Marfa, Texas is not a big city. It’s a small artsy town about 9 hours away from my hometown of Houston. My husband and I felt spontaneous and decided to go there since we had a few days off from work.
Going in the middle of January, we didn’t get to see much action but we were still happy to visit the artsy town. To see whats going on when you decide to go check out VisitMarfa.com
Watch our travel vlog here on Youtube.
Where to Stay
El Cosmico no doubt would have to be experienced at least for a night. Check-in is quick and friendly. The building has a cozy, hippy vibe to it. They have a gift shop and in the mornings, free coffee.
You’ll have your choice of either staying in a safari tent, tepee, yurt, or RV. You can bring your own tent if you want too. All of them are decked out with comfortable beds, some with heated mattresses, towels, fire pits, heaters and AC. “Glamping” as some would call it. We ended up staying in a yurt.
There are 2 bath houses for the site located on the left side of the property. The one on the far left is the newest and nicest of the two. There is a communal kitchen too for cooking your own food and meeting the other guests. On certain weekends they have get togethers for the community with free use of their Dutch hot tubs, live music and drinks. Unfortunately, we went when this was not going on.
Food and drinks
Jorge and I kept our meals pretty simple for this trip. We found a hipster type coffee shop named Do Your Thing . The inside is kinda industrial looking with a big furnace in the middle of the room. The lattes were delicious. We went twice and had one of the specials they were offering, “the Hot Date”,both times. To eat, we had the avocado toast with their own house made bread. It was yummy too.
If you’re wanting something a little more on the healthier side. Squeeze Marfa is a great place for sandwiches and soups and healthy smoothies and juices.
Things to do
Marfa is an artsy town, so naturally you’ll be visiting art exhibits. We were on a budget so we visited all the free ones. We saw a beautiful exhibit at the Marfa Contemporary Gallery by Naomi Safran-Hon.
In the Ice Plant building we saw The Donald Judd for the Chinati Foundation exhibit. There are also outdoor exhibits from the Chinati Foundation close to El Cosmico, but we did’t get a chance to see them as it was wet and rainy.
The next exhibits were from the Ayn Foundation. One was Andy Warhol’s “Last Supper” , but we could not take any pictures inside.
There’s another art installation 30 minutes away from town past Valentine, TX that people go see. It’s the Prada Marfa store. But it’s not a store. The building is filled with left shoes of pairs and purses from 2005 donated from Miuccia Prada herself. The building has an alarm system and you cannot open any of the doors.
If shopping is your thing, there are also small shops where you can buy West Texan textiles from cute shops like Garza Marfa, get custom made boots from Cobra Rock Boot Company, and souvenir shops in town to visit.
Marfa is definitely a small town, but I love that it hasn’t been consumed by mass marketing and retail chain stores and restaurants. It’s definitely a gem hidden in the large state of Texas.