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December 3rd, 2007

Lights Fantastic

The seven-hour trek from Austin is worth it to experience the beautiful West Texas mecca that is Marfa.

Itchin' for a road trip? The world has caught on to the historical and cultural "little town that could" nestled in the Chihuahuan Desert. The seven-hour trek is worth it to experience the beautiful West Texas mecca that is Marfa.

h3. Eat

The Brown Recluse - Meet with friends for breakfast amid shelves of used books. Open 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Mike's Place - From Mex to burgers, Mike's is a breakfast and lunch favorite for locals.

Maiya's - Big city folks will feel right at home in this upscale haunt. Reservations are recommended.

Pizza Foundation - Once an old gas station, this pizza parlor claims the best pie for miles.

h3. Lodging

The Thunderbird - Opened by Liz Lambert of our own Hotel San Jose, this stylized version of a roadside motel is a hipster favorite.

Hotel Paisano - The classic film "Giant" was filmed in this gorgeous and historic hotel. In-house Jett's Grill is a dinner favorite.

h3. See

Marfa Lights - Experience the phenomenon for yourself" /> Ask a local for the best spot to see the mysterious lights, just 8 miles east on Hwy 90.

www.chinati.org target="_blank">Chinati Foundation for tour schedules.

Marfa Book Company - Spend an afternoon in this bookstore-meets-art gallery in the heart of town.

www.ballroommarfa.org target="_blank">The Ballroom- for current exhibitions and events.

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