Staying at El Cosmico was one of the best things about Marfa. I will admit, I was skeptical at first but ended up loving the ‘glamping’ experience; it also reminded me that I can be low maintenance for a day or two if necessary. We stayed in one of their safari tents (photo below) which was very spacious and had bedside lamps, a plug to charge your phone/camera at night and a fan for the hot afternoons. It did get pretty chilly at night but there is a down comforter on the bed and extra blankets. I was very concerned about the shower situation, which is communal and outdoors and was the one negative thing that kept popping up in the reviews I had read ahead of time, but I honestly found the showers to be totally fine and empty most of the time. I would definitely recommend staying here, especially for a short weekend trip. Marfa is a surreal place so it felt very appropriate to stay somewhere so unconventional. If sleeping in a tent or trailer isn't your thing, we spent a little time hanging out at the Hotel Saint George which is right in town and absolutely beautiful and would be a great, albeit much more luxurious, place to stay.
The first day we arrived in the early afternoon and spent some time walking through some of the small galleries in town: Ballroom Marfa, Inde/Jacobs, and the Ayn Foundation. I liked Inde/Jacobs best and the owner is extremely friendly. Eugene Binder was one I wanted to see but it is by appointment only. We also stopped in Mirth which is a cute homeware shop, Marfa Book Company, and walked through the lobby of historic Hotel Paisano. After dinner we drove about 45 minutes north to the McDonald Observatory for one of their Star Parties. The observatory itself is in a stunning mountain-top setting and the Star Parties are a great opportunity see and learn about all of the planets and constellations visible in the desert night sky. Highly recommend! Day two we did the Chinati Foundation, Prada Marfa, and Marfa Contemporary. We chose to do the self guided tour at Chinati which allows access two of the buildings that house Donald Judd's work. The 'Works in Concrete' is free to walk through! Prada Marfa is cool to see but try to get there at an off time. There can be a lot of people trying to get the perfect shot. Marfa Contemporary is housed in an old gas station and had some of our favorite pieces. To shop we stopped in Freda which is cute but very small. We tried to go to Wrong Store but they were inexplicably closed. Looked so cool though.
Where to Eat
The first day we had lunch at Food Shark which was great. It has a Mediterranean influence but also has a few soups and sandwiches so something for everyone. Dinner and drinks were at Hotel Saint George - the food is great and its very clean and inviting after being out in the dust all day but service is a little spotty. This is also one of the few places you can order food all day seven days a week! Tons of places are only open Thursday through Saturday for a few hours a day. For coffee shops we tried Frama and Do Your Thing and I would highly recommend the latter. Order the Horchata latte! Day two we had breakfast at Marfa Burrito - be prepared to order in Spanish straight to the kitchen! Delicious homemade tortillas. For dinner we brought a pizza from Pizza Foundation back to eat by the bonfire at El Cosmico which was a perfect relaxing end to the weekend. A few places we missed were The Capri which was closed for an event and Stellina which looked so cute but was only open Saturday.