Friday inevitably has us at our desks dreaming of weekend escapes, and this Friday we are feeling particularly nostalgic towards our last visit to Marfa, Texas, where we participated in a three-day forum hosted by Scion AV on how brands and artists can better connect with their audiences. Another collaboration with Scion is in the works, and definitely another trip to Marfa, but in the meantime we thought we’d share with you our top picks as far as what to see, and where to sleep, eat, and shop in this unique and tiny little hub in the middle of the desert that is steeping with modern art and architecture.
A locally run hotel since 1959, The Thunderbird underwent renovations in 2005 that maintained its classic ’50′s style but turned the design factor up ten notches. The guestrooms feature recessed lighting, cowhide rugs, and custom-made platform beds and writing tables.
Not your typical campground, El Cosmico is a nomadic hotel set on 18 acres in the desert. Accommodations include vintage trailers, teepees, and tent campsites. Guests have access to communal spaces such as a hammock grove, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a reading room, and wood-fired hot tubs that are available for rent.
Marfa’s most popular lunch spot, The Food Shark is an old food truck that serves up Mediterranean-by-way-of-Texas fare, such as the marfalafel.
The Get Go
Stock up for a picnic at this miniature gourmet store, where you can find local produce, homemade bread, wine, and cheese.
The Chinati Foundation
Founded by Donald Judd, The Chinati Foundation is an essential art experience in Marfa. It is sprawling, with 15 buildings on 340 acres, most of which are open for guided tours only.
A site specific, permanent installation by artists Elmgreen & Dragset, PRADA MARFA is 26 miles outside of Marfa proper but definitely worth the trek. Modeled after a Prada boutique and filled with goods from Prada’s 2005 fall collection, the structure has been sealed off, and the adobe-like substance it was built from will slowly melt back into the earth.
Owners Buck Johnston and Camp Bosworth opened the brilliant shop Wrong inside of an Old Church and fill it with artist-made goods that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
Tienda M is a highly curated shop run by Christina Kim, who fills her space with Mexican tiles and beautifully crafted goods made in collaboration with local artists and vendors.
Stay tuned for more about our upcoming Scion collaboration starting next week, as well as many more Weekend Escape posts. We hope to get to Marfa again in the next month or two, and will give you a little update when we do!