There’s nothing like a quick weekend getaway when you feel depleted. There’s just something about getting away, even for a couple days, that restores your body, mind and spirit. For me, it was desperately needed after losing my mom so unexpectedly. It was just a few months afterwards that my husband and I flew off to New Mexico for a couples getaway at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa in Santa Fe.
While I had been to New Mexico many times before (Taos, Albuquerque), I’d never spent any time in Santa Fe. We flew directly to Albuquerque then rented a car for the short drive up to Santa Fe, about an hour. On the way up north, we made a quick stop to visit the Petroglyph National Monument. This national park is definitely worth a few minutes to stop and walk around.
The further north we went, the desert paved the way towards more pueblo designs in architecture. Once inside the city limits of Santa Fe, the pueblo design was everywhere, including our home for the weekend, the Eldorado Hotel and Spa. The above photograph shows the hotel and our view from our room. Stunning. One could quickly see why New Mexico is called the land of enchantment.
The hotel was ideal and really set the stage for our weekend. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect setting and location, for though we drove to Santa Fe, we went everywhere on foot from the Eldorado. I’m not kidding. It’s just blocks away from everything.
A staircase and grand doors welcomed us to the Eldorado Hotel and Spa and into the beautiful lobby area. It was a wonderful setting for a couples getaway or girlfriends getaway – the spa is simply amazing. A couples massage with some food was just what the doctor ordered!
We had a lovely suite, southwestern style of course. This is only half of the room (and notice all the plugs on the side of that desk)!
The other half of the room, the sitting area, was set apart by the desk. It was here where I could have stayed for days. I could feel the knots in my neck start to soften a bit.
Our room had what is called a kiva fireplace, a native southwestern fireplace originally crafted from adobe, a Spanish term meaning mud bricks. You’ll find these are very common in Santa Fe. The kiva fireplace made the room cozy and I can only imagine what it would have been like if visiting in winter. Perfection!
At night, a surprise welcomed us…chocolate and a Navajo Indian prayer.
While most meals we enjoyed at various restaurants around town, there was one night we opted for the hotel restaurant, The Old House, and I’m glad we did.
The Old House combines contemporary world cuisine with old world southwestern charm. The ambiance is wonderful and a great date night whether you are staying at the hotel or not. Famous for its dry-aged rib eye steaks, there’s something for everyone.
It has been several years since our first visit to Santa Fe, and I’ll admit I’m ready to visit again. Santa Fe is a great destination and while I’m sure families have plenty of fun while visiting, this charming town is more for adults based on my experience. But then again, I’ve yet to visit with my daughter.
Stay tuned as I’ll share with you everything we did while in Santa Fe during our stay at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa…all within walking distance!
Have you ever visited Santa Fe?