Friday, January 22, 2016

Marfa Texas


As any regular Strut Your Stroller reader has probably figured out by now, we are not exactly the Disney World vacation type of family.  It's not that we would never take a tour through the Magic Kingdom, but we thrive on finding more unique vacation destinations.  Our latest choice may have been a little "out there," but we had a ton of fun and I would LOVE to do it all over again. 
Just 60 miles north of the Mexican border is a small but strange little Texas town known as Marfa.  

Getting there is a bit of a challenge in itself, but if you tend to love the journey as much as the destination, the trip through to this desert oasis may be as eye opening as the town itself.  We chose to fly into Austin and do the 6 hour drive (8 if you have kids!).  There are closer airports but we wanted to enjoy Austin as well.  BONUS!  The drive is long but quite an adventure as it treks through the barren desert and nearly deserted towns.  The fastest route is on the expressway, but I'd recommend taking different routes as you enter and exit Marfa from I-10 to take in some different sights.

Once you get to Marfa, there are several cute places you MUST check out. 

1) DO YOUR THING COFFEE - Perfectly crafted cappuccinos and lattes, amazing homemade porridge bowls, and super friendly owners! 

201 E Dallas St
Marfa, TX 79843
Phone number (432) 701-0501 


2) MARFA BURRITO - BEST burritos in the world.  We lived on these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  Sluuuuuurp!  This is about as authentic as you can get north of the border.  I still dream about them.  Even Matthew McConaughey approves!
S Highland Ave
Marfa, TX 79843  

3) Boyz2Men Taco Trailer - Expensive tacos and an owner who some have labeled a "jackass with too much sass," not to mention the nonstop blaring of Boyz II Men tunes... but this family appreciates that kind of comedy.  Maybe it's the New Yorker in us but there is something comforting about jerky hipster service ;-)
220 W. San Antonio St HWY 90
Marfa, TX 79843
Phone number (432) 295-3494 

4) BUNS N' ROSES- I mean, for one thing... the name, DUH!  This is a favorite breakfast spot with an awesome theme and interior designer.  Go for the breakfast burrito, omelets, and cheese grits. 

1613 W San Antonio St
Marfa, TX 79843
Phone number (432) 729-4282


5) El Cosmico - If you want to check out what "glamping" is all about, this is your spot!  The teepees are super rad and they also have trailers and airstreams if that is more your style.  This place has awesome employees and even more awesome people staying there.  Everyone we met was friendly and very nice to the kiddos. They have a great shop so you will have lots of souvenirs to bring back all the family and friends who think you are totally out of your mind!

802 S Highland Ave
Marfa, TX 79843
Phone number (432) 729-1950 


6) Marfa Prada - Finally, for the most bizarre thing of all, you can travel just outside of town (that's Texan for 35 miles) to the mind-boggling, non-functional Prada store.  This gives a new meaning to the old "fish out of water" expression.  This place is out in the middle of nowhere... like scarynowhere... the stuff those movies are made out of!  It's not an unsafe scary feeling, just scary in the sense that you've never felt so isolated before.  So don't let that stop you... it's totally worth the the trip to get a picture at this remote "shopping" destination.  Amazingly, the window display is full of bags and shoes inside that you can't believe are still sitting there... untouched in the middle of the desert.  Watch out for tumbleweeds!
Rt 90
Marfa, TX 79843  

Hopefully this inspires your family to add some crazy and "out there" vacation options  because life is short and why not!!!????   =-D

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