- Our guests
- Our wonderful staff
- Our little, fun-loving Marathon Community
- Leisurely strolls through the Gage Gardens
- Delicious meals at 12 Gage Restaurant
- Our legendary White Buffalo friend
- Sunrises on the Glass Mountains
- Nights spent under Far West Texas’ bright sky
- Cocktails shared with friends around a warm fire
- Wide open spaces and road trips
- Hikes in Big Bend National Park
- Front porches and oversized rocking chairs
- The magnificent Texas Mountain Trail Region
- Weddings at the Gage Hotel and our beautiful brides
- Being in the hospitality business – it really is the best job in the world!
Some of our most approving, fun and friendly guests at the Gage Hotel are pets! There is something about an excited pup with a wagging tail bursting through our front doors that always seems to steal our attention from even the biggest smile and wave – which is why we not only accommodate but also encourage our friends and guests to bring along their furry friends.
We were thrilled to receive a recent letter from a guest thanking us specifically for our pet policy and letting us know they enjoyed their trip with “less stress” because they were able to bring their pups along. Not only did the guest and mother of two very handsome dogs ( one pictured above in Los Portales) state that “the room was perfect for their stay”, but also that the hotel was “a perfect place for them to be at home” ( guest of the Gage Hotel, Myrna Gonzales Childress).
Expansive rooms that accommodate multiple crates or dog beds, backdoor porches, wide open spaces, fenced-in backyards and pet-friendly staff guarantee your dog will be right at home! We know a happy dog makes a happy owner.
Sunrise Stroll: Grab a cup o’ joe from Marathon Coffee Shop and then hop on over the railroad tracks and the Gage Garden and Orchard for a leisurely walk through the seasonal flowers and watch the sunrise over the Glass Mountains.
Breakfast: Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit (the name says it all, y’all). The owners, a husband and wife team, make fresh, mouthwatering, homemade biscuits and fried pies each morning — A delicious start to your day.
Mid-Morning: Wander Main Street. Pop into San Rosendo Crossing, the “unofficial gathering place” of Marathon. Peak inside Evan’s Gallery and see gorgeous photographs of the people and landscapes of the Big Bend. For authentic Texas goods, cowboy boots and handcrafted accessories make sure to stop by Pitaya Verde, located three doors down from the Gage Hotel.
Lunch: Grab a burger and shake at Johnny B’s Old Fashioned Soda Fountain or drop by The French Company Grocer for a homemade sandwich. Take your lunch to the field located beyond the Gage Gardens and Orchard and enjoy it in the gazebo behind Los Portales. Work it off with a game of bocce ball in the neighboring court.
Afternoon: Take a bicycle ride, walk or run around town to explore the charming churches, quaint houses and various farm animals in Marathon. (Tip: Don’t forget your camera or smart-phone– Our unique town is definitely instagram worthy)
Late afternoon: Enjoy a siesta or read your favorite book in one of our many indoor and outdoor nooks around the property. Listen to the language of the many different birds that share our little West Texas town.
Evening: Dinner at 12 Gage Restaurant. With so many great options on the menu you really can’t go wrong, however the Iron Mountain Chicken Fried Steak is always a crowd-pleaser!
Mosey on back to your western elegant room, climb into your oversized Gage Hotel bed, and fall into the luxurious linens for a night of sweet dreams.
A few weeks ago we received the loveliest email and gorgeous photos from a guest who had recently stayed at our historic hotel on his trip to Far West Texas. Dieter Kaupp, a photographer based in Austin, called it an “oasis in the desert” and said he loved “the whole experience”. Since we realize we may be a little biased about our special spot in Marathon, we thought you should hear it first-hand from a guest of the Gage Hotel.
What first brought you to the Gage Hotel?
I have heard many praises over the years — I decided to visit Big Bend so the Gage Hotel was my obvious hotel.
What is it about the Gage that keeps you coming back?
Serenity, comfort, unique rooms and above all the food.
What is your favorite thing to do while in Marathon?
Eat at the Gage Hotel’s 12 Gage Restaurant
How is the Gage different from other places you have stayed?
The quality, comfort, and food far out pass other hotels for the same price or ones that you pay even more.
Do you have any recommendations for new guests?
I always recommend The Gage to anyone passing through the area.
What is the most unique thing about the Gage Hotel?
The first class accommodations and food in an isolated area. An ‘oasis’ in the desert.
How would you describe the rooms at the Gage Hotel?
Comfortable, roomy, well constructed, unique features, nicely accessorized. Love the entry doors! Two bathrobes in each room — this is usually something you ONLY get at other hotels when paying MUCH more.
How would you describe your stay/ experience at the Gage Hotel?
Loved every minute of it and hope to experience it again soon. I’ve stayed in many hotels around the world at various prices. This is definitely the most memorable.
