Archive for the ‘Attractions & Things To Do’ Category

Coming Fall Washington County Events

September 9th, 2016 by Susan Lopez

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

July 17th, 2016 by Susan Lopez

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!

Valentine Plans Already Made

January 18th, 2016 by Susan Lopez

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

January 9th, 2016 by Susan Lopez

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!

Halloween Celebration

October 23rd, 2015 by Susan Lopez

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

October 5th, 2015 by Susan Lopez

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

Antique Carousel

July 3rd, 2015 by Susan Lopez

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

 

Brenham’s Holiday Home Tour

November 15th, 2014 by Susan Lopez

Brenham's Holiday Home Tour

Giddings-Stone Mansion

Nothing starts the Christmas Season off better than the Brenham’s Holiday Home Tour!  It is presented by the Brenham’s Historical Society.  Brenham’s Holiday Home Tour occurs the weekend before Thanksgiving.  This year the date is Saturday, November 22, 2014.  The tour hours are 12:00-5:00 p.m.  The Heritage Belles will be dressed in period dress as they guide the guests through homes of historic or architectural note.  These beautiful homes will be decorated for the Christmas holidays.  The tickets can be purchased at the Giddings-Stone Mansion at 2203 Century Circle, Brenham.  You will receive information about the homes you will be able to tour and directions to the homes scattered around Brenham.

While you are at the 1870’s Giddings-Stone Mansion you can shop at the trunk show which will be open 10-6:00 p.m. where dealers will display items for purchase.  This will be a great time to pick up some unique Christmas gifts for all of your Christmas needs.  After the tour there will be a wine and cheese party from 5-6:00 p.m. at the Giddings-Stone Mansion.  What a fun way to spend your Saturday!  Grab your friends and come to Brenham for a Victorian: Holiday Home Tour.  Make your plans to take this years’ Brenham’s Holiday Home Tour now.  For more information call 979 836-1690.

Antique Rose Emporium’s Rose Festival

October 30th, 2014 by Susan Lopez

Come and enjoy all or part of The Antique Rose Emporium‘s Rose Festival!  This is their 26th Fall Rose Festival.  Dates for this great event are October 31- November 1 and 2, 2014.  Free come and go events as well as a gallery of fragrant roses.  There will be hundreds of roses, herbs, and perennials will be for sale.  Location for The Antique Rose Emporium’s Rose Festival is 10,000 FM 50, Brenham, Texas.

 The Antique Rose Emporium Rose Festival

Brenham House Arbor with Antique Rose Emporium Roses

We love the antique roses at The Antique Rose Emporium.  They are easy to grow and just give your yard such beauty.  We have guests who buy different ones for each of their grand children.  Imagine the kids as they grow up knowing there is a rose bush in Grandma’s yard in honor of them!  What an honor it was for my husband to get three rose bushes from his high school coach’s rose bed after he passed away, a few years ago.  All of the football players took rose bushes, Festival of Roses and it is such a great memory of Coach “Pappy’ Drennen.

Friday, October 31, 2014 will start at 10:00 AM and will begin with Mike Shoup and The Texas Rose Rustler who will speak on “Rooting Made Easy”.  At 12:30 PM Robbi Will will talk about “This Bulb’s for You” and at 2:00 PM Margaret Cherry and Abbott-Ipco covering “Give Me Color and Make It Perennial”.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 starts up again at 10:00 AM with Pam Smith sharing “On the Trail of Trailed Roses”, 11:30 AM Dr. David Byrne will discuss “Rose Rosette Disease”, 1:30 PM Neil Sperry will talk of :Lone Star Gardening” and the last lecture will be lead by Randy Shoup on “Beer, Where Microbes Rule”.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 raps up The Antique Rose Emporium’s Rose Festival at 1:00 PM with Mike Shoup sharing the Growing Fields Tour.

Texas Brew-Step Downtown Brenham

September 13th, 2014 by Susan Lopez

Texas Brew-Step downtown Brenham is Brenham’s first crafted brew event.  A variety of hand crafted brews from across Texas and beyond will be served, in Downtown Brenham’s National Register District. The charm of an historical Texas town and delicious beer is just a perfect blend for a perfect day.  The date for this Texas Brew-Step is Saturday, October 18, 2014.  It will be from 2-7p.m.  Sample the brews with a keepsake pilsner glass, for $35.00 while supplies last.  To purchase tickets go to DowntownBrenham.com/BrewStep.  Take your ticket to the gazebo, on the courthouse square.  There you will receive your glass and a map of locations for sampling.

