Free Valentine’s Day Airfare!

Free Valentine’s Day Airfare!

The Iceland-based airline WOW Air is offering free airfare to
Reykjavik for anyone with the name “Valentine” in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

That’s right, if your first or last name is Valentine you are eligible for free round-trip tickets for yourself and another person according to WOW Air’s website. You must depart from Boston, Washington (BWI), New York (Newark) or Detroit and travel between Feb. 10 and Feb. 19, 2019. Flights must be booked before Feb. 14 2019. To redeem the offer, passengers need to send a picture of their passport and booking reference to WOW Air.

If you are not named Valentine, you can currently score 30% off flights with any name.

If your valentine is used to the finer things in life, I would keep in mind that WOW Air is a bare-bones budget airline. Service is minimal and there are fees for everything from checked bags to onboard dining. Confirm all information with WOW Air before booking.

Winter 2019 Armchair Travel Guide

Winter 2019 Armchair Travel Guide

The winter blues haven’t quite set in here, but with no trips planned I’m getting a little bit itchy to jet off somewhere. My husband has a big work project taking up his time for the next few months and I need to find a new job (travel doesn’t pay for itself after all!), so we are tethered to NYC. I’m escaping our living room through these great books.

Paris to the Past by Ina Caro This is one of my all-time favorite travel books. It’s not quite a travel guide, nor is it a history book. It’s the most wonderful combination of both. Caro explores 25 day trips you can take by train from central Paris and weaves in French history along the way. It’s delightful instead of dry, and because each chapter is a single journey you can dip in and out as time allows – or depending on where you’d like to travel. She covers the Middle Ages through the Restoration and all of the big figures from Joan of Arc to Marie Antoinette to Napoleon. Caro is unbelievably knowledgeable, but she never talks down to the reader. It’s her passion for France’s history that drives you forward and makes you long to head to Gare Saint-Lazare and book a train ticket.

Italian Ways by Tim Parks I have been recommending this casually-paced read to everyone I know who is going to Italy. Parks uses his train journey from the top of Italy to its boot as a way to examine what makes Italy so very Italian. Along the way he tries to answer the question “Is Italy part of the modern world, or not?”. Like any great adventure by train the journey is just as much a part of the trip as is the destination. As you’re reading you’ll really feel like you are part of Italy. You’ll share the ride with, conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, scholars and lovers, and gypsies. There’s plenty of strong coffee and epic monuments to keep the pages turning, so step aboard and discover the essence of Italian life.

French by Heart Rebecca Ramsey This memoir is a typical fish-out-of-water story like so many others before it, but I love this book because unlike others of its kind it isn’t set in sunny Provence or the storybook France we all love. It’s plunked right down in the suburbs of Clermont-Ferrand. Think fewer grand castles and more car dealerships. The author is also a bit of a pill when it comes to life in France. She’s mostly only there because her husband accepted a job transfer. For Ramsey France and its people are something to be overcome, a task to check off a busy mom’s ever-expanding checklist. Have I sold you on it yet? The true heart here is the Ramsey’s very nosey neighbor Madame Mallet. She judges, she scolds, she is relentless in her pursuit of getting this very American family to do things the French way and I immediately want her to take me under her wing, bake me madeleines and clue me in on what it means to be French. Unfortunately, the author isn’t as charmed by her and I think she really missed an opportunity – but it is her loss and our gain. French by Heart is ultimately charming and light, the perfect book to escape into another life for a few days.

Rosé en Marche Jaime Ivey Save my last pic for a snowed in weekend. Ivy’s memoir of selling wine at the daily markets in Provence has all of the goods a Francophile craves. There’s sunshine, Saint Remy de Provence, rosé and oh so much more. While slightly too breezy, the real fascination for me here was discovering what it is like to work at, or have your livelihood depend on, the weekly markets I love so much when I am in Saint Remy. I can’t be the only one who has thought of chucking it all in for a life selling country goods to rich tourists. As is usually the case, the dream is much better than the reality. It’s nearly impossible to go up against the locals to secure a good market spot and there are plenty of challenges to overcome while living the good life in the South of France. Thankfully Ivey and his wife have a very good sense of humor and there are plenty of laughs throughout the book.

If you’re reading any great travel books send your recommendations our way!

Two of the World’s Largest Rosé Festivals Will Take Place in NYC this Spring

Two of the World’s Largest Rosé Festivals Will Take Place in NYC this Spring

New York City is in the pink this spring and summer with two massive festivals celebrating rosé wine.

