145th Washington County Fair

The first Fair in the state of Texas was the Washington County Fair, in 1868.  It is held annually and this 2013 year marks the 145th year.  The Washington County Fair is held at the Fairgrounds located at 1305 Blue Bell Road, in Brenham, Texas.  The Washington County Fairgrounds is the site for cutting horse competitions, livestock shows, weddings, concerts, rodeos, and more.  It also includes a new air conditioned exhibit hall.  Every year the Washington County Fair is kicked off with a fantastic parade that goes through downtown Brenham.  Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

Washington County Fair Parade

Parade Kicks Off the Washington County Fair

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Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail is a group of family owned and operated wineries. The wineries run along the Texas Bluebonnet Trail.  All nine of these Texas wineries offer unique wines and wine tastings.  Throughout the year these wineries offer numerous activities and events.  These events include wine tastings, grape crushings, mystery dinners, music concerts, wine pairing dinners, vineyard tours, and more.

Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail wineries each year offers these events:

  • Wine and Chocolate event occurs on the first two weekends, in February.  This is a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day or just enjoy chocolate with a friend.  You will sample two wines with a chocolate pairing at each winery, on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail.
  • Spring Bluebonnet, Wine and Cheese event occurs on the first three weekends in April.  Travel the bluebonnet trail while in full bloom as you travel from winery to winery.  There will be tasting two wines and specially crafted cheese dishes.

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Chappell Hill Lavender and Wine Festival

Chappell Hill Lavender and Wine Festival

Fun Festival at Chappell Hill Lavender Farm

Chappell Hill Lavender and Wine Festival is held every year, in August.  This year Chappell Hill Lavender and Wine Festival is on Saturday, August 10, 2013.  The festival begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues to 3:00 p.m.  Admissions are free.  What could be better than beautiful lavender in the fields and Windy Winery wine?  It is a fun festival with music, as you enjoy tastings, cutting of the lavender in the fields, crafts, vendors, as well as the demonstrations.

Chappell Hill Lavender and Wine Festival

Lavender ready to be cut!

Chappell Hill Lavender Farm is located at 2250 Dillard Road, Brenham, Texas.  During the festival you may walk among 3,000 varieties of lavender plants and enjoy the charm of a working lavender farm.  Cut your own lavender, then relax with a cold glass of lavender lemonade or lavender tea!  Of all of the herbs, lavender is on of the most fragrant and known for its soothing and relaxing qualities.  Make sure you go in to the gift shop.  You will find bath and body products, handmade pillows, culinary lavender, fine linens, pottery, lavender teas and coffees.

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Brenham House Cherry Dump Cake

Brenham House Cherry Dump Cake is served often as a breakfast dessert.  At Brenham House Bed and Breakfast we always serve a first course of fruit, a second course with an egg entree, meat, potato dish, or grits, and a third course some type of dessert.  The desserts range from pancakes, French toast, breakfast cakes, turnovers, cinnamon rolls, all the way to a Dump Cake topped with a dollop of fresh cream or Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Brenham House Cherry Dump Cake is a very easy recipe to make. The cake recipe only requires six ingredients and requires no mixer or stirring.  Guests always enjoy this dessert and ask for the recipe.

Brenham House Cherry Dump Cake

Brenham House Breakfast Dessert

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Toubin Park, Downtown Brenham

Toubin Park, downtown Brenham, Texas is a lovely pocket park.  Alleyways in the downtown have been turned into small parks, for you to enjoy.  As a tourist you can walk through the parks, sit down and rest, or use your computers or smart phones, with the city’s free wireless internet!  Toubin Park, downtown Brenham is located at 208 South Park Street, Brenham, Texas.  This park beautifully landscaped tells the early history of Brenham, Texas.  There you will see a State Archeological Landmark.  A large historic cistern was unearthed and put on display.  Large cisterns like the one displayed at Toubin Park, were built in the late 1800’s.  They were use to collect rain water and enable the towns people to put out fires, in downtown Brenham.  The cisterns ran under Brenham streets.  This just shows how progressive Brenham, Texas was for it’s time.  There are no other Texas cities known to have installed public cisterns or provide public services so early.

Toubin Park is a pocket park

Water cisterns were used to collect rain water in order to have to fight fires in the downtown area.

Beautiful Toubin Park in Brenham, Texas

Here you can read the history of Brenham, Texas.

Enjoy the wild west story of why the cisterns were built.  It is the tale of an early railroad, a rough boom town, and the colorful characters who shaped Washington County’s history.  The land was donated by Leon and Mimi Toubin to create Toubin Park, downtown Brenham.  This park allows people to walk through the park and learn about the burning of Brenham in 1866 and the large gun fight that led to the fire.  Learn how the Brenham citizens banded together to protect themselves and their properties from the oppressive Union Troops during Reconstruction.

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Unity Theatre, Brenham,Texas 2013-2014

Unity Theatre Brenham, Texas

Unity Theatre, Brenham, Texas is a professional theatre.  Unity Theatre is located at 300 Church Street, Brenham, Texas, in the historic downtown district.  Located in an old warehouse building that was renovated for Unity Theatre, Brenham, Texas.  Each year the theatre presents about seven plays that are always a treat to enjoy.  The venus is small and there is not a bad seat in the house.

