Our Top Three New Mexico Picks
You could live in New Mexico for a life time and barely scratch the surface of all this amazing state has to offer. If you have a week or less, that makes a destination choice even more difficult! We’ve narrowed down three of our favorite New Mexico haunts.
Abiquiu + Ghost Ranch
The views surrounding this peaceful village should be enough to lure you, however, the opportunities for artistic and cultural inspiration abound. Understand what lured Georgia O’Keeffe herself and visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum along with a behind the scenes tour of her home and studio. Make sure to take time to wander and explore the landscapes at Ghost Ranch that captured O’Keeffe’s heart.
As soon as I saw it, I knew I must have it,” said Georgia O’Keeffe of the simple adobe house at Ghost Ranch, her first residence in her beloved New Mexico. O’Keeffe first stayed at the 21,000-acre dude ranch in 1934, captivated by the piercing sunlight, expansive skies and stark beauty of the high-desert landscape that have long attracted artists to the region.
Artists have been inspired by and coming to Taos since 1898! Is it the light…the landscapes…the people.. the architecture… let us know what inspires you!
A few fun facts about this fascinating town:
1898: Artists Bert Phillips and Ernest Blumenschein stop to have a broken wagon wheel repaired, become enchanted with Taos and decide to stay. This event starts an immigration of artists that continues today.
1917: Socialite Mabel Dodge Luhan arrives and eventually brings to Taos creative luminaries such as Ansel Adams, Willa Cather, Aldous Huxley, Carl Jung, D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Thornton Wilder and Thomas Wolfe.
1955: Ernie and Rhoda Blake open Taos Ski Valley. The first lift goes up Al’s Run for 300 vertical feet and is 1,000 feet long.
1965: The second highest suspension bridge in the U.S. highway system is built spanning the Rio Grande Gorge. It is called the “bridge to nowhere” while it is being built, because the funding does not exist to continue the road on the other side.
1960s & 1970s: Taos is quite the hippie hang out. Many of the hippies stay and become part of the lively modern cultural scene of Taos.
In 1970, the U.S. government returns sacred Blue Lake to Taos Pueblo in a landmark decision.
Today, Taos offers museums, studio visits, galleries, classes and workshops year round. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in creativity and inspiration!
Welcome to City Different! Santa Fe has it all: skiing, spas, exquisite dining from a variety of cultures, beautiful views, museums, architecture, unique boutiques and cafes. However, we love the markets! There are a number of excellent markets to check out while you’re in Santa Fe, but don’t miss the Indian Market. With over 1000 artists representing over 100 tribes, you’ll find the perfect piece of art to take home to recall your New Mexico journey and start making plans to come back!
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Do you have a favorite New Mexico destination? We’d love to hear all about it! Leave a comment below or contact us! The spots we have featured are our favorite for a reason; we’ll be headed to all three with India Flint in May and October 2017. Check out our itinerary for our workshops here!