We were honored to learn that Lyle Lovett had been a guest at Casa Vida and had written three songs during his stay. He expressed his thanks in the guest book entry shown that is framed at the house. You will be inspired, too, by your stay at Casa Vida ('Life House'), whose name signifies it's contribution to the lives of our guests. We hope that your visit to Casa Vida will also be a treasured experience, to be shared with friends and family and repeated as often as possible.Casa Vida offers the comforts of home, while immersing our guests in the natural and historical perspectives of the Big Bend region. The house itself, a renovated adobe featured in Alpine's historic home tour, is fully furnished and decorated with authentic pieces native to the rugged, yet refined confluence of Mexican, Texan, and Western cultures that makes the legendary Big Bend Country unique in so many ways.Information below details the myriad amenities of Casa Vida.
Two separate and private living areas, joined by access to the remarkable and fully supplied kitchen, offer ideal accommodations for two couples or a couple and additional family or friends. Bring the friends or grandparents and stay in complete comfort and harmony!
The spacious grounds of Casa Vida offer privacy and ambiance that enhance enjoyment of the views of surrounding mountains and superb Alpine climate at 4500 feet elevation. Abundant sensory delights are guaranteed. Little known fact: Alpine's average high temperature for July and August is 89 degrees and its average night-time temperature for the same months is 65 degrees! (heaters and blankets provided year-round!)
Our guests at Casa Vida face an ongoing dilemma: whether to relax at the seductively peaceful and therapeutic house and grounds, experience the surrounding historic district with its distinctive architecture, shops, art galleries, restaurants, and entertainment (you've got to check out Big Bend's only honky tonk, Railroad Blues!)-all in walking distance, or set out on an easy day trip to explore the natural and cultural wonders that lie to the north, south, east, and west.
A quick look at a map and internet info will show you that Alpine is the best home-base from which to see the majestic and multi-faceted Big Bend Country. Let us share Casa Vida-a home that will become a part of your life!
wash all dishes remove trash from house and place in outside container No fires
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this property. The only thing that was a hiccup was finding it in the dark, since we arrived after 10pm. The host was incredibly gracious and called back to make sure we were able to find the house and get inside, even that late in the evening. Once we were in and settled, it was such a great place to relax and lounge in. The outdoor space is just as inviting, we spent the evenings outside talking and building great memories with our daughters. We would definitely come back here and would highly recommend! :)
Great location, very clean, and really enjoyed the outdoors. Be aware of the location because there is a train that stops and it literally cuts you off from town so you will have to wait but other than that it was absolutely fantastic!
My husband and I came with friends and the set up of the home allowed each couple to have complete privacy. The home was very clean (a must for me) and stocked with the essentials. The neighborhood was a bit run down but very quiet. The patio was a wonderful place to visit and enjoy the cactus garden. Highly recommend this home.
We loved the carport with gate. Beds are comfortable. The yard has several areas to relax in. Property is older than I realized. My wife and I are 75 years and older. We need safety bars in showers. The kitchen needs a new range. The existing one is very old and settings on the oven cannot be read. The utensil drawers hold a Hodge-podge of different items just thrown together and did not look clean. We spent our days away from the house and overall had a nice stay.
My wife, daughter (8yrs) and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Master bed was comfortable, property was easily accessible and had the location we wanted close to the Davis Mtns and both National and State parks. The property owner and manager were extremely helpful.
The house had character I stayed with my three sons and we had enough room to spread out and plenty of great spaced to get together.
The property is delightful. We especially enjoyed the outside yards. As there was an unexpected eight inches of snow, the yard provided the perfect spot for a snowman and snowball fight. We spent the week exploring hiking trails in Big Bend and the Davis Mountains. Because of Covid19, we prepared our own meals in the well-equipped kitchen. The comfortable beds provided a much needed good night's sleep.
The house was so cozy and spacious. We all loved how many areas we had both inside and out. There was plenty of room for us to be together. And plenty of room on the many patios outside for space and views. Thanks again!
Awesome place would definitely stay there again when we come and visit again!!
This property is amazing! We had so much fun in this colorful Adobe. Highly recommend this property!
There was a mixup with the cleaning crew and the property was not ready. Called Robert and he was very apologetic and made arrangements for the cleaning crew to address the problem. He paid for a Hotel stay for us. I really appreciate the response and could tell he was very sincere in his apology.
We totally enjoyed our stay in Alpine! We had a small problem getting in, but the owner quickly remedied that. The layout is a little funky, the back bedroom is very separate from the front, but second bedroom is open to the living room area. There is a lot of outdoor space to congregate in. We had to use the front bedroom, because, the swamp cooler in the back was not working and it was unseasonably warm for our stay (90's). The front swamp cooler did keep the rest of the house comfortable. I would highly recommend earplugs and an eye mask if you are a light sleeper. My husband thought the mattress was more comfortable than our own- he's been having back issues.
Communicated well with host and enjoyed the home.
We had a wonderful time! The home was great! It was clean and very comfortable. We would recommend this home to anyone traveling to the Big Bend Area!
The house was chock full of Mexican art and Talavera pottery, which we really like. We spent a good deal of time out on the shaded patio, taking in the beautiful yard. Unfortunately, the temps rose to the high 90's most days and didn't cool off much at night. The evaporative cooler in the living room window, along with a ceiling fan and floor fan kept the living area comforatable, but it was not cool enough for me to sleep at night (in the bed off the living room). The evaporative cooler (which is older) in the master bedroom wing of the house did not cool down that part of the house much. We cooked almost all our meals at the house, but found the stove/oven challenging. All the dial settings are worn off. Robert communicated that it's on his list to replace the stove/oven. If the temperature had been cooler and more typical of Alpine at the time of year, the house would have been more comfortable. Robert was very responsive.
This home provided my family and I a memorable weekend! The unique layout and wonderful outdoor areas provided great picture opportunities and the perfect escape from our everyday lives. Roberto provided all the information need for us to better prepare for our weekend getaway. Ft. Davis State Park is only 30 minutes away. We look forward to returning soon!
We stayed for almost a week in early August. It was our week-away during a summer when most travel has been heavily restricted, so we figured West Texas would be fun. Unfortunately most of the things we wanted to see - Fort Davis, Observatory, Big Bend were closed. Bummer. The house is cute and comfortable. It's very conveniently located about three blocks from downtown. We often walked over in the morning hours to get some coffee and do a little sightseeing. There are two good Tex-Mex restaurants within walking distance, one just a block away! Most all the other restaurants can be reached by car in 5 minutes. The house itself has plenty of room for a family. The back bedroom lacks a shower and there is no privacy door on the bathroom at all, which means you need to close the hallway door if you are concerned about that. We usually walked to the front bedroom to use the shower. The swampcoolers/AC do fine at keeping the house cool at night (even cold) though during the day the house can be warm. Hey - its August in West Texas. I figure this isnt an issue for most of the year. I had trouble sleeping in the front room because the swamp cooler was so loud and had a mechanical noise to it that drove me nuts. The kids didnt care. The back bed room was much more like a white-noise machine but also loud. Flip side is that the floorboards in the back bedroom creak like crazy! I'm a lite sleeper so I had a hard time in either room. The surrounding neighborhood is a mix of well-maintained places and some real rundown properties. I never felt unsafe but the area has seen better days. One real plus of the house was the gated yard (big yard) that we enjoyed in the evenings. The fence is high and provided a sense of privacy and security. I enjoyed sitting on the front porch rockers at night where you can see Sul Ross University up on the hill. We also laid out in the yard and watched the stars at night. In short, a fun place for a family . We wanted something in downtown Alpine and this house fit the bill. There were nicer and newer properties in Marfa but Alpine is a cute town with some nice restaurants and a good central base for seeing some highlights of West Texas. I guess we'll have to come back when they're open! Robert the property manager was great with communication and quick to respond.
