So a few weeks ago, to celebrate passing our prelim exams, the boy and I decided to take a road trip to Santa Fe in New Mexico. I’ve been wanting to go there for a while now, so the labour day weekend was the perfect opportunity to get in some travelling! Without further ado, here is the low down of what we got up to.
Santa Fe Farmers Market:
On Saturday morning we drove down to the famous santa fe farmers market. I really liked it because it wasn’t too small or too large. There was plenty to see and sample without being overwhelmed by the choices. This is a great place to pick up fresh roasted hatch green chile since almost every other stall was selling some. Close by was also the Artisans market, which is a nice place to pick up any local arts and crafts.
La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site:
Just on the outskirts of the city limits was the La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site. There is a small car park and a short trail marked by white arrows that lead you to the Petroglyphs.
Saint Francis Cathedral:
On sunday, we decided to explore the downtown/old city area. Everything was quite close by and easy to get around by walking. There are quite a few walking tours of the area, as well as tram tours but we just wandered around. The first place we came across was the Saint Francis Cathedral. The cathedral is built on the site of an older church that was destroyed during the Pueblo revolt.
History Musuem/Palace of the Governors:
Our next stop was the New Mexico history museum and the Palace of the Governors. The two are connected, and we entered through the museum before exploring the palace. We spent a good few hours in here, learning about the Pueblo Indians, the Spanish settlers and the various important events in the history of New Mexico. The Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the USA, and now houses quite a few artefacts and is an extension of the museum.
If you’re an art enthusiast, you will love Canyon road. If you are not, it is still worth a stroll. Canyon road is lined with various art galleries and a few cafes if you want to stop for a quick bite. (Mmmm green chile stew…). While we didn’t really go into the galleries, we did enjoy the various sculptures on display.
Loretto Chapel and the Famous Staircase:
The Loretto chapel is tiny but houses a very famous staircase. The wooden spiral staircase has 33 steps, completes two full turns and is built with no visible means of support. You can read more about the story of the staircase here.
San Miguel Chapel:
This is the oldest church in the United States, originally built around 1610. It was restored/rebuilt in 1887 and functions as a church to date. The chapel, like many of the historical sites in the area, is built using adobe(mud bricks).
Santa Fe is a great place to visit for a weekend away. We had a really nice relaxing time, as well as got to see some really old buildings. I absolutely loved New Mexican cuisine, which has a lot of vegetarian options and was spicy thanks to all the green chile that is used liberally in the cooking. Plus the plaza just opposite the Palace of the Governors is a great place to pick up a few souvenirs if you’re interested in a spot of shopping.
Have you visited Santa Fe?
Until next time,Love, Me 🙂