The Marfa West Texas Guide (Plus Alpine, Ft. Davis)

The Marfa West Texas Guide (Plus Alpine, Ft. Davis)

A Marfa West Texas Guide (plus surrounding Alpine & Fort Davis areas) with recommendations for where to eat, places to stay, and what to do!


I am so excited to share with y’all my Marfa West Texas Guide. West Texas holds a very special place in my heart. An El Paso native (which is as far west as you can go in Texas), I grew up going to summer camp (shout out Prude Ranch) 3 hours away in the outskirts of tiny Fort Davis, TX. This area isn’t well known to many, but can be referenced by relating it to the “Marfa area.” I spent 13 summers of my life in this area- riding horses, exploring the mountains, and making a million memories that mean more to me than I can truly describe.

Before starting my full-time post-grad job, I decided to take one more road trip to Fort Davis/Marfa/Alpine and get lost once more on West Texas time while also compiling a list of recommendations for anyone else traveling in the area based on my own and expert and local opinion.

This area is a true gemstone in the middle of nowhere- an easy analogy to the Prada Marfa store I’m sure you heard of- seemingly misplaced and simple but that intrigues and connects to people in inspiring ways. I hope that this guide serves you well if you ever get the chance to spend time in these West Texas areas…

Marfa West Texas Guide

City of Marfa

Probably the most famous of the 3 areas, Marfa is an odd art town. Of course you can stop to see the Prada Marfa store outside of the city (real pieces!), but there are worthwhile sights within the city as well.

Places to Stay In Marfa

  • Air BNB (a good option if you are okay with some rustic, charming options!)
  • Hotel Saint George ($$$)
  • Hotel Paisano (home to James Dean films among others $$$)
  • El Cosmico (trendy tents/glamping/hotel $$)

Where to Eat in Marfa

♥= healthy favorite

  • Stellina (upscale Italian $$$)
  • Cochineal (my personal favorite for craft cocktails and a daily rotating menu $$$)
  • LaVenture (in the Saint George, good for a Marfa breakfast even if you aren’t staying there $$)
  • Jett’s Grill (in the Paisano, good lunch place in the courtyard $$)

♥Choss Shop (smoothies, juices, healthy bites $$)

♥Frama in Tumbleweed Laundry (good coffee, ice cream $$)

  • Planet Marfa (Beer garden $)
  • Food Shark (amazing grilled cheese sandwiches and other food truck options $)
  • Sentinel (coffee and cocktails $)

Things to Do in Marfa

  • Get Go (healthy grocery store $$)
  • The Well (holistic health and wellness center + yoga $$)
  • Ranch Dressing (Leather and clothing shop $$$)
  • Donald Judd House Tour (make a reservation at the Judd Foundation-1/2 off w/ student ID $$)
  • Marfa Soap Co. (cute soaps and gifts $)
  • Marfa Lights Viewing Area (7-10 min drive to the Official Viewing Station, free)
  • Marfa Chinati Foundation (Art exhibits, some is free)
  • Marfa Ballroom (quirky art exhibits, free)

 

Fort Davis

Where to Stay in Fort Davis

  • Hotel Limpia (charming B&B type $$)
  • Prude Ranch Summer Camp (stay in the guest lodges and get a feel of wonderful ranch life $$)

Where to Eat in Fort Davis

  • Fort Davis Drugstore (come get a burger or Blue Bell milkshake $)
  • Stone Village Market (healthy grocery store $)
  • Blue Mountain Bistro (American food $$)
  • The Caboose (a classic ice cream parlor in a train car $)
  • Cueva De Leon (Mexican food $)

Things to Do in Fort Davis

  • Horseback ride at Prude Ranch (see the Davis Mountains on horseback $)
  • Climb the Boulders (literally large rocks, free)
  • Visit the snake museum ($)
  • Javelines and Hollyhocks (cute store on Main St. $)
  • Drive to Balmorhea pool to swim (Stop at Carasco’s Burritos!! $)
Marfa West Texas Guide

Davis Mountains

Alpine

Where to Stay in Alpine

  • Holland Hotel (a boutique hotel $$)
  • Gage Hotel (In Marathon, TX a 30 min drive away $$$)

Where to Eat in Alpine

  • Reata (a nice cowboy meal $$$)
  • The Century (in Holland Hotel, good for a cocktail at the bar $$)
  • Plaine in Tumbleweed Laundry (coffee and ice cream, sister to the Marfa location $)
  • Cedar Supply Coffee ($)
  • Alicia’s (Mexican food, $)

Things to Do in Alpine

  • See a movie at Alpine Cinema ($)
  • Drive to Balmorhea pool to swim (Stop at Carasco’s Burritos!! $)
  • Hike The Desk (great view, free)
  • Watch the Alpine Cowboys play a baseball game ($)

 

These 3 small towns each individually have their own personality and come together to form a magical little triad of West Texas goodness. I hope this guide helps you enjoy not just one, but all three of them!

Marfa West Texas Guide

Sippin’ on a juice at Choss Shop. See it on instagram: @naturally_natalieeng

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Xx, Natalie

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4 Comments

  1. Susan Pearson
    September 8, 2019 / 10:41 pm

    Natalie,
    Your recommendations for the Marfa West Texas area look amazing! I will look them up when I’m there!

    • September 9, 2019 / 5:26 pm

      That makes my day!!!!!

  2. Laura Salome
    September 8, 2019 / 3:04 pm

    I am going to Marfa in September and so excited to try your recommendations!!!

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