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Brenham’s Hot Nights Cool Tunes July 2017

May 29th, 2017 by Susan Lopez

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!

May 12th, 2017 by Susan Lopez

 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

May 1st, 2017 by Susan Lopez

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

April 4th, 2017 by Susan Lopez

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

November 11th, 2016 by Susan Lopez

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!

Unity Theatre Professional Show Series

September 12th, 2016 by Susan Lopez

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

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!

2016 Hot Nights Cool Tunes

May 8th, 2016 by Susan Lopez

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

May 2nd, 2016 by Susan Lopez

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

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!

Christmas Stroll Lighted Parade 2015

November 17th, 2015 by Susan Lopez

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

November 5th, 2015 by Susan Lopez

 

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

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.

TripAdvisor Excellence Award

June 14th, 2015 by Susan Lopez

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

June 10th, 2015 by Susan Lopez

 

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!

Royal Doulton Bunnykins

April 4th, 2015 by Susan Lopez

I am the innkeeper of the Brenham House Bed and Breakfast.  I am all about the pretties on a table.  I have a passion for china, crystal and silver.  For some people a beautiful table is just a thing of the past.  It doesn’t have to be.  I find everyone loves a table set with linens that includes a beautiful table scape.  When it comes to my grandchildren, I really want a great table setting.  I want my grandchildren to have table manners and appreciate the effort it takes to use the finer things on a table.  Did you know that Royal Doulton Bunnykins were used by Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth, as a child?  The Royal Doulton Bunnykins pattern was introduced in 1934.  Royal Doulton is an English company that produces tableware and collectables dating from 1815.  Royal Doulton had a general manager, in the 1930’s, who asked his daughter to create a child friendly design for a nursery series.  His daughter Barbara created drawings of bunnies, in almost every family situation.

These are pictures of my Royal Doulton Bunnykins, for my sweet Bunnykin!  These are just some of the many different patterns you will find when looking for your Bunnykins pattern.  Oh, the stories that can be created from the scenes on the dishes.  What fun a small child will have during mealtime, as you describe the different scenes.  Here is my sweet Bunnykin Jentry.

Royal Doulton Bunnykins

My Sweet Bunnykins

The Royal Doulton Bunnykins line was an instant success.  Rabbits were dressed in human clothes, in beautiful English country scenes.  Royal Doulton Bunnykins that are signed by Barbara Vernon are quite rare and highly expensive.  The Royal Doulton Bunnykins china makes a great gift for Chiristmas, birthdays, and Baptism gifts.  Twice a year Round Top, Texas has a hugh Antique Fair.  It takes place in the fall and again in the spring.  You may be able to find your Royal Doulton Bunnykins.  They are stamped on the bottom of the china.   Don’t forget the yard and garage sales.  One person’s junk may just be your treasure!

2015 Burton Cotton Gin Festival

March 21st, 2015 by Susan Lopez

Burton Cotton Gin Museum

Burton Cotton Gin Museum

This 2015 Burton Cotton Gin Festival will be their 26th Annual Festival.  This years’ 2015 Burton Cotton Gin Festival will take place Friday, April 17- Saturday, April 18th.  It is free admission and there are so many activities and things to see.  Visit Cotton Gin Museum or call 979 289-3378 for specific information concerns you may have.

Friday- April 17 the 2015 Burton Cotton Gin Festival kicks-off with an all you can eat shrimp boil! $30.00 per person.  For $300.00 you can get a sponsor table which includes 8 tickets for the event.  6:00 p.m. the doors will open to the Burton Community Center and at 6:30 p.m. the all you can eat shrimp boil will be served.  At 7:00 p.m. there will be a Live Auction which will be sponsored by the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  After the shrimp boil you can move over to the Whitehorse Tavern, in Burton, and enjoy the Burleson Country Trio.

 

Saturday- April 18 the festival will begin at 10:00 a.m. and last until 8:00 p.m.  The day will start off with the Main Street Parade which will include Children’s Bicycle Parade!  There will be family activities like bubble gum blowing, pie eating, seed pulling, Food Booths, Craft Booths, Children’s Barnyard, Tractor Pull, Tours of the historic 1914 Burton Farmers Cotton Gin, Tours of Wehring Shoe Shop, Live entertainment, Folk Life Demonstrations and Engine Exhibits.

