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My Refined Style #14-My Taos and Santa Fe Vacation Part II



( The Rio Grande and me feeling adventurous)

Hello Friends!

It is getting to be that time of the year, everyone gets busy and I begin my shopping for Christmas. Today, however, I am going to share with you my second installment of my Trip to Taos and Santa Fe. To get more of the “flavor” of the city, I will share some of the things we did and where we ate


I loved the Anaconda Bar in our hotel in Taos. A giant anaconda sculpture and 1000 gal fish tank. Plus very good margaritas!

I spoke about how I packed lightly for this trip HERE, and share PART 1 of my vacation story HERE.  We began the second day with having a delicious full breakfast in the hotel at the El Monte Segrato  where I enjoyed some poached eggs, vibrantly colorful fresh fruits and coffee. Every meal had a little bit of spice! That was something I didn’t know about my brother Matt, that he loves spicy things! ( ie. Margaritas, tacos  etc) . After our breakfast, I shared about the Spa afternoon with Shannon, my sis in law, which was wonderfully relaxing.

We then decided that we wanted to visit the Oldest Winery in Taos. This was the La Chirapada,  a  quiant, winery and wine shop in Taos.  La Chiripada Winery is an American winery in Dixon, New Mexico, founded in 1981 by Michael and Patrick Johnson.[1] It has regularly won awards for its wines at the Southwest Wine Competition and the New Mexico State FairWine Competition.[2] It is the highest commercial winery in the United States, at an elevation of 6,100 feet (1,900 m).[3] La Chiripada is a feature of the annual Dixon Studio Tour, which occurs in late fall and is the oldest continuously-running annual studio tour in Northern New Mexico.[4]  ** Wikipedia creidt


We enjoyed wine tasting and were pleasantly surprised to find the wines very enjoyable. They ranged from dry to very sweet with  a Burbon and a Port wine combination. Let’s just say one needs a few drops of this after dinner in the winter, and there is no need to run your fireplace. I had a few sips and I was warm and fuzzy. We each took a bottle of our favorite red ( sis and bro) and white ( hubby and I ) and enjoyed it later on the patio outside our hotel room, appreciating the company and view.

There was just a little alcove to sit and we posed with our Wine Enthusiast Magazine. From there, we decided to go to Vivac, another winery down the road, with an amazing mountain view, tables to enjoy it, and a bit more vino to taste. We did get some cheese and truffles to go with our grapes.img_9324


Later in the trip we visited Taos Mesa Brewing, as 3 out of the 4 of us enjoy beers and wanted to try the local favorites. I am giving it a shot, and was able to find ones not too hoppy or with a bitter aftertaste. We listened to music and got more of the lay of the land. As we drove, we stopped along The Rio Grande, which was amazing to see, as whitewater rafters ventured by. We took lots of photos and I stood on a rock and posed for fun. Another of nature’s wonders , we stopped at the Rio Grande Gorge. There were a fair amount of people on the bridge as we took photos. Jessica Chastain, was in Santa Fe for a movie, and I noticed on IG was at the Gorge the day before. cool.




I am more of a wine drinker, but am open to trying or finding a beer I like.  Nothing too hoppy, or tart. For the next 2 nights in Santa Fe, we stayed at The Chimayo Hotel. A charming hotel with colorful artwork throughout, we were in the center of the city. I loved being where the action is!



Santa Fe was a bit busy when we were there, lots of artists and artisans selling their wares on the sidewalk. We dilegently looked for some gifts for Christmas.  For someone who loves unique-handmade pieces, this was heavenly! Just tough to make a decision. We strolled though the shops, where  thousands of pieces of  new mexican jewelry was displayed. Coral, Opal, so many different stones adorned these pieces each stone adding to the cost of the final price. I found a piece I loved, very elegant, almost a large teardrop shape, in coral and blues, it reflected in the sun. Gorgeous! The price, however was a bit too high for me. We then, went into another store, and a similar pieces, same shape, popped out at me, like it was the only piece in the case! Let’s just say, I bought it for a fair amount and was quite excited to take it home as a memory I will always have.



Let me not forget the magnificent churches we went to. The Cathedral Basilica of St Francis, Santaurio de Chimayo, and the Loretto Chapel,A popular wedding site, diminutive Loretto Chapel in downtown Santa Fe is world-famous for its circular wooden staircase. Built by an unidentified man who showed up in 1879 with a donkey and a toolbox, his staircase has two 360-degree turns, no visible means of support, and has wooden pegs instead of metal nails. The faithful believe that the mystery man was St. Joseph.” wiki. My Mom wanted us to see the staircase, and it was quite impressive. 





( The Center Cross is a Relic dated back to AD!)



Hubby took a picture of this beautiful horse I pet outside the vineyard.

The night before we were to leave, we went on the roof of the El Dorato Hotel and enjoyed the view and the sunset.



I love exploring, getting a feel for the culture and people of the area in which I am visiting. A few more things we did on our trip: We all got on our suits and enjoyed the Roof Top Hot Tub at the El Dorato,( sorry no pics in the hot tub)! as we could see the city of Santa Fe. More great food. The last leg of our trip, the night before we were to leave, we went back to THE SHED for more amazing New Mexican food. We had the same waiter as the first day we visited, and I told him were we coming FULL CIRCLE.  I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful trip, with family and memories to keep me satisfied.

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  • clairejustine
    Posted at 01:56h, 14 November Reply

    Looks like a great holiday, I would love to visit 🙂 Great look Jess, you are one of my featured blogs this week. Thanks for linking up to CreativeMondays.

