Great News for Blue Bell Ice Cream Lovers

 Blue Bell Ice Cream

Blue Bell Ice Cream Brenham, Texas

Great news for Blue Bell Ice Cream lovers.  The new observation deck at the creameries just opened.  Tours had previously been cancelled.  Blue Bell has been working so hard to get your favorite flavors of ice cream distributed back into stores.  After a growing interest in the Blue Bell Ice Cream tours they have now opened the new observation deck.  It allows you to once again see the production and packaging of the ice cream, on the assembly line.  Also now you get to see the inside of a distribution truck. Check out how it is loaded for deliveries which go out to 19 states.

Did you know the Blue Bell workers rotate to different stations throughout the shift.  That way all of the workers learn each area and they don’t get bored. It probably cuts down on workers feeling like someone else got a better job!  Smart thinking on the management’s part.  Every time I have talked to a worker for Blue Bell I have only heard how much they like working for the company.  That is really good publicity for the company.  Of course I’m sure breaks are fun when it involves Blue Bell Ice Cream!

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Why Choose Brenham House Bed and Breakfast

Why choose Brenham House Bed and BreakfastWhy choose Brenham House Bed and Breakfast?  All bed and breakfasts are not the same. There are many different kinds to choose from.  While looking for a bed and breakfasts you will find them in different locations.  You will find them in big cities, small towns, as well as out of the way places.  You will find large ones with many rooms and smaller ones with 2-6 rooms.  All of the homes used for bed and breakfasts are different therefore it makes them much more interesting.  Less like a hotel.  It depends on what you are looking in a place to stay.  Ask yourself if you want to cook your own breakfast, eat at a restaurant or have a hot breakfast served to you?

You will find two types of bed and breakfasts.  Traditional and un hosted bed and breakfasts.  Traditional bed and breakfast the innkeepers will be around to help give you information about the area.  Innkeepers prepare delightful breakfasts for guests.  Innkeepers change out bath towels as needed, and will be available for anything you may need. An un hosted bed and breakfast the innkeeper will not be around.  You will need to prepare your own breakfast.  It just all depends on what you are looking for in a great stay.

Why choose Brenham House Bed and Breakfast

Brenham House Bed and Breakfast

The first course is a seasonal fruit course, the second course is an egg entree, meat, potato side or grits, a vegetable like asparagus, avocado, or tomato salad, and a biscuit or scone.  In additions there is a dessert third course.   Dessert may be pancakes with raspberry reduction, cobbler with Blue Bell sweet cream, bread pudding with a brandy cream, or French Toast with homemade praline sauce.  James and Susan will delight you with their 22 years of cooking breakfast for the public!

Brenham House Bed and Breakfast has three rooms and two spacious suites to choose from.  Bedrooms have either king, queen, or twin beds, all with private baths and are decorated with the guests’ comfort in mind.  There is a peacefulness about the house and throughout the cottage gardens that surround the historic home.  James and Susan Lopez are the innkeepers of Brenham House Bed and Breakfast.  They will work hard to give you a great stay!

 

Brenham’s Hot Nights Cool Tunes July 2017

Brenham's Hot Nights Cool Tunes July 2017
Brenham’s Hot Nights Cool Tunes July 2017 will be a hit again this year.  What a great band line up in store for you.  As the sun goes down the breezes begin to pick up in Brenham.  People will begin to congregate in the historic downtown. The streets around the Courthouse Square are closed off to traffic.  This allows room for the concert and car show to take place.  There are places to dine downtown as well as food and drinks that can be purchased for outdoor eating.  Bring your lawn chairs and your friends because it is a FREE concert series!  Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. each Saturday evening in July.  Those Hot Nights Cool Tunes concert series dates are July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017.

This year Brenham’s Hot Nights Cool Tunes July 2017 concert series will present:

  • Texas Unlimited Band on July 8th.  They can play country, 80’s music, current hits, and old school rock ‘n roll.  Check them out at texasunlimitedband.com.
  • The Fab 5 on July 15th.  This is a fantastic group for all of you Beatles fans!  They are the next best thing to seeing the Beatles.  Come out and relive the 60″s!  Check out this band thefab5.net.
  • The Brown Sugar Band on July 22nd.  you will hear awesome old school, Rand B, Neosoul and contemporary music.  This group has a lot of fun performing and you will have fun too!  Check out this band at brownsugarband.net.
  • Suede on July 29th is always a huge favorite!  Coming out of Austin, Texas this is an explosive, electrifying, energizing, and outrageously fun band to play for Hot Nights Cool Tunes.  Check this band out at suedeaustin.com.

Don’t forget for all of your car enthusiasts there is always a car show too!  Classic Car Cruise-IN by the Stray Katz Car Club will be there with all of your favorite old cars.  Make sure you walk down Alamo Street to check out all of the vintage cars that have been made beautiful again.  There is no charge for the car club display.

Brenham's Hot Nights cool Tunes July 2017

 

 

Enjoy Brenham First Sunday Fun Day!

