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Big Bend Community => The Terlingua/Study Butte Board => Topic started by: austintravelmama on February 07, 2012, 12:30:10 PM
Hello! We (family with kids ages 8 and 11) just decided to do a quick West Texas trip for Spring Break. The plan is to spend 1 night in Terlingua, 2 nights camping in BBRSP and 1 night in Ft. Davis for Star Party.
As we are getting a late start, there aren't a lot of places around Terlingua with rooms available. I was able to get a room at Terlinuga Ranch, but it's a ways out. Another option is stay at Las Ruinas Camping Hostel if we can use one of their tents and just pull out our sleeping bags rather than set up our gear.
I have wanted to visit Terlingua for a long time, so of course I have a little fantasy in my head about being able to hear some great music. (I am planning to restrain myself from stalking Butch Hancock but will make sure my husband has bail money, just in case. ;)
So my question is . . .
Would you stay at Terlingua Ranch, hang out in the Ghost Town for dinner and hope there's some music to hear before about 9 pm, when we'd want to start the 45 minute drive back to Terlingua Ranch? Or would you "rough it" at Las Ruinas so you could ditch your family and stay out late? (Or, if you were feeling generous, take turns with your spouse on going out.)
How great are my chances of hearing great music on that Wednesday for Spring Break? Or should I go for a more comfortable place to sleep in a beautiful setting?
What time do things get started at La Kiva or Starlight Theater? Do Boathouse or High Sierra have music? Is there anyplace else I should check out?
Thanks for your thoughts!
Terlingua Ranch is nice, but like you said its out of the way. from the main highway its 13 miles of narrow dark road in which 3 of that is on a dirt road, its not bad, but after a late night in Terlingua, it could assist in early emptying of the stomach.
Hi, If the kids are the sort who travel well, Las Ruinas would probably suit, easy walking distance to where the action is, and
there's often action at the Boathouse next door, too. But be aware, it's in a pretty busy location and it might disruptive toward a good
night's sleep etc. Haven't seen a Starlight schedule but likely there will be music before & after 9:00 - not necessarily
the same folks. Just hanging around and watching is great fun for everyone ....
I just booked 5 rooms at the Longhorn motel today for my mens off road adventure and the Manager said that she still has a few rooms available also they have an onsite restaurant that serves the best Mexican food in the area :) They motel is around 10-12 miles to Terlingua and is very basic but very clean.
I think the Starlight has music most nights, frequently before 9. They post a schedule on the door of who's playing when. With luck, you may also find people playing on "The Porch" next door. There was a tremendous group (guitar, fiddle, and banjo) jamming and playing there this past Tuesday evening.
We went to La Kiva several weeks ago and were extremely disappointed with our experience. You have to order drinks separately at the bar, your server apparently can't do this for you. The food is disturbingly overpriced for what you get. My friend's girlfriend ordered tuna steak rare and it came out well done. The sauce for it was literally lime juice with some cilantro sprinkled in. We ordered jalapeno cheeseticks with what the server called "crack sauce" and got some cheese bread to dip in olive oil. Also our dining table was next to the bathroom which reeked of poop. Nothing fancy like the price/menu would indicate.
We will definitely be going to Starlight next time.
You will have good and bad experiences with all the places in the area. I don't mind ordering drinks separately, I find it quirky and part of their charm. I have been lied to at Starlight for their wait times too often to count. Forty minutes turns into two hours or more. To each their own.
As a long-time resident, I'm underwhelmed by La Kiva. It was better, last century. I avoid StarLight if there's any sort of crowd.
Breakfast or lunch at India's. Any meal will be good at the Chili Pepper. The Desert Deli by the Study Butte Store is very good.
As a long-time resident, I'm underwhelmed by La Kiva. It was better, last century.I must agree last century was much better, however it is worth a stop for the first time visitor just to experience the decor.
I avoid StarLight if there's any sort of crowd.I find myself doing this as well.
Breakfast or lunch at India's. Any meal will be good at the Chili Pepper. The Desert Deli by the Study Butte Store is very good.These I have yet to experience. On my list!