It’s true that we like to think outside the box. But traveling outside the box is even better. And by box we mean Texas, y’all. 

Case in point: Santa Fe, New Mexico--which has something for everyone. Plus, it’s easier than ever to get to the land of enchantment by train, plane or automobile.

Here, our recommended itinerary.

Flying

How to get there

Now, we love a good road trip, but this one isn’t for the faint of heart (Santa Fe is more than nine hours from Dallas by car). Consider hopping a direct flight from DFW to Santa Fe for under $300 or flying Southwest to Albuquerque and driving the scenic Turquoise Trail in a rental.

LaPosada

Where to Stay

La Posada de Santa Fe, an adobe-style resort with newly remodeled casitas that mix old-world charm with modern luxuries, is close to downtown. It’s been said that the original owners of the mansion never truly left La Posada and can still be seen sipping cocktails at the bar.

La Posada de Santa Fe, 330 E. Palace Ave., Santa Fe; 505-986-0000 or laposadadesantafe.com

PlazaCafe

Where to Eat Breakfast

Because this is a vacation, eating a hearty breakfast is key, and the Plaza Cafe does it right. Think blue-corn piñon pancakes (aka blue cornmeal and fresh pine nuts) and huevos divorciados, which consists of two fried eggs over corn tortillas topped with chipotle and tomatillo salsa.

Plaza Café, 54 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe; 505-982-1664 or santafeplazacafe.com

DavidMeyer1

What to See

Santa Fe is the second-largest art market in the nation, with each one of its more than 100 art galleries offering unique and robust collections. Davis Mather Folk Art Gallery is kitschy-cool, while The Meyer East Gallery welcomes new and seasoned art collectors to peruse sculptures, installations and paintings spanning several genres.

Davis Mather Folk Art Gallery, 141 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe; 505-983-1660 or davismatherfolkartgallery.com

The Meyer East Gallery, 225 Canyon Rd., Suite 11, Santa Fe; 505-983-1657 or meyereastgallery.com

ShedRestaurant

Where to Eat Lunch

Being Texans, we love our traditional Tex-Mex. And Santa Fe has no shortage of enchiladas, tacos and burritos. The Shed does these favorites best, especially the sauces. Their Christmas Sauce, a mix of red and green chile peppers, graces almost every plate on the menu. Inside tip: Ask which sauce on the menu is spiciest, since they’re made fresh daily with different peppers.

The Shed, 113½ E. Palace Ave., Santa Fe; 505-982-9030 or sfshed.com

CayoteCage

Where to Sip Cocktails

At the Rooftop Cantina at Coyote Cafe, the margarita is glorified. We recommend the Prickly Pear (a sweet pink mix of cactus juice and silver tequila) or the Original, a refreshing frozen margarita topped with cold Dos Equis beer. If you're looking to splurge, then go for the ultra-pricey $100 Margarita adorned with edible gold flakes and 100-year-old Grand Marnier.

Coyote Cafe, 132 W. Water St., Santa Fe; 505-983-1615 or coyotecafe.com

HydePark

What to Do

About seven and a half miles above Santa Fe is the mountainous Hyde Memorial State Park, which has numerous hiking trails for everyone from beginners to the more advanced. The drive up offers a series of amazing views of the city, including one of mansions built along the park line. Fair warning, though: You will need to watch for falling rocks, cyclists and, of course, bears.

Hyde Memorial State Park, 740 Hyde Park Rd., Santa Fe; 505-983-7175 or state.nm.us

TenThousandWaves

Where to Relax

For a truly unique mountain experience, take half a day (or longer) to visit Ten Thousand Waves, a Japanese hot springs resort nestled in the mountains. Here, you can soak in a private or public hot tub, relax under the pressure of a four-hands massage or indulge in a Yasuragi head and neck treatment, in which a therapist drenches your hair with warm camellia oil for an outrageously relaxing experience.

Ten Thousand Waves, 3451 Hyde Park Rd., Santa Fe; 505-982-9304 or tenthousandwaves.com

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