Cada Vida provided an excellent retreat in one of our favorite west Texas towns. We especially liked the large yard and the various outdoor areas on different sides of the house. The beds are comfortable, but be aware that the two front sleeping areas are quite close, while the master suite is secluded. The two rooms with fans stay very cool while the middle room can get rather warm because the curtains don’t fully cover the windows. If you are planning to cook, be aware that temperature precision is difficult on the older stove and oven. The house is in a great location, making it easy to walk around Alpine. Thanks for a nice, relaxing place to stay, Connie.
We loved our stay at this great little casa in the desert!
We really enjoyed the property and the beautiful home and hope to return again.
Close to downtown (9 blocks to center), some railroad whistles but not a problem, plenty of room but strange layout with front door/living room opening onto master bedroom! It has a great back yard with a couple of patios that are great for drinks and conversation. Worth a visit.
The house was easy to access, close to everything but offered a private yard and experience. The house was cutely decorated and provided all we needed for our stay. The master suite was great...remaining beds are open to the rest of the house so you need to be close friends or family. It certainly met our needs and we throughly enjoyed our stay. House was very clean. Only wish it had been warmer so we could have enjoyed the yard more.
The house was good for my daughter and her husband and I because it had 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom. Clean house close to downtown. The radiator heaters worked well to heat the house. Would recommend.
Perfect spot for wheeling around the mountains.
Casa Vida was a great place for us to call home while we visited the Big Bend area. Convenient to McDonald Observatory, Big Bend Nat Park, and the local towns we had a great time here. Connie provided some good recommendations on “must dos” for the area. The house slept all 6 of us comfortably. The yard was nice and had a couple of great spots to enjoy our morning coffee. The only drawback was the kitchen, specifically the stove/oven. We’re a group that likes to cook and temperature regulation on this small range was a challenge. With a new range this would be the perfect spot in the quaint town of Alpine.
We wanted to spend times in both locations during our short stay so Alpine was ideal place to stay to maximize our time in the park and also see other sites. Funky and fun house. We loved it!
Enjoyed it overall. the Master Bedroom could use a privacy curtain for the bath and toilet area. Also, the CD player in the MBR was not working properly to raise the lid to insert CDs. Finally figured out and had to manually raise it vertically. A small note sign there would help. Mosquitos were a major problem when we tried to sit outside front and back. Even insect spray did not work so much.
Perfect spot for our family get together celebrating our daughter's Masters of Science! Thank you.
We had a wonderful time staying at Casa Vida with our two sons while we attended our third son’s wedding. Connie was very helpful to us with our time constraints. We loved staying here and we look forward to staying here again the next time we are in the area!
Nice place to stay.
From the day we arrived to the day we left ten days later, we kept seeing new aspects of the decor, artwork, and woodwork throughout the entire house yard, and gardens. To us this meant that Casa Vida had to have been put together and created over a period of years of creativity and love. What a joy.
The home was clean, well-equipped, has lovely outdoor areas, and is wonderfully eclectic.
We had a very good stay at Casa Vida. The location was excellent, and we really enjoyed the outdoor spaces. The swamp cooler in the master bedroom kept it comfortably cool, even in August. However it's loud and blows extremely strong air near the entrance to the room, to the point we couldn't always hear each other and would have to go out of the room to talk easily. But it provided great white noise for sleeping. The master is down a hall from the rest of the house, with a few changes in levels, and it doesn't have much lighting in the hallway. So someone with balance or vision issues might not do well with it. Also there's no door to the master bathroom, so not much privacy. All of the common areas were clean, comfortable and homey, with lots of charming decorative touches. All of the beds were comfortable, esp. the queen in the master. The kitchen was well stocked, but unfortunately none of the dishes were very clean. That's probably because guests are required to wash them before leaving (there's no dishwasher), and many of us don't want to spend vacation time washing dishes for the next person, especially when paying a cleaning fee. Though granted, many VRBO properties expect this. Check in and check out was very easy. And of course, Alpine is a great place! Super cute town, lots to do in the area, with very friendly folks.
