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)