So you think there’s nothing to do in West Texas?

Are you one of those people that think West Texas is “in the middle of nowhere,” and thinks, “There is absolutely nothing to do”? Think again! Check out some of the fun activities and upcoming events in our area:

Museum of the Big Bend

The Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine features many permanent and temporary exhibits showcasing the natural beauty and history of this national park. There’s still time to catch, Knowing the North Star: The Life and Art of Tom Lea, until March 20, 2016. You definitely don’t want to miss the 30th Annual Trappings of Texas, April 14-16. A favorite exhibit among viewers, traditional Western art is showcased from artists all over the US, and custom cowboy gear can be purchased too. You can also view Jim Bones: 50 Years of Bagging Light in the Big Bend, through August of 2016. The works on display are not only for your viewing pleasure, but are also up for purchase as the ultimate souvenir.

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Big Bend National Park

About a one-hour drive from the hotel lies, undoubtedly, the main attraction of West Texas, Big Bend National Park. The park boasts activities for all ages, such as fishing, horseback riding, hot springs, Rio Grande river trips, ranger-led programs, scenic drives, stargazing, birdwatching, backpacking, and of course, hiking trails. No matter what you choose to do, we guarantee the breathtaking scenery throughout the park will be something you’ll never forget. Contact our front desk for assistance in planning a trip to the park.

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Annual 4th of July Marathon Post Park Dance

Throw on your cowboy boots and mosey on over to the Annual 4th of July Marathon Post Park Dance! Begin your day with barbecue and end it with dancing and tunes by the Craig Carter and Spur of the Moment band. After dark, a fireworks show will be set off in true Independence Day fashion.

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Annual Mustang and Cowboy Chili Cookoffs

TWO days of chili cook offs, oh my! Whether you are a chili cook extraordinaire, or you just love the “official” state food of Texas, these events are for you. This year Marathon will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on the patio of the Marathon Motel for both the Cowboy Chili Cook Off, July 2, and the Mustang Chili Cook Off, July 3. Both competitions are run by the Chili Appreciation Society International. It’s a $20 fee to enter your own chili, and is free to the public. For more information on the competition, click here.

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Viva Big Bend

Three days, ten venues, four West Texas towns, over 60 Texas bands. Viva Big Bend’s annual music festival is back in West Texas. With shows in Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, AND Marathon, the festival allows you to travel and experience the unique communities of the Big Bend area. The sole location in Marathon just so happens to be the Gage Hotel at the end of July, so don’t miss some good ol’ Texas music during your stay!

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Phillip’s Prickly Pear Margarita

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Phillip, our manager and food and beverage director here at the Gage Hotel, shared with us his most popular drink recipe that keeps visitors raving and craving, even weeks after their stay. Needless to say, this West Texan knows a thing or two about making an amazing and authentic margarita—and we are lucky enough to have him share his secret with us. Happy Friday y’all!

The 5 simple ingredients are as follows:

1.5 ounces  *Pura Vida Silver tequila

2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice

3/4 ounces of Cointreau

Splash of simple syrup

1/2 ounces of prickly pear juice (1/2prickly pear juice, and 1/2 prickly pear purée mix)

After combining the above, add the mixture to a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Salt the rim of the glass (or not—whichever you prefer!), and add ice. Then, strain the margarita into your glass and garnish with lime wedge or fruit of your choice.

Voila! You have your self a delicious homemade Prickly Pear Margarita, courtesy of the Gage Hotel. Enjoy!
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The Wilson House

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Across the street from the historic hotel, and next to the gorgeous Gage Gardens, sits the Wilson House. This spacious home includes a sitting area complete with TV and fireplace, a king bed, and two twin beds in an open loft. We love the open floor plan and high ceilings of the Wilson house, which is complete with beautiful wood floors.

This airy space is ideal for entertaining and parties as the home also boasts a huge covered porch and a private fenced yard. If we could, we’d take our coffee and eggs in the privacy of the light filled, full kitchen or one of the outside areas each morning.

For more specific information on the Wilson house or rooms at Gage Hotel please call 1-800-884-GAGE.

