To See Bluebonnets – Road Trip in Search of Wildflowers & Whataburger
It’s Springtime! Therefore it’s the best time to see bluebonnets gloriously blooming in the great state of Texas. Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas and you can find them in open prairies and roadways across the state. Most importantly, if you decide to venture out for bluebonnets, please be respectful of people’s property when stoping to take pictures.
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Best Time To Find Bluebonnets
Bluebonnets and Texas wildflowers are spring a time treat. For that reason the best time to see bluebonnets in Texas would be between March and April. Of course, they peak in April typically, so April is ideal to find full and large spreads of bluebonnets. If you happen to take a road trip in Texas during that time, you are likely to catch them even along the highways. You can thank former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson for that.
Our Washington County Trip
While you can find bluebonnets all over Texas, there are key areas where they seem to grow the best. Our road trip took us to Washington County, which is just a short drive outside of Houston.
Our first stop on our road trip was Chappell Hill. Chappell Hill is a quaint little town located off Highway US 290. They have a cute Main Street with antique and gift shops. There are also some nice photo ops like the Chappell Hill United Methodist Church. The church was rebuilt in 1901 due to being destroyed by the Great Storm of 1900. Next door you will find the original Chappell Hill College, which is now a museum.
Definitely take a drive along Indian Paint Brush Road to find lovely fields of bluebonnets.
Washington on the Brazos
Our next stop was the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site. What better place to see bluebonnets than where Texas became Texas. For that reason, I highly recommend this spot because you can learn about some cool Texas History and view large, open fields of bluebonnets.
Finally we made out way to Brenham on our quest for bluebonnets. Brenham is not only a great town to see bluebonnets, but you will find bluebonnets all over the place. You don’t even have to venture off the main roads to do so. Brenham is also one of the larger towns in Washington County, so they have multiple restaurant options, parks and hotels. The city of Brenham and Washington County offers a Wildflower Watch as well, with maps of all the places to find beautiful displays of wildflowers.
Stops You Must Make on a Texas Road Trip
If you’re taking a road trip in the great state of Texas, then there are some mandatory places you must stop and visit. Of course, one of these “Musts” is in Brenham, so that may our may not work for you on our trip.
An absolutely, positivity must stop is Buc-ees. In addition to having the cleanest restrooms in America (they won an award!), they are just fantastic! Not only can you fill up on gas, but you can get sweet treats like homemade fudge. Furthermore, they have Beaver Nuggets, which you must purchase, but I warn you, they are addicting, so you may want to get more than one.
Buc-ees is also a great place to buy souvenirs such as fun t-shirts and Buc-ee the Beaver items. They even have home decor and gifts for just about anyone on your list. Needless to say Buc-ees is a fun for everyone place to stop. I promise you if you visit one, you will wish you had one in your state, if you don’t already have one.
Secondly, you must stop at Whataburger, especially if you’re from the north or the west because you don’t have one. Whataburger was Texas born in 1950 and they are still going strong with yummy grilled burgers and fries.
The great debate is always which is better, Whataburger or In-N-Out Burger and Texans will always say Whataburger. Don’t get me wrong I like In-N-Out Burger, but they don’t have some cool things that Whataburger has. For example, breakfast. There’s also something special about a Honey Butter chicken biscuit and the option to have Japlepno cheddar biscuits. No to mention they are also super friendly!
Blue Bell Creamery
Blue Bell ice scream is a Texas favorite for sure! To visit the Blue Bell Creamery is a very special treat, however, it is located in Brenham, Texas. But if you can, I do recommend a visit.
The creamery has a store for souvenirs, as well as an ice cream bar to enjoy the ice cream. In addition, the creamery has an observation deck where you can watch how they make the ice cream. The store and ice cream bar are open 8-5 Monday through Friday, but the observation deck is only open until 2 p.m.
Places to Eat in Washington County
If you’re in the mood for some authentic, home style cooking, you must visit Beaver’s Kitchen and Alejandra’s Pie Factory, located in Chappel Hill. Bevers Kitchen offers a vast selection of meals, not to mention outstanding pies! Certainly be sure to save room for a slice of homemade pie.
Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on Sundays.
Barbecue lovers will love R Place. It’s not too fancy, but they have some good Texas barbecue including sliced beef, sausage and ribs with a cold beer or glass of wine. After your meal you can enjoy a yummy dessert. Not only do they have splendid peach cobbler with ice cream, but they have a rich “to die for” flourless chocolate cake. In addition, R Place offers a special seasonal dinner menu on Saturday night with live, local music.
Hours: Open Fridays at 11 a.m. Saturdays, open at 11 a.m. with a special dinner starting at 6 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Inn at Dos Brisas
The only Forbes five-star restaurant in Texas is not in Austin, Houston, or Dallas. It’s actually at The Inn at Dos Brisas in the rolling hills of Washington County. Most notably their cuisine is made from ingredients cultivated on their own organic farmland. The intimate dining room’s elegant Spanish country manor décor also adds a touch of romance to every meal. Located between between Houston, Austin and College Station. In addition to enjoying a lovely farm to table menu, you can also enjoy a peaceful stay at the Inn, if you you would like.
Hours: Daily lunch, 12-2 p.m. Daily dinner, 6-8:30 p.m. (last seating.) Sunday brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
More Top Towns to See Bluebonnets
While Washington County is certainly in the top five list of beautiful bluebonnet displays, it’s not the only area. For example, Ennis is known as the “Official Bluebonnet City in Texas.” Located south of Dallas, the Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail is said to be the oldest bluebonnet trail in Texas.
Another great area of Texas to see bluebonnets is in the Hill Country. Texas hill country is located between Austin and San Antonio and covers the area west of Austin to Junction. As well as from San Antonio NW upwards to Mason and Llano.
The top cities to visit for bluebonnets in hill country are Fredricksburg, Marble Falls, Kingsland, Llano and Burnet (pronounced Burn it). In addition to the map provided by Hill Country Visitors, there is also a map below of all the towns and places mentioned in the post.
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