Our favorite, the La Nuit en Rosé Festival will take place on May 18th and 19th. Over 5,000 guests will celebrate the festival’s 5th anniversary during 3 sailings aboard the yacht Hornblower Infinity.

The vibe on board is casually chic and the $125 tickets include unlimited tastings of 100 rosé wines during the 3-hour event – which also includes a 2-hour cruise along the Hudson River. There’s also a DJ and dance floor, a photo booth, and a few food stations scattered around the yacht’s decks. The wines featured come from around the globe and range from the high-end to the low, but mostly fall into the $20-40 bottle range. Last year we fell in love with the rosés from Corsica. Representatives from the wineries are on hand to answer questions and talk about their wines. $225 VIP tickets are also offered and they add an hour of wine tasting before general admission ticket holders are allowed to board the yacht. They also grant access to a large VIP lounge with extra food stations, as well as seating and premium rosé tastings.

We’ve been to La Nuit en Rosé every year and have always had a great time – it’s one of our top events of the spring. Hopefully we’ll see some of you aboard this year. Tickets can be purchased here https://nuitrose.com/

Pinknic, taking place on 6/30 & 7/1, takes the rosé festivities to Governor’s Island. This epic wine fest brings thousands of revelers dressed in mandatory pink or white to the ultimate garden party. The $95 tickets include lawn seating on pink blankets, access to an all-day music fest and a pinknic tote, plus evening fireworks. There’s also a cash bar, a food court and a ferris wheel. Upgraded tickets ($215+) include access to a private garden lounge with hammocks, VIP bathrooms, VIP food tents, a VIP bar and free ferris wheel rides. Additional upgrades for $300+ include access to a swimming pool and preferred seating for the music fest.

If you really want to splash out and have deep pockets, for $5,000 you can rent a VIP pool-side cabana for 10 guests. Cabanas include 3L of Whispering Angel rosé, 3L of rosé Champagne and access to all VIP areas. Table service is offered for an upcharge.

Tickets can be purchased here https://pinknic.com/

Our Favorite Markets in the South of France

Our Favorite Markets in the South of France

There is nothing we like more than spending the morning shopping at a French market. The markets in the South of France are especially remarkable as you stroll among old town centers in the sunshine picking up the makings for a countryside picnic or dinner on the terrace.

Here are our top spots and our favorite finds at each place.

L’Isle sur la Sorgue – The Sunday market is one of the biggest in Provence. Stall holders pleasantly line the Sorgue river and wind their way throughout L’Isle sur la Sorgue’s old town. The market includes a decent sized brocante (flea market). You can find everything Provençal here, but we especially love picking up table cloths, kitchen towels and fragrant bars of Savon de Marseille. Make sure to be on the lookout for jars of tapenade as well. They make wonderful gifts to take home and the sellers are generous with samples.  The tapenade vendors are usually located along Quai Jean Jaures near Rue Joseph Roumanille. Getting to the market early is a must, as it is incredibly popular and don’t forget to bring along a bag or two in order to carry all of your treats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – Stalls are packed into the old town and on the Place de la République during this Wednesday market. The grand affair fits well into the upscale village of Saint Rémy. There are many opportunities for photos of flower-covered walls and charming shop-lined streets. Local farmers dominate the choice spots, and this is a great spot to pick up some freshly-made goat cheese, as well as olive oil from the local mill, Moulin du Calanquet. The market offers a good mix of tourists and locals picking up their weekly supplies. 

Antibes – We are big fans of wandering around Antibes and luckily the market, set in a covered hall, is open nearly every day. It closes on Monday during the off season. While you can snag farm-fresh goodies every day, we prefer to go on Thursdays when there is also a small antique market on place Audiberti and along Boulevard d’Aguillon. We always pick up spices, especially brightly-colored sachets of lavender, and homemade tapenade when we are in town. The market also features local honeys, an amazing selection of cheeses and lots of fruit. There is also a fun clothing market on Thursdays located on place Amiral Barnaud. In addition to clothing, you can usually score sheets, bed covers and kitchen linens.

