Washington County is Bluebonnet Country.
When spring arrives, Washington County is the place to be. At the end of March/beginning of April, nature throws a blue blanket across the area and all you need to do to enjoy the spring time spectacle is to head down one of the winding country roads and make a large circle around Brenham. Select the driver most likely to enjoy the challenge of navigating the dips and bends in the road, roll down the windows and start collecting images for your 2017 Bluebonnet gallery. I can recommend getting some time lapse video. It’s a fun way of comparing the seasons from year to year.
If you want to pull over to take pictures, Highway 290 and State Highway 105 from Navasota to Brenham are both wide enough to make that possible, but the smaller roads often provide the bigger surprises. Baylor Park on Wildmill Hill in Independence, where the original Baylor College was built, is touted as a good place to get out of the car to enjoy views of the the surrounding wildflower fields. This would also be a perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch.
I always recommend a stop at the Antique Rose Emporium, located northeast of Brenham, also near the town of Independence. It’s a garden center selling both plants and garden accessories but what really makes it special are the display gardens. During late spring and summer, garden enthusiasts will wish they could just pitch a tent and enjoy an extended stay. Make the trip and I promise you won’t regret it.
With so much time spent sitting in the car, you’ll be looking for opportunities to get out and stretch your legs. Drive to downtown Brenham and go for a stroll. The area is a good bit larger than you might expect and has an impressive number of interesting stores and restaurants. If you enjoy history, Brenham has a 1924 drugstore museum, a heritage museum (albeit closed at this time for renovations), and a fire museum with three antique fire trucks. If you would like to spend the weekend, the Ant Street Inn, built in 1899, should easily be able to provide a memorable setting.