“Why Round Top, TX?” is the question we’re asked repeatedly since moving our business of 25 years from Denver to rural Texas. Well, for us it began with the Round Top Antique Show. Started over 50 years ago, this “show” has grown from one weekend a year to the largest antique “shows” in the US which are now spread over 2+ weeks every Spring and Fall, and a growing winter show as well. For anyone who enjoys antiques, this is a “must see/do event.” Search the internet, and you will find countless sites that reference the “Round Top Texas Antique Show.” We will share our favorite 2 sites below, but first; let us provide the insider’s view of, “The Show” by overcoming some common misperceptions:
For starters, it is not just “Round Top.” The towns of Warrenton, Fayetteville, Round Top, Carmine and Burton are all involved. The “Show” is a misnomer, because it is comprised of almost 2,000 antique vendors from all over the US and the world spread over 5 towns and 20+ miles of antiques! Different vendors and venues open and close their individual “show” over an 18 day period while some are open the entire duration. You will drive along 2-lane country Hwy 237 and pass green fields filled with sprawling anchient oak trees, marvel at the longhorn cattle and be struck by the natural beauty of this rural corner of Texas. While overwhelmed by the volume of antiques to see, be sure to look out the window and enjoy the view as well!
It is not just one week long. If you find a website that states something shorter, they are simply promoting their individual show, and not the area-wide 2 1/2 week event.The last week of March and the first week of April have been the traditional “Spring Show” dates. This year, the Spring 2021 show is officially set for March 18 to April 4, 2021 and the Fall Show will be October 14 to October 31, 2021.
For those who have questions around Covid related issues, all vendors are required to follow local, state and federal guidelines for safety. We are thrilled that the 2021 shows are officially "on," and Round Top is ready for incoming visitors! A friendly tip for this particular Spring show: as restaurants may honor a reduced seating capacity, plan ahead by making reservations OR order meals by phone and enjoy eating outside under a big Oak shade tree or at whatever cozy lodging you scheduled for your trip.
The Round Top Antique Show is not only in the Spring and Fall. Even many regular visitors to Round Top are unaware there is a winter weekend show every January. For those intimidated by the crowds of the larger Spring and Fall shows, this is the perfect "starter" weekend to explore antiques and Round Top, TX without being overwhelmed. The next winter show will be January 20-23, 2022. Come check it out!
So what IS the Round Top Antique Show? It is not just “antique shopping” but a true adventure to experience in person! Better yet, bring some friends to share in the fun.
For a good overview on the “real” Round Top Antique Shows visit here:
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Fun and funky, the Round Top Ranch Cottages are perfect for a casual getaway to enjoy the year-round treasures of Round Top, TX. Whether you are here for the world famous antiquing, music or art festivals, or just to escape the hectic city, our cottages will provide a refreshing respite. Each has its own sitting room, private bath, small refrigerator & microwave. Nestled next to the sprawling old oak tree behind the new year-round Round Top Ranch Antiques, you will be perfectly positioned to explore all the delights Round Top, Texas has to offer!
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