While some people think spring is the most romantic season, others say fall is for couples, but Chimayo in the wintertime is the most romantic place on Earth. The crisp weather allows you to cozy up with your loved one and spend the day exploring this stunning region without the crowds. Plan your dream getaway with a couple of these romantic activities and you will have a memorable vacation that you won’t soon forget.
Stay at Casa Escondida
Getaway for a romantic vacation and stay at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast in Chimayo. This hacienda-like B&B is the perfect place to snuggle up with your partner on a chilly winter night. Several of the rooms boast kiva fireplaces offering you the ultimate cozy accommodations. If you want to surprise your partner with an exceptionally romantic room, add the Romance Package to your stay. You’ll be greeted with fresh flowers, a candlelight bath, bubble bath & bath salts, and an optional dinner reservation to take the stress out of planning your romantic night. You could stay in for your entire getaway and not have to lift a finger or head out and explore the region in this centrally located B&B.
One of the most romantic events of the year takes place in the quaint mountain town of Los Alamos. The Holiday Lights Parade, on December 7th this year, is one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit and gives you a chance to snuggle up with your favorite person. The Holiday Tree lights up at 5:30 pm and is immediately followed with the Lights Parade where floats depicting the holiday town of Whoville will light up the town with Christmas cheer. The parade ends with the Ashley Pond Tree Lighting and carolers. Grab a cup of cocoa and watch this great event with the one you love.
Visit the Santa Fe Botanical Garden
If you thought that botanical gardens were only for summertime enjoyment then you haven’t been to GLOW at The Santa Fe Botanical Garden. This annual winter lights event is a unique tradition for many locals as the entire garden is lit up with thousands of twinkle lights on November 30th. On top of that, several large scale light installations are dotted throughout the garden. Walk around, enjoy the live music, sip on a festive beverage, and get into the holiday spirit!
Soak in a Hot Spring
Experience a little romantic R&R at one of New Mexico’s renowned hot springs. For couples looking to find natural hot springs after a long hike to partners looking for a resort to soak in for the day, New Mexico has it all. Leave all your worries behind and relax in the healing waters that people have praised for generations. Visit one or more of these New Mexico Hot Springs That You Need To Check Out.
Attend the Pecos National Historical Park Farolito Walk
Pecos National Historical Park is one of the most breathtaking spots around Santa Fe. The former Indian Village and Civil War battlefield is now a national park dedicated to the preservation of this incredible area. On December 16th, the park stays open a little later than usual for the Farolito Walk. Visitors will follow the illuminated trail to the pueblo and Spanish Mission Church during the peace and quiet of a winter’s evening. Hold your sweetheart’s hand and take an adventure to this iconic landscape.
Enjoy a Romantic Dinner
Head to the Rancho de Chimayo for a romantic evening dinner. This New Mexican restaurant is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the state and is world-renowned for its signature dishes and influence on the unique New Mexican food scene. You and your partner will have an amazing night of traditional dishes, irresistible cocktails, and colorful conversation. Pro Tip: Reserve your spots early. This popular restaurant tends to fill up fast!
Visit El Santuario De Chimayo at Night
El Santuario De Chimayo will take your breath away during any time of the year, but during the holiday season, the shrine is decorated with candles and Christmas lights making it a warm and inviting sight. When the sun goes down head over to this iconic Chimayo landmark to witness it in a way most people seldom see.
Day Trip to Taos
The High Road to Taos is one of the most beautiful drives in the state and offers you and your loved one a chance to gaze upon the stunning mountains on the way. Once you arrive in the town of Taos, grab a bite to eat at one of the incredible cantinas or cafes in downtown before visiting the Taos Art Museum. When artist Nicolai Fechin built a home for his family in 1927, he never imagined that it would hold some of the most important pieces of Taos art 90 years later. Gaze upon the unique and powerful art created in this stunning region. Before you leave Taos, make sure to drive north to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, a magnificent steel bridge that rests high above the Rio Grande.
Whether you decide to escape for a classic Valentine’s Day getaway, a mid-week vacation, or a romantic weekend away, Chimayo is the perfect destination. Relax in picturesque hot springs, indulge in a romantic dinner, and spend the night in heartwarming hacienda rooms with your favorite person in the world.
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