 

 

 

 

 

Cannes – On  first glance the covered Marché Forville (open daily except Sundays) along Rue Félix Faure isn’t very impressive. In fact, with its utter lack of charm, we were really disappointed on our first visit. However, after many long visits to Cannes, we’ve discovered that it holds quite a few things that make it extra special. This is truly a locals’ market with almost no touristy ticky-tack for sale. Here you will bump elbows (more likely you’ll be elbowed!) by well-heeled grandmas pulling overflowing shopping trolleys. This is the market we hit up for gorgeous, cheaply priced flowers to brighten our hotel or apartment. It’s also the only market where we have found the regional delicacy petit farci. Petit farci are little baked vegetables stuffed with breadcrumbs and sausage – and when they come freshly prepared from the market vendor, they are heaven-sent. We usually buy them from a woman selling out of plastic Tupperwear-style containers near the eastern edge of the market. It has been a year since we’ve been in Cannes, but we hope she is still in business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eygalières This normally sleepy village explodes with life on market day. The market here is tiny, but packed with all of the Provençal treats you’ve been dreaming about. The best part of this Friday event is people watching. You’ll see farmers mixing with young families and possibly even the odd celebrity. Hugh Grant has a house in town. This postcard-perfect village features ancient stone homes decorated with flower boxes, plus medieval ruins accessed by a lovely stroll through the town. We’ve found some amazing pottery here, as well as some very chic beach blankets. We also often pick up olive wood kitchen accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lourmarin – This tiny pocket of a village, set among vineyards and olive groves, is remarkable to visit on any day. A plane tree-lined street winds up to a compact center of stone buildings packed with several cafes, art galleries and stores selling high-end souvenirs to their posh clientele. It’s all overlooked by the village’s 15th-century chateau. Hiding under the chateau is a picturesque wine shop selling wonderful local rosé wines at great prices. The Friday market is surprisingly large for the size of the village. It sits under the plane trees just before the main village and follows the road up to the village’s center. We stop by for wonderfully handcrafted jams, honey and all things olive. 

Au Revoir Monsieur Mayle

Au Revoir Monsieur Mayle

We are saddened to learn Peter Mayle, author of A Year In Provence (6 million copies sold in 40 languages!), has passed away today. He was 78. Mayle was a lover of dogs, France and good food – and we aspire to live the good life similar to the way he did. His books caused legions of folks to fall in love with Provence and he was a recipient of the Légion d’Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions. If you haven’t read him before dive in with either A Year in Provence or French Lessons, an entertaining look at food, drink and culture in France. We also highly recommend Encore Provence and Toujours Provence for whiling away a weekend reading.

Travel With Us to Rosé Heaven – Maison des Vins Côtes de Provence

Travel With Us to Rosé Heaven – Maison des Vins Côtes de Provence

We like to enjoy wine – A LOT…and we really like to enjoy Rosé, particularly Côtes de Provence Rosé.

The Côtes de Provence region spans 84 towns and 51,000 acres in Southern France, and they make a whole lotta wine. 127 million bottles are produced annually – 89% of which are Rosé. All of those bottles come from 380 private cellars, 38 cooperative cellars and 78 trading companies. 

We’d love to swing by each and every cellar, but with limited vacation time it just isn’t possible. That’s why we head to the glorious Maison des Vins. About an hour’s drive from Cannes, off the A8 motorway, this temple to all things  Côtes de Provence is a must do for wine lovers.

The Maison features over 800 different wines from the region for sale at producer prices. The bulk of these are rosé with a few reds and whites thrown into the mix too. We recommend heading straight into the cellar on your arrival and taking a peek at the vast amounts of selections offered. Wines in the cellar are divided into 8 subregions (terroirs) and then sorted by type and producer. There are wicker baskets for you to shop with and you can pluck your top picks right off the shelves. The prices here are truly astounding in a good way and most bottles seem to average around 13 euro.

Upon entering if you make an immediate left you will enter the tasting room. Each week the Maison features 16 different wines to taste. Tastings are free and there is no pressure to buy. In fact, sadly, on our last visit the woman conducting our tasting couldn’t have been less interested in us or promoting the wines and it was a bit of a struggle to taste more than a few of the offerings. Don’t let one bad egg deter you from this experience, if you get a good worker, it is a real treat to learn about what makes one wine different from another. They advertise having tailored advice available in English, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.

The tasting room also sells a small selection of regional products made by local artisans including olive oil, jams and vinegars.

The Maison offers oneology (the study of wine and winemaking) classes every 2nd Saturday of the month. Classes are currently 45 euro a person and for an extra 10 euro some classes include food prepared by a local chef. All classes are in French.

