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explore marfa

June 19, 2014

explore marfa // forage + fodder

although it has a reputation of being a sleepy town, there are actually a lot of fantastic ways to explore marfa and its nearby sites. one fantastic stop i’d recommend before you even hit the city limits is balmorhea state park.

explore marfa // forage + fodder

explore marfa // forage + fodder

we absolutely fell in love with this swimming hole. the park’s entry fee is $7/person, so plan to bring a picnic and a deck of cards, because you’ll want to stay awhile. the water is so clear and you are literally swimming alongside little fishies (don’t worry, they’re of the harmless minnow variety). if you’re planning to go over the weekend, get there early, because once the park is at capacity, they switch to a one in- one out line of cars.

explore marfa // forage + fodder

explore marfa // forage + fodder

before you embark on all of these adventures, i’d recommend stopping by the get go. this cozy grocery has just about everything you’d ever need. the basic toiletries of course, but they also offer a spectacular variety of beer and wine, healthy and organic produce and ingredients for cooking up a feast, and of course lots of snacks. we stopped by here once a day to stock up on goodies.

explore marfa // forage + fodder

once you arrive in marfa, there are lots of gallery options to explore by day. also, if you dig photography like me, your walk through town will be littered with stops because basically all of marfa is a perfect backdrop.

explore marfa // forage + fodder

explore marfa // forage + fodder

marfa is saturated with artists. some have lived there for decades, and some that are just passing through. that said, you can expect a wide (and i do mean wide) variety of art displayed throughout town. i won’t pretend that i loved it all, in fact there were some features that looked like people wearing the label to make a quick buck, but what i truly can appreciate is a town that celebrates and embraces creativity in all forms. and i tip my hat to those true marfa artists that fill their days with the dedication and intention it takes to create something that genuinely speaks to them and resonates with the world around them [steps down from soapbox]. let us continue…

explore marfa // forage + fodder

explore marfa // forage + fodder explore marfa // forage + fodder

ballroom marfa was probably my favorite gallery. the exhibits are ever-changing, but i truly loved their feature at the time. they also sell old screen printed posters, so naturally we picked up a few for our newly remodeled spaces. we didn’t have time this trip, but plan on touring the chinati foundation on our next trip.

explore marfa // forage + fodder

cast + crew and mirth are two small, but incredibly curated shops that stole my heart. featuring home goods and quirky knick knacks, it’s hard to walk out of these shops empty-handed. tienda m is also another wonderful spot worth visiting.

explore marfa // forage + fodder

marfa book company is also quite the treat. the books alone are worth it, but there is also a small gallery in the back that is easy to miss, but definitely worth meandering through. planet marfa is the perfect spot to unwind between shops. it’s basically located in someone’s backyard, and they have just about every bar game under the sun.

explore marfa // forage + fodder

our last and final suggestion, is a must. go to star party. it is incredible. only offered on tuesday, friday, and saturday nights, star party is an interactive two hour tour of the night sky held at the mcdonald observatory. it’s about 40 miles outside of town, but the drive up the mountain alone is worth it. i’m telling you if you do one thing during your marfa trip, it should be star party.

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marfa food guide

June 17, 2014

in our first marfa travel guide we shared our favorite places to stay from tepees to bungalows. now of course, we have to fill you in on where to eat, because let’s face it, our travel plans revolve solely around good eats.

marfa food guide

food shark

food shark

is a little food truck specializing in falafel, but be sure to get there early because once they run out, they’re done for the day. the guy that runs food shark is basically the monopoly man, because you’ll see him in the window of just about every quirky food establishment serving out an assortment of dishes. he moonlights at a crazy electronic shop that turns into a late night grilled cheese joint on the weekends. seriously, you will see this dude all over town.

pizza foundation outside

pizza foundation

pizza foundation

is only open on the weekends so plan accordingly. they serve up delicious thin crust pizza pies and also usually have five or six by the slice options if you don’t want to wait. pizza foundation also serves a variety of wines by the bottle and beer on tap. the space is industrial and wonderful and the pies are damn tasty.

