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Home Away From Home: The Thunderbird Hotel

For all of those hipster, art-aficionado newlyweds out there, there's no cooler US stop than Marfa, TX. If you haven't heard about this destination yet, prepare to be surprised. The small, West Texas town has been a home to outsiders and artists for decades, and after minimalist artist Donald Judd settled here in the 1970s, modern art and design mavens quickly followed.

If you and your honey decide that Marfa sounds like a cool place to spend your honeymoon, then definitely consider booking your stay at the luxury boutique hotel The Thunderbird.

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This cool hotel was given a facelift by Lake/Flato Architects three years ago, transforming the horseshoe-shaped hotel from a prior-century highway stop to a cutting-edge, modern-design boutique hotel. The hotel offers a wide array of amenities while maintaining a laid-back, Texas feel. Guests can chill by the pool, which features native plants and cacti landscaping, as well as an arbor of ocotillo, which shades the poolside lounge area. After a chilly dip, kick back in one of the Oaxacan-made patio chairs poolside.

Guest rooms feature original photos and artwork, recessed lighting, cowhide rugs, and custom-made platform beds and writing tables by artisan Jamey Garza, Just as its design reflects its modern sensibility and past-century retro chic, so do the Thunderbird's amenities. While the hotel has wireless high-speed Internet access, as well as a CD and DVD library for your perusal, it also offers guests the use of a vintage typewriter and Stack-o-Matic record player and vinyl library, as well as the use of Polaroid cameras. Pretty darn cool.

After you've had dinner at one of the excellent local Marfa restaurants, get your drink on at the hotel's Thunderbird Lounge. Try one of the lounge's signature cocktails, or opt for michelada or a draught beer. Reflect on your new marriage, or maybe even catch a glimpse of the mysterious Marfa lights outside by the lounge's fire pit and patio.

For all of the modern art-loving newlyweds, Marfa, and the Thunderbird Hotel are sure bets.

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