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Don’t go to Marfa. It’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s on the way to no place. And I’d like to pretend I’m the only person who knows about it. But should you find yourself in West Texas, USA, with some time to immerse yourself, you’ll find a gem in the desert.

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Check out the art scene that started with Donald Judd, continues through Judd Foundation and Chinati, and now includes nearly 20 galleries clustered near the downtown area. RULE Gallery and inde/jacobs were favorites during my visit.

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If you look hard enough, Marfa will reveal herself.

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Enjoy sunrise and sunset, and explore the downtown area in between. Step back in time in the Hotel Paisano lobby (even if you’re staying elsewhere in a trailer or tepee) and find out what is new at Mirth and Cobra Rock Boot Company.

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Whatever you plan in advance, pick up a current visitor map to see nearby points of interest (we got one at Chinati) and confirm happenings and hours with local sites.

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Once morning refreshments are a distant memory, have dinner at The Capri or Cochineal (reservations recommended for the latter although bar seating may be preferred). Find live music at Lost Horse and stumble out with new friends. You’ve probably seen them somewhere before by then…it is a small town after all.

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And make your own Marfa adventure. Whether a specific draw or a pause while wandering the west, it may be like no place you’ve seen before.

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