Saturday’s entertainment at the 2015 Burton Cotton Gin Festival will be the Shiner Hobo Band from noon- 2:30 p.m., The Duka Brothers from 3-5 p.m., Windale German Singers from 5:30- 6:15 p.m., Hilltop Wranglers from 6:30- 7:15 p.m., and Allison Crowson from 7:15- 8:00 p.m.  Don’t miss this years’ great fundraiser to keep this fine working museum going so everyone can learn and enjoy it.

 

Things Unseen Art Show Joyce McCown

March 11th, 2015 by Susan Lopez

Things Unseen art Show Joyce McCown

Brenham presents Joyce McCown’s Things Unseen Art Show

We are so happy to have Things Unseen Art Show Joyce McCown here in Brenham, Texas.  Things Unseen Art Show Joyce McCown will be here in Brenham, Texas on April1-June1, 2015.  It will be at the Back Lot Gallery, behind the Ant Street Inn on South Park Street.  The show will be open on Fridays-Sundays and by appointments.  There will be an artist reception on April 4, 2015 from 5-8 P.M.  This will be a great time for all of the Round Top Antique shoppers to come and meet the artist while purchasing art.  What a bonus for guests staying in Brenham, Texas.

Joyce McCown is a graduate from Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri.  She is known for her printmaking, photography, collages, and small sculptures.  You can see her passion in her art work.  Her pieces are so interesting and thoughtful of things as Joyce sees them in life.  She brings things forward that many of us don’t notice because of our fast paced lives.  “Beauty is powerful, simple pleasures are delightful and hope is always present.”-Joyce McCown.  Things Unseen Art Show Joyce McCown will have pieces for sale.  Come find what moves you and take it home to enjoy daily!

Find Joyce McCown on Facebook

Find Joyce McCown on Facebook

You can go to facebook and see her work at MoonShadow Press.  Find her work to purchase on Etsy, too!  Brenham don’t miss this great art show and the chance to meet Joyce McCown as she presents Things Unseen.

 

Bacon Egg Toast Cups

January 23rd, 2015 by Susan Lopez

Bacon egg toast cups

Bacon Egg Toast Cups

Bacon egg toast cups can make breakfast enjoyable.   Breakfast menus need to be creative and different each morning, not to become boring.  It takes effort to set the table and make it look pretty.  Why save the good dishes that will be passed down to your children, after you are gone.  Use it and enjoy it now.  That can be done the night before.  It is so easy to get caught up with the fast pace breakfast eaten in the car as you dash off to work.  Breakfast sets the tone for the morning.  You can also prep many of your food items the night before which will allow for a quick breakfast .

Bacon egg toast cups

Breakfast Table

Our guests, at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast enjoy our sulphite free bacon egg toast cups.  We pre cook our bacon, in the oven, until it is about 90 percent cooked.  Drain and wrap and put in the freezer.  Then the night before we need it we pull out the amount of bacon for the next morning and place in the refrigerator.  We also prep the bread for our bacon egg toast cups the day before and place in the refrigerator.

Simply take the bread and cut the crust off.  Then roll it out with a rolling pin.  Place in the muffin tin.  Then place a piece of precooked bacon in the cups.  Break a egg into each cup.  Salt and pepper each egg.  Then place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.  Pull out of the oven and place on a plate with roasted asparagus, and a side of potatoes.

Brenham Valentine’s Getaway

December 20th, 2014 by Susan Lopez

Brenham Valentine's Weekend

Brenham House is a great place to spend Valentine’s Weekend

 

Brenham Valentine’s Getaway can be yours for the choosing!  Brenham Valentine’s Weekend is a special time of the year to treat your sweetheart, in a special way. Running out of ideas?  How about a stay away from home, a great dinner for two, and or maybe a wedding vow renewal!  February 14, 2015 is on Saturday, this year.  Let us at Brenham House plan your getaway.

  • Book your two night stay with Ant Street Inn or Brenham House Bed and Breakfast!

