City Guide Travel

A minimalism pilgrimage – Marfa guide day 1

February 3, 2017

It all started with a catch up over coffee with my friend T, who brought up this mysterious artsy place called Marfa. “People are starting to write about this place, We should go before it gets too popular!” – she said. I was feeling spontaneous and said YES! Fast forwarding to a month later and a day after coming back, I already miss Marfa! The minimalism of it, the smallness, quietness, quirkiness, and the super friendly chilled people there, made the 4 day trip feel like a soul cleansing. It does take some time and effort to get to Marfa, you’ll see soon why it’s worth it.

Are we there yet!?

I won’t lie, the travel took an entire day… Basically, 2 options coming from Toronto. A: direct flight to Austin, then 6 hours drive. B: 2 flights to El Paso, then 2.5 hours drive. We took option B, and as you can see from my capture of El Paso from the plane, how amazing is this sick pattern of scattered shrubs of vegetation in sand!? Can already imagine it on the next packaging design of Mast Brothers #amiright?

Prada Marfa + Sunset = Magic

We grabbed some Flautas and pork tacos for lunch in El Paso (absolutely delish) and started the drive. Funny story: on route we were stopped by the boarder inspection K-9 (ie. majestic and kind of cute police dog that apparently sensed suspicious odour in our car). It was a rental car that probably had previous customers who smoked some mischievous material in. We were let go after a long inspection but T was still sweating bullets at the thought of the consequences if the previous drivers had left anything.

2 hours 20 minutes later, just off Highway 90, we reached the spontaneous brick of art that is Prada Marfa. Guess we were detained just the right amount of time that we arrived at the beginning of a golden sunset. Absolutely mesmerizing… Occasional trucks that pass by welcomed us with friendly honks, amazing start already.

Dinner at Hotel Paisano

It was dark by the time we arrived in Marfa. Dinner first at the super charming Hotel Paisano (which feels like a vintage European gathering salon for artists)… We had a delicious margarita, pistachio fried steak, cranberry cashew salad, and curry salmon. Everything was fantastic and service was terrific. What a hospitable cozy town! Stay tuned for a full day at Marfa on Day 2!


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