do you know the way to santa fe?

“You know…  Tumbleweeds, prairie dogs…  Yeahhhhh.”  (Rent?  The musical?  Anyone?  No?  Ok.  On we go.)

A few weeks ago, my parents and I planned a quick weekend trip to Santa Fe (by way of Albuquerque) to celebrate my dad’s big 5-0.  My parents reminded me that I had, in fact, been to Santa Fe once before, but since that was more than 20 years ago, I’m going to go ahead and call this my first visit to the land of chiles and adobe.

Now first of all, I have to brag a little bit about the weather during our trip–we LUCKED out.  The sky was beautiful and blue all weekend, and even though it was admittedly a bit cold and very blustery, I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.  Traveling is much more fun when the sun is out, don’t you agree?

In the interest of avoiding boring you to tears, I’ll spare you the play-by-play of our trip and just share some of my highlights instead.  Less writing for me, more pictures and less reading for you–sounds like a bargain.

Taking the tram to the tippy top of Sandia Peak was easily my favorite part of our trip.  New Mexico is beautiful, and it was worth an admittedly harrowing tram ride to get such a great vantage point.

Tecolote cafe: “great breakfast, no toast.”  Ok, I’ll admit: I found this little gem after googling “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.”  Not one of my favorite shows, but WOW this place was amazing.  No toast, you say?  No, because there was a basket full of fresh pastry goodies instead.  Oh yes.  So good.

Ok, so this is kind of a lackluster collection of pictures.  I know.  So shoot me.  I’ll work on it, I promise.  But you can rest assured that there were more than two highlights of this trip, including…

  • The Buffalo Thunder casino, north of the city.  Just as ridiculous as it sounds, and we had a great time.
  • Stuffed Sopapillas at Tia Sophia’s in the Santa Fe square.  Seriously.  Don’t even look at the rest of the menu.
  • Jewelry vendors in the square on Saturday morning.
  • A wine tasting at Casa Rodena (good experience, not-so-great wine.  Consider yourself warned.)

But my favorite thing about the city?  THE COLORS.  I can’t even describe the vibrancy–every building, inside and out, was littered with stunning designs in beautiful yellow, green, red, and blue hues.  Pictures don’t do it justice, so you’ll have to check it out for yourself…  Just an hour and a half’s jaunt from the Albuquerque Sunport.

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