This vintage home is perfect for two to six people and probably more. The yard is filled with mature dessert cactus, flowers and plants along with three producing fruit trees; pear, plum and peach. Four porches make for enjoyment outside almost all day as the sun shifts across the sky. Although the temperature was around 100, we were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable we were during the hot, sunny hours. This home is overflowing with character and is one of my favorite places to stay.
Such a great relaxing home! Loved the outdoor space!!
The house is a couple of blocks off the Main Street in Alpine. We walked to dinner each night. The yard is a beautiful garden with several places to sit outside and enjoy. We look forward to coming back.
Cozy house with plenty of room for the four of us. Plenty of outdoor seating with nice shady table for playing games with the family. We had a great time and enjoyed our short stay.
Our family stayed here 11/3 11-5-17 . My husband and I and our grown sons and their girlfriends . What a great charming house . We enjoyed the coziness . We hope to be be able to come and stay again . The owner is awesome to work with .
Had a great stay here with 3 of my buddies. We were riding our motorcycles thru Big Bend & had a great time. The house was very nice with a secure place to park our bikes. It was so much better than staying at a hotel as we were able to spend quality time together. The accommodations were great & very comfortable. Easy access to all the places we wanted to go to. We would stay here again.
My family and I stayed at Casa Vida over the long Thanksgiving weekend. The home was clean and well stocked with comfortable beds and plenty of space to spread around both inside and out. We felt very safe. It is quite a drive to Big Bend but was just a short distance from Fort Davis. Alpine is a quaint and eclectic college town with a hopping main street filled with shops, galleries, several restaurants as well as places to grab a snack. It was a great launching spot due to there being a Family Dollar and Dollar General a few blocks away where we were able to pick up several items that we had forgotten to pack. Casa Vida is a definite recommend.
Our stay at Casa Vida was brief. José ran the M2M marathon on Saturday. We arrived Friday and left on Sunday. Casa Vida has the charm of West Texas and the neighborhood has that culturally diverse appeal of living near the Texas Mexican border. We ate dinner at La Casita which is within walking distance. The food and service were exceptionally good. The house floor plan and layout were as described and a group like ours could socialize or find a place to reflect privately. The outside patio(s) were quite a treat. We enjoyed the landscaping that highlights the character of the land. We sat and star gazed as much as we could under the brilliant night sky. The bedrooms were very private and featured very comfortable beds; the living area was set off from the bedrooms so late-night TV watching did not disturb those resting.
This quiet abode has everything one needs for a pleasant stay in Alpine. It is a perfect central location as a base for making day trips to Big Bend Park, Terlingua, Marfa, McDonald Observatory and other scenic destinations in the area. Casa Vida was a great experience and I recommend it highly. And I wrote a song while I was there....well, I started it, anyway...
Spent 3 nights at Casa Vida with the girls. First time to the area and had plenty to keep us active…actually too much to do in a few days. Loved Alpine, Big Bend, McDonald Observatory and of course Marfa! The kitchen and house were well equipped. The jacuzzi was a nice treat after a long day. To think that we may have sat in the same chair as ol' Lyle too! Would definitely return to Casa Vida!!!
Just came home from our second stay at Casa Vida in Alpine. Another great stay and hopefully not the last. The floor plan was great for several adults with everyone having their own space for sleeping. We spent most of our time on the many patios. Even in the middle of summer, they were very comfortable. Much cooler than rest of Texas. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the kitchen well-equipped. Stay here if you can. You won't regret it.
Our extended family spent a week at Casa Vida and had a wonderful time. The house is charming and very well equipped. There was plenty of room for sleeping inside the house. We also pitched a few tents in the yard to take advantage of the beautiful west Texas night sky! There are several lovely patios where we enjoyed gathering in the early morning and evening. The house is centrally located to the many attractions in the area. I wholeheartedly recommend Casa Vida.
We appreciate the availability of home rentals in areas we visit. The owner gave helpful direct instructions regarding the rental period. This house was charming, clean, cool and well kept; the photographs are accurate. We felt comfortable and safe. The separate sleeping areas were appreciated by this family as we don't all go to bed at the same time. We were in Alpine for a wonderful activity of our own, so can't recommend any attractions or restaurants but would recommend Casa Vida.
I rented Casa Vida for the month of April and am already planning next year's trip back to this charming place that keeps on giving me the most cherished memories. I hope to come back for a two-month stay next time! I have fallen in love with Alpine, its people, and all the magical events that keep opening my eyes to life. I have discovered a wonderful yoga studio around the corner (Big Bend Yoga) and an awesome organic health food store a mile or so away. The restaurant experiences have been amazing also.....especially The Holland Hotel courtyard on Thursday evenings when Rick is singing there. This trip to the Big Bend area, I decided to stay low-key and participate in what is happening in the local area.....so far, it has not let me down. I highly recommend Casa Vida....Connie has been very helpful when I needed something and the home is quite comfy and inviting. I migrate from the patio at the back of the house with the wonderful, most beautiful cactus garden ever, to the front porch to watch the sunset and the timed-lights around the porch that come on when it gets dark. It is sweet! A peaceful place to retreat to!
As an escape from the cold and snow of Michigan, my husband and I had the pleasure of staying at Casa Vida for the entire month of February. We found it to be the perfect house in the perfect town. We wanted to find a town where we would feel safe and a home that offered sidewalks outside the front door as we are avid walkers. The fact that Alpine is centrally located in Big Bend Country and that Casa Vida is an exceptional home was a much-appreciated bonus! There are so many details about the home that I love.....the southwestern decor, the library of materials about the area, the privacy of the lovely yard and patio, the well-stocked kitchen, the cleanliness, and the ideal location....to name a few. Seriously, there aren't superlatives enough to describe the time we spent at Casa Vida. Additionally, Connie was very accomodating and easy to work with. She checked in via email on occasion during the month to see how we were doing. If you are looking for the best place to stay in Alpine, Casa Vida is it!!
We had a 4 night vacation at West Texas, and very much enjoyed our stay at Casa Vida. The location was good; central and easy to find. The house had plenty of space to relax both indoors and outdoors. The patio was great for chilling with a glass of wine as well as enjoying breakfast outdoors, and watching hummingbirds feed on flowers. The interior of the house was decorated nicely, and the yard had interesting landscaping to make it enjoyable to hang out. The bed was super comfortable to sleep on. We cooked several meals in the kitchen, which was equipped well. The owner was very responsive and helpful, very good communication regarding the reservation and any questions we had. After we returned home, they contacted us that they had found eyeglasses from the house, before we even realized we had left something behind. They returned them to us fast and packed safely. We are very impressed both with the vacation house and the owner's high attention to detail in any aspect of service. Highly recommend staying at Casa Vida!
This was my fourth trip out to Big Bend and while I had driven through Alpine, I had never stayed and got to really see this gem of a town. At night there was live music on the main drag, during the day there were cute shops and restaurants to explore.....but I must say that the night I sat at the public park in the middle of the memorial rose garden which is next to a beautiful Catholic church was just amazing. The sun was setting when we arrived and there was a funeral letting out at the church. As the sun disappeared behind the mountains the roses let off the most beautiful perfume. I just sat there looking down over this small college town thinking how beautiful and eclectic it is. Casa Vida is a charming house. You can see how the owners have put much thought into restoring it. I love the layout, the courtyards, the porch....even the Christmas lights. Houses have a feel about them and this one radiates peace and tranquility. Practically speaking, the beds were very comfortable. There is a soaker tub in one bathroom and the most beautiful tiled shower in the other. The sunrise stained glass window in the master bedroom is wonderful to wake up to. Loved it there. I will go again.
