West Texas Road Trip: Gage Hotel


After leaving Marfa kicking and screaming (I seriously could have spent a week there) it was on to Marathon. Of all of our stops, I was most looking forward to staying at the acclaimed Gage Hotel, and it certainly did not disappoint. Built in 1927 by architect, Henry Trost, the 45-room hotel offers its guests authentic laid-back luxury unlike anywhere we had stayed before. It was also the perfect home base for our day trip to Big Bend National Park, two hours south.


In addition to the beautifully restored mission-style historic hotel, where we stayed, the property also includes several pueblo-style adobe brick rooms and casitas. Everywhere you look the decor is impeccable, and the intimate common spaces throughout charming and inviting.

Amenities include the stunning 27-acre Gage Gardens, full service spa, swimming pool, fitness center, bicycle rentals, and the coolest game lot.

Where to Eat

Enjoy a five-star dining experience at the renowned 12-Gage Restaurant (reservations recommended) and drinks at the White Buffalo Bar. Named one of Texas’ ”Best Hotel Bars” by Texas Monthly Magazine, this legendary watering hole features delicious signature cocktails and the famous White Buffalo Burger. Coffee and a light continental breakfast are served in the lobby.

There is also a small grocery, just past some of the adorable shops and galleries along the main stretch of Marathon. We stopped here to pick up a few items the night before our trek to Big Bend.

Star Gazing in MARATHON

Designated a Class I dark sky, this area is one of the best for star gazing in the country. The stargazing site, located near the Marathon Motel, is equipped with a 24” Dobsonian telescope donated by the McDonald Observatory, which we had visited for a star party the night before.

The vastness of the West Texas night sky is awe-inspiring and we had fun trying to capture it with some GoPro night lapse. Can you spot the Big Dipper?