In celebration of the Ant Street Inn’s 20th year its innkeepers will be hosting a Valentine’s Dinner, in the ballroom.  It will consist of dinner, candlelight and music along with a professional photographer to capture the moments.  Bring your favorite wine and glasses will be provided.  Seating will begin for dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

  • The Valentine’s Dinner for two is only $120. plus tax.

Before dinner the vow renewal will take place, in the garden, at the Ant Street Inn.  Each couple will walk down the garden path and renew vows, in a group setting.  Couples participating in the vow renewals will receive a photo walking down the isle, a bridal bouquet and renewal certificate.

  • Vow Renewal for two is only $50. plus tax
  • Couple the dinner and vowel renewal together for $150. plus tax
Brenham Valentine's Getaway

Book to nights on Valentine’s weekend and there will be chocolate strawberries in your room.

Book your room with us at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast for your 2015 Brenham Valentine’s Getaway.  With a two night booking, Brenham House Bed and Breakfast will have chocolate covered strawberries waiting for you in your room.  If you would like to participate in the vow renewal and Valentine’s dinner let us know and we will secure your tickets for this great Brenham Valentine’s Getaway Special!

If we are full on February 14-15, 2015 we are happy to refer you to our friends at the Ant Street Inn.

 

Small Town Brenham Christmas

November 12th, 2014 by Susan Lopez

Small Town Brenham Christmas

Brenham House Tree

Small Town Brenham Christmas is something out of a Norman Rockwell painting!  Come join in the fun!  Less crowds, people with smiles on their faces, lights, and Christmas decorations in all of the individually owned shops, on the square.  These are small businesses, not your well known chain stores.  This will insure unique and one of a kind items for your Christmas shopping.  The pace will be slower and you will be able to enjoy kindness and giving spirit of the Christmas season.  You will also be glad to hear Merry Christmas greetings, as you walk in the stores and about the town.  There will also be a Jingle Bell Market which takes place at The Ant Street Inn, on December 5-6, 2014.  This Jingle Bell Market will solve a lot of your gift giving needs.  There are so many events in Brenham during the Christmas season.  Coming up is the Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade.  This will take place on December 5-6, 2014.  Come unwrap the Magic of Christmas, in downtown Brenham!

There will be late hours for shopping and an Ice Skating Rink at Alamo and Douglas streets.  Small  town Brenham Christmas will start their Lighted Parade on December 5, 2014 at 6:00P.M  You will see lots of lights on the floats and hear Christmas carols as the floats go by.  The parade finally is a hugh firetruck that comes down the street bringing Santa Claus into town!  This small town Brenham Christmas is put on by the City of Brenham and the Parks Department.  For more information call 979 337-7254.

Chappell Hill Texas Scarecrow Festival

September 13th, 2014 by Susan Lopez

Chappell Hill Texas Scarecrow Festival

Fall is in the air at Brenham House

Come stay with us at Brenham House and attend this year’s 37th Annual Chappell Hill Texas Scarecrow Festival.  We are located in Brenham which is about 12 miles north of beautiful Chappell Hill.  Washington County has many treasures and one of them is Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival.  Take a step back to a slower pace and enjoy this small town festival.  Dates are October 11 and 12, 2014 for this years’ fall Scarecrow Festival.  Hours for the festival are Saturday 9- 6 p.m. and Sunday 9-5 p.m.  There is FREE admission and just $5.00 for parking.  They request no street parking, please.  The parking lot is located on FM 1155 a short distance north of the intersection of Hwy. 290 and FM 1155.  There will be new vendors as well as the 250 juried vendors.  Exhibitors will include home decor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing and so much more.  There will be delicious country style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community.  There is a special children’s area with pony rides, barrel train rides, face painting, and a petting zoo.

The Chappell Hill Texas Scarecrow Festival is hosted by the Chappell Hill Historical Society, a non profit volunteer organization.  This organization is dedicated to the preservation of community’s history and historic buildings.  What a great way to raise money for the town and to bring in the fall that we have waited all summer long for.

Brenham’s historic downtown will also be decorated with scarecrows on every corner.  The antique and specialty shops will also be decorate for the Scarecrow Festival as well.  At this time it really starts to look like fall with all of the great decorations you will see.  Make your plans and we will be waiting for you at Brenham House!

Chappell Hill Texas Scarecrow Festival

James waiting to greet our guests!

 

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.

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