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Monday, July 30th, 2012

What to do in West Texas

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Travelling for Mind, Body, and Spirit

1. breathtaking dinner view from Lajitas Resort & Spa 2. Hwy 90, the scenic route to Marathon, Alpine & Marfa, TX 3. sunset just outside of Ft Stockton, TX 4. sunset over the Rio Grande and Chisos Mountains: left of the river is Mexico and to the right is the US

Well hello there! If you follow me on Instagram (@lovelindawagner) you know that I’m just getting back from an amazing, awe-inspiring birthday trip to West Texas. If you’ve never been, let me just say that it’s one for the bucket list! I grew up in Denver so I am familiar with the majesty and beauty of the mountains but there is something different about West Texas. Maybe it’s the vast, open landscape, the never ending sky, or the still silence of the desert that forces you to truly listen to yourself. I’ve been to a lot of places and no place has shifted my soul as much as West Texas. I’ve written before about nature being one of the best cures for depression. It’s hard to worry about the little things when you are in a place of such beauty and calm.

1. Glamping in our yurt @ El Cosmico in Marfa, TX 2. The Get Go Natural Grogery store in Marfa 3. In LOVE with these colorful Puruvian wool blankets at El Cosmico 4. Ridin our bikes all over town

We spent most of our time in Marfa, TX (pop 2000) at El Cosmico which was amaaaazing (Beyonce and her sister Solange stayed there the week before we did, so we just missed them!).  We rode our bikes everywhere since the town is so small there’s really no need for a car. Marfa is such an easy place to stay healthy. The Get Go is a natural grocery store stocked full of organic food and provisions. There are loads of great restaurants using natural, local ingredients. You can tell there is a lot of love and thought put into the cuisine – not something you would expect in a small town in West Texas.

1. Topo Chico over ice hits the spot on a hot day in the desert 2. travelling all over West Texas armed with acai bowls! 3. Amazing local goat cheese sandwich and green juice from Squeeze in Marfa, TX 4. My brthday dinner at Lajitas Resort & Spa ranks in the top 5 of all time!

Topo Chico was our staple beverage. It’s so refreshing served over ice with a little lime on a hot day. Seriously, nothing beats it!! I also made sure we had acai bowls each morning since I am utterly obsessed with them right now. I knew I couldn’t go a week without them! It was actually really easy to stay clean on this vacation. I brought all of my necessary staples with me but thankfully, Marfa is full of wonderful food and healthy options which is just one of the many things that attracted me to the city!

The picture above on the bottom right is my birthday dinner; dijon salmon with roasted seasonal veggies and mashed potatoes from Lajitas Resort and Spa. It was AMAZING to say the least. You can recreate the dish by using a similar recipe here.

Vacations are amazing and healing for the mind, body, and spirit. Even just a little day trip to a beautiful place has the power to remove you from the daily grind, get back to nature, and ease your soul. This was a magical vacation for me and I hope you’ve all gotten the opportunity to go somewhere that inspires you, challenges you and strengths you!

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