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Monday, June 1, 2015

Déjà Vu Santa Fe

We never get tired of visiting Santa Fe. In a previous life, my consulting work bought me to Santa Fe many times. JoAnne and I have also traveled here several times both with and without an RV.

There is always a new restaurant to try or a new gallery to explore not to mention revisiting and digging a little deeper into our favorite attractions. Besides the adobe architecture is really cool.

We stated at Trailer Ranch RV Resort. I think “resort” is stretching it a bit. Yet, far as commercial parks go it was nice enough, clean and convenient. The real reason for staying here is the fact that it is close to historic downtown Santa Fe.

JoAnne and I are very interested in Native American history and culture. On past trips we have visited many of the pueblos around Santa Fe and collected our share of Santa Clara pottery and Hopi Kachina Dolls. With no place to display such items in the RV we were happy to spend this trip browsing – not buying.

Santa Fe is also home to some wonderful museums. On this trip we enjoyed our visit to the Palace of the Governors and New Mexico History Museum. In the early 17th century this was the seat of Spain’s government. On your first visit to Santa Fe, I would suggest this being your first stop. The Palace and Museum provides a good overview of Santa Fe, New Mexico and the American Southwest history. Besides, it is located right on the historic plaza.

After the Museum you can spend time browsing the plaza shops, galleries and street vendors on your way to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Loretta Chapel and the Miraculous Staircase.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is always on our list. This year we were planning on visiting her home in Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch so it made the visit to the museum all the more relevant. Factoid: in November last year a “sister” painting of Jimson Weed painting below here sold for 44.4 million setting the record for a painting by a female artist.

Some of the city’s finest museums are on located a short drive out of downtown on Museum Hill. On this trip we first visited the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. In their words the museum is a, “ premier repository of Native art and material culture and tells the stories of the people of the Southwest from prehistory through contemporary art. This is a fabulous museum and one you don't want to pass up.

Next up – the Museum of International Folk Art. But first, lunch at the Museum Hill Café. The food service was very good and the setting is a huge bonus.

Like the Palace of Governors and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture the Museum of International Folk Art is one of four museums in the Museums of New Mexico system. If you have any interest at all in Folk Art (actually even if you don’t) don’t miss this museum. It is unique, fun, and quirky. The highlight for us was the Girard Wing and the Multiple Visions: A Common Bond, which showcases thousands of items from over 100 countries. The exhibits are a bit overwhelming making the free printed guide is a must when visiting this gallery.

Food and friends are always an important part of our RVing travel adventure. And our stay in Santa Fe was no exception. We met up with RVing friends Hans and Lisa of Metamorphosis Road for a delicious brunch and lively conversation at The Pantry.

We also celebrated my birthday at Georgia. This has to be one of the best of 450 plus restaurants in Santa Fe. The service was perhaps the best ever and the food was superb. It was a 5 star experience all around.

Snow! Its time to head out… Up next – Abiquiu.

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