In a Santa Fe State of Mind

Entrada de Don Diego de Vargas at the Santa Fe Fiestas

Entrada de Don Diego de Vargas at the Santa Fe Fiestas

My time in Santa Fe was spent visiting historical landmarks, enjoying art, and eating incredible food. (The food alone makes New Mexico a vacation destination.) Because Santa Fe has so much for visitors to see and do I’ve broken the city up into categories to make it easier to read and learn about. I hope you are inspired, and your next getaway leads to this incredible spot.

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Enchanted by Santa Fe

Santa Fe is an art paradise

Santa Fe is an art paradise

Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one of those magical places you never want to leave once you have visited. This sunny destination awash in vivid colors, spicy cuisine, and art has mesmerized visitors for centuries. Touching down I was immediately struck by the beauty of this desert environment ringed by mountains with the ever-changing light playing upon the landscape. Artists have sought out Santa Fe for decades; now I understood why.

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Santa Fe: Where the Sky Rules the World

Artisan shops along a street in Santa Fe

Artisan shops along a street in Santa Fe

You think it’s going to be the cliffs, the canyons, or maybe even the petroglyphs. You think what will astound you about Santa Fe and its surrounds will be the Grand Canyon landscape, the moonstone hardscape of the desert, or the balmy waves of heat coming off the land.

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How to Experience Taos, New Mexico

The Taos Pueblo

The Taos Pueblo

When driving to Taos from the south there are generally two ways to get to the northern New Mexico mountain community: the Low Road and the High Road. Both are beautiful in their own right, and both should be driven if time permits. An hour north of Santa Fe, Taos is accessible via the Low Road along the Rio Grande River valley, or the High Road, which twists and climbs through the mountains and secluded artists communities. And just as there is more than one way to get to Taos, there is more than one way to experience this ancient community.

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Albuquerque: It’s More Than “Breaking Bad”

Albuquerque, New Mexico, is home to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta every October

Albuquerque, New Mexico, is home to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta every October

The critically acclaimed television show “Breaking Bad” had just ended its successful run the week prior to our visit to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where AMC’s massive hit was set and filmed. We didn’t visit the houses that played the homes of Walter White or Hank Schrader, didn’t make a drive by at “Better Call Saul’s” law office, and didn’t drive out into the To’Hajiilee Indian Reservation where several meth-cooking scenes were filmed.

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