Fall is the perfect time to go Round Top road trippin’….
The Roundtopolis is a magical realm encompassing Fayette County and seven of its neighbors. As the last rural stronghold between Austin and Houston, it is a place where traditions meet transitions. Round Top is the self-proclaimed capital.
We’ve pulled together some suggestions for things to do and see. Granted, these lists, including this one about our eating your way through our barbecue culture and drinking your way through a host of wineries, barely scratch the surface of the area’s offerings. But these suggestions will introduce you to the fun that’s waiting around every corner.
Climb in your car, roll down the windows and get going….
MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!
Carnivores can eat their way across the Roundtopolis enjoying the area’s barbecue culture:
Back Porch BBQ (La Grange); Kasper Meat Market (Weimar); Prause Meat Market (La Grange); Chappell Hill Sausage Company (Chappell Hill); City Meat Market (Giddings); and Snow’s BBQ (Lexington, Saturdays only).
DRINK! DRINK! DRINK!
Skilled vintner and brew masters are transforming barley, hops, grapes—and even honey—into the nectar of the gods. Raise a toast to good taste.
Rohan Meadery (La Grange)
Rohan Meadery is Texas’ oldest meadery and specialize in the re-creation of mankind’s oldest fermented libation—mead, which is also known as honey wine.
Shiner Brewery (Shiner)
Since 1909, every drop of Shiner beer has been brewed at Spoetzel Brewery (pop. 2,069). Each year the brewery craftsmen send 6 million cases of Shiner beer across the country. Tours are only available during the week though. Beer is available year-round.
Wineries have popped up through the region like bluebonnets in the spring. Take a tour. Take a taste.
Texas Independence Wine Tour
Braman Winery (Hallettsville); Darcy’s Vineyard (Hallettsville); Lavaca Bluffs Vineyard & Winery (Lolita); Majek Vineyard & Winery (Schulenburg); The Weimary (Weimar); Whistling Duck Vineyards & Winery (Weimar); and Rosemary’s Vineyard (La Grange).
Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail
Bernhardt Winery (Plantersville); Cork This! Winery (Montgomery); Messina Hof Winery (Bryan); Peach Creek Vineyards (College Station); Pleasant Hill Winery (Brenham); Saddlehorn Winery (Burton); and Windy Winery (Brenham).