Many of you may never of heard of this little West Texas town but take it from me this town should be on your bucket list.
The Big Bend Brewing Company was established in Alpine in 2012 and it is well worth a visit; in fact, it was our first stop as we settled into town. It is situated just on the outskirts of town and has a tap room. We were greeted by friendly bar staff and introduced to some pretty good beers. I loved the light, pilsner, Tejas and Gene tried a pretty strong darker beer. We both agreed the beer was solid and the choices extensive. The atmosphere is casual, and we pulled up a seat on a wooden bench and met some of the locals.
The Big Bend Brewing Company is "Austin Trendy" in the sense that any good Austin Trendsetter would be quite happy in the surroundings that have been created here. We went for the beer but were pleasantly surprised by the ambiance.
So once you arrive in Alpine be sure to head to The Big Bend Brewery for a nice cold beer, you will be happy that you did. The Tap room is open:
TAP ROOM HOURS
Thursday from 4 PM–8 PM
Friday from 4 PM–8 PM
Saturday from 1 PM–8 PM
Sunday from 1 PM–8 PM
Monday from 4 PM–8 PM
Check out the website at www.bigbendbrewing.com/
Guzzi Up is a pizza, pasta bar in the center of town. When we fist pulled up I though the architecture or the general look of the place seemed somewhat strange. It was it turns out this place is a converted gas station.
Once inside you will find friendly service, a full bar and a menu that offers specialty pizza and pasta at reasonable prices. We opted for a couple of pizza's and were were not disappointed.
A really good and economical option for a place to stay in Alpine is The Lofts in the downtown area. We chose to stay here and were pleasantly surprised at the size of the space and the outside seating patio. I found The Lofts listed on Airbnb and for two nights we paid $80 a night. What we loved about the space was the cleanliness, the outdoor patio and the location which is close to so much downtown. If you find yourself planning a trip to Alpine I would recommend considering The Lofts as your place to stay.
Alpine is perfectly located only 17 miles from the Marfa Lights viewing station, 27 miles from the town of Marfa , 23 miles to Fort Davis , 83 miles from Terlingua and 72 miles from Big Bend National Park. We made Alpine our base to visit Fort Davis and Marfa and it’s was a perfect location with the added benefit of so much to see and do in Alpine itself.
Take a Tour of the Town Murals
There are amazing murals in Alpine at every turn. On our first morning we wandered downtown in search of breakfast and stumbled upon this artist at work just across from The Lofts where we were staying.
There are many reasons to visit Alpine I highly recommend exploring this town for a weekend or spend a week and really get to know the place and meet some locals.
One of my favorite places that we discovered was the Holland Hotel. We walked over to the historic hotel on our second night.
Built in 1928 by JR Holland, a local rancher, this architectural masterpiece was designed by acclaimed architect Henry Trost. This place is beautiful! When we return to the area we plan on staying here. On this trip we headed over to the hotel for dinner and drinks.
The atmosphere in the bar was friendly and inviting. We had a lot of fun meeting locals and getting tips for travel. We made friends with the mayor who shared his passion for his hometown ,Alpine ......oh and the food and drinks were great !
If you are in Alpine be sure to check out The Holland Hotel either as an option to stay or for dinner and drinks- you wont be disappointed.
The Holland Hotel