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    Posted at 08:26h, 08 November Reply

    What a fun trip! Looks like you guys had a great time and you can never go wrong with a winery visit!

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 16:30h, 07 November Reply

    Wow, fantastic trip looks stunning. Bet you had a super time there. Always exciting to have a trip away. Nice to link with you

  • dawnlucy
    Posted at 06:21h, 06 November Reply

    Wow, what an amazing vacation and such gorgeous photos! I want to go! Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!


    Dawn Lucy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:45h, 06 November Reply

      Thank you Dawn, it was relaxing yet we did so much! xx

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 21:27h, 04 November Reply

    Great pics of your vacay. Thanks for sharing. – Amy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:15h, 05 November Reply

      Thank you Amy, so glad you enjoyed it! xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 15:34h, 04 November Reply

    Jess, how much fun was this to read! Loved seeing you so adventurous in the first shot! I love Santa Fe. I also prefer wine to beer, but there are some yummy craft beers, too. How cool to do your Xmas chopping there! Love that stairway! You looks so pretty and happy!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:18h, 05 November Reply

      Thank you Elle, so glad you enjoyed the post. The first pic is really my personality, I do miss the ability to rock climb and do some of the more active sports I used to, but this was fun! Thank you, I was quite happy there, felt very relaxed. I am open to trying different beers, hubby seems to know more of my taste 🙂 Again, thanks Elle! xx

  • ee0926
    Posted at 14:17h, 04 November Reply

    I loved looking at these photos Jess! Looks and sounds like such a fun trip! That serpent bar is amazing!

    xx, Elise

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:20h, 05 November Reply

      Thank you Elise, it was a great trip! I know, it is called the Anaconda bar and it is pretty cool !xx

  • withwonderandwhimsy
    Posted at 10:07h, 04 November Reply

    My husband and I are planning a trip to this area next year, and your photos have me inspired to do a bit of planning and daydreaming this weekend! We love visiting wineries, breweries, and eclectic restaurants too, so I’ll have to note your recommendations. I didn’t even think about visiting cathedrals, but after this glimpse at the architecture, we’ll have to work some in!

    <3 Liz

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:13h, 05 November Reply

      Hello Liz, So glad you enjoyed the post. I wrote about Taos and our trip in Part I as well, if you missed that. We took so many pictures! The wineries were lovely small places and near each other. The architecture is amazing, and I love seeing the art as well. Glad I could give you some inspiration! I am sure you will love it. xx

  • Nicole
    Posted at 00:32h, 04 November Reply

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Looks like you had a great vacation. You look really good in that leisure wear

  • Sarah
    Posted at 14:59h, 03 November Reply

    Wow beautiful impressions! 🙂
    Lots of Love xx

  • the cape on the corner
    Posted at 14:12h, 03 November Reply

    what great photos. and sounds like a wonderful trip! i’d love to go one day.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:56h, 04 November Reply

      Thanks very much, it was wonderful. I appreciate you stopping by !

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 14:07h, 03 November Reply

    Looks & sounds like a lovely trip! My husband is very much into craft beer and would have loved the brewery! And I’m glad you found a piece of jewelry! I love buying jewelry on a trip – every time I wear it, it brings me back to the trip…

  • rosie
    Posted at 10:15h, 03 November Reply

    I want to go here now!! This place looks amazing . . . Glad you enjoyed it

    Life is just Rosie

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:17h, 03 November Reply

      Rosie, it really was a memorable trip! I would go back in an instant. If you missed part 1, you can click on it from the post thanks so much! xx

  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 08:50h, 03 November Reply

    I love reading about your trip Jess!!
    I think it’s so fun to go to the local places and see what it’s like in other cities!!
    I know what you mean about beer versus wine, but I do think the smaller breweries have some more interesting and palatable ones available now. I always say I’m a girly beer drinker because I usually opt for the fruity ones!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:39h, 03 November Reply

      Thanks Jodie, I miss being there already! It was so fun. It really felt like another country as opposed to state. So glad you enjoyed reading about he trip. I know, then I must be a girly beer drinker too! 🙂 xx

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 08:35h, 03 November Reply

    Oh Jess, this looks so magnificent! I am so glad you had the best time out west! It shows in your beautiful shining happy face! All the churches are absolutely stunning and the stone pieces of Jewelry are delightful! I’m the same way, wine is my thing but since my husband likes breweries I’ll find something smooth and light. Have a wonderful day you beautiful angel!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:41h, 03 November Reply

      Aww thank you Andrea, you are sweet. It really was the most enjoyable trip and I loved going with my brother Matt and sis in law. I will share the necklace Hubby bought in Santa Fe next week! xx

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 05:57h, 03 November Reply

    WOW it looks really beautiful in Santa Fe!
    Suzy xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:41h, 03 November Reply

      Hi Suzy, it was! I had a wonderful time 🙂 xx

  • sequinist
    Posted at 05:17h, 03 November Reply

    That’s it! I’m going! Your pictures look amazing, and I love the idea of a laid back holiday with guaranteed sunshine. Thank you so much for sharing all of these photos, I’m off to look at the rest and to talk to my husband about when we can go 🙂 xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:43h, 03 November Reply

      That is fabulous Lisa! I know you love to travel, and I do say that this trip has given me the will to want to do more, as well as it was a great test to see what I could do. Every day was beautiful, I hope you do go! Thanks for commenting. xx

  • Sheree
    Posted at 03:05h, 03 November Reply

    What a wonderful vacation in Santa Fe. The view of the canyon is breathtaking!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:37h, 03 November Reply

      Thank you Sheree, I miss it already! I am afraid of heights, so I was on the outside of the railing when we were looking at the gorge. xx

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