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Favorite Places: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Where does a travel host go on vacation?

People always ask me: “If your job is to travel where do you go on vacation?”  Two words: Santa Fe.  It’s a place that I’ve returned to six times and have brought my mom and my sister on separate girl trips.  I love Santa Fe not only for it’s desert beauty, but how It reminds us through ancient sites that the colonists weren’t the first Americans.  Its a great place to enjoy our vibrant Native American culture and a wonderful reminder that a world-class art scene can be attitude free.  Most importantly, at an elevation of 7,000 feet one margarita goes a lot further!


Sam’s Tip

  • My favorite Walk in the Woods is the Aspen Vista Trail.  It’s a gorgeous hike (moderate) thru a forest of luminescent aspen that make you feel like you’re walking through a Klimt painting.  The sweeping view of the Sangre de Cristo’s is so beautiful I always get slightly emotional when I begin the hike.  In fact I’ve nick named the trail “The Tear Jerker.”   Find it on Artist Rd. past mile marker 13.

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  1. My husband and I visited Santa Fe and Northern NM for our anniversary. I can honestly say, it is the first place I’ve been that I wanted to move to. I daydreamed about it for many months after we returned and still would jump at the chance to relocate there. The sky is a different color blue and I swear it is calling my name…

  2. My wife and I will be staying at the Inn of the Five Graces Thanksgiving. We plan on visiting the places Samantha went. Congratulations on your upcoming twins!

  3. My husband and I just returned home to Austin after our 70th–count ’em 7-0-road trip to Santa Fe and/or Taos. The Land of Enchantment is an apt nickname. There is nothing to compare the bright blue of the high desert sky, red and green chile, romance of its history, and the art. I am a painter and my work has been shown in galleries in both places, so some of the trips were business. Regardless, it is a fascinating part of our country.

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