A spontaneous weekend trip. Because we always talked (aka me nagging Vince) about coming to Marfa for years. So one day - we just got up and went! Might as well go now, because from the looks of it - Marfa is growing in popularity every year. And that’s exactly what I fear in the near future. That Marfa will get so touristy that the small town charm will be lost. Forever. No better time than RIGHT NOW. Unfortunately “RIGHT NOW” involved not so optimal weather, with cloudy conditions and chilly temperatures hovering around the 40-50F mark for most of the trip. Something that has dampened our Star Party viewing experience and photog hunts around the city.
I wish I could write more of our trip in detail, but time is of the essence and my little one is calling. As always, LOGISTICS AND RECOMMENDATIONS are down below. It’s true what most people say, Marfa is an insanely small town and you can easily hit up everything in a weekend. Most places are within walking distance, if not a short 5-10 minute drive. Remember, in Marfa, you are given the gift of time, so explore every quirky modern art, little artisan boutique, coffee shop - every nook and cranny!
MY TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: Paladin the Dog, Chinati Foundation Tour, Star Party at McDonald Observatory, Food Shark, Do Your Thing Coffee, El Cosmico.
SPECIAL THANKS to my friend, Tedrah, who was the only one who suggested a few places that are not mentioned by most travelers and travel websites/blogs.
TIME: November 2018
DURATION: 3 Days
TRANSPORTATION: My Prius (7ish hour drive from Austin to Marfa.)
STAY #1: Hotel Saint George
STAY #2: AirBnb
STAY #3: Hotel Paisano (We weren't able to book this place, but heard great things about it through friends!)
STAY #4: El Cosmico (Another place that we weren't able to book due to last minute planning. Highly recommended by most travelers! We did drop by to check the place out. Cute! But it's a good thing we didn't book, because there were stickers everywhere and a few got stuck on my dog's paw and vest.)
COFFEE: Do Your Thing, Frama, Big Bend Coffee Roasters
FOOD TRUCKS: Food Shark, Tri La Bite, Cowdog
MORE EATS: Pizza Foundation, Planet Marfa, Boyz 2 Men, Squeeze, Al Campo, Convenience West
DINNER + DRINKS: Stellina, Capri, Cochineal, La Venture and Bar Saint George at Hotel Saint George, Jett's Grill at Hotel Paisano, The Water Stop,
SNACKS/DESSERT: Buns N' Roses, La Playa
GROCERY: THE GET GO
MUST SEE ART: Prada Store, Chinati Foundation, Ballroom Marfa, Target in Marathon, Andy Warhol's Last Supper at Ayn Foundation
MUST DO: Star Party at McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis (About a 40 minute drive outside Marfa), Marfa Lights, Paladin the Dog (Apparently a local celebrity just hanging out at random spots all over town. You'll have to keep an eye out for the little dude, but he's easy to spot as he likes to be perched on top of his owner's car.)
HAVE MORE TIME?: Wonder around Fort Davis, Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center, Chinati Hot Springs, Big Bend National Park