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Our Impromptu Weekend Getaway to Brenham, Texas

18 July 2018

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Sometimes you just have to pack up the kids and get away for a few days. And that is exactly what we did a few weeks ago after a week cooped up due to non-stop rainstorms. Mama was out of ideas and we all needed a change of scenery. So the hubs, kiddos and I headed to Brenham, Texas for the weekend.

Since Brenham is only a few short hours away from us it wasn't our first to explore the town. So this time around we opted for new adventures around the area. Here are the things we did:

Must Be Heaven

First up...sweets! Generally when you think Brenham you think Blue Bell CreameryBut since we have already experienced the creamery tour, Must Be Heaven seemed like the next best thing (or better) to accommodate the sweet tooth. It had an old fashioned ice cream parlor and sandwich shoppe vibe to it. And from their large assortment of fresh pies, ice cream sundaes, and more lets just say we walked away meeting our sugar quota for the week! Next time we plan to give their sandwich and soups a try. They looked delish!

Texas Cotton Gin Museum

Next up we hit the small quaint museum centered around the historic 1914 Burton Cotton Gin. As mentioned in our previous trip recap history has evolved into a common interest in our family. So learning about the evolving 100 year old antique gin and how it still runs today was pretty neat.

We chose to pass on the guided tour since it wasn't scheduled for another few hours. So we watched their fifteen minute video on the history of the machine. And then leisurely walked the premises to view the actual gin itself. It was a fun little hour stop for a history lesson on processing cotton.

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Washington on the Brazos

Since we are Texans we found it only fitting to learn more about where Texas became Texas. And I must say our adventures at the Washington on the Brazos turned out to be quite spectacular. Not to mention we happened to be there on their Anniversary so there was free admission for the Barrington Living History Farm {which happened to be my favorite part}. Score!

For those that have followed along here on the blog or my Insta-stories know I'm a country girl at heart. And the desire to have my own farmhouse one day is a strong one. So needless to say roaming a farm that once was and surrounded by re-enactments of what was, was pretty freakin' awesome!

It was so peaceful there.

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I need that porch in my life.

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From there we browsed the Star of the Republic Museum located on the same premises. Between the 2 floors of extensive visual exhibits with historical documentation and the interactive children's playroom we were quite impressed. You do need to be prepared to read a lot around the facility. That being said James and I hope to return when we can read the historical facts without constant interruption. #parentlife

I highly recommend the Washington on the Brazos if history is your thing. It was such a well presented and interesting place to visit.

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In addition to our sweet tooth attack earlier in the day. We later dined at the Brenham Grill attached to the Ann Street Inn {they had a little bit of everything}. And then grabbed coffee and a few pastries at Kountry Boys Bakery and Restaurant the next morning before heading home.

We even attempted Geocaching for the first time on the way home. It turned out to be a flop on finding anything, but we hope to give the worlds largest treasure hunt another try soon. It was the perfect little getaway for us all. We came back refreshed and thankfully to some sunshine again.

Have you ever visited Brenham, Texas? What were your favorites?

Annette ♥

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  • Reply Susan @ Culinary Envy 18 July 2018 at 8:15 AM

    What a lovely getaway. I wish I was closer o Brenham and my first stop would be Blue Bell Creamery!

    • Reply Annette 18 July 2018 at 8:57 AM

      The Blue Bell Creamery is a really fun adventure. My kids really enjoyed it.

  • Reply Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor 18 July 2018 at 8:28 AM

    How fun! I love exploring new places with my family. Not having to go too far from home is always a plus.

    • Reply Annette 18 July 2018 at 8:57 AM

      Yes, my kids are not too keen on long travels. Hopefully that gets better with time though. Thanks for reading.

  • Reply Maegan 18 July 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Pinned to my destinations board! If my family makes our way to that part of Texas, we’re definitely getting some of those sundaes! Looks like a great weekend!

    • Reply Annette 18 July 2018 at 10:49 AM

      Oh thank you! I hope you guys do make it out there. It really was a fun time.

  • Reply Abbi@Pomsly 18 July 2018 at 8:29 PM

    Love your pictures! I hope to go to Texas one day!

    • Reply Annette 18 July 2018 at 8:32 PM

      Thank you. Hope you do too.

  • Reply Leigh Suznovich 18 July 2018 at 8:55 PM

    Oh my gosh, looks like a blast!!

    • Reply Annette 23 July 2018 at 4:06 PM

      It was. 🙂

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