This 2013-2014 season will be Unity Theatre, Brenham, Texas’ 19th year.  What a great line up they have put together, for this season.  The season starts off with “You Can Never Tell” by George Bernard Shaw.  Set in the 1890’s this seaside town, features the escapades of teenage twins, their beautiful older sister, their missing father, their liberated mother and a lipstick dentist, all meeting in the most unusual family reunions.  Shows run September 26- Octotber 13, 2013.

Unity Theatre Brenham, Texas

“You Never Can Tell” by George Bernard Shaw

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Round Top, Texas Antique Fair

Round Top, Texas Antique Fair is one of the largest antique fairs in Texas.  There are two antique fairs every year.  One in the fall and one in the spring.  Through the years the shows have expanded from just a weekend to a week and now you can treasure shop for twelve days.  The Round Top, Texas Antique Fair covers miles and miles.  There are tents set up in the pastures, booths in permanent buildings, and goods set up outside on tables.  You will see English and French antiques, as well as crafts and other old collectables.

Round Top, Texas Antique Fair

Round Top, Texas Antique Fair

Come out early with the locals and get the good finds or come later and see the big shows.  Our guests, at Brenham House, have so much fun discussing their strategies, at the breakfast table.  Some will start at La Bahia and work their way to Warrenton, Texas.  Others start at the far end and work their way back to Brenham, Texas. Then there are our regular Brenham House guests, who come every year and shop at their favorite vendors booths.  No matter which way you attack the day you won’t be disappointed because there is so much to see.

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Brenham, Texas

Blue Bell Ice Cream Brenham, Texas opened its doors in 1907.  Blue Bell Ice Cream was first delivered by horse and wagon. People use to make their own homemade ice cream at home, so Blue Bell had to really make their ice cream special.  When you take the tour you will see a company that is very well run.  Blue Bell uses the area dairy farms for the great ingredients that go into the ice cream.
The Blue Bell Creameries’ top seller is homemade vanilla!  They have so many flavors and rotate them with the seasons. It just keeps you guessing which ones will be on the store shelves, when you go into buy your ice cream.  Homemade vanilla goes on anything from pie to cakes and can be topped with your favorite toppings.  Our Brenham House guests enjoyed these brownie sundaes with Homemade Vanilla Blue Bell Ice Cream.

Blue Bell Creamery

Blue Bell Ice Cream

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Creamy Butter Cake

I know you have seen this recipe it has been around for a very long time.  I have seen it in old church cookbooks and even recently in a Paula Deen cookbook.  There are also many ways to tweak this recipe to come up with different flavors.  We serve it for breakfast dusted lightly with powdered sugar or top it with fresh fruit.   Brenham House guests always enjoy it as their dessert portion of the breakfast.  Then I get the request for this recipe!

Brenham House Butter Cake

Creamy Butter Cake

cake part

  • 1 18.25 oz. box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of butter, melted

filling

Have You Ever Been To The Antique Rose Emporium?

The Antique Rose Emporium is located at 9300 Lueckemeyer Road, in Brenham, Texas.  It is not far from Brenham House and it is a delightful treat for everyone who love plants and gardening.  Built on an early settler’s homestead, this nationally renowned 8 acre garden features hundreds of romantic antique roses, herbs, wildflowers, old-fashioned perennials, and native plants that are so beautiful to admire.  Each site contains herb gardens, cottage gardens, and many perennial borders.

Front of Brenham House

Brenham House Antique Roses

Antique Rose Emporium has wonderful walking paths among all of the beautiful plants. So purchase something to take home, that you will enjoy for years.  It is interesting how magical plants can be when added to your yard.  There is also a large selection of garden accessories and gifts, in the gift shop.

Antique Rose Emporium host events and have seasonal demonstrations.  The workers are very knowledgable and can help you with any garden questions you might have or information on bugs that might bother you.  It is a great place to bring your cameras and take pictures because the backdrop is so spectacular!  They also allow weddings at Antique Rose Emporium and I can’t think of a more beautiful place to have a wedding.

Monday-Sunday, 9 am-6 pm

Sunday, 11 am-5:30 pm

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Brenham’s Downtown Home Sweet Farm Market

Home Sweet Farm Market is an organic local farmer’s market, located at 306 Baylor, in downtown Brenham, Texas.  It is family owned and worked.  The owner, Brad, encourages other local farmers and gardeners to sell product, at the market as well.  What a treasure we have in our sweet town.  There is a parking lot at the corner of Baylor and Commerce for your convenience.  Bring your shopping bags or a basket to carry your food home.

  I have talked with people who have driven in from Houston, just to shop at this market!  They recognize the importance of supporting the local farmers. All product is locally grown organic food.   Not like the food that has traveled miles and miles in a truck, then placed in storage before being stocked to sell, in the stores.  The Home Sweet farm Market is open every Wednesday and Sunday, in historic downtown Brenham, Texas.  Market hours are:

Wednesday 11am to 6pm

and on Sunday’s 11 am to 4 pm,

just in time for our guests, as they leave Brenham House to head home!

