Sometimes the town of Round Top presents you with the perfect opportunity you didn’t think you needed. A unique antique vase, a tempting slice of pie, the serenity of the Texas hill country — or, you could suddenly find yourself the owner of a bed and breakfast. That’s how Susanne Maida found herself the owner of the Round Top Inn after she saw it was for sale. She was in town looking for a country property, and immediately fell in love with its beauty and history. Home to the only remaining original building from Texas’s once-thriving cigar industry, Round Top Inn’s location “at the rise of the road” on 237 makes it the welcoming face of Round Top for those coming into town from La Grange.
Besides the Round Top Inn’s peaceful, scenic location among the giant oak trees and the country chic décor that delights guests, Susanne and her team pride themselves on the full breakfast they serve to guests each morning. Although the menu changes frequently, it usually includes an egg dish or casserole, plus sweets such as French toast, fruit parfaits and waffles.
Having come to visit Round Top for most of her life, Susanne values the feeling of community that one gets simply from being in town. “Everyone wants to make Round Top a special place, and there’s a sense of community in involved in working towards that goal,” she says.
As for the future of the Round Top Inn? Susanne has some exciting things in the works — including a redecorating effort to refresh the look of the inn, an expanded dining area, a possible retail aspect and event hosting.