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10 Santa Fe Spots the Locals Love

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We asked northern New Mexico native Emily Henry, the woman behind Millicent furniture, to share her favorite haunts, shops and eats with us
Born and raised in Taos, designer Emily Henry now calls Santa Fe home.
Born and raised in Taos, designer Emily Henry now calls Santa Fe home.
Most Unexpected Place for Artistic Inspiration:

Alpine Lumber on West Water Street. It’s an old school specialty lumber-yard practically smack dab in the middle of town. Lumber, tools, supplies, woodworking books … I love it there.

Favorite Family Outing:

We love to pack it up and go sledding at Hyde Park (on the way to the Santa Fe Ski Basin). We light a fire and cook hot dogs and drink hot chocolate and sled all afternoon. On the way home, we stop by Ten Thousand Waves for a hot soak in a private tub. Best day ever.

Best Place to Spend a Lazy Sunday:

Well, lazy Sundays make me sort of nervous. I like to DO something! But my favorite way to relax is head out with my dog for a long backcountry run on the Dale Ball Trails. Peace and tranquility right in Santa Fe’s backyard. After a two-hour run up and down those mountains, all my worries are completely dissolved.

Favorite Place for People Watching:

The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning.

Best Cup of Coffee

Hands down, Ohori’s Coffee and Tea. Best coffee in the world, I think. Also a good place for people watching!

Best Under the Radar Dining:

El Parasol Tacos on Cerrillos road. They take the whole soft taco and deep fry it. OMG. Make sure to drown your tacos in their amazing red salsa.

Favorite Spot to Connect with Nature:

If my dog and I don’t go running in the morning, we walk along the Santa Fe River. It is more like a stream, really. But there’s this little trail right along the river that most people don’t know about. Dropping in there with the shade and the trees, it’s easy to forget where you are. It feels so quiet and remote, even though you are right in town. I meditate and my dog has fun. Great way to start the day.

Favorite Place to Take Out of Town Visitors:

Taos Pueblo on Christmas eve … totally magical. I have taken people who have “seen it all” and “been everywhere” and they were totally moved by the experience.

Favorite Way to Unwind After a Bad Day:

Cut out of work early and sneak off to a matinee at the new Violet Crown Cinema in the Railyard. You can select your seat when you buy your ticket and the front row has ottomans so you can practically lie down. You can take a full meal and a fancy beverage on in with you, too. Awesome.

Best Green Chile Cheeseburger in Santa Fe:

My kitchen. But if you don’t know me, you can go to Brian Knox’s Shake Foundation and grab a really good one there, too.

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