Beautiful weather and picture-perfect views means it’s road trip season all year round in Austin. So put together your playlist, pack up your car and get ready to discover the small towns and heartfelt experiences of nearby Texas Hill Country. This month’s day trip destination: Round Top.
Inside a split-rail fence on Round Top’s town square is Henkel Square – homes from circa 1820-70 that have been renovated into shops, art galleries, eateries and a visitor center. Fall in love with Tara Royer Steele’s Hill Country sanctuary, Royers Pie Haven. This “Pie Queen” makes her goodies from scratch with lots o’ love. Insider Tip: Try Bud’s Chocolate Chip Pie or Ann’s Pecan Pie.
Indulge in some retail therapy at Second Market & Co. and Lolli & Dauts, or browse through prints from Texas artists at The Humble Donkey and decorative and functional crafts handmade by over 100 American artisans at Copper Shade Tree.
Bybee Square, located in the center of town across from Henkel Square, offers a mix of dining and shopping options. Check out the wares at Wild Women Wise Women including fair trade apparel and jewelry, as well as essential oils and other lavender products from local farm Somerset Lavender & Herb Farm. Stop by Cowgirl Junky for a jar of their famous candied jalapeños and chat with owner and dog lover Helen about some of her favorite recipes. Head over to Bistro Napoletana for a slice of pizza and a pint of Texas beer, and enjoy live music (Thursday through Sunday) on their patio.
Go treasure hunting for rare antiques when you peruse the goods at The Original Round Top Antiques Fair (every March and September), one of the largest events of its kind in the state. You never know what goodies you’ll find. Most of the shops and restaurants in and around town offer extended day and night time hours during the Fair.
Festival Hill, courtesy Round Top Festival Institute.
Visit the Round Top Festival Institute, a musical performance and learning center that offers year round education and performance programs. Wander around their unique 210-acre campus that houses major performance facilities, historic sites, extensive gardens, parks and nature preserves.
Prost Wine Bar.
A few other great spots around town to check out:
- Prost Wine Bar – intimate wine bar in Round Top’s oldest building
- The Oaks Restaurant – homey spot serving up “country fine dining” (Insider Tip: cash only)
- Blissful Folly Farm – home to Blue Mule Wines & Blissful Folly Hard ciders & fruit wines, and Rohan Meads, Texas’ oldest meadery
- Stone Cellar – historic barn turned bar serving craft beer and pizza and offering up live music every weekend