The stunning Presidio County Courthouse shot on my vintage 1960s Yashica A twin lens
I’m sure by now you’ve read a thing or two about Marfa, Texas. The first time I visited was about 5 years ago with a friend on a girls road trip. We were headed to the Marfa Film Festival, but were soon enraptured with the landscape and charm of this small desert town. I fell in love with a vibe and a pace that I can’t quite put my finger on, but I always want more. It’s not for everybody, but if you haven’t heard, even Texas recording artist Beyonce has discovered Marfa.
El Cosmico is a haven for artists. I spent four nights there in early December and did not want to leave. I took a shower outside in 40 degree weather; totally uncomfortable, but invigorating! I had no internet access in my trailer and I loved being unplugged from everything except the sounds of nature and laughter in the distance.
You can check into a safari tent or teepee that is furnished with basic necessities, including a comfortable bed, or you can choose from several re-modeled vintage trailers, most from the early 1950s, or you can bring your own tent. There are communal bathroom facilities, including a tub, for the tent sites and teepees.
covered trailer by Knitta
our beautiful trailer!
shot on redscale 35mm film
shot on redscale 35mm film
Sometimes people ask me what there is to do “out there” in Marfa. Unless you are attending a festival of some sort (Marfa Lights Festival, Marfa Film Festival, Chinati Weekend) you probably want to visit Thursday-Sunday. More restaurants and shops are open Thursday-Saturday. It may be an art mecca, but it’s still a small town.
My favorite places to eat are Food Shark for lunch (Wednesday-Friday and some Saturdays) and Cochineal for dinner (closed Wednesdays). We always try to rent a place with a kitchen and bring our own food for most meals because eating out in Marfa can really add up. If you forget a few items or want (need) to cook, The Get Go grocery has a great selection of local produce, pantry items, and international wine. When all else fails, Mando’s will save the day (except Sunday).
Marfa is what you make it. There are many art installations and galleries to visit, or you can just relax and take in the landscape. Better yet, do both! Terlingua is just over 2 hours by car, if you’re interested in its Ghost Town or proximity to Mexico. You’re also just over an hour and a half from Big Bend National Park. If you prefer a change in climate, drive up to the Davis Mountains, only half an hour away.
photo credit: Carlos Jackson
Keep an eye out for my first collection of photography! I’ve been putting together a book for several years now. It features film images (including many of the photographs in this post) of Marfa and the surrounding areas.
May your journey be your muse,