Weekend getaway to Round Top Texas! I’ve been to this small town a couple of times this year, so it’s about time for me to write a guide to this tiny Texas town, which is open year-round for visitors. Known for the bi-annual Round Top Antique Show, Round Top is still a popular year-round destination for those who love or are curious about antiquing or just a quick day trip from Austin or Houston! It’s a great way to get away from the big city and enjoy small-town vibes all year long.
If you’re planning a visit to Round Top, make sure to consider staying at the charming “boutique hotel” in the heart of the town. The hotel’s unique design and personalized service create a one-of-a-kind experience that perfectly complements the antique-hunting adventure. After a day of exploring the iconic Round Top Antique Show, where you can discover an impressive array of vintage treasures and unique finds available throughout the year, returning to the boutique hotel will be a delightful and relaxing treat.
And speaking of delightful experiences, don’t forget to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of arts and culture by visiting the renowned “concert hall” in Round Top. This beautifully designed venue hosts a variety of captivating performances throughout the year, showcasing talented musicians, orchestras, and artists from around the region. Whether you’re into classical music, contemporary performances, or live entertainment in general, the “concert hall” promises an unforgettable experience that will elevate your weekend getaway.
Don’t miss this incredible shopping experience at the antique show that draws enthusiasts and collectors from all around the country! Whether you’re an avid antique collector or just looking for a delightful weekend escape, Round Top offers a charming atmosphere, rich history, and the chance to discover hidden gems in the world of antiques, open year-round for your convenience. So pack your bags and head to Round Top, Texas, for a memorable adventure any time of the year!
Check out the Round Top Area Chamber of Commerce website for more information.
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Round Top Texas Antique Show/Antiques Fair
The next Fall Round Top Antique Week for 2021 is from in fall is October 24th – 29th, and it is a must-visit event for antique enthusiasts. If you’re interested, make sure to check out the website for information on tickets for the antiques week.
We went to the Spring Round Top Antiques Show this year and picked up so many great items! Tip: keep an eye on Marburger Farm Antique Show and Excess, as they are also must-visit spots for unique finds.
Restaurants In Round Top Texas
Royers Pie Haven
Royers Pie is the most iconic restaurant in Round Top and for good reason, because the pies are absolutely delicious. I always make a stop here when I visit Round Top and opt for a sweet and savory pie option. The Texas Trash Pie with coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, pretzels, and caramel with a scoop of Blue Bell ice cream is a must but I also pick between the Margherita Chicken Pizza Pie and Chicken Pot Pie.
190 Henkel Circle, Round Top, TX
Royers Round Top Café
Royers sister restaurant is the Royers Round Top Cafe where they’ve been serving gourmet comfort food for over 30 years. If you happen to be here on Sunday, don’t miss the Conlee’s fried chicken dinner – the chicken is marinated in 24-hours in buttermilk and garlic then hand-battered. Comes with mashed potato casserole and cream corn. You can also get Royers iconic pies here.
105 Main St, Round Top, TX
Round Top Smoke House BBQ
Round Top Smoke House BBQ is hands down one of the best barbecues I’ve ever had. Lee Ellis smokes his meats from a Mill Scale barbecue pit from the back of Henkel Hall in Henkel Square and you can smell the barbecue from the parking lot. You can order meats by the lbs – brisket, turkey, St. Louis style pork ribs (my favorite), Chinese style baby back ribs, and sausage, and the dino beef ribs are $28 each. Don’t miss the sides either!
We opted for takeout from a charming European eatery nestled in Bybee Square – the bucatini pasta was superb, reminiscent of a Frenchie delight!
The Ellis Motel
If you’re in the mood for a European-inspired drink, head to The Ellis Motel bar – it’s the ultimate frenchie spot with a chic ambiance. For a unique shopping experience, explore Market Hill or visit the Round Top Antiques Fair. Craving brunch with an English twist? The Ellis Motel is your go-to spot. If you’re into home decor, Market Hill is a treasure trove of finds. And for a delightful culinary experience, indulge in some mouthwatering tacos – The Ellis Motel has you covered with a diverse menu. Looking for a festive atmosphere? Visit Blue Mule Winery around 20 minutes away in Fayetteville, especially during the Christmas season.
Local Roots is also another restaurant located in Henkel Square – it’s easy to walk by the unassuming two-story house but the interior is beautifully decorated and transports you to another era. The sandwiches are made with homemade bread, fresh salads with homemade dressings, and don’t miss out on the homemade desserts.
