A Stunningly Serene Desert Retreat in West Texas

It’s Just You, the Stars and Whomever You Wish to Bring

By Hadley Tomicki ·

There’s a place in West Texas.

Where you can see the stars again.

And escape all the notifications and sense of encroaching bedlam.

While getting yourself a damn good bowl of chili to boot.

It goes by Willow House and it's a charmingly secluded compound of 12 casitas on a private desert retreat at the base of the Chisos Mountains that's ready to book your next escape from civilization.

This beautifully serene spot is located just outside of Terlingua, Texas. Which is out of the way of basically... everything. But who knows? With its small town charm, wealth of nature activities and all-around mellowness, the place could very well become the next Marfa.

One thing it definitely is: the site of The Original Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff, which starts next week. Just throwing it out there.

Anyway, you'll be able to relax here in your own detached casita with a rain shower, semi-enclosed patio and minimalist Southwestern décor surrounded by essentially nothing but infinite, unobstructed views of the West Texas horizon. Although there is a main house, where you'll go when you want to have a cocktail, engage in some grilling or demonstrate the ancient art of mingling to all assembled.

Otherwise, you’ll just appreciate the extreme peace and quiet as you walk along the Rio Grande and Chisos Basin, or hike in nearby Big Bend National Park. Come evening, you’ll stroll towards majestic sunsets. At night, you’ll stargaze beside a fire.

Though you do have the option of taking the entire place over with 25 friends.

Always count on Texas to do big.

Hadley Tomicki

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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