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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Traveling to El Cosmico? Make the Gage Hotel a Must-Stop Spot!

Attention music lovers and road warriors: are you hitting the road for El Cosmico music festival this weekend?

If so, we have a travel tip for a delicious pit stop along the way – one that includes a Texas Monthly-rated “Best Burger”,  fan-favorite prickly pear margarita, and a famous White Buffalo. And if you have a bit more time, a sparkling swimming pool under the big West Texas sky.

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Whether we are a stop on your way to or from El Cosmico, we hope to see you along the way at the Gage Hotel.

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!

 

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 

A West Texas Weekend: Fredric Remington at The Museum of The Big Bend

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What better way to celebrate Fredric Remington, the most significant artist to portray the American West, than in West Texas? Works by Remington seldom leave their home in New York, however the Museum of The Big Bend will exhibit a vast number of his best-known pieces this fall, September 19th through December 8th.

We’ll kick off the opening weekend with a Thursday night dinner under the stars catered by our 12 Gage Restaurant, followed by a Saturday night gala with cocktails, dinner, live auction, silent auction, music and more! If you can’t make it for the opening weekend, make sure you head out before the pieces head back up north. We urge you to take advantage of the opportunity to see the historic works of beautiful and unique art while they are in the land that inspired them.

Book your stay at the Gage Hotel here and for more information about the exhibition visit The Museum of The Big Bend.

(Pictured above: Gage Hotel Photo Credit of Monica Danna (previously featured here), Remington Sculpture Photo Credit of The Museum of The Big Bend)

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 Celaya House

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In addition to our historic hotel, the Gage Hotel boasts various houses, which are ideal for families, events and parties. The Celaya House, located directly behind the historic hotel, is as quaint and charming as our town and is perfect for a family of four.

The Celaya includes one bedroom with a king bed and one bedroom with 2 double beds. The one story, adobe home also has a large living area with a TV, a spacious kitchen, and one bathroom. Surrounding the lovely little house is a private fenced in yard, ideal for children and pets or an afternoon spent relaxing in privacy on the front porch.

Filled with big comfy furniture, Texas art, clean white cabinets and appliances, and beautiful wooden accent pieces the Celaya house isn’t exactly what we call roughin’ it. We love the privacy and coziness of the Celaya house and guests constantly tell us this warm inviting space is a home away from home. Please visit our website to book this home online, or call 432-386-4205.