Washington County News

Thanks to a warm winter, flowering plants are blooming ahead of schedule

Friday, March 17

By Molly Glentzer   Let’s face it: Human nature and Mother Nature do not always live in synch. Some azaleas couldn’t wait for the 82nd annual Azalea Trail this weekend in Houston. The East Texas dogwoods are peaking now, well ahead of the 79th annual Texas Dogwood Trails Festival in Palestine later this month. And […]

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Football in Texas – Live Action at a Stadium Near Your Gates Ranch Retreat

Wednesday, September 21

At Gates Ranch, an exclusive community of farm estates in Washington County, we love everything about the fall season – including football in Texas! The season has started off with excitement and big wins by nearby Texas A&M and the Brenham High School Cubs, too. For those of you who can’t miss a Texas A&M […]

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Springtime Bluebonnets & Activities in Washington County

Thursday, March 17

Bathed in bluebonnets, spring is the perfect time for a family weekend in beautiful Washington County, only one hour away from Houston and just a stone’s throw from Gates Ranch, an exclusive community of private farm estates. While you’re here, there are plenty of fun activities including a few we’ve selected for your consideration. April […]

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Holiday Cheer in Beautiful Washington County

Monday, November 30

The holiday season is a time for joy, beauty and family in Washington County and at Gates Ranch, an exclusive community of family estate farms. Here are a few shopping and entertainment activities, all within about an hour of Houston and in close proximity to Gates Ranch. Plan ahead now!           […]

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September Activities in Washington County

Wednesday, September 9

Fall is just around the corner, a great time to enjoy the turning of the leaves, county fairs and antique shows, and much more in beautiful Washington County. Only an hour from Houston, it’s also home to Gates Ranch, an exclusive community of family farms, where beauty and serenity define each day. Here are a […]

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Blooming History at The Antique Rose Emporium

Tuesday, June 9

At The Antique Rose Emporium display garden in Independence, owner Mike Shoup’s old garden roses draw customers from all over Texas and mail order sales from coast to coast. Often found in Texas cemeteries and on old homesteads, the Rose Emporium’s antique roses are hearty and easy to grow because they have withstood the test […]

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Washington County: The Perfect Cycling Environment

Thursday, April 9

Every spring, cyclists from all over Texas come to the beautiful rolling hills of Washington County to train for the BP MS 150 or just to enjoy the great outdoors. Bikers round a scenic corner of Gates Ranch at the intersection of FM 1155 and FM 2726. With views of historic, green farms dotted with […]

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Spring Fun in Washington County, Home of Gates Ranch

Tuesday, March 3

In the beautiful countryside of Washington County, spring is a wonderful time for fun activities and gorgeous bluebonnets. Many of these happenings are all an hour away from Houston and a stone’s throw from Gates Ranch, an exclusive community of family farms. Texas Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail March 28-29, April 4-5 and April 11-12 […]

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Holiday Activities in Washington County

Tuesday, November 25

The winter holiday season is a fantastic time to visit Washington County to enjoy numerous activities and find unique holiday gifts.  Here are a few fun events coming up, all just an hour away from Houston and a stone’s throw from Gates Ranch.     Downtown Brenham’s Christmas Stroll & Lighted Parade December 5-6 What […]

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The Texas Ranch Dream is Alive and Well

Friday, September 19

For as long as there have been Texans in Texas, the idea of someday owning a large piece of land has been a dream for many. As one ranch owner put it, “it’s the basis of Texas. Land. Land…it’s just deep in you. It’s part of you…so sweet and fine, you can taste it and […]

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