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Escape the Heat in Alpine Texas: A Cool Haven of Adventure and Relaxation

As the summer heat intensifies in cities like Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, many Texans seek a refreshing escape. Imagine a place where the air is cooler, the sky is clearer, and the pace is just a little bit slower. Welcome to Alpine TX! Sitting pretty at almost a mile above sea level, Alpine boasts average daytime temperatures that are usually 10 degrees or more cooler than many other parts of Texas. As the sun sets, the temperatures drop even further, providing a blissful respite from the heat. Plus, the low humidity makes it feel even more comfortable. Nestled in the stunning Big Bend region, Alpine is the perfect retreat from sweltering temperatures and humidity. With its cooler mountain air, charming attractions, and welcoming hospitality, Alpine is the ideal destination for those looking to unwind and explore. Here’s your ultimate guide to beating the heat in Alpine while making the most of its unique offerings.

Here, we’re offering recommendations on things to do during the summer in the Big Bend of Texas. As always, we’ve visited them all so our recommendations are first-hand and things we love to do. For our complete list of Things to See and Places to Do, visit our website Area page.

Dive into Refreshing Waters at Balmorhea State Park

People in a pool of clear turquoise waterOne of the best ways to cool off in the Big Bend area is by visiting Balmorhea State Park. This park is just a short drive from Alpine and boasts the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. The 1.3-acre pool is up to 25 feet deep, holds 3.5 million gallons of water, and is home to an abundance of aquatic life like turtles, minnows, catfish, and pupfish. The crystal-clear waters, naturally maintained at a refreshing 72-76°F year-round, provide the perfect respite from the summer heat. Whether you’re swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, or simply lounging by the pool, Balmorhea offers a serene and invigorating experience.

an announcement for a summer speakers series called Deep Dives held at Balmorhea State Park every Saturday night in June and JulyAnd there’s more! Every Saturday in June and July, Balmorhea State Park hosts Deep Dives, a Summer Speaker Series. Deep Dives is an evening talk series held at the Balmorhea campground that delves into various fascinating topics about nature and the cosmos. Have you ever wanted to know more about the stars, how native plants survive, the way nature affects our brains, and more? These talks will help you observe the world in ways you may have never considered before. Each weekend, passionate speakers will go deep into topics that relate to the great outdoors. Enjoy an evening under the desert sky, learning something new with a view!

Make a full day of your Balmorhea experience!

Discover Art and Culture

a painting of a river, behind it are clouds and a storm. On the right is a rugged, stark hill and on the left is sand.The Museum of the Big Bend is a must-visit for anyone interested in the rich history and vibrant culture of West Texas. Recently, the museum opened a new wing dedicated to early West Texas artists, showcasing their unique contributions to the region’s artistic heritage. This new addition features works that capture the rugged beauty and spirit of the West Texas landscape, providing visitors with a deeper appreciation for the area’s artistic legacy.

In addition to the new wing, the Museum of the Big Bend offers a variety of exhibits that explore the region’s local history, culture, and natural environment. Visitors can learn about the indigenous peoples who originally inhabited the area, the pioneers and settlers who shaped its development, and the diverse flora and fauna that make the Big Bend region so unique. Interactive displays and historical artifacts bring these stories to life, making the museum a fascinating and educational experience for all ages.

two hibiscus flowers made of a collage of different media.For art enthusiasts, the galleries in Alpine, Marfa, Marathon, Terlingua, and Fort Davis are a must. These galleries display a diverse range of artwork, from contemporary pieces to traditional Texan art. Stroll through the charming streets of these towns, discovering rare finds and chatting with local artists. The art scene in this region is both dynamic and inspiring, providing a perfect cultural escape.

Enjoy Star Gazing in Clear Night Skies

The milky wayOne of the most magical experiences in Alpine is stargazing under the clear, dark skies. Far from the light pollution of major cities, the Big Bend of Texas offers an unparalleled view of the night sky. Join a star party at the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, where you can use high-powered telescopes to explore the cosmos. For a more intimate experience, join the folks at Dark Skies Texas, located at the Marathon Motel & RV Park in Marathon. Or, simply lay back on one of the chairs by our fire pit and marvel at the multitude of stars, planets, and celestial phenomena visible to the naked eye.

