We were so ready to the hit the open road after a busy summer season, but this time would be a little different. Two kids instead of one!! This was our first big trip with Georgia in tow, so I planned a similar trip to last year’s road trip just to keep things simple and enjoyable. The goal was to make it to the cool mountains of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, and we planned stops in Balmorhea, Marfa, White Sands, and then Marathon, TX on our way home. It was an awesome trip with the fam!
First stop, the cold springs of Balmorhea. We stayed here last year and couldn’t wait to come back! Go, CJ!!
Marfa is just a 30 minute drive from Balmorhea, so we drove in for some lunch at the historic Hotel Paisano. In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Rock Hudson made the hotel their headquarters while filming the movie Giant. Just a little trivia for ya.
Anytime we travel, I look for places to stay on VRBO.com. We’ve found so many cool places to stay through this site, and for not much more than a hotel room, you can have a comfy house all to yourself! This place was a total find. A huge deck overlooking the Lincoln National Forest and a cozy fireplace. We didn’t want to leave!
We took this trip just a week before Maggie started kindergarten, so I found myself thinking a lot about how unbelievably fast she’s growing, and wishing I could just stop time for a bit and sit in awe of her 5-yr. old wonderfulness. I guess I wanted to take this trip so that we could take her with us somewhere beautiful and quiet, and have her all to ourselves before she starts this huge, new chapter in her life. I’m so proud of this little kindergartner…
One day we had planned a hike, and as we were stocking up on some yummy deli sandwiches from the local general store for a picnic, we got caught in a rainstorm. So we headed home, built a fire in the fireplace, and taught Maggie how to play Monopoly. She loved it! One of my favorite memories for sure: snuggled up by the fireplace, doors open to the sounds and smell of rain, playing Monopoly with Mags and Ceej, while Georgia napped. Perfection.
I’ve been here lots of times, but this is the first time I’ve seen it with water! They had lots of rainstorms, so the parking lots were flooded. It was the coolest thing ever! Maggie had a blast playing in the water, then climbing up the sand dunes, rolling down, and then back into the water to rinse off.
Our last stop was the Gage Hotel in Marathon, TX. I had really just booked us a room here to break up the long ride home, but it ended up being one of our favorite stops. There was a huge pool that Maggie loved, and I was in love with the decor and attention to detail. It’s also a short drive to Big Bend National Park, so we’ll definitely plan to come back here for a longer visit.
This is West Texas, so it’s pretty desolate, but Marathon actually had much more to offer than I expected. Cute coffee shops, a couple of cafes, art galleries, a pizza joint and bookstore. Such a charming, little town.
It was an awesome trip that we’ll never forget!!