Marathon, TX – Jan 2017

Karen and I are here in southwest Texas in our quest to find the coldest part of America; seems we are on track. Seriously, we are about to head into Big Bend National Park but are camped just outside the park in Marathon, TX. Marathon is a cute little town of about 500 residents.

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You may remember me telling you about our previous high-class accommodations, camped in a Cracker Barrel Restaurant parking lot. Well, we have upped our game. We are staying in the Marathon Motel and RV Park. This is an OK place, actually; full hookup. This is a good place to stay for a night or two before going into the park; recharge your batteries, fill up on water and dump your tanks. Of course, if you are actually staying in the motel, that might be a little bit over the top.

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If you visit Marathon (and why wouldn’t you), you have choices where you can stay. There is the Gage Hotel, which while I have not been in to see their rooms the hotel is a bit of a local showplace, Texas style.

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And of course you could stay at the Marathon Motel and RV Park.

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But if you are not in an RV, or even if you are and wanted to mix it up a bit, my highest recommendation would be to stay at Eve’s Garden Bed & Breakfast! This place is SOOO cool!

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I decided to spend the afternoon looking around town, and I happened upon a very nice lady (Renda –sp??) who was working outside Eve’s Garden. I asked her about the place, and since at the moment they did not have guests she would give me a tour! How freaking awesome! This place – did I mention how cool it is?

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Papercrete construction

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Beer and coffee garden

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Lots of comfortable common space throughout this B&B

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Kitchen

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Kate Thayer (the owner) bought this place years ago and since then has, with friends and family, been building and developing from home to 7 room bed & breakfast.  And each room is unique.  Some examples…IMG_6174.jpg

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Buddha watching over one room

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Patio for sitting or stargazing off of one room

Part of what is exciting and interesting about this place is its construction. Kate found a more eco-friendly (and lighter) material called papercrete to building out the property.

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Example of a papercrete block – they are really light!

With Kate’s talent for art, creativity and good taste, and you have 7 very individual guest rooms and common areas that defy categorization. Now add a love and talent for gardening, and you have an unbelievably beautiful place to sit back and enjoy.

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Sunroom for some gorgeous flowers, roses…

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Blooming bird of paradise

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It is still a work in process in some areas as it grows, but the heart of this B&B is complete. What a treat!!

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2 responses to “Marathon, TX – Jan 2017

  1. Haven’t been there in nearly 20 years, but stayed in the Gage Hotel three times on the way to Terlingua (World Chili Cookoff); cool place with wonderful food. Best Chili Rellenos I have ever eaten! Hotel was built by a San Antonio banker so he would have a place to stay when he visited his ranch. Looking forward to swapping stories when we see you at Canopener 2018.

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