets webpage. You can find the answers to all your questions, including “Is the Houston Zoo free on Tuesdays?” (yes, the first Tuesday of the month, from May to September!), directions to the Houston Zoo and much more by visiting their website or by calling (713) 533-6500.

The Houston Zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030.

Stay at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast

Located in Brenham, TX, only a short day trip from Houston, Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast provides the best accommodations and atmosphere in Texas Hill Country. Surrounded by picturesque scenery and offering the peace and quiet that only a Texas farm can provide, Murski Homestead is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. The Houston Zoo, San Antonio Riverwalk, and Texas A&M football games are all within a day’s drive, but you can find all the entertainment you need right here in Brenham if you want. We even offer a free vacation guide that lists all of the area’s attractions! Contact us today, online or at (979) 830-1021, make start planning your Texas escape.

Top 10 Things To See on a Texas Road Trip

March 28th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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Time for a Texas road trip! One of the best ways to spend your vacation time or a weekend getaway during your Texas Road Trip is to book a romantic room at our world class ranch style bed and breakfast in Brenham Texas as your respite between forays on your Texas Road Trip.  There are so many great places to visit and stops to be had along the way between Austin and Houston on your way to the ranch.

Start your Texas Road Trip in Austin and use our guide to check out  some of our favorite things to see and do on your drive in to Brenham.   Starting in Austin, we love the idea of a dip in Barton Springs  Pool.  Located within Zilker Park’s 358 acres  – the Barton Springs Pool measures three acres in size,  is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees and ideal for year-round swimming.  The dip will light up the hunger pangs so your next stop on down the 290 is Southside Market in Elgin Texas where you will get to experience some great Texas BBQ!

Elgin is the official Sausage capital of Texas and Southside Market, serving Elgin since 1882, is known for their world class BBQ and meats.  You can eat in or get it to go…..or better yet, do both and bring some with you to the Bed and Breakfast where you have a private pantry with mini fridge and microwave within your room for easy storage and access!  A few BBQ ribs are the perfect snack after a dip in the outdoor spa during you stay.

Back on your Texas Road Trip after lunch, head on down HWY 290 and take a little detour at Giddings over to the Round Top Henkel Square, home to the original Round Top Antiques Fairs.  This quaint little berg has a country square dedicated to artisans of all types.  While meandering through the artisan shops, stop in at Royers Pie Haven for a slab of delicious world famous homemade pie for dessert!

Next, head on down FM 249 toward Burton, TX and stop in at the Burton Cotton Gin Museum to see the oldest operating cotton gin in America and tour the gin to learn what it was like when “Cotton was King”.  Then on to the ranch and your private oasis for the night!

Coming into the ranch from the opposite direction?  Then our top 10 things  to see on your Texas Road Trip continue while on your way from Houston!  Let’s start this Texas Road Trip by driving  the route that Indians and original settlers to Texas took by driving the LaBahia Trail.  Along the way, sample some of the finest wines produced in the state in many of Boutique Wineries located on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail.  Purchase and extra bottle or two of some of your favorite tastings to enjoy while at the ranch.  (Your room is set up with ice bucket, wine stems and corkscrew….all ready and waiting for you!)

For history buffs, take a slight detour off the trail toward Hwy 105 for a visit to Washington on The Brazos State Park,  the original birthplace of Texas and home to an amazing Living History Farm, a world class Texas History Museum, the big July 4th birthday bash and more great experiences.

For you shoppers, we’ve got you covered too.  Besides all the great little shops in the picturesque Texas towns you’ll travel through on your way to the ranch, we’ve got a fantastic shopping experience all in one giant space at the Houston Premium Outlet Mall.

After your Texas Road Trip down 290, it’s time to check into your private room at the ranch, put on your swimsuit to slip into the outdoor spa and unwind from your day’s exploring in preparation for a farm to table dinner at 96West or one of the other wonderful restaurants in downtown Brenham.  Perfect ending to a perfect Texas Road Trip day!