The Gage Hotel’s White Buffalo Bar Michelada Recipe



Phillip Moellering is one of the most beloved faces you will nearly always see at the White Buffalo Bar. He is the Gage Hotel’s manager, food and beverage director, and also happens to be the best darn bartender in West Texas. We’ve coaxed him into sharing another one of his legendary recipes with us. If y’all like his Prickly Pear Margarita then you have to try this delicious Michelada. It’s the perfect drink to fling you into spring. Cheers to warm weather on the horizon and all of our patrons at the White Buffalo Bar!


Gage Michelada Recipe:

5 ounces Gage bloody Mary mix (recipe below)

Beer of your choice (Preferably Mexican Beer)

Salt Rim of glass

Fill with ice

Pour bloody mary mix in glass

Top with beer of choice

Garnish with pickled green bean, olive, and jalapeno


Gage Bloody Mary Mix:

 36 ounces tomato juice

1 bottle clamato juice

3 tbsp. caps of Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp. caps of tabasco

2 tbsp.  celery salt

2 tbsp. black pepper

1 tbsp. horseradish

2 oz. lemon juice

1 tbsp. kosher salt

Note: Bloody Mary Recipe makes a gallon. Cut down accordingly.

Viva Big Bend Food Festival and The Gage Hotel

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Join us April 10-12 for Viva Big Bend Food Festival! The event features great restaurants, food trailers, live music and culinary demonstrations in Alpine, Fort Davis, Marfa and Marathon. Not only will our very own 12 Gage Restaurant chef, Brandon Waddell, be cooking up a storm and preparing a special dinner on Saturday, April 12th, but we will also be welcoming Chef Monica Pope, a Top Chef Masters competitor and past Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef.

Monica will give a cooking demonstration Friday afternoon from 2-3pm at the Gage Hotel and she will top the day off with a delicious dinner that evening at 7pm. The good food and fun doesn’t stop there! Saturday Join us for our event Wine, Whiskey and Waddell — our executive chef, Brandon Waddell, will prepare a special menu that will be paired with Western Spirits Whiskey and Fall Creek Vineyards Wine.

Visit purchase tickets for the Monica Pope events or call the Gage for reservations for dinner on Saturday! Make sure to call the Gage Hotel today to book a room for the weekend! We hope to see y’all soon!


Photographer Andrew Slaton Visits The Gage Hotel

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Photographer Andrew Slaton takes some of the most breathtaking and beautiful photographs that we have ever seen and we can’t get enough of his inspiring work. Slaton loves photographing in the Big Bend area and in our quaint little town and his pictures capture the charm and personality like none other – Intrigued and captivated with his work we caught up with Slaton to find out what inspires him and why he loves shooting in West Texas (and why he recommends the area to Brides).

Q: What inspires you?

A: The land. The relationship between land and sky. And of course how the light interacts with both. Then lastly, how people move through a landscape.

Q: What inspires you at the Gage Hotel and in Marathon?

A: How the Gage relates to it’s surroundings has always been fascinating to me. Marathon is the quintessential old-west kind of town. The land and the people are its soul, and the Gage is a magnificent piece of its history. It’s priceless.

Q: What is the best part about being a photographer?

A: I love composing with my camera! Whether it’s photographing a wedding, and capturing the once-in-a-lifetime moments of life and love, or waiting patiently for the light to paint a mountain scape. I am thankful for the reality that I get to make a living doing what I do. It also makes my brain happy… it’s the perfect union of creative and technical/ analytical.

Q: You see a lot of weddings, would you recommend Marathon and the Gage Hotel as a destination for brides? If so, why?

A: Of course! It offers a supremely relaxed atmosphere for guests, and it is as close as you can get to one of my favorite national parks, Big Bend. Brides love it because they can rent out an entire house or casita for privacy and convenience, and the spa makes it a well rounded weekend for all the bride’s ladies.

Q: What was your favorite part of working at the Gage Hotel?

A: All of the amazing details. It is astonishing the variety and craftsmanship of the artwork the Gage houses. It always keeps my attention.

Q: What is your favorite picture from the last wedding you shot at the Gage?

A: When the sun begins to fade in Big Bend country, the real magic starts! And that’s right when the ceremony ended for Emily and Stuart. They wanted to go shoot some portraits of just the two of them and incorporate the landscape. I just loved the idea! And one of the images, I felt beautifully summed up the whole day.

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Q: Location, weather and light seem to be crucial to photography —  How is Marathon different from other places you have shot?

A: Marathon (and the Big Bend area) is just one of those rare places that make photographers and artists salivate. There is a quality to the light that can only be described as magical. Once you go and experience it… it truly gets in your blood. And you always have to go back. It’s invigorating and inspiring. Honestly, I can’t imagine life without this amazing part of Texas.

( All photos pictured credit of Andrew Slaton)

Bicycling West Texas — A Cycle Friendly Hotel

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The mountains in Far West Texas offer relaxed climbs and exhilarating descents and are a favorite of bicyclists who rave about the untouched landscape and unmatched scenery.  Long, even roads (sans traffic) lend to the enjoyment of biking in our little corner of Texas and bring cycling enthusiasts from all over the world. Whether you’re interested in a day ride during your stay at the Gage Hotel or if we’re just a stop along the way we are cycle- friendly and we ‘re proud to say that we consistently receive great reviews from our cycling guests.

Cyclists are not only elated for delicious, gourmet pasta dinners and vegetarian dishes served on our 12 Gage Restaurant menu but spacious rooms and covered porches are ideal for stowing bikes. Those venturing on longer rides through Texas tend to take advantage of our pool and fitness center in addition to our spa services. And most importantly right around the corner is The French Company Grocer where cyclists can easily pack snacks or meals for their journey or go for emergency bike repair!

