Phillip’s Prickly Pear Margarita


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!

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.

White Buffalo Paloma

Hey, you, tequila lovers!

Picture this… relaxing in the White Buffalo Bar courtyard, mingling with your friends and feeling the warmth of the West Texas sun, when you realize you’re in need of something refreshing. Have no fear! This summer our bartenders are mixing the White Buffalo Paloma – a delicious blend of Tres Generaciones Silver tequila, grapefruit juice and more!

If you want to give a go at making it yourself, check out this recipe straight from our expert bartenders. Cheers, and happy weekend!

The White Buffalo Paloma:

2 ounces Tres Generaciones Silver Tequila

4 ounces Grapefruit juice

3 ounces Topo Chico (sparkling water)

2 Lime wedges squeezed

Salt Rim

Fill Glass with tequila, Grapefruit juice, Topo Chico and the squeezed lime wedges

Fill remains of glass with ice

Stir ingredients

Served with lime garnish



The Gage Hotel’s White Buffalo Bar Michelada Recipe



Phillip Moellering is one of the most beloved faces you will nearly always see at the White Buffalo Bar. He is the Gage Hotel’s manager, food and beverage director, and also happens to be the best darn bartender in West Texas. We’ve coaxed him into sharing another one of his legendary recipes with us. If y’all like his Prickly Pear Margarita then you have to try this delicious Michelada. It’s the perfect drink to fling you into spring. Cheers to warm weather on the horizon and all of our patrons at the White Buffalo Bar!


Gage Michelada Recipe:

5 ounces Gage bloody Mary mix (recipe below)

Beer of your choice (Preferably Mexican Beer)

Salt Rim of glass

Fill with ice

Pour bloody mary mix in glass

Top with beer of choice

Garnish with pickled green bean, olive, and jalapeno


Gage Bloody Mary Mix:

 36 ounces tomato juice

1 bottle clamato juice

3 tbsp. caps of Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp. caps of tabasco

2 tbsp.  celery salt

2 tbsp. black pepper

1 tbsp. horseradish

2 oz. lemon juice

1 tbsp. kosher salt

Note: Bloody Mary Recipe makes a gallon. Cut down accordingly.

Gage Hotel’s Spring Calendar

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If you’re looking for an excuse to get down to Far West Texas and visit the Big Bend Region we’ve got reasons. Spring is bustling with opportunities for adventures, live music, food and fun. Pencil us in for the following weekends and start planning your trip down! Call us at 1.800. 884. GAGE to make a reservation for one of the following weekends before our rooms fill up.

February 20th- April 13th – Don’t miss out on the 28th Annual Trappings of Texas at the Museum of the Big Bend

March 1st – Join us for live music on the patio by singer and songwriter Susan Gibson.

March 15th – The Gage Presents live music by Tom Harvey.

April 10th – 12th– Join us for Viva Big Bend Food and Wine Festival with celebrity chef Monica Pope at the Gage on Friday, April 11th.

April 19th – Enjoy live music by Hillie Bills on our White Buffalo Bar Patio.

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)

Valentine’s Day at the Gage Hotel

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This Valentine’s day escape the city and head out to our gorgeous, historic hotel in the charming little town of Marathon. Nestled in Far West Texas among miles and miles of untouched landscape we have everything you need for a romantic getaway. We’re pretty darn sure our spa, cozy rooms, gourmet 12 Gage Restaurant, and legendary White Buffalo Bar will make for more than a satisfying retreat this February. If you’re not yet convinced let us remind you about the fireplaces, chimineas, and firepits that dot our property. Spend an evening surrounded by twinkling lights and cozied up next to a warm fire – and don’t forget that the Gage hotel dwells under a vast night sky that is ideal for stargazing.

We hope to see you this February. If you can’t make it out this month, surprise your loved one with a gift certificate for the Gage Hotel, it always warms the heart.  For reservations or to purchase gift certificates please call 1.800.884.Gage.

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)

Last Minute Christmas Shopping? Give the Gift of the Gage Hotel


Looking for last minute gift ideas? Give the gift of the Gage this Christmas. With same-day delivery via email a Gage Hotel gift certificate will arrive in time to be under your tree by Christmas Eve (if not before)!

If you know someone resolving to travel or relax more, send him or her into 2014 with no excuses. The purchased gift certificate is good towards accommodations at the Hotel, fabulous gourmet meals at the 12 Gage Restaurant, tasty drinks and margaritas at the White Buffalo Bar, a relaxing massage at the Gage Spa, or all of the above.

To surprise someone you love this holiday with a gift certificate from the Gage call 432.386.4205. We hope you have a fabulous holiday and we hope to see you in the New Year!