Our family holiday in New Mexico was fantastic throughout but ended with an unexpected travel day that almost took us to Los Angeles due to a canceled flight (mechanical problems). Oh, American Airlines agents… I had one on the phone for 30+ minutes who couldn’t find a way to get us back to Philadelphia without flying Santa Fe -> Los Angeles -> Dallas -> Philadelphia, with close to an 8 hour layover in LA. The two other agents I dealt with in person in Albuquerque and Dallas (We were rerouted to LA, but at the airport I was able to get us on a flight to Dallas to bypass the LA leg) were terribly unfriendly or having really bad day. They honestly couldn’t care less that we were stranded and tried to pass me off to someone else; two agents, both times. One of them even let out an audible sigh in front of me. But it all turned out fine and now it’s just a distant memory… I am choosing to remember the great time we had in Santa Fe.
Day 5: Santa Fe, New Mexico (ignoring Dallas, Texas) Itinerary
Simple breakfast @ the French Pastry Shop & Creperie
Loretto Chapel & the Miracle Stairs
Farmer’s Market at the Railyard (it was Saturday)
Lunch @ The Shed
Drive to ABQ for return flight @ 15:45 (which was canceled. oh, American Airlines…)
Another beautiful morning greeted us on our last day in Santa Fe. We cleared out of our house (thank you Casa Piñon and Hacienda Nicholas for a lovely stay), picked up a yummy pastry, and walked over to the famed Loretto Chapel to see the spiral staircase (it has no central or other visible support- read the back story here).
We then went off to the Santa Fe Railyard to check out the farmer’s market and the contemporary art museum, SITE, which is just steps away from the market.
There was a ton of fantastic produce and all kinds of locally made products. My parents loved all the chilies and how the vendors fire roasted them right there. Needless to say, they took home a few bags of the good stuff.
SITE Santa Fe: very cool contemporary art space by the railyard.
With our flights just a few hours away and having to drive an hour to the Albuquerque airport meant an early lunch. I had originally made reservations at The Compound but decided to go to The Shed for our last meal in New Mexico. We had a fantastic New Mexican lunch to send us off on a great note. Carne adovada with amazing red chili, enchilada plate with Christmas (both red and green chilies, pictured below), green chili stew, chile con carne,.. we went all out!
It wasn’t until after lunch on our drive back to ABQ that I learned of our flight being canceled. It was just a tad bit stressful trying to re-book everything and the night we spent in Dallas (it was 100+ degrees at midnight!) was entirely forgettable, but I look at it as part of the adventure. I LOVED IT ALL. I left New Mexico thinking there is so much left to do and see there. I truly hope to return again one day soon.
Loretto Chapel: 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM; Open 9AM to 6PM
Santa Fe Farmer’s Market: Saturdays 7AM to noon @ the Railyard (get there early for better parking options); 1607 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM
SITE: 1606 Paseo De Peralta Santa Fe, NM
The Shed: 113 E. Palace Ave., Santa Fe, NM. RED CHILI!
Still left to see/do/explore/check out/eat.. next time
Restaurants: El Parasol (1833 Cerrillos Rd Santa Fe); Restaurant Martin (526 Galisteo Santa Fe), The Compound (526 Galisteo Santa Fe), Café Pasqual’s (121 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe), Five and Dime General Store (Frito Pie! 58 E. San Francisco St, Santa Fe), Canitas or tamales from a street vendor on the plaza, Santa Café (231 Washington Ave, Santa Fe), Harry’s Roadhouse (96 Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe)