For travelers who are taken-in by the big, dark skies of Texas. The Bed and Breakfasts on this trail have been curated to provide you with the best opportunities to see the “stellar” views, enjoy local stargazing activities and hosts that will excite the sky dreamer in you. You can start at either end of this trail and enjoy everything along the “Milky Way”.
This five-day, four-night Trail includes the following TBBA Inns:
• Alpine, Texas – Alpine Bed & Breakfast – If you are a stargazer, the darkest skies in the lower 48 states is inviting enough. But Alpine is also right between the Marathon Skypark and the Marfa Lights. The McDonald Observatory and Big Bend National Park is less than an hour away! This area rates Class One on the Bortle Scale for its dark skies and ranked as one of 13 locations worldwide to have a Gold-Tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association. With everything to offer a stargazer, we suggest a two-night stay.
Contact Sharon for your stay and full gourmet breakfast at alpinetxbnb.com.
• Mason, Texas – Tres Lunas Resort – Stargazers are usually excited for a moonless night, but you will want to include this “Luna” in your trip. Located under the Milky Way in big, dark sky of the Texas Hill Country. Tres Lunas has an infinity pool positioned with the summer solstice, but you can watch the sunset over the water all year-round. Tres Lunas is 30 miles north of Enchanted Rock State Park that is designated as an International Dark Sky Park. Telescopes are welcome!
Contact Kelly at 512-557-4853 for reservations. treslunasresort.com
• Canyon Lake, Texas – Equinox Inn at Biscuit Hill – As the name suggests, the owners of the Equinox Inn are just as enthralled by the skies as you. Keith is an amateur astronomer who was on the steering committee to bring the George Observatory to the Brazos bend State Park, and he has telescopes on-site for guest use. Canyon Lake is located not far south of Dripping Springs, Texas that has become a forward-thinking community by passing a smart lighting ordinance regulating night lighting to keep the sky clear of light pollution. These efforts led to Dripping Springs being certified as one of six communities in the world to be officially certified as a “Dark-Sky Community.”
Contact Darrin or Keith and be sure to request the Stargazer Mini Suite at equinox-inn.com.