 Brenham First Sunday Fun Day!Enjoy Brenham First Sunday Fun Day!  It is something new in Brenham which is held on the first Sunday of each month.  There have been two of these events. The turn outs have been a big success because of our downtown owners and volunteers.  There is live music, family activities, and special menus at many of our restaurants.  Food trucks will also be at the Brazos Brewing Company.  The live music will kick off at 1:30.  Home Sweet Farm Market, Brazos Valley Brewing Company, Ninety Six West, BT Longhorn Saloon, and Roux Street are all participating with music and great food and drinks.  All of this will take place in the historic Brenham Texas.  There will be plenty of parking and easy walking to all of the locations.

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre also will be open for tours on Brenham First Sunday Fun Day!  In addition you can watch a 25 minute movie of “The Dawn of Washington County”.  Come learn the history of Brenham.  The movie will be available for viewing from noon to 1:00 p.m.  The visitor Center will also be open on each first Sunday.   

Brenham First Sunday Fun Day! will continue each month and there will be more stores open for you to shop from on this day.  The additional stores that will be open are Bluebird off the Square, Branded Boutique, Brenham Book Nook, Brenham Grill, Canyon Chick, Dona Lynn’s Unique Gifts, Lolli and Dauts Boutique, Must Be Heaven, Hermann Furniture, Puppy Dawgs and Cat Tails, Ranch Interiors, Smitty’s Cafe and Bakery, Visitor Center, Today and Yesterday, The Woman’s Cave and Back Lot Gallery.  Fun for the kids will be face painting, a bouncy house, and caricatures. Finally we hope you will make your plans now for next month’s Brenham First Sunday Fun Day!  Stay with us at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast.  We are just a few blocks from downtown Brenham, Texas!

Summer Sip Historic Brenham

Summer Sip Historic Brenham

Summer Sip Historic Brenham

Summer Sip Historic Brenham is the first wine walk offered during the summer.  The Wine Swirl held each January has been so much fun the Downtown Brenham will be presenting the Summertime Sip this June 24, 2017!

Summer Sip Historic Brenham will be on Saturday, June 24, 2017.  It will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m.  Ticket price will be $25. in advance and $30. two weeks prior to the day of.  Each participating store downtown will have a wine sample for your to try.  There will also be a free concert after the wine walk.

Purchase your tickets at www.DowntownBrenham.com  Grab your friends and get ready to stroll through the beautiful town of Brenham while enjoying wine along the way.  If you order your tickets for your wine glasses online you will be able to pick your glasses up at the courthouse gazebo.  Shopping is allowed along the wine trail.  What could be better than friends, wine, shopping, and a free concert?

Summer Sip Historic Brenham 2017 will take place in downtown Brenham.  If you are looking for a great place to stay we would appreciate you considering Brenham House Bed and Breakfast.  We are located in Brenham’s old town and have five rooms available.  All of our rooms have private bathrooms.  Two are suites with a second room attached for a more spacious stay. A glorious full three course seated breakfast is served daily.  Check out our rooms and for your convenience you may book online.

 

Heavenly Salad Brenham House Style

Heavenly Salad

Heavenly Salad

Heavenly Salad Brenham House Style is a favorite fruit dish for guests at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast.  Every morning the guests are treated to a delightful first course of fruit.  Our morning menus change daily for our returning guests.  James and Susan design and prepare fruit dishes that will compliment the breakfasts served at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast.  What a great way to start your day.  It is cool and refreshing for the summer days in Texas.

Heavenly Salad Brenham House Style

  • 1- 16 oz. can of crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1- 20 ox. can of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1-c. sour cream
  • 1-c. sweetened coconut
  • 1-c. mini marshmallows
  • 1-c. chopped pecans, toasted and set aside to top Heavenly Salad Brenham House Style

Combine your Heavenly Salad Brenham House Style in a large bowl, stir and refrigerate for the next morning!  Serve in pretty dishes and top with roasted chopped pecans.  Everyone will love it!

Brenham Texas 2016 Christmas Stroll

Brenham Texas 2016 Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade will take place on the first weekend of December.  This year’s theme will be Christmas in Texas!  It is such a great time for celebrating the Christmas season in a small town atmosphere.  Come on out and enjoy this event with us!  Events for Friday December 2 will be as follows:

Brenham Texas 2016 Christmas Stroll

  • 5:00- 9:00 pm Snow Tubing Slide– 12 foot snow slide for all ages and it is FREE.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 6:00-8:00 pm- Build and Grow Workshop– for all ages Lowe’s Christmas workshop creates memories by helping you build a Christmas project to take home.
  • 6:00-9:00 pm- Carriage Rides– enjoy an old-fashioned carriage ride around historic downtown Brenham.  Carriage will be pulled by magnificent Clydesdale horses.
  • 10:00am-9:00 pm-Shopping in Historic Downtown-beautiful stores to Christmas Shop from.
  • 6:00-9:00 pm- Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling, Ride the 1950 Invader Firetruck at the museum, Hayrides and Hot Chocolate, 10:00 am-7:00 pm Jingle Bell Market shopping, and live entertainment  at the Gazebo and Alamo Alley.

