The dog and child friendly Alpine Studio is located at 106 West Murphy Street downtown Alpine on historic Murphy Street, within easy walking distance of everything in Alpine. Three beds - 1 king 1 full and 1 single - comfortably accommodate one - a couple or - families and friends. The master king bed is a talalay organic latex and cotton dreamily comfy mattress with silky soft sheets and a light down comforter (nights are chilly in the high desert) The Studio is quite large. There is a full size and antique Portuguese twin bed in the second room (separated by heavy 10 foot high denim curtains - not a wall) There's a large yellow circular dining room table with 4 chairs by the kitchen in the main room and an additional cafe table for 2 in the second bedroom and one outside in front of the building: great for people watching! (AND ordering 'delicioso' food from Jalapenos mexican restaurant 3 doors down AND give you 10% off the tab:)
The Alpine Studio is 1/2 block south of the Amtrak station (there is 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.'
Alpine is located at 'the hub of the wheel' and the neighboring communities are approx. 20 minutes away in 3 directions:
Marfa (west/huge minimalist art scene - Donald Judd), Marathon (east/Gage hotel)
Fort Davis (north/Historic Fort, McDonald's Observatory)
The Alpine Studio is very spacious with 2 private front entrances and 1 back door leading out to the back yard where here are lavender deck chairs and additional seating, along with an umbrella. It's a 2 bedroom (3 beds: 1 king 1 full futon and 1 twin)/1 bath with fully stocked kitchen (fridge/toaster oven/microwave and single hot plate burner) and enormous sink. As you enter the main room, there is the king bed and in the adjoining room, separated by curtains, there is the additional full size futon and a twin bed. The Studio is very pet friendly. There are 3 central ac/heat units and a laundry facility. Please smoke outdoors (and remember we're in the beautiful tinder box of the mountainous Chihuahuan Desert :)
We have high speed internet - and a TV with DVDS but no cable.
The Alpine Studio is located next door to several fun shops and restaurants where you can dine on tasty mexican food ('Jalapeños'),Tom Curry Gallery next door and shop for gifts and treasures (Murphy Street Mercado) or watch the sunset from the second story balcony of the (original) Ritchey Hotel Wine Saloon which has just reopened after 60 plus years!
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 Amtrack 'tracks')
Holland street boasts: the Holland Hotel (2 blocks) with a great bar and restaurant, 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, Gallery on The Square, Kiowa Gallery, 'yours truly' at Galeria Sibley) and locally owned Front Street books (daily New York Times/Wall Street Journal available). Plaine coffee shop (wonderful homemade pastries/cappucinos) with the best West Texas 'cow dogs' next door (including vegan:) Plaine coffee shop (3 blocks) and the Holland Hotel (2 blocks). 'Guzzi Up' across from the Holland Hotel (1 block away) and the Bread and Breakfast (2 blocks) are also dynamite breakfast/lunch spots.
Sul Ross State University is about 12 blocks east on Holland Avenue. Sul Ross University has a great Museum Of The Big Bend and a huge indoor salt water pool that is open to the public and costs $2:). 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! Prada Marfa in Valentine is also a tres chic spot to locate for the intrepid traveller that may want to experience 'all things Marfa.:)'
Big Bend National Park/the mexican border are about 45 minutes south. (Terlingua Ghost Town boasts the Starlight Theatre/restaurant, Desert Sports runs river trips/biking trips: great folk)
Big Bend Ranch State Park tends not to be as busy as BBNationalPark 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 9-10:30 am: Farmer's Market is 1 block away on Murphy Street (be still my heart:)
Pretty Bird Salon on Murphy Street or Americana Aveda Salon for hair.
Call/email me with any questions.
'Neighbor Nancy' has Brown Dog Gardens down the street 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/Fredericksburg), Matt Skinner (Alpine, Colorado Springs), Roger Cutforth (San Miguel/Terlingua), Shiloh Sibley-Cutforth (Austin), Rachel Sibley (Alpine/Austin), Liz Sibley (mosaics). We have more of their 'stuff' at Galeria Sibley.
Please check out by 11a.m. unless you have made other arrangements with us.
There is a $10 charge per stay for use of the 3rd bed (this enables me to keep my cleaning costs lower for small parties and keep my cleaning friends happier with the extra linens - thanks in advance for your understanding !) and an additional $10 charge per stay if you have dogs that shed because of the 'double vacuuming' required post stay. Honor system: plz pop in pink box on top of fridge upon leaving!
Special reduced rate for week reservations can only utilize one weekend ie no Sat to Sat bookings please
*Not responsible for accidents that occur on the property*