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Thinking About Weekend Getaways from Austin? Think of Us!

March 13th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Sometimes the need to get away from everyday life is glaring. You don’t need a week vacation, just a quick weekend or overnight trip to break the routine and force yourself to relax without the distraction of your to-do list.  If you’re a resident of the beautiful Austin, Texas those moments probably tend to sneak up on you as there are so many wonderful things to do around the city. If you are looking for weekend getaways from Austin, consider the charming country bed and breakfast in Brenham, the Murski Homestead.

Just one hour and 45 minutes due east from Austin, Brenham is the perfect juxtaposition to your city life, and so close that leaving will hardly take any effort at all. The beautiful Washington County countryside offers an easy way of life perfect for a weekend away. Spend a day on the lake, checking out the market or sniffing the fresh wildflower air as you unwind and let the easy small town wash over you. If this doesn’t sound like a dream, maybe you just want to head straight to the Homestead’s outdoor spa after breakfast with a good book and a mind to rest. Otherwise, these are some great things to come check out in the Brenham area.

 Bluebonnet Season

Come April the Washington County wildflowers are in full bloom, and particularly the bluebonnets. With designated trails and roads to explore the fields blanketed in blues, yellows, and reds, Brenham and the surrounding area has become a destination for people who wish to take a day or two to appreciate the season change and celebrate new life. Another popular draw is the nearby Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival taking place April 11th and 12th all day. If you are coming to explore bluebonnet country and also love to taste local wines while traveling then you ought to explore the Bluebonnet Wine Trail as well!

Foodie Experiences

Weekend getaways from Austin – or anywhere for that matter – should always involve only the best food and drink, which is why you’ll particularly enjoy this rural foodie destination. At the Murski Homestead, you can take any number of the culinary classes offered to expand your knowledge of gourmet food and beverages. The Brenham Farmer’s Market and Home Sweet Farm Market are great places to check out the local produce, all sourced from within 50 miles of Brenham. You could even get yourself some veggies for the week ahead. The market also hosts Farm to Market Dinners each month, featuring local chefs and produce. Tickets are for sale on their website.

 

If you have a boat or fishing gear pack it up and head out to Brenham where you can spend a day on Lake Somerville, making for one of the most ideal weekend getaways from Austin imaginable. There’s nothing more relaxing than a weekend trip to the Texas country where you can forget about life for a few days. The accommodations at the Homestead are simultaneously luxurious and quaint and will make you feel right at home, especially when you wake up to the smell of a fresh-cooked gourmet breakfast.

Blue Bell Fun Run April 12th

February 1st, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Blue Bell Fun RunStart at Brenham High School and wind your way through scenic and historic Washington County. You’ll take the Trestle Trail through Brenham’s beautiful countryside, by the rolling hills covered in Bluebonnets. You won’t even know how hard you’re working as you cruise by these gorgeous scenic views! So what are you waiting for? Sign up now for the Blue Bell Fun Run. It’s set for April 12th!

It all began back in 1978 to benefit the Brenham High School Athletic Program. You’ll see the high school athletes out serving as volunteers to help support their programs. That includes baseball, track, cross country, volleyball, golf, football, softball, tennis and more. Brenham High School has been among the top 10 high schools in the Lone Star Cup Competition for the past several years.

So here are some race details… You can choose between a 5K or 10K individual or 5K or 10K team. There’s also a kids’ 1-miler! Again, it starts at Brenham High School on FM 2935 off of Loop 577 on the north side of town. The race routes are subject to change. For the teams, five or more make a team and awards will be based on the lowest cumulative total time from the first five runners from that team to finish.

A plaque and medal will go to the top overall male and female in the 5K and 10K, and medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group in the 10K, 5K and Kids’ 1-Mile. Trophies and medals will go to the top 5K and 10K teams, and all participants under age 12 will receive a Participant’s Medal. Organizers will announce all of the top medalists in the Kids’ mile, the top overall male and female winners in the 5K and 10K, the top 5K and 10K teams and the first place winner in each age division. All of the second and third place finishers can pick up their medals at the awards table.

If you’re ready to sign up, register now online. You can do so through Wednesday, April 9 at 11:59 p.m. Try to avoid race day registration as there will be lengthy lines and could delay you in getting to the starting line! You can pick up your packet on Friday, April 11th from 4 to 8 p.m. or on Saturday morning from 6:15 to 7:30 a.m. The Kids’ 1-Mile Run begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 10K at 8:30 and 5K at 8:45 a.m.

Now for the best part. Because Blue Bell Creameries are sponsoring the 36th Annal Blue Bell Fun Run, you can enjoy all the Blue Bell you can eat at the finish line! If that’s not a reason to sign up, we don’t know what is!

As you start planning and training for this fun event, don’t forget to reserve your stay with us at Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast. Our new outdoor spa will be the perfect place for you to relax after the race!

Photo courtesy of: Blue Bell Fun Run

Washington County Events in February

January 10th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Looking for something to do in February?  These Washington County Events are sure to please!  Reserve your room at the ranch for a relaxing nights sleep after enjoying all that we have to offer in this great area!

MUSIC:

Saturday, February 8th:  2-4 p.m.

