Next stop: Santa Fe, New Mexico. I had no expectations for what Santa Fe was going to be like and I have to say that I was BLOWN AWAY. Santa Fe is the coolest city; I’d never seen anything like it before! We loved the adobe houses, the authentic New Mexican food, and art galleries. The city maintains a strong cultural identity maintaining their history that dates back to ancient Native Americans, followed by Spanish settlers and traders on the Santa Fe Trail.
We arrived in Santa Fe on June 28th and 29th and stayed two nights in a charming pueblo home. On our first night, we dined at (what else) a New Mexican restaurant. It’d been a long day of driving so we decided to head back to our room for a glass of wine and then a much-needed night of sleep.
The next morning, we woke up and enjoyed oats and coffee on the front porch.
How cool is that view?
Afterwards, we decided to go on a hike through the desert.
It wasn’t as hot as I expected it to be but that quickly changed around 10AM – yikes! We decided to head back to our room, get ready and head into town (we actually had lunch plans with a friend of Marty’s that was working on his Master’s at a college in Santa Fe.)
Before meeting his friend, Chris, we enjoyed a small cup of cappuccino ice cream and some more coffee. Then we headed to a delicious – I mean delicious – restaurant, Cafe Pasqual’s, for lunch. The menu features fresh, seasonal, organic and naturally raised foods.
After lunch, we strolled up Canyon Road (Santa Fe’s art gallery district) to view the art galleries and studios.
We had afternoon drinks at ‘the oldest bar and restaurant in Santa Fe’, El Farol. I highly recommend this area for anyone visiting Santa Fe.
For dinner, we ate tapas at La Boca. This was another delicious restaurant featuring ‘farm to restaurant’ food. Love it.
Santa Fe was definitely a spot we won’t soon forget. I hope we can make it back someday.
Next stop…the Grand Canyon.