New Mexico is nicknamed “The Land of Enchantment” and after a fabulous long weekend in Santa Fe, it lives up to its name. We had an amazing time. Santa Fe is beautiful, relaxing, full of great people, and one of my top vacation spots we have ever been.
We stayed at the Inn and Spa at Loretto. The Inn is beautifully decorated with a “living room” that had a huge fireplace and small bar. The restaurant at the Inn, Luminaria serves a fabulous breakfast and an equally amazing dinner. I had their Pecan Waffles topped with Pumpkin Butter and Warm Vanilla Maple syrup the morning before our hike at Tent Rocks. Tent Rocks is a National Monument that should not be missed. At one point you feel like you are in the depths of the earth and the next, on top of the world!
My big birthday surprise was a Pottery Wheel Lesson at Heidi Loewen’s Studio. Heidi has gorgeous pottery and a claim to fame of being on Giada’s Weekend Getaways. Our Instructor, Sara Kathryn was knowledgeable, patient, and easy to talk to. JB and I had a great time and we can’t wait to get our finished pottery! Before our pottery lesson we had a cooking class at the Sante Fe School of Cooking. The Chili Amore cooking class was taught by Deena Chavetz who was fun, upbeat, and in LOVE with Santa Fe cooking. We learned how to make Red and Green Chili Sauce and Tortillas from scratch.
On Saturday mornings in Santa Fe you can’t miss the outdoor Railyard Market. Coming from San Francisco and the glorious outdoor markets we have here, we were not disappointed! The only thing we hated was that we didn’t have a kitchen to take home some of the fresh goodies and cook dinner! We did however, get a few Christmas presents and Pinto Beans which are currently soaking in our kitchen to be used for my Vegetarian Chili tomorrow!
There is more jewlery than one girl can handle in Santa Fe. My favorite jewelry is anything that is locally and hand made. Lucky me, I got not one but THREE local and hand made pieces! We were having some drinks at Marble Brewery and our waitress had one this eye-catching copper bracelet. We asked her about it and found out she made it! After a brief conversation it was decided she would make me one and we would meet her the next day! I love the bracelet and when we met to get it she also had on an incredible copper ring that I might have to inquire about as well!
I am saving the best for last, our meal at Pasquals. We went for my Birthday dinner, it was a chilly, crisp night and we were seated at a corner table with just enough privacy and just enough in the center of it all. I indulged in the warm brie with a roasted head of garlic and a Baguette to spread with Salsas of Roasted Tomato~Jalapeño and Tomatillo. It was A-Maz-Ing!
There is plenty more to do in Santa Fe! I was hoping it would snow while we were there but we will have to plan another trip in the winter!