Hi there Darlings,
Many people ask me "what are some of your favorite places to go when visiting New Mexico?"
As a 5th Generation New Mexican, The Land of Enchantment is a part of me and lives deep inside my soul. Spending time there with family and friends is what centers me and inspires our brand Hand Meets Sky. There is an unmistakable feeling that touches you while in this place. The skies, the warm summer rains mixed with the fragrance of nature, the light of a pink and purple sunset. You simply must experience it to truly understand its magic. There is a reason why Georgia O'Keeffe and countless other artists have made this place their sanctuary and muse. I consider myself unbelievably fortunate to be from here and to have such a rich family history connected to this Land. It is these places and experiences that I collect mindfully to inspire and create the vision that is Hand Meets Sky.
There are countless places that I can list as my favorites but here are just a handful.
The Frontier- (Albuquerque) No Fuss, Delicious Food, fresh homemade flour tortillas. Side note you can take a warm dozen home with you. Breakfast all day and an absolute staple. Personal favorite is western style hash browns (hash browns smothered in green chile and cheese)
Modern General- (Albuquerque and Santa Fe) Cutest little place with fresh food, healthy juices, books and a wonderfully curated general store.
Little Bear Coffee- (Albuquerque) Tasty coffee with a great and welcoming vibe.
El Farol- (Santa Fe) Spanish tapas on Canyon Rd. Great drinks. The New York Times calls this one of the best bars on earth. My cousin Vincent Griego has a residency here every summer singing (cante) Flamenco music and traditional Flamenco Dancers perform. It's the best of fun, Ole!
La Choza- (Santa Fe) Recently introduced to us by a family friend. (Thanks Moi!) Sister restaurant to the world famous The Shed, an all time favorite. We can't go without ordering the Blue Corn Chicken Enchiladas with red chile. Order it with a fried egg on top like the locals do.
The Compound- (Santa Fe) In the earlier part of the 20th century, when Santa Fe was far away from the rest of the world, movie stars, industrialists, and socialites visited, where they enjoy a secluded getaway. Eventually, Will and Barbara Houghton acquired the main house and converted it into a restaurant. It was their decision to bring in designer Alexander Girard, who gave The Compound Restaurant its distinctive look. Girard is best remembered locally for The Compound Restaurant design and his generous donation of more than 106,000 pieces to Santa Fe’s International Folk Art Museum. This was a favorite "date spot" for my parents in the late 60's.
...which leads us to Places to Spend a Thoughtful Afternoon:
Museum of International Folk Art- (Santa Fe) Alexander Girard Exhibit currently running until end of October. A must see.
Santa Fe Vintage- (Santa Fe) If you love vintage clothing and artifacts or just want some inspiration, be sure to stop here. It's pure perfection.
El Rey Court- (Santa Fe) If you're looking for an overnight stay or a pit stop for a cocktail away from the plaza, head over to this charming spot. A re imagined adobe brick roadside motor court established in 1936. Sip a drink at La Reina, "where fast lives slow down". Need we say more.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum- (Santa Fe) The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe, her life, American Modernism and she is one of our forever muses.
Ojo Caliente- (just outside Santa Fe) Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa is a unique resort destination in northern New Mexico, offering authentic guest experiences that have been healing mind, body and spirit naturally for centuries.
...I could go on and on but these are just a few special places to start with. I hope you find yourself there one day and experience the magic.
"A week ago it was the mountains I thought the most wonderful, and today it's the plains. I guess it's the feeling of bigness in both that carries me away."
- Georgia O'Keeffe