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.


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.


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.


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.


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!




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.

Who Is William Roam and What Is He Doing At The Gage?

At the Gage Hotel we strive to ensure that our guests are treated to the best of the best and we think we’ve found that in the William Roam line of products.

William Roam’s signature Roam Collection is now available in our guest rooms. These finely crafted luxury grooming products are formulated with a unique blend of antioxidant phytonutrients, amino acids, vitamins and minerals for incredibly soft and healthy skin and hair. Best of all, the products are 100% conceived and created in the U.S and packaged with recycled materials. Having tried the products ourselves, we are sold, and know that you will be too.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 3.24.26 PMWilliam Roam strive to encapsulate the “spirit of modern American travel: refined but approachable, sophisticated but spirited” and, like the Gage Hotel and our guests, hold themselves to the highest standards of quality and style which is why we are proud to partner with them.

Come visit us soon!

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.

Your Itinerary for A Day in Marathon

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Sunrise Stroll: Grab a cup o’ joe from Marathon Coffee Shop and then hop on over the railroad tracks and the Gage Garden and Orchard for a leisurely walk through the seasonal flowers and watch the sunrise over the Glass Mountains.

Breakfast: Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit (the name says it all, y’all). The owners, a husband and wife team, make fresh, mouthwatering, homemade biscuits and fried pies each morning — A delicious start to your day.

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Mid-Morning: Wander Main Street. Pop into San Rosendo Crossing, the “unofficial gathering place” of Marathon. Peak inside Evan’s Gallery and see gorgeous photographs of the people and landscapes of the Big Bend. For authentic Texas goods, cowboy boots and handcrafted accessories make sure to stop by Pitaya Verde, located three doors down from the Gage Hotel.

(Other Shops: Purple Sage Antiques, Rusty Rabbit, Desert Critter Wear)

Lunch: Grab a burger and shake at Johnny B’s Old Fashioned Soda Fountain or drop by The French Company Grocer for a homemade sandwich. Take your lunch to the field located beyond the Gage Gardens and Orchard and enjoy it in the gazebo behind Los Portales. Work it off with a game of bocce ball in the neighboring court.

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Afternoon: Take a bicycle ride, walk or run around town to explore the charming churches, quaint houses and various farm animals in Marathon. (Tip: Don’t forget your camera or smart-phone– Our unique town is definitely instagram worthy)

Late afternoon: Enjoy a siesta or read your favorite book in one of our many indoor and outdoor nooks around the property. Listen to the language of the many different birds that share our little West Texas town.


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Evening: Dinner at 12 Gage Restaurant. With so many great options on the menu you really can’t go wrong, however the Iron Mountain Chicken Fried Steak is always a crowd-pleaser!

Night: Saddle up to the Gage Hotel’s famous White Buffalo Bar for a cozy nightcap in front of the fireplace or outside in the courtyard under the big Texas sky.

Mosey on back to your western elegant room, climb into your oversized Gage Hotel bed, and fall into the luxurious linens for a night of sweet dreams.

Through the Lense of a Gage Hotel Guest

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A few weeks ago we received the loveliest email and gorgeous photos from a guest who had recently stayed at our historic hotel on his trip to Far West Texas. Dieter Kaupp, a photographer based in Austin, called it an “oasis in the desert” and said he loved “the whole experience”. Since we realize we may be a little biased about our special spot in Marathon, we thought you should hear it first-hand from a guest of the Gage Hotel.

What first brought you to the Gage Hotel? 

I have heard many praises over the years — I decided to visit Big Bend so the Gage Hotel was my obvious hotel.

What is it about the Gage that keeps you coming back? 

Serenity, comfort, unique rooms and above all the food.

What is your favorite thing to do while in Marathon?

Eat at the Gage Hotel’s 12 Gage Restaurant

How is the Gage different from other places you have stayed?

The quality, comfort, and food far out pass other hotels for the same price or ones that you pay even more.

Do you have any recommendations for new guests? 

I always recommend The Gage to anyone passing through the area.

What is the most unique thing about the Gage Hotel?

The first class accommodations and food in an isolated area.  An ‘oasis’ in the desert.

How would you describe the rooms at the Gage Hotel? 

Comfortable, roomy, well constructed, unique features, nicely accessorized. Love the entry doors!  Two bathrobes in each room  — this is usually something you ONLY get at other hotels when paying MUCH more.

How would you describe your stay/ experience at the Gage Hotel? 

Loved every minute of it and hope to experience it again soon.  I’ve stayed in many hotels around the world at various prices. This is definitely the most memorable.


All photos credit of Dieter Kaupp

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!

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