Tag Archives: Bryan

Shipwreck Grill

5 Dec

I love raw oysters. I eat them during months that end in “r” and I eat them every other month as well. Shipwreck Grill in Bryan has 50 cent oysters on Mondays along with good drink specials.

Shipwreck Grill has good seafood too. I’ve always had quick service at Shipwreck. Good food, good drinks, good service, means a good time. To view their menu and specials, go to their website at www.shipwreckbcs.com.

Get dirty

5 Dec

Soggy Bottom ATV Ranch is a place to take your dirtbike, four-wheeler, or truck to get a little muddy. It’s located right off of Highway 21 going towards Madisonville. Soggy Bottom offers a an 85-acre private lake, 3 miles along the Navasota River, lots of mud holes and some climb hills.


Soggy Bottom monthly truck races

If you like to camp, you can do that at Soggy Bottom too. It’s free for primitive tent camping and $20 for water/electric sites for campers and RV’s. Admission into the ranch is $5 per person per day and $15 per ATV. If you make an entire weekend of it, Sunday is free. Snacks and drinks are also available.

For more information about Soggy Bottom ATV Ranch, go to www.soggybottomatvranch.com.

Messina Hof

5 Dec

At the top of my favorite restaurants list is Messina Hof. Cade took me to Messina Hof for Valentine’s Day this past year and it was absolutely amazing. Messina Hof, located off of Highway 21, is a winery/restaurant/b&b.

Messina Hof is most known for its wines (not suprising). What is suprising, though, is the vast number of different wines they produce. My favorites are the Angel Riesling and the Gewurztraminer, which I still cannot pronounce correctly. Most of their wines are very reasonably priced, especially for the quality that you get.

The restaurant at Messina Hoff, like I said earlier, is very good. It’s very pricey (expect to spend about $100 for two people if you both drink wine), but well worth it. I’ve only been twice, but both times were great. The setting is very romantic, making it a wonderful place to go for a special night.

Messina Hoff also has tours and tastings that I’ve heard good things about. They have even opened a Wine Bar for those just interested in have a glass of wine. Tastings can be done at the Wine Bar as well. For more information about hours, menus, etc, visit their website at www.messinahof.com.

Good weather=Great golf

28 Sep


Because of the much-appreciated temperature drop today, I thought I could talk about good golf courses in the area. Since I’m not a golfer myself, we’ll have to trust Cade’s judgment on courses in the area. Here are some of his opinions:

Most Affordable
The Bryan Municipal Golf Course: The course has made some upgrades (new carts, new tournaments, etc.), but the course lacks the finer things that make a quality golf course. If you’re looking for a quick nine or eighteen, check it out.

The Texas A&M Golf Course (not to be confused with Traditions): They too have made improvements in the past year, like new cart paths and landscaping. The course is very popular on Saturday mornings before a home Aggie football game.

Most Pristine
Miramont: There are not many non-members that get to play this course, and those that do are considered lucky. Driving into the course is like driving into a 5-star resort pictured in Scotland. It’s a great course that many dream of playing on.

Most Difficult
Traditions Club: There is a reason that the Aggie golf team is consistently good; it’s because they practice at this difficult course. Make sure to take plenty of golf balls if you plan to play here, because of the thick rough and water traps on almost every hole.

Best Overall
Briarcrest Country Club: This course is pretty good all-around. It’s not the nicest, but not the worst; it’s not the cheapest, but definitely not the most expensive. It recently turned public, but it still boasts many member-only country club qualities.

Staying up-to-date

15 Sep

I was looking around the web for local entertainment that I haven’t thought about yet, when I ran across the Bryan and College Station Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website. This site is really neat! The calendar has a collect of events happening in the community, ranging from A&M sporting events to benefits for local non-profit organizations. If the Visitor’s Bureau knows about the event, it is put on the calendar.

The site also has a list of local hotels and restaurants that could come in handy if you have visitors coming into town and don’t want to give up your bed. Have an event that you want posted? You can submit events directly to the website.

So if you’re looking for something to do, check out the Bryan and College Station Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website at http://www.visitaggieland.com/What-s-Happening#bW9udGgucGhwP2NhbD1jYWxfbm9kZTE0Mg==.

The Icehouse

12 Sep

After doing a little bit of planning for my blog, I’ve decided to spotlight a bar each week. Whether it be on Northgate or in downtown Bryan, I will visit the bar and take note of different aspects, such as atmosphere, music, and drink specials.

My family was in town this weekend to go to a football game. They wanted some entertainment Saturday night, but nothing too crazy (or I didn’t want them getting too crazy). I decided to take them to The Icehouse at Lake Bryan. A band named The Rock-A-Fellas were going to be playing, so I knew it would be a good time.

The Icehouse is restaurant/bar with a nice outside patio and stage. Usually, about once a week, the bar will have live entertainment, to be enjoyed outside, which can be good on some nights, but warm during the summer. We’d already done our fair share of sweating at the football game, so we found the night to be pleasant.

I ordered a hamburger, which I must say, was one of the best I’ve had in town. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the bar wanting a bite to eat. The drinks were very reasonably priced, $2.75 for wells and $3 for domestics. On Thursdays, they have $2 margaritas, another good special.

The atmosphere is very laid-back. I felt like I could come in off my boat, swimsuit and grungy clothes and all. This can be a nice alternative to the uncomfortable high-heels of Northgate. The music is a variety of country, old rock, and other popular tunes. The artists that play at the bar are from all genres of music.

If you’re looking for a relaxed bar with good music and good food, you should visit The Icehouse. If you want to dress-up and go to a modern bar with lots of hip new music, find another bar. Visit Lakeside Icehouse Facebook page to find out about specials and upcoming events.