Ah, mysterious Marfa. Founded in 1883 as a railroad water stop, Marfa existed as a remote West Texas ranching town until James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor arrived in 1955 to make the movie version of Edna Ferber’s epic novel Giant, kicking off a slow trickle of tourism.
Two decades later, the beginnings of the Chinati Foundation took root when New York artist Donald Judd bought a former military post on the town’s outskirts to display his sculptures and works of his peers. Today, Marfa offers a singular mix of galleries, restaurants, and shops—but at its heart, it’s still a Chihuahuan Desert ranching town, with some of the best sunsets in the state.
"You can’t find a more unique area ... from beautiful natural views to ‘off the wall’ modern art. You can either meet interesting local characters or spend some quality alone time."
—MARIANNE HANLEY, KERRVILLE