If you’re wanting Tex-Mex, head to Mandito’s! We went there for a late-night meal for fajitas, salsa, and queso.
Prost on Block 29
This intimate wine bar and shop is housed in Round Top’s most historic building, offering a relaxing atmosphere and a beautiful outdoor patio with charcuterie, and farm-to-table veggies.
Local shops in Round Top
Junk Gypsy is probably the most popular shop in Round Top and for good reason. The store is carefully curated by owners and designers Amie Sikes and Jolie Sikes with all the home, boots, soap, and clothing collection. They even had their own show on HGTV called Junk Gypsies!
I went home with that pair of cute cowboy boots (pictured above)!
1215 Texas 237, Round Top, TX, gypsyville.com
Round Top Ballroom
Round Top Ballroom is a 12,000 sq ft barn filled with artifacts, antiques, recycled materials from around the world. Check out the shipping containers by Flophouze while you’re there.
1132 W FM 1291, roundtopballroom.com
This white bohemian store sells Magnolia Pearl clothing and hand-picked home goods.
Rummel Square is one of three town squares in Round Top and there are a couple of shops in Rummel Square:
- Gar Co
- Round Top Coffee
- Townsend Provisions (pictured above) – we loved this two-story http://windhampharmacy.com shop! Go upstairs for their beautiful collection of boots.
- Feed and Firewater
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Round Top Festival Institute
Catch a show at the Round Top Festival Institute, a musical institute established in 1971 by concert pianist James Dick in Round Top.
248 Jaster Rd, Round Top, TX, festivalhill.org
Humble Donkey Studio
This gallery sells antiques and Lowery’s original art, including animal paintings and humorous cards with donkey puns.
Winedale Historical Center
Winedale, a division of The University of Texas Center for American History, is home to numerous nineteenth-century wooden structures including five homes, a one-room schoolhouse, a rare four-square barn, and three log cabins on a 225-acre complex. The property is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, a State Antiquities Landmark, and on the National Register of Historic Places.
3738 FM2714, Round Top, TX
The Stone Cellar & Round Top Dance Hall
Local hangout spot with craft beer, thin-crust pizza, and live music.
Old World Antieks
Located in La Grange, Old World Antieks is a HUGE store with a warehouse in the back with antiques from all over the world. We stopped by this store on the way back to Austin.
Round Top Texas Hotels
Rancho Pillow is a whimsical wonderland getaway that’s located on a 20-acre compound with Latin American folk art finds, colorful architectural restorations, & collected curiosities from both worldly travels. There are 5 different accommodations to choose from including a teepee but we stayed in The Barn – an 18th century, three-story Dutch barn that was originally built in upstate New York.
If you have a large group, I do recommend The Barn because it can sleep at least 10 people. There’s a modern kitchen with a gas stove and a commercial-grade one-touch espresso machine, two queen bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and an additional crow’s nest queen bedroom. We had breakfast and dinner on the spacious 700 square-foot porch.
- heated saltwater wading pool
- bathhouse with outdoor showers + bathtubs
- fire pits under the stars
- treehouse for kids
11222 Schuster Rd, Round Top, TX
We loved our stay at the Wander Inn by the gals behind Junk Gypsy! There are a couple of different options to choose from: Star House and Crown House and Gyspy Farmhouse (1952 Sears Kit House and the original farmhouse on the Junk Gypsy property that $1100 for 2 nights). Star House and Crown House each have four different rooms that you can book from
- small communal kitchen with microwave, fridge, and coffee machine
- fire pits
- dog-friendly in the Gyspy Farmhouse for a fee
1227 south, Texas 237, Round Top, TX, gypsyville.com/wander-inn
Flophouze Shipping Container Hotel
I just got back from staying at Flophouze and LOVED our stay here. Shipping containers have been converted into decked out spaces that can sleep two to three for a truly unique experience. Flophouze has six different containers that start at $175/night and a farmhouze that’s $550 a night that sleeps 10. We loved waking up to seeing the neighbor’s cows at our window, drinking coffee on the patio, exploring the showroom, and ending the night with a soak in the hot tub while seeing the sky lit up with stars.
- each container comes with a microwave, fridge, and Chemex coffee pot
- container pool/hot tub
- 12,000 sqft on-site store + curiosity showroom called Recycling the Past
- fire pits
- dog-friendly with a fee
1132 W, Farm to Market Rd 1291, Round Top, TX, flophouze.com
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