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This day trip is the bomb. Literally.
The city of Los Alamos is located less than an hour from Santa Fe, but most people pay it no attention. A town of a little over 10,000, it has a large population of government workers, mostly in connection with the defense-related Los Alamos National Laboratory. The town offers very little in terms of national tourism, especially when compared with all there is to see and do in nearby in-state destinations like Santa Fe and Taos.
But history buffs might remember Los Alamos in a different light, one that could entice them to pencil in a day trip when they find themselves in Santa Fe. The aforementioned Los Alamos National Laboratory was the site for the development of the world’s first atomic bomb, better known as the “Manhattan Project.” Today, the history of the Manhattan Project is preserved at the Bradbury Science Museum.
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That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).
When visiting Santa Fe, you will certainly get your fill of spicy chile peppers, whether it's the red, green, or Christmas blend. With all that heat, at some point, you'll probably find yourself ready to indulge your sweet tooth.
When that time comes, find your way to the Kakawa Chocolate House. The place makes killer cakes and desserts, but the most popular chocolate fix comes in the form of an "elixir." This is, essentially, high-end hot chocolate featuring different blends of cocoa and spices.
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Everyone across the country is busy buying decor as the holiday season sets in, including wreaths, trees, and lights. Residents of Santa Fe are no different, except what they're buying brings a whole new meaning to the idea of heating up the holiday season.
At markets around town, you'll see signs for "Chili Ristas," arrangements of hanging, dried chiles. They are typically all red, but sometimes include green chiles for a Christmas contrast. Traditionally and today, ristas are used as a way to preserve the peppers. But during the holiday season especially, they serve as a decorative item representing New Mexican culture and its relationship with the chile pepper. As you drive around town, you will see them hung up outside homes.
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All 50 states have birds, flowers, flags, and trees, but the joke - and we suppose the truth - is that New Mexico also has a state question: Red or green?
The inquiry refers to the decision that one must make between red and green chile, the state's signature dish. Most restaurants offer both, although some are known for one over the other. Start asking locals, and opinions and justifications will fly. What's the difference between them?
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[Update: This feature was written and published prior to the tragic events of 31 October, 2014, when SpaceShipTwo suffered an "anomaly" and was lost, with one fatality.]
How about Paris for the weekend, or a two-week trip around Southeast Asia? Forget itthat's so 2014, so terrestrial. Should Virgin Galactic have their way, 2015 will be the year you book a vacation of suborbital space travel, or perhaps a supersonic 45-minute flight from California to London.
This month SpaceShipTwo completed her 54th test flight, improving the odds that next year will indeed be the one to finally kick off space tourism. In fact, Virgin Galactic has already begun the big move from Mojave, CA to Las Cruces, NM, the latter being home to Spaceport America and, hopefully soon, flights to space full of paying passengers (6, to be specific, plus 2 pilots).
Seeing as the US treats spaceship technology with something of the same intense secrecy as defense technology, much of what Virgin Galactic's been up to out in their hangar in the California desert is hush-hush top secret. The 10th Anniversary of their Ansari X Prize win however opened up a small window for us to peek behind those massive doors. Here's what we can tell (and show!) you:
To recreate images from the book Lone Survivor, based on the 2005 Military Operation known as Operation Red Wings, the movie's producers traveled across New Mexico, to find some of the state's most remote locations.
Among them were the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just north of Santa Fe. The movie's crew and actors, including Mark Wahlberg, took chairlifts and walked miles into the wooded mountains to recreate the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.
Although Willa Cather is mostly associated with the state of Nebraska, New Mexico can also claim a connection to this great American writer. The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, located in downtown Santa Fe near the plaza, serves as the backdrop for Cather's 1927 novel Death Comes for the Archbishop.
Though many of the events in the book are fictional, it's inspired by the true story of the French priest who came to the newly-named state of New Mexico to found an archdiocese. Jean-Baptiste Lamy was the real French priest on whom the story is based, and his legacy is still evident in the Land of Enchantment; there's even a town named Lamy after him.
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Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.
There's no shortage of awesome local foods in New Mexico, from blue corn tacos to posole. Just don't forget to wash down all that spicy nosh with products from two incredible local liquor brands. Santa Fe Spirits was launched by a British expat who found his way to the Land of Enchantment and never left. His company makes five liquors from local ingredients. You can check out their distillery just outside of town, but you can also sample the booze at their tasting room on Read Street in downtown Santa Fe.
Although the American West was largely built around railroad lines, few people travel the region by train any more. However, New Mexico’s Rail Runner train is hoping to change that. The train, which runs between the state’s two biggest cities, was intended for tourists but is now popular with commuters who live in one city and work in the other.
Biscochitos, the small star- or fleur-de-lis-shaped cookies that are more than delicious; they're a staple of Christmas in New Mexico. Unfortunately they’re also not terribly vegetarian-friendly since the cinnamon and anise-sprinkled goodies are made with a healthy dose of lard.
What’s a vegetarian or kosher-keeper to do? Luckily, there’s one Santa Fe bakery that substitutes butter for lard in their recipe.
It's crazy to think that Spaceport America, the middle-of-nowhere New Mexico base for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, has already been open for just over two years. We may not yet have regular flights to space, but while that day grows nearer the public is very welcome to come have a look around.
The Spaceport, located in the Chihuahuan Desert 150 miles south of Albuquerque, actually offers public tours aimed at "giving guests an up close look at the spaceflight facilities before operations begin." The tours have grown so popular that the tour operators, Follow The Sun Inc., have changed the pick-up point to a more central location (The Holiday Inn, with free breakfast!) in the hot springs town of Truth or Consequences.