We had an amazing time in this perfect Alpine home. It had everything we needed and was such a comfortable home to come back to after being at the Cowboy Poet Gathering all day. We will definitely be back!
We loved it... My husband and I, our son and his fiance' were visiting the Big Bend area for the very first time. Casa Vida was so welcoming after several days of traveling in the area. We loved the patio- even though it SNOWED! The house was conveniently located for all of our trips to the museum, observatory, and other surrounding attractions. There was plenty of room for everyone to stretch out and wind down after a long day. The kitchen was great and had everything we needed. We hope to come back in the spring and will stay here if available. I also got an awesome massage at the Purple Cactus.
We stayed for 4 nights. The property was great! We enjoyed every minute of it. The photo's on line depict the property well. We froze our butts off with the water coolers running!! We visited Big Bend, Marfa, Fort Davis & Mcdonald observatory. If you get a chance, take a jeep tour at the Sproul Ranch. It is well worth the time. We look forward to staying again.
My husband and I stayed at Casa Vida in April of 2012 and really enjoyed our stay there. The West Texas/Mexican style of the adobe home was so charming with its Talavera decor. We have stayed in bed and breakfasts all over the country and found this one to be exceptional with so many amenities, such as three tv's, Bose radios, Western CD's, and magazines and books about the area. It is a picturesque setting with climbing roses blooming in the yard and a patio for sitting outside.The house was very clean and well maintained, and even had a washer and dryer for longer stays. We enjoyed having breakfast at the bakery/coffee shop on the main street and really enjoyed dinner on two evenings at the Reata Restaurant. The Reata has great West Texas decor and really good food as well. When we are in Alpine we always walk in the park which has good birding. The museum at Sull Ross University is excellent with information on the history of the area, in particular the many petroglyphs found in the Big Bend area. We would also recommend going to a Star Party at the McDonald Observatory which we did a couple of years ago, and the birding nearby at the Indian Lodge State Park is excellent. This was our 13th trip to West Texas in the past 12 years so you can tell that we really enjoy it there, and we plan on another stay at Casa Vida. We would definitey recommend Casa Vida to friends.
I knew staying here would be special for us as it is centrally located to all of the activities in the Big Bend area. BUT what I didn't expect was the bird watching that would get me out of bed every morning, camera in hand. The peach tree in the backyard exposed us to more birds than I have ever seen in one spot. We saw Orioles, painted buntings, hummingbirds and more. My bird book and camera got a good workout. Very relaxing location, made out trip even more worthwhile!!!!!
My husband and parents joined me for a week in West Texas Big Bend country. We made Casa Vida our home base and took day trips to Big Bend, Balmorreah, Ft. Davis and Marfa. We enjoyed that the house had 2 master suites and privacy for each couple. We gathered for meals in the kitchen and for socializing under the covered patio. Alpine is a delightful town with a lot of character and history. While we ate most meals at the house, we enjoyed fine dining at the Reata for 1 dinner and lunch- delicious. There was some interesting shops downtown. The area has been under severe drought conditions and was very hot and dry during our stay. We witnessed first hand the damage of the recent wildfires. I would recommend Casa Vida to anyone interested in discovering this Texas treasure. It has a lot of charm and old west- including a daily train going through town.
I truly enjoyed my stay at your place. The decor was great. It exceeded my expectations, having never rented a home to stay in before. the location was great, I felt welcome, the layout worked well for our group. Thanks for the opportunity. The place was clean, stocked with all the amenities, great communication with owner. Definitely would recommend, and would love for it to be available any time I visit. Health food store was great, Alicia's restaurant was good and can't go wrong with Harry's for a cold beer after a motorcycle ride.
