Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit


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Here at the Gage Hotel we love nothing more than some home-cooked southern comfort and fortunately we don’t have to venture too far down the road to find just that. Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit, right down the street from the Gage Hotel, serves up fresh-baked, warm, homemade biscuits with all the fixins.

Founded in 1991 by Shirley Rooney this hole in a wall bakery is worth the trip. Famous for their biscuits and fried pies, Shirley’s little joint is a local hot spot and a vacationers dream.

Oh, and did we mention they ship anywhere in the world? They do. But we still encourage you to come down to Marathon and enjoy the home-baked goodness right in Shirley’s shop. One visitor states, “It’s one of those places that just makes you want to sit down and relax for a while….”

The Huffington Post on Marathon and The Gage Hotel

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Last week The Huffington Post begged the question “is Marathon, Texas the Next (Or Next Next) Marfa?”  We aren’t quite sure, and we aren’t sure if we want to be? We absolutely love our “off-beat cool” neighbor Marfa, but we like being Marathon.

We were, however, absolutely flattered that they took an interested in The Gage Hotel and our quaint town “dotted with adorable old-timey eateries and other super Texas-y things” (The Huffington Post).

The Huffington Post highlighted the Gage Hotel, particularly Captain Shepard’s House, as a monument of Marathon’s up and coming culture. While mentioning some of the hot spots in town, they underlined White Buffalo Bar and 12 Gage as a few of the best.

We are so proud to be part of this West Texas town on the rise!

Captain Shepard’s Grand Re- Opening Party

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This past weekend we welcomed the start of August with the grand re-opening of yet another historic property at the Gage Hotel. Our little West Texas town provided the perfect backdrop for Tom Perini and Becker Vineyards to come out and celebrate our 1899, newly renovated, Captain Shepard’s House. Between the beautiful weather, the delicious meal, the delightful wine and great company, it was the perfect summer evening.

Chef Tom Perini prepared perfectly breaded catfish paired with incredible tartar sauce, Perini’s famous tenderloin, and bread pudding that made us weak in the knees. It was only fitting that we served up Texas’ finest, as that evening we welcomed guests from New York City who had come to celebrate a very special wedding at the Gage Hotel.

Dolly Shine’s music drifted through the rooms of Captain Shepard’s House and through the gorgeous garden where guests mingled and toured the property. We wish we could do it all over again. In the meantime, we have great photos to remind us of the fun we had.

Featuring: The Gage Hotel


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With all that is going on at the Gage Hotel and in Marathon, TX this summer we feel so fortunate to have been featured in some  great publications.

Most recently, the Midland Telegram Reporter and  the Austin American Statesman wrote great pieces about the Gage Hotel and the grand re-opening of Captain Shepard’s House.

In June, the Gage Hotel held Grilling at the Gage and was featured in even more publications. It was wonderful to be featured in the Dallas Morning News as well as the Fort Stockton Pioneer and Big Bend Sentinel.

We can’t thank everyone enough for the continued support. We are so grateful to be a part of this Texas community who is constantly behind us!