My Essential Round Top Guide
Today is the first day of Round Top. So, enter one of my favorite times of year! I have been going to Round Top for about ten years and have seen it change so much over the years. Over the years, I have discovered a lot of vendors, made a lot of friends, and have a lot of tips to share. Veranda asked me to share some of Round Top insider tips! So, here are some of the tips I shared with Veranda- Logistics, Tips, Eating, Drinking, and of course, Shopping!
Halfway between Austin and Houston, there is a 20-mile two-lane country road called State Highway 237. It takes you straight through the heart of a charming Texas town with a population of about 96 people, Round Top, Texas. A few times a year this sleepy Texas town transforms into one of the best antique shopping destinations in the country. For two and a half weeks in Spring and Fall, and a weekend in the Winter, vendors, designers, design-lovers, and shoppers from across the country flock to the open fields. Only in Texas will you find open pastures with cows and towering oak trees that neighbor miles of antique shopping venues.
On the left and right as you drive 237, you will find mom and pop tents next to large permanent (ideally, air conditioned!) buildings.
Overall, navigating Round Top can be overwhelming! These tips can help you get started.
How to Get There
take i-45 south and 4 hours later you are there. This is the furthest commute of them all. If coming from Dallas, plan in advance and find overnight accommodations.
1.5 hours later on 71 E and you are there. This commute makes for an easy day trip!
290 West and 1.5 hours later. You made it! This commute makes for an easy day trip! I have done this drive more than I can count. Every time I put on a good book on tape or a favorite podcast and enjoy the slower pace and open spaces.
A few other Notes
If you are traveling from out of town or looking to spend the night, you will need to book in advance. Airbnbs in the area are usually best. Also, Hotel Lulu (@hotellulutx) is a must if you can get a room.
Car to drive – if you are looking to buy furniture, be sure to drive your suburban! Otherwise, there are transportation companies that work out of Round Top that will deliver your items after the show.
What to pack in your car for the day – Tape measure, cash (can barter better with cash), check book for those that don’t take cards, measurements of areas in your home you want furniture for, sunscreen (SPF 100 in my case!), a big hat, snacks, a cooler of drinks, a tote for littles you buy, and comfortable walking shoes that can get dirty.
A few favorites
Maps and Art (@mapsandart)
George and Katia are some of my favorite people. So kind and always have great vintage prints and original works of art on paper at varying price points for all budgets.
Mariana Goodall and Sarah Bray
This year, my friends Mariana Goodall of @hibiscuslinens and Sarah Bray of @sarahbraybermuda will be in Barn G, and are selling their wares and hosting a curated line up of creatives, with vendors changing day to day.
Blue Hills has great bathrooms, too! Not glamorous, but go here!
KD Weave (kd_weave)
My friend, Kimberly owns KD Weave and she sells hand woven goods and thoughtful home essentials. Her woven goods are made by refugees and artisans with autism in Houston. She will be in Tent D-1 this spring.
Honest Cotton (@honestcotton)
I discovered Honest Cotton at the last show. I bought a caftan and loved it. I was drawn to her mission- ethically made, 100% cotton clothing for women who value comfort and design.
Amelia Tarbet (@ameliatarbet)
Some of the best mid-century moments in Round Top.
Architectural Anarchy (@architecturalanarchy)
Gosia has become a friend over the years. She always has interesting finds, cool art, and mid-century staples.
Chateau Domingue // M Naeve // Chad Dorsey
My favorite new spot in Round Top. Two Houston favorites with a chic Round Top presence. Chateau Domingue (@chateaudomingue) and M Naeve (@m.naeve) always outdo themselves. Chad Dorsey (@chadcalebdorsey) of Dallas is in here, too with his beautiful Strike fireplaces on display.
Round Top Village
Courtney Barton (@shopcourtneybarton)
Houston friend, Courtney Barton, has a really neat store in Round Top. It is filled with well-traveled wares. Excited for her events this show. She is having a pop-up with Christy Lynn (@christylynncollection) March 24-25 and Loeffler Randall (@loefflerrandall / @jessie_loeffler_randall) Tuesday, March 29th- Wednesday March 30th. Going to have to make those!
Eneby Home (@enebyhome)
The Compound is a fun mix of antiques and fine jewelry. There is a great bar in the middle and usually a food truck or two. My favorite spot here is Eneby Home (@enebyhome). There was even a see-saw for the kids last year, vintage, of course.
Excess I and II
Lots of vendors here and lots of deals to be made!
After Excess, you go into Warrenton and there are a lot of vendors here. Less curated, more mom and pop, but definitely lots of deals to be had!
Towards the end of Round Top spring show dates is the Marburger Spring Show. It runs March 29 – April 2nd. It has become the place to shop for a beautifully, curated shopping experience. With 350 plus dealers on 43 acres, there are alot of tents to cover. I always run into friends on the opening Tuesday. Everyone is dressed country chic. Be sure not to forget your wide brimmed hat at home for this show, it’s almost a requirement for entry at this point.
Vendors are all very high end at Marburger. One of my favorites here is Prize Home and Garden (@pricekc). Lots of food options in the middle of the shopping. Bring cash to park here and come early! Marburger is a popular destination and there can be a line to get in! Over the years, one of my favorite mirrors, turquoise bracelets, and mid-century vases originated from here – lots of great things to choose from!
Drinking and Eating
Lady Elaine has great margs and ranch waters, and Prost has a great wine selection as well as sangria.
The Garden Co (@thegardencompany) known for its food and beautiful florals. For legit Tex-Mex, check out Manditos in the Round Top main square. For delicious Italian food, check out the new Lulu’s (@lulustx) also in the Round Top main square.
These are a few favorites, but there are restaurants and bars in almost every shopping area. I usually always pack a snack in case there are long lines, and because I’m usually packing a lot into my days and just want to eat on the go.