Explorations: Santa Fe & Taos

I am almost embarrassed to admit that it took me nearly nine years to make a trip to Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico. An easy, five-hour drive from Denver, everyone should make a point to visit.

Santa Fe is dripping with history from old churches and mysterious staircases to Southwestern forts and Navajo art. We even visited an amazing Japanese-inspired spa outside of town. I also eat tamales every morning (and green chili for every other meal) at our bed and breakfast.

By the time we arrived in Taos, we wanted a bit of rest and relaxation. We were fortunate to visit the famous Taos Pueblo on a day with Native ritual dancing. However, photos are not allowed during those times. I also enjoyed the BEST grapefruit margarita of my life.

I’m already planning our next excursion! Here is a sampling of photos (with descriptions) from our trip.

Diners, Dives and Drive-ins Casa Chimayo
Skip enjoyed the blue corn enchiladas (of DDD fame), I tested the posole
This crazy staircase received rails only recently. Legend has it Joseph (the carpenter) built it for the nuns.
The doors in the city were amazing
Little hike up the hills outside of Santa Fe
Outside of 10,000 Waves, about to get our zen on
Oldest church in America. Enough said.


Enjoying a cup of yum at the Kakawa Chocolate House
Art, art and more art on Canyon Road
El Santuario de Chimayo has a mysterious legend and a hole with ‘holy’ dirt. Yeah, we touched it.
Devotions outside of El Santuario de Chimayo
The mountain view from Taos
The Rio Grande Gorge – scary, but worth the drive
Skip was really excited we found a brewery
Our Taos home, vintage appeal but comfortable beds!
Skip outside of The Love Apple, the BEST place to eat in Taos
The historic streets of Taos. You can’t tell but it was freezing!
Santa Fe Spirits introduced us to the best gin we’ve ever had. We happily took two bottles home.
Explorations: Santa Fe & Taos

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