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  • The old stage coach (great for kid photos)
    The old stage coach (great for kid...
    by msbrandysue
  • Walking up to Ellison's Greenhouses
    Walking up to Ellison's Greenhouses
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  • Some of the pretty poinsettias
    Some of the pretty poinsettias
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    by msbrandysue Written Oct 31, 2011

    Ellison's Greenhouses is a wonderful collection of plants and flowers but every November they have their Poinsettia Celebration. They have an amazing collection of poinsettias of all sizes and colors. In their main hall they have a collection of booths with craft and food vendors. I was excited to go and chose to go on a Sunday since Saturdays in Brenham can be quite busy. This definitely does not compare to the Scarecrow or Bluebonnet festivals which are GIGANTIC. This is a pretty low-key festival and I would suggest going with the mindset of getting a nice poinsettia and not going for the crafts. And, for my shopping comrades, there were not any special bargains here if you're a hunter.

    If you're in Brenham for the weekend I would definitely suggest stopping by but I drove 45 minutes from Houston for this festival alone and would not suggest merely coming for the Poinsettia Festival alone. However, Brenham has a treasure of a downtown and if you make a day of it I would highly suggest including this festival in your itinerary.

    Festival is usually a Friday and Saturday in mid November. Festival times are usually 10am-4pm. Parking is just along the road in front of the greenhouses.

    ***There is a small entrance fee of a couple of dollars. Not sure how I feel about that for the chance to go buy things? But I do like the idea of supporting local businesses.

    Walking up to Ellison's Greenhouses Santa and the Poinsettia-dressed Christmas tree :) The old stage coach (great for kid photos) Some of the pretty poinsettias Cute holiday decorations in the greenhouses
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    by Rich62 Written Nov 27, 2008

    YOU CAN TAKE A TOUR or skip the tour and visit the gift shop and of course have some ice cream ($1/scoop) in the tasting area. Outside is a nice sculpture garden and landscaping.

    NERVE CENTER:  THE TASTING ROOM ENTER THE BLUE BELL CREAMERY HERE THE BLUE BELL CREAMERY THE A CLASSIC FOR SURE
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    by wvincemccall Written May 4, 2007

    During our drive through the countryside, we stopped in at a nice little nursery. The place is really a business which sells roses and all kinds of plants, but the grounds were also made into a nice garden. We enjoyed strolling among the hundreds of different species of blooming flowers. There were rose trees, ponds, waterfalls and even a small church. Worth a stop if you like garden centers.

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    by msbrandysue Written Jul 12, 2012

    Schlotzsky’s is one of my very favorite places to eat. It’s a sandwich shop that you can take out or eat in the shop with plenty of tables always available. It’s a bit pricier ($6-7 for a sandwich) than most other sandwich shops but definitely worth it.

    It's a place where you order at the counter, then wait for your food and pick it up when they call your number. It's very casual and I'm sure you'll love the food!

    Mon-Sat: 9:00am-9:00pm; Sun: 10:00am-8:00pm
    Includes Free WIFI and has a Cinnabon Express with it for dessert

    Favorite Dish: The highlight is the sandwiches. They make it with thick sourdough bread and very thinly sliced meat. Then they sprinkle cheese (the best is a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella) on one piece of bread and run it through an oven conveyor belt. Therefore the sandwich is warm and very tasty. The Original is their signature sandwich and comes with: “Home of The Original® Sandwich. Lean smoked ham, Genoa and cotto salamis, and melted cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses layered with black olives, red onion, lettuce, tomato, mustard and our signature dressing on toasted Sourdough bread.” (From the website.)

    Their sandwiches are quite large. I’ve never ordered a large, the mediums are quite enough when you’re at your hungriest.

    Their original chips are delicious! Their pizzas are as well. The cheese and pizza is definitely worth trying, also cooked on a sourdough. The bbq chicken looks just as good but it’s hard not to get my favorite sandwich, the turkey and cheese.

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    by wvincemccall Written May 4, 2007

    We were a group of 10 with no reservation and showed up just about 6PM on a Friday night. The manager made room for our party if we agreed to give up the table by 7:30 - no problem! Everyone in the party ordered different mains and although I did not personally try every meal, they were all considered delicious by their owners. They serve what I would call "normal" pasta dishes (lasagne, spaghetti, fettucini, eggplant, etc), but very elegantly. Salads were fresh, with the house vinegrette. Mains were all hot, fresh and perfectly cooked. Overall, a very nice dining experience with well-trained and attentive staff.

    Favorite Dish: The hot, fresh sourdough bread rolls with garlic butter.

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