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Happiness is a Cozy Courtyard

The Gage is so much more than a courtyard, yet the simplicity of the green turf, the shade trees, cozy porches outside each suite, watching "the world go by" as we call it when people pass to and from as we sit calmly by. I'm beginning to feel a commonly adored theme from our travels, a big open space to play, lay and relax while the world buzzes around us; this is my collective happy place. So our favorites accommodation type are the Los Portales rooms that open to the courtyard bliss.

If you dare venture out of said courtyard, you will find so many things to do at the Gage, both on the main property and nearby on neighboring Gage properties throughout Marathon, most of which are pet friendly. Some of these things you might not expect, like behind the property you'll find a fitness center, volleyball, horseshoes, a life-size chess board, and because it's still west Texas, we also watched a fox hunt and kill a bird across the field while we played.

On the main property, swimming was a favorite for the kids, and pretty much always is! The pool is very large with tons of seating all around, making it very easy to spread out. The bar top tables by the pool also made for a great spot to set up to get some work done. When we weren't at the pool, we were eating....So. much. eating. V6 Coffee Bar for breakfast and lunch, 12 Gage on a fancy day dinner and Brick Vault BBQ & Brewery for courtyard happy hour and some of the best BBQ ever.

The Gage Gardens is an endless supply of lush loveliness to be explored for hours which I gather hosts weddings often and I can see why! Newly added, at the back there is a very expansive off leash dog park as well! If you're looking for more of a hike than the garden stroll, head south to Big Bend National Park. About 45 minutes from Marathon, it's an easy day trip down to one of the nations coolest natural areas in the country. If you're interested in learning more about Big Bend before you go, check out The Wild Frontier of Texas film on PBS's Nature series.

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