Santa Fe, New Mexico: Rosie on the Road
Santa Fe. Wow.
To get in the mood for this post, may I recommend you pour yourself a large margarita and eat several entire green chilis? OK. Now you're in the *mood*.
So many important and amazing things happened on this leg of the trip. It was Beau's birthday (March 7th!) our 5th anniversary (March 9th!) AND our best friend Camille flew down from New York to have fun Southwestern hangout times with us.
It was also the first city on our trip that we'd never been to together. If you're not familiar with Santa Fe, it's basically a fancy mountain town that's filled with art and amazing food. It's the right level of sleepy, but not at all boring. The entire downtown area had so many gorgeous stores selling Native American textiles, and leather jackets, and hats fit for the set of Brokeback Mountain. It was seriously so hard to not buy everything, but not *that* hard because we're kind of poor.
Also the city is old as shit. Like, being from New Orleans, we're used to hearing that buildings around us are super old - but usually it's like from the 19th century. In Santa Fe, we ate at The Shed and learned the building was built in the freaking 17th century. And Santa Fe is home to the oldest church in the country which was constructed in like 1625 or some shit which is honestly insane.
As for shopping, we found our new jackets at Parts Unkown, which had tons of outerwear and casual mountain *lewks*. We got some hats from Overland - they had a huuuuge hat selections, hide rugs, sheep skin everything. We also went and did some textile browsing at Malouf. They had rugs and pillows and jewelry and antiques. A lot of it came from native tribes, and it was all so gorgeous.
Art & Museums!
We visited the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts where we were able to view work by Native Americans, much of which documented both native history as well as views on our modern day socio-political state. It was amazing, and heart breaking, and worth a visit.
We went to the Georgia O'Keefe museum and learned that she was basically a bad ass, traveling the world into her 70's and documenting everything she saw with such skill. Reaaaal inspiring stuff here.
As for food, the two most notable places we went were Tia Sophia's and The Shed. Both serve regional New Mexican food, and both were incredible. To be honest, The Shed was recommended the most and seemed to have a larger name overall, but we enjoyed Tia Sophia's a bit more in terms of food quality and vibe. Also, the wait for The Shed was about an hour, so, meh. Still, if you go, definitely get the enchiladas with red sauce - they were fantastic. As were the margaritas. If you hit up Tia Sophia's, same thing applies re: red chili enchiladas but also try the chicken burrito with green sauce and MAKE SURE you get some sopapillas. At the end of the meal sprinkle some cinnamon sugar and a drizzle of honey on the extra sopapillas and send us a thank you text.
One of the... weirder... things we did was Meow Wolf, which came heavily recommended. It's basically a huge warehouse interactive art installation for all ages. It's actually more of a fun house. I don't know, there's no proper way to describe it. You spend an hour and a half or so going through like 30 different rooms and installations just trying to figure everything out. It's more fun than that sounds. You should go, preferably on a weekday or during a weekend day. The weekend nights can get paaaacked! The photo below is of us inside of a dinosaur skeleton that had bones that you could play like drums. Told you it was weird.
We're headed out to Sedona now, thanks for checking in!
xoxo Matt & Beau