Marfa is a city in the Texas high desert about 3 hours from El Paso. Originally founded in the early 1880's as a water-stop, Marfa now boasts a huge minimalist art scene and festivals. Everything here goes a little slower , especially coming from New York. You sink into a wonderfully relaxed and casual environment within hours. A lot of the old buildings are being restored but many are still in distress. There are a few small Hotels to stay in, like the Thunderbird or the newly opened St George. Food is artisanal, homegrown, and funky. I suggest the Capri for a fine meal and the Food Shark for a meal on the go (served out of an old bus). The train runs close to town and you hear them running through the night. It gives you the sense of history and freedom this country originates from. The movie Giant (1956) was filmed here and we have been watching it with the kids every night. They are fascinated by the past and the present of this place.
The art installations are vast and so much fun for the kids to see. Must sees are The Chinati Foundation, Judd Foundation Museum and Ballroom Marfa. Visits to Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis and the McDonald Planetarium are also a must. Go take a dip at Balmorhea state park Springs, a spring fed swimming pool to cool off. It is hot here!!! And on the way home stop by the Caboose’s ice cream shop, a converted train car with the most delicious ice cream. Also make sure to visit Marfa lights at night.