Round Top Antiques

Written by Mary Evans
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The semi-annual antique show in Round Top, Texas is famous for a couple of reasons. First, it might just be the most popular antique fair in the country; collectors, TV commentators, and magazines all rave about this world-famous collection. Collectors and exhibitors from around the country (and the world) descend on Round Top to partake of the antique shopping frenzy.

The second reason the Round Top Antique Fair is unique is by virtue of the town itself. Round Top is the smallest incorporated town in all of Texas; it only has 81 regular residents. But twice a year, this tiny dot on the map--it's not even on some maps--mushrooms into the thousands. Then, after a weekend of serious antiquing, it shrinks back down to a dot on the map.

Where to Stay in Round Top

While there are hotel rooms in Round Top itself, those fill fast. Any trip to the heart of Texas should take in all that the region has to offer, which is a lot. Nearby are lakes, presidential libraries, universities, and plenty of rich Texas history. Not far from Round Top is Washington, the state's first capital from back when it was a republic.

Also nearby is Brenham, the bluebonnet capital of the world. Each spring, the fields around Brenham bloom with bluebonnets and other wildflowers; also around the corner is the Antique Rose Emporium for you flower fans. Brenham is dotted with charming bed and breakfast inns, like the Mariposa Ranch; it's on the site of a working cattle ranch and offers rooms in eight historic buildings scattered over its hundred acres.


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