Savor Local Flavors with Wine Tastings

two stemless wine glasses with the name Petit Bijou, one with red wine and one with white. Bottles are behing the glasses.Alpine and the surrounding Big Bend region are home to some of Texas’s most delightful vineyards and wine bars. Spend a leisurely afternoon sampling local wines in Fort Davis and Marfa, each offering a taste of the region’s unique terroir, and then head back to Alpine for a taste of France. If suds are more your thing, Marathon hosts a highly acclaimed nano-brewery. Our blog post, Unwind, Uncork, Explore: Vineyards, Wine Bars, and Brews in the Big Bend of Texas, provides a comprehensive guide to the best spots for wine, beer, and food. Enjoy a glass of your favorite on a shaded patio while taking in the beautiful mountain views, or in an eclectic restaurant, enjoying local flare.

Adventure and Relaxation Combined

For those who enjoy outdoor activities, early-morning hikes in the surrounding Chisos and Fort Davis mountains are a fantastic way to experience the natural beauty of the Big Bend region. The cooler morning temperatures make for comfortable hiking conditions, and the trails offer breathtaking views. We can even provide a customized to-go breakfast including all your favorites, like our homemade yogurt, breakfast cookies, power bars, and more!

If hiking isn’t your thing, the Big Bend area boasts several scenic drives that allow you to experience the beauty of the Chisos and Fort Davis mountains.

Two glasses of wine with rose wine, on a fire pit, with a plate of dip topped with tomatoes and surrounded by carrots, bread and cucumber slices. There's a bottle of Love Noir wine as well.After a morning of exploration, return to Alpine Bed and Breakfast to relax and rejuvenate. Our front porch is the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of wine, savoring one of our delightful packages, such as the Cheese & Wine, Smoked Salmon Dip, or Traditional Hummus Plate. If you prefer a more secluded retreat, our Twin Sisters Ensuite room features a private porch and hot tub, ideal for soothing sore muscles after a day of hiking or excursions. Imagine soaking in the jetted water, wine in hand, as you watch the stars begin to twinkle overhead.

The Alpine Bed and Breakfast Experience

Ricotta filled crepes with whipped cream and berries, coffee, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs

At Alpine Bed and Breakfast, we pride ourselves on providing an exceptional stay in a historic, lovingly maintained home. Our B&B, a 137-year-old restored treasure, offers a blend of charm, comfort, and luxury. Our guests are treated to a gourmet breakfast each morning that’s carefully prepared with their tastes and requirements in mind. From fluffy pancakes to savory frittatas, our breakfast options are designed to delight every palate.

Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our 5-star ratings. Guests consistently praise our attentive service, cozy accommodations, and welcoming atmosphere that makes them feel right at home. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a mix of both, Alpine Bed and Breakfast is the perfect base for your Big Bend of Texas getaway.

Plan Your Escape

A man in sun glasses standing head to head with a donkey looking down at the groundReady to beat the heat and discover the magic of Alpine TX and the surrounding area? Check out our Area Page to see Events in the Tri-County area and a comprehensive List of Things to Do while you’re here, then book your stay with us to experience the best that the Big Bend region has to offer. With its cooler temperatures, diverse attractions, unparalleled hospitality, and proximity to the rest of the Big Bend area, Alpine is the ultimate summer retreat.

How to Make a Reservation

Elegant bedroom with king bed, fireplace, bistro table with two stools and large windows with white curtainsMaking a reservation at Alpine Bed and Breakfast is easy. Simply visit our website and choose from our range of beautifully appointed rooms. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo retreat, we have accommodations to suit your needs.

Contact Us

For more information or to inquire about availability, please contact us at:

Phone: (432) 538-7032

We look forward to welcoming you to Alpine Bed and Breakfast, where unforgettable memories are made.

Sharon & Tom
Alpine Bed and Breakfast
(432) 538-7032

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