Texas has plenty of charming, small towns, but few are as post-card perfect as Round Top. I was there last week for the spring Round Top Antiques Fair (which I’ve written about before), and the great 19th-century architecture in the area kept catching my eye. The distinctive western-style farmhouses with their sloped tin roofs, wide porches and crisp white wood siding have a very comforting, harmonious feel.
The Round Top community has done a better job than most at preserving their historical district. It’s easy to see why so many Houston and Austin folks have second homes or ranches here. The antiques fair, of course, has also played a part in making the area a destination.
I stayed this time at the Round Top Inn—my new favorite. It’s a historical inn, built in the 1800’s, with cute, fully restored cottages on an oak-dotted compound in walking distance to town.
Here are a few shots of the characteristic architecture that I find so appealing: