Over a long weekend we decided to drive down to Santa Fe.
Both David and I had been before, but it had been a long time and hadn’t really made an impression on either of us.
Thanks to the urging of our dear friends, who also happen to be our neighbors, we decided to take advantage of our close(ish) proximity and check it out again. We are so glad we did! The city made quite the impact this time around and we are looking forward to spending more time there soon.
One of the best parts of our trip ended up being our hotel, La Posada de Santa Fe.
We didn’t do any research and only happened to book it because there was a last minute deal. Based on our experience, I can’t imagine staying anywhere else.
Not only was the staff incredibly welcoming and helpful, the hotel has a fascinating history (it is even known to be haunted by the original owner of the house!), great amenities, and beautiful architecture and art (in fact, it is known as the “Art Hotel of Santa Fe”).
It was originally built in 1882 in the French Second Empire-Style by one of the wealthiest families in Santa Fe, Abraham and Julia Staab. The mansion was refurbished and the resort’s adobe styled lobby and restaurant was built around it.
Part of the house now serves as the bar, called “Julia – A Spirited Restaurant and Bar”, after the original owner who died in the house and is said to have never left it.
In the 1930s a series of adobe style casitas were built and the estate was converted into a summer arts school housing artists long-term.
It was known as the first art gallery in Santa Fe and remains one today with a professional curator selecting works from established artists for display and for sale throughout the hotel.
Some of the beautiful artwork that was hanging while we were there can be seen in this picture taken in the living room of the original house.
While in Santa Fe we also had the pleasure of experiencing Meow Wolf, an art collective composed of nearly 200 artists across all disciplines. On its website it says:
Meow Wolf creates immersive, interactive experiences to transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration.
While we were there we experienced a “multidimensional mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds…and surreal, maximalist & mesmerizing art exhibits”.
While it was a wholly unique experience, it also reminded me of the City Museum in St. Louis, MO.
About an hour south of Santa Fe, we enjoyed hiking Tent Rocks National monument. We were in awe of the unique rock formations, slot canyons, and beautiful views.
While we did not have a bad dining experience in Santa Fe, one meal that particularly stood out to us was brunch at Chez Mamou, just a block from our hotel. It was such a beautiful morning and we got a great spot on the front patio. The food was delicious and they had a very talented cellist playing lovely music.
Needless to say, we didn’t want to leave and cannot wait to return! We are even considering adding a couple months in Santa Fe to our road trip if we still don’t feel like settling down when the time comes. TBD.
Last post on highlights from a few of our favorite past road trip adventures is tomorrow. I saved the best for last, our favorite place in Colorado!