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Dolce Far Niente: Sweet Do Nothing

We are aware of a fascination with doing nothing that burns among us like a small rebellion inside our workweek souls. It has tangible representations in the hammock, the smell of last night’s campfire smoke in your jean jacket, a rucksack.  It has been named: dolce far niente, siesta, walkabout, bum. It is the culture of hippies and surfers and Buddhist monks and its presence in a people tends to have a direct correlation to contact with the natural elements. It is not to be confused with lazy - it is the liberation from an obsession with productivity. It is a revolutionary act rather than a dereliction of duty. It is a declaration of total freedom to say “now, I do nothing for a little while.”

We the people of El Cosmico would like to believe that we can achieve this occasional freedom together. We offer simple, unique accommodations that promote sitting on porches, naps and other moments of non-action. We have a hammock grove. Our trailers feature discreet outdoor bathing opportunities because we believe that everyone should have the chance to be naked outside once in a while without fear. We limit the reach of our wireless internet to our lobby HQ to give our guests the opportunity to be disconnected from technology when they want to. For our campers, whom we believe have a unique understanding of this notion of temporary freedom we seek to attain, we offer several bath houses with solar and traditional showers as well as an outdoor communal kitchen to supplement your nomadic experience. Our lobby lounge offers an indoor/outdoor place for intrepid travelers to come together to share stories and a beer.

Marfa and the Big Bend Region provide the optimal backdrop upon which to practice this drop-out experiment. Strangely, the vast landscape of the high plains desert gives a sense of being adrift on an endless sea. The expanse of the night sky has a tendency to stun and bewilder. There is rumor of mystical dancing lights nearby, the source of some speculation. Within an hour’s drive lies an Apache watering hole turned public swim club – you, like the Indians, find it by looking for the cottonwood trees that tell of water underground. The Big Bend state and national parks offer a range of beautiful opportunities to experience the nature of the region. Marfa is an active cattle ranching town and cowboy sightings are frequent. It also happens to double as an international arts Mecca, so if you feel like doing something, we rent bikes and it’s an easy flat ride to the various galleries and the famed Chinati Institute. When the call to action beckons, El Cosmico also offers a variety of happenings that afford the opportunity to get your hands dirty and create. We recommend both in appropriate doses.

Take the long open road. Turn at the blinking four-way light. Welcome to El Cosmico.