ALL THE ROUND TOP DETAILS YOU NEED... OUR POPULAR BIANNUAL GUIDE TO TEXAS ANTIQUES "WEEK" IS HERE!
WE'VE ROUNDED UP OUR BEST TIPS FOR WHERE TO SHOP, WHERE TO EAT, WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU, AND UPCOMING EVENTS!
*This is not a sponsored post. Purely Cathy's opinion, just for you, no strings attached.
Happy antiquing, y'all! And don't forget to visit us in Houston - stop by our storefront in the Memorial area. We're just outside the loop off I-10 near Chimney Rock. Hope to see you soon! (click here for directions.)
WHEN: MARCH 18 - APRIL 2
Spring 2017 dates are March 18 through April 2, with most vendors opening by Friday, March 24. The Chamber of Commerce has a full calendar here. Katie and Lorie over at the Round Top Register have a great driving guide - pick up a hard copy at our studio before you go! You can click here to download the map. And, click here to see Cathy's interview in the fall issue of the RT Register! Their team just released the inaugural issue of the Round Top Life and Style magazine - it is full of great stories and shopping info - get your subscription here.
WHERE TO GO
It's nearly impossible to see everything when you're in the Roundtopolis. When asked where to start, Cathy says: I definitely have my favorite spots that I try to hit every year, but part of the fun is wandering around, not knowing what you'll discover or who you'll meet.
INSIDER TIP: IT'S A GREAT IDEA TO GO WITH A LIST OF THINGS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR (IE, A COFFEE TABLE, SIDE CHAIRS, A LIGHT FIXTURE) IF YOU ARE ON A MISSION. OR, YOU CAN ALSO GO WITH A SENSE OF ADVENTURE AND JUST KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE (OR COLLECT.)
Cathy loves spending time in RT with friends and often isn't looking for anything specific. That's part of the adventure!
You asked, we'll tell ya - here's a short list of Cathy's favorite destinations each year.
THE COMPOUND - MARCH 18 - APRIL 1
We love the Compound so much that Cathy married her high school sweetheart there on December 3, 2016! Owner Mark Massey and show manager Kathy Johnston continue to outdo themselves. We have numerous favorite vendors here, including Old World Antieks, Nomad's Loom, and ReWorks. We use finds from The Compound throughout the year at clients' homes. Definitely plan to spend a chunk of time strolling through the numerous shops here, and enjoy their food truck/picnic area. See our "events" section below for more info about their special dining event with State Fare. Full opening is March 24 with mimosas and kolaches, early show starts March 18.
Also new to the Compound this spring - The Country Cottage Idea House.
Mark Massey has relocated a dilapidated vintage farmhouse to the Compound, and Houston designer Julie Dodson has been hard at work with her team. Julie's vision was to transform the little cottage into a "picture perfect country house" from top to bottom. You can tour the idea house for $10 starting March 24, and all entrance fees benefit the Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shleter - Julie's goal is to raise $10,000 for local animal shelters - so y'all come on!
Located off 237 just past Marburger Farm if coming from RT.
ARBORS ANTIQUES, MARCH 22 - APRIL 1
Arbors is a "must-stop" on our Round Top itinerary. They have a wide variety of items, from true antiques and fine rugs to artwork and jewelry and even fashionable dresses - it would be easy to spend your whole day browsing here. One of our featured artists and fellow Houstonian Page Gregory Matthews will be returning this spring, as well as Mela and Roam from Houston and Natalie Grace Home from Tennessee (located in Tent B.) We met Tommy Robinson (no relation), the artist of Natalie Grace last year. Cathy purchased a 3x5 art piece for her farmhouse that "really melts my butter!" she says. Tell 'em that Renovate sent ya!
Arbors also has food trucks and a martini bar, and they were the first spot to have air-conditioned tents. Alleluia! We also recommend Fuel Bombs for fresh smoothies (and their phone charging station!) The building in the back has some scrumptious breakfast tacos and clean potties. Also, free parking!
MARBURGER FARM, MARCH 28 - APRIL 1
One of Round Top's Royalty has a milestone birthday this year - Miss Marburger herself turns 20! Opening day is 3/28 at 8 am til 7 pm. Forty-three acres of tents and higher-end items, like true European antiques, make Marburger a "must" for many Houstonians. The 350 vendors in the Marburger tents have plenty of treasures for you to choose from. $10 admission is good for the whole week, or you can go early on Tuesday 3/28 for $25. Includes parking. Check out their website for more.
