Tumbleweed Texstyles Travels to... ROUND TOP!

Posted: Oct 26 2016

A good tumbleweed travels far, rolling and rolling, picking up bits and pieces along its journeys. As human tumbleweeds, we are trying to do the same; we venture across the states, picking up on the local culture while trying to showcase our own Texas culture cross-country.

Now, we’re heading down to Round Top, Texas to visit family, hit up the local grub spots, and get some much needed R&R.

With a population of just under 100, according to the 2013 census, Round Top is by all means a small town. Just for that reason, our parents moved down to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city to the country lifestyle full-time. For us, it’s part-time, making our way to the open plains a few times a year. However, this time is particularly special: it’s Antique Week.

So, I packed up the essentials—my wife, daughter, and dog—and hit the road.

There’s quite a lot to love about Round Top. There’s something about it that’s just so Texas. Maybe it’s the open gravel roads or country wildlife you can see traversing them. Maybe it’s the scenery and the peaceful quiet you can enjoy it in. It’s all about the sweet and simple; and we’re all about it.

At the ranch, we pass the time sitting on the back porch and just soaking it all in. The warm breeze. The sprawling elm trees. The wandering deer. Shooting shotguns at clay targets. There’s nothing else like it.

And how could we not run by some staple Round Top spots? The indescribable Junk Gypsy World Headquarters has some of the most out-of-this-world apparel, jewelry, pillow, and basically anything else you can think of. It’s a Round Top must. Returning to what felt more like the real world, we spent the day enjoying the history of Henkel Square, the most charming open-house market.

Over the weekend, we visited a local bakery, Royer’s Pie Haven, for some coffee and quite possibly the best pie in town! (Also, with a population of 100, it was quite possibly the only pie in town…) What kind of people would we be if didn’t grab happy-hour margaritas from hot spot Los Patrones? And maybe a little chips and queso wouldn’t be so bad. Later, we found ourselves at the Stone Cellar Pub and Pizzeria for what else than cold beer, great pizza, and even better live music playing all night long.

The sun rose again, and the day had come: it was antiquing time. Zapp Hall and Renck Hall in Warrenton were decked out with western relics, rusted road signs, decorative animal bones, and some awesome metalware. In Round Top, Ex-Cess had some beautifully refurbished chairs, tables, ottomans, and more. Anything, you name it. But the variety at the Marburger Farms show really took the cake. With ornate China, old woodworking, and plenty of furnishing accents, it’s no wonder they call themselves the world’s greatest antique show. We could do this all day, and we did!

Don’t get me wrong though—antiquing is hungry work. So we went to Legal Tender Saloon for a couple of Shiners and a killer pimento cheese sandwich. After antiquing all day and catching some great food, we returned home, the bed of our car and our stomachs full. This small town had done this city boy in...until next time, of course.

Obviously, we’ll be back to Round Top, probably sooner than later, and we hope you’ll hope in the car next time. Until then, let us know where you’re traveling by sharing your photos on Twitter and Instagram and be sure to use the hashtag #TWT!

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