I got up bright and early to explore Santa Fe last Saturday. My itinerary:
2) The Capitol Building is a short drive from the Farmer’s Market, and it has free and ample parking. My car happily stayed here all day while I wandered the Plaza. More importantly the Capitol is filled with art that seems to be fairly representative of New Mexico’s culture and aesthetics. The Roundhouse (the only round capitol in the US) dates back to the late sixties and pays due respect to the different peoples and cultures that make up the melting pot state.
3) Loretto Chapel (closed for a Wedding)
4) Olive oil and vinegar shop/tasting room, Oleaceae, delightful conversation with owner.
5) Arts and crafts market in the Plaza
6) New Mexico History Museum
7) Palace of Governors
8) Return to the Loretto Chapel
9) Wander around art market and shops waiting…
10) Have late lunch at Greek Fest with Ryan and Claire
11) Go to women’s consignment shops where I acquired a rugged travel purse perfect for hiking, the belt I’ve been searching for, and some lightweight shirts for the NM climate
12) Meet up with Elise and Steffie at the last store, Double Take
13) Have margaritas and “the world famous ice cream baked potato” at The Cowgirl
I really couldn’t do this many places justice in one day, but I have a much better feel for Santa Fe, the oldest Capitol city in the US (founded by the Spanish in the late 17th century). I can’t possibly cover all of this in one blog post, so I plan to write a separate post on NM history and the Loretto Chapel.
P.S. I honestly thought I was ordering a baked potato with ice cream. I was too curious not to.