United States of America · 8 Days · 9 Moments · March 2018

Spring Break in New Mexico 2018

31 March 2018

We had a wonderful Good Friday! We woke up and packed up our car, and did a final "loop" through Santa Fe. We ate brunch at the Pantry Cafe, and it was delicious! I had a chili relleno stuffed omelette and chocolate pigńon coffee. We tried to go to the new Meow Wolf, but it was so crowded. So, we drove up to the opera amphitheater to see the views from there. It was beautiful! It was hard saying goodbye to awesome Santa Fe, but we wanted to squeeze in some more places, so we bid farewell. We were planning on hiking the trails through the Tent Rocks, but it was closed for Good Friday. We were disappointed, and glad we found Cochiti Lake. It was pretty and had nice, short trails with lake views. We headed back into Albuquerque, and drove by Walt White's- Breaking Bad- house. We then rode the Sandia Peak Skyway-one of the longest in the world. It was awesome and very beautiful to see the rock formations and views and snow! Then, our last stop was Old Albuquerque Plaza and the Zinc Bistro.

30 March 2018

We went to one of my favorite restaurants we experienced this trip- Jambo Café- African Caribbean fusion. It was wonderful! After lunch, went to Canyon Road to see galleries and shops. Then, we went to Georgia O'Keefe museum, and really enjoyed seeing and learning more about her and her art. We walked from the museum to the top ranked restaurant, The Shed. We waited over two hours and were disappointed with our meal. Maybe, we had too high of expectations because the wait was so long. Fortunately, we had good food every where else. Almost every shop and attraction closes at 5 or 8pm, so we retired pretty early each night.

29 March 2018

Our first full day in Santa Fe was full of beautiful colors, delicious food and fun shops. The highlight was Saint Francis Cathedral. It was amazing! It has the oldest chapel to Saint Mary in the USA dating back to 1600s- the Mary statue was brought over around 1625. We ate a wonderful lunch at Cafe Pasquals, and walked and shopped the rest of the day. We also breezed through the art museum. There are so many shops and art galleries. For dinner, we ate at Hotel La Fonda's La Pazuela. It was a beautiful restaurant with hand painted window panes. Once all the shops were closing and we couldn't walk anymore, we headed in for the night.

27 March 2018

We said goodbye to Taos, and we headed to Ojo Caliente. Ojo Caliente Hot Spring and Spa is the oldest natural hot springs health resort in the country. I wish I could have taken pictures of the pools with the landscape in the background to show how beautiful it was, but no phones or cameras were allowed. It was a quiet place where whispering was allowed except in a few silent pools. There were different springs for different healing properties- soda spring, iron spring, lithia spring, mudbath and my favorite- arsenic spring for arthritis and sore muscles. All of them were wonderful and unique. I truly felt renewed and relaxed when we left, and hope I can come again one day (or find another natural spring spa). We immediately got on the road from Ojo to Santa Fe because it started snowing on us. It was so beautiful seeing the sagebrush and landscape covered in white. We made it safely to our hotel and went out to eat at the Ranch House. We drove around and mapped out our next day.
Yesterday, we drove up the mountain to the Taos Ski Valley. It was really beautiful and interesting to us because we have never been to a ski town when it was open with snow. It was the last week of the season, but still busy and beautiful. Then, we ate lunch at Orlando's- best New Mexican food so far. We walked all around downtown Taos to shop and see the art galleries. Our favorites were Taos Clay, Chokolá and Wabi Sabi. We came back to our lovely inn, had dinner by the fire (and met a new friend, Sunny). We went and relaxed in the hot tub for a bit. In our room, we built a fire and played heads up. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful day.

25 March 2018

We had a wonderful day traveling north from Albuquerque to Taos. First, we walked around the University of New Mexico and the strip in Albuquerque. We did a little shopping and ate some wonderful Mediterranean food at Yannis (great food but not such great service). We then headed up the scenic north road to Taos. We stopped to see the beautiful El Santuario de Chimayo. It really was so beautiful and special. We prayed, got done healing dirt and walked around the peaceful grounds. Each landscape along the way was just so beautiful. We checked into our cute little hotel- The Sagebrush Inn- we love it. After settling in, we drove to the Rio Grande River Gorge to see it and the bridge. It was really amazing, and even more beautiful at sunset. Then, we went to dinner at Love Apple, and fell in love with the food and ambience. My Ruby trout was perfect and Ruby had amazing tacos along with a beautiful salad. Yummy! Finally, we got back and treated ourselves to a facial before bed. Goodnight

24 March 2018

We made it to Albuquerque last night, and ate some really unhealthy yet yummy New Mexican food before getting settled into our room. We are rested and gearing up for a beautiful Palm Sunday as we travel the historic road from Albuquerque to Taos.