Marfa, Texas. This place is a living legend in the desert: nearly impossible to get to (and 6 hours from Austin), I make the journey to this beautiful West Texas oasis once a year to partake in one wild weekend where artists, musicians and adventurers converge to listen to music, lounge in wood burning hot tubs, and swing in hammocks under the epic Milky Way skies.
Donald Judd, famous conceptual artist, moved to Marfa in the 1970’s and was destined to change this sleepy, desolate town forever. He opened The Chinati Foundation in 1986 on 340 acres of land that formerly housed prisoners of war from World War II. This wild space is the way you’re meant to see art: it’s big, open and epic. And almost thirty years later, the tiny town of Marfa (population 2,121) boasts serious fine dining, big time contemporary galleries, and my personal favorite destination, El Cosmico.
This incredible spot, situated on fifteen acres of land, is a hodge podge of vintage trailers, yurts, earth buildings and art shacks. Started by Austin hotelier Liz Lambert in 2006, this is the spot that hosts the “Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love,” a two day camping fest that is truly worth the epic journey west. This year featured tons of music, including Ben Kweller and the Heartless Bastard and incredible video installations by Austin-based Monofonus Press.