I’m pretty proud of my girlfriends and myself. For the second time this year we managed to plan a weekend away and meet up, this time in New Mexico, for a girls trip of inspiration, debauchery, bonding, relaxation and ‘us’ time. Most of us have been friends for twenty years. And most of us are working moms. Many of us run our own businesses and getting away is not easy for any of us but so (SO!) necessary.
Before this trip I hadn’t spent too much time in New Mexico. I was there with Dabito (in Las Cruzes) to shoot the New Bohemians a few years back, but hadn’t spent time in Santa Fe since I was a child — and WOW!!! What a magical place.
We stayed at Ojo Caliente–hot springs about an hour from Sante Fe. We got one room and one house to accommodate us seven women, two nursing infants and one grandma who altruistically came along to help with the little ones. I would recommend this resort. It was quite affordable considering all the hot springs (and there are about ten different kinds of pools and mud baths and such) was included with the room cost. The restaurant was also very tasty, and the staff all helpful. It was the perfect place to land for a weekend like this.
On Saturday, we headed into Santa Fe for the Indian Market, which is an annual occurrence. It was more of an open-air art show than a ‘flea market’ per say, but it was fun to peruse all the arts and handicrafts. I bought a Hopi kachina doll and gleaned a lot of inspiration.
After shopping in Santa Fe we hopped in our rental car and headed to Abiquiu, where Georgia O’Keeffe’s home is. (If you’re interested in visiting her home you must get tickets in advance). It was so incredibly inspiring to see where and how she lived. It was a total highlight of the trip. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to photograph inside the home (total bummer) but if you google it there are plenty of photos if you want to see what the inside was like. One of the most inspiring aspects was hearing from our tour guide that she stumbled upon the land and the home and then fought for it and waited ten years to get it from the government before being able to purchase it. Talk about tenacity.
After visiting her home we drove another 15 minutes up to Ghost Ranch, where her other home was. That home isn’t open to the public currently but from there, you can see the breathtaking views of the ‘mesas’ and lanscapes that are so often seen in her work.
Then on Sunday, most of my friends left back to their respective coasts but I stayed until the evening so that I could spend some time at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum as well as the Museum of International Folk Art. The O’Keeffe museum was a bit underwhelming after having visited her home(s). Many of her more well-known works are at other, larger museums, but it was still fun to see just how prolific she was and to see her works after visiting her intimate space. The Folk Art Museum was another highlight for me. Y’all know how I feel about folk art, and seeing Alexander Girard’s personal collection was a bucket listed thing for me. I could have spent days in there. I also hit up the Santa Fe flea market at Buffalo Thunder — which was very quaint. I may have had a better experience if I hadn’t been yelled at (very rudely) for taking photos. (Oops #BloggerProblems).
at the Indian Market in Santa Fe
Between hanging with my friends, the hot springs, the orange-y earth tones of New Mexico and all-around gorgeous landscape and all that art, it was the perfect weekend trip getaway to get re-inspired and reinvigorated.