Events for Saturday December 3 Brenham Texas 2016 Christmas Stroll will be as follows:

  • 8:00-9:00 am- Breakfast with Santa-Have Breakfast, take pictures with Santa,  and face painting!  Reservations required.  Go to tickets.cityofbrenham.org register beginning November 1, 2016.
  • 10:00-6:00- Sip, Shop, Stroll- Walk the historic downtown of Brenham and shop and ample all of the great Christmas creative drinks along the way!  Be sure to enter for $350.00 in downtown dollars that will be given away!
  • 3:00-4:00pm Cowboy Bob-Trick Roper is a national Champion whip cracker!  He will do rope tricks and gun spinning, too!
  • 6:00 pm “Christmas in Texas” Lighted Parade– Watch float after float as they go around the square with all of the lights covering them.  Magic fills the air with the spirit of Christmas!
  • 3:00pm and again at 8:00pm- Michael Martin Murphy’s Cowboy Christmas at the Barnhill Center at Historic Simon.  For tickets:  thebarnhillcenter.com
  • Stay with us at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast!

26th Annual Fall Roses Festival

Who attends the 26th Annual Fall Roses Festival at the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas?  Anyone who loves to garden!  It will be held on November 4,5,6, 2016.  What a fun way to learn about propagating roses, landscaping, designing gardens and working within your garden climates.  It is a great opportunity to ask the experts all of the questions you have about gardening!  This is a free event and is a come and go event.  Food trucks will be on the grounds on Friday and Saturday.  At Brenham House Bed and Breakfast we love our antique roses and really don’t have to do too much to them in order for them to thrive.  You will want to add them to your gardens too!

26th Annual Fall Roses Festival

Antique Roses at Brenham House

  • November 4, 2016
  • 11:00 am “Rooting Made Easy”- Glenn Schroeder will hold a workshop on propagating your own roses.
  • 1:30 pm  “Bang for Your Buck”-Robbi Davis Will will detail the perennials, bulbs, and roses that give maximum reward in the landscape.
  • November 5, 2016
  • 10:00 am Molly Glentzer, writer and editor covering fine arts, design and culture for the Houston Chronicle, where she has been on staff since 1998.  Molly is the author of “Pink Ladies and Crimson Gents:  Portraits and Legends of 50 Roses”.
  • 11:15 am “Texas Rose Rustlers”- Dr. William Welch, professor and landscape Horticulturist at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Welch writes about gardening in Texas and the South.
  • 1:30 am “The Water Saving Garden”- Pam Pennick, author “Digging-Cool Gardens in a Hot Climate”
  • 3:00 pm “Cutting Edge Roses”- Mike Shoup, author “The Empress of the Garden”
  • 3:30 pm “My Life as a Rustler”- Greg Gant, Horticulturist, naturalist garden writer and plant developer.
  • November 6, 2016
  • 11:00 am Growing Fields Tour with Mike Shoup

Come to the 26th Annual Fall Roses Festival to learn, see the gallery of roses and enjoy the day.  The Antique Rose Emporium is located at 10000 F.M. 50 in Brenham Texas.  For more information call 979 836-5548.

Unity Theatre Professional Show Series

Unity Theatre Professional Show Series for  2016 – 2017 will be one you won’t want to miss.  Starting off Unity Theatre season will be a comedy.  The play will be Noel Coward’s Blythe Spirit.  Blythe Spirit will begin September 22 and run through October 9, 2016.  The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages is one you want to plan to see.  Charles is a cantankerous novelist who re-marries but is haunted by his late wife, the wickedly clever Elvira. Elvira is called up by a visiting “Happy Medium”, Madame Arcati and that is where the fun begins.

Unity Theatre Professional Show Series for December 1-18, 2016 will be a classic Christmas performing Little Women based on the novel Louisa May Alcott.  This is a heartwarming musical that follows the adventures of the March sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.  A timeless story filled with personal discovery, headache, hope, everlasting love, and a lifting of the spirit.

Unity Theatre Professional Show Series for February 9-26, 2017 will be The Diary of Anne Frank.  This play is based on the book “Anne Frank:  The Diary of a Young Girl”.  This show is a powerful adaptation of the inspiring Anne Frank as she confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with honesty, wit, and determination.

Unity Theatre Professional Show Series for June 1-8, 2017 will conclude with Leading Ladies.  It is a comedy by Ken Ludwig.  In this hilarious comedy there are two down on their luck actors who try to impersonate an elderly woman’s nephews in order to inherit her fortune.  Simple task unit they discover the elderly woman only has nieces, not nephews!  This is where the laughs begin.  Don’t miss out on these wonderful shows.  For tickets to these shows click here  UnityBrenham.org and order tickets online.

Coming Fall Washington County Events

Coming Fall Washington County Events for 2016 are very exciting.  This season is full of things to do in Brenham and the surrounding areas.  First we start off with this years Round Top Antique Festival.  Great for all of the treasure seekers and antique lovers.  Many do not know this but starting September 16-17 all of the vendors will be set up and open for business.  If you want to miss the crowds come on out then.  The show goes through six towns and is about 20 miles long.  The big shows like Marburger Farm and Big Red Barn open the last five days which ends the first weekend in October.  This show is big so be sure to bring your walking shoes, hats, and sunglasses.

