Marfa & Big Bend Travel Diary
Hello hello and happy Friday! I tried to get this travel post done quickly, otherwise I knew it’d be months before I got to it😂
We started the trip the Thursday before Good Friday leaving right after work. I wore my pajamas since I knew we wouldn’t be stopping anywhere so why not🤷🏼♀️ Luckily my parents live in Ingram, which is the mid way point from Houston to Marfa. We slept there Thursday and hit the road again early Friday morning. We made it to Marfa right around lunch time and since we had that midway break the drive didn’t seem bad at all! Well also for the fact Aria drove the entire time as I slept in the back seat with Benjy😂
Food Shark - Honestly not very impressed but that’s because Houston has such great food 😋 However it is the spot to go to in Marfa. Extremely popular, so be prepared to wait 30+ mins for your food!
Chinati Foundation - I do not understand art at all, but every time we go to a new city we go to the art museums. This is a must go and is one of the reasons Marfa is so popular. TBH we just walk in, stroll around and walk out. Only $10, so not like we’re just throwing money away.
I seriously don’t understand why their bank is so pretty!! And wait for it....
Their courthouse is pink!!! 😍
Hotel Paisano - I would definitely recommend staying here! I thought it was so cute, especially the courtyard area and love that the rooms have balconies! Benjy always loves to look out 🐶
Marfa Maid Dairy - If you love goats or goat cheese this is an absolute must! It’s a mom and pop shop and they are the absolute sweetest! They talk to you about their dairy and what they do then you to tour aka play with the goats 🐐 afterwards you get to try their goat cheese which is so fresh and amazing! All for $25 a person!
This Target sculpture is also an absolute must see! It’s on the way to Marathon, right after Alpine! So sad that people vandalized it😒
The Gage Hotel - This is actually in Marathon (40 min drive from Marfa) but we ate dinner here one night. The buffalo elk meatloaf was the best meal I had the entire trip!
This was behind the Prada sculpture! I wish we had a lock to add, but we didn’t. So definitely bring a lock for when you go!
Prada Marfa - Y’all should all know I wasn’t going to go to Marfa and not make the drive out to this sculpture!! Definitely worth it and yes, the purses and shoes are real!
Such a pretty sunrise 😍
Marfa to Big Bend is about a two hour drive, in which I slept the entire time until it was time to get out and walk around😂 So dogs are only allowed on two trails at Big Bend State Park and this is one of them - The Hoodoos Trail.
Lajitas Golf Resort - This is where we stayed for Big Bend. It was nice, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you want to completely get away. You don’t have cell service and then the WiFi doesn’t work unless you’re staying in the main cabin where the lobby is.
We went to eat dessert at the hotel restaurant and the service was completely awful. We got bread pudding and tres leches and it literally took over 30 minutes for us to get them. And it was the worst tres leches I ever had, my thought process was that we’re so close to the border so it’s bound to be amazing! That was most definitely false.
Could not get over how beautiful the sunrise was as we were horseback riding😍
The horseback riding was definitely my favorite while at Big Bend! It’s definitely a must do for sunrise or sunset and the views you get are gorgeous!
Overall I’d say I enjoyed Marfa more than Big Bend. Big Bend is cool, but tbh I prefer the mountains of Seattle/Canada better. West Texas was a great experience and a must do at least once! I’d go back, but definitely not anytime soon! Also what is super important to know is the weather from day to night is about a 40 degree difference, freezing at night but super hot during the day. So be sure to pack appropriately!