the stars at night are big and bright…

We just returned from an awesome road trip out to West Texas, one of our favorite places to spend time. There’s something special about the quiet landscape that keeps bringing us back. On this trip, we visited Marfa, where we stayed at the El Cosmico. If you’re headed out that way, I highly recommend staying in one of their renovated vintage trailers, or even a teepee! It’s owned by Austin’s Liz Lambert, of Hotel San Jose and Jo’s Coffee fame. Such a unique place!

Next stop was the Indian Lodge, which was built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corp and is nestled in the Davis Mountains. It’s only 20 minutes from Marfa, 30 minutes from Balmorhea-a glorious spring-fed swimming pool, and 20 minutes from the McDonald Observatory, where they host “star parties,” with constellation and telescope viewing. I highly recommend it!

Everyone getting ready for the star party to begin. They have red lights everywhere so as not to affect star viewing. This is one of the darkest observatories in the U.S., so the stars are absolutely AMAZING from here.

Our last stop was in Marathon, TX where we stayed at the Gage Hotel, an historic hotel 1-hour from Big Bend National Park. The hotel has lush courtyards, a heated pool that the kids love, and an amazing restaurant and bar. But be forewarned, there’s not much else going on in Marathon. There’s literally one short main street with about 3 restaurants, a bookstore, an art gallery, annnnd that’s about it! It’s very charming.

We hit up Marathon Coffee for a big, delicious breakfast and small town hospitality.

We celebrated Georgia’s 2nd birthday while we were there. When we were singing to her, she didn’t quite know what was going on, but she definitely enjoyed her cupcake and even shared it with her sis. Such sweeties.

We all had a blast and can’t wait to go back! Hope you all had a fun spring break, too!

  • Tali said:

    DYING! I'm so jealous of your awesome trips! We're tentatively planning on making a trip out there in October. I've been dying to sleep in a teepee or yurt at El Cosmico! I'll be sure to get some tips from you prior to our trip :) GORGEOUS pics!

  • Katherine said:

    We did that same trip last December and stayed in the Spartan too- ( we stayed at the Marathon Hotel in our trailer- but ate at the Gage- Lovely family photos and beautiful floral portrait of your daughter!

  • You guys are ballers! Can you adopt me, please?!

  • I LOVE reading about y'alls roadtrips! Always look like so much fun and the pictures of your little girls are beautiful! Lucky Momma.

  • H said:

    Looks like you guys had an amazing trip! Your girls are just so beautiful and sweet! It was so great to see you this weekend and to meet CJ!

  • mike said:

    Oh, that's beautiful. We spent spring break this year catching up on work for our (school) kids, but are looking forward to leaving town this weekend. Gorgeous pictures!

  • Great photos of El Cosmico and Marathon! Nice treatment however you do it.

  • Shelley said:

    LOVE this! You guys rock!