If you’d like a more complete experience than wine tasting and shopping there is an onsite restaurant with a casually-chic covered patio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find the Maison des Vins:

Exit from the A8 highway at Le Muy then take the RDN7 road towards Vidauban, or exit from the A8 highway at Le Cannet des Maures then take the RDN7 road towards Le Muy
GPS: 43°26’45”N, 6°28’13”E

Phone +33 (0)4 94 99 50 20

Hours:

Open 7 days a week (We would call to check the hours for holidays as they are likely closed.)

From April 1st to September 30th: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. except Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

October 1st to March 31st: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shopping in Paris – 10 Favorites

Shopping in Paris – 10 Favorites

If you ever come across me in Paris, I will likely be carrying a shopping bag (or three). I’ve been known to take an empty suitcase with me for all of the extra goodies I’ll bring back home. No street will remain unplundered in my search for reminders of France. Here are 10 of my favorite spots not usually found in guidebooks.

  1. Graine de Pastel – 18 Rue Pavée, 75004 Paris, France – metro Saint-Paul

This serene shop decked out in cream and blues sells the most wonderful skincare products made from the pastel plant, which was famously used during the Renaissance for its valuable blue pigment. All of their products are made regionally near Toulouse, and the founders, Carole Garcia and Nathalie Juin, are committed to sustainable development, plus respecting the area’s biodiversity. I swear by their Organic Purifying Scrub. It is available for around $25. Sadly, they don’t ship to the United States.

2. La Tuile à Loup – 35 Rue Daubenton, 75005 Paris, France – metro Censier-Daubenton

Probably my favorite shop, La Tuile a Loup (the Tile Wolf) has been in business for over 40 years. It’s cozy interior features all manner of handmade pottery crafted by French artisans from across the country. Products range from colorful café au lait bowls, to plates decorated with lively geese, to mammoth tureens topped by rustic rabbits. The prices here run about as high as a kiln’s temperature, but once you hold one of their plates in your hand you’ll be forever hooked. Bonus! They offer worldwide shipping.

3. La Maison du Savon de Marseille – 17 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, France – metro Hôtel de Ville

This is the only soap I will use and it is annoyingly hard to find in the US. This chain of 30 franchised boutiques sells over 1.2 million bars of soap a year. I can see why, they have over 200 fragrances, are 100% made in France, they only use perfumes from Grasse to scent their soaps, and they feature no animal products. They also make an affordable gift.

4. Linvosges – 33 Rue Saint-Placide, 75006 Paris, France – metro Rennes

Linvosges has been making quality linens and fabrics since 1923 in the heart of the Vosges Mountains. Their bedding and bath products are surprisingly affordable – especially if you can catch them on sale. Their sheets and towels range from grandma-frilly to urban-masculine, and I hope to one day have a closet stocked to the top with them. Remember to measure your bed in metrics before leaving as the sizes do not run in Twin, Queen, King as they do in the US, rather they are in centimeters. They do deliver to the states, but the delivery fee starts at $50.

5. Bougies De Charroux – 65 Rue d’Argout 75002 Paris, France – metro Sentier

This simple shop offers charming candles in jam jars. They are handmade in Charroux – a village in central France close to Vichy. Priced around $12, they make affordable gifts (or gifts for yourself!). The candles feature iconic scents from Grasse. My favorites are Orange Peel and Citrus.

6. Pierre Talamon – 15 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris, France – metro Hôtel de Ville

This chic shop in Le Marais is one of the few places I’ve found that sells wonderfully made menswear directly from an independent French designer. The pieces aren’t one of a kind, but they are of limited production. Many items are made in France and the store also offers custom orders. The prices will cost you more than H&M, but for the quality they are well worth what you will pay.

7. Faye – 76 Avenue Paul Doumer, 75116 Paris, France – metro La Muette

In business for over 20 years, this snug shop sells all things luxury gastronomie. Yes, you can get great specialty foods all over town, but what gets me in the door here is their wonderful selection of hard-to-find olive oils. I specifically go for Moulin de Calanquet’s award winning oils. This is the only place I’ve found them sold outside of Saint Remy de Provence.

8. Sources Vives Jerusalem – 10 Rue des Barres, 75004 Paris, France – metro Pont Marie

I’m not particularly religious, but this shop of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem is one of my go to spots for unique gifts, as well as fun treats for myself. In addition to religious items, they offer a great selection of jams, candies, honey and soaps – all made at monasteries around France. They do offer delivery, but it is costly.

