(Guest Blog by Kathy M.)
In the beginning of June I had the pleasure of traveling to Santa Fe with three girlfriends. Truth be told, we’re all family and our ages span from 33 to 56 (all from “Bahston” Massachusetts). We were looking for a combination of relaxation, adventure, and fun.
Staying at Inn on the Paseo was the perfect choice for us as it is just a couple blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza and is arguably the best value in Santa Fe with a delicious gourmet breakfast, free parking (yes, please!) and free wifi. The luxury linens, afternoon treats, and amazing staff didn’t hurt either!
We had a total of three nights and four days to get our fill of the area and decided to schedule one “tour” in advance. After much research (I’m a TripAdvisor junkie), I contacted Cindy from New Mexico Wine Tours and discussed her “River Rafting & Wine Tasting Tour” which sounded like a lot of fun, but definitely out of my comfort zone (the rafting part!). We all decided we had to do it. Life begins where fear ends, right?
This particular tour would combine a morning of rafting down the Rio Grande with the top rated, New Mexico River Adventures, followed by a delicious gourmet lunch prepared by Cindy, and an afternoon of beer tasting in Taos. Although I consider myself a “wino” and Cindy could have easily planned an afternoon of wine tasting, the rest of my group preferred beer. Cindy told us this was no problem and she had the perfect day planned for us.
The day started out with Cindy picking us up from Inn on the Paseo bright and early around 7:30am. We headed north to the New Mexico River Adventures shop where they fully prepared us with gear and all the safety information we would ever need for that morning and life in general! . We were on the river in no time and our guide, Mike, was absolutely fantastic. To say the trip was fun, thrilling, scenic and educational, is an understatement. We all had a blast and wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone! Here is a shot from the trip…
The rafting trip ended around lunch time and we walked across the street to the Blue Heron Brewing Company where we ate outside and sampled a flight of their delicious beers. Cindy had prepared an amazing spread of cheeses, fruit, chicken salad, and more. Thank you, Cindy!
After lunch we headed north towards Taos and the views were absolutely breathtaking. We stopped off along the side of the road to take in the spectacular views…
After pinching ourselves we continued on to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the second highest bridge in the US. We walked out the center, looked down, confirmed our fear of heights, and walked back. Just kidding, it was actually very cool. Well, maybe not kidding entirely. Thankfully, the Taos Mesa Brewing Company was just beyond the bridge…
We sat outside and sampled more than a handful of beers from this brewing company. I would be hard pressed to pick my favorite from their great selection.
Our last stop of the day was at Eske’s Brew Pub in downtown Taos. We sat outside with a pitcher of Apricot Ale in a shaded area and relaxed. It was a nice way to end the day before our drive back to Santa Fe.
Planning this tour was one of the best decisions we made in Santa Fe…we won’t talk about the poorest decisions Kidding! To this day we can’t stop raving about how much fun we all had and about the exceptional service we received from both Cindy of New Mexico Wine Tours and the team at New Mexico River Adventures. Thank you, thank you, thank you!