To market, to market…

To say that Santa Fe is colorful would be putting it mildly.


photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

They call it the “Land of Enchantment” you know.


Photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

One of the best ways to get a feel for Santa Fe is to take a drive.

Photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

We love to take a slow easy drive through the soft-brown foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains 10 miles north of Santa Fe to the quaint village of Tesuque.



Tucked quietly away behind low adobe and stick walls under the shade of cottonwood trees you’ll catch a glimpse of beautiful old compounds.  Sitting high on the mountain ridges you’ll find stunning estate properties featuring traditional Santa Fe architecture and sweeping views.

via Sotheby's International Realty

Initially Tesuque drew in artists because of it’s affordability and beautiful setting.  Later, the more affluent caught on to its “back to nature” appeal and began to seek out its peaceful environment. 

Today it’s home to famous artists & local families & celebrities & civic leaders like Ali MacGraw.

Ali MacGraw Santa Fe

It’s also home to the world famous

Tesuque Village Market.

photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

“Think chic general store with a hipster aesthetic” TVM

TVM via Google Images

It’s a good spot to pick up provisions if you live in the surrounding hills - or do as we did, have a wonderful long lunch and keep an eye out for Ali.

via TVM facebook

  Oh,  I’ve only mentioned Ali MacGraw on my blog how many times?  Meanwhile my mother runs into her here at the market! 


 photo via

I would be remiss if I did not mention that their Tortilla Soup with cotija cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo and tortilla chips is the best in the world!

Remember, “Land of Enchantment?”

via TVM facebook

Taylor became completely enchanted not only with this, 


photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

but also with this!

photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

In fact, I’ll let her show you around the market…

photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011


photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011


photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011


Photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011


photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011


Photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

I swear there were other folks there…

photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

Fresh baked bread, a deli, homemade deserts,

photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011 photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

fresh bunches of lavender,

photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

and liquor!

photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

I think I saw on their Facebook page that he was employee of the month!

photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

Thank you Taylor for the colorful tour of Tesuque Village Market!  And thank you Nancy for the wonderful lunch!

Even though we missed Ali, you two made it the most memorable afternoon!

photo Lisa Porter Santa Fe 2011

To read more about Ali MacGraw’s private journey to live an authentic life in Tesuque, read the story by Sheila Weller for Vanity Fair Magazine.

Ali Macgraw at home in Santa Fe-photo by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair Magazine 2010photo Annie Leibovitz



Fresh Linen said...

Lisa, I am such a fan of your blog. The colors are marvelous. Thanks for sharing. Carol

Juju at Tales of said...

Awesome pictures. I feel like I was along on your journey/adventure.

Anne Marie said...

Hi Lisa! Once again, I would meet you there in a hearbeat if I could. I recently had a member of the family move to New Mexico and she's totally smitten with the whole state (no surprise). After my parent's took me there as a child, and we shopped the outdoor markets under clay tile roofs, with women native to the land selling their wares, I too was smitten and would love to return there someday.

I'm off to read the article - thanks for the link!
p.s. LOVE your new header - you are a gorgeous woman Lisa!!!
Anne Marie

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Beautiful pictures, Lisa! Such a beautiful place.
Sorry you missed Ali, but it looks like you had fun.
Have a nice weekend.

Karena said...

Lisa I have always loved Ali McGraw!! Taylor sure looks adorable!! I do muss Santa Fe!

Art by Karena

Come and visit soon, oh and I love your header!

LPC said...

I want an apron to cook in just like the piece your young friend was wearing. Subversive but cheerful:).

The enchanted home said...

Lisa...hey stranger!! Hope alls well. This post makes me want to jump on the next plane to Sante Fe!!! Seriously cool! Your daughter? is just adorable. What a fun and eclectic city this looks to be...was only there when I was very goung. Thanks for taking us along...lots of fun!

Nantucket Daffodil said...

The fabrics had me at hello. Beautifully inspiring.

Love Where You LIve said...

You know, Sante Fe isn't far from me. I just gotta get on the road and go! Maybe they've got something going on in early November. Do you know? I think you're in love, eh....

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

How absolutely beautiful and fun!! Wonderful photos Lisa... and, thank you for reminding just how much I need to get to Santa Fe!! ox

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

OH! I am drooling. I LOVE that area. I do believe I am supposed to be living there. I have begged my husband. He is not such a fan. He was born in Mew Mexico. Looks like you had a marvelous time!

Cashon&Co said...

You have a FANTASTIC blog! I am in carpool line and reading many of your posts while waiting, on my iPad. This one about Santa Fe brings back memories of New Mexico, wonderful memories for me. When I was 22 I studied metal smithing in Taos and that was my first trip there. My husband and I used to vacation in Santa Fe. There is something so spiritual about that red dirt and piñon.... You have a new follower in me!!