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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.

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.

Fun for Foodies: 3 of the Best Cooking Class Vacations

July 13th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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When you think about vacation, good food is more than likely one of perks that come to mind. If your getaway is near the beach, you’re probably preparing for savory seafood meals, and if you’re heading to a city, fine dining and carefully crafted mixed drinks. But for the chefs and foodies among us, cooking class vacations are the only option that will please the palate and expand the prowess. Murski Homestead B&B offers guests the luxury of not only a relaxing, scenic vacation, but exciting cooking classes, too!

Murski Homestead Cooking Class Vacations

Our foodie vacations are perfect for anyone whose idea of relaxation involves great meals! If you’re looking for great learn to cook vacations, look no further these three appetizing escapes.

1. Demo Style Brunch Cooking Class

If you don’t know what brunch is, prepare to be introduced to your new favorite meal. The perfect in between meal after breakfast and before lunch (See? The name makes sense now.), brunch is an artform and a staple of after-church dining, depending on where you grew up. At Murski Homestead, you’ll both taste and learn how to create delicious brunch dishes, courtesy of Innkeeper Pamela Murski, who doubles as an excellent cooking instructor! No brunch is complete without drinks, and Pamela’s demo style class features cocktails as well. Take home the recipes and impress your family and friends! Don’t miss out on this tasty addition to your two-night stay.

2. Foodie Package

When it comes to cooking class vacations, the Foodie Package is hard to beat. Add this package to your two-night stay, and you’ll find yourself in culinary bliss. The evening of your arrival will start with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by a hearty continental breakfast the next morning. Then, starting at 10 a.m., you’ll jump right into a hands-on cooking class, accompanied by local wine and resulting ending with dinner! The local food education continues that evening with a cheese plate and craft beer. Your last day at Murski includes a delicious ranch style breakfast. The food doesn’t stop there, though – you’ll be sent home with recipes and knowledge to craft mouthwatering meals!

3. Cooking Class

This is the most straightforward of our three cooking class vacations. You’ll be involved in the preparation of your dinner from start to finish, while Pamela shows you how to make a meal that will impress anyone’s taste buds. Plus, dishes made with local food always taste better, an emphasis we put on our meals. Book a two-night stay, and add this package!

Note: Our cooking classes are currently unavailable until October 2016. Until then, get your appetite for food and kitchen knowledge ready!

Murski Homestead B&B, Your Choice for Texas Hill Country Hospitality

Located in the small, inviting town of Brenham, Murski Homestead B&B offers guests a quiet, relaxing stay, surrounded by postcard-worthy scenery. Our rooms are spacious and romantic, perfect for an unforgettable stay. Take the Lavender Room, for example. Featuring a private porch, king-size bed, and two-person marble shower, you will have all the privacy and space you need for a getaway. Plus, with both Austin and Houston less than two hours away, you’ll be able to explore the area without driving too far. Download our free Washington County vacation guide for more area information! Call today at (979) 830-1021, and start planning your Texas vacation.

Where to Find Some of the Best Texas Craft Beer

July 5th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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You don’t have to look far to find craft beer these days. Brewers and breweries dedicated to creating exceptional beers are in abundance, much to the delight of anyone who appreciates great beer! The Lone Star State is no exception, and when you stay at Murski Homestead B&B, you won’t be far from some of the best Texas craft beer. From the Hill Country to Houston, there’s no shortage of Texas craft beer and brewers!

Texas Craft Beer: Where to Find It


Brazos Valley Brewing Company calls Brenham home, and we’re thankful for that! Less than three years old, Brazos Valley offers a great selection of both mainstay and rotational beers. Get your hop fix with the Roots Radical Double IPA, or opt for the smooth, refreshing Golden Ale. If you want to treat your taste buds to something special, try the 7 Angels Spanish Brown, a brown ale packed full of flavor, thanks in part to their use of Independence Coffee Company beans.


With a thriving culture that boasts great music, art, and food, it’s only right that Austin offers plenty of Texas craft beer. There are too many Austin breweries to list here, so we’ll stick with the most popular. Austin Beerworks is one of the city’s favorites, featuring a great selection of German-style beers, seasonal IPAs, and more. Independence Brewing Company is another local go-to. Stop by their tap room and enjoy their well-rounded selection of beers, live music, and  food! Want more Austin craft beer? Head to Thirsty Planet Brewing Company, Jester King Brewery, or Hops and Grain Brewing, and you won’t be let down.


Heat and humidity go hand in hand in Houston, but you don’t have to look far to beat the heat here. Houston breweries are in abundance, including Zagat-rated Karbach Brewing Company. Karbach brews a wide variety of beers, including their take on a German mainstay, the Karabachtoberfest and the Weisse Versa Wheat. Grab a beer and enjoy the brewery’s restaurant and Biergarten. You can’t visit Houston without visiting the state’s oldest craft brewery, though. Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a Houston favorite, and one pint of their year round or seasonal brews, and you’ll see why. Other great breweries in Houston include 8th Wonder Brewery, Spindletap Brewery, and more.

College Station

College Station is home to not only the Aggies  but to Texas craft beer, too! New Republic Brewing and Blackwater Draw Brewing Company hold down the local beer scene here, and a trip to either will please your palate. Treat yourself to a dark, tasty Skylight Dunkelweizen, or their popular Dammit Jim! Texas amber. Blackwater Draw has two locations in town, giving you twice as many chances to enjoy a pint of their Mulligan Kolsch with brunch.

Hill Country Craft Beer Trail

We only listed a sample of breweries here – just about enough for a flight. If you want to explore the world of Texas craft beer, head to the Hill Country Craft Beer Trail website, and book a tour! Choose one of the several tours that will take you throughout the region, and enjoy the area’s best beer. Shuttle service options are available, so you won’t have to worry about driving.

Enjoy a Stay as Great as Texas Beer at Murski Homestead B&B

Surrounded by the scenic beauty of Washington County, TX, Murski Homestead B&B in Brenham offers guests a charming, romantic stay. Our rooms are spacious, beautifully decorated, and feature great amenities, like king-size beds and whirlpool tubs, and more. Enjoy the exciting small-town charm of Brenham, or take a day trip and explore Austin or Houston. Of course, if you just want to relax at our ranch and take in the beauty of Texas Hill Country, that’s fine by us. Be sure to download our free Washington County vacation guide, too! Contact Murski Homestead B&B today by calling (979) 830-1021, and start planning your Texas getaway.

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.