Trip date: May 3rd and 4th, 2014.
Sooo, Marfa.... Did not know this place existed until I saw it on a reality TV show on my lunch break at work. My girlfriend and I said to each other "We should go there!" And so we did.
This was definitely one of the most spontaneous thing I've done in a looong time and I loved every second of it. We really didn't plan much, we just picked a day, booked our "hotel", jumped in my car and went. Drive there took us about seven hours and it was amazing! The entire trip couldn't have gone better if we did plan it. The weather was perfect, in the high seventies to low eighties and beautiful clear blue skies.
We decided to stay at the El Cosmico to get that Glamping experience. El Cosmico is not exactly a hotel but a camping ground with your choice of a trailer, yurt, tepee or a safari tent, which is what we opted for. You also have an option to bring your own tent to set up. By far one of the coolest places I've ever stayed at. Considering the fact that it is in the middle of freaking no where, they provide all the necessary amenities. Inside of the main house where you check in, there is a gift shop, kitchen, WI-FI!!!, and booze! Behind the main building is a two section bathhouse. Our tent had a large zip window, alarm clock, phone charger, couple of chairs (one of the chairs was actually a tree stump) and my most favorite... A heated beauty rest mattress (it got pretty cold at night). They also provide bike rentals, dirt cheap, I think we paid $20 for both for six hours.
So we rented our bikes and headed into town. Which to our surprise was deserted, like a ghost town, no cars, no people. We did finally spotted a gardener talking to an officer, come to find out, for about an hour each day, Marfa takes a lunch break! We went up and down the main street and in and out of the smaller ones, stopping to take photos. After about an hour of riding around we've pretty much covered everything and it was time for us to lunch. Back down the main street we found a Mando's tex-mex. The place it self is just a hole in the wall but the food speaks for it self (it is delish!)
After lunch we stopped at the Lost Horse Saloon for a little liquid recharge.
The staff was super friendly and down to earth. The atmosphere is very antique'ye. And a huge A+ to them for being dog friendly (I'm a total dog freak!), I fell in love with this little guy chillin on top of the bar.
After freshening up back in our tent, we headed to our main destination... PRADA!!! The installation is about 35 miles out from Marfa in a town call Valentine. This is a permanent sculpture by Elmgreen and Dragset. This is one of the coolest/weirdest things I've seen so far. A Prada store in the middle of a desert. It turned out to be everything and more. We were so stupid excited to finally get there and see it for our selves. We spent a couple of hours there just hanging out, enjoying the beautiful scenery and taking pics. Once it got dark we finally decided it was time to go to our final destination for the day... Marfa lights, which is apparently a paranormal phenomenon. Lights that appear in the distance on the horizon, reportedly they come in all sorts of different colors and are unexplainable by anyone. Well we didn't see any lights but the viewing station was neat (except the bathroom, which was just a hole in the floor). There are a bunch of telescopes that you can use, to I guess look at the "lights", which again we did not see, but OMG you guys... The night sky out there is to die!!! Because there are no large cities around with bright street and building lights to dim the sky, you can see every single star and it is GLORIOUS!!!
Back in our tent, I just sat out side on my tree stump, sipping my red wine and just watched the sky for a while. I can still remember the feeling of tranquility, being so far away from the loud, busy life back at home, I was able to leave all my thought behind and just take in the wonderful quite, the beauty and simplicity of this small town. And lemme tell you... Best sleep EVER!!!
I woke up to a rooster cock-a-doodle-doing his lungs out.
After coffee we set out to find somewhere to have breakfast and found a diamond in the rough. A French/American restaurant Cochineal, with a very modern/contemporary decor, servers food that is both delish and eye pleasing. I'll be honest, I did not expect to find a place like this (5 star that is) in Marfa and the best part is the prices are very reasonable, I'd imagine a place like this back in Dallas would cost an arm and a leg.
Our last stop of the trip was the Chinati Foundation which is located on an old military base and offers a variety of exhibits. The one we saw was on a one kilometer outdoor path, 15 concrete block strategically placed by Donald Judd. This may not be for every one but I really loved the different visual effects as you walked through the installations.
I can not say enough how much I loved our trip. It was every thing I hoped for and more. I will most definitely return to this amazing place in the middle of no where, as there is soooo much more we didn't get to see. So if you have a couple of days, go see if for your self. Or have you already visited? Share your story with me.