This past Labor Day long weekend was a special treat; on a whim I entered a writing contest a few weeks ago sponsored by Visit Big Bend and I won! The package consisted of two free nights at the Gage Hotel, dinner at the Gage, two free nights at the Chisos Mountain Lodge plus dinner at the Lodge, and a choice of a half day trip rafting on the Rio Grande, horseback riding, or a jeep guided tour in the backroads of Big Bend National Park.
Due to the limited amount of time, we chose to try the Gage Hotel for this quick trip. We'll catch the Lodge next May. We've visted Big Bend a number of times, but never stayed at the Gage, so this was a delightful first for us! (As usual, you can click on the image for an even larger view.)
In the 1920's the Gage began as a restored rancher's hotel. Over the years it has grown to be a landmark destination when traveling to this remote, but gorgeous part of Texas.
The peaceful and soothing combination of historic hotel and the newer Santa Fe inspired additions are both comfortable and relaxing. Rocking chairs beckon to you and the impeccable landscaping seems almost too beautiful to be real.
If you look just above the wall, you can spy the mountains of Big Bend in the horizon in the photo below:
Our dinner on Sunday evening was out on the patio. My tenderloin was melt-in-your-mouth tender with a perfect brown mushroom sauce. The biggest disappointment - I was too full for dessert! The food, the weather, the courteous staff, and the setting sun over the mountains created a most memorable evening.
I'll continue with more photos and reviews with my next post. The Big Bend isn't called "Big" without reason!