Our Insider's Guide to Round Top - Spring 2021
If you're headed to Round Top just for the day, or several days, we've got all the details you need.
*This is not a sponsored post. Purely Cathy's opinion, just for you, no strings attached.
WHEN: MARCH 19 - APRIL 3
All vendors set their own dates- most of the large spots will be open by March 20 and open through April 3. Most folks are open around 9 am and close around 6 or 6:30. We've compiled a list below of our favorite spots and the dates they're open.
CATHY'S #1 PRO TIP: GRAB A COPY OF THE ROUND TOP ANTIQUES GUIDE!
The Round Top Show Guide is now part of Paper City - Cathy says their guide is basically your Round Top Bible! It is full of maps, dates, etc - hard copies of the guide are FREE and we usually have some at Renovate, but last fall we did run out! Most places around the Roundtopolis have a stand at their door - look on the porch of the real estate offices when you get to town. Yes, they're free, so there is really no excuse for shopping Round Top without it!
PS - You can find us on instagram @renovatehouston, we'll share our finds-and shenanigans-as we shop in the next few weeks. Happy antiquing, y'all!
And come say hey when you're in Houston -our storefront is in the Memorial area - click here for directions.
PRO TIP: IF YOUR SCHEDULE ALLOWS, GO ON A WEEKDAY!
It's fun to book your stay in advance and plan an overnight with girls - but you really can go up and back in a day from Houston, y’all! We do all the time. Just have fun! If you can, plan for a weekday to save yourself hours in traffic on those two lane roads. (But weekends are of course fun, too!)
WHERE TO GO
Another pro tip: you cannot see it all in one day. Southern Living published a great article in 2019 with TEN pages about how they spent THREE full days in RT! Cathy recommends making a plan in advance of where you want to go, and schedule time to just take it all in, and enjoy!
Here is a list of our favorite spots to shop, and we've included info like who has the best bathrooms, where to eat, and more. So keep on readin', y'all! We’ve got a lot of ground to cover! Antiques Weeks spans about 20 miles!
PRO TIP: TRY TO EAT EARLY OR LATE TO AVOID THE LINES- THIS IS TRUE OF ANY FOOD SPOT.
ARBORS ANTIQUES, MARCH 20 - APRIL 3
It’s not Round Top if you don’t go to the Arbors! At least in our book! It would be easy to spend your whole day browsing here. You can find everything from true antiques and fine rugs to artwork and jewelry... we love Delamora Designs by Leslie Delamora. Did you know Arbors has 100 vendors?! We mean it when we say it’d be easy to spend a whole day here. Tutu + Lilli tunics are also on site, our fave! Arbors has free parking, great food and clean potties in the building in the back.
DRUMROLL PLEASE... they'll have live music daily from 2-5 pm and PAT GREEN will be playing Tuesday March 30. Carry on!
PRO TIP: THE BUILDING IN THE BACK OF THE PROPERTY LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT BE PRIVATE, BUT IT IS VERY MUCH OPEN TO YOU! THERE ARE CLEAN AIR CONDITIONED RESTROOMS AND REALLY GREAT FOOD! WE GIVE THE HOT BREAKFAST TACOS A TWO THUMBS UP.
1503 Hwy 237. One Mile North of Round Top Square and Six Miles South of Hwy 290
BLUE HILLS, MARCH 20 - APRIL 3
The new and improved Blue Hills is not to be missed! They have a large new barn featuring Leftovers Antiques and many vendors. Their bathrooms are clean and staffed, and the free parking is plentiful. Under new ownership - we cannot wait to see what all their brother-sister team has for this show!
THE COMPOUND, MARCH 20 - APRIL 3
Put this one on your list, too! We have numerous favorite vendors here, including Old World Antieks, Nomad's Loom, ReWorks, H&H Walker Co. We use finds from The Compound throughout the year at clients' homes.
Open 9:30 - 6:30 pm. Located off 237 just past Marburger Farm if coming from RT.
MARBURGER FARM, MARCH 30 - APRIL 3
Marburger is about inspiration almost as much as it is shopping - the vendors from all across the country are incredibly talented at styling unique vignettes year after year.
It’s one of the largest shows and a “must” for many Houston ladies. Your ticket is good for the entire week - $25 for opening day Tuesday, March 30, or $10 any day after. *This year, they recommend getting tickets online - click here - but you can still get them at the gate.
Don't miss: The Brown Shed, Perspective Design, and the Garden Co., to name a few. Marburger has numerous food options, too.
PRO TIP: WE START ON THE WARRENTON SIDE OF THE VENUE, IT TENDS TO BE LESS CROWDED. TENT H IS A MUST SEE! AND THE TEXAS SIGN IS A GREAT GROUP PHOTO-OP SPOT.