We stayed here for 2 nights in February, 2011. Casa Vida is very clean, neat and comfortable. The property has a distinctive rustic and western flavor. The owners are very accommodating and helpful. You can't go wrong with Casa Vida in Alpine, which is at the center of an area with interesting other villages. It is just a 30 minute drive to Marfa where we had dinner at Cochineal, a world-class restaurant and not to be missed. (It is worth the trip to this area just to eat at Cochineal.) There are good eateries in Alpine also: Bread & Breakfast Bakery Cafe, a funky bakery/breakfast place that is excellent and Reata, an up-scale steak house. Burritos are really good at Alicia's Burrito Place, just a block away from Casa Vida. So if in the Alpine-Marathon-Marfa area of Texas, Casa Vida is the place to stay! The listing description and photos at VRBO are accurate and reflect the ambiance of the place. Kudos to the owners -- Connie and Robert.
My husband and I and another couple recently visited the Big Bend area and had the good fortune of staying at Casa Vida and enjoyed our stay immensely. The cozy house was perfect for two couples traveling together because it offered two separate areas with separate baths joined by a kitchen so we could enjoy our time together and still have some privacy. The house is conveniently located to the highways that take you to Marathon or Lajitas which are at different entry points into Big Bend. The beds were very comfortable and the house is decorated with many paintings, nick nacks, plants and novelties that make the place fun to explore. I highly recomend Casa Vida as a wonderful place to stay.
The house was perfect for our family of four. The beds were very comfortable, and the house had all the amenities we needed. Our older son especially loved the jacuzzi bathtub and ALL the TV channels! We would highly recommend Casa Vida!
We came to Alpine with another couple in September for an adventure weekend of volunteering for a grape picking trip for Times Ten Cellars, which has their vineyard up in the Cathedral Mountains right outside of Alpine. Casa Vida was the perfect setting for our weekend in Alpine. We really felt we were in a small oasis all to ourselves with the mountains in the background, the quaint city of Alpine, the train line. Very historic. The house is set on a large piece of property that includes a small barn, rail ties, trees, western shrubs and climbing rose bushes loaded with roses in full bloom. There were 3 different patios to sit out on and enjoy the scenery and we used them all, especially in the evenings with the patio twinkle lights. The house is beautifully decorated with Santa Fe style/Mexican decor and we loved all the brightly painted walls. The owners had the house nicely stocked with all the little touches that made us feel right at home, from the books, candles, furnished kitchen and the great book of information on Alpine and the restaurants and shops to enjoy. The Mexican bathroom was a real treat with the Santa Fe shower and the mexican sink and toilet. Cute, cute, cute! The layout of the house with the kitchen in the center worked out great for 2 couples or 2 families.Our weekend was busy with our scheudled events, but we strolled over to have breakfast at Alicia's 1/2 block away (great breakfast tacos) and dinner one night at Reata (the original Reata while the other famous location is in Ft. Worth) and then to listen to fabulous live blues at Railroad Blues. Sunday, with our wine picking duties successfully compelted, we spent the day exploring and drove out to the Balmorhea Natural Springs swimming pool, McDonald Observatory, dinner at the famed Paisano Hotel (where the stars for the movie Giant stayed) and then off to gaze at the Marfa Lights. Casa Vida had the perfect ambience for our trip exploring that part of Texas. Must say our only regret was that we didn't come and stay the entire week. Alpine seems to be emerging as the new hidden Texas style Santa Fe. What a treat and great get-away! We will be back.
I had the great pleasure of staying at Casa Vida for the entire month of January and fell in love with the house, the neighborhood, and the town. From the rooster to the train whistle (easy to get used to both of them) to the short walk to great breakfasts and parks, it's a great location. The weather dipped to the teens a couple of times, but Victor kindly came and lit the gas heaters, and they worked wonderfully well. The owners have done a fantastic job of furnishing Casa Vida with quality furnishings: linens, cookware, furniture, etc., and the porches are an extra treat when the sun is shining (which it was most of the time!). And I can't say enough about managers Cristina and Vic (thank you again!). All in all, a wonderful spot to stay - highly recommended!