Coming Fall Washington County Events for Unity Theatre begins with their first show Blythe Spirit on September 22, 2016.  This show runs until October 9, 2016.  Shows are scheduled on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m.  Check Unity Theatre for this seasons’ great line up of shows and schedule.

Up Coming Fall Events

Scarecrow Festival

Coming Fall Washington County Events also include the Scarecrow Festival on October 8-9, 2016.  This is an outside festival in Chappell Hill, Texas.  The festival begins on Saturday at 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  There will be over 400 Arts and Craft vendors along with food vendors and live music.  Parking is $5.00 and it is free admission to the festival.  This will be fun for the whole family.  This festival is a fundraiser for the Chappell Hill Historical Society.  Come on out and enjoy a good time!

Coming Fall Washington County Events will include a full weekend October 14-16, 2016, of Texas Arts and Music Festival.  Three stage with bands and art displays, artists mural painting, Brew Step, Movie at The Barnhill Center at the Simon Theatre, and live music at Home Sweet Farm in the Biergarten.  Check times for events at Texas Arts Festival and Music, Home Sweet Farm, Downtown Brenham, and The Barnhill Center.

 

 

Plan July Brenham Trip

Plan July Brenham Trip and come stay with us!  There are so many things to do because Brenham Texas keeps its tourists in mind.  Are you one of the many who have an anniversary this month or you need a girlfriend’s getaway to make it through the summer?  Maybe you just need to unwind and you want to relax with a friend while staying in Brenham.

Plan July Brenham Trip

Brenham House Bed and Breakfast

This weekend, July 22-24, 2016, here is what is happening in Brenham Texas.  Our beautiful Barnhill Center at the Simon Theatre is one of our newly renovated Centers for entertainment and old movies.  Playing this Friday, July 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. is “Field of Dreams”.  Tickets are $12.50 each.

Plan July Brenham Trip

Hot Nights Cool Tunes will present The Grooves on July 23, 2016 Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.  It takes place in the downtown on Alamo Street.  It is a free concert.  Bring your lawn chairs or just walk around.  This is an awesome band with a variety of music.  Dance or sing along with The Grooves!

Plan July Brenham Trip

Plan July Brenham Trip and include time to hang out at the Home Sweet Farm Market and Biergarten.  This Friday July 22, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. Home Sweet Farm Market and Biergarten will present the Anthony Moreno Band and Saturday July 23 2016 the Steven Marshall Band.  There is no cover charge.  On Saturday 6-9 p.m. there will be crafted burgers and fries for sale from 6-9 p.m.  Home Sweet Farm Market and Biergarten has a large selection of beers and wines for you to purchase and enjoy during the concerts. 

Plan July Brenham Trip

Plan July Brenham Trip by adding an event you won’t want to miss.  Saturday evening’s Windy Winery’s Steak Dinner!  Our guest who attend this event rave about it to everyone at the breakfast table on Sunday mornings!  Saturday July 23, 2016 Windy Winery will host their famous Steak Dinner!  You grill your own steak the way you like it and they provide the Ribeye steak, Salad, Baked Potato, Corn on the Cob, and Peach Cobbler.  $55.00 per couple and it includes one bottle of wine.  You must RSVP!  

Plan July Brenham Trip

Plan July Brenham Trip but don’t forget our other wineries.  Saddlehorn Winery on Saturdays will serve fire oven pizza from 11-6:00 p.m along with wine tastings.  Pleasant Hill winery will have a wine stomp, tastings and tours on the weekend of July 22-24, 2016.  Texas Star Winery will be open on the the weekends from 11-6p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11-5p.m on Sunday.

Plan July Brenham Trip and add our newest restaurant called 96 West to your list of things to do. It is an awesome tappas bar with fantastic food.  Many of our guests will go for a meal and later stop in for a cocktail and a snack.  They love 96 West.  Check it out at 96West.com

Plan July Brenham Trip and book you rooms with us at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast.  We love our guests and we will always leave the lights on for you!

2016 Hot Nights Cool Tunes

2016 Hot Nights Cool Tunes

Brenham’s Concert Series for 2016

2016 Hot Nights Cool Tunes concert series will be a big hit.  Bring you lawn chairs to the Courthouse Square in Downtown Brenham, Texas for each of these great concerts.  Concerts are free and begin at 7:00 p.m.  The line up for this July’s concert series will be as follows.  Saturday July 9, 2016 will be The Newsboyz.  This is a premiere party dance band out of Austin, Texas.  The bad includes multiple vocalists and a 3-piece horn section.  Check them out at newsboyz.com

July 16, 2016 Hot Nights Cool Tunes will be Texas Unlimited Band.  They can play country, 80’s music, current hits, and old school rock’n roll.  Check this band out at texasunlimitedband.com   This will certainly be fun for the whole family.  There will be food and drinks for sale by vendors and clubs on the Brenham square.

