With a majority of us living in big cities you may be feeling the itch for some adventure. If you’ve got the urge then book a ticket or go on a road trip to Marfa, Texas. It’s close to Mexico and far enough away from the bright city lights. Many New Yorkers and Angelenos already know about this gem and escape here in the quest of a more simple life and slower pace. This is a one stoplight town that has attracted artists since the 70s with its serenity and mystical spell it has on people. It is known as an arts hub with the Chinati Foundation, founded by artist Donald Judd and for the beauty of its desert and starry nights. With its art, musical and cultural festivals, it has become a go-to destination over the years.
Though one must travel one must rest. And for the chic nomads the place to set up camp is at El Cosmico, owned by hotelier Liz Lambert who also has other properties in Texas (Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin and Hotel Havana in San Antonio). She is a resident of Marfa herself and her love of the land led her to open a glamping collection of Sioux Tepees, Yurts, camp tents and five beautifully restored vintage trailers including a 1956 Imperial Mansion (45 feet), 1953 Vagabond (35 feet), 1951 Royal Mansion (35 feet), 1951 Kozy Coach (27 feet), and 1950 Branstrator (27 feet) over 20 acres. Guests can also come with their own tents and if you are like Thelma and Louise leaving everything behind, including manual labour, the camp can also set a tent up for you. El Cosmico takes its inspiration from a long American history of hippies, nomads, bohemians and those living a life of self-determination. It is a place where guests are invited to unwind and connect with the land and other fellow travelers. For more information go to Boutique Homes.
Did you know: The famous Prada shop sculpture by Elmgreen & Dragset set in the middle of the desert is located in Marfa. It has been looted and vandalised repeatedly over the years. To prevent more looting new bags were replaced with cut bottoms and with inserted alarm and gps systems.