A Staycation Guide to Odessa, TX

For those just passing through, Odessa conjures visions of cowboy culture, oil rigs, and Friday Night Lights. Yet, for those of us who call West Texas home, however, we know Odessa boasts tastes of big city culture perfectly tailored to our West Texas ways. And now, Odessa is better suited than ever for a West Texas staycation, whether you’re coming from the outskirts of town or Alpine.

To inspire a new lens on your beloved hometown , we’ve scouted our favorite spots around Odessa, from where to stay (the recently completed and locally-owned resort-style Marriott, of course) to what to where to shop. Happy staycation-ing!


Odessa Marriott | 305 E 5th St, Odessa | @odessamarriott | The recently completed, resort-style hotel from Marriott boasts stylish spaces, luxurious rooms, and elegant amenities for a lovely stay (or staycation). Start your morning with a coffee from the in-hotel Starbucks, work up a sweat at the fully-equipped bar, enjoy bold flavors for every meal from Barrel & Derrick, and cool off at the sumptuous swimming pool. Best of all? It’s locally-owned by the Eoff family, who saw a void in our community for a luxury hotel and personally invested to bring one here.


E.F. Outfitters | 4400 Parks Legado Rd, Odessa | @efoutfitters | E.F. Outfitters (yes, like E.F. Sewell of Sewell BMW of Permian Basin, where the shop is located) equips West Texans for the experience its namesake conquered. Expect unique, trusted goods including hard-working brands like Filson, H Bar B, and Howler Bros across apparel, apothecary, and accessories.

Kirby’s Kloset | 3516 E University Blvd, Odessa | @kirbyskloset | Kirby’s Kloset is trendy, fashionable, and something of a hidden gem. Tucked in a brick building just off East University, the little boutique stocks everything from cute, well-curated clothing to accessories and home decor. From boho-chic to preppy cute, their versatile selection of mix-and-match fashion has plenty of choices for the fashion-conscious shopper.

McJack General Store | 4111 N Grant Avenue, Odessa | @mcjacktx | The newly opened McJack General Store offers Odessa a modern take on the traditional general store, offering fan-favorite brands for the whole family. Enjoy well-curated collections of curios, gifts, snacks + sauces, toys, and more. 


Barrel & Derrick | 305 East 5th St First Floor, Odessa | @barrelandderrickodessa | The Marriott’s in-house restaurant boasts bold Texas flavors exquisitely crafted for a sophisticated, yet casual dining experience from breakfast through dinner. Editor Claire Ramirez recommends a reservation for dinner to enjoy excellent craft cocktails and delightful dishes by Chef Rakeem Samuel. 

Cork & Pig | 7260 E. State Highway 191 Odessa | @corkandpigmidland | An outing to Cork & Pig Tavern makes a great date any night of the week. The casual, contemporary gastropub serves up wood-fired pizzas and elevated American fare that pair perfectly with selections from the extensive wine list or craft cocktail menu. 

Press Cafe | 4400 Parks Legado Road, Odessa | @presscafetx | Located inside Sewell Ford Lincoln at Parks Legado Town Center, Press Café is a local favorite for casual eats (and to-go meals). Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in their airy café or, weather permitting, outside on the patio. 

Red Oak | 7260 TX-191 Frontage #200, Odessas | @redoakkitchenodessa | For upscale, yet casual dining breakfast through dinner, Red Oak Kitchen delights. Enjoy Southwestern Fusion and American favorites complemented by signature cocktails and a well-curated wine list on the patio or beer garden for an easy dining experience. Editor Claire Ramirez recommends hitting it up for pre-dinner drinks and appetizers. 


Maribea Chocolate | 7200 Sprague Road, Odessa | @maribea_chocolate | For those harboring a sweet tooth, Maribea is not to be missed. The chocolate shop focuses on bean-to-bar, hand-crafted chocolates that celebrate the complexities of the cacao bean for an educating and totally delicious experience. 

Marriott Pool | @odessamariott | With poolside dining and drinks from the White Buffalo Bar, the pool at Odessa Marriott is the perfect place to kick back and cool off. Enjoy complimentary towel service, shaded cabanas, and pool loungers. 

Enjoy and don’t forget to tell them Scout sent you!

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