A few weeks ago, Chris and I went to Santa Fe for the weekend (sans kids) for a friend’s wedding. I had just gotten back from a work trip to California the day before we left, and when Declan saw me re-packing my suitcase and he realized I was leaving again he said, “But Mommy, I STILL miss you from before!” That broke my heart and Chris had to basically drag me out the door to the airport.
We got into Alberquerque really late, so by the time we got to Santa Fe (about an hour and a half drive from the airport) it was nearly 1am. We checked into our hotel, La Posada de Santa Fe, and went right to bed. The next morning, Chris headed out early to play in a golf tournament (which his team won, and where he won the longest drive competition – 400 yards! He claims the altitude (7000 ft) made the ball fly farther but I mean seriously!?! DAYUM.) and I slept in until 10am which I don’t think has happened since 2012. After brunch (another thing that hasn’t happened since 2012), I headed down the street to the main square, Santa Fe Plaza, in search of some authentic turquoise jewelry, one of the things Santa Fe is known for. I found these beauties below at Sunwest on the Plaza.
And also these ↓. They were too pretty to pass up! The ones above were made by local Navajo artisans and the bottom ones were made by the Zuni tribe. I know I will be wearing both all summer long. (Hot tip: tell Carol the saleswoman there that you love to dance and she gives you 10% off. 😉 Warning: she might make you prove it.) Never one to shy away from a spontaneous dance party, I shimmied for my discount and headed out a happy shopper.
And they went perfectly with my rehearsal dinner outfit where the dress code was “Cowboy Chic.”
My dress is Tahari (from last year) and my shoes are my favorite Chloé Susanna booties .
Due to Chris’ awesome showing in the golf tournament, he got invited to play in another game the following day. Golf is basically his favorite thing on earth so I was excited for him to get another 18 holes in, even if it did make me a golf widow for another day. I had been saving Cafe Pasqual’s to go to with him, but I decided to head over solo the next morning. As luck would have it, there was only 1 seat left in the whole place and it was at this communal table of 10 seats right in the middle of the restaurant. I sat down and made friends with my fellow diners, and then had the MOST AMAZING BREAKFAST EVER. This place did not disappoint (in fact, I took Chris back the next day).
With a full tummy and a large iced coffee, I made my way down to the Santa Fe Railyard to check out the farmers market they have every Saturday.
There were tons of prepared food stands, local produce, and all kinds of locally-made beauty products and goods. After wandering around a bit I headed back up towards the main square (stopping into this cute store along the way) to meet Chris for a late lunch and had time to check out the beautiful Loretto Chapel. It is so charming and had this amazing circular staircase (“the miraculous staircase” as it’s known) with a fascinating story.
As taken from the chapel’s website: “When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all concluded access to the loft would have to be via ladder as a staircase would interfere with the interior space of the small Chapel. Legend says that to find a solution to the seating problem, the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth and final day of prayer, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. Months later, the elegant circular staircase was completed, and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. After searching for the man (an ad even ran in the local newspaper) and finding no trace of him, some concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters’ prayers.” I love stories like this. 🙂
The chapel also had a stunning altar. I always love visiting beautiful old churches when I travel – there is just something so peaceful about them.
Chris and I met up for a quick bite and walked around town a little more, before heading back to the hotel to get ready for the wedding. I loved all the vibrant colors mixed in with the classic adobe architecture.
My Mignonne Gavigan Aztec scarf necklace was totally in its element in Santa Fe, and I think 5 different people asked me where I got it that day alone! My denim shirt dress is by Cloth & Stone (sold out, similar here).
We cleaned ourselves up for the main event and headed to the Nedra Matteucci Galleries, a stunning art gallery and sculpture garden on Paseo de Peralta, just off Canyon Road (the main drag for galleries/museums). The ceremony and cocktail hour were in the sculpture garden that had the most amazing bronze animal sculptures all around a beautiful pond (Exhibit A: the elephant).
After cocktails they had a full mariachi band lead a parade down the street back to La Posada de Santa Fe for the reception. The dinner tent was nothing short of magical.
Once the dancing began they brought out the real star of the night – the TEQUILA DONKEY! We became fast friends. (I’m also pretty sure he was sleeping the entire night.)
We were on the redeye back to NYC on Sunday, so we had the whole next day to wander around town some more. Mostly we centered our activities around the consumption of more delicious mexican food and soaking up the warm southwest sunshine, and then headed back to the hotel for late afternoon massages. The one thing I was sad we weren’t able to do was hit up Ten Thousand Waves, an incredible Japanese spa just outside of town that people lose their minds over. If you are heading to Santa Fe, definitely call to book treatments there in advance. While the 11:59PM-departure-4-hour-red-eye back to NYC provided for a brutal Monday at work, it was totally worth it for one more day in this awesome little town.