Texas Brew-Step downtown Brenham

A Crafted Brew Event

Participating Breweries for 2014 Texas Brew-Step downtown Brenham will be:

  • Bazos Valley Brewing
  • No Label Brewing
  • Perdernales Brewing
  • Galveston Island Brewing
  • Middleton Brewing
  • Saint Arnold’s Brewing
  • Cycler’s Brewing
  • Southern Star Brewing
  • Lone Pint Brewing

On Friday you can participate in Brew “U”.  A fun event to help develop your palette.  Learn to appreciate flavor nuances between beers and delicious food parings.  Perfect for palettes of all levels.  The Brew “U” will be Friday,October 17, 2014.  It will take place at the Bullock Ballroom at Historic Simon Theater.  The cost for Brew “U” is $45.00.  If you are attending both events there is a $5.00 discount.  Come on out and see our restored Simon Theatre Center while participating in Brew “U”.  Then have a great time on Saturday walking through the downtown while sampling brews from all over Texas!  We will see you there!

Brenham is so happy to have the Brazos Valley Brewery locate in our downtown Brenham.  The brewery is located at 201 W. First Street in Brenham’s downtown.  It has an open patio for sipping the cold brew.  Check out times by calling 713 584-3804 or visiting BrazosValleyBrewery.com for more information.

“Stars over Brenham” Quilt Show

January 22nd, 2014 by Susan Lopez

“Stars over Brenham” Quilt Show will be hosted by The Friendship Quilt Guild of Brenham, Texas.  It will be their ninth biennial juried show on February 7-8, 2014.  They will feature both contemporary and traditional quilts.  The “Stars over Brenham” Quilt Show will be held at the Fireman’s Training Center, located at 1101 Highway 290 West, in Brenham, Texas.  “Stars over Brenham” Quilt Show hours are 10:00 am- 5:00 pm on Friday, February 7.  On Saturday, February 8th the hours will be 10:00am-4:00pm.

"Stars over Brenham" Quilt Show

Quilt to be Raffled

"Stars over Brenham" Quilt Show

Read the rest of this page »

2014 Brenham Uptown Swirl

December 27th, 2013 by Susan Lopez

2014 Brenham Uptown Swirl

Come join us for the 2014 Uptown Swirl!

Join us for the start of another new year.   The 2014 Brenham Uptown Swirl is almost here.  The date for this year’s 2014 Brenham Uptown Swirl is January 18, 2014, from 3p.m.-7p.m.  Your beautifully etched, keepsake wine glass is your entry to sip and swirl.  Along with the beautiful glass you will be given a map.  On this map will list the stores participating and which wines that they will be serving.  The cost is $25.00 if purchased before December 31, 2013.  After that date the cost is $30.00.  Online purchases will be waiting for pick up at the gazebo on the Brenham courthouse square, the day of the Swirl.  You may purchase your glass at participating merchants or by going online before December 31, 2013, at 2014 BrenhamUptownSwirl.com.

Read the rest of this page »

Holiday Home Tour Brenham Texas

November 1st, 2013 by Susan Lopez

Holiday Home Tour Brenham Texas

Giddings-Stone Mansion

Holiday Home Tour Brenham Texas is always such a fun event.  It is a great way to get into the Christmas Spirit!  Bring your friends or spouse and come to Brenham, Texas, to tour these lovely homes throughout the historic town.  You will get a map when you purchase your tickets that will instruct you where the historic homes are located, on the tour, for this year.  Tickets will be available at the Giddings -Stone Mansion.  These homes will be beautifully decorated for Christmas.  Holiday Home Tour Brenham Texas will allow you to learn of the history of these homes, as well as the history of many of the items in the home.  Heritage Belles will be dressed in period clothing and will guide you through the homes as they give the history of the homes.  This festive weekend will be impressive and get you excited for the holidays.  This Holiday Home Tour is held the weekend before Thanksgiving and is a great way to kick off the holiday season.  This year it will be held November 23-24, 2013.  Saturday tour the historic homes from 10-5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.

Read the rest of this page »

50 Miles to Harvest in Brenham, Texas

October 15th, 2013 by Susan Lopez

50 Miles to Harvest

Enjoy this Culinary Experience!

Make your plans now to join in an outstanding culinary experience!  Friday, November 1, 2013 is the date for this years’ 50 Miles to Harvest.  What a great way to support our local farmers and have a chance to meet them.  This event will provide you with a five course homestyle dinner prepared by celebrated chef Jesse Griffiths. The homestyle dinner will be held on the expansive grounds of the beautiful historic Citadel, of Washington County.  This is a chance for you to dine with the local farmers who grew the food for the 50 Mile Harvest.  There will be live music with local wine samplings and featured folk artists. Local folk artist Leon Collins will be among the artists that will be there.  The artsts’ work will be displayed throughout the grounds.  There will also be a cash bar available.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for you to explore the Citadel which has previously been closed to the public for over 70 years.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres while tasting local wines.  Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m.  The lovely historic Citadel is located at 3401 Highway 290 West, Brenham, Texas.  Tickets for this delightful 50 Miles to Harvest is $200.00 per plate.  This will be an event you won’t want to miss!  Go online to secure your tickets at Home Sweet Farm.   For more information call at 979 530-7993 or 979 499-3557.

2013 Grand Art Trail and Sale

October 12th, 2013 by Susan Lopez

This years’ 2013 Grand Art Trail and Sale, in Central Texas, will take place 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2013.   It will also go on 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday November 3, 2013.  Thee will be no show on sunday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Brenham, Texas.  Arts at The Lakes is a non-profit art organization dedicated to exposing the art and artists of Central Texas and educating artists and art lovers alike.  The organization is sponsoring the 2013 Grand Art Trail and Sale which will cover three counties, including Burleson, Lee, and Washington Counties.  On the 2013 Grand Art Trail and Sale you will see well over 100 artists and their works.  You can pick and choose places or artist you wish to see, or take time to visit all stops along the trail!  Artworks include ceramics, stained glass, bronze, pastel, oil, watercolor, photography, jewelry and more.

Read the rest of this page »

Fall Frolic 2013 Ladies Night Out

October 2nd, 2013 by Susan Lopez

Fall Frolic 2013 Ladies Night Out

Ladies Night Out in Brenham, Texas

Fall Frolic 2013 Ladies Night Out is being sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Again for another year this event will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at the Silver Wings Ballroom  The Silver Wings Ballroom is located at 4100 Texas Highway 105, Brenham, Texas.  It will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Plan now to get your friends, sisters, moms, and ladies groups from the church together to enjoy this delightful event!  You will enjoy shopping, prizes, delicious food and drinks, music, fashion show, games and so much more.  If you have a favorite craft or sell products already you can get a booth and sell, for the evening.  For information about being an exhibitor for the evening call the Chamber at 979 836-3695.

There is always something going on in Brenham, Texas.  Put on your party clothes and get ready for a fun filled evening with all of your girlfriends.  Mark your calendars for October 29, 2013 and plan to attend this amazing event.  Tickets are $30.00 per person and are on sale now!  Call 979 836-3695 or stop by the Washington County Chamber office located at 314 S. Austin Street, Brenham, Texas.

 

 

 

2013 New Year’s Eve Bash

October 1st, 2013 by Susan Lopez

2013 New Year's Eve Bash

Stay with us and party!

Looking for a 2013 New Year’s Eve Bash?  Brenham, Texas is the place to be.  Stay with us at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast and bring in the New Year, at the Ant Street Inn.  Tickets are $200.00 plus tax, for two.  Just let us know when you book your room at Brenham House and we will have your tickets waiting, when you arrive.  If you like you may also add this package when you book with us online, by enhancing your stay.  Arrive Tuesday, December 31, 2013, in Brenham, and you may check in at Brenham House any time after 3:00 p.m.  Get settled in your room and have time to relax and freshen up before the party starts.

Read the rest of this page »

Toubin Park, Downtown Brenham

July 30th, 2013 by Susan Lopez

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.

Read the rest of this page »

Blue Bell Ice Cream Brenham, Texas

July 19th, 2013 by Susan Lopez

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

Read the rest of this page »

Hot Nights Cool Tunes July 2013 Concert Series

July 13th, 2013 by Susan Lopez

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
»