Planning a vacation where you go antiquing with girlfriends, take in gorgeous rolling scenery, sample mead and pat goats, and sleep in vintage trailers? Sounds like a great trip. What if Road Warrior TravelingMom told you that can do all that in Texas? We’re not all bbq and longhorns here (although we have those too)! Round Top Texas is glamping.
Round Top Texas Glamping – and More
Nestled roughly halfway between Austin and Houston the Round Top area is home to several world class antique shows. Ever watched Chip and Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper? There’s a good chance you’ve seen them trek to this tiny town of 90 residents on the show. Head there on one of the big antique weekends and expect to sit in some traffic as folks flood the area to scoop up deals and shop local stores. And some manage to overnight in unique Round Top Texas glamping.
While it can be tempting to hit one of the big shows (and it’s an experience I recommend you do once), make a trip in the “off-season.” Finding a place to stay will be far easier and you can shop your heart out in a more low key atmosphere. There are still treasures to be found! If you do visit during a show, keep in mind that the town is normally home to 90 people.
Travelingmom Tip: Make reservations for everything- food AND lodging in advance. Many of the local restaurants do a good job keeping their Facebook pages updated. During shows lodging, from La Grange all the way through Brenham and up into College Station can be booked up.
Sleep under the stars (kind of).
After a combination of years of business travel and travel writing. I’ve spent the night all over gathering up unique travel experiences. When I realized that 20 minutes away from where I live was the nation’s only indoor campground- Lone Star Glamp Inn, I had to see it. A quick Facebook message later and the owner was gracious enough to meet me there so that I could take some photos and check it out. Technically in Warrenton right outside of Round Top the location is right along the main
A quick Facebook message later, the owner was gracious enough to meet me there, so that I could take some photos and check it out. Technically in Warrenton right outside of Round Top. the location is along the main antiques drag through the two towns.
The Glamp Inn was born out of Texas ingenuity. This space was formerly occupied by the Sterling McCall Car Museum. But with it sitting empty, the owners knew there was a need for lodging in the area during shows. Rather than renovate the building and limit its use, they started snagging adorable painted vintage trailers (most from a Louisiana woman who runs Glitzy Glamper), and the indoor campground (and Round Top Texas glamping) was born.
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The campground can be rented out as a whole during the off-season, creating the perfect gathering spot for reunions, bachelorette parties, or girls weekends. There is a large area for events and some gathering spots to gab with girlfriends.
The campground is strictly BYOS (bring your own sheets!) . Rather than all of the campers having individual restrooms to clean, there is an adorable bathroom trailer with two restrooms and showers.
All of the individual trailers have unique decorations and sleep between 2 and 3 comfortably. There truly is no other place like this in the country!
In addition to the vintage campers, there is a larger tent “Big Bertha” that sleeps 2-4 comfortably.
Sample mead and shop handmade knit items.
A short drive down the road from Round Top and Warrenton near the community of Oldenburg you’ll find Blissul Folly Farm where Rohan Meadery is located. A good tasting can turn into an afternoon affair with the right friends. The folks at Rohan Meadery will welcome you in with open arms (and one of the most affordable tastings in the whole region- $5 for 5 samples) and you can cozy up to the counter, snag a chair at one of their indoor tables or if it’s a nice day (and it often is in Texas) sit outside. This meadery is also family friendly. We went on a gorgeous January day and the girls ate a few honey sticks, swung on a tire swing, checked out their chickens, and patted some resident goats.
My tasting included both meads and ciders that I selected from their menu. For those who may not think mead is for them they also have several wines that they produce. Many of the delicious meads are made using other local ingredients like the peach mead that utilizes local peaches. Check out their growlers too- it is one of the coolest ones I’ve seen and they’ll let you buy one empty!
Travelingmom Tip: Check their Facebook page- they often have live music events and run their food truck making delicious pizzas!
Stroll Henkel Square
The revitalized Henkel Square area boasts shops galore along with a church (Haw Creek Chapel- check out the intricate painted ceiling).
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If you’re looking for pie and eye candy head back into Round Top. Here you can feast on a slice of Texas Trash Pie (or many other types) either inside the cute (tiny) cafe or out front under the trees. My girls love the Bud’s Chocolate Chip Pie (essentially like the cookie) and the swing out front.
While in the Square you can also make a wish in the fountain and check out some other shops- a personal favorite is a flower/garden shop Last Petal that always has something new and exciting!
Stop and listen to the music.
Round Top’s Festival Institute located on the 200+ acre campus called Festival Hill is a place for young musicians to come and grow in their craft. The beautiful campus is home to a 1000 seat Festival Concert Hall and the Edyth Bates Old Chapel. A visit to Round Top isn’t complete without a stroll through the campus. If you’re lucky perhaps your visit will coincide with one of their free concerts.
There is so much more to do in Round Top that this day barely scraped the surface for us of what is available. We’ll be planning our next Travel Texas adventure soon. Have you ever been glamping?