Since moving to Denver from the Midwest almost 2 years ago, I’ve been eager the explore the Western side of the States. I’m fortunate to have a few mountain towns under my belt, like Vail and Aspen (you can read about my recent trip to Vail here), but like any travel blogger, the list of places I’d like to explore is quite long. With my new home base, places like the Southwest are more convenient to visit than ever. Thanks to a surprise weekend getaway planned by my husband, I got to cross Santa Fe off my list too. Since hearing about it from a friend, Santa Fe has long been on my radar. It’s just a five hour drive from Denver, so one weekend I took off for a road trip south.
You’ve probably heard New Mexico referred to as the “Land of Enchantment.” That’s a great word to describe Santa Fe. The first thing I noticed after arriving was the architecture. Southwest-style buildings and Spanish colonial plazas are everywhere you turn. The town’s main plaza is abound with markets, stores and restaurants. The city has a reputation as an art lover’s town, and rightfully so. Numerous galleries line the plaza, and the Georgia O’Keeffe museum is not to be missed. Local wares like southwestern jewelry, often featuring turquoise, and crafts from New Mexican artisans are also aplenty. The foodie in me loved exploring shops like Santa Fe Culinaria and Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe for spices and chili peppers, and chocolatier Cacao Santa Fe is the place for a high-end chocolate fix. By far my favorite shop was the popular Doodlet’s. This eclectic store sells everything from children’s toys to candy to stationary. I could have spent hours (and way too much money) in this place. Needless to say, Santa Fe has great shopping, and it was even voted the #1 city in the U.S. for shopping.
And another top reason that I was happy to visit Santa Fe? The food! Personally, I’ll never get sick of Mexican food, so I was in heaven. Whether red or green chilis are your thing, it’s all delicious and authentic. Tia Sophia’s and Cafe Pasqual were standouts. History lovers will enjoy Santa Fe Mission, the oldest church in the country, and the spas alone are also worth a visit, from what I hear. The Spa at Loretto is on my list of places to go on my next trip.
Santa Fe is so unique and like no where else I’ve ever been. It’s a small town, and a weekend was definitely sufficient. Interested in a trip of your own? You can find more info and plan your trip here