Last fall, we witnessed a buyer from Gallery Furniture buy an entire display from a Marburger dealer, which later made it's debut at a GF store in Houston! Talk about display talent - the vignettes at Marburger are incredible. We have to give a shout out to The Brown Shed - great finds and prices! We also saw a team from Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Market making numerous purchases on opening day - plenty of Marburger finds show up on their hit HGTV show. How cool!
For anyone who shares our love of plants, The Garden Co. is a must-see. They're based in Schulenberg during the year and we can't wait for them to open a permanent spot in RT soon.
Location: 2248 TX 237, Round Top (past Junk Gypsy from RT.)
WARRENTON, MARCH 18 - APRIL 2
The fields of Warrenton are packed full of all kinds - and if you've been before, you know we mean all kinds. It's hard to narrow down specific spots - bring your walking shoes and wander. We've always down well at Robinson Field (maybe we're partial to the name) where parking is $5. The Show Daily has an extensive list of the different fields - find it here. We always hit the area near Zapp Hall - the surrounding vendors have great light fixtures, furniture, etc.
Location: On TX 237, about 4 miles from Round Top and 8 miles from La Grange.
BLUE HILLS, MARCH 18 - APRIL 2
We love Blue Hills! Cathy will tell you they've got the cleanest restrooms in the whole area. And, their BBQ/snack shack benefits the La Grange United Methodist church. Cathy loves to grab a quick bite and diet dr. pepper here, while listening to the "Texas Trove," a musical group of teenage boys playing gospel/blue grass music.
We especially love HH Walker & Co. in one of the very first buildings on the right side as you pull in to Blue Hills. Holt and Ed have incredible lighting, art, and furniture.
Location: off 237 between Round Top and Carmine. Free Parking.
ZAPP HALL AREA, MARCH 24 - APRIL 1
In Warrenton, we always hit the field area surrounding Zapp Hall. Grab a fresh lemonade and mosey! Don't miss the incredible light fixtures from J. Tedder Design, located directly across from the Hall. Cathy has placed numerous of his fixtures in clients' homes, including two at her daughter Courtney's house. Also look for Tony McCray of "Rust in Peace" - Cathy loves Tony and we consistently find great pieces there.
AND MANY MORE!
Also not to be missed: We must mention Junk Gypsy - these sisters have a permanent building with free parking - and serious celebrity status, with 208k followers on instagram. Leftovers has a store year-round in Brenham and will also be at Marburger. Check out Flown the Coop in Burton, and Bybee Square. Our buddy Holly Mathis will have a pop-up shop located next to Royers Pie Haven at Henkel Square. If you don't follow Holly on instagram, you're missing out.
Last year we loaded up our car with purchases at The Porch. Look for a permanent building that faces 237 just past the square towards 290 - really great vignettes packed in the small space. La Bahia has multiple vendors and a wide range of items - you're almost sure to find at least one treasure here, according to Cathy. We love the Howdy tees at Townsend Provisions and Nutmegs on Henkel Circle has darling kids clothes. Old Glory Antiques will be back for the fall 2017 - under construction currently.
DRINK YER WATER, Y'ALL
It's Texas, y'all, it's gonna be hot! Be sure to hydrate, ladies! We hear stories of people fainting every single year! With that in mind, here's a quick packing list:
- Bottled water
- Comfortable shoes (were those boots made for walkin? No? Then leave 'em at home, sister!)
- Sunscreen, chap-stick, and a hat - the sun can be bright in those fields!
- Cash and/or checkbook (vendors prefer over credit cards)
- Reusable tote bags
- Fully charged cell phone, car charger for re-powering
We recommend an SUV with space for larger items. Don't be afraid to ask vendors their "best price" but don't be surprised or offended if some won't negotiate. Also, know that you're in the country, and cell service will be spotty.
TIME TO REFUEL! WHERE TO EAT
All that shopping can make a girl hungry - or hangry! Many vendors have food options on site, and there's lots of restaurants in surrounding towns we highly recommend. Y'all be sure to tell 'em Cathy sent ya!
- Royers in Round Top will be packed during the show - call for a reservation or brave the wait. If the weather's nice there's plenty of sitting-room on their front porch. It's famous! Put it on your bucket list if you haven't been at least once.
