We just got back this past Tuesday (November 25) from a week long trip to New Mexico. This time we decided to go to Santa Fe and Taos. No skiing, just shopping and site seeing. We drove and stopped in Amarillo the first night – that took us 8 1/2 hours! Texas is the only state that takes forever to drive through! We ate at this fabulous place called Kabuki Romanza, Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. It was SO good and you got so much good. The next day, we drove in to Santa Fe, which is about a 4 hour drive from Amarillo. We got to our accommodations, The Inn on the Alameda, around 1:30, which was early but lucky enough, we got to check in. This place was amazing! We got a suite and it was as big as an apartment! The living area had a nice, comfy chair and couch and Kiva fireplace, along with TV and wet bar. The wood they burn there is Pinion Pine and to me, smells like incense. The bathroom had two sinks (always nice to have) and then the bedroom was bigger than our bedroom, had a seating area with another Kiva fireplace and TV. Every afternoon between 4-5, there is a wine reception with complimentary wine and cheese. It was very nice. Breakfast there was fantastic. You had choices of fritatta, stuffed croissants and on Saturday morning, quiche. The food there was wonderful! We ate dinner there one night and I wanted to eat rather light as one of the desserts on the menu is Margarita Key Lime Pie. Believe me, it was scrumptious!
I have to say, that the shopping there disappointed me. Not because there were no choices or lots of shops, but for me, it was very pricey. I did manage to buy two tops, one was very unique. But along one side of the square in this open area, there were several vendors, Native Americans who were selling jewelry, pottery and such. I found some really nice earrings and pottery and that was very reasonable. There no tables to display their items. They sat on the ground and had blankets that they laid their items on. I had a hard time deciding what I wanted as everything was so beautiful!
We also visited two amazing churches on/around the square in Santa Fe. First, we went to Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The architecture and decor was stunning!
The Loretto is famous for its miraculous staircase. Read more on this page The Loretto. Masses are no longer held here and the church is small, but beautiful. There is NO way I would have climbed that staircase with no bannisters!
Lots more to blog about, but this is getting too long. Stay tuned for more!