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The Texas Highways staff searched the state to find the elements that most consistently resonate as representative of the quintessential Texas town. We’ve named that collective community “True, Texas.”

The banter among the family trio that co-owns Eve’s Garden Bed & Breakfast, an eclectic, seven-room retreat in the tiny Big Bend community of Marathon, reflects a hard-to-resist conviviality.

Easygoing but always at work, Kate Thayer, her son Noble Baker (pictured), and Noble’s wife, Alaine Berg, run Eve’s Garden with special attention to their guests’ experiences, especially delicious meals.

They also bake together, a joint enterprise that is as much about providing breakfast for guests as it is their shared enthusiasm for the art of creating good food.

The ambrosial Noble Bread, an Eve’s Garden favorite served with breakfast year-round, gets a special treatment for the holidays, transformed by fresh rosemary and tart cranberries into a savory Christmas delicac​y.

“We serve this holiday bread alongside warm, baked seasonal fruit and an egg frittata filled with home-grown greens. We also set the table with plates of French herbed olive oil for dipping, fresh butter, fun cheeses, jellies, avocado, and garden tomatoes—plus Champagne.” —Alaine Berg

Kate says that the mood at Eve’s Garden is festive all year, but especially during the holidays, when they often have visitors from throughout the United States and as far away as India, Germany, and France.

We serve breakfast at 9, but we invite people to come in at 8 to get to know each other. We set up our tables so that it’s easy to talk to strangers, and we serve family-style. I’ve had people still at the table at 11, immersed in conversation.” —Kate Thayer, Owner
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