Brenham, Texas is no wall flower. It’s small-town, neighborly vibe masks the great stash of antique shops, restaurants, and stores as well as some charming places to stay while you’re soaking up some of that Texas sun. Downtown Brenham hosts special events throughout the year including Saturday night live music outside in the month of July as well as the Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade in December. Fall time in the area is good for family fun as well, with the Brazos Valley Maize and pumpkin patch opening in October, including a huge corn maze, hayrides, and family fall activities.
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Getting a Taste for Brenham, Texas: ‘A Flavor All Its Own’
Photo: Flickr/Josh Grenier
And although you’ll be disappointed in the fact that the Blue Bell Creameries isn’t offering tours of their facility at this time, that shouldn’t dissuade you from enjoying a heaping helping of it at a local dispensary in the very town where it’s made! That’s right, Brenham is the proud home of the famous Texas Blue Bell Ice Cream. And while you’re strolling around with your favorite ice cream on a cone or in a cup, there are some great parks in the vicinity in which to enjoy it. Playgrounds for kids and sometimes special movie showings are featured, making the parks a pleasant place to visit. If you want to take cooling off to the next level, The Blue Bell Aquatic Center in Brenham has three pools, one of which is outdoors, and it’s Blue Bell-themed! It features a sundae slide and a popsicle walk, and sometimes they schedule movies poolside as well.
For the adults in the car, there are three wineries close to Brenham which welcome tours. Saddlehorn, Windy, and Pleasant Hill wineries are here for your winejoyment (like how we did that? You can use that if you like…) And while you’re out touring, consider taking in the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm which, for the majority of the year, is open to the public. Contact them ahead of time to be sure their availability suits your schedule, however. Here, you can tour the farm and cut your own lavender, as well as visit their gift shop for lavender products. It traditionally blooms from mid-May to early-July (but again, check with the farm to be sure of these dates.) And they even host a Lavender & Wine Fest every August! So have yourself some fun in Brenham, where the town slogan appears to be “a flavor all its own”!