I moved to Round Top Texas in Fayette County after living in large cities my entire life. After living in Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles for over 20 years, I longed for the warmth and friendliness of my southern roots in addition to finding Texas Ranches for sale and I luckily landed in Round Top Texas. I hear it almost daily when I tell someone that I live in Round Top Texas about just how lucky I am.
Round Top Real Estate seems to be a very big topic of conversation amongst baby boomers that are ready to either find a weekend place for family and friends or for the big move away from the traffic and crowds and noise. I had been coming out to this area for over 20 years to visit my brother and family at their weekend ranch in La Grange Texas in Fayette county. Ending up in Round Top was actually a happy accident and life here is just wonderful.
Round Top Texas in Fayette County Texas has a lot more to offer than just a pretty drive to see the Bluebonnets in the spring or a small town to drive through between Houston and Austin. Check out these interesting places to hear music, find treasures, shop and eat and to see this side of Round Top Texas in a whole new light.
Concert pianist James Dick established Round Top Festival Institute in historic Round Top, Texas, in 1971. Dick, a performer with a distinguished career, was uniquely qualified for the task of creating a 200 acre campus and organization to operate one of the major music festivals in the United States.Students from conservatories and universities in the United States and abroad pursue their musical studies at Round Top under the guidance of an international faculty. While the number of Festival-Institute alumni is in the thousands, the project manages to give each student the personal attention that has been a hallmark of its program: it is both a festival and an institute, where students and faculty perform for appreciative and large audiences. The concerts are broadcast through a yearly program titled “Live from Festival Hill” over public radio stations from coast to coast.The campus is also used for conferences, meetings and retreats. The Festival Concert Hall, completed in April 2007, is one of the best in the country, acoustically speaking and strikingly beautiful. It is used for recordings. Major business groups, museum administrators, music critics, law firms, and numerous university and professional organizations have held conferences and retreats here. A series of distinguished museum lectures is presented at Festival Hill each year.
Henkel Square Market
The site that is today Henkel Square Market, has been known as “Henkel Square” since Charles L. And Faith P. Bybee, Houston philanthropists and collectors of American and Texas Pioneer antiques, purchased the 6-acre parcel in the late 1960’s. Since the 1800’s, it was both a residential and commercial area. Numerous pictures exist that show the Square as the commercial/residential center in Round Top life. Today, Henkel Square has been revived by its new owners; its buildings saved once again. The entrepreneurial spirit of Texas’ earliest German pioneers seems to have revived as well, with a host of retail and commercial enterprises calling this beautiful part of Round Top home. If you are considering a Rustic Wedding this is the place to be.
We invite you to take a walk through this historic village to enjoy the history and the premier shopping experience.
You have to check out the exquisitely curated Blue Door Decor Kathy Johnston’s fabulous gift shop filled with treasures for your home and some very cool clothes and jewelry.
My other favorite shop in town is Lark owned by some of the most creative people I have met since moving back to Texas. Barbara Samuelson and her sculptor, artist, jeweler husband Russel have created an intimate finely curated shop filled with some amazing treasures.
Hotel St. Vinzent
Our façade may be a Texas farmhouse, but inside, a bold boutique design. A mélange of inspiration means no two suites are the same.
You’ll get more than a bed and some breakfast at Hotel St. Vinzent. Offering a little luxury, impressive attention to detail and the warmest of welcomes. Stylish rooms are less formal than a five diamond hotel without scrimping on the chic.
In Round Top’s most historic building you will find an intimate wine bar and shop catering to the novice sipper or to the most sophisticated collector. The small space features a few tables with a bar indoors and walls lined with wines from all over the world.
Our food selection includes artisan cheeses and olive mixes, farm to table raw veggies and select charcuterie and breads by the bite or plate.
The outdoor patio is a beautiful spot for quiet conversation and after dinner wines.
Your hosts Penny and Mike Cies make your experience at both Hotel St. Vinzent and Prost something you will talk about and share with all of your friends.
The famous Antiques show twice a year boasts over 150,000 visitors and over 20 miles of Antiques. Round Top Texas is 20 miles from Brenham, 20 miles from La Grange, only and hour and 15 minutes from Houston and about the same distance from Austin. Come out and visit us and if you would like to find a Ranch or Country Property in Round Top Texas be sure to visit our Heritage Texas Country Properties office in Henkel Square and you just might end up as lucky as I did.