FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
The top 25 places we think should be on every traveler's radar this year.More
History buffs will tell you the tiny West Texas town of Marfa was flippantly named for a character in a Russian novel. Folks who go there, however, suspect it’s more likely a secret acronym meaning "money and respect for arts." Three hours from the nearest commercial airport, this cultural oasis is, at the very least, intriguing; at best, phenomenal. Underneath the mysterious glow of
something locals call "the Marfa lights," a confluence of contemporary creatives practice their literary, visual, musical, and performance arts at a pace that depends more on internal rhythm than it does on external clocks.
In this "Capital of Quirky," where the population is less than 2,000, it takes a bit of mental reboot to get in sync. Try parking your car and renting a bicycle for exploring. Book a room at a retro motel, where you can rent a turntable and a typewriter for entertainment. Get fitted for a pair of handmade boots. Go gallery hopping. Order a Marfalafel sandwich from the food truck parked by the railroad tracks. Check out the world’s largest hydroponic tomato-growing research center. Drop in at the bookshop. And hang out with locals at the farmers’ market on Saturday mornings. Then decide for yourself: Did CBS’s 60 Minutes get it right when it came to town?