Scenic Hill Retreat's Top 3 BBQ Picks in Washington County, Texas: LJ's BBQ, Truth BBQ, and the Welcome Store
Washington County, Texas, a barbecue lover's haven, where exceptional smoked meats and remarkable flavors abound. In this blog post, we will embark on a culinary journey through three extraordinary BBQ joints that have garnered accolades and captivated the taste buds of locals and visitors alike: LJ's BBQ, Truth BBQ, and the Welcome Store. Brace yourself for an exploration of the finest barbecue offerings in this remarkable region.
LJ's BBQ: Award-Winning Traditional Barbecue
Located on Main Street, just west of Historic Downtown Brenham, LJ's BBQ stands tall as an award-winning establishment (Texas Top 50), renowned for its commitment to preserving traditional barbecue techniques. Family-owned, Pit Masters Matt Lowry and Corey Cook with cousin Leah Cook, provide small town hospitality and have been honored for its exceptional flavors and quality smoked meats. The hallmark of LJ's BBQ is its perfectly seasoned brisket, tender and bursting with smoky goodness. From succulent ribs to flavorful sausages, every bite showcases the expertise and passion that goes into their craft. Be sure to complement your meal with their delectable homemade sides, such as creamy mac and cheese or tangy coleslaw, for an elevated barbecue experience.
Truth BBQ: Modern Innovation Meets BBQ Mastery
Located on Hwy 290W in Brenham, Truth BBQ (Texas Top 50) has made a name for itself by striking a harmonious balance between modern innovation and traditional BBQ mastery. Owner and Pit Master Leonard Botello IV provides an award-winning establishment, celebrated for its exquisite flavors and meticulous cooking techniques. Prepare to be enthralled by their standout dishes, including perfectly smoked brisket, mouthwatering ribs and juicy pulled pork. Each bite at Truth BBQ reveals a symphony of carefully crafted flavors. Complement your meal with their imaginative sides, such as jalapeno cheese grits or tangy vinegar-based potato salad, and indulge in a BBQ experience that blends innovation with the time-honored traditions of Texas.
The Welcome Store: Rustic Charm and Authentic Barbecue
The recently renovated Welcome General Store, est. 1890, offers a unique blend of rustic charm and authentic Texas barbecue. This hidden local hangout boasts an exceptional menu prepared by owner Abbey Road in her all wood fired kitchen. Step inside and savor the tantalizing aroma of their slow-cooked meats, with smoked brisket and ribs taking center stage. The Welcome Store's commitment to preserving the essence of traditional Texas culture shines through in every tender bite. Pair their brisket tacos with homemade Bootstrap BBQ sauce and classic sides such as street corn, pinto beans or chunky banana pudding , and immerse yourself in a true taste of Texas history. Full bar, juke box, shuffleboard and Thursday Night Bingo makes the Welcome Store a real adventure.
For the ultimate BBQ adventure in Washington County, Texas, Brad and Jenny, owners of Scenic Hill Retreat, recommend LJ's BBQ, Truth BBQ, and the Welcome Store. These esteemed establishments have not only earned recognition as Texas Top 50 favorites but have also captured the hearts and taste buds of locals and visitors alike. Whether you're savoring LJ's traditional flavors, indulging in Truth BBQ's innovative creations, or immersing yourself in the rustic charm of the Welcome Store, you can trust that each bite will be a delightful journey through the rich and diverse barbecue traditions of Washington County, Texas.
Scenic Hill Retreat provides a gateway to an unforgettable vacation exploring the charming town of Round Top, Texas. Nestled amidst picturesque landscapes, Scenic Hill Retreat offers a tranquil escape that combines natural beauty with a rich cultural tapestry. Join us as we guide you through the highlights of Round Top, from the world-famous Antique Show to delightful dining experiences, encounters with the Junk Gypsies, and the cultural haven of Festival Hill.
Round Top Antique Show Extravaganza:
Prepare to be amazed by the Round Top Antique Show, a mecca for collectors and vintage enthusiasts. Held biannually in spring and fall, this renowned event draws visitors from all corners of the globe. With Scenic Hill Retreat as your home base, you'll have convenient access to the treasure trove of stalls offering antique furniture, vintage clothing, unique decor pieces, and more. Lose yourself in the nostalgia of bygone eras and uncover hidden gems that will become cherished possessions.
Delectable Dining Experiences:
Round Top may be a small town, but its culinary scene is big on flavor and creativity. After a day of exploration, treat yourself to a delightful dining experience. Royers Café is a local institution known for its cozy ambiance and legendary pies that will satisfy even the sweetest tooth. For a farm-to-table gastronomic adventure, visit The Garden Co. Bistro, where fresh, seasonal ingredients are expertly transformed into Texan culinary delights. A few more culinary gems worth exploring include Duo at Market Hill. This upscale restaurant offers an exquisite ever changing menu crafted with locally sourced produce, showcasing the seasonal flavors of the region. Round Top Brewery, a favorite spot to relax and enjoy a pint with friends, takes pride in creating small-batch, handcrafted beers and their bar food is amazing (duck confit tacos!). For those seeking artisanal cocktails and a cozy atmosphere, Ellis Motel is the place to be. This stylish venue boasts a well-curated cocktail menu featuring handcrafted libations made with care and precision.
Embrace the Spirit of the Junk Gypsies:
Round Top proudly embraces the creative spirit of the Junk Gypsies, Amie Sikes and Jolie Sikes-Smith. Pay a visit to their flagship store, Junk Gypsy Company, where you'll be enchanted by a world of vintage treasures and bohemian designs. Explore the whimsical aisles filled with unique clothing, accessories, and curiosities that inspire a sense of wanderlust and creativity. Let the Junk Gypsies' signature style ignite your imagination and take home a piece of their magic.
Festival Hill: A Cultural Haven:
Just a short drive from Scenic Hill Retreat lies Festival Hill, a haven for culture enthusiasts. Set amidst 200 acres of breathtaking scenery, Festival Hill houses the Texas Festival Institute, a prestigious music school. Take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful gardens, attend a captivating classical music concert, or participate in workshops and festivals that celebrate the arts. Festival Hill offers a serene retreat where you can nourish your soul and immerse yourself in the artistic spirit of Round Top.
Scenic Hill Retreat, with its idyllic setting and proximity to Round Top's vibrant attractions, is your ideal home away from home. Experience the charm, history, and cultural richness of this remarkable town, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Plan your visit to Scenic Hill Retreat and prepare for an enchanting journey through the heart of Round Top, Texas.
Discovering the Hidden Gems: Scenic Hill Retreat's Favorite Wineries in Washington County, Texas
Welcome to Washington County, Texas, a destination that boasts a rich winemaking heritage and breathtaking natural beauty. As the owners of Scenic Hill Retreat, Brad and Jenny, we have had the pleasure of immersing ourselves in the local wine culture and discovering some truly remarkable wineries. Join us as we unveil our favorite hidden gems, where passion, craftsmanship, and the flavors of the land converge to create unforgettable experiences in Washington County's winemaking scene.
Texas Star Winery: Embracing Texas Terroir
Our first recommendation is Texas Star Winery, located in the charming town of Chappell Hill. This family-run winery beautifully captures the essence of the region's terroir, offering a range of wines that showcase the unique flavors and characteristics of Texas. From their refreshingly crisp fruit wines to their robust grape wines, each sip tells a story of the land and the dedication of the winemakers. The owners, Jim and Susan Chisolm, provide warm hospitality and the stunning outdoor seating area make Texas Star Winery a perfect spot to relax, savor the wines, and take in the surrounding countryside.
Capelton Vineyards: A Serene Escape
For a truly serene wine-tasting experience, we recommend visiting Capelton Vineyards. Situated amidst rolling hills and lush landscapes, this captivating winery offers a picturesque setting that complements the quality of their wines. Capelton Vineyards' commitment to minimal intervention winemaking is evident in each glass. From their elegant Blanc du Bois to their velvety Merlot, every sip reflects the harmony between nature and craftsmanship. Take a moment to appreciate the tranquil beauty of the vineyards while enjoying their thoughtfully crafted wines.
Saddlehorn Winery: Rustic Charm and Handcrafted Wines
Next on our list is Saddlehorn Winery, a rustic retreat nestled in the picturesque town of Burton. This local winery not only captivates with its charming atmosphere but also impresses with its handcrafted wines. From crisp whites to bold reds, Saddlehorn Winery's diverse collection offers something for every palate. As you drive onto the property, you'll see the antique bridge and a restored horse barn now tasting room, ensuring a memorable experience. Don't miss the opportunity to stroll through their vineyards and learn about their winemaking practices.
Washington County, Texas, is a treasure trove for wine enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Brad and Jenny, owners of Scenic Hill Retreat, have handpicked these wineries based on their exceptional offerings and unique experiences. Whether you're sipping Texas Star Winery's terroir-driven wines, embracing the rustic charm of Saddlehorn Winery, or indulging in the serene ambiance of Capelton Vineyards, each winery promises to delight your senses and leave a lasting impression. Come and experience the magic of Washington County's wineries, where passion, craftsmanship, and the beauty of the land converge to create unforgettable moments.
True romantics, nature lovers and local entrepreneurs, Brad & Jenny Stufflebeam, owners of Scenic Hill Retreat, have lived and raised their family on a small farm in Washington County, TX since 2004.