Happy Summer and Strawberry Full Moon! Our first vacation in 20 months and we chose just the right place.

A tourist town that was like “the Twilight Zone” through COVID,  Santa Fe merchants, hotels, restaurants, and galleries are jubilant to have us return. Weather gorgeous, shops beautiful, galleries inspiring (and $$$) great food, friendly people, and super hikes.

Discovered a Welcome Back Traveler package at El Dorado Hotel & Spa. Nice big room off the deck and pool area. Near dining, galleries, the Plaza. Happy to see favorites from our 2019 anniversary trip have survived and are thriving- Henry and the Fish for great breakfast, Estevan’s for romantic dinner, Il Vicino just down the street for salads, paninis, pizza. Santa Fe is a walkable town- you’ll get your 10,000 and more steps in – easy.

Santa Fe scenes

Beautiful sculptures everywhere  Private houses and galleries along Canyon Rd. Visual treats!





Loretto Chapel in town with the magical staircase







Fredrick Prescott’s kinetic sculptures. Great fun!






The Tibetan Project – center, garden and book shop started to support Tibetan refugees in 1992. Beautiful carpets and books etc. Good karma!







A classic Rock/Paper/Scissors







Hiking Dale Ball Trails just outside of town  








Tomorrow we search out Cerillos Hills State Park about 40 minutes from Santa Fe. It was declared a state park in 2009- just outside the town of Los Cerillos (pop. 182). Sure to be different from the city of Santa Fe. Hasta La Vista!

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic.