Where to Stay:
When you’re in Alpine, it’s the Holland Hotel that offers the ultimate fusion of hospitality, convenience, and culture. Designed by Henry Trist and opened in 1928, this classic hotel offers an authentic slice of the Big Bend community and hosts countless local events. Located in the center of downtown Alpine, step outside the front doors and be within walking distance from shopping, galleries, dining, and live music. Relax and admire the sunset from their famous penthouse or grab a delicious cocktail in the cozy outdoor courtyard. The romance is alive and well in this luxurious West Texas hotel.
Where to Eat:
The original Reata Restaurant was established in the scenic Davis Mountains of West Texas and was named after the famous ranch in the James Dean classic movie, "Giant,” which was filmed in nearby Marfa. This restaurant offers a superb fine-dining atmosphere with legendary Texas cuisine. Be prepared, this is not food for the faint of heart. From Chicken Fried Steak to Calf Fries or the Pepper Crusted Tenderloin and Cowboy Rib Eye Steak, this is a dining experience not to miss out on.
Where to Drink:
Conjoined with the Granada Theatre and Courtyard, Saddle Club is a comfy gathering place that features a full-service bar and a mouth-watering menu, inspired by tapas around the world that changes daily. The Saddle Club has a private upstairs area, which is an ideal location for smaller gatherings such as family reunions, wedding receptions and birthdays.
Where to Explore:
Big Bend Brewing Co.
Founded with a passion for small-batch craft beer and a love for the weathered, mountainous landscape of West Texas, Big Bend Brewing Co. is utilizing old-world brewing traditions to capture the essence of West Texas twelve ounces at a time. Tours are available on Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm, where you will get a behind-the-scenes overview of traditional brewery productions while learning the deep history of Big Bend Brewing. Take the afternoon to relax and beat the sun by sipping on one (or five) of the numerous unique and refreshing in-house brews served.
Where to Rock:
The historic Granada Theatre has undergone extensive remodeling and updating to create a state-of-the-art Performance and Events Center that serves the Alpine community and the surrounding region. The grounds of Granada not only host music and theatrical performances but can be rented out for community and private events. The main area offers exceptional lights and sound, a large stage, and a full-catering kitchen. There is a quaint courtyard with an open air place to grab some fresh air or a quiet conversation while still enjoying the echoes of the performance going on inside.
Where to Shop:
Cheshire Cat Antiques
This family-owned business is a true cultural gem in the city of Alpine. The owners are extremely welcoming and are well-informed on the items they sell. The store itself has a myriad of fabulous treasures due to the owners' keen eyes for detail and aesthetic taste. The owners are incredibly articulate while providing a historic back story for every piece sold in the store.