July 23, 2016 Hot nights Cool Tunes will be The Grooves.  This band will sing and dance for your entertainment.  The Grooves know how to throw a party!  Everyone will be dancing in the streets of Brenham.  Check out The Grooves band thegrooves.net

July 30, 2016 Hot Nights Cool Tunes Concert Series will end the season with the great band Suede out of Austin, Texas!  The most explosive electrifying entergizing and outrageously fun band to play at our Hot Nights Cool Tunes Events.  You do not want to miss this concert because it is always a fun time.  Go online and check out Suede suedeaustin.com

For more information about 2016 Hot Nights Cool Tunes or other events happening in Downtown Brenham go to www.downtownbrenham.com or Facebook.com/DowntownBrenham  There is always something fun happening in the small town of Brenham, Texas!  Mark your calendars for these great concerts and make your reservations to stay in one of the many bed and breakfasts located in Brenham!

 

Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre

Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre

The Simon Theatre Comes Alive!

Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre is one of Brenham’s most recent renovations for its’ downtown.  All by donations this beautiful historic theatre has been brought back to life with all original architecture and design.Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre is located at 111 W. Main Street, Brenham, Texas.  It is now ready for wedding receptions, and the old vaudeville theatre is ready to present to you a series of old movies and concerts.  These old movies will be presented on the hugh screen in a glorious setting.  Ticket cost is $10.00. plus handling fee and tax.  Go online www.TheBarnhillCenter.com for more information.

Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre Matinee May Begins with “Red River”.  This will be the first John Wayne movie since the restoration of the Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre.  It will show on Sunday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m.  Doors open at 3:00pm

Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre

Red River May 1, 2016

“The Sound Of Music” will show at Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre on Sunday, May 8 at 4:00 pm  The Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes “Climb Every Mountain”, “Do-Re-Me”, and “My Favorite Things”.  Base on a true story, this all-time great moneymaker and winner of 5 Academy Awards  has been acclaimed an American classic.  What a great Mother’s Day gift for the whole family!  Make sure to buy mom some popcorn and her favorite drink!

Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre

Mother’s Day Show at the Barnhill Center

Friday, May 13, at 7:00 pm Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theratre presents “Pretty Woman”.  A 1990 American romantic comedy film staring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  It is one everyone wants to see again and again.

Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre

Pretty Woman

“Citizen Kane” will show on May 15, as the Matinee May continues at Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre. This show is about a reporter who is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane’s (Orson Wells) dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the facinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obsurity to staggering heights.

Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre

Citizen Kane starring and directed by Orson Wells

 

Sunday May 22, at 4:00pm Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre will presents “Wizzard of Oz”.  You will again see Dorothy, and her dog Toto as they are whisked off into the magical land of Oz.  Here they will meet the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion on their adventure down yellow brick road.

Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre will have a grand fanally for May presenting Ray Willie Hubbard on Friday May 27.  Concert will begin at 8:00 pm  Ticket price for this event will be $25.00, handling and sales tax.  Doors open at 6:00 pm and there will be a Q&A before the concert at 7:00pm

Barnhill Center Historic Simon Theatre

Ray Wylie Hubbard Concert

 

 

 

Valentine Plans Already Made

Valentine Plans Aready Made

Bluebird off the Square, Brenham, Texas

Valentine plans already made?  It is that time of year when you need some great Valentine’s activities or gifts for that special person.  Come to Brenham and surprise that special friend with a wonderful weekend.  We have great shopping in Brenham’s historic downtown.  Bluebird off the Square is always a winner.  Located on Alamo Street. There is also Hermann’s Furniture Store which also has beautiful items and fun Valentine gifts as well.  We have stores galore!

Valentine Plans already Made

Hermann Furniture Store located in Brenham, Texas

Valentine plans already made could also include a trip to Round Top, Texas to the Festival Institute to hear For the Love of Gershwin, a tribute starring Dick Smith and Friends as well as a special guest performance by James Dick, founder of Round Top Festival Institute.  Concert will be held on Saturday February 6, 2016 from 2pm -4 pm and tickets are $10..00 for students and $25.00 for adults.

Valentine Plans already Made

Festival Institute Library Benefit and Concert

R Place is having a Valentine’s Dinner and that is always a treat.  Located at Washington on the Brazos, he is so unique, make sure you check out his website, too.  Make sure you make reservations so you don’t get shut out.  Randy always prepares a special dinner for Valentine’s and It will be Saturday, February 13, 2016.  He will have live music and it is always a great place to be with friends!

Valentine already made might also include a show at our Unity Theatre, Brenham, Texas.  For the month of February Unity Theatre will present The Miss Firecracker Contest by Beth Henley.  Shows will be February 11-28, 2016.  Check Unity Theatre for more information.

Valentine plans already made

The Miss Firecracker Contest, Unity Theatre Brenham Texas

Valentine Plans already made also include your weekend stay in Brenham Texas and we hope it is with us at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast!  We are located close to the Brenham historic downtown.  Call us at 979 251-9947 or for your convenience you may book online at BrenhamHouse.com

 

Starting 2016 Back Lot Gallery Presents

Starting 2016 Back Lot Gallery presents

Exciting things are happening at the Back Lot Gallery!

