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!




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

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)

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

Updating the Historic Hotel’s Guest Rooms: It’s all in the details


At the Gage Hotel, we pride ourselves on bringing an authentic, West Texas experience to today’s most discerning traveler. We understand our guests’ needs, which is why 10 of the Gage Hotel’s main rooms have undergone a complete renovation. With special attention to detail, we updated each room in order to provide guests with the utmost comfort. Complete with beautiful, private baths, each room features updated furniture and fresh design.

Eleanor Gerlinger, an incredibly talented interior designer based in San Antonio, came out to help bring our vision to life for each room. Gerlinger, who is known for creating warm and inviting spaces, describes the style of the renovation in the Historic Hotel rooms as “Texas Mission”.  We hope you will come out to visit this fall to see and enjoy for yourself! Follow us on Facebook and check back on our blog for more pictures of the completed rooms.

Casa Jardin (The Garden House)

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This large one- room house, sits adjacent to the Gage Gardens and across the street from the historic hotel. With a comfy king bed and a sweet day bed, this gorgeous space is great for couples or a small family. Filled with warm tones, high- ceilings, a fireplace and authentic Texas furniture and art, this house is a snug and relaxing home-away-from home.

Great French doors open on to private patio that overlooks the garden orchard. On beautiful days, take lunch or dinner outside while the children or dogs play among the fenced yard, and enjoy cocktails and star gazing on clear, cool nights. This house is also a favorite bridal suite or room for couples getting married in the Gage Gardens next door.  If you are interested in hearing more information about Casa Jardin or reserving the home today, call us at 1-800-884-GAGE.


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!