West of San Antonio there are a few worthwhile destinations in west Texas. A popular destination is Marfa Texas. If you haven’t heard of Marfa, you may have seen pictures of the famous Prada store in the middle of nowhere that’s Marfa. Marfa is somewhat of a rite of passage for travelers driving through west Texas. Marfa is a bit of a hippie town with a super cool, laid back vibe and known for its ghost lights appearing at night off Hwy 67. If you plan to stay in Marfa I recommend staying over a weekend (Thurs-Sat). Most of the town businesses close Sunday-Tuesday.
We stayed at the Tumble Inn Marfa right off Hwy 90. The self-check-in was easy and fast. The RV park was quiet during our stay, we met a few people passing through town. Our neighbor at the campground was living in his Argosy while renovating it. I give him credit, after our Airstream renovation I can’t imagine living in it while renovating. The Argosy owner toured our trailer to learn about some of our projects and upgrades. I used the laundry during our stay which is in a nice community area including a kitchen. The washer and dryer operated on a recommended donation bases of $2.00 per load.
Our neighbors Argosy under construction
Places to Eat & Drink in Marfa
One of the places we visited was the Pizza Foundation. The pizza was excellent, not what you would expect from a remote Texas town. The owners were New England natives so Red Sox paraphernalia was on the walls, we felt right at home! There was beer and wine available and tables inside and outside to eat.
We headed over to Planet Marfa a weekend only beer garden with games and varies seating areas for groups. We loved hanging out there among the locals and their pets. It was our kind of bar, a local band playing, cool laid-back vibe, just what you would expect in Texas.
After sundown, we went to find the ghost lights that this little town is known for Marfa Lights . There is an observatory area off Hwy 90, 9 miles east toward Alpine. There were lots of people lined up to see the lights. Some waited in their cars, others brought lawn chairs and binoculars making it more of an event. We stayed for about 20 minutes and saw some lights. Was it mysterious and interesting? Yes, but not the weirdest thing we’ve ever experienced. You’ll have to go and see for yourself to know what they’re all about.
Coffee Shop Laundromat & Burritos
The next morning, we headed to Frama at Tumbleweed not for the laundry, but for coffee. The laundromat has a coffee and ice cream shop next door with wi-fi. I love the idea for making the chore of laundry a less painful experience. Incorporating coffee and ice cream, two of my favorite things! Genius!
We drove over to Marfa Burritos because, duh, Texas got to have breakfast burritos! Marfa Burritos is a small Mexican restaurant in what looks like an old home. We noted locals grabbing breakfast and knew we made a good choice and were in for some good eats. They take your order at the window inside and you can eat your burritos at one of the many tables inside or outside. The burritos were excellent and the ladies behind the counter made us feel right at home.
Marfa is a fun stop for a night or two to check out the famous ghost lights and hang out with friendly Texans.