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Eve's Garden Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 2 Marathon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 22 October 2007

We enjoyed our stay at Eve's Garden. It's an interesting, unique, even quirky place...as are its owners. We enjoyed the accommodations as well as the yummy breakfasts and all the conversation that went along with the experience. If you're looking for an interesting experience, this is a good place to go.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2007

I booked the Lotus room for a night with my parents. It was great because they could stay in the big room and I stayed in the adjacent room which also had a queen sized bed. What you will find so uplifting about this place is the rounded architecture, uplifting colors, and greenhouse garden that is just outside of your room. The coffee in the morning is great with agave nectar sweetener. We enjoyed a fabulously large beakfast that will fill you up until dinner. They will even cater to you if you have food allergies or special diet needs. Yes, I can believe that the owners have values that are a little different from the average individual living in a large city, but that is what makes the experience unique. They live "green" and their environment surrounding you shows that, but I they really don't push it on you. I think other travelers that posted bad reviews in the past may have confronted the issues with them in a negative way. Everyone has differnet feelings about everything - so just let it be. I didn't notice any bugs in my room either - but hay you are staying right outside of a huge garden, so don't expect it to be as prestine as the Hilton. This would be the perfect place for an artist to stay for a few days or for someone that is burned out from work stress and just needs to get back to nature and to interflect about life. My mom loved the gardens and everything - it made her birthday special. My dad liked chatting with other guests at the hotel, you never know who your going to meet. They met a lady that lives 1/2 hour from them in Michigan and they were both in the same harness racing industry together years back. Such a small world. I would deffinitely recommend this B & B! Spoil yourself, you deserve it -and take a friend along to treat them to a relaxing get-a-way too. We did our shopping, eating and drinking in Alpine, 20 minutes down the road where you can catch the Amtrak train and the cowboy poetry convention.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 January 2007

We found the owners to be borderline militant in their opinions on just about everything (the government, the president, food production in the US, other area businesses...). We were insulted several times because of our professions (we work in the computer industry), including being told that we didn't do "real work" or "work hard" like they do. We were quoted a lower price on the phone than the price they charged us, when we brought this to their attention, they were very nasty, to the point of threatening us. It was a very long drive home and we were very angry. Do not support this business.

  • Stayed: June 2004
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Alaine B, Owner at Eve's Garden Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2012

Well, we are passionate about what we do, we would never want to make anyone feel uncomfortable!

Again, I respond late to this written back in 2007. At the time Kate, one of the creators and owner of Eve’s Garden, was married to an opinionated man whose vision for the future was at times overpowering.

We have respect for that same ex-partner, but his passion and his desire to inspire passion in others did sometimes overpower the kind gentleness that is Kate.

Now there are just the three of us; Kate, her son Noble (computer geek himself!), and Alaine (me, Noble’s wife.) While passionate about building a place that is inspirational and beautiful for ourselves and gentler on the planet, our main motivation is our guests: to make our guests comfortable, to inspire them to see their own creativity, and to provide for them a fun, relaxing, and memorable visit to West Texas.

In more recent reviews:
March 2012
The owners are easy going and welcoming...

Dec 2011
The owners were very accommodating and gave me the tour of the place and the greenhouse,

Nov 2011
The people are lovely.. friendly.. the food is more than fabulous

And more…
- It's always fun to see what is new and to catch up with Kate
- From the moment I arrived when Nobel and Kate greeted me I knew this was going to be a great experience.
- Loved the hospitality here - really deliver with that Texas hospitality.
- We immediately connected with Kate
- … treat you like friends

Prices:
Our prices are clearly stated on our website. Texas does have a 13% hotel-motel tax on top of the rate.