Valentine’s Concert with Dick Smith and Friends

Broadway Melodies…the Best of Broadway

A trip to New York to see a  “Broadway Musical” has been an exciting part of American cultural life for over a century but this year you only need to travel as far as Round Top, Texas to hear the best of Broadway!
The afternoon concert starting at 2:00 pm will feature Dick Smith who has spent a lifetime perfecting his interpretations of the music of America’s greatest Broadway musicals. With performances by his daughter Ryan Smith and a star studded cast of guests artists including Charles Whitaker, Will Lynde, and guest performers from the recent Zack Theater production of Le Miz.You will hear many familiar tunes from Rogers & Hammerstein to Irving Berlin,   Sondheim to Hamlisch,  Guys & Dolls to Wicked, the best of the past and a sampling of the latest on Broadway. Come spend a magical Saturday afternoon with the music we’ve all grown to love.
For more information:  Round Top Festival Institute.
Round Top, TX
February 20
Bluebonnet Opry
Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6, Show at 7:30
Enjoy live music by varying artists and the Bluebonnet Opry House Band. Evening contains food, music and door prizes.
Silver Wings Ballroom, 4100 Hwy 105, Brenham, TX
For more information click here
 February 22nd
James Dick, Piano
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Piano playing at its keenest and most stirring conveyance from the Founder and Artistic Director of Round Top Festival Institute.   Be prepared to be lulled by the intriguing music of Schubert, Beethoven and Schumann during this concert!

LIVING HISTORY:

February 8-9th, 10-4:30
PASTIMES & PLAYTHINGS
Washington-On-The-Brazos……
Visit Barrington Farm to learn how early Texans passed the time of day. What games did they play and what crafts did they practice? You will find demonstrators exhibiting such skills and opportunities to perhaps try your hand at a skill you would like to learn! Play mid-1800’s parlor games and just enjoy a day of leisure!
For more information click here!
Barrington Living History Farm, 23400 PR 12, Washington, TX

LIVE THEATRE:play-AlmostMaine

February 13–March 2
 “Almost, Maine…….A Romantic Comedy  by John Cariani
  • 3 weeks, 12 shows…….
  • Thursdays 7:30 pm
  • Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm
  • Sundays 4:00 pm

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

Unity Theatre , 300 Church St, Brenham, TX,  979-830-8358

February 20 -23
“Alice in Bed”
This dramatic fantasy, taking place in the 1890’s merges the life of Alice James, the brilliant sister of William and Henry James, with the heroine of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. It is a play about the anguish, grief and rage of women; and about the triumphs and limitations of the imagination.
 For more information click here
Blinn College, Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center, Brenham, TX

QUILT SHOWS:

Friday February 7-8,  10- 4 p.m.

Stars Over Brenham Quilt Show:  Judged “Contemporary and Traditional” Quilt Show

A number of vendors will be on hand with demonstrations and products of all types, ranging from quilting supplies to jewelry. In addition, a Boutique filled with a wide variety of upscale items handmade by Quilt Guild members will be available for shoppers as well as numerous Raffles.

Fireman’s Training Center
1101 Hwy 290 W
Brenham, Tx  77833
Click here for Quilt Show Info or call 979-421-2210
washington county events

washington county events

February 10-23
Annual Quilt Exhibit @Winedale Historical Complex:  “Red, White and a Bit of Another Color!”
Winedale Historical Complex – Meadows Conference Center
3738 FM 2714, Round Top
For more information click here or call 979-278-3530 

VALENTINE DINNER & DANCE:

February 14, 6 P.M. til Midnight
Valentine Dinner & Dance
Fajita Dinner (Design II), dessert (Brenham Olde Towne Bakery) and drinks. Music by Robbie Wooten Band. Live & silent auctions, raffles. Ongoing Custom Golf Cart raffle sponsored by Family Motor Sports & Toys. Benefits Morgan’s Angel Robot Program!!!!! Hosted at the Chappell Hill Fire Department

For more information call 713-299-2963 or email: linda@tlmaintco.com

BEER FEST:

 February 23rd,  2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Taste of Texas Beer Fest
  • Experience Ten Great Texas Beers
  • Complimentary Beer Glass
  • 2 p.m. –  6 p.m.   – Live Music with Jack the Sax
  • 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Live Music with the Black Cat Choir
  • Enjoy the experience on the Patio (Bybee Square)
For more info:  The Stone Cellar  or call 979-249-3390
204 E. Mill Street, Round Top
All these great events and more await you in Washington County!  Book your room with us at the B&B and enhance your experience while in our area!

Uptown Swirl Set for January 18 in Downtown Brenham

December 27th, 2013 by Pamela Murski

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Texas

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Texas

Downtown Brenham is the place to come for fun in the new year!   What Better way to kick it  than to experience the excitement and fun of an afternoon and evening of wine tasting in quaint stores around Brenham’s historic downtown district!   It is called the Uptown Swirl (wine walk) and this Brenham annual event is coming up!!!!

Girlfriends Getaway in Brenham

Girlfriends Getaway in Brenham

It was loads of fun last year and is sure to be even better this year. I was able to procure some really fantastic champagne, a couple of reds and a white that I thought were extraordinary!  This is the way to sample wine without all the expense of buying the bottle until you find the one or more that perfectly suits your palate!

Mark your calendars for January 18, 2014 (3-7 P.M.), book your room and purchase your ticket in advance!  

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All About Washington-On-The-Brazos: The Birthplace of Texas

December 19th, 2013 by Pamela Murski

The  Birthplace of Texas, located right here in Washington County, is just a short drive from Murski Homestead B&B.  The beautiful drive down Hwy 105 leads to this magical place known as the Birthplace of Texas where one will find Texas History  from its’ inception.  The 293-acre state historic site is located on the Brazos River at the original townsite of Washington, Texas, a major political and commercial center in early Texas. The Park encompasses the Visitor Center, Star of The Republic Museum, Barrington Living History Farm, Independence Hall,  Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site, Six Flags Over Texas Monument, and absolutely stunning grounds.  There are ongoing events year round at this historical place.

Texas History & Birthplace of Texas

Birthplace of Texas

The first place to stop

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