This fall I was in Round Top, Texas during antiques week to teach an art class, speak at an event and for two book signings. I have wanted to come to antiques week for years and with the beautiful invitations from Tara Royer Steele and Holly Kuhn I was eagerly packing my bags and leaving room for vintage treasures.
I had so many questions about where we shopped, ate and stayed that I wanted to do a fun post sharing what I loved about this special little town and the amazing men and women that make Round Top what it is.
Ok, I have to admit that we were crazy spoiled by Holly Kuhn of Old Glory Antiques and the new owner of The Prairie. Rachel Ashwell was the previous owner and we were even able to meet the owner before Rachel that brought this beautiful property back to life. We stayed in the prettiest cottage and were spoiled each morning with a home cooked breakfast. Each day we roamed the 70+ acres and it honestly is so beautiful at each turn that you can’t help but feel like you are being loved on by each attention to detail that has been added over the years. This land is special and you feel it while you are there and carry it with you when you leave.
The first night we were in Round Top we ate at Tara Royer Steele’s family restaurant, Royers Round Top Cafe. I am not lying that I had the best blackened snapper of my life and Kelly swears it was the best steak he has ever had. And the jalapeno cheese grits…please! I may drive back to Texas for those alone. Make sure you get reservations if you are coming to town because the line can be long but it is worth the wait. If you come with their daughter Tara you will probably get in faster:-).
Pretty much the rest of our trip we were addicted to Feed and Firewater. I am gluten free and this restaurant not only has options but incredible options, service and cocktails. The decor was beautiful and each time we came in the owner treated us like family. We were so loved on by this restaurant that we still talk about the owner, brussel sprouts we had that were to die for and the cocktails were handcrafted and delicious. I was blown away to find a restaurant of this caliber in such a small town and it will be our first stop the next time were are in Round Top.
We were so lucky to find Picnic on the Green food truck while we were out shopping one day. It became a staple in our week because they not only had gluten free options but really, really good options along with…wait for it…homemade snow cones. I can’t have artificial dyes (seriously, I am a piece of work) and all of their snow cones were all natural and no dyes. I think I had a mango jalapeno every. single. day were were there. I MAY have stopped on our way OUT of town to get one for the road.
I know everyone loves going to field to field to field to shop but that is just not my style. I am a 5 on the enneagram. I am all about time management. If I find a vendor I love I will come back again and again and I appreciate order and a little styling. I have nothing in me that will search for five hours for a $1 vintage bread board and think it was worth it. So, with you knowing this about me you will know why my favorite shopping places in Round Top were The Compound and Old Glory Antiques. This is not to say that I didn’t find anything out in the fields but it is not really where I spent my time. At The Compound my favorite vendor of the trip was Eneby Home. I don’t remember the last time I have been that obsessed about every detail of a business from product to styling to location to eye for beauty. They are based out of Nashville and my favorite find of the week was from them.
Behind Field and Firewater we found two more shops that were full of vintage finds, unique gifts and handmade jewelry. Once again we were so surprised to find the most gorgeous handmade products with incredible customer service. If you are in Round Top you have to visit Stash and Lark.
Our trip was full and with the teaching, speaking and book signings we stayed busy. This little town won us over though with the amazing hospitality, live oak trees and beautiful entrepreneurial spirit. We will be back for sure!