Chimayo: Located at the beginning of the High Road to Taos this is a must see on your visit.
Santuario de Chimayo: A wonderful adobe chapel located on the spot that was a healing place for the Pueblo Indians. Hispanic villagers from the area felt that the dirt from a certain spot in the chapel floor had healing powers. The painted altar is wonderful and in the side chapel, where you can obtain some of your own dirt from the hole in the floor, there are many crutches and braces hung to show that the healing powers really work.
Rancho de Chimayo: A short drive from the Santuario is a great restaurant in a ranch house that has been in the Jaramillo family since the 1880’s. Opened in 1965, the food is based on old family recipes and is Northern New Mexican cuisine. In 2016 it received the America’s Classic Award by the James Beard Foundation.
The High Road to Taos: I had been as far as Truchas, in the past, which was the location for the Milagro Beanfield War. But there is a lot to see and do. The scenery is wonderful and you will find many art galleries and artisans in ceramics, wood and weaving throughout the area. Truchas is by far the nicest town, but make sure to stop in Penasco at Sugar Nymph’s restaurant. What a great find!! I had a great lunch of the grilled peach salad and the desserts are to die for! I loved the nectarine and raspberry cobbler. On my last visit, I met the owner who is delightful.
There are close to 30 art galleries along the High Road that you can visit. There is also the High Road Artisans Studio Tour each year over two weekends in late September.