What your guests will love about your home
The Alpine Studio, on historic Murphy Street, is in walking distance of everything in Alpine and 25 mins from Marfa. The Studio is filled with art: open, spacious colorful and charming. There are 3 beds/1 bath/full kitchen. Come stargaze!
Alpine is located at "the hub of the wheel" and the neighboring communities of Marfa (West/huge minimalist art scene:Donald Judd), Marathon (East/Gage Hotel), Fort Davis (North: McDonald's Observatory/Historic Fort) are approx. 20 minutes away in any given direction.
The Alpine Studio is 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."
The Alpine Studio is very spacious with 2 private front entrances and 1 back door leading out to the back yard. It's a 2 bedroom (3 beds) 1 bath with fully stocked kitchen (fridge/toaster oven/microwave and single hot plate burner) and enormous sink. The queen bed as you enter is a dreamily comfy organic latex mattress. In the next room (separated by curtains) is a full size futon with soft sheets and a light down comforter (nights are chilly in the high desert). There is an additional twin bed in this adjoining room. . It's quite comfy and spacious :) It is very pet friendly. There is a central AC/heat unit, with supplemental heaters for the occasional chilly day/night. Please smoke outdoors ( and remember we're in the beautiful tinder box of the mountainous Chihuahuan desert :)
There are 6 lavender deck chairs and a purple umbrella in the back yard.
The Alpine Studio is located next door to our other BnB: The Historic Bottle House, as well as 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).
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 restaurant. Across from the Holland is a fab restaurant/bar with gluten free (if you wish) pizza: Guzzi Up. 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 (1 block), 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:) and lightening fast internet. The Studio uses "alpinefreenet" which serves all of downtown so if you need super fast connectivety - head to the Holland Hotel a block away (very friendly to internet users and lovely ambience) or the muy groovy PLAINE coffee shop 3 blocks away.
Sul Ross State University is about 8 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 and costs $1. 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!
Big Bend National Park/the Mexican border are about 45 minutes south. (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 from 9 -10:30 am 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/ped(URL HIDDEN)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 (F'burg) and Matt Skinner (Alpine, CO), Roger Cutforth (San MIguel), Shiloh Sibley-Curtforth (photography), Bob Bell (Alpine), Karen Nakakihara (Alpine: pottery with whimsical animal designs), Liz Sibley (mosaics- Alpine/Austin) We have more of their "stuff" at Galeria Sibley.
Please check out by 11 am unless you have made other arrangements with us.
What your guests will love about your neighborhood
We are located in the high desert mountains of West Texas: The Chihuahuan Desert, about 1.5 hours north of the Mexican border town of Ojinaga (Presidio on the US side). Alpine is a small town of 6,000 with Sul Ross State University located here.
The Alpine Studio, on historic Murphy Street, is in walking distance of everything in Alpine and 25 mins from the internationally renown minimalist Art Haven of Marfa (google Donald Judd:). The Studio is located next door to our other BnB: The Historic Bottle House and is filled with art: open, spacious colorful and charming. There are 3 beds/1 bath/full kitchen. We are home to McDonald's Observatory so the skies are unfathomably clear - come Stargaze!
Big Bend National Park is 1 hour away - practically in our "backyard:)" Distances are vast out here - it is cowboy country. Great hiking, camping. Amtrak is across the street from us - 1 good way to get here. The nearest airport is 2.5 hours away in Midland or 3 hours away in El Paso.