When we first moved to Houston, we were told that there is a yearly tradition to take photos of the kids in in a field of Bluebonnets.
Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas and their peak season is late March and early April dependent on winter rains and warm spring weather.
Often I can be a little lazy and take a photo along TC Jester and 11th St, along the Bayou near the Heights. If you frame the picture carefully it looks like you are in a field of Bluebonnets but you are actually inside the loop, 5 minutes from my place.
This year, we decided that with my mother in town visiting, we would take a trip up to Brenham to take a photo in a field of Bluebonnets.
Brenham is an hour and a half out of Houston, up the 290, halfway between Houston and Austin. It is a beautiful little town with lots to see with the family.
We mainly looked around the historic Downtown area. This had numerous gift, antique stores and cafes. First we dropped by the Washington County Visitor Center to get directions on best places to see Bluebonnets plus recommendations for things to do in Brenham.
Then we stopped off at Independence Coffee Company. We had a delicious latte (which was piping hot!) and wondered down the main street.
For lunch we went to Must Be Heaven. It was set up as an American Diner where you could buy “handcrafted sandwiches”, pies, smoothies and ice cream. This must be a popular spot as people were streaming in and it had long, but fast moving lines. Our lunch was delicious, and it had a great small town atmosphere.
Of course we had to stop by the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory. They don’t run tours on a weekend, but their icecream Parlor and Information Center are open. The icecream parlor you get a scoop for $1. My son was in heaven.
There are several spots to take Bluebonnet Pictures in and around Brenham. Just make sure that you are on public land and be careful if you are pulling over the side of the road. There are many spots off the 290, on quieter streets, which is much safer for pulling over.
Let us know your favorite places to visit in Brenham.