65 degrees in Santa Fe for our morning run - Woohoo! Feels awesome here and the city is great. Last night Amanda and I stayed at El Farolito, an authentic New Mexico bed and breakfast. Locals refer to Santa Fe as city different and it is. The streets are lined with shops and galleries that represent local artisans. El Farolito prides themselves in supporting local artists and therefore the entire Inn is decorated with handmade local pottery, furniture, tapestries and paintings. Our room was so cool! Each of the private Casitas had a fireplace and private patio, with a southwest flare. The room was very comfy and cozy. We were able to sleep with the window and the door open since Santa Fe is so cool at night and has very few bugs. After spending a summer in Charleston getting eaten by mosquitos, this was pretty awesome!
Co-owner Wayne Mainus was there to greet us and really took his time showing us around the Inn and offering suggestions on great places to shop and eat at in the city. The B&B is in the perfect location downtown. You can walk to most anything in under 10 minutes. He even gave Amanda and I a local bottle of red wine to enjoy for the evening, which we did on our own patio. Wayne and his partner, Walt, also own another Select Registry property in Santa Fe called Four Kachinas Inn, so tourists have twice the opportunity to stay with these great people!
The night before last, we stayed in the very small town of Artesia, NM so that we would only have a three hour drive into Santa Fe. This was so great because we were able to be in the city before lunch yesterday. After taking Sid to a park down by the railway, we went to lunch at Jambo Cafe, which features African inspired cuisine. This restaurant had the highest reviews in all of Santa Fe and it's not hard to see why. The food was freaking amazing! We both dined on the Moroccan lamb stew with curried cous cous and veggies and hummus. After that lunch we needed to do some serious walking, which is what we did all afternoon. Venturing into numerous galleries and shops, Amanda found a local cook book and I bought a Pendleton blanket for the house.
Last night for dinner we headed back downtown to the Rooftop Cantina at Coyote Cafe. We both had sundresses on and once the sun went down, were cold for the first time during this trip. I'll admit, it was a good feeling. The Rooftop Cantina, was voted for having the best fish tacos in town so we had to give them a try. Those coupled with guacamole and fire roasted salsa were the perfect dinner for a night out in Santa Fe.
This city promotes alternative healing methods, which both Amanda and I resonate with. There were yoga studios, acupuncture and massage clinics and healthy eateries on every corner. The people of Santa Fe seemed happy and energetic. There were tons of people out and about and the good vibes only added to the positive experience we had here.
This morning Mark, the Inn's morning innkeeper, wowed us with ham, apple and cheddar quiche, a most delicious combination. He was so nice, and helped Amanda get directions to an auto parts store (Fred the 4-runner needed a little oil). One quart later, we were on the road, headed to Sedona.
To be continued...