The small Southwestern town of Marfa, TX, may be just a dot on the map, but it has plenty to offer.
The small Southwestern town of Marfa, TX, may be just a dot on the map, but it has plenty to offer. Home to a vast collection of works and installations by renowned artist Donald Judd (who moved there in 1971) and a breadth of new gallery spaces, it is a destination for minimalism and modernism enthusiasts. It is also perhaps most famous for the Marfa lights, unexplained, spheric lights seen on clear nights since the 1800s.
If you're hoping to make a trip to the American town, you won't find much in the way of hotels, but El Cosmico is all you need. The very unique home away from home offers a choice of beautifully restored vintage trailers, yurts, tepees, or tents. If you've got money to burn, you can stay in a 1950 Branstrator Trailer with full bed, toilet, outdoor tub, and cedar deck for $90/night or a 1956 Imperial Mansion with king bed, twin bed, toilet, shower/tub, and cedar deck for $125/night. For a more affordable option, you can sleep in a 115-square-foot yurt with bamboo floors, weatherproof fabric walls, queen size futons, and lantern lighting for $60. Or perhaps a tepee with a king-sized futon bed and a fire pit is more your style; rates are $75/night. Really pinching pennies? Try a tent for only $20/night.
In addition to your unusual "hotel suite," El Cosmico has a bath house, dutch tubs, a hammock grove, a shared outdoor kitchen, picnic tables, Public Bikes, and wireless Internet for you to use. Sounds like a recipe for a relaxing, low-key vacation with plenty of great conversation.
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