Walk out your door on a clear night, look up and see the Milky Way. Open the windows and feel the desert night breeze blow across your bed. This one-room hotel in Terlingua Ghost Town just off the Rio Grande in west Texas is the most exquisitely unique lodging I've ever experienced in the US.
It's not just the setting - siting on the porch at sunset looking across the Chihuahua desert to the Chisos Mountains in the distance - it's the people. The folks at Desert Sports, La Kiva, and the Starlight Theater (a colorful restaurant just a few steps from the mansion) were all kind and friendly. Best of all is the mansion's proprietor, Kaci Fullwood, one of the friendliest, most hospitable and interesting people you'll ever meet. You'll leave calling her your friend.
And as if Miss Kaci, the mansion, and the town weren't enough, you've got the whole incredible Chihuahua Desert at your doorstep, with hiking at Big Bend National Park, mountain biking the Contrabando, and kayaking the Rio Grande.
Upstairs at the Mansion is the perfect spot to return to after a day of desert adventure. It's not fancy, but I found it unforgettable and can't wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This unique one-room hotel, is found in the center-piece of the Terlingua Ghost Town. Built in 1909 out of rock and adobe, the mansion was home to the owner of the Chisos Mining Co., Howard E. Perry. Situated on a limestone hill overlooking the Ghost Town, with commanding views of the Chisos Mountains, the mansion has 22 inch walls downstairs, and 14 1/2 inch walls upstairs. The addition on the South side of the mansion, which your room is located, was built in 1912, and has been restored to it's original condition on the interior. The outside of the building is very rustic with original paint & patina. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Upstairs At The Mansion Hotel Terlingua