I can't even begin to explain the magic that is Marfa. Located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park, this West Texas city is an actual trek to get to, but it's authenticity and artsy vibe is so worth the visit. The only Texas destination to make the New York Times “52 Places To Go in 2016” list, it's charm and practical romance will leave you inspired.
Ah, EL COSMICO
For a town with a population of just 2,000 residents, there is no shortage of awesome places to stay. We opted for a little glamping at El Cosmico. The 21-acre property is home to trailers, safari tents, yurts and the most adorable tepees you ever have seen. We rented the battleship airstream, and it was love at first sight. Next door was a heavenly hammock grove and outdoor kitchen and dining area. The campground also boasts a not-to-be missed gift shop and lobby, complete with wifi and coffee.
In keeping with El Cosmico's mission that life should be a balance of adventure and do-nothingness, we enjoyed a relaxing evening in the hammock grove, before heading an hour north to the McDonald Observatory for our Star Party tour. The pictures just don't do this West Texas night sky justice (although Ethan Tweedie's photography comes pretty close). The sheer vastness and canopy of stars is remarkable and made for the perfect backdrop to our first night in Texas.
I was so excited the battleship was available for our night in Marfa. One of the largest and newest airstreams at El Cosmico, it was by far my favorite. Check out the inside and video tour below!
360° Tour INSIDE + OUT
Founded in the late 19th century as a railroad stop, Marfa's sparse and minimalist downtown was a welcomed change of pace from DC. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Squeeze Marfa before walking around to some of the way cool local shops.
As we found with most things in Marfa, restaurants are small and open when they want to be, so you'll want to be sure to do a little pre-planning. With that said, we didn't have a bad meal. Below are some tried and true Marfa favorites.
Breakfast + Dinner + Late Night
- Squeeze Marfa – perfect breakfast spot.
- Buns N' Roses – a florist and a bakery, sold!
- Pizza Foundation – great pizza.
- Jett's Grill – margaritas, yes please.
- Do Your Thing – funky coffee shop with the best toast!
- Hotel Saint George – came highly recommended.
- Lost Horse Saloon – music, beer and cocktails.
If you didn't get a picture in front of Prada, did you even go to Marfa? This iconic art installation, with a nod to consumerism, is 30 minutes outside of Marfa in the middle of the West Texas desert. We took it all in before heading back to Marfa for toast (get the cinnamon sugar!) at Do Your Thing Coffee, and then on to the neighboring town of Marathon, Texas.
Marfa is absolutely unlike any place we had been before. It's eclectic charm and unapologetic landscape already have me wanting to go back. Until next time...