Pancakes on the Plaza

Although Independence Day has come and gone, I’d like to share what’s been happening in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the past 43 years. Yes, 43 years! Pancakes on Plaza on Fourth of July. This fun-filled annual summer event put on by the Rotary Club of Santa Fe is not only popular with local Santa…

Wild West Wagon Trail

In 1821, with Mexico’s independence from Spain, a vital trading route was established between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Coming to be known as the Santa Fe Trail, this only thoroughfare out to the Wild West was America’s first commercial highway west of the Mississippi River, stretching 900 miles across Kansas, the Great…

Decolores

Summer in Santa Fe is all about colores, colors. A rich palette simmering in every event across the “City Different.” This dazzling rainbow of hues arches over the streets, sidewalks, and adobe buildings in all its splendor; shining in the bustling markets, music festivals, world-class restaurants, cozy cafes, and eclectic crowds. It’s almost blinding; the…

Southwest Chief

Have you ever thought of exploring America’s western frontiers on railroad tracks? If the travel bug bites, why not ride the Southwest Chief from America’s Heartland to the Pacific Coast? 2,256 miles of spectacular scenery. That’s what one of my nephews did not long ago. Out of Chicago’s Union Station, riding across the wide-open plains…

Ancient Streaks of Red

Shaped over millions of years ago, rising amidst yellow-red sandstone cliffs, the Echo Amphitheatre in Northern New Mexico is quite a dramatic sight to behold. Towering over the dry desert landscape along Highway 84, about 15 miles north of Abiquiu and past the Ghost Ranch, these spectacular rock formations just take your breath away. According…

Stairway to Heaven

Do you believe in miracles? If you do, the Loretto Chapel in New Mexico’s capital city, Santa Fe needs to be on your bucket list. This gothic style chapel houses a helix-shaped spiral staircase that has been the stuff of legends ever since a mysterious carpenter built this Miraculous Staircase in 1877. The story goes…

Turquoise Trail

Believed to be an ancient path, the Turquoise Trail links New Mexico’s two major cities, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and travels through some of the most spectacular geological formations on Earth. Winding its way through the Ortiz Mountains south of Santa Fe, Highway 14  is one of those roads where    magic, history and natural…

Santa Fe, City Different

Santa Fe, New Mexico. City Different, so the slogan goes. And indeed, when strolling around the historic Plaza past the chic clothing and extravagant jewelry stores, one notices immediately the staggering difference to the world beyond this oldest capital city of the United States. Maybe it’s the dry desert air coming over the Sangre de…