Marfa is a little town located in the middle of the West Texas desert. With a population of less than 2,000 people, the town is kept alive through its thriving contemporary art scene and nomadic tourism. Most of Marfa can be seen in a day or two and is the perfect destination for a weekend girls trip. If you want to get the full Marfa experience, make sure you go on a weekend because most everything is closed during the week and the town is pretty deserted. One of the must see attractions in Marfa is the infamous Prada Marfa store, where you can’t go in or buy anything. It lies right off the highway 30 min from Marfa in a little town called Valentine. There is nothing around for miles, which is why the art installation has gained so much attention. Out of all the places they could have put this, they chose to put it in the middle the West Texas desert. This is just one of the strange but amazing things that makes Marfa, Marfa.The Marfa mystery lights, also known as the Marfa ghost lights is another must see. Rumor has it that if you go out to the viewing center late at night you might see the unexplainable, paranormal lights that appear in the distance. People have claimed the lights to be things such as ghosts and UFO’s. Scientific research suggests the lights are just atmospheric reflections of automobile headlights and campfires. Either way it is still fun to go check it out. Even if you don’t see the mystery lights, the viewing center provides the best view of the incredible West Texas stars.For breakfast you have to go to Marfa Burrito!! This quaint little breakfast spot is run by a women named Ramona out of her kitchen inside of her home. She speaks no english so you need to brush up on your spanish before you go. She makes everything from scratch daily, including the tortillas. This was seriously the most delicious breakfast burrito I have ever had. This is Matthew Mcconaughey’s favorite spot so if you are lucky enough you might even run into him while you’re there.
If you need a little morning pick me up Do your Thing is the cutest coffee shop with really good coffee imported from San Fransisco.
While you are in Marfa you absolutely have to go eat at Food Shark. I got the marfalafel with hummus and it was hands down the best taco I have ever had. It was filled with fried falafel balls, fresh romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, tahini, yogurt and harissa sauces and hummus. We made the mistake of waiting until Saturday to try it. After we ate it we wanted it atleast one more time before we left but they are only open Wednesday through Saturday from 12-3. Most of the places in Marfa are casual but if you are feeling a little fancier and looking for a really good dinner head over to Jett’s Grill at the El Paisano Hotel. It has a great atmosphere and really good food and drinks. The hotel is famous for being the headquarters for the filming of the 1950’s movie GIANT with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean.If you are craving pizza you need to stop by the Pizza Foundation. This was one of the best pizzas I have ever had (I know I’ve said that a lot but the food in Marfa is seriously the best). Come hungry because the pizzas are HUGE. We got the white pizza which had spinach, ricotta cheese and olive oil and black pepper instead of tomato sauce. They are only open Friday-Sunday from 12:45-9. We made the mistake of going right at 8 and had to beg them to make one more pizza. They say they are open until 9 but they stop taking orders at 8 because each pizza takes an hour to cook. If you call ahead you can go pick it up and take it to go or eat it there.The Museum of Electronic Wonders and Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlour. This place is SO Marfa-y that it’s almost too much. Almost. It is probably the strangest place I have ever been but the grilled cheese is worth the trip. When you pull up you will be very hesitant to go inside because the outside doesn’t look very inviting. It is located in the smallest run-down building but when you go in you can’t help but be intrigued. You walk in and there are old school electronics everywhere. All of the old TVs and radios are on different random channels, some that work and some that are static. Very strange. It is only one guy that runs the whole place and man does he make a mean grilled cheese. If you are wanting to get drinks somewhere with a fun atmosphere the Planet Marfa Beer Garden is a must. They have a small menu of appetizers and a large selection of beer. They also have an old vintage school bus that they decorated and turned into an area where you can hang out and drink. After reading this post you are probably wondering if all we did on this trip was eat and the answer is yes, pretty much. For such a small town in the middle of no where the food options are amazing. Maria is definitely a one of a kind place, there is really nothing else like it. The fact that they chose to put such an interesting, artsy place in the middle of no where is what makes it so cool. I would say the two best things about Marfa are the food and the art. Being the foodie that I am my main focus was making sure I hit all of the restaurants rather than going to all of the art museums. If you are into art click the link to check out all of the art Marfa offers ——> Art in Marfa.
