Saturday, October 6, 2018

Texas | Marfa (part III)

On the last and final day of our stay in Marfa, the tiny art-town in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert in Texas, we woke up to a beautiful sunrise. As you may have seen in the previous post, we moved from the Hotel Saint George to El Cosmico, for our last night. In this post, I'll tell you all about our El Cosmico glamping experience, our very special visit to Judd's studios and the famous Food Shark food truck.
El Cosmico Marfa TX

Read part one of my Marfa Guide here and part two here!

El Cosmico 

When searching for hotels in Marfa, El Cosmico was the first one I found online. Ok, I'll admit, there's only a handful of hotels to be found in Marfa, but El Cosmico is the one that stood out the most. It's mentioned in every single Marfa guide, from Travel + Leisure to Nylon. It's even on the top of the list on the Judd Marfa Guide. So of course, I was curious to try it. So when it turned out that Hotel Saint George messed up our booking for two nights, we turned to El Cosmico for our last night in the Chihuahuan desert. 


El Cosmico Marfa TX

El Cosmico is actually a 21-acre campground, with a myriad of safari tents, camping vans, yurts, and tipis. It's up to you to decide which one you want to stay in. Since we booked last-minute, we stayed in safari tents (the least exciting choice I reckon). The style of this place may seem familiar, and you're totally right because it's from the same hotel group as Hotel San José in Austin (the Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa is also part of Bunkhouse Hotels!).

El Cosmico Marfa TX

As you saw in the previous post, we arrived quite late at night, so we checked in and immediately went to bed in our tents. I must say it was quite cold outside, so the electric heated blanket was more than welcome, and kept me warm all night. For people who get cold easily, I cannot recommend staying in the tents or teepees, because the desert gets cold at night. But that won't stop you from staying at El Cosmico since there are also rooms inside the building. 

This was my tent!

El Cosmico Marfa TX

El Cosmico Marfa TX

Anyway, we woke up fresh (literally), had a hot shower in the outdoor showers (an experience!), and got ready for our last half day in Marfa! But not before I did a little round of the El Cosmico grounds...

El Cosmico Marfa TX

El Cosmico Marfa TX


El Cosmico Marfa TX


Inside the main building, there's a little shop where you can buy all kinds of (kind of cliché) Marfa goodies. Lone ranger meets hippie. 


El Cosmico Marfa TX


El Cosmico Marfa TX


El Cosmico Marfa TX


El Cosmico Marfa TX

El Cosmico Marfa TX


El Cosmico Marfa TX


El Cosmico Marfa TX

The final verdict of El Cosmico? A nice experience, but really too expensive for what it is. One night in a tent set us back $100, which is of course way too much for what is essentially camping. Fun to try for a night though, but I wouldn't absolutely recommend it. You get way better value at Hotel Saint George!




El Cosmico Marfa TX

Bunny bye! 



El Cosmico Marfa TX


Buns 'n Roses
Since they don't serve breakfast at El Cosmico, we went to Buns 'n Roses for a quick breakfast. We had bagels and American pancakes larger than our heads. The food is pretty okay, nothing exceptional but does the job! The interior is quite bizarre, with lots of (fake) flowers. 
1613 W San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843


Buns 'n Roses Marfa


Buns 'n Roses Marfa


Buns 'n Roses Marfa


Buns 'n Roses Marfa


Buns 'n Roses Marfa

Judd Foundation - The Studios: Architecture Studio, Art Studio, Cobb House & Whyte Building
Because we realized quite late that we had to book tours in advance at both the Judd Foundation and the Chinati, which had been filled up, for the most part, we booked a private visit at The Studios. It was our last morning in Marfa and we wanted to complete the full Judd experience, after having visited The Block the day before. 

Judd Foundation - The Studios: Architecture Studio, Art Studio, Cobb House & Whyte Building

The Studios visit is an extensive visit of Judd's spaces spread across Marfa, including the Art Studio, Cobb House, Whyte Building and my favorite, the Architecture Studio. Judd had an incredible collection of twenthieth century art and design (Mies Van Der Rohe, and everything is still in the same place where he left it all. The buildings also contain his own work, his early paintings, and furniture. Visiting these studios with just my family and our guide made it even more special! We asked a million questions and could take as much time as we wanted.

Pictures were not allowed, but I got these from the Judd Foundation website.

Judd Foundation - The Studios: Architecture Studio, Art Studio, Cobb House & Whyte Building

Judd Foundation - The Studios: Architecture Studio, Art Studio, Cobb House & Whyte Building

Judd Foundation - The Studios: Architecture Studio, Art Studio, Cobb House & Whyte Building

Judd Foundation - The Studios: Architecture Studio, Art Studio, Cobb House & Whyte Building


Judd Foundation - The Studios: Architecture Studio, Art Studio, Cobb House & Whyte Building

Judd Foundation - The Studios: Architecture Studio, Art Studio, Cobb House & Whyte Building


Judd Foundation - The Studios: Architecture Studio, Art Studio, Cobb House & Whyte Building


Judd Foundation - The Studios: Architecture Studio, Art Studio, Cobb House & Whyte Building

Food Shark
After the incredible Studios visit, we got hungry and went to our last and final stop in Marfa: Food Shark. I'd read so much about this food truck that I couldn't possibly leave without having tried it. Food Shark serves fresh Mediterranean inspired dishes with falafel, hummus, pita, wraps and fattoush. Super fresh and tasty, loved it! 


Food Shark Marfa


Food Shark Marfa

Food Shark Marfa


Food Shark Marfa


Food Shark Marfa


Big Bend Saddlery
After lunch, it was time to say goodbye to Marfa and continue our trip to Dallas. But not before making a stop in Alpine, to check out the Big Bend Saddlery. I got this tip from someone who told me they sold really nice hats here. It's a huge store with top quality leather good and horseriding supplies. A true Texan shop! I didn't buy a hat but we found beautiful leather belts here. The quality is amazing and the prices are reasonable here. Good tip!
>  2701 US-90, Alpine, TX 79830


Big Bend Saddlery


Big Bend Saddlery


Big Bend Saddlery

On the road again, leaving the desert! Thank you Marfa, we had the best time! 




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