Saturday, February 11, 2012

Santa Fe, NM

St. Miguel's Church

Since moving to New Mexico, we've learned that Santa Fe is a pretty popular place to go on the weekends. So far we've made a couple of trips from Albuquerque. Next time we go, we plan to take the train that goes straight from downtown Albuquerque to the center of downtown Santa Fe.

One of the things we really wanted to see in Santa Fe was the Loretto Chapel, home of the Miraculous Staircase. This staircase is significant because it baffles scientists and architects. The mysterious builder of the staircase used no nails and no center post. Originally, there were no handrails, but they were added due to safety concerns.

The Miraculous Staircase

Tomasita's is the best Mexican restaraunt that we've eaten since being in New Mexico. They've got great green chili, that isn't too spicy for us out-of-towners, and the best frozen margaritas around. It's a local favorite that we will definitely be returning to at some point in the near future.

After a long day of conquering Ski Santa Fe

And of course the main attraction for us is the ski resort which we will visit multiple times. Our friends from Mississippi who now live in Albuquerque, Chase and Brittany Dudley, joined us on our first of many ski trips to Santa Fe.

Chase and Brittany on one of our favorite ski runs

Clay, Chase and Brittany

Christine and Clay

After a long day of skiing, we went to Marble Brewery and enjoyed some pizza, good beer and shuffle board.

Albuquerque, NM

After a relaxing Christmas break in MS, we finally made it to Albuquerque in the middle of January. We are planning on stay here until the middle of April so we will get to experience some of the winter and spring weather. The city of Albuquerque sits at about 5,000 feet above sea level, so we are still adjusting to the altitude a little. But, no matter where you are in the city, you are bound to have a great view.

Drive into ABQ

We are staying at a bed and breakfast downtown which is located right on the famous Route 66 close to lots of restaurants and shops. Clay even rides his bike to work most days because we live so close. The Downtown Historic Bed and Breakfast is best known for the Spy House where Soviet spies exchanged information about atomic bombs during WWII. The owners host a Murder Mystery dinner each month (that we haven't tried yet) and they also have weddings in their beautiful courtyard.

Sandia Mountains at Spain Park

We've been taking full advantage of the weekends exploring the city and going skiing. Sandia Peak Ski Area is conveniently located right here in Albuquerque, and then Santa Fe Ski Resort is about 45 minutes away.  

View of the city from Sandia Peak

Skiing at Sandia Peak Ski Area

Riding trails along the Rio Grande

Enjoying a warm day outside

Beautiful sunset overlooking ABQ