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SPECTACULAR SANTA FE

For an exploration of Ghost Ranch, I’m sporting a Ralph Lauren Indian blanket pattern wool cardigan sweater, Tom Ford blue cotton shirt and khaki pants, vintage Gucci silver double horse head buckle python belt, Ralph Lauren leather sneakers, a Hermes Cape Cod Deux Zones watch, and my fragrance ia Tom Ford Oud – photo by Scott McBee

The desert southwest has been calling for the past few years but remained a bit of a dream. Somehow McBee and I finally made it to Santa Fe to explore those dreams – and magically the trip coincided with my birthday! It was great fun sorting out my Southwest sartorial splendor. I attempted to avoid the cliche – just a dash or western wear here and there – denim western shirts, Indian blanket style sweaters, etc.

It was a bit of a complicated journey, but we worked out a good route and arrived around 4 PM in Santa Fe, just in time to check in to our hotel and then run over to the Coyote Cafe to snack on fish tacos and slake our thirst with a couple of margaritas. Then we took a little pre-dinner stroll around town. For dinner we treated ourselves to Izanami at the Ten Thousand Waves Spa: Japan in Santa Fe!

The next day, we got an early start with breakfast at Pasqual’s which serves up organic New Mexican cuisine, and then we were off to explore Ghost Ranch. The drive was absolutely breathtaking. Certainly one can see why Georgia O’Keeffe had such a passion for the elegant expansiveness of land and sky at Ghost Ranch.

New Mexico Art Museum

Ghost Ranch

We did not realize we needed to book a tour to see O’keeffe’s home in Abiquiu months in advance though, so sadly we did not get to visit. We did stop at the O’keeffe’s welcome center and Francis there had a wealth of information and sent us to the stunning Plaza Blanca (we stopped first for a lovely lunch at the Abiquiu Inn). You’ll probably recognize it from some of O’keeffe’s paintings. We arrived back to the town of Santa Fe in time for dinner at Sazon with serves elevated latin cuisine in a Mexican inspired setting – superb!

Plaza Bianca – Abiquiu

On our third day, my birthday, we explored the town of Santa Fe. After breakfast at Pasqual’s again, I noticed that I wasn’t feeling my best. Santa Fe’s altitude is 7000 feet above sea level and it turns out I was beginning to feel a bit of altitude sickness, so I dragged McBee into the Santa Fe Oxygen and Healing Bar for 30 minutes of oxygen therapy which totally sorted me out and had me feeling good-to-go! While in town one must visit the Georgia O’keeffe Museum which celebrates her life and artistic legacy, The New Mexico Art Museum is also a must. Take a peek in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. There are also endless shops and galleries with outrageous prices – one of the chicest galleries has to be Shiprock. El Farol was the perfect spot for a light lunch while strolling Canyon Road with its endless galleries and shops. Certainly the highlight was my birthday dinner at the glorious Geronimo Restaurant, the most sublime Southwestern-spiked global fusion fare in a stunning space.

New Mexico Art Museum courtyard

Basking in the beauty of the New Mexico Art Museum courtyard – I am sporting a Tom Ford indigo ikat silk velvet jacket, Ralph Lauren denim western shirt, Gucci python belt with silver double horsehead buckle, Uniqlo jeans, Gucci brown leather Chelsea boots, Ralph Lauren wool plaid pocket square, my fragrance Creed Windsor – photo by Scott McBee

On the 13th we took the stunningly scenic High Road from Santa Fe to Taos. It’s a longer route but one is rewarded with beauty around every bend. The Millicent Rogers Museum is a must in Taos. – what a thrill to see her collection of native American jewelry. The Hardwood Museum specializing in the works of artists from New Mexico is also a must see. Another highlight is the home of Russian artist Nicolai Fechin which is now a museum in Taos. Fechin’s house melds a marvelous mix of Russian and Southwestern details. Think: Russian Sargent – so very sublime! We returned to Santa Fe and dined at L’Olivier which serves French cuisine made with local ingredients and Southwest influences – fabulous – but why oh why can’t can’t one get a martini here?!

High Road to Taos

Channeling Halston on our trip to Taos, I’m sporting a cognac colored pieced suede Tom Ford era Gucci jacket, navy wool turtleneck sweater by Ralph Lauren, Uniqlo jeans, Ralph Lauren leather sneakers, Hermes Cape Cod Deux Zones watch and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud.

For our last day in Santa Fe, we treated ourselves to a brilliant brunch at Coyote Cafe, replete with guava mimosas and the most divine New Mexican cuisine. We then ventured out to the Rail Yards to visit Santa Fe Clay: a marvelous studio and gallery space with exceptional exhibitions.

We took another stroll through town to see if we had missed anything and then had a super chic dinner at The Compound which has new American cuisine with Southwestern influences set in an old adobe home – all rather fabulous . Our new friends the owners of Santa Fe Clay – Mark Grischke and Rod Paul Andres made the evening even more special with their presence.

Forever enriched by this journey (and no doubt we were a few pounds heavier from the irresistible assortment of fabulous food), McBee and I returned to New York to rest regroup and savor our southwest experience!

2 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES!

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