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July 26th, 2009


The hipster-cool West Texas town of Marfa has long been a draw for art lovers.

The hipster-cool West Texas town of Marfa has long been a draw for art lovers. With endless galleries, funky shops, hip restaurants and a mysterious nightly light show, the walkable town is always worth the road trip.


Sip a Tecate at the fabulous new JM Dry Goods (map) while shopping vintage Mexican dresses, distressed Levis, well-worn cowboy boots and an eclectic mix of accessories and housewares, all on the cheap.

Even if you can't snag a room at The Thunderbird Hotel, a retro-style motel where celebs stay when they're in town, you'll want a souvenir from their gift shop. Or, stop by to rent a vintage bike for the weekly Sunday evening bike ride that meets at the site of Marfa's farmers' market.


One weekend will give you plenty of time to try all the hot spots in town. You'll love brunching at Cochineal Austin Street Cafe Prefer a picnic? Select gourmet groceries at The Get Go or stop by the Pizza Foundation If you're lucky, the Mediterranean style Food Shark target="_blank">(map), an Airstream trailer offering yummy Marfalafels, will be open when you're in town.


Padre's, run by a fun-loving team including an Episcopalian priest, is the new live music joint this dusty town was desperate for. Grab a Lone Star and head to the patio between sets.


Don't leave without making a stop at Prada Marfa in Valentine, Texas (map), 30 miles away. (You've seen the sign in Serena's apartment in _Gossip Girl_.) The art installation will leave you drooling – there are dozens of runway-worthy Prada shoes and bags inside, but the doors have never been open. Just part of the quirky appeal that defines the always-magical Marfa.

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