Ahhh We really miss our spring this year…

The rain brought beautiful weather and even more beautiful grounds. Hope the weather gets nice for fall festival too!

Indian paintbrushes

Green driveway looking out to Homeyer Mountain rd.

Blue Bonnets just the other side of the pond and all over back of main farm

yes, mating season and these chinese geese are loud...

Round Top Spring Antique Fest 2014

Marburger Antique Show

Marburger Antique Show

It’s that time again, Round Top Antique fest is here from 3/21-4/6. For more information, please visit the excellent Round Top Commerce page, see below


Please be sure to bring your cameras. We have been catching a few glimpse of Indian Brush already this year. Given the rainfall this winter, we should have pretty decent blue bonnets showing too.

Round Top Antique Fair – Fall 2013 week 1

showmapFirst week is free shows bananza.

Just came back from Blue Hills and Arbor, two of our favorite venues. We met some of the dealers staying in our cabins and got lots of furnishing, color scheme, and recent trend ideas for our own house back home in Houston.

We also heard Ang Lee (Academy movie direcotr of Life of Pi and Crouching Tiger Hidden Drago) will be the sole honorary VIP preview at Marburger Show, before general crowds set in. Lots of great items to see and educate your family. You will not be able to go through even 1/4th of the show in 3 days. Come on down now and go through the show grounds to get the first picking!

Tents are up!

Just got back from our cabins. Everything is looking great! We stopped by Royer’s to pay Bud a visit at his cafĂ©. The tents are ready for the Fall season shows, and the town sure is getting busier.

Back at the cabins, the owner put in energy efficient heat pump ACs and LED flat screens in couple of the cabins. And the main log cabin is looking as nice as ever with those new modern tiled shower with frameless glass door. As this is the first time that Rocking Horse Retreat comes back from a long hiatus, we want to be sure our guests will enjoy their stay with us and tell their friends.

Reserve Now

Marburger Antique Show

Marburger Antique Show

Our four cabins are almost all gone. We have vacancy in Main Log Cabin for the first weekend of Fall Antique Fair and Kalina’s Kottage for Friday and Saturday night of the second weekend. You are not going to be able find that much space and amenities for anywhere near this price around here. Reserve now and tell your friends about us. Or keep it a secret and just keep coming back!

Mission Accomplished!!!

Rocking_Horse_by_Playsam_black-sixhundredSite is now fully functional with all rooms rented to either antique dealers or visitors for almost the entire duration of Fall 2013 season. Although there might still be some more changes coming, these changes will likely be updates, cosmetic, or for organizational reasons. Oh yes, there will be more links to local attractions and restaurants to help with our local businesses.

On the other hand, I did however added Facebook and Tripadvisor. Twitter is next as well as a more economoically viable web payment system that won’t cost us and our guests an arm and a leg.

I am still deciding on whether to put a few ads or not (i.e. amazon or google). Please let me know your experience with ads and whether if we should have something here.

More updates

Blue Bonnets
New photo thumbnail galleries were put in each cabin webpage. In additional additional colors, emphasis were added to make it easier to read. And, don’t forget about new pages on Guest Book, Our Policy, and Directions.

I have also added a photo of us in About Us. So you have some idea who is working behind the scene.

Please let me know all improvement ideas! Thanks in advance!

Almost there!!!

Improved the background with some blue bonnets and Indian paintbrushes. Worked on browser compatibility all day. Still have some minor issues with one of the gallery plugins. Lastly, just added in cabins rates and information. Once I get through policies and add in more local happenings, then I am done. Yeah!

WordPress plugin Short Code and Tweaks

After days and nights of pulling my hair, stressing out both Mamma and baby, I finally figured out the invisible plugin short code that never really came up through a newer beta release. In addition, I am getting more familiar with the tweaks to css stylesheet and how it controls the other php code set. Sorry lots of geeky talk, but it is what makes me tick, pushing me to update what I have been missing for a while.

So right now, check availability is working for each cabins(green means available and red indicates no vacancy). The reservation form is also working.

I have begun working on more contents such as Directions and information to cabins. Albeit, I am still vascillating what to include on the home page slider.

Should I include local event pictures such as Marburger, Festival Hill, and local dining, or do I push them all into Around Town section???

We are almost done refurnishing Arizona room!

So glad the project is almost done. Our first guest will be in for a pleasant delight with newly painted room, beds, soft water, direct TV and internet.

We will upload some initial pictures soon!