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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

memorial day in texas

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

Roses

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.

Spring Herbs at Brenham Texas B&B Ranch

March 15th, 2011 by Pamela Murski

Spring at our Ranch B&B in Brenham is just around the corner and after this crazy, wild winter we are planning on a bumper crop of spring herbs. Some of our favorites include Aussie Sweetie basil, African Blue basil, Lemon thyme, Italian parsley, Tuscan Blue rosemary, Rose Scented geranium and cilantro. The Antique Rose Emporium is one of our favorite places to shop for them. It is also a great place for inspiration and reflection. We look forward to blogging about some of our incredible recipes from our spring classes using those great herbs!

Apple Pie Recipe Murski Homestead

November 27th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

Apple Pie

Nothing tastes better than a slice of homemade apple pie hot from the ovens at Murski Homestead B&B!  Add a little Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and you are really set…..this is one of the easiest recipes, so give it a try.

Super Easy Apple Pie
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp. lemon juice
zest of
1 lemon
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. apricot brandy
pinch of salt

Apple Pie

5 baking apples, pared, cored, thinly sliced
2 oz. butter, melted
1 unbaked pie shell, 9-in. diameter
1/2 lb. apricot jam
1 oz. sugar

Combine sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, brandy and salt.  Neatly arrange apples in pie shell; pour sugar mixture over.  Brush with melted butter.  Bake at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees F; bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden.  Combine jam and sugar in sauce pan; heat to boiling.  Push through fine strainer; heat to boiling.  Brush over baked pie.  (I used twists of pie crust on  the top of this pie for additional visual appeal and texture.)