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.

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

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

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