- VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner)
- El Cosmico This is the one we chose 🙂 “There is a main bunkhouse that serves as the “lobby”. It is a huge field with old vintage trailers that have been refurbished, along with yurts and teepee – all for rent. Camping available, too. This is such a fun and peaceful experience.”–Beau
- Thunderbird “If you want an actual hotel, I’d recommend this one. El Paisano is the historic hotel in town, but rooms are not as nice. Thunderbird is one of only places in town that has a pool”–Beau
Rachelle and I chose the tee-pee route. We liked the ring of, “I slept in a Tee Pee last night!” We did a little research and it was also the second cheapest option we could find. Staying in a yurt at El Cosmico was the cheapest. It was 28 degrees one night, but with 11 blankets (we brought 7 from home) and a heated mattress pad (provided free of charge by El Cosmico) we were super comfy. The outside shower was un expectantly refreshing. We waited to take showers until the weather warmed up around noon. The shower had plenty of hot water!
El Cosmico has yellow wagons available to haul your stuff to and from your home!
Our cozy, 22 feet in diameter, Tee Pee! There were also 2 chairs, a small table, and big trunk.
- Squeeze Marfa: Smoothies, fresh juice, eggs, omelets, waffles, etc. Beau’s favorite breakfast spot! They also have excellent chocolate you can buy. Owner is from Switzerland and her family owns the chocolate factory. Rachelle and I had oatmeal and a fancy juice concoction. D-LISH.
- Cochineal: Fancier and more expensive then Squeeze, but super yummy. You have to try the sour cream pancakes and the pomegranate mimosa was pretty tasty too! Kind of hard to find, super small sign… next door to Q Cafe.
- Frama at Tumbleweed laundry: Coffee and ice cream. Thoroughly enjoyed a Blue Bell ice cream cone with Rachelle on a bench outside the laundry mat. Did not try the coffee, but was very intrigued by the Espresso shot over ice cream (had a cute name that I can not remember!)
- Pizza Foundation: Best deal for sure. We rode our bikes here and each had a slice of pepperoni pizza. $2.50 a piece!
- Q Café & Wine Bar: Order a glass of wine and watch all things Marfa pass you by on their great front porch. We thoroughly enjoyed are wine on the porch, we had just had pizza so didn’t try the food.
- Food Shark: Trailer food. Marfalafel is my favorite! Very good and fun to sit outside or in their old converted school bus. Open Tuesday thru Friday, 11:30 – 3pm. We did not have a chance to try this one.
- The Get Go: Best specialty grocery store ever! At least stop by.
On the front porch at Q Cafe…
- Cochineal: Did not eat dinner here. Some say best restaurant in town!
- Maiya’s Restaurant: Bistro Italian. Oldest nice/fancy restaurant in town. Rachelle and I ate dinner here the first night, and were a little sticker shocked by the $25 lasagna. It was good, but it we are trying to create really awesome free trips don’t go here!
- Miniature Rooster: Super cute interior combined with great waitstaff and southern comfort food wit ha twist. They are open for lunch and dinner, but check on the times.
- Museum of Electronic Wonders and Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlor: Owned by Food Shark people. Funky hours. Usually open from 10-midnight-ish. Serve the BEST grilled cheese ever on a bed of astro turf.
- Padre’s- Bar food, usually good live music, and open till at least midnight
- Planet Marfa– Our favorite bar of the weekend… we loved singing British folk songs around the campfire in the giant (partly underground) Tee-Pee. There is a free juke box, books, and games. It’s all outside and closes for the winter.
- Lost Horse Saloon– We did not make it here, but heard it is a great little dive bar
What do you think so far? Want to go to Marfa? Have you ever been? The low down on all the free fun activities in Marfa is coming soon!