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marfa, tx: in & around

We recently visited Marfa, TX, and I can’t wait to go back. It’s perfect for a week-long writer’s retreat or creative break. I took SO many photos. I’ve already covered our stay at the Thunderbird Hotel, a lovely afternoon spent at Planet Marfa beer garden, and the PRADA:MARFA art installation. Now it’s time for a peek at the rest of Marfa.

The best meal we had while we were there was breakfast at Cochineal; it was outstanding. Best drop biscuits I’ve eaten in my life. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

Cochineal

Cochineal

Cochineal

While in the area we took the opportunity to visit the McDonald Observatory for their Star Party, and we lucked out with a brilliantly clear night (it was FREEZING cold!) and a mind-blowing view of Jupiter from one of their telescopes.

McDonald Observatory

Unfortunately, the Food Shark food truck wasn’t open during our visit, but I got some good shots of their vehicles.

food shark dining car

food shark

We wandered the main strip, snapping photos, browsing the bookstore, checking out the Chinati Foundation, chatting with the owner of Stuff and her adorable little dog, Queenie, before stopping to enjoy a late afternoon cocktail on the patio of the Hotel Paisano (where they shot GIANT).

grill

325

hook 'em

Marfa Book Co.

casting shadows

yucca

spiky

queenie!

brite

GIANT

twisted

jr at the paisano

This concludes our tour of Marfa, Texas. Y’all come back now, ya hear?

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marfa, tx: PRADA

A short drive away, between Marfa and El Paso, is the Prada Marfa art installation, a non-functional, stand-alone, stocked “boutique” in the middle of nowhere. Read about it on wikipedia. It’s like something out of Land of the Lost, plucked from a high end shopping district and plopped in the barren desert.

PRADA:MARFA

PRADA:MARFA

PRADA:MARFA

PRADA:MARFA

The Prada installation is actually closer to a little deserted town called Valentine, with the kind of crumbling walls and aged signage that you know I can’t pass up taking shots of.

Hi-Way Cafe

Hi-Way Cafe

discarded

Stay tuned for even more Marfa!

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marfa, tx: Planet Marfa beer garden

While visiting Marfa, TX, we spent a lovely afternoon at Planet Marfa, a beer garden complete with a dugout teepee, a parachute dome, and a talking parrot just off the main drag. You might not even know it’s there if you’re not paying attention; it’s through a doorway in an adobe wall, then down a narrow walkway, which opens up into this little oasis of calm. Great place to sip a beer and catch up while you enjoy the weather.

Planet Marfa Beer Garden

Planet Marfa Beer Garden

Planet Marfa Beer Garden

Planet Marfa Beer Garden

Planet Marfa Beer Garden

Planet Marfa Beer Garden

Planet Marfa Beer Garden

Planet Marfa Beer Garden

Planet Marfa Beer Garden

Planet Marfa Beer Garden

Planet Marfa Beer Garden

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