Why it's so great: There’s even more than Blue Bell ice cream in this Brazos Valley stunner. For starters, you’ll also find plenty of natural splendor in the form of Texas bluebonnets, and more importantly, plenty of wine in the form of your pleasantly stained teeth. Brenham has four beauts on its wine trail, two of which are within city limits. After you’ve achieved a respectable wine stain on your mouth and teeth, get a feel for Brenham’s history and charm in the Downtown’s Main Street district, lined with boutiques, antique shops, and restaurants & bars. Beneath the streets, there’s a huge system of late-1800s cisterns, one of which is on display at Downtown’s Toubin Park. You can also sip suds at Brazos Valley Brewery, cut your own fresh lavender and spend entirely too much money on essential oils at Chappell Hill Lavender Farm, and take a 15-mile drive to visit an ENTIRE FARM OF ALPACAS. While you can obviously stay in town, you may want to head over to Washington to The Inn at Dos Brisas, a super-luxurious five-star ranch that seriously can’t get more gorgeous.
Must-eat foods: Old-fashioned sandwiches and pies at Must Be Heaven, tapas and wine at 96 West, peppery pork ribs and fatty brisket at Truth BBQ, and ice cream at Blue Bell.