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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

See the Contemporary Side of Santa Fe


5. Oddball Day

The Santuario de Chimayó is a Roman Catholic church that draws pilgrims from around the world.  

Take a day to renew you mind, body, and spirit. Start off with classic breakfast food at Zia Diner, housed in a onetime coal warehouse, where their version of eggs Benedict comes with green chili corned beef hash ($9.95). Then drive 40 minutes north of the city to seek out spiritual renewal at the Santuario de Chimayó, a small Roman Catholic shrine and National Historic Landmark that attracts 300,000 visitors each year to the site of el pocito, a small pit of soil believed to have curative powers. Stroll through the three-month-old welcome center to see exhibitions of religious and secular art from local and international artists too. Next, head back toward the city for a taste of frontier living as you shoot skeet ($42 per 25-shot round with a four-round minimum) at the Bishop's Lodge. For lunch, hunt down authentic street grub from Santa Fe’s food carts, many of which predate the current food-truck craze by years, if not decades. On the downtown plaza, look for Roque’s Carnitas (daily from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), where you can pick up $2 tamales and the namesake dish for just $6. Then soothe your mind and your sore shooting shoulder at 10,000 Waves, a traditional Japanese clothing-optional onsen hidden away in the hills above Santa Fe. The three-hour "Natural" package ($219 per person) starts with 45 minutes in a private hot tub and continues with a yasuragi head and neck treatment, full-body massage, and invigorating salt rub. Wind down under the stars with a pint of Marble Brewery’s wildflower wheat ($4), an ale made with hints of New Mexican wildflower honey, and sit on the balcony overlooking the plaza to watch buskers play to the crowds.

Published on May 26, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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