On the day we were planning to return home, we stopped by The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History*(pic #4). What a disappointment to find it closed for Memorial Day! However, a great surprise was waiting around the corner for us! One of the staff members had seen us lingering by the front entrance and invited us to come in for a private tour....more
When the town of Bryan officially incorporated in 1872, one of the non-official organizations forming called for a county fair every year. How sad that so many communities have forsaken this tradition.Here are some other historical tidbits:The first public school system was created in 1880 by levying property taxes. In the late 1800's, Germans,...more
Just look at this etched glass window! The LaSalle was first open for business in 1928, but in 2000 got a $6 million dollar facelift turning it into a boutique-style hotel (pic #2). As we explored Main Street, we couldn't resist a look inside. As we entered the lobby, we noticed a plaque marking it as a historic hotel. There were small seating...more
As the railway made its way through Texas, small towns cropped up along the way. One of these became Bryan, Texas, named for William Joel Bryan, the nephew of Stephen F. Austin. The railroads delivered freight and Civil War troops, as well.By the 20th century, Bryan was home to 'five cotton gins, two cotton yards, compresses, warehouses and rail...more
Established in the early 1800's by Stephen F. Austin settlers, Bryan has all the appeal of a small Texas town that we've come to love. Historical buildings, interesting looking shops, restaurants and even a museum. Like so many of you, my husband and I love taking the occasional weekend to explore what our state offers us in the way of its historic...more
4613 S Texas Ave, Bryan, TX 77802
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Good for: Couples
120 S Main St, Bryan, TX 77803
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1601 South Texas Avenue, Bryan, TX, 77802
Good for: Business
Christopher's* was highly recommended to us by our B&B hostess and we were delighted she did!The restaurant is a restored 100 year old Texas ranch house, so each room lent itself to an intimate dining experience. We were guided to a nicely decorated room with just four tables, allowing us to have a conversation without having to shout over someone...more
Cafe Eccell is an unpretentious, casual, and inviting restaurant with an emphasis on high quality food and service. You can enjoy an intimate formal dinner or a casual get-together with friends. From sandals and shorts to tuxedos and evening gowns; all are welcome in the relaxed, 'no pressure' dinning atmosphere. APPETIZER: Sweet Corn Chowder -...more
Car. Bryan does have its own airport, but is usually cheaper to fly into Austin or Houston and drive over. The drive is under 2 hours.
Car. Bryan has limited public transportation so it is better to get a car to get around.
Due to the fact that Bryan/College Station is a college town, many streets may be considered 'speed traps'. In particular, Harvey Rd., University Drive, Texas Ave., George Bush Dr. should all be driven at the posted speed limit.
Bryan is usually pretty warm all year, it does get cold in the winter sometimes, but not often. I recommend packing shorts, t-shirts and maybe some light weight pants, just in case. It does rain often in the spring and fall, but not very much in the summer.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bryan does have its own lake, Lake Bryan, On the city's northwest side is a good place to camp, fish, boat, hike, or ride bikes, and there are electrical outlets for people with RVs.
Most people that travel to, or through Bryan dont realize that there is a world famous winery located here. Messina Hof Wine Cellars located on Bryan's east side, has many activities every week, with villas on site for people who would like to stay overnight.
4545 Old Reliance Road
Favorite thing: Bryan/College Station, Texas is the home to Texas A&M University; the third largest university in the United States. Although the campus itself is nearly identical to other campuses around the U.S.; the one thing that makes this destination so unique is the people/students...called Aggies. Their friendly nature, their strong sense of family and their respect for tradition makes these individuals the reason that Texas A&M is regarded not only a great educational institution, but also one of the most interesting places in the world.