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Marathon’s Historic Gage Hotel Celebrates 92 Years of Acclaim

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J. P. Bryan Renovates Gage Hotel

Marathon’s Historic Gage Hotel Celebrates 92 Years of Acclaim

Photo: Jo Ann Holt

The Gage proved to have such good bones that only renovations were required, with a few additions. Thanks to the tender loving care given the historic hotel by the Bryans, the 45-room property now stays booked year-round. Rates range from $100-$300. Visitors soon learn there are no TVs in their rooms. Marathon is at the top of the Dark Skies List, so star gazing is the recommended after-dinner activity. Remarkable views of the night sky are available at nearby Sky Park through a 24-inch Dobsonian telescope.

Hotel accommodations include adobe additions like Las Portales and a number of casitas. The hotel also manages a restored 1890-era home built for the town’s founder, Ship Captain Albion E. Shepard. The Gage has a huge pool, fitness center, full-service spa, and a spacious courtyard patio with outdoor fireplace. Gage Gardens boasts 27 acres of native plants, ponds, fountains, fruit trees, a vineyard, and many butterflies. They also have a nine-hole putting green and jogging loop.

Headquarters For More Summer Festivals

Marathon’s Historic Gage Hotel Celebrates 92 Years of Acclaim

The Gage Hotel (gagehotel.com) is the ideal headquarters for the annual Viva Big Bend music festival July 25-28. The festival features over 50 bands performing in Marathon and other Brewster County towns like Alpine, Marfa, and Fort Davis. Find schedules at vivabigbend.com.

Another highly-anticipated music event, the Marathon Songwriters Festival, returns to the Gage Hotel and Brick Vault Brewery & BBQ August 16-17. Six musicians, including Walt Wilkins, Drew Kennedy, and Josh Grider will perform. Info at marathonsongs.com.

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