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How to Have a Blast at the Cotton Gin Festival

August 23rd, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Cotton Gin Festival
Spring brings a lot with it – the warm weather, flowers and trees in full bloom, and here in Washington County, the annual Cotton Gin Festival! Held every April in the town of Burton, just a short drive west on 290 from Brenham, this annual festival features fun for the whole family. Entertainment includes a parade, live music, food, arts and crafts, and more. Enjoy a celebration of Texas history that offers something for attendees of every age. If you’re planning a stay at Murski Homestead in the spring, plan it around the Cotton Gin Festival!

The Cotton Gin Festival

The Burton Cotton Gin Festival is held annually at the Texas Cotton Gin Museum, home of the 1914 Burton Farmers Gin Mill. The festival spans two days and features plenty to do and see for everyone. Best of all, admission is free!

Make sure you’re hungry when you show up, and fill up on delicious Texas food, or test your waistline and enter the pie eating contest. Don’t miss the Burton Tractor Pull, either! Or step back in time and challenge yourself at the cotton seed pulling contest. Tours of the museum are also offered!

The 2016 festival featured performances from the Shiner Hobo Band, Hilltop Ramblers, and The Dujka Brothers, and you can expect the same quality of music in 2017! Be sure to keep an eye on the museum’s website for the next festival’s schedule.

Tickets and Contact Information

More information about the Cotton Gin Festival can be found by calling (979) 289-3378 or emailing burtoncottongin@earthlink.net. For pictures and updates about the festival and museum, follow the Texas Cotton Gin Museum on Facebook!

Whether you’ve never visited, or haven’t missed a year, you don’t want to miss the Burton Cotton Gin Festival!

About the Cotton Gin Museum

The Texas Cotton Gin Museum serves to both preserve and educate its visitors about the history of cotton in Texas. Tours of the 1914 Burton Farmers Gin (the oldest operating cotton gin in America, according to the museum website) are offered, allowing visitors a fascinating look into an amazing piece of Texas history and culture. The museum and gift shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours of the gin are offered twice daily, and rates can be found online.

The Texas Cotton Gin Museum is located at 307 North Main Street, Burton, TX 77835.

Stay at Murski Homestead B&B in Nearby Brenham

When it comes to lodging in Washington County, Murski Homestead B&B in Brenham is your best choice. All it takes is one stay here to see what makes this Texas Hill Country bed and breakfast so special. Inviting, spacious accommodations make for the perfect getaway! Enjoy amenities like king- and queen-size beds, WiFi, flat-screen TVs, two-person showers, and more. Start your day with a delicious breakfast, and end it in the Outdoor Spa. When you want to explore, head to Downtown Brenham for small town charm, or take a day trip to either Houston or Austin. Download our free Washington County vacation guide and learn all about our area’s attractions! Email Murski Homestead B&B for availability, and spend your next getaway here.

3 of the Most Romantic Places to Go in Texas

May 18th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

romantic places to go in texas

Texas is known for doing things right, whether it’s the state’s renowned BBQ, iconic culture or championship-winning sports teams. And, thanks to the Lone Star State’s beautiful scenery and exciting environment, there’s no shortage of romantic places to go in Texas! It’s not all rodeos and country music (as some might think) – it’s great place to visit when you and your significant other need to getaway. Keep reading, and we’ll show you where the best escapes in the state are.

3 of the Most Romantic Places to Go in Texas


Small Town Texas Charm – Brenham

Romantic getaways don’t always need to be exotic – sometimes, all that’s need is the quiet, quaint appeal of a small town, encompassed by postcard-worthy views. That’s exactly what you’ll find when you visit Brenham, Texas. Located in the heart of scenic Texas Hill Country, you’ll plenty to do here, whether you’re visiting Pleasant Hill Winery (part of the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail) or Windy Winery, dining at 96 West, or enjoying a performance at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center. Downtown Brenham is home to live music throughout the summer, art galleries and local theater productions. If you’re looking for romantic places to go on a date in Brenham, you’ll have more than enough to choose from (and if you need dessert, head to Blue Bell Creameries – you’ll thank us).

The best way to experience Brenham is with a stay at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. You won’t find a more romantic place to stay than this inviting Texas bed and breakfast. The accommodations and amenities you’ll find here are hard to beat. Whether you’re exploring the surrounding area, or enjoying each other’s company, Murski Homestead is your choice.


A Capital Choice for Couples – Austin

Austin might be weird – but that’s ok, because the capital city is a favorite among romantic places to go in Texas. Known for its thriving music scene, artists and stunning cityscape, Austin has become a magnet for twenty-somethings. So, listen up, millennial couples: You need to spend your next romantic escape in Austin, not overseas. Plan your trip around the Austin City Limits Music Festival (Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Mumford and Sons are headlining), dine at VOX Table and Uchi (or any of the countless food trucks around the city if you’re looking for something cheaper), or visit a craft beer brewery or one of countless coffeeshops. If you want to take in the beauty of the city while having fun, head to Rocket Electrics and rent an electric bike. Bike dates are never bad idea, especially with the scenery you’ll find here.


