Take a Photo Tour of the Ultimate Southwest Girlfriend Getaway Two Budget Travel editors motored through the mountains from Cloudcroft to Taos, mixing wild outdoor adventures with spicy local cuisine, an affordable spa visit, and must-see historical sites. Budget Travel Monday, Jan 11, 2016, 5:00 PM Street art in front of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe—just one highlight of Budget Travel Senior Editor Jamie Beckman (left) and BT Photo Editor Whitney Tressel's much-anticipated road trip. (Whitney Tressel) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

 

Take a Photo Tour of the Ultimate Southwest Girlfriend Getaway

Two Budget Travel editors motored through the mountains from Cloudcroft to Taos, mixing wild outdoor adventures with spicy local cuisine, an affordable spa visit, and must-see historical sites.

  • Street art in front of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe—just one highlight of a much-anticipated road trip with BT photo editor Whitney Tressel (right).
  •  “I’m on top of the world!” in White Sands.
  • Hearty hotcakes at Los Poblanos
  • pausing to take in the view along the Turquoise Trail
  • Minimalist elegance at Los Poblanos
  • Santa Fe effortlessly mixes the old with the new
  • the scent of fresh lavender soothed our city-girl nerves
  • the “secret” bar on the top floor of Santa Fe’s Drury Inn
  • we’re still raving about the Grove Café’s autumnal soup and farm-fresh vegetarian salad
  • We share a serene moment in one of Ojo Caliente’s luxurious private baths
  • my top must-see, Georgia O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu
  • O’Keeffe actually painted this view from her bedroom.
  • Quiet conversation post-soak next to a private  fireplace at Ojo Calient
  • One of the restored Spanish-style rooms at Palacio de Marquesa at Ojo Caliente
  • El Sanctuario de Chimayó
  • kickin’ it old-school beside a traditional  fireplace at Taos Pueblo
  • Our rental VW Bug tackles the powdery terrain of White Sands National

Street art in front of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe—just one highlight of Budget Travel Senior Editor Jamie Beckman (left) and BT Photo Editor Whitney Tressel's much-anticipated road trip.

(Whitney Tressel)

“I’m on top of the world!” at White Sands National Monument.

(Whitney Tressel)

Hearty hotcakes at Los Poblanos Historic Inn in Albuquerque.

(Whitney Tressel)

Pausing to take in the view along the Turquoise Trail.

(Whitney Tressel)

Minimalist elegance at Los Poblanos Historic Inn.

(Whitney Tressel)

Santa Fe effortlessly mixes the old with the new.

(Whitney Tressel)

The scent of fresh lavender soothed our city-girl nerves.

(Whitney Tressel)

Bar Alto, the “secret” bar on the top floor of Santa Fe’s Drury Plaza Hotel.

(Whitney Tressel)

We’re still raving about the Grove Café’s autumnal soup and farm-fresh vegetarian salad.

(Whitney Tressel)

We share a serene moment in one of Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs’s luxurious private baths.

(Whitney Tressel)

Jamie's top must-see: Georgia O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu.

(Whitney Tressel)

O’Keeffe actually painted this view from her bedroom.

(Whitney Tressel)

Quiet conversation post-soak next to a private fireplace at Ojo Caliente.

(Whitney Tressel)

One of the restored Spanish-style rooms at Palacio de Marquesa in Taos.

(Whitney Tressel)

El Santuario de Chimayó, home of "miracle" dirt.

(Whitney Tressel)

Kickin’ it old-school beside a traditional fireplace at Taos Pueblo.

(Whitney Tressel)

Our rental VW Bug tackles the powdery terrain of White Sands National Monument.

(Whitney Tressel)
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