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New Mexico Road Trip Part 1: Santa Fe

Santa Fe Markets - Shrink

Mention New Mexico’s state capital of Santa Fe and you are often met with ‘oh what a marvellous town, brimming with art galleries and tasting menus’.  Which is all very well and good if you are travelling through with a companion of refined taste.  Yet here I was dragging a two and five year old along for the ride.  However, Santa Fe was indeed divine and there was plenty to entertain the kids.

How did we get there?

After a painful hour spent waiting for our car in Avis at Albuquerque Airport, it was an easy 90 minute drive.

Where did we stay?

In the most luxurious place around, the Four Seasons Santa Fe.  What a hotel!  More on that tomorrow…

What did we do?

  • Wander around the picturesque downtown.  Choc a bloc with galleries, cafes and souvenir shops, this is a great way to spend an afternoon.  It’s always worth checking out when the local markets are held.  We were there on a Sunday and enjoyed browsing the stalls lining the Plaza.
    Santa Fe - Plaza Market - Shrink
  • Get your art on at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum which houses the largest collection of her work worldwide.
  • If the kids aren’t enamoured by the above – bribe them with a trip to the Children’s Museum instead.  The museum is a good size, not too overwhelming with lots of fun interactive exhibits from bubbles and water games to a pretend theatre stage with dress up.
    Santa Fe - Children's Museum - Shrink
  • Drive 30 minutes to El Rancho De Las Golondrinas.  The museum is open to June to September, Wednesday to Sunday and AN ABSOLUTELY MUST if you are visiting Santa Fe.  It is a living history museum, showcasing original colonial buildings and other historic buildings that have been moved onsite.  Staff members dressed in period costume will share a fascinating insight into each period and keep an eye on the schedule to see what activities and talks are on.  Our kids making trader bead necklaces and watching the peruvian horse show.
    Santa Fe - El Rancho De Las Golondrinas - Shrink
  • Stock up the car with fresh goodies from the Santa Fe Farmers Market held Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Lots of yummy tasters including fresh green chile.

Where did we eat?

  • THE BEST GREEN CHILE CHEESEBURGER at the Santa Fe Bite
    Santa Fe - Green Chile Cheeseburger - Shrink
  • Car-B-Q (i.e. eating BBQ in our car) from the incredible Santa Fe BBQ Truck 
    Santa Fe - BBQ Truck - Shrink
  • More delicious BBQ inside a restaurant this time at the Whole Hog Cafe
  • Cookies and chile hot chocolate at the Chocolate Maven
  • I highly recommend a trip to Terra at the Four Seasons (if you go for breakfast, the green chile eggs benedict are sublime)

3 comments

  1. Blue Planet Exp (@BluePlanetExp)

    My kids would love that bubble machine!

  2. Mama Herself

    When I was a kid, some of my favourite days out were in these living history museums. UK, mark you. That Santa Fe one looks very inviting…

  3. Ricky Nelson

    I had some ribs from Santa Fe BBQ when in town. They were awesome. * * * * stars

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