Southwest Weekend Tour

Our weekend kicked off when I picked Ashley up at the Durango Airport and we adventured out for a kid free weekend of hot springing and pure rejuvenation. We both needed this getaway, but specifically it was a healing retreat for Ashley. After a few very tough months of going through cervical cancer, surgeries and radiation, she was finally able to escape the daily grind of life, kids and work and retreat to the magical southwest to begin her healing journey! It was just about an hour drive to Pagosa Hot Springs, where we started our weekend. We checked into our cozy room, got on our suits and off we started soaking on a bluebird Colorado day! Starting our day off right with a yummy bloody and getting ready for our massages. These were two of the best massages we had ever had! Relaxation at last!

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We started the next day with a morning soak and a yummy lunch at one of the favorite local ski bars in Pagosa called Kip’s Bar & Grill.

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After the best burger ever loaded with stuffed green chilies, we head out to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The journey from Pagosa to Santa Fe is a beautiful serene drive. Along the way, we stopped off at Echo Amphitheater, which is a natural amphitheater located in northern New Mexico in southwestern United States. The Echo Canyon Trailhead is located in the Echo Canyon Amphitheater parking area, right off US Highway 84. It is a very easy 1/2 mile trail from the parking lot. The last part of the trail has a stairway that rises into the bowl of the Echo Canyon Amphitheater.  This is where we sang our hearts out and heard it all echo throughout the canyon!

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Back on the road, we headed to Santa Fe, New Mexico where we checked into our quaint hotel very close to the plaza called The Inn of the Governors. Our room was adorable, very comfortable with a traditional southwest flair and quite affordable for being located in downtown Santa Fe!

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We definitely do not waste a minute when we are on our soul sisters getaways. So much to see and do when you are kid free! We had heard so many amazing things about Meow Wolf an interactive and immersive arts collective. Very cool place to check out! We quickly got ready and head over, grabbed a cocktail and began exploring.

After Meow Wolf, we headed to a lovely dinner right around the corner from our hotel. This quaint intimate restaurant is called Cafe Pasqual’s. Their menu is truly one of a kind! If you love a healthy organic fine cuisine devoted to food quality offering organic and naturally raised beef, pork, eggs, dairy, produce, sugars, flours, maple syrup, flavorings and spices, this is the place for you!

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The next morning, we cruised around the plaza in downtown Santa Fe and grabbed a quick breakfast at Tia Sophia’s for a true southwestern breakfast. YUM!!!

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After breakfast, we took a stroll through the plaza and we did some shopping. We love the street vendors and their amazing southwest jewelry.

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On our journey, we decided to stumble upon the La Fonda. This is a historic hotel located downtown Santa Fe with a ton of history. La Fonda is located just steps away from art museums, galleries and shops, historic churches located near the plaza. The inn’s architecture showcases amazing woodwork. It also features beautiful hand-carved and hand-painted furniture and displays by local artists. Definitely a site to check out and they also have a lovely restaurant if you need a bite.

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After exploring the downtown area of Santa Fe, we out to check out amazing art strolling along the Canyon Road Art District. This area is full of vibrant colors, art installations and hundreds of galleries and shops all in 1/2 mile stretch.

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It’s so sad when we approach our last day of our soul sisters getaway. This time together is so sacred. It was time to head out for our last day of rejuvenation at a spa that many people rave about called 10 Thousand Waves. A very high end expensive Japanese spa. We drove up the winding mountain so ecstatic to experience this spa. When we arrived, we both looked at each other in silence. Great minds think alike and that is why we are true soul sisters. We decided to head into the spa and tour around, but we both were not feeling it. Guess it wasn’t our place…

We decided to head back toward Pagosa Springs, but along the way Ashley remembered a place I suggested called Ojo Caliente. We just happened to be about 10 miles away, HURRAH! Again we pulled up, looked at each other with a much bigger smile! When we arrived we both new this was going to be the ultimate experience hopping from one hot springs to another. We soaked and then decided to spend the evening in the adorable North Cottages. This cottage had a nice little kitchen, back patio with hammocks and was quite spacious for two. The resort also has an amazing farm to table restaurant and bar. Ojo Caliente is the only hot springs that has a unique variety of healing pools designated to specific healing properties. They have Lithia, Iron, Soda, Arsenic springs and the Kiva and Mud Pools. This was truly the ultimate rejuvenation spot! We highly recommend this spot for a healing soul sisters getaway!

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This was a perfect way to end our getaway and we were feeling fully healed. We drove back to Durango where Ashley wanted to go to the rim at our old college stomping grounds for her last southwest mountain view before she got on her airplane. As sad as it is when a girls weekend ends, we get excited to start planning for our next getaway!

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