West Texas’ Annual Race: Marathon 2 Marathon

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Don’t walk, run to sign up for October 26th’s, Marathon 2 Marathon, the annual race in West Texas. It’s only fitting that our town of Marathon, named by seafaring Capt. Albion Shepard who said the desert area surrounded by mountains reminded him of Marathon in Greece, host this annual event. Whether you are interested in the Marathon, ½ Marathon, 10 k or 5 k, think no further and take advantage of the opportunity to run in a cool desert climate, on a gradual downhill course, in a wide open space surrounded by rolling mountains and gorgeous scenery.

Friday night, the Gage Hotel will provide guests and runners with a delicious Pasta Dinner in addition to the regular 12 Gage restaurant dining menu, along with live music  by Tessy Lou and The Shotgun Stars.  Saturday morning busses will shuttle runners from the Gage Hotel to their appropriate starting lines. After the Race we will celebrate with massages at the finish line, a Catfish Fry Fundraiser, street dance, and entertainment by Grupo Maracas.

That’s not all. That night the Marathon Motel Court Yard will host a post race Party with live music provided by the Craig Carter and Spur of the Moment Band. Reserve your rooms at the Gage Hotel for the weekend of October 25th here today.  We will make sure to send you to the race well rested and ready for the big day and we will pamper you upon your return: Enjoy a tasty meal from our 12 Gage restaurant, services from our spa, and a peaceful evening by one of our fire pits before retiring for the night and returning to a big, cozy bed. Hope to see you in October!

Photo Credit: Marathon2marathon.net 

West Fest Cabrito Cook-Off

 

 

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Join us the weekend of September 20th for The West Fest Cabrito and BBQ Cook-off. Friday evening have a margarita at the White Buffalo bar before putting on your dancing shoes and heading out to hear Craig Carter Band who is playing that night.

On Saturday, enter the competition and bring out your best recipes, or relax, take in the scene, and taste the best of Texas and try the likes of steak, goat, beans, brisket, bread, dessert and salsa! The cook-off is located 5 miles outside of town at the Post Park, which sits on the Pena Colorado River beneath the shade of cottonwood trees, and surrounded by mountains.

Come on out for delicious food, great company, and a good ole’ time! Hope to see you there.

 

(Pictured Above: Landscape Photo Credit of Steven Schafersman , Cook-off Photo Credit of Marathontexas.com )

Gage Hotel’s Fall Calendar

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We’ve got quiet a bit going on this fall, and thought we would give you a heads up so you could join us for the fun. Mark your calendars for the weekends of September 19th and October 12th. We can hardly wait for the parties, food, art and fun.

On September 19th, we’ll be celebrating the opening weekend of the Remington Show at the Museum of Big Bend. Join us for a full weekend that includes a private tour, cocktails, dinner and Gala that will feature a live auction and more.

That’s not all… That same weekend Marathon’s West Fest Cabrito and BBQ Cookoff will be in full swing.  You won’t want to miss the Friday night dance featuring the Craig Carter Band, or the Saturday afternoon filled with West Texas’ best bbq.

If you can’t make it out then, we’ll save you a seat at Chinati Weekend 2013 on October 12 and 13th in Marfa. The weekend includes an after party, featuring DJ Manolo Black, as well as a sunrise viewing of Donald Judd’s 100 works.

We hope to see you then and toast you over champagne – Call 800-884-GAGE (4243) or 432-386-4205 to book your rooms today.

( Pictured above: Remington photo credit of Museum of Big Bend  and Chinati photo credit of Chinati.org)

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!

True Taste of West Texas: 12 Gage Restaurant

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Here at the Gage Hotel we take great pride in all we have to offer our guests- including our restaurant, 12 Gage. Featuring dishes such as smoked ribs, wild boar, rainbow trout, and a mouth-watering buffalo burger, the 12 Gage menu puts forth the best West Texas has to offer.

The outdoor patio gives an intimate and romantic setting near the fire, while the cozy upscale dining room provides an extraordinary culinary experience for families, friends and groups.

Our dishes feature produce picked right from our own Gage Hotel garden, ensuring the freshest tastes of the area. 12 Gage also provides an extensive list of wines to pair with your meal, as well as fun and tasty Texas-inspired cocktails.

As 12 Gage is equally renowned for its atmosphere as it’s crave-worthy dishes, our restaurant is truly the whole package— fully encapsulating the tastes and feel of Marathon.