July 25, 2017

Marfa Musts

So you’re ready to pack it up and head west?

For our June-July travel issue of 1530 Main, we set off on a Marfa adventure, talking with gallerists, photographers, and tastemakers about why the small town is such a big draw. No doubt you or someone you know has stayed for a night at El Cosmico, waited in line at Food Shark, and sojourned to the Prada Marfa. But if it’s your first time, here are a few of the places to experience what the city’s all about.

THE DONALD JUDD FOUNDATION
No artist was instrumental in putting Marfa on the map as Donald Judd. Explore the artists’ former home, studio, and personal library with a guided tour that gives you insight into who he was as an artist and pioneer.

HOTEL SAINT GEORGE
Part hotel, part gallery, this newcomer boasts original artwor s and the rench-in uenced restaurant, a enture.

FOOD SHARK
Limited hours Thursday unday, lunch only mean you’ll have to plan ahead to try this food truck’s legendary marfalafel.

THE CHINATI FOUNDATION
Much of the museum’s collection is available only via guided tour, so book in advance to see works by Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, and more.

FREDA
The tiny, but mighty outpost of desert-style offers evil eye jewelry, smudge sticks, and all-natural beauty.

PLANET MARFA
This beer garden—complete with picnic tables, a teepee, and cheap beers—has local charm in spades.

EXHIBITIONS 2D
The understated house gallery showcases minimalist drawings and sculptures from artists across the United States.

CAPRI
Outfitted with hammocks and outdoor firepits, this hot spot at the Thunderbird Hotel is perfect for dinner and cocktails.