While we were still in Texas, we still had no idea where we were staying when we arrived in Santa Fe on Friday, October 28. We had intended to camp but after seeing light snow in the forecast for the desert, we decided to look for a hotel. We hit up Groupon Getaways to see if any Santa Fe hotels were listed and, lo and behold, an amazing deal was found. The Lodge at Santa Fe was listed as a $112 deal (from $232) for a deluxe suite room and included a bottle of red or white wine, museum passes and restaurant coupons. Luckily, they had availability for Friday night and we booked it immediately.
The city of Santa Fe appeared as if a desert mirage. One minute we were driving through the canyon passes, surrounded by boulders, sand and cacti, and the next we were seeing stucco buildings and homes built into the hills as if they were floating above the tree line.
The Lodge was located on a small hill close to the Sangre de Cristo mountains, where the setting sun often shines a brilliant blood-red as it sinks below the mountain line. Our room was comfortable and beautifully decorated with authentic Southwestern decor, and with a bottle of Merlot and some light music on the balcony in the late afternoon sun, we felt right at home.
Before dinner, we drove 2 miles to the Santa Fe Plaza, an area packed with shops, art galleries and restaurants. In a bead & jewelry shop, Ritual Adornments, Austin and I made memento bracelets from wooden and plastic skull beads, each hand carved or painted.
After the Plaza, we went back and ate enormous helpings of Mexican food from the hotel restaurant and, leaving in food comas, walked to our room and fell asleep by 8:30 p.m.