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- Backroads of Texas: Along the Byways to Breathtaking Landscapes and Quirky Small Towns
- Nature Watch Big Bend: A Seasonal Guide (W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series)
- The Big Bend Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of West Texas (American Palate)
- Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country (Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities)
- From the Frio to Del Rio: Travel Guide to the Western Hill Country and the Lower Pecos Canyonlands (Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities)
Marfa, TX: Unplug in an Airstream under the Texas sky
You can stay in a yurt, a tent or a teepee at El Cosmico, but for the connoisseur of midcentury cool, the choice is clear: You'll be bedding down in one of the magnificently restored Airstream trailers.
Liz Lambert, the design mind behind Austin's boutique Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia, went breezy and rustic with her Marfa, Texas landgrab—everything is a valentine to her high-low yesteryear sensibility and the great outdoors. What looks like a scrubby roadside trailer park hits all the right notes the closer you get: The Airstreams gleam inside and out, appointed with spare, well-curated touches like Bertoia chairs; you'll have your own kitchen and private outdoor shower, but you'll also have access to rent-by-the-hour open-air Dutch tubs.
Check the calendar for outdoor-cooking and other home-ec-style classes, as well as for happenings like September's Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love. Then power down your gadgets, salt-rim your margarita and put your feet up. In keeping with what Lambert calls her Mañanifesto (as in, things can wait until tomorrow), El Cosmico aims to be your escape from the go-go frenzy of life "in cities with more than one stoplight." The best remedy for too mush rushing may be the great big Texas sky, possibly the best (serendipitous) design element of all.