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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.

3 of the Most Romantic Places to Go in Texas

May 18th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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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.

10 of the Best Things to Do in Texas Hill Country

March 16th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Things to do in Texas Hill CountryThe rolling hills and rivers of the Texas Hill Country are a sight to be seen, as the scenic views present a much different picture of the Longhorn State than what is often portrayed. There are an abundance of things to do in Texas Hill Country, keeping the most active and the most relaxed pleasantly occupied. Listing every hiking trail, winery and golf course here would be impossible, so we’ve narrowed them down to what we think are best attractions. Enjoy!

Festivals

Brimming with guitars and banjos, the annual Kerrville Folk Festival is a can’t-miss family friendly music festival held in Kerrville. If you’re hungry, you can get a taste of Cajun cooking at the Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival, or see Johnson City’s creative side at the Last Saturday Art Walk.

Hiking

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

Horseback Riding

Experience Texas in authentic fashion, on horseback! Head to Bandera and sign up for one of the many rides offered in the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” or visit the Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, where you can ride, attend a clinic, and much more.

Golfing

Take in the scenery as you tee off at one of the many great golf courses in central Texas. Head to Vaaler Creek Golf Club in Blanco, or The Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Club in Fredericksburg. If you’re in San Antonio, tackle the 27 holes at Hill Country Golf Club, voted the city’s best golf course by San Antonio Magazine.

Wineries

According to Hill Country Outdoor Guide, the Texas Hill Country is the second most popular wine region in America, and Fredericksburg is a major contributor to the popularity. Taste the fruit of the many wineries that call the city home, like Torre di Pietra, where you can enjoy live music while touring the vineyard. The Pedernales Cellar in nearby Stonewall is another standout winery worthy of your time. We can say without a doubt that a trip to a Texas winery is one the tastiest things to do in Texas Hill Country.

Caving

Explore the caves of Central Texas, when you visit the Cascade Caverns, the Cave Without A Name, the West Cave, the Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area, and that’s just a handful!

Mountain Biking

Austin is home to numerous mountain biking trails, but you can find them in San Antonio, Johnson City, Canyon Lake and more. Some of the camping and hiking spots mentioned in this blog are home to mountain biking trails as well. MountainBikeTx.com has a great list right here.

Fishing

TexasHillCountry.com has a great list of prime fishing spots, and Hill Country Outdoor Guide agrees with them the best fishing in Texas Hill Country is in the Pedernales River Nature Park. Plenty of bass, among other varieties of fish, can be found here. The Guadalupe River is another popular central Texas fishing spot. Take the afternoon off and enjoy one of the most relaxing things to do in Texas Hill Country.

Camping

When an afternoon hike doesn’t give you your outdoors fix, then it’s time to grab the tent or (RV) and take a couple days off. Set up camp in the Hill Country State Natural Area, where you can mountain bike, ride horseback, and much more. The Guadalupe River State Park is another popular camping destination, whether you’re on the water or the trails. For those who prefer comfort with a side of camping, Canyon of the Eagles and By The River Campground are RV friendly and provide plenty of activities.

Scenery

Have you ever seen pictures of fields of blue flowers, stretching on (seemingly) forever? You were probably looking at a picture of bluebonnet flowers, the most iconic plant in Texas Hill Country. Take a drive through the region, and you’ll see plenty of these beautiful flowers.

 

You don’t have to look far to find exciting things to do in Texas Hill Country, and that includes exceptional lodging. The Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast is located in Brenham, less than two hours east of Austin. Stay with us and explore the beauty of central Texas while enjoying the comfort our accommodations. Contact us today!

5 Awesome Things to Do on Memorial Day in Texas

March 11th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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Texas is known for doing things big, and in distinctively original fashion. This applies to Memorial Day as well, where you can find a host of events across the state happening over the holiday weekend. As you plan your holiday this year, you won’t need to look further than this list of things to do on Memorial Day in Texas!

 

Kerrville Folk Festival – May 26-June 12, 2016

 

Entering its 45th year, the Kerrville Folk Festival kicks off before Memorial Day Weekend even starts, and runs until June 12. Each weekend of this annual Kerrville, TX festival features a talented roster of songwriters and bands. Performing during the Memorial Day weekend portion of the festival are the Billy Jonas Band, Terri Hendrix, The Deer, and many more. The Kerrville Folk Festival is a family friendly event, so make sure you bring the whole crew! Full lineup, festival information, tickets and more can be found at www.kerrvillefolkfestival.org.

Life Time Tri CapTex – May 30, 2016

 

Do you view Memorial Day as your chance to get outside and push your body to its limits? If so, buck the weekend’s norm and sign up for the Life Time Tri CapTex in downtown Austin! This triathlon’s course will test your endurance as you race through the beauty of Austin. Race features include a 24.3 mile bike ride for its cycling portion. The race is celebrating its 25th year in 2016, so there’s never been a better time to register! For more information about the race, registration and its great partners (including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Challenged Athletes Foundation), visit captextri.com.

Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival – May 27-29, 2016

 

Bring your appetite and get ready to feast on this Hill Country festival’s Cajun cooking. Live music from Jason Boland and The Stragglers, Waylon Thibodeaux, and Kaylee Rutland will provide a great soundtrack for you to chow down on cajun crawfish. Click here for more information on this festive feast!

National Polka Festival – May 27-29, 2016

 

Located south of Dallas, the town of Ennis will host the 50th Annual National Polka Festival. This celebration of polka music and its roots in Czech culture features a parade, arts and crafts, and of course – polka. This year’s lineup includes performances by Brave Combo, Czech and Then Some, Fritz Hodde’s “The Fabulous Six,” and many more. Make your Memorial Day in Texas unforgettable and head to Ennis fashion for the National Polka Festival! More information, including the festival’s very affordable ticket prices, can be found at nationalpolkafestival.com.

Texas Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – May 27-29, 2016

 

Enjoy America’s pastime over the holiday weekend and watch the Texas Rangers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates during a three game home series. The Rangers won’t be in town on Memorial Day itself, but they’ll be dueling it out in Arlington for the three days leading up to the holiday. Sunday’s game promotion is sponsored by Blue Bell Ice Cream, and children under the age of 13 can get ice cream for $1! Get your tickets today.

 

No matter where you choose to go for Memorial Day, Texas has plenty to do. Of course, we’ve only listed a few of the events taking place, but each is exciting in its own way. The staff at the Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast would love for you to spend your Memorial Day in Texas (or any other day, for that matter). Contact us today, and request a free vacation guide to see what our state has to offer.

Antique Rose Emporium: Annual Fall Festival of Roses

September 15th, 2011 by Pamela Murski

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The Antique Rose Emporium (ARE)  hosts  its annual Fall Festival of Roses in November  with three days of free garden-related seminars presented by nationally and internationally known speakers and gardening tours.  The ranch is located just a short drive down a beautiful country road from this amazing nursery & garden center.

Antique Rose Emporium, with its 8 acres of landscaped grounds, is located at 10000 FM 50 in Independence, Texas. For more information about the annual Fall Festival of Roses, call 979-836-5548.