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The El Cosmico is a nomadic hotel and campground located on 21 beautiful acres in Marfa, Texas. They offer renovated vintage trailers, safari tents, Sioux-style tepees, Mongolian yurts, and tent campsites for guests to stay in. We stayed in one of the safari tents and it was seriously dreamy. This is definitely not your normal camping experience. I like to think of it more as glamping (glamours camping). All of the tents come with a queen bed, a bench, a fan, lighting and electrical outlets. They also provide towels to use at the bath house located on the campsite. There is no air-conditioning but you are in the desert so it gets very cool at night. I slept so good the whole time I was there, the beds were so comfy and the temperature at night was perfect.
^ How cute are the tepees??? They come with a queen bed, a love seat and a small day bed. The vintage trailers are soooo dreamy. Next time I come to Marfa I am definitely going to stay in one of these. They have 10 of them on site that are all very different and unique. The trailers definitely taking glamping to a whole new level. Each one has AC and heating and comes equipped with cooking, dining, sleeping and bathing features.^ These are the yurts and they are so unique! There is only 2 of them so if you want one you better book it far in advance! They are pretty spacious and come with a queen bed, writing desk and a couch.
This is the communal outdoor kitchen area. It has a fridge, sink, several bar-b-cues and picnic tables. It is free for guests to use at all hours of the day and night. We saw a lot of people using it but we never did because there were so many good places to eat in Marfa and we wanted to try them all!
One of my favorite things about the El Cosmico was that there were hammocks everywhere. Perfect for getting up early and watching the sunrise or late at night looking at the stars. Y’all… The stars. WOW. Being from Dallas I have never seen stars like that in my entire life. At night the camp grounds are so quiet and peaceful and provide a perfect view of the West Texas sky.
The hotel also has dutch tubs that you can rent and they are awesome! I had never heard of these before this trip but now I seriously need one in my backyard.They are available to rent Wednesday through Saturday nights from 6-10pm. The tubs are $85 and they book up fast! They book up so quickly because they only have three of them so you need to reserve it pretty far in advance. We wanted to book one but waited too long and they were all already taken. Luckily we met some really nice people who were done with theirs and let us use it for the rest of the time! I highly recommend renting one for at least one night while you are there.Overall our stay at the El Cosmico was amazing. It’s the perfect weekend getaway and is very reasonably priced. We paid 190$ total for two nights in the safari tent. I had been so excited about this trip and hyped it up so much in my head that I was worried I was going to be let down but it definitely exceeded all of my expectations. There are several other places to stay in Marfa but none of them have a vibe quite like the El Cosmico. I am already planning my next trip back!
So pack your bags, get your girls and get in the car and go!
The Santa Cruz boardwalk is the place to be! There is so much going on and so many things to do. You can purchase a wristband for $45 that gives you access to all of the rides, games and attractions all day long. The boardwalk is also full of the best eats and treats like salt water taffy, cotton candy, ice cream and frozen chocolate dipped bananas. If you head over to the pier you will find beach shops, seafood restaurants and you can even see the sea lions that hang around at the bottom of the pier. When we were there one of the sea lions had just had a baby and it was seriously the cutest thing!
For lunch stop off at the Picnic Basket on Beach Street! It is a cute little cafe with an outdoor patio that looks right at the beach. They offer a variety of really good and healthy food. We got several things and split them because it all looked so good we couldn’t decide. Pictured is the chicken salad sandwich, daily grain salad and the mac and cheese which was amazing!
When we got to Capitola we couldn’t help but have a full blown photo shoot in front of the famous colorful Venetian Hotel. I mean look how cute they are!! So bright and colorful! When we got there we originally thought they were people’s actual houses but we figured out that they are little condos that can be rented!!! I am already planning my next trip back and I am definitely going to stay in one of them!! The condos can be rented through the Capitola Venetian Hotel. If you are going to Santa Cruz or Capitola I would definitely suggest staying here! Its only 10 minutes from Santa Cruz and right in the heart of Capitola. There is so much to do and so many places to eat that are in walking distance of the hotel, not to mention you are right on the beach.
Stop in for a drink and chips and salsa at Margaritaville (not Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville). They have the cutest outdoor patio that has the perfect view of the colorful Venetian Hotel and not to mention really good margaritas!!
A trip to Capitola would not be complete without stopping at the famous Gayle’s Bakery. Everything is made completely from scratch every morning! They have everything from breads, sandwiches, pastries, pies, cakes, cookies and pretty much anything else you think of.