I’ve been back in MA since mid December and I am just now posting about my roadtrip! My plan was to start taking classes in Holistic Nutrition starting in the new year so I have been consumed with researching schools and reviewing curriculums. There are SO many options and I wanted to make sure that I was making the right decision. I’ll post more on that later.
So I left Los Angeles on December 2nd and headed to Scottsdale, AZ for my first stop. I’ve been to Arizona a bunch of times so I only spent one night there at a friends house and took off the next morning. We did go out that night to a chill mexican spot called Loco Patron where I may or may not have gotten slightly loco. I actually really like Scottsdale and the city has been developing over the years adding new restaurants, nightclubs and shopping areas making it a more desirable place to live.
In the morning I stopped at the local Sprouts Market to get some snacks for my drive to Santa Fe, NM. My plan was to make this roadtrip as healthy as possible so that I felt good and had energy to make it through the long drives. The trip from Scottsdale to Santa Fe was the most gorgeous ride of my whole journey. The winding roads through terracotta mountains, the bright, vivid colors of the sky slowly turning pale and muted with the aging day and the beautiful sunset that I witnessed through my rearview mirror…just stunning.
For my first night in Santa Fe, I stayed at a little hotel called Santa Fe Sage Inn that I booked through an app called Hotel Tonight. If you are a frequent traveller or even if you travel once a year, this app is really great. Basically, at 9am they post all of the hotel deals for that day only. The hotels give them their unsold rooms to post at a discounted price and then you can book them easily and securely through your smartphone. I booked it right before I left Scottsdale…it literally took me 2 minutes, so easy.
For dinner I went to an amazing vegan/vegetarian place called Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe which focuses on serving Ayurvedic “healing cuisine”. I sat down and was blessed by the company of the chef, Prakash. He guided me through the menu and educated me on the Ayurvedic way of cooking.
What is Ayurveda?
– Ayurveda is the Science of Life – a 5,000 year old system of healing and well-being from India. “Ayur” means Life and “Veda” means Knowledge.
– Ayurveda is the knowledge of longevity, which offers healing, rejuvenation and self realization through balanced foods, herbs, yoga, massage, aroma and meditation.
– Ayurveda teaches us to pay attention to how and what we eat and to take responsibility for our own health.
– Ayurveda recommends Sattvic (pure) food for healing and maintaining good health. Sattvic food incorporates the six tastes in every meal: Sweet, Bitter, Sour, Astringent, Salty, Pungent.
– Ayurvedic food principles also include the seasons; the nine planets; the daily temperatures and using fresh organic produce.
I enjoyed the vibe, environment and food so much that I returned the next day for lunch.
In the morning I visited a local fitness studio called Studio J Fitness and took a Barre class. It was pretty challenging and it felt good to move my body after the long drive. I showered up, checked out and headed to a place called Body of Santa Fe for a quick breakfast before hitting up the local shops. I need to mention how obsessed I was with Body…I wanted to live there. It’s a boutique, yoga studio, spa and vegan/vegetarian cafe all in one cute little spot. After breakfast I headed to a few boutiques: Cupcake Clothing was one of my favorite shops that had such stylish clothing, accessories, jewelry and body products. The staff was super friendly too…I could have spent thousands of dollars there! The majority of my time was spent at Double Take a huge retail space offering consignment, vintage and contemporary clothing, accessories, gifts and home products.
In the afternoon I went to go check into my little casita. For my second night, I booked my stay through Airbnb, a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. I stayed with a wonderful host in her guest house. It felt great to be in a home with a full kitchen, living room and washer/dryer. I also liked the fact that I had someone to talk to about recommendations and places of interest in the city.
That night I went to dinner at a place called La Boca. Great staff and delicious food. A few notable mentions are the grilled artichokes, the chocolate pot de creme and the wine/sherry list. I sat at the bar and ended up meeting a wonderful friend who took me out to a local bar and filled me in on life in Santa Fe. She was kind enough to let me stay with her and her insanely cute puppy the following night. I feel truly blessed to have met such a quality person who I know I will remain friends with.
The following day it was 18 degrees and snowing, but that didn’t stop me from roaming around the Plaza. I layered up and slid down the road to check out all the great boutiques. After shopping I went back to Body for lunch and then ended up at a skin care and organic herb shop called Milagro Herbs. I spent an hour in the shop talking to the girl that worked there. I told her all about my journey and asked her about hers; where she went to school and how she ended up in Santa Fe. She gave me a lot of valuable information and schooled me on the healing power of Flower Essences. I left feeling inspired…and with a small bag of new products. My skin had been acting up, most likely from the stress of moving, so I bought a Clear Skin Cream, a Hydrating Tonic to heal my skin from the inside and a bottle of a flower essence blend called “Sweet New Beginnings” to bring clarity and ease when starting new things.
That night I met up with my new friend and we had a casual dinner at The Shed before calling it a night. In the morning, I got coffee at a bookstore called Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse. I ended up buying a book about self-healing with Reiki which I have yet to start reading but will eventually. My last spot to hit up was the La Montanita Co-op for some more snacks before heading out to Texas.
There’s a reason why New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment. Although I wasn’t able to explore any of the other cities (like Albuquerque or Taos), I absolutely loved Santa Fe and I’m excited to visit again…maybe this time in the warmer months!
If you have any great New Mexico stories, please share!