Most people looked at me cross eyed when I told them my sister, Mady, and I and a cousin were going to be visiting Marfa, Texas. I thought everyone had heard about this small Texas town which had become
a hot destination site for those interested in contemporary art…but I guess not.
We flew into San Antonio, Texas where we picked up Cousin Kate and high tailed it up to Marfa via car the next day. I immediately thought of the movie “Thelma & Louise,” only+Kate, with Kate at the wheel cruising along Texas highways at something between 80 MPH -100 MPH…all perfectly acceptable in Texas BTW.
Our first stop was at Cooper’s Bar-B-Que & Grill in Junction, Texas. You just must stop and partake of this deelicious, totally Texan, eating experience. The actual BBQ is outside the restaurant in a separate building where you can see some big, black, very serious looking bar-b-ques. Mark and Kim Cooper, who own the restaurant, are the most gracious hosts, and they insisted on giving me a large container of their private BBQ spice rub….secret ingredients unknown… and a list of their favorite watering holes and restaurants in Marfa. The Coopers truly ooze Texas hospitality and friendliness, something I find totally charming and engaging.
Filled to the gills with yummo brisket and coleslaw, we hit the road again until we arrived in Fort Davis, Texas, where we checked into the Veranda Historic Inn, a cozy place to stay, simply designed around local antique finds. We had some time to kill before dinner and our excursion out to see the Star Show at the MacDonald Observatory, so we tooled around Fort Davis looking for the hat store…which we found! A girl’s gotta have a cowboy hat if she’s gonna be in Texas!
Dinner, which was at the Blue Mountain Bistro, was a pleasant surprise of sophisticated dining and good wine, considering Fort Davis is a blip of a town. Then out to the observatory to enjoy the heavens above through their powerful telescopes. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy night and quite windy and cold, but I did see mighty Jupiter in the heavens above, which was a big “ahhh moment.” With no ambient light in the surrounding area one almost feels like the heavens are falling down to the ground, the stars sparkling like diamonds in the sky above.
Back to the Veranda, a midnight snack of a homemade brownie and plans for tomorrow ‘s adventure in Marfa and our date with The Chinati Foundation and the art of Donald Judd.
Stay tuned for more of my Texas adventure on my next blog post!
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!