Marfa, Texas - The middle of nowhere or the center of the universe?
Marfa is a mythical, art town in remote west Texas. We love it for its raw simplicity mixed with modern art and design, but can’t help get a kick out of the genuine quirkiness of the tiny desert town. When you finally arrive you’ll realize exactly how remote and small Marfa really is (wait, this is it?!). After all, that’s what drew the late American artist Donald Judd to the area in the first place. Judd put this place on the map when he purchased an old army base in the 70’s and literally filled it with art. The installations are still operated by the Chinati Foundation and are part of the inescapable art scene in Marfa.
Some other Must Do's in Marfa:
Prada Marfa - This art installation, which is actually in Valentine, about 30 minutes outside of town, is definitely something to be seen. With no direct relation to the Prada fashion house, making it all the more bizarre, the installation is a tiny Prada store with windows where you can see a small sample of Prada's 2005 fall/winter collection inside, provided by Miuccia Prada herself.
Lunch at Food Shark - Quite possibly the most famous eatery in Marfa is the food truck Food Shark. The truck serves up some seriously delicious Mediterranean treats. One of our favorites - for it's name and the taste - is the "Marfalafel".
Stay at El Cosmico - The coolest trailer park on planet earth! You are able to stay in a teepee, a tent, a yurt or one of many remodeled trailers. Make a stop in at the gift shop to find an excellent selection of souvenirs.
Marfa Mystery Lights - At night, head over to the designated Marfa Lights Viewing Site to witness mysterious "ghost" lights in the distance. The lights may seem mysterious but we're pretty sure they're just automobile lights passing by in the distance. Either way, it is a fun experience and worth the trip if you're with a good group.
Coffee at Do Your Thing - This well hidden coffee shop has a great selection of coffee and tea, as well as an assortment of toasts with sweet or savory toppings. A terrific spot for breakfast, or a snack.
Dinner at Capri - This is a bold statement but Capri gives off sort of a Pujol (in Mexico City) vibe, and is a Marfa must in our book. With impeccable style throughout, a beautiful garden complete with a lit bonfire, and delicious and well presented food and drink, Capri really stands out. Did we mention that their menu changes every night?
Star Party - McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis (45 min. drive) hosts nighttime constellation tours and views of celestial objects through telescopes every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. These tours have gained popularity recently so we suggest making reservations.
Pool at Hotel Saint George - The newest hotel edition to Marfa, Hotel Saint George has excellent rooms, a cocktail lounge with great happy hour, and a fine dining restaurant. But we especially love the pool area with a full service bar ($10 entry for non-guests).