A lovely Thanksgiving at Casa Vida My husband and I, with two dear friends, often celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday away from home--Costa Rica, one year; Mexico in another. This year we visited Casa Vida for Thanksgiving weekend. After four days in Big Bend Park, we appreciated the washer and dryer. The house gave us ample space for privacy, visiting, and cooking our own Thanksgiving feast. Sitting on the patio while dinner cooked was most relaxing. We enjoyed movies in the evenings and took a day trip to Marfa. It's a comfortable house with everything we needed. A special thank-you goes to property mgrs, Cristina and Victor!
THE SWEET SPOT By Bill WorrellOne day a friend was visiting. He was a sound engineer from Nashville; one who had recorded the likes of George Strait and many others. He was in my painting / sculpture studio, which is a place I often stage music concerts.He walked about for quite a while, humming and singing. After a while he exclaimed, “Here it is! This is the sweet spot.” And it was, and it still is. That is the spot where we record; and that is the spot where performers perform.I had not realized there was a “sweet spot” before then. Afterwards I became aware that sweet spots are scattered about the planet. I realized there are special sweet spots that do not pertain only to the sounds of music. One is my place on the Llano River in Texas. Another is my little casita in Santa Fe, New Mexico.Not long ago I was treated to a stay at another sweet spot. It is in Alpine, Texas. It is a tidy and quaint bed and breakfast place called “Casa Vida”. It is near the heart of the town, and yet remote and private in its unique way. Now and then a train passes close by, bringing a bit of nostalgia about the incredible feat of establishing intercontinental railway systems. Mountains surround the vista, which, of course, is why the name of the township was long ago changed from Murphyville to Alpine.Nearby are such things as the Big Bend National Park, the McDonald Observatory, Sul Ross University, Balmorhea Springs Pool, and the old movie set of “Giant,” where Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Sal Mineo, and other famous stars acted out Edna Ferber’s famous novel. Valentine, Texas is o close, and also Marfa, Texas, with its world famous “Marfa Lights.”So if you want to escape whatever your routine might be, and read, write, paint, or soak in the flavor of the old West and reminisce about the cowboy way of life, try a few days or even a few weeks at the incredible cottage named “Casa Vida”.
Casa Vida was a great place to stay on our week long visit to Alpine. Luckily all the hotels were booked and my daughter looked for an alternative. This 'alternative' beat the competition by a mile. A beautiful place to stay. And we were able to economically house two couples and a baby for our visit to see my son's graduation from Sul Ross, our day trip to Big Bend, our trip to swim at State Park Balmarhea, visit the Marfa Lights and entertain our son's friends for one evening. We utilized the kitchen many times to reduce our restaurant visits. All in all, I will be looking at this HomeAway Connect for accommodations in the future in addition to hotels.
My girlfriend and I stayed at Casa Vida and we loved the house and its porches and yard. Alpine's a great little town, complete with the train running through it, and the neighbors with the crowing rooster. The house is clean and we felt completely safe there. I'd certainly stay there again.
I had the pleasure of staying in Casa Vida in Alpine, Texas, during the week of April 20, 2009. After ranchin' and rock huntin during the days, I refreshed myself each evening, surrounded by all the comforts and beauty of cowboy chic. Casa Vida reminded me of a romantic 19th century inn where we used to stay when in Old Mesillo near Las Cruces, New Mexico. And it was reminiscent of the resort of Cibolo Creek on the way to Presidio in deep West Texas. Casa Vida has the relaxing feel of easy-going, welcoming warmth that just makes deep breathing easier...and it has all the conveniences and amenities. Things don't get a whole lot better! I look forward to visiting the living house in the future.
We stayed in this house ,from May 2 through May 9,2009. The house was very comfortable and we enjoyed it very much. It is very convenient to many vacation sights. The management was accomodating as well as friendly and helpfull. Ipersonnaly want to say thank you to Christina.