I’ve seen a lot of influencers expressing guilt for posting what could be perceived as trivial things during these trying times. Honestly, I welcome it. Personal style and travel blogs have always been sources of virtual escape for me. Now more than ever, I love seeing your recipe ideas, the fun activities you’ve dreamed up at home, what you’re shopping for online, and your beautiful vacation photos from the last time you traveled. Please, keep it coming and don’t apologize for it. Everyone could use a little morale boost right now and some semblance of social connection. (If I want to be terrified, I’ll go to twitter!)
So I hope you don’t think I’m being insensitive to the crisis the world is facing right now, but taking a moment to focus on happy memories from our recent trip to Santa Fe is a kind of therapy for me. I know we’ll get through this and hopefully come out more united for it. I’m looking forward to the not-too-distant future when I can plan a trip back out west and hope this post might inspire you to do the same.
So here’s a follow-up to my previous Santa Fe guide. (You’ll note the lack of dining options – that’s because we went to all the same places I mentioned on our last time and not a single one disappointed.)
- Wahoo! is an unsuspecting gem hidden in an indoor shopping area off the beaten path. This shop features a carefully-curated mix of high-end and more affordable vintage items, including beautiful cowboy boots, antique American Indian jewelry, jean jackets, pearl snap shirts and more!
- Double Take – Thrifting in new cities is one of my favorite past-times, because you never know what gems you’ll uncover. This emporium wide array of affordable items, from current brand-name clothing and accessories to costume jewelry, cowboy belts and Navajo jewelry.
- For really special, really fancy western-wear, you simply must check out Nathalie’s, even if it’s just to oggle the owner’s stunning collection of vintage cowboy boots that line the walls. Here you’ll find colorful pearl snap shirts, cowboy hats, handmade belts, and boots that are literally works of art.
- Malouf on the Plaza – This high-end shop has a great selection of contemporary southwestern wear from brands like Isabel Marant and Ulla Johnson, and of course some great cowboy boots and American Indian jewelry, too.
Art and Culture
- Meow Wolf – Part-interactive art exhibition, part-funhouse, Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return was put together by a Santa Fe artist collaborative and sponsored by J. R.R. Martin (creator of Game of Thrones). This wacked out “mystery house” is full of neon lights, black-light paint, trippy music, and hidden clues to a story you can follow (if you’re not chasing a toddler). I like to think of it as a family-friendly acid trip. We spent a few hours here and I still think there’s more to uncover. My 4-year-old son, who generally has a short attention span, didn’t want to leave!
- Museum of International Folk Art – Part of a complex of museums on what is know is Museum Hill, the Museum of International Folk Art sits on a courtyard with sweeping views of the city and nearby mountains. You could easily spend all day here wandering the halls of current exhibitions (we loved Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan) or inspecting the dizzying maze of world treasures in the Girard Wing.
- Gruet Tasting Room – Gruet is a delicious champagne-style sparkling you can find in stores around the country, but many of you might not be aware it’s from New Mexico! My husband and I were delighted to stumble upon their chic tasting room, where we tried many of the other wonderful wines they have to offer.
- Tonic – All of the elegance of a speakeasy with none of the annoying buzzing to get in the door, Tonic serves interesting artisan cocktails and features live jazz many nights of the week. We loved the art deco interior and stunning chandeliers!
I hope this little guide could provide a brief virtual escape for you today. Perhaps this can come in handy for you when this is all over and we can indulge our wanderlusts once again. In the meantime, please keep sharing your new posts with me! Tell me what fun activities or daydreams are helping you cope in the comments.