WARRENTON, MARCH 19 - APRIL 3
We love the fields of Warrenton, and never leave empty handed. Bring your walking shoes and wander. We've always done well at Robinson Field (maybe we're partial to the name) where parking is $5. And we ALWAYS hit the area near Zapp Hall - check the Round Top Antiques Guide for specific dates within the Warrenton area. We usually park in one spot and wander, and then drive back around to pick up our finds if needed. There are food vendors scattered everywhere - grab a lemonade and enjoy the hunt!
Location: On TX 237, about 4 miles from Round Top and 8 miles from La Grange.
Also in the Warrenton area: Bar W Field, and EX-CESS I & II, recently featured in Southern Living!
ROUND TOP VILLAGE, MARCH 19 - APRIL 3
*New venue! Near the Round Top Mercantile on 237 right off the road (the mercantile is a gas station/grocery store with very clean restrooms. And lots of Blue Bell but don't ask us how we know.)
Round Top Village is a new year-round destination open on weekends, but during the show they are open every day! Two of our favorites - Courtney Barton and Cottonseed Trading - are both located here and it's a must-stop on our list. There are additional shops here that we're excited to scope out, too!
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY:
THE HALLES is a reborn event space and their four "Butcher Ball" dates are all sold out for spring - make a note to grab a ticket when the fall shows around! They'll also have an art installation by Rachel Hayes. Also new, The Little Cheese Shop, on Henkel Square, co-owned by Melissa Ellis of Tutu and Lilli.
ROUND TOP ADC: recently opened Round Top Antiques and Design Center inside the Henkel Hall. Open year round, can’t wait to check this one out!
NOT TO BE MISSED:
The Porch is also top of our list, don't miss it. Their vignettes are wonderful, and we like their prices, too. Leftovers has a store year-round in Brenham and we love their style and antiques, in addition to their location at Blue Hills. Townsend Provisions is next to The Garden Co in RT - Ryann and Nick have the cutest finds and TONS of cowboy boots. We never leave empty handed.
Hottie with a hot new spot - Lisa Walker has opened Sundries Mercantile within The Vintage Rose Market on the square in Fayetteville. March 29 - April 3. We love Orsak's on the square too - their grilled chicken sandwich is delicious, and so are their breakfast tacos. Grab a bite in Fayetteville and check out Lisa's new spot!
ARE THOSE BOOTS MADE FOR WALKIN?
Don’t forget: wear comfy shoes, and drink plenty of water. We hear stories of people fainting EVERY single year! With that in mind, here's a quick packing list:
Sunscreen, chap-stick, and a hat - the sun can be bright in those fields!
Cash and/or checkbook (some 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.
WHERE TO EAT (AND DRINK)
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!
If you’re just there for the day, why not eat dinner in the Roundtopolis and skip Houston traffic?
GREAT DINING OPTIONS ALL ACROSS THE AREA:
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.
The Garden Co Cafe is a must in our opinion. Call for reservations. We love owners Stevie and Jeff - the food is as good as the inspiring decor! Even go just for a cocktail under the giant oak tree.
Lulus, owned by Armando's of Houston Tex-Mex fame, has Italian food in a beautiful setting. Call for reservations.
- Popi Burger is Armando and Cinda's newest venue, offering delicious burgers and more. Highly recommend the Burger Bowl, yum!
Teague's Tavern is on the square in RT and sure to please everyone in your group. Love the upstairs deck for outside seating.
Fried Pies - 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! Count yer calories another day.
Orsak's on the square in Fayetteville is also tasty home-cookin. Love the grilled chicken sandwich.
Prost in Round Top - cute wine bar in a historical building. Make a meal out of their charcuterie boards.
- Ellis Motel - not a motel, but awesome spot for adult beverages on the lawn. Next to Royer's Pie Haven on Henkel Square.
Food Trucks - scattered throughout Warrenton, also delicious bites at The Compound and Arbors
- The Little Cheese Shop - mentioned above - new this year and sure to be delicious!
- Round Top Smoke House - Thursday through Sunday, 11 am til sold out, behind Henkel Hall. Lee Ellis has BBQ!
WHERE TO STAY
If you can nab a spot at The Vintage Round Top, it is incredible! Paige and Smoot have created such a special place in the heart of Round Top. If you can’t stay at their venue, which seems to be featured everywhere including Southern Living, you should at least follow them on instagram! We also love The Round Top Inn - our family stayed there during Cathy and Robbie's wedding weekend in 2016 and we would love to go back sometime! Also the Frenchie is so cute inside - every room is just waiting to be instagrammed! We’ve toured it but have not spent the night yet- it’s walkable to the Round Top square, too!
HOW TO GET IT HOME
Our go-to if you need a professional to haul your finds is Jarol Garcia - tell him Renovate sent ya! 832.798.9362. We’ve also been known to 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 until you can schedule transportation.
HAPPY ANTIQUES WEEK, Y'ALL!
We hope you enjoy the Show! Thanks for browsing our guide and sharing it with your friends!
Much love, Cathy, Courtney and Team Renovate!
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