We have the itch. This past week Jaime and I have been dreaming and scheming about how and when we can get away together for our next adventure. It’s been 3 months since we spent three glorious days on Santa Fe, New Mexico with a few of our closest girlfriends. Nothing refreshes my soul like a few days of eating, drinking, laughing, and yes, crying my way through a beautiful town like Santa Fe. Hey, we have a lot of important stuff to get off of our chests!
Since there is no adventure on the calendar, for now I will have to reminisce about our 3 glorious days in those gorgeous desert mountains.
Here are our most favorite spots.
The Place to Stay: Our friend Kate found a spectacular home to rent on AIR BNB. Since we had flown into Albuquerque and rented a car, it was worth venturing out of the city center to find a beautiful space that we could make our own for the weekend.
Yes, this was the view from our living room.
If you prefer to stay right in the middle of the action, among Santa Fe’s best galleries, shops and restaurants, try the stylish Hotel St. Francis.
Best Cocktail: Whether or not you stay at Hotel St. Francis, be sure to stop in the lobby bar, Secreto Lounge for one of their award-winning creative cocktails like The Spicy Secreto, a tantalizing blend of organic Novo Fogo cachaca and St. Germain elderflower liqueur with fresh cucumber, jalapeño, lime juice and cane syrup, and rimmed with red chile salt. AMAZING!
Best Lunch: Cafe Pasquals blew us away with their phenomenal eclectic twist on New Mexico fare. I had the Toasted BLT with Green Chile and Chile Bacon.
Can’t Miss Museum: Work off all of those yummy eats with a tour of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The Museum’s collections of over 3,000 works comprises 140 O’Keeffe oil paintings, nearly 700 drawings, and hundreds of additional works dating from 1901 to 1984.Throughout the year, visitors can see a changing selection of these works. In addition, the Museum presents exhibitions that are either devoted entirely to O’Keeffe’s work or combine examples of her art with works by her American modernist contemporaries.
Best Dining Experience: We treated ourselves to a exquisite dinner at Joseph’s Culinary Pub, the platform for Chef Joseph Wrede’s unique and uncompromising vision on traditional and contemporary cuisine.
Photo courtesy of Ten Thousand Waves
Best Spa: We splurged on an afternoon at Ten Thousand Waves for a fully satisfying Japanese lunch at the amazing izanami restaurant and exquisite massages. Among piñons and junipers are beautiful outdoor hot tubs and spa suites, and world-class bodywork & skin care.
Photo courtesy of Courtney/Kakawa Chocolate House
Best Sweets: We ended our trip with a mid-day stop at Kakawa Chocolate House to experience their famous drinking chocolate and to box up some treats to take home to our families.
It was the perfect way to end the sweetest weekend with my lovely old friends. I can’t wait for our next adventure.