Wanderlust: Marfa, TX

A soul-bolstering getaway under the starry Texan sky awaits in this dreamy, eclectic town.

 

 

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El Cosmico teepees at sunset in Marfa, Texas by Nick Simonite

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The area’s food melds the influences of Mexican cuisine‰ÛÓthe breakfasts at the tiny Marfa Burrito, for example, are one of the trendiest meals in town‰ÛÓwith healthy fare favored by the yoga-and-meditation set. But there’s also a hefty dose of all-American indulgences like Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlor (weekend nights only at the Museum of Electronic Wonders). When you put all of them together, you get Food Shark, a derelict-looking vehicle offering delicious dishes like falafel in a tortilla, or their BLT, served with the usual ingredients as well as avocado, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and pasilla chile mayo.

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Wearable inspiration can be found in the form of leather cowboy boots, each one taking the Cobra Rock Boot Company two and a half weeks to handcraft, or unique jewelry and clothing from the eclectic boutique Freda. For something a little more out-there, check out the mysterious Marfa lights, a phenomenon that defies conventional explanations, or stay firmly on planet Earth with the Viva Big Bend music festival at the end of July.

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The area’s food melds the influences of Mexican cuisine‰ÛÓthe breakfasts at the tiny Marfa Burrito, for example, are one of the trendiest meals in town‰ÛÓwith healthy fare favored by the yoga-and-meditation set. But there’s also a hefty dose of all-American indulgences like Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlor (weekend nights only at the Museum of Electronic Wonders). When you put all of them together, you get Food Shark, a derelict-looking vehicle offering delicious dishes like falafel in a tortilla, or their BLT, served with the usual ingredients as well as avocado, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and pasilla chile mayo.

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Nowhere exemplifies the mentality of Marfa‰ÛÓa dreamy resourcefulness overlaying strong determination‰ÛÓbetter than the trailers, tepees and tents of EL COSMICO. From the glamping splendor of the Imperial Mansion travel trailer to the simplicity of the unheated 22-foot diameter tepees, the accommodations are designed to help visitors get away from it all. The site’s layout fosters a sense of community, as do events like the Camp Design Build Adventure, July 29-Aug. 3.

 

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