Matt gets antsy for the road at least once a year. He gives the car a good tune up, packs everything up just so in the back, and navigates cross country with a paper atlas that he prefers over Google Maps. I haven't always loved road trips as much as I do now, but when you see the road through his eyes, you can't help but fall in love with changing landscape and the slow rhythm of highway travel.
Most of all, I've come to love the feeling of tucking my family into the car and shutting the doors, pulling out of the driveway and leaving the world behind. Everyone together and on our way. We want our vacations to start from that moment, not just when we arrive at our ultimate destination. So we make a point of stopping along the way and enjoying the drive as much as any other part of the trip.
This year, the plan was to drive to Arizona for an annual family reunion, but the fit in so much more than that.
Las Palomas hotel
This first stop was all Matt's idea. He thought it would be fun to visit Santa Fe, and picked a place to stay the night that would feel like a vacation in and of itself. We stayed at Las Palomas Hotel, just a couple blocks from the Historical Santa Fe Plaza and plenty of delicious places to eat, but still nestled quietly away from it all, a world apart. We ordered Mexican food and fell asleep to a crackling fire in the fireplace before spending a lazy morning exploring the city on foot.
We loved Santa Fe- It has an old spirit that feels like something out of a textbook, so rich with American history and flavored with southwestern culture. So we took our time, purposefully enjoying a slow morning before the next leg of our journey, and it was the perfect respite. Someday, though, we'll go back and stay for a long weekend.