We stayed the first two nights of our trip at the Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe. It is a block off of the Plaza, the heart of the historic district. The hotel has a big, beautiful front porch that is the perfect place to people watch and enjoy the beautiful Santa Fe air.
Secreto's, the hotel restaurant serves the most delicious and exquisite food. But, what brought us back for the second night was the margaritas! Unfortunately, Secreto's Smoked Sage Margaritas have spoiled me for good. I'll never be quite satisfied with a regular old margarita again. They blend the finest tequila with Brazilian Orange Liqueur and lime juice. Then, a sage leaf is smoked and infused into the margarita. It has the most delicious flavor.
In the morning, we took a wonderful tour and saw highlights of the city. After that, we walked to the areas that interested us most. The first place, not knowing what to expect, was the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. I'm no art connoisseur, however, I think the $13 spent for my ticket could have been better spent elsewhere. (Perhaps on another margarita!)
The surrounding galleries and architecture were beautiful. This origami horse is made of steel, but doesn't it look like folded paper?
Rock, paper, scissors. . .
I loved all the adobe buildings and the turquoise blue trim. There's a story that blue doors and windows keep away evil spirits. As for the adobe, apparently the rule in Santa Fe is that your house can be any color you like -- as long as it matches the color of earth it sits on;)
This sculpturist was working on several projects. I'm sure you can tell who the bust is. . .
Beautiful architecture and pretty blue skies all around.
I loved this! He took me by surprise, he looks so real!
This is part of a much larger, life-sized sculpture honoring all of those who traveled the Santa Fe Trail. It was exciting to see the area where the wagons all finally arrived.
St. Francis is the patron saint of Santa Fe. This is his likeness in front of the Cathedral Basilica named for him.
These are the doors to the Cathedral, followed by a close-up of one of the panels, and a photo of the inside. The whole city is just a work of art.