A Santa Fe Getaway

22 Feb

Good evening! I had to take a little hiatus from the blog, but it was for a really good reason. I was on vacation!

I had been looking forward to this little Santa Fe getaway for the past month. I was going with my boyfriend Zack, and we had not seen each other since Christmas (long distance relationships…wahh wahh).

So are you ready to hear about the trip? Good. Here we go!!


On Thursday, I arrived in Texas to Zack’s lovely city he currently calls home.

We ran some errands, and packed up for our trip!


Around 10am, we hit the road and headed West.

It was about a 5 hour drive to Santa Fe, and a boring one at that. We decided to get an audio book to listen to, hoping it would help pass the time. Well, we got “Assholes Finish First”, by Tucker Max. I was actually the person to vote for this book, thinking it would be funny. It was funny…but also the most vulgar and inappropriate thing I have ever listened to!

At 3pm, we arrived in Santa Fe!

Cute little hotel.

After getting checked in the hotel, we headed out to walk around and get a little bite to eat.

Following our late lunch, we walked around the plaza so I could find some turquoise earrings (I wanted authemtic ones that Indians were selling off rugs in the plaza).


After our shopping trip, we headed back to the hotel and relaxed a bit.

Then it was time to hit the hotel bar. They had the most amazing cocktails at the bar, and I enjoyed this apple, lime, fruity vodka thing. Whoa.

Now this is vacation.

Dinner followed dinner at a New Meixcan style restaurant, then it was time to rest up for our big day on the slopes!


The alarm went off early Saturday, and we started prepping for the day ahead. After getting bundled up, it was time to brave the snow.

A lot of people are surprised by the fact that you can ski in Santa Fe. For some reason they think it would be really warm there. Well, it is not. It is actually pretty chilly!

A lovely drive up the mountain.

We have arrived!

I had not skied in 12 years. I was terrified that I would forget how to do it.

The moment of truth happened coming off our first lift. Would I remember? Would I fall? Would I cry?


Terrified but ready!

….I picked it right back up! I was actually shocked at how easily it all came back to me!

Zack boards, so we would go our separate ways at the top of the mountain and meet back up when he reached the bottom.



We had the best day skiing, and the mountain was so pretty and relaxing. We were exhausted after skiing all day, and it was time to head back to the hotel.

Back at the hotel, we rested and then prepared for dinner. Twitter friend Emily (@EmilyRatcliff) suggested an Italian restaurant, Il Piatto. Dinner was delicious, and such a cute and quaint little setting.



Sunday morning, we ate at a cute little cafe and decided it was time to go to Church.

We headed up to St. Francis Cathedral. It was really lovely!

Very historic

I made an Indian friend.

This photo does not do justice!

After we wrapped up at St. Francis, we went to the Loretto Chapel to look at the famous staircase.

This staircase is a “Miracle” because it was made by an unknown little carpenter man, and doesn’t have a nail anywhere in it. It is such a cool story…google it!

So much character.


One last stop was required before we headed home. I wanted an authentic turquoise ring to go with my new earrings. Zack was quite the sport as I drug him up and down the street looking for the perfect ring.

This time was well spent, because I found a ring that was right at home on my finger.

I HATE the way my hand looks in this photo. Have I heard of lotion?

After I found my new ring, we headed back to Texas.

The trip home was more of Tucker Max, and that obscene book. But it actually got pretty funny during the second half.

Now I am back home in Missouri. The weekend was great, and I plan to visit Santa Fe again.

Chat soon!




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10 Responses to “A Santa Fe Getaway”

  1. Toni February 22, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    Looks like an awesome trip!

  2. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf February 23, 2012 at 12:27 am #

    Looks like you had a great trip! Santa Fe is a great place to visit and love love love your new ring.

  3. Daphne @ Candy Coated Runner February 23, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    That ring is seriously so cute! I think i might have to take a trip out to Santa Fe just to get some great jewelery!

  4. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean February 23, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    wasn’t that staircase so cool?! loved it!

  5. Brigid February 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    So glad you had a good time! I loved the St. Francis Cathedral. Sadly I left Santa Fe without purchasing any turcoise. What was I thinking?!

    • mileswithstyle (@ahatfield08) February 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

      Shame on you!!! It was one of the things I HAD to do there! I am a jewelry freak…and I really like getting unique pieces from places I visit.

      Thanks again for your recs! I really appreciated it!

  6. Josie February 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I didn’t know there was snow there either. I know it has high altitude though. Looks like a fun trip! 🙂

  7. Brianna February 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    What a perfect trip! I love that ring so much too!

  8. Michelle February 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Hi Ali! I saw your blog on FitFluential today and had to come visit when I saw that you’re from Missouri! I just started my blog a couple months ago and I’m in Missouri too – just on the other side of the state 🙂 I have some college friends who are in Kansas City though, and my boyfriend is in grad school at UMKC right now so I visit every month or so. So glad I found your blog – it sounds like we have a lot in common!


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