So much to choose from as the farmers are offering the best of the Brazos Valley.  There is a wide range of fresh veggies, watermelons, melons, to artisan cheeses, free range eggs, fresh award winning pickles, pickled wild grapes, green tomato ketchup, Serrano hot sauce, blackberry Worcestershire sauce, pickled green beans, and loquat chutney.  There are fresh cut flowers, Chappell Hill Lavender products, Independence Coffee, and local honey just to name some of the other items you will see.  Shop first and then plan your menus!  So different from planning menus and then buying the ingredients.  Of course you have to buy what is in season because that is the freshest and best tasting!

Seasonal events and farm tours are scheduled throughout the year celebrating local foods and our agricultural heritage from the Birth Place of Texas.  Make your plans to shop at the Home Sweet Farm Market any Wednesday or Sunday.  You will be surprised how much better the food is.

Brenham House Cherry Almond Scones

My husband and I love to bake!  One of the items we enjoy baking is our cherry almond scones which is one of our many varieties of scones we make for breakfast.  I feel like our guests really love them because they don’t have time to make them at home. Then, of course, there are all of those dreaded dishes you have to face when you are finished baking!  When our guests come to Brenham House it is a getaway for them.  We love to serve our guests great food and items they might not have everyday, at their own home!

Here is our signature recipe for our scones:

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Hot Nights Cool Tunes July 2013 Concert Series

Hot Nights Cool Tunes 2013 Concert Series in Brenham, Texas

Hot Nights Cool Tunes 2013 Concert Series in Brenham, Texas

Main Street Brenham, Texas presents its 2013 summer concert series!  Hot Nights Cool Tunes is a series of outdoor concerts performed every Saturday evening at 7:00 P.M., in July.  It is a Free concert!  Bring your friends and lawn chairs to the Courthouse Square in Downtown Brenham and enjoy the great music.  There is also a classic car show that will please all ages. You can walk around and admire the cars as you enjoy the wonderful music.  All of the food and drink sales go to support the community and help keep the concerts free.  Here is this season’s line up:

  • July 6-The Newsboyz  5 -piece Austin Band playing a hugh variety of music
  • July 13-Radiostar  A high energy trip through the 1980’s playing the biggest hits of the decade
  • July 20-Matchmaker Band  10 piece show band playing sounds of Motown, Soul, Funk, and Dance music
  • July 27-Suede  This explosive, electrifying band plays hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, up to today

Welcome to Our New Website!

brenham_screenWe are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website!  Not only is it a major upgrade in the looks department, it also allows Brenham House to better provide up to date information about our bed and breakfast inn and our location in Brenham, Texas.

As you peruse our new site, you’ll notice a lot has changed.  We’ve added a lot of gorgeous photos to let you get a taste for what it’s like to stay at Brenham House to hold you over until your visit!  (Speaking of taste, check out what we’re making you for breakfast!)

We’ve even made it easier for you to select which of our five lodging choices is best for you. Take a gander at our lodging page and pick your favorite room, where your choices range from the aptly named Glorious Morning Suite, to the comfy, cozy Robin’s Nest Room.

Not sure what to do while you’re here in Brenham, besides relax in our leisurely bed and breakfast? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite hotspots and activities for you!

Another new feature of our new website is the integration of our blog. This allows us to serve up piping hot, oven fresh Brenham House news to our customers, as well as information about upcoming festivals, antique shows, restaurants, and anything else that could make your stay more enjoyable. Also, we are in the process of importing our existing blog content, so it won’t be lost! All of our past blog posts will soon be available right here, so even if you missed out on a few posts, check back soon!

Thanks for reading, and we will see you on our doorstep at Brenham House!

July Brenham Texas Winery Festivals

Four big festival weekends, in Brenham, at Windy Winery and Pleasant Hill Winery. The wineries are just minutes away from Brenham House!
Dates: July 20-21, 27-28, 2013
August 3-4, 10-11, 2013

Hours: Saturday 11:00-5:30 P.M.
Sundays noon-4:40 P.M.

Come on out for a grape stomping time! Windy Winery’s Harvest Grape Stomp, located at 4232 Clover Road, Brenham, Texas is having hay rides out to the vineyards to pick grapes, grape stomping and t-shirts to make you own prints, with your purple feet! What a great souvenir to take home, from the event. Join in the fun and share a bottle of wine with your friends, on any of these four weekends.

Pleasant Hill is also having their 12th Annual Crush for Fun. Pleasant Hill Winery is located at 1441 Salem Road, Brenham, Texas. Stomp grapes, get a t-shirt that says,” I Picked, I Stomped, I made Wine!” On this shirt you can put your purple feet print on to show everyone you stomped grapes!. Enjoy making memories with friends.

So grab your camera and bring your friends out to enjoy the wine stomps at our Brenham wineries. The cost is $25. for adults.

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