Bluebonnet Festival

Written by Robert Mac
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The annual Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas takes place in Chappell Hill, about 50 miles west of Houston. While nearby Brenham is the bluebonnet capital of the world, downtown Chappell Hill hosts the free celebration. Billed as one of the state's finest festivals for the family, the fair usually runs a full weekend sometime in the first half of April, so mark your calendar.

The Bluebonnet Festival celebrates the new season of bluebonnets, which purple the fields of Central Texas each spring. More than 250 craft booths, plus plenty of music and food, will be on hand. The town's historic buildings, fresh country air, and blooming flowers make for a great stroll: mark the start of a new season by enjoying Mother Nature at her most colorful.

Nearby Charming Inns

The entire central area of Texas is rich with local history; the birthplace of the Lone Star State is around the corner in Washington-on-the-Brazos. Because of the close ties with the past, much of the area is filled with historic buildings and antique shops. In fact, small inns and bed and breakfasts operate out of historic buildings--the employees are as gracious as the buildings are quaint.

The Mariposa Ranch is one such bed and breakfast in Brenham, about a dozen miles west of Chappell Hill. It's on a 100-acre working cattle ranch; you can watch the cowpokes poke cows all day long. The eight historic accommodations on site are filled with period antiques and furnishings, and represent the area's fascination with history.

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