Journal entry of a Marfa-phile

What’s so great about Marfa?  For me?  Everything.

When was the last time you gleaned inspiration from a mini-bar?  And yet here at the Thunderbird you have a thoughtful assortment that is not only an aesthetic delight but a testament to what makes a guest comfortable.  What you want vs. what you need…or both as exemplified by their basket of offerings.

Thunderbird Hotel mini-bar

As we were headed to Cloudcroft, NM after 9 days in Southern Arizona enjoying the “nature show”, live, in 4-D and surround sound we decided to change our course.  Although Cloudcrot with it’s 9,000 ft elevation would provide a welcome change in temperature, I realized I wasn’t ready to give up the feeling of wide open spaces.  Enter M-A-R-F-A on the navigation, add 2 hours of driving time and suddenly we had a car full of smiles and anticipation.  My kids love Marfa, my husband loves Marfa, it seems even the dog is a fan.

So what is it about this place?  Truth be told, I don’t love Marfa for it’s art.  When we visit we almost never check-out the amazing galleries or must see installations.  However I love looking at all of the people who ARE drawn to Marfa because of the art.  These folks have style, they’ve created looks for themselves….so I guess in a way it the art draws me as well.

I love Marfa for the Food Shark and The Get Go.  I love the cowboys eating alongside the hipsters.  I love that a town with the population 2121 has a restaurant with a $33 pasta.  The real thing I love is how I feel in Marfa, my thoughts don’t feel like ideals, they feel like attainable, tangible, do-able things!  I think it’s the balance of things, there is more land visible than the evidence of man.  It’s easy to remember the thing I call my life, with my iPhone reminders, meal plans and scheduled activities are mainly distractions from the actual LIVING part of life.

How can a place feel like home when I’ve never lived there?  There was a moment when I thought I would, live in Marfa, that is.  But I’m scared I’ll ruin it.

P.S.  Thanks to the Thunderbird’s mini-bar I’m kinda in love with this product.

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One Comment on “Journal entry of a Marfa-phile”

  1. […] 30 miles from mountainous Fort Davis, 30 miles, in the other direction, is Marfa, my beloved Marfa, in another direction for less than 30 miles is Marathon, home of the Gage Hotel but more worth […]


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