The Local Experience
I love to travel, preferring trips spent exploring back roads and discovering local hot spots. No matter where I go, I always spend the trip wondering what it would be like to live there. Several years ago Jeff and I realized a dream trip to Italy. One of our best decisions was renting an apartment in Naples for a week. We thoroughly enjoyed walking to the neighborhood markets and bringing food back to prepare in the kitchen. Every evening we saw the same couples strolling down the street as a part of their daily ritual. By the end of the week we felt satisfied that we immersed ourselves in the local experience.
Back Road Dreaming
As a dealer who set up in Warrenton at Bar W twice a year, I often wondered what it would be like to to be a local in the Roundtropolis. I found it was difficult to immerse myself in a local experience. I was there to work and had so little time to get away from my booth. After a day selling junque, my friends and I would go to our favorite local restaurants, which were always packed with visitors and dealers.
I woke up early some mornings to spend time exploring before I had to head to my booth. On those early morning road trips, the back roads seem to be calling this road warrior to the country. A dream to open my own store in a small community was developing. I was willing to answer the call, but the dream felt just too far out of reach. And really, did I want to be “caged?” Could I live in the country? What did locals do for fun?
Where The Back Roads End
You know the story… dreams do come true!
After a full year, I can honestly say that living on a back road is more than I could have ever imagined! Our friend Abbey Road coined the phrase, “Where The Back Roads End.” Burton IS where the back roads end! Life travels at a slower pace out here. It is not uncommon for people to stop by The Coop just to shoot the breeze. I love the sense of community!
We are supported by the most generous and hard working people. The business owners of the Roundtropolis understand the need to promote each other, which has been helpful in growing Flown The Coop. I showcase several local entrepreneurs, a local author and a local artist in The Coop. The creative community is flourishing on the back roads!
Our social calendar is never boring. I am so grateful to live in Burton with so many kindred spirits who enjoy life! Here’s one of my Facebook posts from February 8th:
For those who wonder if country life is boring… We started the weekend Friday at ROYERS ROUND TOP CAFE and then dropped by a friend’s house to sit by the fire for a bit. After another great day at The Coop, Saturday evening we went to Saddlehorn Winery for wine tasting and sang carpool karaoke on the way to a Mardi Gras party at The Stone Cellar. Sunday I worked in my garden (this weather is awesome) and then went to a Super Bowl party at The Cottages on Mill Creek-Round Top Lodging.
Exploring the back roads for yourself
Wether you need to recharge yourself in the quietness of the country or you’re in need for an adventure, exploring our back roads will not disappoint.
When you hit the road, I hope you make your way to Burton. We are located half way between Houston and Austin on 290. It’s where the back roads end. If you want the local experience, stop by The Coop to ask for directions. I would love to visit with you! I try to keep up with what is going on, where to eat, nice places to stay and who you need to meet. I’ll point you in the right direction.
You never know what you’ll discover off the beaten path.
And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!