When I travel, I love to travel to places that are unique, cultured and full of things to do & see! Santa Fe was definitely that, I was recently invited to visit by the Tourism Board of Santa Fe for a trip with 6 other creatives and sincerely had the time of my life! Santa Fe, New Mexico was nothing like I imagined and exceeded every expectation I had going into the trip!
What to Do:
El Rancho de Las Golodrinas is a living history museum that still has original colonial buildings, cute sheep & is frequently used as a movie set. The museum breathed character, history and beauty.
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, Art Lover or Adventure Seeker then Meow Wolf is definitely for you & if you’re not any of those… you should still go because it’s out of this world. What does George R.R. Martin have to do with the Meow Wolf Art Collective of Santa Fe you may ask? He invested in the ex bowling alley Meow Wolf now inhabits– the building was stripped of it’s previous bowling lanes, rooms and completely gutted. 100 artists then came together to create what is now known as The House of Eternal Return. Meow Wolf immersed me into a world I can only describe as falling down the rabbit hole! An absolute MUST see!
Every trip I’ve ever taken has always had some sort of food aspect to it, in Santa Fe we were lucky enough to take a cooking class and learn how to make Tamales! If you love a great meal and don’t mind a more “hands-on” approach to cooking while you travel you need to check out their cooking classes.
Who doesn’t love a good margarita? Although Santa Fe is one of the oldest wine making states in the USA that doesn’t stop them from having some of the best Margarita’s I have ever tried! The Santa Fe Margarita Trail is for those who:
a) always accept a challenge: you can get your “passport” stamped for each margarita you try, there are tons of boozey incentives to becoming a “trail blazer”!
b) love a good drink: no one can say no to a margarita
Canyon Road boasts about having over 100 art galleries in a half mile road and it does not disappoint! With art pieces ranging from moving sculptures, and modern age abstracts to beautiful jewelry, classic paintings and everything in between, Canyon Road has something for everyone to see.
The Center Plaza is filled with local boutiques, chic restaurants and beautiful home and interior galleries– Shiprock Santa Fe is a curated collection of all things traditional to Santa Fe culture! The plaza is great for those who love a good shopping spree!
Where & What to Eat:
Crab Croquettes with goat cheese ravioli and tobiko black caviar
The Breakfast Burrito with a side of apple wood smoked bacon
Salad with apples
Shrimp with lemon and chile
Steak Kebabs with chummy churro sauce
Tomato basil soup
Chicken cheese veggie quesidilla
5 spirits (taster): Silver Coyote Pure Malt Whiskey, Expedition Vodka, Santa Fe Spirits Apple Brandy (personal favourite), Wheelers Gin (one of the top 5 Gin’s in the USA), Single Malt
2 liquers: Atapino & Slow Burn
Artisanal Cocktails: Everything was PHENOMINAL
Mango Frozen Margarito
Prickly Pear Frozen Margarito
Tempura Shrimp Skewers- sweet & sour or horseradish
Aguachiles-shrimp,serrano chile,citrus seed, green apple salad served in a cocunut bowl
Jalepeno Poppers with a cool cucumber dipping sauce
Baja Fish Tacos
Where to Stay:
Sunrise Springs was an oasis of pure bliss 20 mins from Santa Fe, this was the ultimate wellness retreat place to stay. Not only do they have a healing garden and the Blue Heron restaurant but they also have many “feel good” activities such as taste testing fresh grown veggies, cooking classes, petting Silkie Chickens, Playing with Puppies, Candlelit Yoga, Ceremonial Fires and my personal favorite activity– taking a dip in a private Oijto!
They had gorgeous casitas, beautiful foliage, ponds and heavenly tree swings!
The Drury Plaza is located 2 minutes from the Center Plaza– the hotel was perfect for a business traveller, busy body or city minded couples. They have two outstanding restaraunts Bar Alto and Eloisa Restaurant that are perfectly curated with chic & modern decor. Bar Alto is a rooftop patio right next to the pool and also has a well lit inside boutique style bar. Eloisa is last year’s margarita of the year award winner and is named after a heartwarming story and one of the most well known women in Santa Fe!
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Until the next adventure…
**This post was sponsored by the Tourism Board of Santa Fe, as always all thoughts & opinions are my own.**