Santa Fe continues to amaze…..
As we continued to explore this wonderful art enclave we headed back to the Plaza the next morning. The area around the Historic Plaza has a wide variety of high end shops, galleries, restaurants and museums. Be sure to plan a little time for the Georgia Okeefe museum just off the Plaza, and stop into the world class Lucchese boot shop. A short walk from the Plaza you’ll want to see the beautiful folk art wooden scultures of the Sisters of Loretto, and the Chapel with the Miracle staircase. You have to see it to believe it. We literally wore ourselves out trying to absorb all of the historic points of interest, as well as the galleries and shops, time for a break.
Santa Cafe is the perfect spot to take a lunch break from viewing all of that beauty! As you enter, a lovely canopy of trees cool the inner courtyard of this local’s hangout. Our gang of nine regrouped here after our morning of exploring in different directions. A bold, spicy Bloody Mary had our name on it and hit the spot. We found the food to be fresh, delicious and creative. I tried the Crispy Calamari w/ 4 Chile Lime Dipping Sauce as an appetizer. It was perfectly cooked with a very light, thin and crisp crust and the dipping sauce was a nod to New Mexico with just the right bite. The Baby Spinach ‘Niçoise’ Salad w/ Fresh Seared Tuna & Garlic & Caper Vinaigrette was also perfectly prepared and enough for 2 to share with an appetizer. That day’s special showcased the talent of the kitchen, chilled cantlope gazpacho. Cool to the tongue with a little creep of heat after you swallowed, nicely done chef ! Be sure to visit their site, as they generously share some of their wonderful recipes.
Early evening we were off to the Opera! Santa Fe has a very impressive Opera scene. The Santa Fe Opera House, , 20 minutes outside of town (again Uber made it a snap) sits on a rise above the desert floor overlooking the hills to the west. Gracing us with her desert beauty, Santa Fe gifted us with one of her spectacular sunsets, then it was curtain time. Artfully produced, Lucia Di Lammermoor, was a hit!
The following morning we all agreed the perfect thing to do was, whatever we felt like! I whipped up a little frittata from the leftover calabacitas, yum! I made it again when I got home, it was that tasty, (recipe posted shortly).
Some of our gang of sassy sistas rode bikes around town (6 are supplied by the hacienda, along with rackets for the tennis court!) some hit the shops and museums again, some just chilled in the beautiful shady garden of our hacienda. Two more adventurous souls took a 40 minute Uber ride out to Chimayo, a delightful little day trip and a spiritual pilgrimage for many. I’m sorry I missed that one, a good reason to return to Santa Fe don’t you think! The sweet Uber driver even waited for them as they explored and brought them back, he was worried they would not be able to find an Uber to bring them home. Don’t you just love a kind hearted guy!
Museum Hill was next on our list the following day. Boasting 4 world-class museums presenting the art, history and culture of the Native American Southwest, the Spanish Colonial past, and folk traditions from around the world and a sculptural garden! Not to be missed if you visit Santa Fe. We headed up, just 1 mile from the Hacienda, walkable, but a little hot so start early, or ride a bike. There is a museum shuttle service from downtown as well, so take a look at the Museum Hill link above for info on that.
To bid farewell to Santa Fe we dressed up on our last night together and walked down to Canyon Road where we dined at Geronimo’s Restaurant. The dining highlight of the weekend without a doubt. Housed in a beautiful, historic, white washed adobe building. Its deep covered porch lined with huge window boxes overflowing with soft petaled petunias, the most gorgeous shades of purple and virgin white, tucked in among verdant green and purple sweet potato vines. Entering the restaurant we were warmly greeted and shown to our table through a maze of smaller intimate dining rooms which meandered in two directions. Subtle lighting and curtained windows gave the room an air of intimacy and romance. Not surprisingly, the walls were hung with huge bold paintings of wild horses, simply stunning.
Martinis were in order as a celebratory send off. With admirable skill, the bartender made them to icy cold perfection, despite each of us having our own special request as to its creation. Well Martinis are a very personal drink, yes?
After pursuing the well crafted menu, selections were made and we proceeded to revel in our stories of the weekend. I had Blackened Pacific Snapper with Carnaroli Jambalaya, Andouille Sausage, Mirliton, Dungeness Crab Mixture & Spicy Gumbo Sauce. Truly one of the tastier meals I have enjoyed in some time. The Lamb was supeb as well. Artfully prepared, beautifully plated and served with professional style. The menu was both creative and stylishly elegant without being pretentious. I would love to come back here with my hubby for a romantic evening, Geronimo’s knows how to treat a guest!
More stories were shared back at the hacienda very late into the evening, girlfriend style. A perfect end to the weekend. New friendships forged, old friendship reinforced, our batteries recharged on the brilliant energy and spirit of women friends. Time to start planning the next girlfriend getaway!