My Blue Heaven
Posted: April 6, 2011 | By: Jean Ciampi | Photo: Supplied & Larry Urquhart
Itís been said that the secret to Blue Bell ice creamís
amazing goodness is the cows believing that Brenham
They might be right.
While a tour of the iconic creamery is a must when visiting
the hometown it made famous, Brenham has so many more
hidden flavors to experience.
A stunning springtime show of wildflowers crowns this quiet, historic city, located 72 miles northwest of Houston on US 290.
Each year, maps to the most picturesque points are happily handed out by local businesses, and updates are posted online at BrenhamTexas.com, when the bluebonnets, paintbrushes and primrose are at their prime.
Those following the Spring Bluebonnet, Wine & Cheese Trail
event the first three weekends in April can also enjoy the bouquet of outstanding Brenham wines at Pleasant Hill Winery and Windy Winery, where visitors are offered
a pairing of wines and specially crafted cheese dishes, as well as a packet of Texas wildflower seeds.
Other Trail events are scheduled periodically throughout the year, inviting guests back to stroll the vineyards, explore the cellars and relax in the tasting rooms.
Itís no surprise then that even Texas itself sprung up from the rolling hills around Brenham. The Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, found outside of Brenham heading toward Navasota, marks the location of the original capital of the Republic of Texas, the
place where 59 men voted into existence the sovereign nation of Texas.
History buffs will also enjoy the Barrington Living
History Farm, home of the last president of the Republic, as well as a number of other museums, award-winning exhibits, tours and sites that tell the story of
this momentous time in our stateís history and the landmark
Brenham is a place where you want to come and stay awhile;
there are plenty of reasons not to rush back home. No one here seems to rush much anyway.
The cows might have just figured it out: If Brenham isnít heaven, it must be right next door.