All photos credit of Dieter Kaupp
Make the Gage Hotel your home base for Alpine’s 20th annual Artwalk. Mark your calendars for November 22nd and Saturday November 23rd. In addition to the 27 local locations that will be displaying artwork, there will be 13 food vendors as well as live entertainment each night. The two days filled with culture and fun in Far West Texas will feature 10 bands including Ray Wylie Hubbard and Billy Joe Shaver.
Don’t miss out on the silent art auction benefiting The Alpine Public Library, or the 10th Anniversary ARTWALK Parade featuring the Bike Zoo. A scenic and short 30- minute drive from Marathon TX to Alpine, the Gage Hotel is the perfect place to stay. Grab breakfast at Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit before hitting the road each morning and hang your hat at The White Buffalo Bar each evening. To book rooms please call 1.800.884.Gage
Photos Above: Copyright of Texasmountaintrail.com, and jdavisstudio.com
At the Gage Hotel, we pride ourselves on bringing an authentic, West Texas experience to today’s most discerning traveler. We understand our guests’ needs, which is why 10 of the Gage Hotel’s main rooms have undergone a complete renovation. With special attention to detail, we updated each room in order to provide guests with the utmost comfort. Complete with beautiful, private baths, each room features updated furniture and fresh design.
Eleanor Gerlinger, an incredibly talented interior designer based in San Antonio, came out to help bring our vision to life for each room. Gerlinger, who is known for creating warm and inviting spaces, describes the style of the renovation in the Historic Hotel rooms as “Texas Mission”. We hope you will come out to visit this fall to see and enjoy for yourself! Follow us on Facebook and check back on our blog for more pictures of the completed rooms.
What better way to spend October than in an old west town, where there are rumors of a [very friendly and a very harmless] ghost? While we haven’t seen him ourselves, we don’t want to disappoint guests on the hunt for an exciting experience this season. So, in the spirit of spookiness, our beloved bartender and chief of entertainment, Philip, whipped up a special drink he aptly named the Gage Ghost. We’re confident that if you drink enough of these delicious cocktails you’ll have some sort of ‘ghost’ story to tell in the morning…
And for those that can’t make it out to the White Buffalo Bar in Far West Texas this month, Philip let us in on his Halloween cocktail recipe so you can try it from home. If you give it a whirl, let us know how it goes.
1.5 ounces Herradura Reposado Tequila
1 ounces Lemon juice
.5 ounces Agave Nectar
Splash of pomegranate Juice
Shake tequila, Lemon Juice and Agave Nectar in a shaker with ice.
Strain into a salted rimmed glass
Sink a splash of pomegranate juice.
Garnish with lemon wedge
This large one- room house, sits adjacent to the Gage Gardens and across the street from the historic hotel. With a comfy king bed and a sweet day bed, this gorgeous space is great for couples or a small family. Filled with warm tones, high- ceilings, a fireplace and authentic Texas furniture and art, this house is a snug and relaxing home-away-from home.
Great French doors open on to private patio that overlooks the garden orchard. On beautiful days, take lunch or dinner outside while the children or dogs play among the fenced yard, and enjoy cocktails and star gazing on clear, cool nights. This house is also a favorite bridal suite or room for couples getting married in the Gage Gardens next door. If you are interested in hearing more information about Casa Jardin or reserving the home today, call us at 1-800-884-GAGE.
Join us for Chinati Weekend 2013 Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13. The weekend will feature special exhibitions in addition to Chinati Foundation’s permanent collection. The weekend will also feature talks, a benefit dinner honoring Robert Erwin, and an after party including DJ Manolo Black at the Capri.
We’re most looking forward to Sunday morning’s Sunrise at Chinati where there will be a sunrise viewing of Donald Judd’s 100 works in mill aluminum and 15 outdoor works in concrete. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Judd’s pieces in the most spectacular, breathtaking way possible – with the early morning light.
Make The Gage Hotel your home base for the art filled, weekend of fun. We’ll welcome you back from Marfa with a delicious meal from 12 Gage Restaurant, featuring our new fall menu and cocktails at White Buffalo Bar. For more information on Chinati Weekend visit Chinati.org. For hotel reservations please call us at 1.800.844.GAGE.
(Photos credit of Chinati.org)
Across the street from the historic hotel, and next to the gorgeous Gage Gardens, sits the Wilson House. This spacious home includes a sitting area complete with TV and fireplace, a king bed, and two twin beds in an open loft. We love the open floor plan and high ceilings of the Wilson house, which is complete with beautiful wood floors.
This airy space is ideal for entertaining and parties as the home also boasts a huge covered porch and a private fenced yard. If we could, we’d take our coffee and eggs in the privacy of the light filled, full kitchen or one of the outside areas each morning.
For more specific information on the Wilson house or rooms at Gage Hotel please call 1-800-884-GAGE.