Round Top, Texas: Marburger Farm

by Rachel Staggs
( October 23rd, 2014 )

marburger farms texas

I stumbled onto a Buzzfeed article this week that listed the top tiny Texas towns worth the trip. It looks like it was put together by Porsche. I am surprised to actually agree with them!

round top population sign

I’ve been visiting Round Top, number one on their list, since the population was 77. Looks like 13 people have moved in, as the population is now 90.

round top texas

I have to admit, my husband and I looked at properties in Round Top online several years ago. Those new residents could have easily been us. It’s such a charming place and in the spring, it’s covered in bluebonnets.

marburger farm

Each Spring and Fall, Round Top and nearby Warrenton are invaded by Texas Antiques Week.

marburger farm

I used to drive out there with no plan and just wonder around, but it was a bit overwhelming and I saw a lot of junk. Finding gems wasn’t easy, but it was fun looking.

marburger farm vendor
I decided to get serious about it last year. Through social media I was able to uncover that many designers who attend go directly to Marburger Farm.

marburger farm vendor

I can understand why. It is beautifully curated. So many incredible finds!

marburger farm

marburger farm turquoise

marburger farm big boy

marburger farm antique bed

marburger farm vendor

marburger farm vendor

marburger farm monkey king

There are also all of these cool old buildings on the farm. Many of them are used for vendors or offices.

marburger farm

marburger farm

marburger farm legler dance hall

marburger farm blacksmith shop

marburger farm outhouses

Luckily you don’t have to use these outhouses. There are plenty of port-o-potties and even some nicer facilities with running water and air conditioning!

marburger farm virgin mary

There really is nothing like it and I highly recommended a visit. Of course you can visit Round Top during another part of the year and have a lovely time too. Royers is a big draw with its fabulous pies. Junk Gypsy is also a hot destination. They have a store on their property you can visit Thursday through Saturday throughout the year.

marburger farm vendor

marburger farm vendor

marburger farm ceramic animals

Many people rent a place nearby and stay for several days during Texas Antiques Week. I’m considering spending at least one night next time so I can explore for two days. I’ve been to Marburger twice now and I have yet to visit all of the tents!

marburger farm vendor


I really loved this Buddha statue, but it was not in my price range.

marburger farm

At Marburger there is a $10 entry fee per person. You can explore other places without charge, but I think it’s worth it for the superb curation. They also have parking and the previously mentioned bathroom options. There are food vendors too, so you can easily spend the entire day there.

marburger farm wristband

I jokingly said to my husband that Texas Antiques Week was the new music festival after I put my wristband on. Little did I know that when we waited until closing time to leave, we would be stuck in the parking lot for an hour before reaching the exit.

Pro tip: Don’t wait until closing time to leave! Not only will you be stuck behind hundreds of cars also leaving, but once you are back on the two lane road in front of Marburger, you won’t be moving either.

Have you been to Round Top? What did you think?

May your journey be your muse,



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Photo Essay: South Beach on Experimental Film

by Rachel Staggs
( October 20th, 2014 )

shorecrest south beach

When I travel, I always take several film cameras with me. This year, I’ve been experimenting with different types of film from Lomography. I took their Revolog Kolor 35mm with me to South Beach, Miami.

penguin hotel south beach

I was expecting a bit more variation in color after viewing the samples, but maybe South Beach is just too perfectly turquoise.

miami south beach

the berkeley shore south beach

Have you tried this particular film or any of the Revolog films from Lomography?

art deco south beach

art deco building

aqua south beach

To make sure I’m not upset if/when my film experiments don’t turn out, I try to capture things digitally as well.

crescent hotel south beach

As you can imagine, with an average of five film cameras in rotation, I have a difficult time keeping track of what film is in what camera. I have tried keeping a little book of notes detailing this information, but it just takes some of the spontaneity out of it.

miami south beach seagull

I have a feeling that will change after this year of experimental film. Previously, my furthest experiments were with redscale film, tungsten film, and slide film.

miami south beach ocean

You probably can’t tell, but the full moon is in these last two shots. It was stunning to watch it rise over the ocean before sunset.

I’ll be reporting back here with more film experiments! I have a feeling I’ll be gathering my little books for keeping records. Please let me know if you have any record keeping/tracking tips for me!

May your journey be your muse,


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Dish: Loup de Mer at Maison Boulud in Montréal

by Rachel Staggs
( October 15th, 2014 )

loup de mer maison boulud

I have always dreamed of dining in one of Daniel Boulud’s restaurants and was lucky enough to do so while visiting Montréal. Maison Boulud is located inside the beautifully historic Ritz-Carlton.

maison boulud menu

I ordered the Loup de Mer with fennel and figs. Each bite was a beautiful symphony of flavors – each note perfectly balanced. Cheers to Executive Chef Riccardo Bertolino!

It’s a dish I would order again if I had the chance. I’ve recently looked at their menu online and it’s not there. Maybe it was seasonal, or a daily special, I’m not certain. Maybe it was all a dream!

maison boulud fireplace

The space is gorgeous with light reflecting off of many of the surfaces, including the fireplace. I imagine it’s quite romantic in the evening.

If you’re in the area, stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Better yet, spend the night at The Ritz-Carlton and enjoy all three!

The Ritz-Carlton Montréal
1228 Sherbrooke St. West
Montréal, PQH3G 1H6
Phone:  +1 (514) 842-4212

May your journey be your muse,


Some or all of this experience was sponsored which may include travel and other costs. All opinions are my own.

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