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Trip Report Santa Fe Girls Trip

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Seven of us had a wonderful time in Santa Fe celebrating a 50th and 60th birthday. We rented a home that was found on VRBO.com, Capital Casa, which is located just off Paseo de Peralta across the street from the state capital. I was not in the first arrival group that met with the owner, but they all said Kristen was wonderful and gave them great tips for activities, restaurants, etc. The first group of four arrived Tuesday evening and Kristen told them to try El Ferol on Canyon Rd. It was "locals" night with live music. One of our group had a very good time dancing to the live music with one of the locals!
Wednesday morning they toured the Capital and then walked on down to the Plaza. Lunch at Santa Cafe(very good) dinner was "drive thru tacos?" from El Parasol (very, very good) and then margaritas at the Pink Adobe which were not very good! The remaining three of us arrived Wednesday evening and since we had not had dinner yet, we convinced the others to join us for one more meal at Maria's, which was pretty good, not great.
Thursday was absolutely fantastic! We started off with breakfast at Pasquals (marvelous) and then off to Ten Thousand Waves for an afternoon of pampering. When we returned home, our private chef, Carmen Rodrigues of Saffron Catering, had arrived and was preparing our dinner. We had the most fabulous dinner! Everything he prepared was superb and there is nothing more relaxing than coming back from a day at the spa and not having to dress up and go out. We relaxed around the dining room table, drank wine, talked and laughed and had a perfect evening.
On Friday we started out on the upper portion of Canyon Rd visiting galleries and shops then on down to The Shed for lunch. Then some more shopping around the Plaza area. Dinner on Friday was at The Cantina at Casa La Sena. The staff here sing Broadway songs throughout the evening. We had reservations at 6:30 and were among the last to leave at 10:30. Food was very good, the portions were a little small for sharing, but the entertainment was great. A fun evening.
Two of our group left early Saturday morning. The rest of us started the day at the Georgia O'Keeffe museum and then went to artist Jim Rabby's studio in his home. Lunch at Tia Sophia's (good and simple), and then a little more shopping. Then back to the lower part of Canyon Road for more galleries. So much art - so little time! We spent our last evening polishing off the leftover's from our wonderful Thursday night dinner before our early departure on Sunday.
All in all we had a great time, Santa Fe is a wonderful place for a girl's get-a-way.

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