On The Ground In Marfa

On The Ground In Marfa


Marfa may be a small town, but there’s an ever-changing array of things to do, where to eat and what to experience. It’s best to arrive and see which way the wind blows, but here’s a guide to get you started:


El Cosmico – Hotel Queen of Cool, Liz Lambert put her touch on Marfa with a bohemian property of vintage trailers, teepees and tents. Even if you don’t stay here, stop by for a drink.

Thunderbird – A retro motel modernized with a minimalist vibe and a hangout pool.

Hotel Paisano – The hotel that housed James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor while filming Giant in the 50s. Pleasantly historic, but less hip.


Eat & Drink

Cochineal – When two New York restaurateurs moved to Marfa and opened this spot they dynamically changed the local food conversation.

Maiya’s Restaurant – In 2012, chef Maiya Keck was a James Beard semifinalist. That should give you give you some insight into the quality of this Italian-influenced spot.

Food Shark & Future Shark – A food truck and brick-and-mortar sister joint serves a creative, ever changing menu.

Lost Horse Saloon – The ultimate Texas dive bar offering beer and pool tables.

Padre’s – The other bar in town that may just have a familiar band playing to an audience that includes another familiar band.

Museum of Electronic Wonders and Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlour – An eclectic party and a fantastic grilled cheese.

Frama – This is where you’ll get your coffee – and clean your laundry.



The Chinati Foundation – This is the reason anyone even knows about Marfa. A must visit experience. Even if you only explore the field of “untitled 15 works in concrete.

Marfa Book Co. – Pop in to pick up reading material from their well-selected works or just meet some locals and fellow travelers.

Marfa Lights – A phenomena in the sky that no one can properly explain. The observation area is about 10 miles outside of town.

Prada Marfa – A permanent art installation and fake Prada store sculpture about 30 miles outside of Marfa.

Cast + Crew; Marfa Brand; Cobra Rock Boot CompanyModern furniture, soaps, glassware and handmade boots. These three shops and their owners are in the same structure and worth visiting.

Wrong – A former church, now gallery, shop and exhibit that features incredible hand-carved wood.

Big Bend National Park – Once you make it to Marfa, you’re only about two hours away from one of our country’s greatest natural treasures.

Highway 90 – This is not the most efficient way to Marfa, but the drive between there and Del Rio is isolated and beautiful. Not to mention you’ll pass the Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas, which has one of the best bars in America.


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