Desert Alchemy: My New Mexico getaway

 Ghost Ranch scene from Casablanca Digital Media

Ghost Ranch scene from Casablanca Digital Media

After years of dreaming about New Mexico, I finally had the chance to visit this magical place.  With my mom as my travel companion, I spent five days in the Santa Fe area, then drove north to Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted for many years.  The southwestern aesthetic fits so well with my style- I definitely felt echoes of the Decay Collection in the colors and textures of the desert and am already planning to go back for more inspiration!

Here is a recap of some of my favorite finds:

Canyon Road, Santa Fe : We spent a day gallery hopping and shopping on this picturesque street.  Check out...

  • Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary Art Gallery - I especially loved the rich, layered works of Martha Rea Baker
  • Silver Sun - Santa Fe has no shortage of shops with turquoise jewelry, but this one stood out for its selection of quality pieces and knowledgeable staff.  I scored an etched sterling silver and turquoise ring and a Zuni-made inlay necklace.
  • Santa Kilim - This family-owned business sources antiques from around the world, and most notably, have a HUGE collection of gorgeous rugs.  Ask to see the basement….you’ll be rewarded with 3 rooms full of neatly stacked handmade rugs in a dazzling array of colors and designs.
  • Morning Star Gallery - A historic building showcasing cultural artifacts from fifty Native American tribes, plus work from contemporary artists.  I was drawn to the cyanotype photography of David Ezziddine, and the Native American hand woven textiles and pottery.
  • The Teahouse - I’m a tea fanatic and this place did not disappoint with its lengthy tea list (I love spicy teas so went with the Stimulating Ayurvedic blend), healthy lunch options, and a peaceful outdoor space to rest your feet and recharge.

Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe :  Small but excellently curated, this museum shows the evolution of O’Keefe’s work through various mediums and the different stages of the artist’s life.  If you have an extra day, it is worth driving north to visit her home and studio in Abiquiu, then stop by Ghost Ranch to check out the landscapes that inspired her.  

Gabriel’s : this Southwestern style restaurant is casual and fun, and makes some of the best table side guacamole I’ve tasted (they use a large spoon and whisk to make it super creamy- genius!), and delicious jalapeño margaritas.  Guac + margaritas + fish tacos = my idea of a perfect meal, and this place does it right!

Taos: An easy day trip from Santa Fe, worth going for the scenic drive and for the rich culture and arts scene.

  • Taos Pueblo - adobe structures built over 1000 years ago by Native American communities.  Some of their families still live there today, and you can visit their homes and shops.  Tip: Before you go, read Mabel Dodge Luhan’s memoir Edge of Taos Desert.
  • Common Thread Textiles - A textiles lovers dream!  I could have spent hours purusing their selection of textiles from local and international artisans.  
  • Ortenstone Gallery - This Bent Street gallery showcases the work of a few local artists.  I loved the color palettes and energy of some of Nancy Ortenstone's original work, especially this one.


Been to New Mexico?  Feel free to share your favorite spots in the comments section!  


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