Truly no place lives up to its nickname quite as well as the state of New Mexico. From its rugged desert beauty to the rich Southwestern culture on display everywhere you turn, entering New Mexico is entering the Land of Enchantment.
When you and your fellow adventurers take the time to explore New Mexico there are two especially enchanting places you cannot miss. Santa Fe and Taos are hotspots for food, culture, and natural beauty.
When you are looking for a place to stay in Santa Fe there are many options that range from charming bed and breakfasts to larger resort type hotels all within walking distance of the charming Old Santa Fe district.
If charming and relaxing is what you are looking for on your Southwest vacation, look no further than Casa Cuma bed and breakfast. The host here, Shaan, is warm and inviting and the homemade breakfasts are over the top. Comfortable accommodations combined with a perfect location make this a great choice for anyone seeking to experience all that Santa Fe has to offer.
Don’t bother visiting Santa Fe unless you bring your appetite with you. There is a fabulous restaurant for every taste bud and pocketbook in this enchanting city. From the pure elegance of the Sazon and Geronimo restaurants to the casual tastiness of the Palacio Café you will want to try it all. Sink your teeth into genuine Spanish (as in Spain) cuisine at El Meson or try the out of this world grilled pineapple Margarita at The Ranch House. Whatever you are hungry for you will find it in Santa Fe.
Submerge yourself in a new culture when you visit Santa Fe. Take time out to explore the Museum of International Folk Art. See some paintings, sculptures, and textiles that will transport you to another time and place through their complexity and beauty.
Marvel at the history of Santa Fe and New Mexico by visiting the many historic cathedrals and the New Mexico History Museum.
And do not miss out on some modern culture as well when you buy tickets for a night out at the Santa Fe Opera house.
From a hot desert mesa to a chilling mountain ski run Taos is a place of stark contradictions and complete adventure. No trip to New Mexico can be complete without a few days spent here …at least!
Whether you spend your time blowing off steam on the ski slopes of the Sange de Cristo Mountains or exploring the ancient ruins at Tows Pueblos, there is something here for every type of adventurer.
The wild untamed Rio Grande River is nearby. Take the time to hike the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. You will be rewarded with a view that no picture can do justice. Or you can strap on your life jacket for a wild and exciting kayaking or river rafting experience in Taos that will make all your friends back home jealous.
Besides the outdoor adventure, Taos has cultural sites to visit such as the little Millicent Rogers Museum where you can learn more about the local history and culture, and shopping for crafters of all types from pottery to yarn!