Cibolo Creek Ranch
Need your space but can’t afford to buy it? You can rent it by the night at Cibolo Creek Ranch, which clocks in with a whopping 35,000 acres of desert mountains, unexpected springs, and far-reaching history. The resort’s expansive nature extends to its rooms, big enough to share with a small herd of buffalo (but I’d bet they’d hog the makeup mirror). Accommodations are spread out across the property in three painstakingly resurrected adobe forts—El Cibolo, La Cienega, and La Morita—each with a distinct personality. (With 21 rooms, a pool, spa, dining hall, and meeting areas, El Cibolo is the most conventional. La Cienega, thirty minutes away, has 10 rooms and its own pool. La Morita is a low-tech hideaway for two.) There are no TVs or phones in the rooms, no cell phone reception anywhere, and Internet access in only a single guest office, but with horseback riding, skeet shooting, fishing, Jeep tours, hiking, mountain biking, and a three-thousand-volume library, you’d be hard-pressed to grow bored. From Marfa, go south on U.S. 67 for 33 miles (432-229-3737 or cibolocreekranch.com). Rooms from $450 for two, three meals included.
Gage Hotel, Marathon
Even after all these years, the Gage, which first opened in the twenties and was then revamped and reopened in the eighties after years of neglect, is still addictive. The rooms, a mix of cowboy kitsch