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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The Vaquero – Exhibit

The Gage Hotel is very excited to host an exciting exhibit of photographs and narrative text. They are all about the way of life and traditions of the Mexican vaquero, as captured by noted author and screenwriter of the Lonesome Dove series, Bill Witliff. This exhibit is located in the our Reposa Room from February 6-28. Admission is free!Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 4.13.28 PM

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)

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)