12 Hours in Brenham, Texas

In Texas, we don't eat ice cream, we eat Blue Bell. Visit the dessert's headquarters in Brenham, and stick around to experience all the city has to offer!

In Texas, we don’t eat ice cream. We eat Blue Bell, and when we cross state borders we defend our favorite frozen dessert with pride. Take a trip to Brenham, home to the Blue Bell factory and much, much more! This hill-country town has something for the whole family.

Breakfast: Smitty’s Café and Bakery

1600 North Park St

Located inside a charming old building in downtown Brenham, Smitty’s is the spot for extra-friendly service and delicious eats made from scratch. Advice from the locals? Don’t leave with one (or a few) cookies!

Blue Bell Creameries

1101 South Blue Bell Rd

A Texas specialty since 1911. Take a tour of the Blue Bell Ice cream headquarters (only $6, $4 for children, ice cream scoop included!) for a trip down memory lane and a behind-the-scenes look at every Texan’s favorite dessert. Your tour guide will explain the ice cream making process, walk you through the factory, and serve everyone their choice of ice cream at the end. Yum!

Lunch: Kay’s Cuisine for the Soul

603 South Market St

Kay’s is the number one ranked restaurant in Brenham (according to the folks at tripadvisor.com), and for good reason. Grab lunch at this charming establishment and you might just be served by Kay herself! Homemade dishes handpicked for a chef style menu curated by Kay will have you coming back for more. Try the salmon spinach salad, and save room for the cheesecake!

Chappell Hill Lavender Farm

2250 Dillard Rd  

Spend the afternoon exploring the fields of Lavender at Chappell Hill Farm. Expansive grounds, rolling pastures, and an abundance of beautiful flora await you. Take your date here, or the whole family; it’s a great spot for both! Chappell Hill also runs a quaint gift shop where you can buy some (highly recommended) local handmade products, like coffee, tea, and soap.

Brazos Valley Brewery

201 West First St

A great stop for beer connoisseurs and first-time tasters alike! Try all five of the brewery’s beers, learn a little about beer making in Historic Brenham, and relax with friends on the patio. This is a pretty popular spot, so we recommend bringing lawn chairs, or calling ahead. It’s a little off the beaten path, but absolutely worth the drive!

Dinner: Volare Italian Restaurant

102 South Ross St

Get dressed up for an evening out at Brenham’s best Italian restaurant. A local favorite, Volare’s is located in a charming wood frame house with a spacious interior and warm, friendly service. The menu is delicious and diverse; we recommend trying the pork loin, salmon with artichokes, or the lamb for a night to remember. Perfect for special occasions and date nights!

Unity Theatre

300 Church St

Plan a visit to Unity after dinner for an intimate evening of small town theater production at its best. Housed in an old warehouse, the theater is small, intimate, and incredibly charming (much like the rest of Brenham), and entering its 19th year of existence. Expect a superb performance from the cast and many return visits!

More from TexTraveler.com Staff Writers

12 Hours in Burleson County

Take a one-day-getaway to Burleson County, Texas - we've got the scoop...
Read More