Let's head out to the capital city.
By Moriah Carty
The weekend is here again, and the tank is full. Where to go? How about the capital city?
Santa Fe is known to most for its artistic diversity, and while it can be a little tourist-heavy, adventure is out there nonetheless.
Santa Fe’s many one-way streets and strangely busy residential roads make it a bit confusing from time to time. The best way to stay oriented is to stick to the map, be it paper or virtual.
Albuquerque to The Loretto Chapel: 64.2 miles
Stop number one: The Loretto Chapel, completed in 1878. However, it was missing something, which became a mystery of its own.
Inside the Loretto Chapel is a wooden, spiral staircase.
This particular staircase doesn’t have any extra support, and makes two full, 360 degree turns. While it’s remarkable, it’s not as much of a mystery as the man who created it is:
One day a man came in, built the staircase without using nails or glue, and vanished without payment after its completion.
It’s a curious beauty worth a few solid minutes of gawking.
Loretto Chapel to Art Galleries on Canyon Road: 1.3 miles
Even if art isn’t up your alley, Canyon Road undoubtedly has something to pique anyone’s interest. There are art collections sourced from the local neighborhood to Russia, each with a unique style.
Along the half-mile stretch are more than 100 galleries. Some showcase a particular medium – recycled, wooden, glass and ceramics – and others are specific to a genre.
The Teahouse on Canyon Road: .5 mile
While it’s easy to miss, it’s not easy to forget.
The Teahouse adds to the class of art gazing, where the tea flowers are plucked from the very top of the Camellia Sinensis tree when they first bloom, making them rare and full of flavor.
Also from the Camellia Sinensis tree, black teas and green teas of every flavor. Each tea is carefully sourced from different parts of the world. Tea aficionados will feel right at home.
Now, if tea isn’t your cuppa, the food is exquisite, and the coffee is locally roasted. All of the food is made in-house.
Among the best pairings is a cup of Earl Gray tea with their scone of the day. The scone always comes with house-made lemon curd and whipped cream. Mouthwatering is commonplace here.
The Teahouse to Meow Wolf: 5.3 miles
Saving the best stop for last, Meow Wolf. Get ready to lose your mind: Meow Wolf is now one of the biggest attractions in New Mexico.
If you haven’t heard about it, you’ve probably been living under a rock.
At face value, the space appears to be a simple house that expands through maze-like portals into different dimensions – sort of fun and innocent. But it’s actually a mystery waiting to be solved.
I can’t say any more. You have to solve it for yourself.
The space was partially funded by George R.R. Martin, which says a lot about the sci-fi vibe it puts off.
Meow Wolf is an all-ages space, and on certain nights, live performances can be seen. Visit meowwolf.com to find the perfect night for your adventure.
Meow Wolf to Albuquerque: 58.6 miles
The drive home is always shorter than the drive there.
Stops: 4; Miles: 129.9
Moriah Carty is an Albuquerque local with a heavy sense of wanderlust.