West Texas is near and dear to the FELIZ heart- many of our vendors name it as a recurring source of inspiration for their palette, pace of life, and connection to nature- making a point to go many times a year.
Today we’re celebrating FELIZ sponsor Big Bend Brewing Company! Based out of Alpine, BBBC takes you on a little libation vacation (HA) with beers like Terlingua Gold Pale Ale, La Frontera IPA and a double chocolate porter, Dark Sky that sounds like it would be great around a fire pit.
We’re sharing our favorite tips for BBBC hometown Alpine. Where to sleep, eat, shop, hike, and drink. *The BBBC taproom is high up on the list.
We picked a few highlights of the town knowing that a) it’s always changing, b) there is definitely more waiting to be found. Here are a few places that stick out in our memory. Tell us what we forgot!
After a day of exploring, a great tex-mex dinner at La Casita will be restorative. They carry Big Bend, too so make sure you wash down your enchiladas with a Terlingua Gold.
We recommend starting with a breakfast on the patio in The Century Grill at The Holland Hotel. Get out there early enough and it might still be cool out! You can set the tone for the day, enjoying the West Texas air and reading the local paper.
Alpine is home to Sul Ross University, where students like to study with the wind in their hair. Or one prankster did, anyway. Hike to The Desk at the top of Hancock Hill, have a seat, and take in the view.
Cedar Coffee and Supply matches the bright serenity of the town with it’s simple layout and top shelf coffee. If you aren’t able to leave all your work at home, stop in for some mid-afternoon caffeine and wifi.
I would consider going to Alpine just to peruse Ring-Tail Records. The kind of shop that has it all. Might we suggest a Doug Sahm record to get you in that tex-mex vibe?
Y’all get out to the Big Bend Brewery! All the classics on tap, and a few weird ones. I have a suspicion you’d get the real local tips spending an afternoon at the taproom. Pick up a six pack to take camping in Big Bend. The brewery is open Thursday through Monday 4–8 but opens early at 1 Saturday and Sunday.
Perhaps the most important part of your stay. Alpine has really great options and you can’t go wrong. As you drive into town, the neon florals of The Maverick Hotel welcome you. Good news - they have some of the comfiest beds in all of Texas and a lovely little patio.
The Holland Hotel already mentioned has a restaurant, bar, spa, and the possibility of ghost spotting.
If you really want to get away from it all- there are numerous Airbnbs. We selected this “Slice of Heaven” for it’s view, rustic aesthetic, and apparent abundance of geodes. A pot or coffee and that porch is really truly all you need.