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PaperCity Houston May 2021

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sweeping views of Big Bend National Park in West Texas. Tech heads from Google and Uber and a contingent of bloggers have all discovered The Last Chapter. It's a region that Amber, in true millennial fashion, fell in love with after she spotted Serena Van Der Woodsen's Prada Marfa sign on Gossip Girl. For the lucky few who secure a booking, nature may be part of the allure, but true refuge can be found within the minimalist 573-square-foot yurts. Of course, that's by design. "Baxter and I spend most of our lives in front of a screen, so when we get away, we want it to be exactly what we want and only what we need," Amber says. "Everything in the yurt needed to have a home and be the very best [example] of the thing." The couple tapped top brands and highlighted local treasures. With the help of designer Stacy Hyde, each yurt is outfitted with furniture by Croft House, CB2, and Adesso. In addition to electricity, cozy fireplaces, and running water, there are Dyson hairdryers, Orion tele- s c o p e s , S o u Sou textiles, a n d Te x a s - sourced plants. King-size beds a r e t o p p e d with dreamy Sferra linens, w h i l e t h e plush outdoor f u r n i t u r e i s from Dallas- b a s e d S t o r i Modern. W h e n t h e B o x e s w e l c o m e d t h e i r f i r s t guest at the end of 2019, they could not have predicted how prescient their idea to create a remote desert escape w o u l d b e in the coming months. And, while the world is returning to some semblance of normalcy, an influx of newly minted Texans — many of whom also work in the tech industry — will continue to benefit from the couple's thoughtful approach to going off the grid. From $420 a night, at acre desert mesa in Terlingua (a fifth yurt is where Amber and Baxter, and at times their children Birdie, Boyce, Bizzy and Boots, unwind), with Domes at the center of the yurts allow occupants to take in the International Dark Sky-designated stars above. Baxter Box and Amber Venz Box Yurts are designed to withstand extreme wind and rain. Each custom yurt is equipped with a cozy fireplace and Orion telescope CB2, Croft House, Adesso and Sferra make a yurt feel like home. 85

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