New Mexico’s diverse terrain encompasses the Chihuahuan Desert and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Its capital, Santa Fe, founded in 1610, is known for upscale spas and Spanish colonial architecture. It’s also home to a vibrant arts scene, as well as the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, featuring the artist’s iconic New Mexican landscape paintings, and the open-air Santa Fe Opera. The nickname (“Tierra del Encanto”in Spanish) is a result of New Mexico’s scenic beauty and rich history (the nickname was officially adopted in 1999). New Mexico also recognizes a state ballad titled “Land of Enchantment.
While much of New Mexico’s charm lies in its history and tradition, there’s always something new to awaken one’s senses. Whether it’s a longtime establishment growing its services or a contemporary offering inspired by the landscape, new and unique experiences can spark the start or a trip or complement one’s plans.
Heritage Inspirations, a partnership between Heritage Hotels & Resorts Inc. and Angelisa Espinoza, offers dynamic, authentic and diverse travel experiences across northern New Mexico where guests can stay at the Heritage Hotels collection, while experiencing the state’s cultural corridor. The three all-inclusive tours start and end in Santa Fe with routes through Taos, Chimayo and northern state parks and include meals, accommodations, transportation, activities and local guides. >MORE
When visiting Santa Fe, check out Cacao, the Art & Culture of Chocolate. The duo of Melanie Boudar and Derek Lanter roast and grind fair or direct trade sourced cacao beans to make bars ,create delicious artistic confections from only the finest ingredients and carefully craft and blend our unique drinking chocolates. They are New Mexico’s first and Santa Fe’s only authentic NM Certified True Bean- to -Bar chocolate maker. Sweet tooths can also participate in fun and educational ” Food of the Gods” workshops to make and taste chocolate from scratch while learning about its fascinating history. The hands-on experience takes place in the shop’s Gallery, a specially designed place that will transport you to the farm and let you see the steps in solved from taking an agricultural product to something delicious. >MORE