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Why Brenham Should Be At The Top Of Your List For A Weekend Getaway!

67969911_2720266131317416_4575771222725361664_n (1)Another weekend is coming up and do you find yourself asking the question “What are we going to do this weekend?”  I think of the options that I have for my family:  movies, swimming, painting pottery, going out to eat, or maybe even venturing into town and visiting one of the great Houston museums or zoo.  None of these really excites me because this is what we tend to do every weekend.

hot.jpgWhy Brenham?

Bluebell Ice Cream of course!  The thing I love about Brenham is that it is only 45 minutes from Houston and  90 minutes from Austin.  I have talked to several locals who cannot believe that the Brenham of today is really the same town they grew up in.  Someone told me that several people who grew up in Brenham, went away to live, and are now coming back and opening neat restaurants, bars, activities in the area.

The town is actively trying to add new events that will attract people from near and far.  I think they are doing an amazing job.  For example, every Saturday night in July, they close down the streets of Brenham and host Hot Nights Cool Tunes.  People bring their lawn chairs and listen to the free live music from different bands.  Kids can enjoy treats from food trucks and just dance to the music.

mural.jpgThroughout the year, the town will host a Sip and Swirl where people can walk around the town tasting different wines as they stroll through the different shops.

My friend from Cypress, Texas recently told me that Brenham has a very legit theater (not movie but acting) called the Unity Theater.  They have shows  pay and pay actors to put them on.

I am amazed that every time we visit Brenham, there is a new place opening up. This town is on fire!  One of the locals told Corrin and I to stop telling people how awesome it is so the secret can be kept.  We are sorry.  People looking for an amazing weekend need to know what a gem this town is.

I will list some favorite spots below but first I will give some sample itineraries.  Of course you should check out the 12 Armadillos Barndo or 12 Armadillos on Main Street for your accommodations!

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Stop at Weikel’s Bakery to pick up some amazing  pastries for the weekend.

Friday

Afternoon

Stop at Bluebell Factory

Walk around town looking at the cool murals

Dinner at BT Longhorn Steakhouse

Live Music at Home Sweet Farm and Market Biergarten or Pioneer Smokehouse (both kid friendly)

smoke.jpgSaturday

Breakfast at Smitty’s Cafe

Peeka Ranch Alpaca Farm (must call in advance for reservations)

Funky Art Cafe or Must Be Heaven for lunch

Afternoon

Brenham Miniature Horses where you can see miniature horses and paint a ceramic craft

Bliss Candy Company

Barnhill House Toys and Books

(other options: Horseshoe Junction Family Fun Park: miniature golf, go karts, bumper boats, games

Or Flying Horse Carousel (open March -October on weekends; one of five of the only surviving class wood Carousels in Texas)

grand.jpgEvening

96 West/ Volare Italian/ or Las Americas

Live music  at Home Sweet Farm and Market Biergarten or Pioneer Smokehouse (both kid friendly)

Sunday

Breakfast at Brenham Grill

Late morning drive to Independence, Texas

Drive back home

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Friday

Stop at Weikel’s Bakery to pick up some amazing pastries for the weekend.

Afternoon

Lunch at Funky Art Cafe

Thyme Day Spa and Salon for Spa treatments (or Board and Brush Creative Studio to create something)

Shopping in downtown Brenham: Don’t miss Ballard of the Bird Dog, Hermann Furniture, Canyon Chick, Branded, Puppy Hogs and Cat Tails, Pomegranate (perfect wrapped gifts; ex: local coffee beans)

Dinner at 96 West

Live Music at 4 Star Concert Hall

Late night fun at Roux Street Icehouse

Saturday

Breakfast at Smitty’s Cafe

Hire Errand Lady to drive you to the wineries

Lunch at Bevers Cafe in Chappel Hill

Star Winery in Chappel Hill

Pleasant Hill Winery

Saddlehorn Winery

Bliss Candy Company

Dinner Los Americas or BT Longhorn Steakhouse

Live Music at Home Sweet Farm and Market Biergarten or Pioneer Smokehouse

Late night fun at Little Mikes for dancing

Sunday

Breakfast at Los Americas or Brenham Grill

Head home

homeCouples Weekend

Friday

Stop at Weikel’s Bakery to pick up some amazing pastries for the weekend.

Get into town and have a beer at Brazos Valley Brewery

Walk around downtown and look at murals

Pop into a few shops:  Ballard of the Bird Dog, Hermann Furniture, Canyon Chick, Branded, Puppy Hogs and Cat Tails, Pomegranate (perfect wrapped gifts; ex: local coffee beans)

Dinner at 96 West

Live Music at 4 Star Concert Hall

Late night fun at Roux Street Icehouse

food.jpgSaturday

Breakfast at Smitty’s Cafe

Couples Massage at Thyme Day Spa

Lunch at Funky Art Cafe

Dessert (Pie) and Must Be Heaven

Hire Errand Lady to take you to wineries

shoppingStar Winery in Chappel Hill

Pleasant Hill Winery

Saddlehorn Winery

Bliss Candy Company

Dinner Los Americas or BT Longhorn Steakhouse

Live Music at Home Sweet Farm and Market Biergarten or Pioneer Smokehouse

Sunday

Breakfast at Los Americas or Brenham Grill

Head home

indep.jpgOther Activities:

Texas Cotton Gin Museum

Toubin Park

TheSkellyTwins-brenham-10Washing on the Brazos State Historic Site

290 Adventure (scavenger hunt with your family going to small towns along 290)

Blue Bell Aquatic Center

Take Instagram pictures in front of the beautiful downtown murals

Huff Brewing Company

Kenny Store for lunch/live music in Burton

Royers Cafe in Round Top (featured on Food Network)

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Junk Gypsies in Round Top

BBQ

Truth

Pioneer Smokehouse *** they have live music

LJ’s BBQ

Nathan’s BBQ

Cody’s BBQ

And finally, there is always the Round Top Antiques Fair that is held twice a year. Brenham is a short drive!

So my question for you is this: Who wants to take a trip?

Need lodging?  The 12 Armadillos Barndo and the 12 Armadillos on Main Street are the perfect places to stay on your weekend getaway.  Please check out 12armadillos.com for more information.

Why the Barndo?

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It is 3.5 miles from Downtown

It can sleep up to 28 people.

It has the most gorgeous sunsets!

Why 12 Armadillos on Main?

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It is in Downtown Brenham

It is walking distance to all of the fun shops, restaurants, and live music venues.

It sleeps up to 10.

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