I know what you must be thinking: this woman is a loony tune. There are families bigger than this town, and you would be right. Just maybe, that is the draw.
Just head up Highway 290 towards Austin, Texas and as you pass Cypress, the road opens up. Take those deep yoga breaths, enjoy the cattle grazing on the ranches and watch your blood pressure drop. Holistic medicine at its purest.
My property is at 8960 Winedale Road, which is 4.9 miles from the center of Round Top, Texas, a town one square mile in size. This little town annually hosts two of the most famous antique festivals in the country, one in the Fall and one in the Spring, attracting thousands of visitors.
It is also home to the Festival Hill Symphony Hall complex which was founded about 40 years ago by famed Houston pianist, James Dick, and which seats 1100 guests. These guests are treated to world class concerts year round. It is where approximately 80 students are chosen from all over the world, lucky enough to have won a spot in the Summer Concert Series, where they have the honor of studying under world famous musicians.
As if this isn’t enough of a draw, treat yourself to dinner before a concert at the Zagat rated Royer’s Café, recently featured on Sunday Morning on CBS and recognized for their delicious pies. It's located in the center of town about a mile from Festival Hill. If you are just looking to chill but want to hang with some great folks, drop on by the Wine Cellar, the local pub where Justin and Glen are always glad to see you. On just about any Friday or Saturday night you can mingle with the locals and join the other weekenders having a cold one, eating a pizza and listening to some pretty great local music.
Most Friday nights you will find me starting the weekend at Los Patrones (which is also in the square) with one of the most generously poured Margaritas I have ever been served!
Round Top, Texas and its adjoining towns, Burton, La Grange, Brenham, Carmine and Giddings, are some of the best kept secrets around. These towns offer the best of city activities with the civility of down home country living. Here time stands still, in order for friendships to blossom. It’s where neighbor is more than a word used to describe the people next door. It’s where the garden you can’t seem to find the time to maintain in the city is lovingly nurtured. Where the tomatoes you pluck from your vines seem to get devoured, before they make it back to the house for the dinner salad. And best of all, at the end of the day, I can come home to my five acres of land, pour a glass of my favorite wine and watch some of the most breathtaking sunsets that I have ever seen.
I invite you to come out some time and experience my dream. Experience our guest house, Bird Song Cottage, where we have gone to great lengths to provide you with a very upscale country experience. Check out the details on this website. As we are totally booked through August, I recommend you book early, as the word about our accommodations is obviously already out!