Starting 2016 Back Lot Gallery presents a great line up of artists and their works of art.  This little gallery is a hidden gem located at 308 S.Park Street, Brenham, Texas.  It is right behind the Ant Street Inn.  Gallery Hours are Fridays:  12- 7:00 p.m., Saturdays:  12- 7:00 p.m, and Sundays:  11- 4:00 p.m.  Monday through Thursdays by appointment only.  

Starting 2016 Back Lot Gallery presents a three artist show, “Cousins:  western, watercolors, and words”.  This show begins January 8 and runs through February 28, 2016.  Don’t forget you can buy your one of a kind piece of art for your Valentine Sweetheart!  Each of these cousins are accomplished artists with different styles but familiar passions.

Showing again and back by popular demand is Joyce McCowen who opened for the Back Lot Gallery last year.  She returns this year for two shows, in 2016.  Joyce is the third cousin in the Cousin’s Show and will be staying in March through April for her solo show, “Follow a line of Thought”.  In addition, Joyce will be the artist in residence for the month of March!  She will also be available for speaking engagements during her stay!

Starting 2016 Back Lot Gallery presents a celebration of Brenham’s History in May and June with local artist Lloyd Mays.  To celebrate Brenham’s history Lloyd Mays will be showcasing  his recount of the good old days of Brenham.  Lloyd’s paintings and poetry tell a wonderful story of childhood days and coming of age.

For more information follow the Back Lot Gallery at www.facebook.com/backlotgallery  or call the Ant Street Inn at 979 836-7393.  There is always something to do in Brenham, Texas.  Brenham is tucked away between Houston and Austin in the soft rolling hills of central Texas.  Add this to your itinerary when traveling through central Texas.  Stay at the Brenham House Bed and Breakfast or Ant Street Inn for a great stay!

Christmas Stroll Lighted Parade 2015

Christmas Stroll Lighted Parade 2015

Christmas Parade in Downtown Brenham

It is a festive time of the year in downtown Brenham as it presents it’s Christmas Stroll Lighted Parade 2015.  It will be held the weekend of December 4-5, 2015.  What a great time to shop for those special people in your lives in an easy small town environment.  You can stroll through the beautifully lighted streets of downtown Brenham and enjoy shopping as the stores will all be open late for your shopping convenience.  There will be a giant snow slide for the the kids to enjoy and other fun things through out the day.  The lighted parade is really something to see.  The Lighted Parade will be on Saturday at 6:00 pm.  All of the gorgeous floats will be lighted and there will be carols sung as they go by.  It will be great fun for the whole family and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit!  Bring a friend or the one you love for a great weekend in Brenham.  For more information you can call 979 337-7384 or go online to downtownbrenham.com

Don’t forget to check out the Jingle Bell Market that will be once again held at the Ant Street Inn.  The ballroom will be filled with arts and crafts, handmade and rare items. Jingle Bell Market will be open Friday, December 4, from 10:00am-9:00pm and on Saturday December 5, from 10:00 am- 5:00 pm.  Admission and parking is free.  Ant Street Inn is located on 107 Commerce Street.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Surprise

 

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Surprise

Easy change from Pumpkin Pie!

This is another dessert that our guests really love at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast.  It serves 12 and is a make ahead dessert and I have substituted it for standard Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie.  It has a creamy center with a crumble top in place of the pie dough.  It feeds more people and carries easier if you have to travel with the dish.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Surprise

1-15oz. Pumpkin (not pie filing)

3 eggs

1 c. sugar

1- 8oz. can evaporated milk

4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 yellow cake mix ( I have used spice cake as well)

1/2 c. butter, melted

1-1/2 c. pecans chopped (sometimes add chopped coconut, too)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix in a bowl the pumpkin, eggs, sugar, milk, and spices.  Pour in a greased 13×9 baking dish.  Sprinkle dry cake mix on top.  Drizzle the melted butter over the top.  Add the nuts and coconut.  This can be placed in the refrigerator for the next day or just pop in the oven for 45 minutes.  If you want to refrigerate it make sure you let it sit out before putting it in the oven so the cooking time will be the same.

Cool, cut and serve.  Also good cold!

 

 

Halloween Celebration

Halloween Celebration

Home Sweet Farm Market and Biergarten

Join us at the Home Sweet Farm Market and Biergarten, located at 307 Park Street in Brenham, Texas. for a great Halloween Celebration.  Make sure you bring your Halloween costume when you come to stay with us at Brenham House Bed ad Breakfast and take advantage of this great fun in downtown Brenham!  Jack Carr and his Blues Country Band and The Blue Grooves will perform at Home Sweet Farm Market and Biergarten’s Halloween Celebration on October 31, 2015.  The fun begins at 7:00 P.M.  There will be street dancing, Costume Contest, Kids activities, Benefit Raffle and Silent Auction, and Food Trucks.

Coming October Fall 2015

Coming October Fall 2016

Brenham House in October

Coming October Fall 2015 is a great line up in Washington County, Texas.  With the cooler weather comes the Scarecrow Festival in Chappell Hill, Texas.  It is held October 10-11, 2015.  This is their 38th Scarecrow Festival which is presented by the Chappell Hill Historical Society.  There will be 400 Arts and Craft vendors as well as music and food vendors.  There are children’s activities and great musical entertainment.  Parking is available for $5.00 and the festival entrance is free.  The hours for the coming October Fall 2015 Scarecrow Festival are 9:00 am-6:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am- 5:00 pm on Sunday.

Coming October Fall 2015 will also be Brenham’s Brew-Step.  October 17, 2015 will be Brenham’s wonderful Brew-Step.  The Brew-Step will begin at 3:00pm and last until 7:00p.m.  You will sample the brews with a keepsake pilsner glass you can purchase for $30.00 if purchased before October 1st and $35.00 after that while supplies last. With you glass you will receive a map of sampling locations located through out Brenham’s historic downtown.  Maps are available at the courthouse gazebo.  Come enjoy the charm of an historical Texas town and sample a variety of crafted brews from across Texas and beyond.  Check the website for an updated list of 2015 participating breweries and for tickets go to Downtown Brenham.com/BrewStep

Coming october Fall 2015

Come enjoy historic downtonw Brenham’s Brew-Step

Also enjoy Coming October Fall 2016 will be the Downtown Brenham Art Walk.  It will be October 17, 2015 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm  You will be able to see great art work and purchase as well.  It is a free event in downtown Brenham.  Make your plans now to come on over to Washington County for all of its great activities!

Coming October Fall 2016

Downtown Art Gallery in Brenham, Texas

Always Patsy Cline

Always Patsy Cline

New season at Unity Theatre Unity Theatre, they will kick it off with Always Patsy Cline.

Unity Theatre Brenham Texas kicks off their 2015-2016 season with Always Patsy Cline.  Always Patsy Cline opens September 24 and run through October 11, 2015.  This play was created and originally directed by Ted Swindley.  The play is based on a true story of Patsy Cline’s life.  This season’s show will be directed by Jimmy F. Phillips and the musical director will be Steven Jones.

Always Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer.  It is a show based on a true story about Patsy Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston, named Louise Seger.  Louise Seger befriended Patsy Cline in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961.  Patsy and Louise continued a correspondence until Patsy Cline’s death, in 1963.  Her death was a tragic airplane crash.  Patsy was only 30 years old at the time of her death.  The show’s title was inspired by Patsy’s letters to Louise Seger which were always signed Love Always Patsy Cline.  The show will be one you won’t want to miss because it will also include many of Patsy Cline’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, IFall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking after Midnight.

Unity Theatre brings the highest quality in comedy, drama, and musicals.  The actors and actresses are professional performers coming from all over the country.  We are so privileged to have such big entertainment in such a charming small town!  Come and celebrate music legend Patsy Cline with this charming true story combining humor and heartache and 27 of her unforgettable hits.  Don’t miss out on Always Patsy Cline.  You can get tickets at Unity Theatre.

Antique Carousel

Antique Carousel

Brenham’s Antique Carousel


The city of Brenham, has a wonderful antique carousel at Firemans’ Park.  Fireman’s Park is located at 910 North Park Street, in Brenham.  This carousel is the oldest carousel in Texas, according to the National Carousel Association!  This antique carousel was found in a field next to a railroad track, in 1932.  The horses were designed in the “county fair” style of carousel.  It is a sleek style with the saddles built into the horses.  They were carved to look like they are flyng with their manes and tails blown back.  All of the horses bear the running martingale, which confirms they were carved by Charles Dare sometime between 1867 and 1901.  This type of portable traveling carousel was built by Dare’s New York carousel company between 1867-1875.  We are so proud to have it now a fixture in our Fireman’s Park in Brenham, Texas.  Since the relocation, the antique carousel has been a staple for birthday parties and celebrations of all kinds.  In 2005 the antique carousel was closed due to wear and tear to the hobby horses.  After extensive renovation, the antique carousel was reopened in May of 2008.  The carousel is housed in a 16 sided covered building built by the WPA.  It is thought to be one of the few remaining like it in Texas.  The building was constructed in 1935. The carousel operates March 1st through October 31st.  This beautiful antique carousel is now open to the public on weekends for everyone to enjoy.

  • Saturdays:  11 a.m-4 p.m.
  • Sundays:   1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Each rider can enjoy rides for $1.00.  Only small children are allowed to ride the hobby horses, but there are benches for the parents and grandparents to ride as the children ride the hobby horses!

For tours or reservations please call 979 337-7250 or learn more about the history of the carousel by visiting:  www.cityofbrenham.org/parks

 

TripAdvisor Excellence Award

TripAdvisor Excellence Award

We are happy to announce that the Brenham House Bed and Breakfast has received the 2015 TripAdvisor Excellence Award for five years, in a row!  This certificate of Excellence Award is a great honor for a bed and breakfast to receive.  This award celebrates accommodations that continually get great reviews from the guests who stay in their establishments.