squeeze lox

squeeze waffles

squeeze

is only open for breakfast and lunch, but offers a fairly wide variety of options. we kept it healthy our first trip with the lox plate and an acai bowl, but on our last day we through caution to the wind and went face first into some belgian waffles. one weird thing, they advertise as a sort of juice bar, but they only serve their juices at lunch and not breakfast. unfortunately, in marfa, you don’t question things like this, you just take them for what they are. realize this early, or you’ll lose your mind trying to make sense of it all. stores may say they open at 1:00, but then the owner decides to open at 3:30 instead. relax. you’re on marfa time now.

marfa food guide // forage + fodder

cochineal

is hands down our favorite place to eat in marfa. their menu changes daily, but is always spectacular. they serve up fantastic craft cocktails and also have a fairly extensive wine list for such a small town. we dined on escargot, crispy duck, and some truly excellent quail and finished it off with a decadent flour-less chocolate soufflé. if dinner simply isn’t enough, they also offer a sunday brunch.

not pictured, but certainly worth mentioning are jett’s grill  in the paisano hotel (we recommend the tilapia tacos and the chile rellenos), boyz2men taco trailer, and frama coffee. our last and final tip: have cash on hand, because marfa boasts businesses with low overhead and the atms are unreliable on a good day. other than that, eat, drink and be merry!

marfa // where to stay

June 5, 2014

marfa where to stay // el cosmico // forage + fodder

marfa // where to stay

need advice on where to stay in marfa? well look no further! for starters, the town of marfa is unbelievably small, so your options are limited, but we’re here to give you some of our very favorites.

el cosmico

is the perfect spot for those who want to forego a hotel for the glamping experience. you have your choice of traditional tent, safari tent, yurt, teepee, or the ever popular airstream trailers. it was a no-brainer for us, tepee or bust. there are a few important things to consider before booking though, to ensure that el cosmico is what you’re looking for:

marfa where to stay // el cosmico // forage + fodder

marfa where to stay // el cosmico // forage + fodder

marfa where to stay // el cosmico // forage + fodder

one // there is no a/c, so the aforementioned tepee turns into a sweat lodge by day, but at night it’s perfect. crisp and cool with lots of thick blankets to keep warm under. there’s also a fire pit for those extra chilly nights.

marfa where to stay // el cosmico // forage + fodder

marfa where to stay // el cosmico // forage + fodder

marfa where to stay // el cosmico // forage + fodder

marfa where to stay // el cosmico // forage + fodder

two // be aware of the weather forecast, because if there’s a downpour, you and your belongings are going to get soaked. the sky was threatening some pretty crazy storms that first night, but luckily it was more thunder and lightning than actual rain. side note: sleeping in a tepee in the middle of a thunderstorm is sort of amazing. and waking up to a quiet desert sky and a hot cup of coffee is even better.

marfa where to stay // el cosmico // forage + fodder

three // outdoor showers. the el cosmico grounds come equipped with a bathhouse, but be warned, if you choose to shower, just accept the fact that people are probably going to catch naked glimpses of you because the entire structure is made of slatted wood. we didn’t care much, because let’s face it, we’re all just travelers minding our own business. if you do choose to shower, don’t be fooled by all of that rambling ivy around the right shower, it’s got gaps for days. i’d recommend the one on the left – although it doesn’t look like it, there’s a lot more privacy.

airbnb 

is an ideal option if you’re traveling to marfa during the week, because you’ll have a kitchen; which is especially important seeing as the majority of dining spots are only open on the weekends (more about that later). we loved our little bungalow and it was walking distance to everything. we also got to know our host cat, kitty, who loved to ham it up for the camera. there’s not a ton to do in the town of marfa, so it’s nice to have a home base (with a/c) where you can just relax in between adventures.

marfa where to stay // airbnb // forage + fodder

marfa where to stay // airbnb // forage + fodder

marfa where to stay // airbnb // forage + fodder

there are a few other places to stay in marfa that are worth mentioning as well. if you’re traveling with a group, i highly recommend corte del norte, which features two perfectly furnished homes on a shared lot. the thunderbird hotel is rustic minimalism at its finest, and they have a pool, so that’s awesome. hotel paisano has its own historical texas charm, and you won’t make it past the front desk without seeing memorabilia from when james dean and elizabeth taylor stayed there while filming ‘giant.’

we’ve absolutely loved every place we’ve stayed in marfa, and as far as location, you really can’t go wrong because almost everything is walking distance. next week we’ll be sharing our favorite marfa explorations as well as places to eat (duh).