The "Alpine Studio" is located in far West Texas (cowboy country), just 1 hour north of Big Bend National Park/Big Bend Ranch State Park/Mexico(Chihuahua). We are the "hub of the wheel" - with the neighboring communities of Marfa (HUGE minimalist international art scene/Donald Judd/Marfa Film Festival - featured on 60 minutes Sunday April 14, 2013), Marathon (Gage Hotel), Fort Davis (McDonald Observatory) just 20 minutes away in any given direction.
We are located downtown in Alpine on historic Murphy Street, within easy walking distance of everything in Alpine, 1/2 block south of the Amtrak station (there is some train noise so I supply individually wrapped earplugs for sensitive sleepers:). The Holland Hotel is 2 blocks away (nicest hotel in town) and they provide the same for their hotel guests. Murphy Street was Alpine's main street in some of it's earliest years as "Murphyville."
We are very pet friendly. Please smoke outdoors ( and remember we're in the beautiful tinder box of the mountainous Chihuahuan desert of West Texas)
The Alpine Studio is located next door to several fun shops and restaurants where you can dine on tasty mexican food (Jalapeños), enjoy delicious coffee/internet and slurp icy "raspas" (Raspa Co.) and shop for gifts and treasures (Brown Dog Gardens, Patti Hildreth Studio).
The Studio is a 2 bedroom/1 bath with fully stocked kitchen (fridge/toaster oven/microwave and single hot plate burner) and enormous sink. The futon is full size with soft sheets and a light down comforter (nights are chilly in the high desert). There is an additional twin bed in an adjoining room separated by curtains. We also keep a twin air mattress in the back room with linens in a blue rolling suitcase for the hardy camper/floor sleeper/additional body. It's quite comfy :) There are 2 entrance doors into each "bedroom." The place is incredibly well located for exploring on foot.
Holland Street is one block north of Murphy Street and it is the "other" main street (on the north side of the "tracks": Amtrak)
Holland Street boasts: The Holland Hotel (2 blocks) with a great bar and restuarant, The Saddle Club (lovely bar and tapas/4 blocks away), the Reata restaurant (upscale: 4 blocks), the world famous Railroad Blues honky tonk pub/music venue (4 blocks),the Rangra movie theatre (2 blocks), several art galleries/fabulous shops (Ivey's, Kiowa Gallery, "yours truly" at Galeria Sibley) and locally owned Front Street Books/PLAINE coffee shop (wonderful homemade pastries/cappucinos) with the best West Texas "Cow Dogs" next door (including vegan:)
Sul Ross State University is about 12 blocks east on Holland, next door to our fave Italian restaurant , La Trattoria (great pizzas, pasta and sandwiches/family owned). Sul Ross has a great Museum of the Big Bend and a huge indoor salt water pool that is open to the public. There are also some great hiking trails behind the university that give you an amazing 360 view of the country (15-20 minutes up). There is a "desk" on the top of Sul Ross Hill that has a notebook in it to record your ruminations - fun activity!
The skies in our country are unfathomably clear and beautiful so make sure to schedule a Star Gazing party at McDonald's Observatory in Fort Davis about 45 minutes away. The Fort is also a lovely spot.
Balmorhea boasts the largest spring fed public pool in the state, with amazing cottage rentals..check them out!
Down South near the border and the Park:
Terlingua Ghost Town boasts the Starlight Theatre/Restuarant, Desert Sports runs river trips/biking trips: great folk, Lajitas Resort is "lovely."
Big Bend Ranch State Park tends not to be as busy as BBNP and has a wonderful (and cheap) bunkhouse for accommodations OR the old adobe ranch headquarters that is dreamy. Great camping, hiking, biking etc..The Solitario region is awesome and one of our fave spots.
Blue Water Grocery Store for organic food on Hwy 118 south.
Saturdays: Farmer's Market is 1 block away on Murphy Street (be still my heart:) in the old Ritchey Hotel that is being lovingly (and slowly) restored.
Regina's for mani/pedi Aveda Salon for hair
Call/email me with any questions.
"Neighbor Nancy" has Brown Dog Gardens next door and is your "go to person" if you have any immediate needs when here or I am a text away :)
Art work in Studio is by Woody Farris (Fredericksburg), Lizanne Thate (Austin), Matt Skinner (Alpine, Austin, CO). We have more of their "stuff" at Galeria Sibley, 2 blocks away/