9. Le Tanneur – 18 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France – metro Sèvres-Babylone

The most chain-style store on our list, Le Tanneur has 60 outlets across France and several in Paris. They’ve been making high-quality leather goods since 1898 and now offer classically styled pieces with modern touches. When I carry my Le Tanneur bag around NYC people always ask me where it came from. The shops have items for women and men. While I am partial to their bags, they also stock belts, wallets and other accessories. Belts are custom fitted in stores.

10. Mandarine – 25 Rue Saint-Paul, 75004 Paris, France – metro Saint-Paul

Part of the ultra-quaint Le Village Saint-Paul antique zone, this stylish shop is where to go when you are looking for something a little quirky, but still elegant. The owner Patrice Pellet specializes in art deco and the store is filled with shiny, streamlined objects. My favorites are the lamps featuring dancing nymphs or playful animals. (don’t be scared of buying lamps in France – it is easy and cheap to get them rewired at your local hardware store.) There are also larger pieces (think desks and tables) and a nice assortment of tableware. The prices are Parisian, but I’ve seen a lot of things here I have never come across elsewhere.

Well, those are my favorite places to poke around during a few days in Paris – let me know what your favorites are in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

Escape the cold with these great fares to fun in the sun.

Escape the cold with these great fares to fun in the sun.

Are you as tired of the cold weather as we are? Thankfully escape is near. We’ve found lots of ultra-low airfares happening over the next two months. Don’t wait to book – the fares will disappear quickly. We’ve already seen a few rise from this morning to this afternoon. All fares listed were found online and bookable by us. They are all roundtrip.

Current temp in New York City 29 – Miami 76

Head to MIA most of February and a few dates in March for $81 roundtrip on United from EWR. For a few bucks more you can jet out on Delta with $148 tickets.

 

Current temp in Detroit 12 – Orlando 77

Spirit is offering $134 trips and other deals to the sunshine state abound from DTW. We also uncovered a few $100 flights to Houston where it isn’t warm at 42, but it is snow free.

Current temp in Cleveland 13 – Fort Lauderdale 75

While these $74 flights are on our least favorite carrier of all time, Allegiant, you really can’t beat the price. Cleveland had some of the best prices to all the Florida beach spots out of all the locations we checked if you book a 7 day trip.

Current temp in Pittsburgh 15 – Fort Meyers 82

Our friends in the Steel City can score a great deal on Spirit with fares to Fort Meyers for $93. They are extra lucky as these special fares start as early as January 5th – the earliest bargain departure we found after the holidays.

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Sadly not as cheap as NYC departures, but at $154 roundtrip on American a quick trip to the beach is still worth it. Boston takes a double hit as they had the fewest warm weather destinations with under $200 tickets.

We couldn’t possibly list all cities with temps below freezing, but don’t think you can’t flee the cold if your hometown isn’t listed. We came across amazing deals from almost every cold weather city in the North and East Coast.

Your Perfect Weekend: Santa Fe

Your Perfect Weekend: Santa Fe

Founded by Spanish colonists in 1610 and a legendary trading center for centuries, Santa Fe offers a great mix of culture, art, dining and adventure for a fun weekend getaway. It’s a little over an hour’s drive from Albuquerque, or about an hour’s flight from Denver and/or Phoenix.

Stay: Hotel Santa Fe – Hacienda & Spa – 1501 Paseo de Peralta

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hotel Santa Fe is the only Native American-owned hotel in downtown Santa Fe, and it is packed with Native American art and artifacts. Rooms are cozy and plush, with unobtrusive Indigenous-American décor and warm wood accents. Upgraded options offer fireplaces and/or separate living areas. We recommend rooms in the “Hacienda” which include daily breakfast, butler service, and a lively evening reception with free wine and snacks. Other hotel perks include a seasonal outdoor pool, a hot tub and a spa, plus 3-acres of gardens. There’s also a restaurant with a little bar and a fireplace adjacent to the lobby. The whole property is casually-chic and very very comfortable.

