Despite it’ s recent popularity, Marfa is most certainly off the beaten path. You might just miss it if you blink. Sitting between Big Bend National Park and the Davis Mountains, Marfa is a small Texas town that offers more than meets the eye. Up until the last few years, I’d never heard of this slice of Heaven in the middle of the desert. After seeing celebrities & bloggers alike rave about this town as a place to slow down, I was dying to visit.
So Last weekend we made the 5.5-hour drive from San Antoni to Marfa. “So this is it?”, I thought to myself as we pulled in. I had yet to discover all that lies beyond the surface in this town of nearly 2000 people (Heck, my high-school had a population twice this size). Once you dive into some of Marfa’s best art galleries, locally-owned restaurants, friendly people, and relaxing atmosphere, you’ll realize just how much it has to offer.
My sweet friend Tori(The Marfa Queen) from Raba Vintage said that I’d experience a change in the air as soon as 2 hours outside of town and she was right. The stillness of Marfa is almost chilling, yet provides a feeling of instant relaxation. All of the townspeople know each other by name and the town doesn’t operate on normal hours. There is only one fast food restuarant in town & the darkness of the night allows you to see all the stars in the sky. Marfa is definitely different, to say the least.
Learn a bit more about Marfa and see where you can stay, eat, & play when you visit!
Where to Stay in Marfa
With only 4 hotels in town, you’ ll need to book a place to stay months in advance. We stayed at El Cosmico for one night and really enjoyed the experience. We stayed 20 min outside of town at Indian Lodgefor our first night in the area, and I’d recommend this place to anyone I know.
El Cosmico– Do some ‘glamping’ in this collection of teepees, tents, and trailers on an 18-acre campground under the stars. Unique, adventurous & relaxing. Worth visiting at the last. Check out my guide to El Cosmico here!
Thunderbird Hotel – The place I plan to book next time I’m in town if I don’t opt for an Airbnb. The decor looks simple, yet beautiful.
Most restaurants in Marfa have funky open/close times, so you should have an idea of where you want to eat beforehand. If you go during the less than busy weekdays or holidays, you might find yourself with few food options – if any.
Pizza Foundation – Call ahead to order. They get very busy! A bit pricey, but the pizza is really good!
Bar Saint George – Visit during happy hour and order the Pork Belly sliders!
Food-Shark – Yep, Beyonce ate here! A Mediterranean food truck. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open when we went but it’s first on our list for our next trip.
Marfa Burrito – People rave about the breakfast burritos! Oh, & Matthew McConaughey – You’ll see what I mean! Cash only.
Boyz II Men Tacos – A bit sketchy looking on the outside, but aren’t those the best places?
Do Your Thing Coffee – Coffee, pastries, & art!
Cochineal – Many would say that this is the best restaurant in town. The menu changes regularly. You NEED to make a reservation.
Marpho – The only pho in town. We ate here and found it to be decent at best, yet pricey. I liked the vibe, but I’d skip this place next time around!
Grilled Cheese Parlour – Late Night grilled cheese? Yes, please!
I’d really recommend doing a bit of grocery shopping before you get into town, as there are only two small stores and every place has funky hours. Check out Stripes & The Get-go for any of your grocery needs should you decide to wait.
What to do in Marfa
Marfa By Night
Planet Marfa – An eclectic beer garden full of character Make sure you play the pointless, yet addicting ‘Ring on a String’ game in the back.
Lost Horse Saloon – A rustic Texas saloon that will make you feel like you’re in the wild, wild west. Skulls, horns & antlers decorate the walls. So Texas. And SO Marfa.
Marfa Mystery Lights –Drive thirty Minutes outside of town to see these mysterious lights in the darkness. We didn’t see any, but plenty of people have. They say you’ll see different patterns & formations from a distance.
Stargazing – With minimal city lights, you’ll be able to see all the stars above.
McDonalds Observatory – 30 minutes outside of town, star parties(~2hrs) are hosted here. See millions of stars in the sky with the mountains right below. Dress warm!
Marfa By Day
Rent Bikes – from El Cosmico or Thunderbird Hotel & explore the town.
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