7 Spots You May Not Have Seen in Marathon, TX

For those of you who have visited us before, you may think you’ve seen all that Marathon has to offer! However, our little town has a few hidden gems that may surprise you. Next time you’re out visiting our area take some time to check out some of our treasures!

  1. The Milky Way:  As one of the most isolated areas of the country Marathon’s night sky is one of the top star gazing locations in North America. In fact, it has the least amount of light pollution of any National Park in the lower 48 states and is classified as a Level 1 Dark Sky!MilkyWayOverMarathon copy
  2. Captain Shepard’s House: Don’t miss your chance to see one of the first colonial homes built in the late 1800’s in the town that would soon become Marathon, TX. Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 5.06.27 PM
  3. One of a Kind Shopping: Marathon, TX is host to a variety of stores that you won’t find anywhere else! We guarantee that you’ll find great clothes, antiques and one-of-a-kind art.Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 3.01.31 PM
  4. Marathon Coffee Shop: Not only will their delicious and down-home coffees & fresh baked goods perk you up in the morning, but this is the best spot in Marathon to hear our local banjo player Billy Faier (pictured below) play some fabulous tunes!                             Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 5.06.37 PM
  5. Gage Gardens: At the Gage Hotel we have worked so hard to cultivate a “Secret Garden” of our own. The Gage Gardens is a secluded, peaceful oasis perfect for any family picnic or romantic stroll.Double Rainbow
  6. First School House: This is the oldest school building in Brewster County. Built in 1888 it was used not only for schooling, but for all town public meetings and elections. The structure is still in beautiful shape over 120 years later due to a restoration done in 1928 by the ladies of the Marathon Study Club. Hence the school house’s new nickname – The “Club House”! Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 10.54.19 AM
  7. Marathon Jail: While the first “jail” in Marathon consisted of a windmill and a few chains for drunkenness and disorderly behavior, eventually we upgraded to this small, rock structure. Come inside, take a look and try not to get into any trouble! We’d hate to have to dust off those cuffs!Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 3.06.49 PM

(Photo credits: Daniel Self, Andrew Slaton and the Marathon Historical Museum)

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!

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!


Photographer Andrew Slaton Visits The Gage Hotel

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Photographer Andrew Slaton takes some of the most breathtaking and beautiful photographs that we have ever seen and we can’t get enough of his inspiring work. Slaton loves photographing in the Big Bend area and in our quaint little town and his pictures capture the charm and personality like none other – Intrigued and captivated with his work we caught up with Slaton to find out what inspires him and why he loves shooting in West Texas (and why he recommends the area to Brides).

Q: What inspires you?

A: The land. The relationship between land and sky. And of course how the light interacts with both. Then lastly, how people move through a landscape.

Q: What inspires you at the Gage Hotel and in Marathon?

A: How the Gage relates to it’s surroundings has always been fascinating to me. Marathon is the quintessential old-west kind of town. The land and the people are its soul, and the Gage is a magnificent piece of its history. It’s priceless.

Q: What is the best part about being a photographer?

A: I love composing with my camera! Whether it’s photographing a wedding, and capturing the once-in-a-lifetime moments of life and love, or waiting patiently for the light to paint a mountain scape. I am thankful for the reality that I get to make a living doing what I do. It also makes my brain happy… it’s the perfect union of creative and technical/ analytical.

Q: You see a lot of weddings, would you recommend Marathon and the Gage Hotel as a destination for brides? If so, why?

A: Of course! It offers a supremely relaxed atmosphere for guests, and it is as close as you can get to one of my favorite national parks, Big Bend. Brides love it because they can rent out an entire house or casita for privacy and convenience, and the spa makes it a well rounded weekend for all the bride’s ladies.

Q: What was your favorite part of working at the Gage Hotel?

A: All of the amazing details. It is astonishing the variety and craftsmanship of the artwork the Gage houses. It always keeps my attention.

Q: What is your favorite picture from the last wedding you shot at the Gage?

A: When the sun begins to fade in Big Bend country, the real magic starts! And that’s right when the ceremony ended for Emily and Stuart. They wanted to go shoot some portraits of just the two of them and incorporate the landscape. I just loved the idea! And one of the images, I felt beautifully summed up the whole day.

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Q: Location, weather and light seem to be crucial to photography —  How is Marathon different from other places you have shot?

A: Marathon (and the Big Bend area) is just one of those rare places that make photographers and artists salivate. There is a quality to the light that can only be described as magical. Once you go and experience it… it truly gets in your blood. And you always have to go back. It’s invigorating and inspiring. Honestly, I can’t imagine life without this amazing part of Texas.

( All photos pictured credit of Andrew Slaton)

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)

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)

White Buffalo Bison Burger at the White Buffalo Bar

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Our legendary White Buffalo Bar is, well, legendary…. But our White Buffalo Bison Burger at our White Buffalo Bar is epic. It’s so good we figured we would dedicate a whole post to it and thanks to Winston Wanders we have photos that do this delicious and juicy burger some justice.

Served on a soft bun and topped with melted cheddar- jack cheese, chipotle aioli, sautéed mushrooms and onions, the White Buffalo Bar Bison Burger is a Gage Hotel staple and arguably one of the best burgers in Far West Texas. Complete with a side of fresh tomatoes, onions, pickles, jalapenos and piping hot fries, the bison burger is worth the trip to Marathon and is one meal you won’t soon forget.

We hope our charming, historic hotel brings you to our quaint little town, but we won’t hold it against you if you come for our burger…

(Photos pictured above credit of  Winston Wanders)

15 Things the Gage Hotel is Thankful For

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  1.  Our guests
  2. Our wonderful staff
  3. Our little, fun-loving Marathon Community
  4. Leisurely strolls through the Gage Gardens
  5. Delicious meals at 12 Gage Restaurant
  6. Our legendary White Buffalo friend
  7. Sunrises on the Glass Mountains
  8. Nights spent under Far West Texas’ bright sky
  9. Cocktails shared with friends around a warm fire
  10. Wide open spaces and road trips
  11. Hikes in Big Bend National Park
  12. Front porches and oversized rocking chairs
  13. The magnificent Texas Mountain Trail Region
  14. Weddings at the Gage Hotel and our beautiful brides
  15.  Being in the hospitality business – it really is the best job in the world!

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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