Marfa, TX Guide

Located in the high desert of West Texas, Marfa is a small, unique town buzzing with activity. Head downtown to take a stroll through the streets and explore the many interesting gallery spaces and art installations. While you're there, pop into shops like MANO and Cobra Rock Boot Company for unique artisan goods, and when lunchtime rolls around, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to local dining options! Spots such as Food Shark and Planet Marfa are just a couple of local favorites.

Outdoor adventurers are also in luck. We’re an easy drive to the world-class hiking trails at Davis Mountains State Park, and a visit to Big Bend National Park would make a great day trip from Marfa. You'll find that our proximity to town as well as our convenient highway access makes Riata Inn Marfa one of the best places to stay for guests wanting to explore everything this beautiful area has to offer!

Local Area



Local events make up one of the top things to do around Alpine, TX and Marfa. Some of our favorite annual events include:

  • Marfa Lights Festival (August to September)
  • Chinati Foundation Weekend (October)
  • Marfa Film Festival (July)
  • Marfa Myths (April)
  • CineMarfa Film Festival (May)

Book your stay at Riata Inn Marfa today and easily explore the best things to do in Marfa, Fort Davis, Alpine, and beyond!

Area Attractions

There are a wealth of attractions to see in Marfa, as well as a wide range of things to do near Alpine, TX that are easily accessible. Some of our favorite area attractions include:



Shopping is in no short supply in Marfa and the surrounding towns, with boots at the forefront of the local retail market. Visit some of our favorites for unique clothes, boots, souvenirs, and more!

  • Cobra Rock Boot Company
  • MANO
  • Marfa Brands
  • Wrong Store


Stay at Riata Inn Marfa and taste delectable local flavors of Texas by touring some of the best restaurants in Marfa. While you can make light snacks and meals in your room with your personal microwave and fridge, the bulk of your dining will be done offsite. Grocery stores can be found nearby to stock your mini fridge with microwaveable goods and beverages and our front desk staff is always available to provide dining recommendations nearby.

Our Favorites

  • Food Shark – this lunch-only food truck pedals Mediterranean grub with a rustic patio and unique seating in an old bus. A very popular staple in Texas, the truck is only open Wednesdays through Saturdays.
  • Cochineal – this intimate, modern eatery serves New American cuisine and offers great outdoor seating. Come for the food and stay for the cocktail bar!
  • LaVenture – delight in a fusion of American and European flavors at this stylish steak house. Located in Hotel St. George, you can also plan to swing by Bar St. George for happy hour from 3 pm – 6 pm before your meal.
  • The Pizza Foundation – find hand tossed pizza made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients on show here. Vegetarian pizza is available and takeout is offered.
  • Planet Marfa – grab a craft beer and good eats at this quirky beer garden with a vintage school bus and a teepee.

More Nearby Eats

For grab n’ go cuisine, fast food, coffee, and ice cream, consult our list of quick and easy restaurants near Alpine, TX below.

  • Aster
  • Jetts Grill
  • Mondos
  • Subway
  • Dairy Queen
  • Stellina
  • Frama
  • Do Your Thing Coffee
  • Buns N’ Roses

Make Riata Inn Marfa your home base and explore a wealth of places to eat in Marfa close to our comfortable hotel rooms.