Our favorite summer photos

What a fun summer season we’ve had here at the hotel! From Viva Big Bend to Grilling at the Gage, it has been a fun-filled summer and we loved seeing all of the great times had by our guests. Come back and visit us soon! Below are some of our favorite photos taken at the hotel this summer:

We love this photo from @setforthinstyle!

We love this photo from @setforthinstyle!

Nothing like relaxing yoga and meditation in the Gage Gardens! Photo courtesy of @ranchovilla_bigbend

Nothing like relaxing yoga and meditation in the Gage Gardens! Photo courtesy of @ranchovilla_bigbend

Relaxing on the porch with some pipes. These guys know how to live! Photo courtesy of @rrs1179

Relaxing on the porch with some pipes. These guys know how to live! Photo courtesy of @rrs1179

Amazing photo from @jjkennemer of a storm rolling through West Texas!

Amazing photo from @jjkennemer of a storm rolling through West Texas!

There's nothing more beautiful than a couple in love. Thank you for letting us share your special day @onsosa18

There’s nothing more beautiful than a couple in love. Thank you for letting us share your special day @onsosa18!

Wonderful collection of polaroid snapshots from around the hotel from @kodyrak.

Wonderful collection of polaroid snapshots from around the hotel from @kodyrak.

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This cute pooch was visiting us with his wonderful owner @des_reminted.

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Don’t Miss Grilling At The Gage – Summer Event Series

We are so excited about this year’s Grilling at the Gage summer lineup!

June 13: Pecan Lodge

At Pecan Lodge, Dallas’s most award-winning BBQ is smoked in a pit and steeped in time-honored tradition. What started as a little stand at the Farmer’s Market has grown up and is now a brick-and-morter in the heart of Deep Ellum. For one night only, the chefs of Pecan Lodge will sharpen their knives, fire up their grills and set-up shop at the Gage Hotel, creating a very special dinner menu for our guests.

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Music following dinner will be performed by the one and only Abe Mac Band!

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July 18th: Biga on the Banks

San Antonio’s Biga on the Banks has a reputation for innovative New American cuisine. Led by chef and owner Bruce Auden, a native North Londoner, Biga on the Banks is well known for its adventuresome, original and creative menus. Recognized early in his career as one to watch among the new rising stars of regional cuisine, Auden brought a worldly fusion of influences to his brand of nouvelle American cuisine. For one night only, Auden and his team will guest chef at the Gage Hotel, preparing a special, pre-fix menu for our guests.

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After dinner, guests will have the pleasure of listening to the amazing Kelley Mickwee!

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August 15th: Grilling in the Garden with 12 Gage

Serving Texas inspired specialties with a gourmet twist, the Gage Hotel’s award-winning restaurant offers a refined menu that changes seasonally and utilizes high-quality ingredients including locally sourced wild game, beef, fowl and fresh seafood served with vegetables and herbs grown in our own Gage Garden. This summer, head chef Brandon Waddell will serve a one-night pre-fix menu for our guests in the Gage Gardens, what will prove to be a very special evening under a blanket of West Texas stars.

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Don’t miss Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars performing after this delicious dinner!

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This is going to be an amazing summer full of delicious food and lively music! Call now for tickets and room reservations.

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 http://www.VivaBigBend.com 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!

 

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.

http://www.biketexas.org/en/news/community/1409-the-road-to-ourselves-cycling-in-the-texas-mountains

http://www.bikeovernights.org/post/texas-mountain-ride

http://pathlesspedaled.com/2010/03/our-west-texas-adventure/

http://texasmountaintrail.com/bike

(Photo pictured above credit of Texas Mountain Trail.com)

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.

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

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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!