Happy hump day, friends! I hope your week has been an easy one so far. I think I may have finally convinced Mr. SP to pull out just one of our Christmas trees this weekend, so I’m counting down the days! Once I had Little Miss on my side, he was powerless against us both! I love how excited she is for the season, too.
Although she did realize she’d be opening the daily Advent Calendar by herself this year, and that made us both a little sad. We’ll save decorating the sentimental Christmas tree for Thanksgiving Break, so we can all do it together.
I’m thinking about adding a tree to our new backyard patio since we spend so much time out there. How many trees is too many for a single house? Asking for a friend.
Today I’m excited to share snapshots from our trip to Santa Fe last week. We were there less than 24 hours, so it’s not a full Trip Report, but we still managed to find some incredible food and an amazing hotel!
Santa Fe sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills, and is renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture and an artist’s hotbed. Founded in 1610, it’s rooted in history and culture, with some of the best food you’ll find!
We took the quick 90-minute flight from Dallas to Albuquerque, then drove an hour to Santa Fe. You can fly directly to Santa Fe on several airlines, but we wanted to spend the final night of our trip in Albuquerque (more on that soon). Our trip looped Albuquerque to Santa Fe to Taos and back, so a rental car was definitely necessary, and an SUV was perfect for the winding, steep roads.
Sugarplum Travel Tip: Santa Fe sits high in elevation, over 7,000 feet, so if you’re sensitive to altitude like me, be prepared! I start taking aspirin a few days before departure and throughout the trip, and that partnered with lots of hydration helps me tremendously!
The Palace of the Governors
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
We awoke to freezing temps and the most beautiful snowstorm, so I was grateful for my quilted puffer coat!! It’s compact for travel, and is crazy-warm, especially considering it’s not overly thick and bulky! I only wished I had these gloves with me, too!
We wandered the picturesque downtown area, chock full of shops (Doodlets was my fave) and art galleries, then made our way to a late brunch at one of our fave spots of the entire trip, Cafe Pasquals. Soon after, the sun came out and it was a warm and stunning day!
Santa Fe Plaza area
Doodlets Toy Store & Gift Shop
Where We Ate in Santa Fe
Cafe Pasquals // Incredible breakfast in a charming and cozy little spot. They offer organic and locally-grown ingredients in a historic adobe, and it’s totally worth the wait! Order the corncake… don’t question the odd combination of ingredients, just eat it and thank me later. Seriously the top 2 dish we had of the entire trip!
La Plazuela Restaurant at La Fonda // Overflowing with ambiance, this beautiful spot is a New Mexico landmark. The food is mediocre, but worth a trip just to dine by the fountain under the twinkle lights. The margaritas and table-side guacamole are spot-on!
Where We Stayed in Santa Fe
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi Hotel // Located in the heart of the downtown Plaza area, shops, galleries and restaurants are all within easy walking distance. The hotel is an elegant Southwestern retreat that’s both cozy and luxurious, with dark corners, fireplaces, jars of warm cookies, and a super-friendly staff.
We had a king room with comfy bed and cozy sitting area with a fireplace. It feels historic, yet still updated.
What I Wore in Santa Fe
Santa Fe dress code is casual and cozy, and most everyone was wearing Patagonia jackets, sweaters, and beanies!
These high-waisted leggings are a new find, and I wore them almost daily on our trip!! They’re a thick Ponte knit with good stretch and structure, and a slimming ab-panel built in! Closer to a cropped pant than a legging, they’re cute with flats, sneakers, and boots.
This fleece top and sherpa jacket were perfect for travel, as well as cozy times curled up by the fireplaces. The pajama pants are warm and soft, and come in the cutest plaids!
It was a short stay before heading north to Taos, but long enough to know Santa Fe is a special place! It’s a great year-round destination with so much to see and do, even great skiing nearby. Is Santa Fe on your travel list? Where are some of your favorite long-weekend spots?
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*All photos taken on my iPhone and edited with Colorstory app. This post is created in collaboration with Nordstrom and ShopStyle, but all product selections, styling, and corncake addictions are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*