Have you seen those iconic photos of a lone live oak tree on a small rise overlooking an endless field of bluebonnets? It may well have been snapped in Washington County. With old courthouse squares alive with shops and cafes, frequent town festivals, and historic Texas-independence sites, you can't get more stereotypically small-town Texas than this.
Sitting equidistant from Houston and Austin (about 70 miles from either), Washington County makes an easy country escape from the city. No town is more than 40 miles from the region's main center, Brenham.
Besides history, parks and wildflowers, the region has several wineries. The Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail (www.texasbluebonnetwinetrail.com) links them.