Birthday Bucket List
Stay in an Airstream or a Teepee at This Crazy Cool Marfa Glampsite
Alyssa Brown
by Alyssa Brown

Birthday wishlist goals should always include spending a night around a campfire in the desert with your nearest and dearest, laughing and gazing at the endless stars above. Where better to do it than in the artsy enclave of Marfa, Texas. A destination that’s every bit worth its hype, Marfa is a haven for wanderers, artists, dreamers, creatives, and the like.

Set in the midst of it all, El Cosmico is a massive 21-acre campground with vintage trailers, safari tents, teepees, wood-fired hot tubs, and plenty of hammocks to hang in. Head to this high plains desert escape if you’re looking to break free from the everyday and make your next birthday one for the books.


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Gorgeous Glampground
Birthday Bucket List: Host A Dinner Party At This Bohemian Boutique Glampsite Retreat!
Jake Kilroy
by Jake Kilroy

It's not easy to disappear. Even when you feel the city is eating you alive or the suburbs are trapping you forever, the notion of escape seems more fantasy than reality. Yet secretive soul-reviving getaways are sprinkled throughout the country, ones that exist without resort-like prices or throngs of people noisily attempting the same. Most importantly, there’s a particularly dreamy Texan vacationland that looks like the adult getaway you imagined existed somewhere as a kid.


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Boat / Yacht / Yacht Club
There's Romance in the Air on Tall Ship Elissa
Jake Kilroy
by Jake Kilroy

A Bride At Sea

Older, wiser, and with saltier blood than most, a ship captain’s daughter planned her dream wedding alongside her childhood friend (both seen in a cloud-gray Vivienne gown and a Delilah gown with ivory overlay and antique slip). The two worked together to weave in all the elements that would honor the bride’s favorite memories of grand horizons while on the ship at sea. They chose the most perfect and unique venue setting imagineable, The 1877 Tall Ship Elissa 


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Romance + Restoration at this former Blacksmith Shop
Jake Kilroy
by Jake Kilroy
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The Union on Eighth

224 West 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas

The Report

It’s hard to tell what years it is inside The Union on 8th. As sturdy as an adamantium backbone but as welcoming as a grandmother’s hug, The Union sits on a sleepy corner, waiting to be filled with conversation and laughter. It’s a charming, rustic shell that transforms into whatever it needs to be. Heck, it seems like it’s already been everything under the Texan sun anyway: blacksmith shop, transmission shop, Oldsmobile dealership.

Only 20 minutes north of the heartbeat of downtown Austin, this historic building has been a fixture on the outskirts of the city’s square for over 85 years. The past two years have born witness to a revelry revitalization, converting the space into a chic, warm and welcoming corner of the world, while keeping it’s beautiful bones intact.

The place looks like it was rebuilt by a man with whiskey for blood and refurbished by a woman with bistro lights for eyes. The Union on 8th could be bright and romantic, or it could be moody and thoughtful. Layers of dark wood and wallflower light bulbs adorn the interior, allowing it the ambiance of a rural dance hall where you’d expect to find the phrases “necking” and “goin’ steady” tossed around. Shoot, depending on the event, maybe they will.

Images Courtesy of The Union on Eighth  & Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop

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