As innkeepers, we love serving our guests and will continue to maintain a level of excellence, in the lodging industry.  We want to thank all of our guests who have supported us for the last 8 years, and who continue to come back time after time for a great stay at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast.  We especially want to thank the guests who wrote reviews for us on TripAdvisor.  TripAdvisor is becoming a great place to help with putting together your perfect trip!

Gluten Free Accommodations

 

We love operating the Brenham House Bed and Breakfast!  Both of us have over 20 years experience, in the food service industry.  As a result you learn to accommodate everyone.  We certainly don’t want to miss a booking because of a dietary restriction.  As a guest at the Brenham House Bed and Breakfast you are served a full gourmet breakfast each morning.  We have great gluten free accommodations, too.  We try to handle all food allergies as well.  Even if you are not celiac, but you are gluten sensitive we have you covered.  We can accommodate guests who are diabetic, low salt, lactose intolerant, allergic to nuts, or MSG, soy, cinnamon, ginger, grapefruit, and onion.  We have a large selection of recipes that we can use.  We only ask that you let us know, well in advance.  We plan our menus and do our grocery shopping before you arrive.  Some food preparation are also done before you arrive.  It is our practice to always ask, if you are booking by phone, if there are any dietary restrictions.  If you are booking online there is a space where you can type in anything you want to tell us.  Also, remember if you are booking for a group to please ask your friends if they have something they cannot eat, just in case you aren’t aware of any allergies.  Then let us know as soon as you find out.

 

This is just one sample menu of a gluten free accommodation.  We are very careful not to cross contaminate in our kitchen.  Gluten free accommodations are really very easy to handle, on our breakfasts.  We always use products that are MSG free, and always look for gluten that may be lurking in products.  All of the spices we use in our breakfasts are gluten free.  It is hard to find great places to dine when eating gluten free, but Brenham House has gluten free accommodations just for you!

Home Sweet Farm Market Biergarten

Home Sweet Farm Market BiergartenBrenham, Texas has a new hot spot! Located at 307 South Park Street in historic downtown is our very own Home Sweet Farm Market Biergarten!  Brad Stufflebeam and wife Jenny have worked very hard to give our little town a fun place to go.  There you will find beer on tap, you can listen to great music, take part in a wonderful meal prepared by great chefs on scheduled dates, and on Friday evenings watch spaghetti Western movies, in the biergarten.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 there will be a farm to market supper with Trish Eichelberger and Elizabeth McCologin.  Enjoy a seasonal farm fresh multi course meal served family style at a community table in their restored railroad warehouse in historic downtown Brenham.  The menus will be sourced within 50 miles and the story of the food will be given by Farmer Brad of Home Sweet Farm Market Biergarten.  Cost: $65.00 plus service and taxes  Then stick around after the dinner and enjoy some great music by Sam Murski, in the Biergarten with no cover charge.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 farm to market supper with Chef Brian Light.  Cost: $65.00 plus service and taxes  Chef Brian and Amanda Light hope to share a deeper understanding , appreciation and connection to the food we enjoy.Fresh ingredients are the utmost importance so they utilize produce from their garden, or local organic producers.

Every Friday come on out to the Home Sweet Farm Market Biergarten for a classic Spaghettii Western Film.  The movie begins at 8:30 p.m.  Bring your friends and come on out to enjoy the new Home Sweet Farm Market Biergarten.  Buy tickets and check current schedule of musicians at Home Sweet Farm Market Biergarten

The line up for music will be:

Saturday, June 6, 2015-Sam Murski at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 7, 2015- The Kitowskis at 12:00 p.m.

Saturday June 13, 2015-Cody Ray Henry at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday June 20, 2015 Alyse Black at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday June 21, 2015 Jack Carr at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday June 27, 2015 Julia Hatfield at 7:30 p.m.

 

Chapter Two By Neil Simon

Chapter Two by Neil Simon

Chapter Two at Unity Theatre

Chapter Two by Neil Simon is a romantic comedy.  Unity Theater will present Chapter Two beginning May 28-June 14, 2015.  Curtain times are Thursdays 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 4:00 p.m.  Ticket price is $27.00.  Chapter Two by Neil Simon was nominated for best play at the 1978 Tony Awards.  The play will be directed by Paul Gaffney.  George Schneider, is the plays main character, who is a struggling play writer.  George is a middles aged widower who is struggling to accept his wife’s untimely passing.  George’s brother, Leo, sets George up on series of wildly unsuccessful dates.  It is at this time that George meets the plays character Jennie Malone.  Jennie is a divorced soap opera actress.  Coping with their separate tragedies, George and Jennie must discover not when, but how they can start Chapter Two in their lives!  In a hilarious subplot, Leo has an encounter with Faye, Jennies’ neurotic friend!

The Unity Theatre is located in an renovated warehouse in old town Brenham.  Such great ambiance, easy parking, with restaurants close by that you can eat and walk to the theatre.  Grab a friend and make plans to come and stay with us at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast.  We will be glad to secure your tickets.  You just show up, freshen up at the bed and breakfast, and then head out for dinner at the Kay’s Cuisine, Brenham Grill, B T Long Horn Saloon, Volares or Yums!, and then head over to the Unity Theater for an evening of laughter!

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