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NearFar G O I N G S O M E WH E R E ? T A k E U S W I T H Y O U ! THE SHORT LIST Round Top’s Summer Hot Spots Not only a stellar pie stop between Dallas and Houston, Round Top offers world-class music, chic B&Bs and great shopping for antiques — and more. Festival Institute Enjoy a full schedule of classical music performances by students with visiting orchestras in an exquisite, historic concert hall, through mid-July. Any time of year, European-style courtyards beg for a picnic, and beautiful buildings welcome exploration. 248 Jaster Road, 979-249-3129 or festivalhill.org. The Junk Gypsy Store The Junk Gypsies, self-proclaimed “purveyors of the world’s finest junk,” now have their first brick-and-mortar store filled with boots, jewelry, decor and more. 1215 S. Texas Highway 237; 979-249-5865 or gypsyville.com. The Prairie by rachel ashwell The “Shabby Chic” founder from London, by way of Santa Monica, has settled into the rolling countryside. Find her couture shop on 46 acres, alongside comfortably appointed B&B cottages and lodges. 5808 Wagner Road, 979-836-4975 or theprairiebyrachelashwell.com. Dive with Jean-Michel Cousteau, below, and then relax on the lush grounds of the resort. Photos courtesy of Fiji Resort FIJI Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort The son of the legendary Jacques spends time in June and August at his namesake Fiji resort, diving with guests and talking about sustainable seafood fishing practices. The 17-acre eco-luxury resort, sitting on a peninsula overlooking Savusavu Bay on the island of Vanua Levu, celebrates its 20 th anniversary by unveiling significant upgrades to the interior design, a new bar, underwater pier lighting and new beachfront lounge areas. All-inclusive rates cover everything from food and activities to child care, starting at $1,035 per adult, nightly; dive packages are extra. 800-246-3454 or fijiresort.com. The Vintage Round Top offers stylish lodging . Photo by Haylei Smith PET FRIENDLY HomeExchange.com Leaving Buster behind can be the hardest part of travel: You miss your beloved dog almost too much to enjoy your trip to Nantucket, and you feel guilty about boarding him at a kennel while you’re off having fun. But, if you book your trips through HomeExchange.com, you can either take your pet with you or find a fellow home swapper to look after your fur baby while you care for their pets. Of the 53,000-plus members, more than 15,000 list “pets allowed” under “House Rules.” Members, who list homes for vacation swapping in 150 countries, will tell you what kinds of pets they want in their Photo courtesy of homeexchange.com homes. Homeowners provide vet contacts and details about what the critters need and want in terms of food, exercise and medicine. Like the home swap vacation, the pet love is free — with your annual $120 membership fee. 800-877-8723 or homeexchange.com. The Vintage round Top Owners of a French-antiques business offer lodging for six guests in a renovated, 2,400-square-foot home. Repurposed materials create the vintage chic look. A portion of your rental fee goes to Habitat for Humanity. 1450 N. Texas 237; 713-859-5993 or thevintageroundtop.com. royers round Top Cafe Expect a long wait at this enduring 1987 landmark, partly due to the grilled shrimp-BLT salad, jalapeno-cheese soup and strawberry-rhubarb pie. 105 Main St.; 979-249-3611 or royersroundtopcafe.com. 360westmagazine.com June 2014 107

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THE SHORT LIST

Round Top’s Summer Hot Spots

Not only a stellar pie stop between Dallas and Houston, Round Top offers world-class music, chic B&Bs and great shopping for antiques — and more.

Festival Institute Enjoy a full schedule of classical music performances by students with visiting orchestras in an exquisite, historic concert hall, through mid-July. Any time of year, European-style courtyards beg for a picnic, and beautiful buildings welcome exploration. 248 Jaster Road, 979-249-3129 or festivalhill.org.

The Junk Gypsy Store The Junk Gypsies, selfproclaimed “purveyors of the world’s finest junk,” now have their first brick-and-mortar store filled with boots, jewelry, decor and more. 1215 S. Texas Highway 237; 979-249-5865 or gypsyville.com.

The Prairie by rachel ashwell The “Shabby Chic” founder from London, by way of Santa Monica, has settled into the rolling countryside. Find her couture shop on 46 acres, alongside comfortably appointed B&B cottages and lodges. 5808 Wagner Road, 979-836-4975 or theprairiebyrachelashwell.com.

The Vintage Round Top Owners of a French-antiques business offer lodging for six guests in a renovated, 2,400-square-foot home. Repurposed materials create the vintage chic look. A portion of your rental fee goes to Habitat for Humanity. 1450 N. Texas 237; 713-859-5993 or thevintageroundtop.com.

Royers Round Top Cafe Expect a long wait at this enduring 1987 landmark, partly due to the grilled shrimp-BLT salad, jalapeno-cheese soup and strawberry-rhubarb pie. 105 Main St.; 979-249-3611 or royersroundtopcafe.com.

FIJI

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort The son of the legendary Jacques spends time in June and August at his namesake Fiji resort, diving with guests and talking about sustainable seafood fishing practices. The 17-acre eco-luxury resort, sitting on a peninsula overlooking Savusavu Bay on the island of Vanua Levu, celebrates its 20th anniversary by unveiling significant upgrades to the interior design, a new bar, underwater pier lighting and new beachfront lounge areas. All-inclusive rates cover everything from food and activities to child care, starting at $1,035 per adult, nightly; dive packages are extra. 800-246-3454 or fijiresort.com.

PET FRIENDLY

HomeExchange.com

Leaving Buster behind can be the hardest part of travel: You miss your beloved dog almost too much to enjoy your trip to Nantucket, and you feel guilty about boarding him at a kennel while you’re off having fun. But, if you book your trips through HomeExchange.com, you can either take your pet with you or find a fellow home swapper to look after your fur baby while you care for their pets. Of the 53,000-plus members, more than 15,000 list “pets allowed” under “House Rules.” Members, who list homes for vacation swapping in 150 countries, will tell you what kinds of pets they want in their homes. Homeowners provide vet contacts and details about what the critters need and want in terms of food, exercise and medicine. Like the home swap vacation, the pet love is free — with your annual $120 membership fee. 800-877-8723 or homeexchange.com.

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