Santa Fe

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Ask anyone who has ever traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico and you’ll get the same response – It’s a dream come true.  My adventurous hubs, Clark, and I had the opportunity to travel to this lovely southwestern city in September and within hours of our arrival, it was easy to see that Santa Fe could have earned it’s state’s nickname – ‘the land of enchantment’ – all by itself.

This beautiful New Mexico city is both the oldest and highest capital city in the US. It’s  special in that the area is a gorgeous combination of both mountains and desert.  It’s population of approximately 70,000 residents, is small by comparison to other U.S. state capitals, but extremely rich in native American culture and history.

Santa Fe is known for its art scene, which is the 3rd largest in the U.S. by sales. It is home to the 20th century American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and the Georgia O’Keeffe museum where you can see her accomplished works.   You’ll find talented artists by the hundreds all around its charming downtown square, up and down the lovely boutique filled streets and especially on its famous Canyon Road which is dotted with one gallery after another.

This winsome city is nestled amidst the Sangre de Cristo mountains. This combined with the striking Adobe architecture makes for delightful and breathtaking sceneries.  It’s beauty surrounds you in every direction.

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With a large selection of amazing restaurants to choose from for dining, it’s no surprise that this city earns a top ranking among foodies.  Geronimo’s on Canyon Road is rated #1 among many of the locals and tourists alike as well as being named in the top 100 restaurants in the U.S.  It’s thick adobe walls, Kiva Fireplaces and wood beams which surround you make it warm and inviting. Executive Chef/Partner Eric DiStefano and Chef de Cusine Sllin Cruz create a wonderfully eclectic menu which changes seasonally.  Additionally, this Southwestern city’s food scene is probably best known for the fire-roasted green chili.  We were there at the peak of the chili season and saw it pop up on everything from your dinner rolls to the top of your cheeseburger and even on your breakfast burritos’ – a popular breakfast choice for locals.

Santa Fe’s beauty and endless list of activities makes it a top tourist destination in the U.S.  This fabulous city offers everything from hiking to museums as well as wine tours, shopping and art.  It has something for everyone and is a great destination for families.  I highly recommend that this ‘land of enchantment’ be put on everyone’s bucket list.

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A few things you should know about Breckenridge, Colorado

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I’ve lost my heart to Colorado! Breckenridge, and all of Summit County, to be exact.

After spending nearly 2 weeks in this beautiful state, my loyalty to remaining a city girl is wavering.  If you have never been to this Rocky Mountain State for a visit, run.  You will not be disappointed.  There is an over-abundance of things to do.  It has earned its Pikes Peak or Bust” slogan for good reason.  It’s one of the few destinations I’ve traveled to that is a fantastic place to visit regardless of season.  Whether it’s Summer, Winter, Spring or Fall – you’ll not be able to claim boredom in this phenomenal outdoor recreational haven.

A few things I love about Breckenridge

Here Comes the Sun – Breckenridge brings glorious sunshine, breathtaking blue skies, beautiful greenery in the summer and lots of soft fluffy powder for skiing & Snowboarding in the winter.  Breck  (as the town is affectionately referred to by locals) enjoys 300 inches of snowfall and 300 days of sunshine per year, creating the perfect playground for people of all ages.  So leave your S.A.D at home, pack your sunglasses & sunscreen and enjoy some time in this phenomenal outdoor recreational haven.

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The Great Divide – Breckenridge is divided into the North and South side. On the north side of the mountain you can find a more laid back crowd. This is where you’ll find more of the locals.  The South side of the mountain is made up of a more rowdy younger crowd.  The tourists flock here.  Between the North and South side of the mountain is where you can find the best shopping.

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Mustang Sally – Parking is free!!  Transportation between the small neighboring towns in the area is provided for free, also.  Whaaat??  It’s true!  If you want to get from point A to Point B in Breckenridge, don’t bring your wallet because the ride’s on them.  And if you are headed into town, it won’t cost you and arm and a leg to parallel park on the street or to leave your car in the nearest lot.  Again, Free!

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Rocky Mountain High – We all know that Denver is nicknamed the “Mile High City.” What you may not know is that Colorado is home to a total of 54 14ers! – (A mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet!!)  Folks from all walks of life travel to the beautiful, rocky mountain to challenge themselves physically by climbing to the top of those steep peaks. The elevation is high.  The air is thin and the weather can change quickly up there.  So if the idea of being on top of the world sounds good to you, plan ahead & be prepared to bag one of the Colorado 14ers.

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Sports and The City – Denver, which is a quick trip 81 miles East of Breck, is just one of a handful of U.S. cities that enjoys a representation of four major sports leagues of North America: Broncos (NFL), Nuggets (NBA), Rockies (MLB) and Avalanche (NHL) within the city limits.  Denver fans are fiercely loyal to their beloved teams!  So while in Denver,  grab a brew and a stool at one of the favorite local sports bars while visiting this diverse city and enjoy a day of cheering on one of these FAB teams!!

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If none of those facts grab you as good reasons to visit this Rocky Mountain state, then maybe a few of the reasons listed below will influence a visit  to this heavenly playground.

 

The Spa’s

The Altitude

The best jumps in the World

White Water Rafting

Biking

Skiing

Running

The Hiking

The Bars

The People

Hot-tubs

Shopping on Main Street

Historic District

Year Round Ice Skating

Golfing

Summer Music Scene

The Art District

The Wildlife

Fishing

Snowboarding

The Sheer Beauty and Majestic Scenery.


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