A small town of about 2,000 people, Marfa is hard to describe. The town is a contradiction. It is an authentic West Texas town and an artist’s Mecca. It is a cowboy’s dream and an artist’s realm. It is where the desert meets the mountains and where hipster meets down-home Texas. It’s comfortable, homey, and eclectic; the kind of place that makes you want to stay a while.
El Cosmico – Choose from tents, teepees, yurts or an RV for all your glamping needs. El Cosimico is perfectly curated in it’s gypsy charm and is quintessentially Marfa.
We opted to stay in a tent (that was all that was available when we booked, so book ahead!). Our tent was cozy, outfitted with electricity and bed warmers for the cold desert nights and we made it through a pretty severe thunder/hail storm in our tent without any real issues besides a lack of sleep. On our second night, we rented a dutch tub; which is just a giant wood burning tub outside. Vince’s mom called it the molcajete, which is essentially what it looks like. It stays warm for about 4 hours so we enjoyed a bottle of wine and snacks and stayed until it got dark.
Food Shark: Probably the most well-known of Marfa restaurants because of their various vintage cars and because Beyonce ate here. Delicious Mediterranean food, eat outside or in their dining bus. Open Thurs-Sat noon-3pm
Marfa Burritos: Best burritos of our lives. Seriously, so good. Your must have cash and you must order in spanish. A little old lady will make your burrito for you and it will be amazing. Hours: Mon-Sat 6am-2pm
Salsa Puedes: Taco truck outside the Wild Horse Saloon. Open for breakfast/lunch only, although they seemed to only be open for lunch when we were there. Good tacos, great agua fresca. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-3pm
Cochineal: For a slightly fancier meal or something that doesn’t come from a food truck. Menu changes nightly. Hours: Daily 5:30pm-10pm
Do Your Thing: According to their sign they sell “coffee, toast, and magic”. Hours: Fri-Sat 8:30am-5pm, Sun 9:30 am – 2:30pm
The Get Go: Speciality grocery store for all your needs. Perfectly curated with all the speciality foods you could ever want. Open daily 9am-9pm
Lost Horse Saloon: A cowboy saloon where you can grab drinks sitting next to a man with a cowboy hat and leather eye patch (the owner) and a group of young artists at the same time. It’s like if the someone dreamed up the most Texas bar they could make, this would be it. Hours: Daily 4pm-12am, Sat noon-1am
The Capri: Part of the Thunderbird Hotel, serves small plates and cocktails. Hours: Daily 5pm -12am
The Museum of Electronic Wonders and Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlour: The only late night place in town, they are open only Friday and Saturday nights. Name is pretty self-explanatory: grilled cheese in a vintage TV museum. Hours: Friday 9:30pm-12:30am, Saturday 9:30pm – 1am.
Chinati Foundation: See the reason why Marfa is what it is. You can view the concrete pieces any time but I suggest taking a tour. There is the selections tour which is about 2 hours or the full tour which is 4 hours. We opted for the shorter tour and it was worth the time to learn about the installations and the thought process going into creating the spaces in Marfa.
Freda: A small boutique with clothing, leather goods, jewelry and other hand-crafted goods. Very cute. Hours: Wed – Sun 12pm-6pm
Moonlight Gemstones: Rocks, jewelry, gems, crystals.
Marfa Lights: There is a viewing station just a short drive outside of the city. Go after dark to watch the lights, be mesmerized, wonder why no one knows what they are.
Star Party: MacDonald Observatory hosts late night events where you can view the ridiculous sky. Check their calendar of events and buy tickets in advance as they sell out pretty quickly.
1.) Most things are open Friday-Sunday. If you are going Monday-Thursday, make sure you look into what will be open while you are there, it will likely be pretty limited.
2.) Bring sunscreen and cash.
3.) It’s hot during the day but get’s pretty cold at night. You are in the desert but at a pretty high elevation. Bring extra clothes if you need to.
4.) Don’t expect to have cell phone service. There was wi-fi in the lobby of El Cosmico and a few restaurants or shops but I didn’t have cell service the entire time. For most of you, this is probably a welcome escape but map your route, make sure you know what restaurants are open and when. Otherwise, you might find yourself searching around. Don’t really worry about getting around Marfa, though. It’s basically one intersection.