Alamo City Allure – San Antonio

Aside from home to one of the NBA’s most successful franchises (sports-minded couples, take note), San Antonio is a beautiful city home to multiple attractions, including the scenic San Antonio River Walk. Shops, restaurants, art galleries and more line the San Antonio River Walk, and thanks to its beautiful European-esque design, the river walk is one of the most romantic places in Texas. Imagine floating down the San Antonio river at night on a boat tour, surrounded by beautiful building and lights. It’s not hard to see why it’s one of the most romantic places to go in Texas. While you’re there, be sure to visit The Alamo, a legendary icon in both Texas and U.S. history.


Spend Your Next Romantic Getaway at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast


When it comes to romantic places to go in Texas, it doesn’t get much better than Murski Homestead B&B, located in Brenham, TX. Our property is a beautiful snapshot of scenic Texas Hill Country, providing the perfect setting for a weekend getaway, elopement or small wedding. Our rooms feature spacious, inviting atmospheres, attractive decor, and great amenities like jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. There’s plenty of great things to do in Brenham, too! Live music, great food and much more await our guests. Download our free Washington County vacation guide, and start planning your next romantic escape at Murski Homestead! Contact us today by email or at (979) 830-1021.

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!

6 Reasons to Visit Washington County Texas

September 18th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Washington County TexasIf you’re planning a Texas vacation but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone! Texas has more than 260,000 square miles to explore, but we’re here to help. There’s no better place to start a Texas vacation than the Birthplace of Texas: Washington County. Whether you are traveling from near or far, here are our top six reasons to visit Washington County Texas.

1. Birthplace of Texas

Known for the Convention of 1836, where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed, Washington County Texas is a scenic and historic region located halfway between Houston and Austin, Texas. The county is named for George Washington, the first president of the United States, and has endless historical features. When visiting the birthplace of Texas, don’t miss the Brenham History Museum and Star of Republic Museum for a good dose of Texas history.

2. Blue Bell Ice Cream

Ice cream! Ice cream! We all scream for ice cream! But here in Washington County, we scream loudest for Blue Bell Ice Cream. That’s because Brenham is home to the original Blue Bell Ice Cream Creamery. Blue Bell is known for making ice cream the old-fashioned way: using the best ingredients, maintaining close attention to detail and working at every stage to make sure the ice cream is perfect. When you visit Washington County Texas, you can tour the Blue Bell Creamery and observe the magic behind the ice cream that tastes like it’s been hand-cranked.

3. Year Round Festivals

There always seems to be a fun fair, festival or event going on in Washington County Texas! The Bluebonnet Festival, deep in the Texas Hill Country, is held each April at the height of the wildflower season when the bluebonnets are in full swing. The oldest county fair in Texas, the Washington County Fair, occurs each September and offers something for everyone with concerts, rodeos, livestock shows, art and craft shows, special attractions, carnival, commercial exhibits and more. The Scarecrow Festival in October is also a local favorite for its more than 250 juried exhibitors who provide fun and entertainment for the whole family.

4. Antiques

Antique shopping opportunities abound in Washington County! Whether you’re looking for furniture, glass, linens or collectibles, you can find it in Washington County Texas. Antique shoppers flock to Round Top, in particular, for an antique shopping extravaganza. Twice a year, this tiny Texas town is home to what is touted as the second largest antique fair in the United States: the Round Top Antiques Show.

5. Antique Rose Emporium

If your dream is to fall asleep in a bed of roses, a visit to Washington County Texas would not be complete without a stop at the Antique Rose Emporium. This one-of-a-kind retail rose garden features Earth-Kind, Pioneer and old garden roses that you can have sent to your doorstep! More than that, the antique rose experts at the Antique Rose Emporium will teach you how to make roses the ultimate garden plant for you to enjoy at home.

6. Romantic Getaways & Elopements

Washington County Texas is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. There are plenty of activities for you and your loved one to enjoy together during your visit. Go on a relaxing country drive and tour one of Washington County’s local wineries. Enjoy a cooking class full of valuable lessons you can take home with you after your trip. Or, take advantage of an indulgent breakfast in bed package at a local bed and breakfast. You’ll be feeling so in love, you may just want to elope (and we have a package for that too)!

7. Murski Homestead

Here’s a bonus reason to visit Washington County Texas: Murski Homestead. We are a world class bed and breakfast conveniently located in the beautiful Texas countryside of Brenham Texas. Our knowledgeable staff will help you enjoy all that Washington County has to offer! We can provide additional information on Texas history, local events, shopping and more. Experience true Texas hospitality at Murski Homestead in Washington County. Book your stay today!



Photo courtesy of Josh Grenier.