Thank you,
Alaine, Kate, Noble
Eve's Garden Organic Bed and Breakfast and Ecology Resource Center

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Reviewed 5 September 2006

The biggest problem we had with the hotel were the bugs. We left for dinner and when we came back they were *everywhere* ! We honestly would have encountered far fewer bugs if we slept outside. It was disgusting! That the owners were opinionated is an understatement- they shoved their opinions down our throats and didn't hide the fact that they were extremely judgemental of us! When breakfast came, there wasn't enough food and they said it was because they didn't expect us to be up in time! Our complaints got us nothing but physical threats. We're not kidding.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Alaine B, Owner at Eve's Garden Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2012

Thanks for the feedback;
Yup, Eve’s Garden, an organic Bed and Breakfast (not a Hotel) ... an Organic Garden. There can be a bug or two, but this was a unique occasion. The situation was that the nice young couple went out for dinner having left on all the lights on, left the doors and windows open in the blooming summertime. The chrysanthemum and mint oil based bug repeler that Kate used was no match for the bright-shiny room with its inviting wide open doors and windows in the summertime at dusk.
Opinionated:
That was our passionate Clyde. Clyde has moved on from Eve's Garden. While we still have passion about our mission, we’re just as interested to hear your ideas or let you just relax on your vacation.
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This is the only time I’ve ever seen this feedback. Yesterday I served ONE guest three big omelets (with spinach from the garden, portabella mushrooms sautéed in tequila, Swiss cheese and local eggs), homemade vetebrod (Swedish cinnamon rolls), and baked sugared pears.

We do serve a conscientiously healthy breakfast, and as much of it as you’d like. We strive for a balanced breakfast: generally an egg dish, homemade bread, fruit, and juices, or, if pancakes or French toast, a side of some protein (meat and/or yogurt), fruit, and juices.

So sorry you had an unpleasant experience, we have had quite a few changes here since your stay. We are a very peaceful and happy place.
Thank you
Alaine, Kate, Noble, and Bubbles-the-Chihuahua-Poodle-Puppy

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Reviewed 26 April 2006

Unique, colorful atmosphere with a great energy about it. The hosts were very gracious and warm...couldn't have asked for a nicer stay. Funky and aesthetic would be good words for Eve's Garden...If you are on the conservative side don't let the funkiness put you off. It is very clean and well-done. Its just decorated in a strong colors. Breakfasts were filling and tasty, and included great conversation around the table. For example, we had an egg and asparagus casserole, baked pears with butter and dried cranberries, and coffee/juice on the first day. We would stay here again instead of the Gage Hotel. The Gage is good to go to for other meals that are not served at Eve's.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed 1 November 2005

We stayed one night at Eve's Garden. They use building techniques that are ecology minded, but are so interesting and unique in archictecture. They have beautiful courtyards of flowers, vines, herbs, etc to enjoy...as well as a greenhouse. The air is always so fresh in a greenhouse! Clyde and Kate are very laid back, genuine, and served an awesome breakfast. The breakfast discussions gave us a new perspective about ecology and current events. Even if you don't agree with their perspective, you must admire their dedication in what they are doing and enlightens you. We enjoy discussing these sorts of topics that question how *we* can make a difference in the world today...everyone has a different role, so it was stimulating...and not to heavy, either. Our room had 2 beds in separate rooms that adjoined, but were open to each other. They shared a bath, closer to one bedroom and separated by some fabric drapes that would be a nice room to share with friends or family. Eve's Garden was a nice place to visit and admire. Our only complaint is that there is not much to do in Marathon. It is a great stop over to exploring the Big Bend region, but the little town of Marathon wouldn't have kept us occupied for days. There are a few art galleries and the Gage Hotel is open for dinner and drinks. They have a nice courtyard that had a fire going. Alpine is a quick drive (20 min?) to more restaurants.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Additional Information about Eve's Garden Bed & Breakfast

Address: North 3rd Street & Avenue C, Marathon, TX 79842
Region: United States > Texas > Marathon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Marathon
Price Range: £195 - £196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come visit us at Eve's Garden Bed and Breakfast and Ecology Resource Center. Located in Marathon, Texas, a high desert oasis. You start your visit with us entering through large indoor gardens filled year-round blooming roses, bougainvillea, and countless flowers. Our private, quiet, hand-built guest rooms open to a central covered courtyard with a pond and tea room. We offer yummy homemade organic gourmet breakfasts. Marathon, Texas, is the gateway to the Big Bed! Feel like you are in an old western movie. Marathon is located just a short gorgeous drive from: Big Bend National Park's 3 life zones desert, river, and mountain; Marfa's art scene; Ft. Davis's state park, observatory and its star party; Alpine's museums and galleries; and much more! Come enjoy cool, romantic summer nights with our family-run B&B! ... more   less 
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