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Big Bend National Park, TX, USA
One my favorite short hikes in Big Bend National Park is the Window Trail which leads directly to "The Window", a large rock canyon that cuts through the Chisos Mountains rim, allowing drainage from the Basin to the Chihuahuan Desert. The V-shaped...
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An eight hour's drive from our Austin home and an entire world away, Santa Elena Canyon is a Big Bend classic not to be missed. Cut by the Rio Grande River which creates the U.S./Mexico border, this spectacular slot canyon is one of the most...
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Window Trail, Big Bend National Park, TX 79834, USA
The Window Trail, my hands-down favorite hike in Big Bend National Park, is a 5.6 mile scenic venture located in the Chisos Mountain Basin. We were hiking with kids in the 110-degree mid-summer heat so we shaved off a mile of the trek without...
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108 E San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
A new addition to the art hub in the middle of nowhere, Marfa Contemporary occupies a former gas station. Expect to see cutting-edge works by regional and international artists. This appeared in the March/April 2013 issue.
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Marfa, TX 79843, USA
I have to say I had my doubts when, in search of a lunch spot during our final day in Marfa, a local shop owner sent us to Fat Lyle's. I didn't know what to make of the unique name of the food stand. But I would put my preconceptions aside and...
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Marfa, TX 79843, USA
Entering the city, I passed Prada Marfa (co-produced by the Art Production Fund of New York City and Ballroom Marfa, a nonprofit cultural space), and within days, I was familiar with many of the main actors—Donald Judd (Judd Foundation & Chinati...
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909 W San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
All that art at the Chinati Foundation and walking through Marfa to check out the art installations will leave you hungry. Do yourself some good and hit the Food Shark food truck Wednesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 3 pm under the pavilion...
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305 S Spring St, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
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I just got back from Marfa, Texas and I can't stop thinking about this pizza. It's a problem. I mean I lived in New York where you have access to some pretty amazing pizza. It's been almost a week and I still can't get the margherita pizza from...
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215 Highland St, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
Make sure that you 'Squeeze' in some beautiful coffee, chocolate and food at SQUEEZE in Marfa, TX to fuel your artsy endeavors. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 am to 3 pm, you'll be impressed by the selection. Originally a juice bar founded in...
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1001 W San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
Marfa is kind of like a gemstone, it's rough, natural, yet at the same time really refined and modern. We bought a tiny piece of pyrite that looked like it was hand-carved, but it is actually how it's found in nature. I can't say there's a better...
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Valentine, TX 79854, USA
So bizarre to stumble across a Prada store in the middle of the desert. This art installation by Ballroom Marfa depicts a life-size Prada store. Look closely and you'll find that only one shoe of each pair is displayed and that the store is...
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U.S. 90, Valentine, TX 79854, USA
You find yourself driving down U.S. 90 through a barren, empty area in West Texas when you come across what looks like a Prada store. Trust me when I say you're not seeing a desert mirage. Prada Marfa isn't a store it's a permanent sculpture by...
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Marathon, TX 79842, USA
Across the lonely miles of the West Texas desert unique towns are scattered. Marathon is a quiet artist town a short 45 minutes from Big Bend NP. On the small main street there is James Evan’s black and white photos in one storefront, a variety...
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206 Avenue D, Marathon, TX 79842, USA
Yes, in the middle of sleepy, little Marathon, TX you will find a place that's open when the gas stations and cafes are not. I thought it was a mirage at first and then walked in and couldn't believe I'd hit the jackpot in the farthest corner of...
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802 S Highland Ave, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
I fell in love. I fell in love with the town of Marfa. Safari tents. Stand alone bathtubs. Vintage trailers. Twinkle lights. Hammocks. An off the beaten path campground takes you to another world. You can choose to stay in one of their hip vintage...
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207 Highland St, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
I couldn't be a bigger fan of hotelier Liz Lambert and all that she's done at El Cosmico. My last minute choice to head to Marfa meant that they were all booked up and I headed to the Paisano Hotel for a lovely, old school experience and one heck...
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108 E San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
Ballroom Marfa plays a major role in the contemporary art and culture of this little town in West Texas. It's an old converted dancehall that showcases dynamic art through visual arts, film, music and performance. They really focus on serving the...
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Yes, in this middle of nowhere, epicenter for art in West Texas, Marfa (population 2121) you'll find one gem of a bookstore that also serves as a gallery and performance venue at times. Tim Johnson and partner Caitlin Murray founded and operate...