Boosted by the popularity of the Round Top Antiques Fair and Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, this small but bustling slice of far southeastern Central Texas is well worth a “look-see-do.”
Located about 75 miles from downtown Austin, Round Top will treat you to the charm of yesteryear in this totally Texas city. While the census indicates this less than 100-residents strong city’s population may be dwindling I can assure you Round Top is a bustling hive making eyes and hearts wider than Texas itself!
Never been to Round Top? Have a look at what’s in store with my Top 10 favorite photos (plus a few extra) from this week’s visit!
Light up your life with the saturated jewel-toned colors of this handmade lamp.
All aboard this circa 1930s wind-up train that will have your heart on the fast track.
All that is good and gothic will touch the window to your soul.
“Game’s On” with this antique table. I spy some great locations for chips. And private dips.
A unique mix of art and antiques can be found at the Humble Donkey Studio… along with two Texas treasures, John and Laurie. Both hosts were as sweet as Texas Tea.
One of the most touching early Texas churches rests in the heart of Round Top. Step inside Haw Creek Chapel for an authentic trip to yesteryear. (Hint: Make note the wavy glassed window panes and doorway!)
These glorious 18th century mirrors bring a nice smashup of Italy to Texas.
Stained glass lover? This beauty isn’t just for “Friday Night Lights!”
1 part sombrero + 2 parts Texas = Hats off to these artful ashtrays!
A few extra photo faves :)
Inside Haw Creek Chapel
I hope you enjoyed these pictures!
If you’re planning a trip to Round Top make sure to give yourself a full day or more – we were there about 7 hours and likely saw only about 25% of everything Round Top has to offer. That’s a good problem to have as our return trip is already in the works!
~ Joe Paul Reider
Home Style Austin Founder
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
With cooler Texas weather on its way, why not grab the family, pack a picnic and make a day of nature’s greatness? Let’s take an online stroll of some of my favorite moments along the trail. Hint: click on the pics for a larger view!
Ready for big views and curvy curves, like this?
Even my Labs Boomer and Harley stop to smell the wildflowers.
In the cooler months the lake’s rising fog can be surreal.
Luckily, in Spring the bluebonnets of Brushy Creek awaken to remind us of their natural beauty. Don’t they look like a “sea of blue?”
And then there are special bluebonnet moments like this!
And unexpected moments like discovering the “Dino Dig” for the first time at Champion Park.
And surprises like finding wild deer looking at you mere feet from the trail. Hello, dear deer!
What’s that big rock doing here? Is this granite?
Oh, yes it is! And it has a magnificent story behind it!
When you finish reading the historical marker, why not admire the train trestle’s architecture?! This is the same Capitol Metro train line that runs through Avery Ranch into downtown Austin!
Speaking of interesting shapes, look at this riverbed rock formation!
And here’s another formation that’s several feet tall!
Back on flat ground Boomer and Harley head full steam ahead for open ground…
… In search of rippling waters like this watering hole. This spot cooled them down for sure!
Following the rippling waters will take you to a really, really big watering hole (a.k.a. Twin Lakes Park). We were glad the ducks and geese were willing to share the lake with us.
Canoeing on Twin Lakes is always fun!
Gazing at wildflowers along the trail is also fun!
“Sunset time” is probably my most fun-time … it makes the perfect ending to a great day at Brushy Creek!