For more information on cycling trips or tips and advice for your West Texas Journey please visit the links we have provided below. We wish you a safe ride and hope to see you along the way – We promise to keep you geared up (see what we did there?) for your journey!  Call 1.800.884. 4243 for reservations today.

(Photo pictured above credit of Texas Mountain

Popular Day Hikes in the Big Bend

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Fondly referred to as the “Gateway to the Big Bend” the Gage Hotel serves as a great home base for those wanting to explore the [Big Bend] area without relinquishing modern day amenities. There are a number of hikes and picturesque drives that can be completed in a morning or afternoon and have you back in time for a relaxing shower and a gourmet meal at our award winning 12 Gage Restaurant.

The park visitor guide, The Paisano, recently published a list of the day hikes so we thought we would share them with you. The trails listed above are a fairly short and scenic drive from Marathon and allow you to see Big Bend in all its grandeur sans sleeping bag and tent. Whether you’re set to walk, run or drive – you’ve got options! Please see a list of hikes above and visit the The Paisano for more updates and  information on Big Bend.

(Pictures above credit of The Paisano)

Gage Hotel’s Spring Calendar

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If you’re looking for an excuse to get down to Far West Texas and visit the Big Bend Region we’ve got reasons. Spring is bustling with opportunities for adventures, live music, food and fun. Pencil us in for the following weekends and start planning your trip down! Call us at 1.800. 884. GAGE to make a reservation for one of the following weekends before our rooms fill up.

February 20th- April 13th – Don’t miss out on the 28th Annual Trappings of Texas at the Museum of the Big Bend

March 1st – Join us for live music on the patio by singer and songwriter Susan Gibson.

March 15th – The Gage Presents live music by Tom Harvey.

April 10th – 12th- Join us for Viva Big Bend Food and Wine Festival with celebrity chef Monica Pope at the Gage on Friday, April 11th.

April 19th – Enjoy live music by Hillie Bills on our White Buffalo Bar Patio.

A Country Wedding in Far West Texas at the Gage Hotel

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Looking for the perfect spot for a Texas wedding? The Gage Hotel has it all. Whether you’re looking for a place where you can wear cowboy boots with your wedding dress while standing under a vast West Texas sky among miles of open land, or envision your family and friends piling into a gorgeous little country church followed by a beautiful reception in the Gage Gardens, we’ll help make your pinterest board come to life. With a variety of beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces your options for an original and beautiful country wedding are endless.

We will make it our priority to ensure everyone is comfortable and well-taken care of so that once your guests arrive in Marathon, you can relax! We have a variety of rooms to accommodate a range of needs and budgets and our historic houses (available for rent in their entirety) are perfect for wedding parties and breathtaking photos. Our 12 Gage Restaurant will keep everyone well fed (and asking for seconds!) and the famous White Buffalo Bar is the perfectly cozy spot for everyone to gather around a fireplace after a long day of merriment.

The best part about a destination wedding at the Gage Hotel? Events held at the hotel tend to ‘take over’ our charming, little town where everything is in walking distance and guests consistently enjoy impromptu meetings at local restaurants and shops. Marathon weddings are a memory that will be cherished for all.

Please call us for more information and details or to book your weekend and let us start helping you plan your wedding today!

( Photos pictured above credit of Holly Hoyt Photography)

Valentine’s Day at the Gage Hotel

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This Valentine’s day escape the city and head out to our gorgeous, historic hotel in the charming little town of Marathon. Nestled in Far West Texas among miles and miles of untouched landscape we have everything you need for a romantic getaway. We’re pretty darn sure our spa, cozy rooms, gourmet 12 Gage Restaurant, and legendary White Buffalo Bar will make for more than a satisfying retreat this February. If you’re not yet convinced let us remind you about the fireplaces, chimineas, and firepits that dot our property. Spend an evening surrounded by twinkling lights and cozied up next to a warm fire – and don’t forget that the Gage hotel dwells under a vast night sky that is ideal for stargazing.

We hope to see you this February. If you can’t make it out this month, surprise your loved one with a gift certificate for the Gage Hotel, it always warms the heart.  For reservations or to purchase gift certificates please call 1.800.884.Gage.

White Buffalo Bison Burger at the White Buffalo Bar

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Our legendary White Buffalo Bar is, well, legendary…. But our White Buffalo Bison Burger at our White Buffalo Bar is epic. It’s so good we figured we would dedicate a whole post to it and thanks to Winston Wanders we have photos that do this delicious and juicy burger some justice.

Served on a soft bun and topped with melted cheddar- jack cheese, chipotle aioli, sautéed mushrooms and onions, the White Buffalo Bar Bison Burger is a Gage Hotel staple and arguably one of the best burgers in Far West Texas. Complete with a side of fresh tomatoes, onions, pickles, jalapenos and piping hot fries, the bison burger is worth the trip to Marathon and is one meal you won’t soon forget.

We hope our charming, historic hotel brings you to our quaint little town, but we won’t hold it against you if you come for our burger…

(Photos pictured above credit of  Winston Wanders)

Last Minute Christmas Shopping? Give the Gift of the Gage Hotel


Looking for last minute gift ideas? Give the gift of the Gage this Christmas. With same-day delivery via email a Gage Hotel gift certificate will arrive in time to be under your tree by Christmas Eve (if not before)!

If you know someone resolving to travel or relax more, send him or her into 2014 with no excuses. The purchased gift certificate is good towards accommodations at the Hotel, fabulous gourmet meals at the 12 Gage Restaurant, tasty drinks and margaritas at the White Buffalo Bar, a relaxing massage at the Gage Spa, or all of the above.

To surprise someone you love this holiday with a gift certificate from the Gage call 432.386.4205. We hope you have a fabulous holiday and we hope to see you in the New Year!