- Royers Pie Haven - In our opinion, you just can't come to Round Top without at least one slice of Pie Haven's heavenly creations! Check their hours for antique week on their website. Finger-lickin' good sweet treats, they also have whole pies to take home, smoothies and great iced/hot coffee drinks from Two Sparrows Roasting Company.
- Teague's Tavern is a permanent newcomer to Round Top and they'll have live music every day during the show! Emmy winner Don Teague and his wife decided to move full-time to the Roundtopolis and their food and cocktails are sure to please everyone in your group.
- Farmhouse Round Top Cafe - look for the food truck at the triangle on Hwy 237. The BEST fried pies, not to be missed. They melt in your mouth! Burgers are great, too. Count yer calories another day.
- Bistro 108 in La Grange - a longtime favorite for delicious lunch or dinner. Closed Mondays. Last fall they had a pop-up location in Henkel Hall and we enjoyed lunch with friends in the A/C.
- Joe's Place on the square in Fayatteville - we go here year-round when we're in New Ulm.
- Orsak's on the square in Fayatteville is also tasty home-cookin. Their burgers can't be beat and the grilled chicken sandwich is just delish.
- Prost in Round Top - cute wine bar in a historical building. Wine + antiques + friends = win!
- Los Patrones in Round Top - their margaritas after a long day sure hit the spot!
- Food Trucks - scattered throughout Warrenton, also delicious bites at The Compound and Arbors
It's tough to list every special event happening during the Show, so we'll hit the highlights for ya:
- March 18/19 - Festival Hill Plant and Herb Sale - tons of native plants, perennials, herbs, 9-5 pm
- March 17 - April 2 - Live Music at Teague's Tavern - click here for the full list of performers
- March 18 - Black Cat Choir at Celebrations Wine Bar in La Grange, 7 pm
- March 25 - Asleep at the Wheel - La Grange (tickets required)
- March 25 - Black Cat Choir - Stone Cellar, 7 pm. Click for their list of music throughout the show.
- March 25 - Abbi Walker at Teague's Tavern, 6-9 pm.
- March 26 - Church Service at Zapp Hall, 9 am
- March 27/28/29/30/31 - Feasts in the Field at Rancho Pillow, tickets required. We want to go!
- March 28 - State Fare Kitchen at The Compound - al fresco dining and cocktails, tickets here - see you there!
- March 28 - Live Music at the Arbors, 7-10 pm
- March 30 - Libby Koch at Royers Pie Haven, 2 - 4 pm
- March 30 - Junk Gypsy's Prom at Zapp Hall, dark thirty
- April 1 - Harbor Lights Choir at Zapp Hall, 12 pm
If you think we missed something big, leave us a comment below or send us an email so we can update our events listing! email@example.com. Also, see the RT Register's full list.
WHERE TO STAY
You may have heard that Cathy's cabin in New Ulm is now for rent - during the Show and throughout the year! You can get all the details here. If you can book in advance, we absolutely love The Round Top Inn - our family stayed there during Cathy and Robbie's wedding weekend last December. We have always admired The Vintage Round Top - if you can't stay at their property, you should at least follow them on instagram! Recently opened in Chappell Hill is Cottage Blue on Main, which is a mother-daughter collaboration, so of course we're fans already!
DON'T FORGET FAYETTEVILLE
We spend a lot of time in New Ulm and Fayetteville during the year, and Cathy says the square is a great spot during Antiques Week. She loves the quilt vendor! The Fayetteville square is just down the road from RT/Warrenton. Go check it out - several great dining options on the square (see above.)
HOW TO GET IT HOME
We are often asked how to get our Round Top purchases home - sometimes we pile on our friends' lap in order to make room for goodies in our car! Dealers will often mark things as sold and hold it for you until the next day or later that evening when you can come back to pick up. You can also schedule delivery through numerous freight or moving companies - our go-to is Jarol Garcia. Jarol can be reached at 832.798.9362.
HAPPY ANTIQUES WEEK, Y'ALL!
We hope you enjoy the Show and your time in the Roundtopolis!
Thanks for browsing our guide and sharing it with your friends!
Cathy and the Renovate Team!
PS Remember to come say hi in Houston! Directions here.
(all photos by courtney prochaska unless otherwise noted.)