Tuesday, January 15, 2008

{the land of enchantment}

i have a love affair with new mexico, the land of enchantment. if you have never been, definitely plan a trip. mountains, big open sky, art galleries, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, shopping...there is seriously something for everybody. i lived for for three years when i worked at outside magazine and loved it.

in februray, i am heading there to take a workshop at the santa fe workshops with josh sanseri. i can't wait to have a week to focus on photography, portrait lighting and eat some green chili stew.

a friend is going for a visit and asked me about my favorite things to do, places to stay, and where to eat. here ya go. if you have any santa fe favorites, leave me a comment. i would love to know.

places to stay
www.pueblobonitoinn.com - a good friend worked here for a bit

a must is a visit to 10,000 waves, an amazing japanese inspired spa. you can't go wrong with anything there and you can stay. bathing suit optional.


places to eat

maria's has great margs and homemade tortillas. the shed is another favorite place for new mexican food.
cafe pasquals has wonderful new mexican as well. however, the wait can be really long so get there early. www.pasquals.com
harry's road house, the plaza restaurant and tia sophia's are t
hree more delicious new mexican restaurants. as you can tell, santa fe has a lot of good food.
the cowgirl hall of fame is a local place with good food and a great patio for happy hour.
mu do noddles is an amazing asian fusion restaurant. tell mu hi from me.
an all time favorite for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is counter culture. really terrific food.
good green chili stew can be found at the dragon room.

enjoy all the art. canyon road is full of galleries and there is a wonderful tea house near the end of the road to relax.
site santa is a gallery not to be missed.
www. sitesantafe.org
georgia o'keeffe musuem is another favorite.
one of my favorite things i did was go and see georgia o'keefe's home in abiquiu. her home is only open in the summer a few days a week but it is worth the effort. make a reservation through the museum.
there is an artistic presence there. her lifestyle is reflected in her paintings and vise versa. everything she saw was art.

these are some of my favorite portraits taken by alfred stieglitz of georgia o'keefe. i saw the exhibit of stieglitz's portraits at the met sometime ago. if you have have the chance to see them, it is a must.

in the summer, the farmer's market on saturday is not to be missed. however, my favorite time of year is the fall when the hatch green chilis are roasting - one of my favorite smells.

the dale ball trails are great for hikes or runs. after a run, go for a soak at 10,000 waves! for other great day hike, click HERE.

day trips - take the high road to taos, tent rocks and make the pilgrimage to chimayo.

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