Find your Texas treasures at flea markets and antiques fairs.
This tiny town (the year-round population is 80) has a big reputation thanks to its biannual antiques fair and flea market, which brings in thousands of vendors and shoppers. Year round, though, there are always galleries to peruse and B&Bs to cozy up in, including one by Shabby Chic-designer Rachel Ashwell. During the summer months, time your visit with Shakespeare at Winedale, a popular play series put on by University of Texas professors and students.
The Prairie Bed and Breakfast
Rachel Ashwell of the popular Shabby Chic design line is behind this 46-acre B&B with seven accommodation options (cottages, lodges, manors, and barns) smartly outfitted with mismatched furnishings and chandeliers and amenities such as claw-footed tubs and iPod docking stations.
Round Top Fair
This biannual event attracts vendors—and shoppers—from all over the country, looking to buy and sell everything from mid-century modern furnishings and antique sterling silver sets to animal busts and fondue pots. If you plan on visiting during these popular weekends (they take place in the spring and fall), book your accommodations early.
This institution, founded in 1987, is best known for its pies—think buttermilk with chocolate chips, coconut and pecans and strawberry rhubarb with a granola topping—but also deserves a shout out for its dinner menu. The rack of lamb and grilled snapper are two standouts.
Even if you miss the Round Top fair, there are a handful of shops to peruse in this tiny town. This gallery resides on 3.5 acre and has works by Texas and Santa Fe artists as well as a workshop that hosts regular art classes.