After the C&C, we made our way to downtown Santa Fe, where we would be staying the next two nights. To be honest, I was pretty excited about having two nights in one place! Our home away from home was Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, a locally owned hotel right in the heart of downtown, just around the corner from the main square and the Palace of the Governor’s. Awesome location! And a percentage of the proceeds from your stay go to the Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association (CCPA), a group dedicated to historical preservation of the nearby community of Chimayo.
We got checked in just before 5 and were delighted with our room, just off a courtyard with bistro tables and hanging ristras (strings of drying peppers). Our room was very spacious, with a living room and a bedroom. The only drawback was that the bathroom was tiny, but the vanity was outside in a little alcove off the bedroom anyway, and how much time do you really spend in the bathroom?
We set our bags down, relaxed for a few minutes, and then set out to see some of the city before the light faded into evening. The downtown historic area of Santa Fe is quite compact, and easily walkable, so we checked out some of the places that we wanted to visit in the next two days. I just kept getting more and more excited as we wandered around and peeked in closed shop windows, and saw the historic Pueblo style abode buildings. This was Santa Fe!
Jon was excited about our dinner; he had picked out the Blue Corn Cafe for our meal that evening. A friend of his back home had told him that it was really good, so we checked it out. I was surprised to see it so empty when we arrived, but that became a theme for our whole visit to Santa Fe – apparently late April is still the off season, because it can be so cold (and it was, but we didn’t let that stop us). The Blue Corn also brews its own beer, so of course we had to try it.
Jon had the Southwest Cobb Salad, with a Roadrunner IPA. The IPA has a medium body and a long, bitter finish. It contains 8 hops varieties. He also enjoyed their Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout, made with rolled oats and possessing chocolate and coffee flavors. Yum!
I had the Atalaya Amber, which is described as a well balanced beer with a hint of citrus, brewed with Cascade and Mt. Hood hops. Hops from home! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, because Washington state produces over 77% of the United States’ hop crop (say that 3 times fast!). I paired my beer with the Steak Fajitas. I liked the fajitas, but I was a teensy bit disappointed. You see, they were served with green and red peppers and onions, but I don’t like onions. Normally I just ask if they can substitute the onions for something else. Mushrooms, carrots, cabbage… I’m not picky. But apparently the Blue Corn didn’t have anything else they could throw in. Really? That seemed surprising. I ended up getting more peppers.
But still, we were both pleased with our meals and our beer, and we left full and happy. And I forgot to take a picture before we both devoured our meals. We walked back to the hotel for a nightcap at the very empty (low season again) hotel bar – an Amaretto Sour for me and a Gin and Tonic for Jon, before heading back to our room to watch TV. What a great day!