Day 1:

Spend the day exploring downtown. The hotel has an easy complimentary shuttle offering trips to/from within a mile of the property. Downtown Santa Fe has a seemingly never-ending supply of shops selling all types of leather goods, pottery, silver, rugs and jewelry. Some of our top picks include:

  • Susan’s Christmas Shop 115 E. Palace Ave. – located in the same plaza as the iconic Shed restaurant.
    This wonderful cubbyhole of a shop offers an amazing selection of ornaments for your Christmas tree including some locally crafted items.
  • Rainbow Man 107 E. Palace Ave. – A little funkier than other shops with native goods – and for us, that’s a good thing. It also has antiques, rugs and pottery.
  • Wind River Trading Company 113 E. San Francisco St. In business for over 40 years and the largest Native American jewelry store in town. You can also buy art, rugs, leather goods and just about anything else Southwestern here too.

Be sure to stop for a break in the quaint 400-year-old Santa Fe Plaza. It’s the perfect spot to people watch and have a snack while enjoying the outdoors. There are frequent markets and events here as well. http://santafe.org has a list of current events in the plaza.

After you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped head to the grand hotel La Fonda on the Plaza (100 E. San Francisco St.) and grab a drink at their rooftop bar or the elegant lobby bar. Keep in mind that Santa Fe is 7,000 feet above sea level and the elevation can cause the uninitiated to have adverse reactions – no overdoing it until you’ve acclimated.

If you have time, you can walk a quick block from La Fonda to the 19th-century Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi or make the 6-minute walk to the Georgia O’Keeffe museum, keeping in mind the museum closes at 5pm. (full disclosure O’Keeffe is not one of our favorite artists and we skipped the museum and live to tell about it.)

For dinner skip the craziness of dining downtown for the slightly less touristy Casa Chimayo – 409 W. Water St. It gets packed so be sure to snag a reservation. The food is New Mexican, spicy and very good. Expect a lively bar scene and an extra-casual environment (we ate in a gigantic plastic tent attached to the main dining room one evening). Coming from NYC we found dining in Santa Fe problematic. Every place closes early compared to New York and last seatings can be as early as 7:30. We can’t stress the importance of reservations and calling in advance for the restaurant’s current hours.

Day 2:

Get a late start with brunch at La Casa Sena. This upscale restaurant in a converted 1868 adobe home features elevated New Mexican cuisine in an intimate dining room with a romantic central fireplace. There’s also a charming garden with a large bar where we’d love to spend the afternoon drinking endless glasses of rosé.

Work off those brunch calories with a leisurely 8-minute walk to Canyon Road (our all-time Santa Fe favorite thing to do). Canyon Road is an approximately 1-mile chestnut-tree-lined street filled with art galleries, boutiques and a few restaurants. You can spend the entire afternoon stopping into galleries, chatting with the dealers and checking out some amazing artwork. Galleries, many in elegant converted homes, offer everything from antique works to contemporary pieces. If you want a Western-themed painting this is the place to come, although you can also find plenty of non-Western things too. If you are in the mood for buying, I hope you saved your pennies, while there are items in every price range most things start around $1,000 and move up quickly from there. Don’t let affordability stop you from enjoying the afternoon however, plenty of people are just looking and no one is particularly pushy when it comes to selling.

Our picks include:

Reflection Gallery 201 Canyon Rd. – Specializing in original works of impressionism and realism, this gallery is a great introduction to Canyon Road. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy a chat with the owner you’ll be treated to lots of knowledge of the artists represented at the gallery and maybe even some local insights.

McLarry Fine Art 225 Canyon Road – For over 30 years Chris McLarry has sourced artwork for prominent collectors. His gallery features some magnificent Western landscapes and Native American artwork.

Leslie Flynt 225 Canyon Rd. – across the driveway from McLarry Fine Art, this is one of our favorite shops in Santa Fe. Featuring colorful housewares and a huge array of eclectic gifts, we wouldn’t miss this ultra-charming boutique while we’re in town.

Cafe des Artiste 223 Canyon Rd. – If the weather is nice, this is the perfect spot to stop and have a snack and a glass of wine. They offer an outdoor bar overlooking the galleries lining the street.

After an afternoon of gallery hopping we looked forward to heading back to the hotel for some time in the spa and dinner by the fireplace, and expect you will as well. If you still have time to fill we also recommend:

Palace of the Governors – Native people sell jewelry in front of the former government building across the street from Santa Fe Plaza’s park.

Meow Wolf– 1352 Rufina Circle – an immersive art experience featuring a multidimensional mystery house with secret passages, climbing apparatus and a children’s learning center.

Museum of International Folk Art 706 Camino Lejo – an 80,000 sq. ft. space dedicated to global folk art.

We hope you’ll love your journey to Santa Fe. If you have any Santa Fe tips for our travelers, please leave them in the comments below.