15 Things the Gage Hotel is Thankful For

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  1.  Our guests
  2. Our wonderful staff
  3. Our little, fun-loving Marathon Community
  4. Leisurely strolls through the Gage Gardens
  5. Delicious meals at 12 Gage Restaurant
  6. Our legendary White Buffalo friend
  7. Sunrises on the Glass Mountains
  8. Nights spent under Far West Texas’ bright sky
  9. Cocktails shared with friends around a warm fire
  10. Wide open spaces and road trips
  11. Hikes in Big Bend National Park
  12. Front porches and oversized rocking chairs
  13. The magnificent Texas Mountain Trail Region
  14. Weddings at the Gage Hotel and our beautiful brides
  15.  Being in the hospitality business – it really is the best job in the world!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

Some of the Gage Hotel’s Best Guests are Pups!

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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.

Your Itinerary for A Day in Marathon

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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.

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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.

(Other Shops: Purple Sage Antiques, Rusty Rabbit, Desert Critter Wear)

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.

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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.


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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!

Night: Saddle up to the Gage Hotel’s famous White Buffalo Bar for a cozy nightcap in front of the fireplace or outside in the courtyard under the big Texas sky.

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.

Through the Lense of a Gage Hotel Guest

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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

Art in Far West Texas: Alpines 20th Annual ARTWALK

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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

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