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Alpine, Marfa, and Fort Davis: A Tiny Taste of this Triangle of West Texas Towns

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A tour through Alpine, Marfa, and Fort Davis will give you only a tiny taste of what these Texas towns can offer, but it’s a delicious one at that. Take a drive to Alpine, and you’ll discover Holland Avenue, where you’ll find Big Bend Arts Council’s Gallery on the Square and not only a varied assortment of great art, but also an affordable selection. Paintings, sculptures, pottery and jewelry that have been created by local artists fill the space fully and completely. Featuring 24 different artists in a number of mediums, the gallery promotes creativity through regional art exhibitions, lessons, art supply discounts, workshops, guest artists, and a scholarship fund. There’s really more to this wonderful place, but that’s the tiny taste of it.

Alpine, Marfa, and Fort Davis: A Tiny Taste of this Triangle of West Texas Towns

Photo: Flickr/Jay Galvin

Also along Holland in Alpine is Front Street Books. Here you’ll find copies of the literature that have been on your list of “to buy” for quite some time now but you never really got around to finding it – some of them signed by the author, no less. They carry new, used, and out-of-print titles, based on what their customers request, and they favor history but carry a variety of other topics including science, children’s fiction and non-fiction, cookbooks, religion and spirituality, general fiction, and science fiction and fantasy. Now you can grab yourself some lunch and head west to Marfa.

Alpine, Marfa, and Fort Davis: A Tiny Taste of this Triangle of West Texas Towns

Photo: Flickr/Nan Palmero

Marfa has an eclectic variety of businesses that will catch your eye, including not only boutiques/shops, but also galleries (being an arts hub of West Texas), and restaurants that are all over the palate…er’ map. A quick trip to Highland Avenue and you’ll find the Hotel Paisano Gift Shop, which is quite extensive and also has a remarkable book and art section. Next, you’ll want to head over to Dean Street where you’ll find Cobra Rock. This is a leather boot and accessory company with all product being made in the USA. Started in 2011, they carry western-inspired footwear and leather accessories that are designed by store owners Colt Miller and Logan Caldbeck, and they also carry additional small, independent designer products and brands which are made-in-the-USA. And a tiny taste of Marfa wouldn’t be much without a visit to the infamous Prada Marfa art installation. So take a little side trip approximately five miles past Valentine on US 90, where you’ll see the structure which was built in 2005 and continues to attract curious tourists such as yourself (and us.)

Alpine, Marfa, and Fort Davis: A Tiny Taste of this Triangle of West Texas Towns
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